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Where did the French Jette family come from? What is the French Jette family crest and coat of arms? When did the Jette family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Jette family history?

The ancient people of the French province of Anjou were the first to use the name Jette. Jette was derived from the male given name of Yehuda or Judah, which was the Biblical name of Jacob's eldest son.


History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Jette, some of which include Jetté, Jeté, Jettet, Jetet, Jetter, Jeter, Jettot, Jetot, Jettau, Jetau, Jettaud, Jetaud, Jettaut, Jetaut, Jettaux, Jetaux, Jettauld, Jetauld, Jettault, Jetault, Jettaulx, Jetaulx, Jetteau, Jeteau, Jetteaux, Jeteaux, Jettat, Jetat, Jettas, Jetas, Jettard, Jetard, Jetton, Jeton, Jettin and many more.

First found in Anjou, a former county, duchy and province centred on the city of Angers in the lower Loire Valley of western France. The first records of the were found in a village in the department of Maine-et-Loire, in the canton and district of Barepéau.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jette research. Another 91 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jette History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Jette Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Jette has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Jette were

Jette Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Jetté, who married Marie-Agathe Gautier in Repentigny in 1774

Jette Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Amalia Jette, who landed in New York, NY in 1850

Jette Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Urbain Jette, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Catherine Charles Jette, who arrived in Montreal in 1659
  • Nicolas Jetté, who married Catherine Giard in Montreal in 1690

Jette Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Jetté, who married Louis Bouchard in Montreal in 1721
  • Nicolas Jetté, who married Catherine Richard in Longue-Pointe in 1728


  • Sir Louis-Amable Jetté KCMG (8203-1836), Canadian lawyer, politician, judge, professor, 8th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (1872-1878)
  • Alphonse Joseph Oscar Jetté (1887-1944), Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Montreal Canadiens (1911-1915)
  • Michel Jetté, Canadian Gemini Award winning director, screenwriter, producer and editor


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  1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  7. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
  8. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Jette Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jette Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 30 November 2014 at 08:34.

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