At A Glance


Recent births in the Goyetche family include Deklin Ian, son of Ian Rimmer & Chelsea Goyetche of Spruce Grove, AB; Lucy May, daughter of Scott Goyetche & Cheryl Talbot-Goyetche of Port Hawkesbury, NS; Isaac, son of Zack & Jess Goyetche of Medina, OH; Calvin Royce Stay, son of Melissa Burns & grandson of Dave Goyetche of Dartmouth, NS; and Priya Wendy Singh, daughter of Jeevan & Amy (Boudreau) Singh & granddaughter of Colleen (Goyetche) Boudreau of Petit de Grat, NS.


Sadly, we mourn the loss of family members who are no longer with us. Recent deaths include Charles Goyetche of Boston, MA; Ronald Frederick Goyetche of Halifax, NS; Shirley (Goyetche) Anderson of East Chezzetcook, NS; Henry Goyetche of Everett, MA; Francis Gail Goyetche of Massey, ON; Thomas “Tommy” Goyetche of Everett, MA; and Dorothy Goyetche of Bathurst, NB.



Suzanne Goyetche of Cochrane, AB has been honoured with the 2017 AMMY Award for Travel Counselling Excellance at the Alberta Visitor Information Providers Conference. The recognizes individual travel counsellors who have shown dedication and passion in delivering exceptional customer experiences in providing convenient, relevant and innovative visitor services.


The Goyetche genealogy database now includes 2,015 descendants of Jean Goyetche, who first settled in Nova Scotia. It includes 625 family groups and 446 surnames, with the earliest birth year 1763.


We've gathered together a collection of more than 5,000 family photos. The majority have been contributed by dozens of Goyetche family members from across Canada, the U.S. and around the world. To view a sampling of the collection, visit any of our photo galleries.



In the late 19th century, a young girl named Marie Goyetche and her family from Cape Breton joined a great out- migration of more than 250,000 Maritimers destined for the “Boston States”. To read more about Marie’s story, as told by her granddaughter Wanda Cuniff, see Cape Breton To Texas – Marie’s Story.
The Goyetche Family Genealogy

It began with one Basque fisherman

With only a very few exceptions, those who share the Goyetche surname in North America trace their origins to Jean Goyetche, a Basque fisherman born in 1763 in the Bayonne region of France. He arrived in North America sometime before 1793 and may have spent time on the islands of St. Pierre & Miquelon or at Louisbourg before coming to Arichat on Isle Madame in Nova Scotia. The Goyetche family in North America has grown to include more than 2,000 descendants. Beginning with Jean Goyetche (1763 - 1844), descendants now span nine generations and encompass more than 620 family groups. The genealogy pages on this site provide extensive information about family members. This includes family group descendant trees as well as all-inclusive trees. Over the generations, the Goyetche family has included its share of interesting and some colourful characters. Among them was Martin Goyetche, who travelled with the pirates Pierre and Jean Laffite, and married one of the Laffite daughters; Dominique Goyetche, who was sentenced to prison on the island of New Caledonia in the South Pacific; and Billy Goyetche, freight-hauler, undertaker and police constable in St. Peter's, NS. Historical profiles of the islands St. Pierre & Miquelon, off the coast of Newfoundland, and of Isle Madame in Nova Scotia both include references to Goyetche family members. Basque origins  The Basque region, or Euskal Herria as it is traditionally called by the Basques, straddles southern France and northern Spain. It is located where Spain and France connect on the Bay of Biscay, extending 8,056 square miles (20,864 km2). It encompasses the western end of the Pyrenees Mountains on the Iberian Peninsula, down to the Bay of Biscay. The region is made up of seven provinces spanning both sides of the Spanish/French border, and has its own unique culture and language. While there continue to be imaginative theories about the origins of the Basque people (everything from a lost tribe of Israel to refugees from Atlantis), there is no evidence that the Basques of ancient times lived anywhere other than where they are now, in France and Spain. The Basques are known to have had their distinctive language as early as 7,000 BC, and they have the last remaining non Indo-European language in the area. Their language, Euskara, is the oldest surviving in all of Europe. Through history, the Basque people were renowned as fishermen, traders and shepherds. For more on the origins of the Basques and the Goyetche family, please see our Historical Profiles.