A French and English surname, Shackett come from the Old French term ‘soquet’ which referred to a tax on wine and food. The collector of such taxes was a soquet. A spelling variation for Shackett is Choquette. In England the counties of Yorkshire, Somerset and the city of London have the great Shackett populations. In Wales, the Shackett families live in Glamorgan. Within the United States the Shackett families have lived in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Michigan. Famous: Joseph Shackett (a renown steamboat master in the operation of the vessels on the Great Lakes during the 19th century) and William C. Shackett (an early seller of the radio receiving systems of the 1920s in New York).