Of all the French names to come from Normandy
, Ouellet is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived at a place in Normandy, called Ouilly-le-Basset in the arrondissement and canton of Falaise in Calvados. The name is adapted from the Old French word "oeil," meaning "eye," which was used metaphorically to refer to the source of a spring or fountain.
Early Origins of the Ouellet family
The surname Ouellet was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where this distinguished family held a family seat
in the honor of the seigneurie of Ouilly-le-Basset in the arrondissement and canton of Falaise in Calvados.
Early History of the Ouellet family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ouellet research.Another 373 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 1067 are included under the topic Early Ouellet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ouellet Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local
dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Ouellet is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Oueilly, Oueilly, Ouilly, Ouele, Oueillade, Willet, Willett, Williot, Wille, Willette, Willi, Oulette, Ouellet, Oullett, Wellett, Oullette and many more.
Early Notables of the Ouellet family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Ouellet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ouellet family to the New World and Oceana
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 Ouellet 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 Ouellet were
Ouellet Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Joseph Ouellet, aged 29, who emigrated to America, in 1909
Ouellet Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Grégoire Ouellet, who settled at Riv. Ouelle, Canada in 1696
Ouellet Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Alexandre Ouellet, who settled in Canada in 1781
- Alexis Ouellet, who settled at Riv. Ouelle, Quebec in 1784
- André Ouellet, who settled at St. Cuthbert, Quebec in 1790
Contemporary Notables of the name Ouellet (post 1700)
- David George Ouellet (1944-1967), US Navy seaman, Medal of Honor recipient, eponym of the USS Ouellet (FF-1077)
- Joseph Gilles Napoléon Ouellet (1922-2009), Canadian Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Rimouski
- Fernand Ouellet OC, FRSC (b. 1926), French-Canadian author and educator
- Maryse Ouellet (b. 1983), Canadian glamour model from Quebec
- André Ouellet P.C., Q.C., B.A., LL.L., (b. 1939), former Chairman of Canada Post, Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Carl Joseph Yvon Ouellet (b. 1967), retired Canadian professional wrestler
- Michel Ouellet (b. 1982), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey right winger
- Maxime Ouellet (b. 1981), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey goaltender
- Marc Ouellet PSS (b. 1944), Canadian Cardinal of the Catholic Church