Where does the name “Rustico” come from?

“Rustico” is the name of a village on Prince Edward Island.  It is believed that the place was named after René Racicot, a Norman who came to the Island in 1724 and married Marie Haché, daughter of Michel Haché-Gallant.  However, there is no indication that René Racicot nor his family lived in Rustico, therefore no one really knows why his name was given to the place.

Even if no Acadians lived in Rustico before the Deportation, the French already referred to this place as “Racicot”.

In the journal recounting his pastoral visit in 1812, Monseigneur Plessis, bishop of Québec, contended that people said both Racicot and Rustico.