Surlet (de Chokier), the name of an old French family, which dates from the year 1170, and culminated in the person of Fastre Bare de Surlet, who died about 1473. The emperor Ferdinand II ennobled the family of Surlet in 1630 with the title de Chokier. The following members deserve mention here:
1. JEAN, born at Liege, Jan. 14, 1571, studied at Louvain, and took his degrees at Orleans. He became canon of St. Lambert, abbé of St. Hadelin of Vise, and vicargeneral of the diocese of Liege, where he distinguished himself by his zealous charity and erudition. He died about 1655, leaving several works on ecclesiastical matters, for which see Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Géneralé, s.v.
2. JEAN ERNEST, nephew of the preceding, became canon of Liege and abbé of Vise. He founded the house of the Incurables and that of the Filles Repenties at Liege, and died about 1683.
3. JEAN FREDEIRIC, uncle of Jean, was a learned canon of Liege, who.wrote Enchiridion Praecationum (Liege, 1636), and died March 15, 1635.