Brittany, Racette is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Brittany. The surname Racette was a also common occupational name for a grower of root vegetables. Interestingly, the name Racette was originally from the Old French word racin, meaning root.
Early Origins of the Racette family
Brittany where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of Galisson, where they were membrs of the ancient aristocracy of that region.
Early History of the Racette family
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Racette Spelling Variations
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 Racette is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Racine, Racinne, Racina, Racinna, Racineux, Racinet, Racinnet, Racineau, Racinneau, Racineu and many more.
Early Notables of the Racette family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Racette family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and 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 Racette 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 Racette were Etienne Racine who arrived in Quebec in 1637 from Normandy; Charles and Peter Racine settled in New York State in 1775; George Racine settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1848.
Contemporary Notables of the name Racette (post 1700)
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