Odette History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Odette, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Odette, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Savoie. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Odette family derived their surname from the name of the city of Audeville in Savoie.

Early Origins of the Odette family

The surname Odette was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps. The Odette variant probably originated in D'Audeville in the commune de Loiret, arrondisement of Pithiviers. [1]

Princess Odette is the White Swan, the lead ballerina role in Tchaikovsky's famous Swan Lake.

Nicolas Audet travelled from France to Canada around the middle of the 17th century. He worked as a porter for Mgr. de Laval. After settling in Quebec he married Madeleine Despres on 15th September 1670. They had twelve children and remained together in Quebec until Nicolas passed away at l'île-d'Orléans in 1700. [2]

Early History of the Odette family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Odette research. Another 268 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1344, 1438, and 1808 are included under the topic Early Odette History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Odette Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Audet, Audey, Auday, Audé, Audaie, Audais, Auddet, Auddey, Audday, Auddé, Auddaie, Auddais, Odet, Oday, Odé, Odaie, Odais, Oddey, Oddet, Odday, Oddé, Oddaie and many more.

Early Notables of the Odette family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Odette Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Odette migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Odette Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jos. Odette, aged 37, arrived in New York in 1916 aboard the ship "Mexico" from Havana, Cuba [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Odette (post 1700) +

  • Michael L. Odette, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 16th District, 1998 [4]
  • Louis C. Odette, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 14th District, 1966 [4]
  • Mary Odette (1901-1987), stage name of Marie Odette Goimbault, a French-born silent film actress
  • Edmond George Odette (1884-1939), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Essex East (1926-1930)
  • Ellen Odette Cuffe (1857-1933), Countess of Desart, née Bischoffsheim, an Irish politician, company director and philanthropist
  • Odette Samson Hallowes GC, MBE, (1912-1995), also known as Odette Sansom and Odette Churchill, French-born, the most famous British agent in France during WWII, the first woman to be awarded both the George Cross on 20 August 1946
  • Odette Juliette Annable (b. 1984), née Yustman, an American actress from Los Angeles, California, known for her roles in Danielle Steel's Remembrance (1996), Dear God (1996) and Quintuplets (2004)
  • Odette Beaupré, Canadian lyric artist born in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
  • Odette Lapierre (b. 1955), Canadian Olympic long-distance runner


  1. ^ Dionne, N.-E., Les Canadiens-Francais Origine Des Familles. Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 1969. Print
  2. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJHH-3ZP : 6 December 2014), Jos. Odette, 21 Dec 1916; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Mexico, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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