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CONTRIBUTOR: erb816 on 12/12/2009
Meaning & History
17th- century Quebecois explorer Louis Jolliet. He and Father Jacques Marquette were the first to map the Mississippi River. Later, Jolliet's name was misspelled as Joliet, most likely due to the influence of the French word joli or jolie, "handsome/pretty". This spelling of the name stuck, and today he is known in America as Louis Joliet.