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Multiple Origins for the Surname Willette


French


Of all the French names to come from Normandy, Willette is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived at a place in Normandy, called Ouilly-le-Basset in the arrondissement and canton of Falaise in Calvados. The name is adapted from the Old French word "oeil," meaning "eye," which was used metaphorically to refer to the source of a spring or fountain.

Willette Early Origins



The surname Willette was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this distinguished family held a family seat in the honor of the seigneurie of Ouilly-le-Basset in the arrondissement and canton of Falaise in Calvados.

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Willette Spelling Variations


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Willette Spelling Variations



French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own 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 Willette is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Oueilly, Oueilly, Ouilly, Ouele, Oueillade, Willet, Willett, Williot, Wille, Willette, Willi, Oulette, Ouellet, Oullett, Wellett, Oullette and many more.

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Willette Early History


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Willette Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willette research. Another 373 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 1067 are included under the topic Early Willette History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Willette Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Willette Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Willette Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Ameri ca. 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 Willette 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 Willette were

Willette Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Gladys Willette, aged 11, who emigrated to Blaine, U.S.A., in 1921
  • Minnie Willette, aged 36, who settled in Blaine, U.S.A., in 1921
  • Earl Willette, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name Willette (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Willette (post 1700)



  • Jeff Willette (b. 1971), American computer graphics 3D animator
  • JoAnn Willette (b. 1963), American actress
  • Paul W. Willette, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Bay County 2nd District, 1942
  • Edward Willette, American Republican politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Nashua 7th Ward, 1938
  • Alex Willette, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 2008
  • Adolphe-Léon Willette (1857-1926), French painter, illustrator, caricaturist, and lithographer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
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    The Willette Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Willette 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.

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