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Origins of the name RACICOT
Posted by: C. Racicot Date: December 16, 1998 at 17:44:04
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The French family name RACICOT has TWO possible origins. On the one hand, it could have come from an occupation. The oldest and most interesting family names are those that were derived from the occupation or trade of the first bearer of the name. Etymologists agree that those which have a professional origin are a source of information on medieval trades which existed long ago in Europe. Such names open a window on the daily lives of our ancestors. As pertains to the family name RACICOT, it identified a person known in his community as a producer or seller of vegetables.
On the other hand, this name could have been derived from the word "racler" and would have designated a person living on "peeled" or desert land. The different spellings of this name include, Raciot, Racine, Raclin, Rachet, Racaut and Racoillet.
One of the oldest references to this name or to one of the different spellings mentions Jacques Racicot, son of Michel Racicot and Geneviève Alard, who was born in 1692 at Gontier in Mayenne. Research regarding this name is ongoing as this name may have appeared earlier than the above-mentioned dates. It is said that the use of hereditary names in France began in the fifteenth century.
Hope this provides some info on the origins of the family name RACICOT.

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