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Racine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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."


Early Origins of the Racine family


The surname Racine was first found in Brittany (French: Bretagne) where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of Galisson, where they were members of the ancient aristocracy of that region.

Étienne Racine, born in 1607, son of René and Marie (née Loysel), travelled from Normandy to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Marguerite Martin, daughter of Abraham and Marguerite (née Langlois), on 22nd May 1638. They remained together in Quebec until Marguerite's death at Château-Richer on 25th November 1679. Étienne passed away at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré on 24th April 1689. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print


Early History of the Racine family


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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.

Early Notables of the Racine family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Racine family to the New World and Oceana


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 Quebec. 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, who settled in New York State in 1775
  • Charles Racine, who landed in New York in 1798 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Peter Racine, who arrived in New York in 1798 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Racine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Toussaint Racine, aged 31, who landed in Missouri in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • George Racine, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1848

Racine Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Etienne Racine who arrived in Quebec in 1637 from Normandy
  • Étienne Racine, son of René and Marie, married Marguerite Martin, daughter of Abraham and Marguerite, in Quebec on 22nd May 1638 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Noel Racine, son of Étienne and Marguerite, married Marguerite Gravelle, daughter of Massé-Joseph and Marguerite, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 12th September 1667 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • François Racine, son of Étienne and Marguerite, married Marie Bauchet, daughter of Guillaume and Marie, in Sainte-Famille, Quebec on 29th October 1676 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Pierre Racine, son of Étienne and Marguerite, married Louise Guyon, daughter of Claude and Catherine, in Sainte-Famille, Quebec on 6th July 1682 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Racine Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jean Racine, son of Noel and Marguerite, married Marie-Anne De Lessard, daughter of Étienne and Marie, in Sainte-Anne, Quebec on 8th November 1701 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Claude Racine, son of Étienne and Catherine, married Geneviève Gagnon, daughter of Noel and Geneviève, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 25th February 1710 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Pierre Racine, son of Pierre and Louise, married Louise Levasseur, daughter of Noel and Marguerite, in Quebec on 22nd November 1712 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Étienne Racine, son of Noel and Marguerite, married Thérèse De Lessard, daughter of Étienne and Marie, in Sainte-Anne, Quebec on 20th November 1713 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Étienne-Prisque Racine, son of Étienne and Catherine, married Marie-Anne Gagnon, daughter of Pierre and Hélène, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 29th November 1724 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Racine (post 1700)


  • Douglas A. Racine (b. 1952), American politician from Vermont
  • Douglas Racine, American Democrat politician, Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, 1997- [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Bruno Racine (b. 1951), French civil servant and writer
  • Maurice "Moe The Toe" Racine (1937-2018), Canadian CFL placekicker and offensive lineman for the Ottawa Roughriders from Cornwall, Ontario, inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2014
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Jean-Paul Racine (b. 1928), Canadian politician, member of the Canadian House of Commons

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  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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