As the spelling of my name is somewhat different from all the others, I'd like to find out whether there is any actual connection. Here are some pieces of information which may be of interest. - There are still a few (two dozens at the most) people bearing this name with this spelling in France. - The origin (as the story goes in my family) is the word "racicot", meaning the roots of trees which stick out of the ground. The word is used in George Sand's books. - My part of the family originates from the border between Normandy and Brittany. Some of them are said to have emigrated to Canada and French Louisiana (as of the early days of colonization, i.e. the large territory going from present Louisiana to the Canadian lakes). Hope all this is of interest.