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Of all the French names to come from that northwestern peninsula of France known as Brittany, Racine is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Brittany. The surname Racine was a also common occupational name for a grower of root vegetables. Interestingly, the name Racine was originally from the Old French word racin, meaning root.

Racine Early Origins



The surname Racine was first found in Brittany where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of Galisson, where they were membrs of the ancient aristocracy of that region.

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Racine Spelling Variations


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Racine 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 Racine, including Racine, Racinne, Racina, Racinna, Racineux, Racinet, Racinnet, Racineau, Racinneau, Racineu and many more.

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Racine Early History


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Racine Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Racine research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1639, 1692, 1699, and 1763 are included under the topic Early Racine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Racine Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Racine Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Racine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Racine 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 Racine were

Racine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles and Peter Racine settled in New York State in 1775
  • Charles Racine, who landed in New York in 1798
  • Peter Racine, who arrived in New York in 1798

Racine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Toussaint Racine, aged 31, landed in Missouri in 1838
  • George Racine settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1848

Racine Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Etienne Racine who arrived in Quebec in 1637 from Normandy

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Contemporary Notables of the name Racine (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Racine (post 1700)



  • Douglas Racine, American Democrat politician, Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, 1997-
  • Douglas A. Racine (b. 1952), American politician from Vermont
  • Bruno Racine (b. 1951), French civil servant and writer
  • Rober Racine (b. 1956), Canadian Governor-General’s Award recipient for for career excellence in the visual and media arts in 2015
  • Yves Racine (b. 1969), Canadian professional (NHL) ice hockey player
  • Damase Racine (1855-1921), Canadian merchant and politician, member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (1905-1921)
  • Jean-Paul Racine (b. 1928), Canadian politician, member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Dominique Racine (1828-1888), Canadian Roman Catholic priest, Bishop of Chicoutimi (1878-1888)
  • Antoine Racine (1822-1893), Canadian Roman Catholic priest, the 1st Bishop of Sherbrooke (1874-1893)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
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    The Racine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Racine 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.

    This page was last modified on 9 November 2015 at 13:03.

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