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The Paquette surname comes from the personal name Pasquet, which was a form of Pascal. The Old French word "pacquet," meant a "bundle of kindling;" thus in some instances, the name may have originally been an occupational name for a gatherer or seller of firewood or kindling.


The surname Paquette was first found in Limousin where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of Salaignac, and were members of the distinguished aristocracy of that region.

The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Paquette is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Pasquet, Paquet, Paquett, Paquette, Paquitt, Pacquet, Pacquett, Pacquette, Paquit, Paquitte, Paquotte, Paquott, Paquot, Pasquiet, Passaquet, Passquet and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paquette research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1529, 1615, 1708, 1767, 1770, 1819, 1844, and 1862 are included under the topic Early Paquette History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Notable amongst the family was Étienne Pasquier (June 7, 1529 - September 1, 1615) was a French lawyer and man of letters. Later, the Baron and Duke Pasquier, (1767-1862) was a noted French politician. A Councillor in Parliament who was...

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Paquette Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebe c. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Paquette has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Paquette were

Paquette Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Marie Paquette, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Paul Paquette, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Raymond Paquette, aged 18, who emigrated to America, in 1919
  • Emmanuel Paquette, aged 33, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1919
  • Joaquim Paquette, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • ...

Paquette Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Elizabeth Paquette, aged 49, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1911
  • Harry Paquette, aged 34, who settled in Levis, Quebec, Canada, in 1921
  • Bertha Paquette, aged 37, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1923

  • David Paquette (b. 1950), American international Jazz pianist
  • Audra Paquette (b. 1981), American model, Miss New Hampshire (2005)
  • Craig Paquette (b. 1969), American Major League Baseball player
  • Leo Armand Paquette (b. 1934), American organic chemist
  • Benjamin "B.P." Paquette (b. 1975), Canadian film director, screenwriter, producer and academic from London, Ontario
  • Robert Paquette (b. 1949), Canadian folk singer-songwriter from Sudbury, Ontario
  • Stéphane Paquette (b. 1973), Canadian singer-songwriter from Chelmsford, Ontario
  • Joseph-Henri-Albiny Paquette (1888-1978), Canadian politician and physician in Quebec
  • Pierre A. Paquette (b. 1955), Canadian economist, politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Joliette (2000-2011)
  • Gilbert Paquette (b. 1942), Canadian politician

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    Other References

    1. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    6. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The Paquette Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Paquette 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.

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