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According to "The Historical Research Center", Acket is a Germanic form of the French "Acquet", wich is classified as being of occupative origin. It must be said that the most ancient and most interesting of surnames are those derived from the occupation of the original bearer. Occupational names have provided what has been described by scholars as "an inventory of the trades of medieval Europe". Such names offer a glimpse into the daily lives of our ancestors.
With regard to the surname Acket, the appellation was based upon "haquet", a word used in the regions of Normandy and Picardie to denote a long, straight cart on which items such as barrels or bundles were transported. Haquet was itself derived from the word "haque", signifying a "gelding", a type of horse most often employed to pull this cart. The names Hacquet, Haquet, Acquet and Acket would thus have referred to one who drove a haquet, perhaps an entrepreneur or the employee of a municipal transport authority. The form Acket would be encountered in the frontier regions where the French and Germanic languages and people were intermixed, such as Alsace-Lorraine, Flanders and Luxemburg.
The use of fixed, hereditary surnames in both France and Germany dates from the twelfth century, while documents indicate that the practice was adopted in the Low Countries in the course of the thirteenth century.
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Left to right: Petrus Gustavus Acket, Jean René Acket, Barbara Julie (Neefs) Acket, Gabriel (De Greef) Acket, Marie Thérèse (Van Den Broeck) De Greef, Jan Baptist De Greef.