|There's three Yetto children in this picture.|
Look for the red hair!
|Two Yettos in this picture, the older girl protecting her godchild is one.|
When I started looking into Uncle Walker's family ancestors, it was pretty clear Uncle Walker was French Canadian - at least on his father's side. Not only was he French Canadian, his surname "Yetto" evolved from Guertin. The two pronunciations are light years apart so I had to look more deeply into how this could have happened. However, I really did not find much information. I emailed several researchers on the Quebec Research List-Serv and got some replies including this comment:
"The only thing I can think off that would explain why the name GUERTIN
became YETTO for these branches is that they must have been a heck of a
regional accent when they pronounced their name.
Some French Canadians tend to add letters to words when they pronounce
them. "Tu" becomes "Tsu", for example. It is possible that GUERTIN was
pronounced as GUYRTAH, factoring in a thick St Hyacinthe accent, which
then could have been transcripted as YERTA or YERTO. Maybe. If on top
of that they spoke rapidly, then the "r" could have also been lost in
But, all and all, this is not one of the most obvious cases of
transliterations of a name"
It seems the best source is on a website Variations on the Guertin Name
There's many variations including...
Gartin found in Vermont
Yettein found in Michigan
Yettaw also found in Michigan
Yetto found only in Troy, NY .............but the original name for all of them was Guertin.
The ancestor who left Québec for New York was JEAN BAPTISTE GUERTIN, born in St Hyacinthe on 30 December 1828. Relocated in Troy, NY, he can be found in the 1860 census and seems to have been employed in iron works as a "spikemaker" In the 1870 census he is employed as a carpenter. Here is his baptism record at Our Lady of the Rosary in St Hyacinthe:
|Baptism of Jean Baptiste Guertin , later Yetto at Our Lady of the Rosary, St Hyacinthe, QC |
30 December 1828.
Jean Baptiste Guertin was a direct descendant of Louis Guertin dit La Sabotier aka Louis the clog shoemaker. And if you are a Yetto, you are too!
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