The surname Ratel was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family was established in early times.
One branch of the family was established in Routelle, a village in the department of Doubs, in the district of Besançon. Several members of this illustrious family distinguished themselves through their various achievements. Louis-Jean-Baptiste-Justin Ratel, a priest, was born in Saint-Omer in 1758 and died in Margival (Aisne) in 1816.
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of this family name include: Ratel, Rattel, Ratelle, Rattelle, Rateau, Ratteau, Rateaud, Ratteaud, Rateaux, Ratteaux, Rataud, Rattaud, Ratauld, Rattauld, Rataut, Rattaut, Ratault, Rattault, Rataux, Rattaux, Rataulx, Rattaulx, Ratheau, Ratard, Rattard, Ratet, Rattet, Ratier and many more.