The Poisset family name dates back to the time Medieval France and that northern region known as Normandy
. It comes from an early member of the family who was a fisherman or fishmonger having derived from the Old French word poisson, meaning fish. In some cases the name may have been given as a nickname
to someone who bore a fancied resemblance to a fish.
Early Origins of the Poisset family
The surname Poisset was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where they held a family seat
in the honor of the seigniory of Mesnil.
Early History of the Poisset family
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Poisset Spelling Variations
Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations
of the name Poisset, including Poisson, Poissant, LePoisson, Le Poisson, De Poisson, Poissonot, Poissoneau, Poissonier, Poissonet, Poissonnerie, Poissonneau and many more.
Early Notables of the Poisset family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Poisset 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 Poisset 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 Poisset were Jean Poisson arrived in Quebec in 1646 from Perche in southern Normandy; Jane Poisson arrived in Georgia in 1831;; Mary Poisson arrived in Georgia in 1800..