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Early Origins of the Turcotte family

The surname Turcotte was first found in Provence, where this distinguished family held a family seat since ancient times.

Since the 12th century, this impressive family has been known in Italy by the du Turca name which originated from the Viscounts of Toscanne. In 1225, the Emperor, Frederick II, instructed his chaplain to reconcile various branches of the name that originated from the House of Toscanne and the Turca name was among that list. The next mention of the family was in 1320, with a spelling variation, when Gapençais of Torquat is mentioned. Throughout the centuries the family expanded, prospered and branched out to Lyon where the Torquet family is mentioned in 1500, and in 1558 where the Torquat family of Coulerie and of Bretagne are recorded. Playing an important role in his community, Laurens Turcal of la Valteline in Geneva is mentioned in 1572.

During the 16th century, the Turcat's established themselves at Marseille, where Anne Turcat Le Bon (,"The Good,") registered the Coat of Arms in 1696. Participating actively in the affairs of society, François and Louis are mentioned as members of this distinguished family in 1669 and in 1673. During the 1700's, many marriages are registered, among them were Jean-Baptiste who married Thérèse Camoin in 1718. From this distinguished family came Architects, a Virtuoso Pianist, and Léon and Emile Turcat who were the creators of one of the first automotive assembly lines.

Abel Turcotte, born in 1631, was a French carpenter that travelled from Poitou, France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in the Canadian province of Quebec he married Marie Giroux, at Château-Richer on 27th November 1662. They remained together in Quebec until Abel's death at Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans on 17th September 1687. 1

Early History of the Turcotte family

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Turcotte Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Turcat, Turcatte, Tourcat, Turquat, Torcat, Turcot, Turcott, Turcotte, Turcas, Turca, Turqua, Turcas, Turcal, Turcatt, Turcate, Tourcatt, Tourcatte, Tourcate, Turquate, Turquatt, Turquatte, Torquat, Torquet, Torquate, Torquete, Torquette, Torquat, Torquatte and many more.

Early Notables of the Turcotte family

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Turcotte World Ranking

In the United States, the name Turcotte is the 5,687th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 2 However, in Canada, the name Turcotte is ranked the 152nd most popular surname with an estimated 22,368 people with that name. 3 And in Quebec, Canada, the name Turcotte is the 46th popular surname. 4

United States Turcotte migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Turcotte Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Francois Turcotte, who arrived in America in 1790 5
Turcotte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Turcotte, who landed in Mississippi in 1887 5
  • A. J. Turcotte, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1895
  • F. E. Turcotte, aged 41, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Turcotte Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Peter Turcotte, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1917
  • Emile Turcotte, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1923

Canada Turcotte migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Turcotte Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • J. Oscar Turcotte, aged 28, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1909
  • Ettzear Turcotte, aged 43, who immigrated to Quebec, Canada, in 1911
  • Joseph Turcotte, aged 41, who settled in Ottawa, Canada, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Turcotte (post 1700) +

  • Ron Joseph Morel Turcotte CM (b. 1941), Canadian Hall of Fame thoroughbred race horse jockey with 3,032 career wins, best known as the rider of Secretariat, winner of the U.S. Triple Crown in 1973
  • Darren Turcotte (b. 1968), American retired professional ice hockey player from Boston
  • Alfie Turcotte (b. 1965), former American ice hockey player
  • Jean-Claude Turcotte (1936-2015), Canadian Roman Catholic cardinal and Archbishop emeritus of Montreal
  • Jeff Turcotte (b. 1969), Canadian retired professional ice hockey centre from Montreal, Quebec
  • Élise Turcotte (b. 1957), Canadian writer from Sorel, Quebec, recipient of the 2003 Governor General's Award
  • Maryse Turcotte (b. 1975), Canadian three-time gold medalist weightlifter from Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • Joseph-Édouard Turcotte (1808-1864), Canadian lawyer and politician in Quebec
  • Arthur-Henri-René Turcotte (1845-1905), Canadian lawyer, journalist and politician in Quebec
  • Mathieu Turcotte (b. 1977), Canadian eight-time gold, seven-time silver Olympic and World Championship speed-skater

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  4. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  5. 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) on Facebook