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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • French : reduced form of Charretier, an occupational name for a carter, from an agent derivative of Old French charette ‘cart’ (see Charette).
  • The Chartier-Lotbinière family, known in both its LA and Canada branches, can trace its lineage directly to the grandfather (born in Dijon in 1345) of the famous French poet and statesman Alain Chartier (c. 1385–c. 1433), author of La belle Dame sans Mercy.

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