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Acadian French-Canadian Name Variations

I'm often asked why there are so many variation in French names...and there are many, which obviously makes our "task" that much more difficult...but interesting!

The following article (one of the many hundreds on the "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" CD-ROM) has been translated and is reproduced here with thanks to Claude Perrault and the Socièté Généalogique Canadienne-Française.

 

Translation of SELECTED PARTS of "Les Variances des Noms Propres et des Prénoms et leurs Surnoms", by Claude Perrault...published by Loisirs St-Edouard Inc., 1981-1982.

Where did the variations of a name come from?

A1. The spelling of names in Canada, from the discovery of Jacques Cartier, in 1534, and in the two centuries following, was not fixed (or stable). We could add that this was also true for part of the 19th Century.

What were the reasons for that?

A1. At the time, few people were literate. In fact, you can discover in almost every parish register, this phrase: "ils ont déclaré ne savoir signer et ils ont fait leur marque ordinaire, c'est a dire, une croix" (they have declared not knowing how to sign and made an ordinary mark, that is to say, a cross (or "X").). Is this last phrase 100% true? Surely not, for we have found many acts where the witnesses were physicians, notaries, engineers etc. whom, according to the officiating minister, were people who did not know how to sign their name?

One can therefore ask why the officiating minister acted in such a way. Was it to save paper? It's possible, but one thing is certain; the officiating minister did not always collect all the signatures of those who could sign their names, nor did he note all the witnesses present at the ceremonies.

Besides, the officiating minister, or the person who transcribed the double of the register for civil archives, often did this task at a later date, when the witnesses were no longer there to sign!

The same phrase can also be found in notarized acts, and there again, it is not necessarily 100% true that they were unable to sign their name.

You will see this for yourself in your research, when you compare both versions of the register...that of the parish and the double. Similarly, you'll find the same thing when you compare the originals of the notarized acts and the copies.

A2. Because people pronounced their names differently, depending on the region they originated from. From there, to write the name according to the sound of it...there is only a short step for the ministers, notaries and all the public officials...whatever their function...who nevertheless had to write down the name.

Example: Payet, Peyet, Paillet, Payette or (even closer to home)...Sire, Syre, Cyre, Cyr.

A3. Because in the registers, the officiating ministers indicated the name that they were "told", or those that they heard pronounced. In both cases, they wrote the name their own way and according to their knowledge of French.

Example: Miet, Millet, Myet, Millette, etc.

A4. Because some ministers were careless and did not attach too much importance to the registration they were making, be it for baptisms, marriages, or sepultures.

Example: Claude Bussot dit Lacouture had 19 children baptized at Lavaltrie. The name of his wife varies at nearly every one of these baptisms!

Why does the variation of a name go all the way to its total transformation, for different reasons?

A1. The location of the residence, with names such as: Des Rochers, Des Ruisseaux, Des Pères, Durivage, Du chesne, Du mont, Du pont, La vallé, La montagne, La rivière, etc.


Examples:

Houde; became Desrochers

Trottier; became Desruisseaux

Couillard; became Desprs

Estienne; became Durivage

Guret; became Dumont

Perrault; became Duchesnes

A2. The place of origin, with names like Tourangeau, Poitevin, Champagne, Picard, d'Anjou, Saintonge, Provenal, Bourguignon, Languedoc, etc.


Examples:

Barbeau; became Poitevin

Danis; became Tourangeau

Prillard; Bourguignon

Aubin; became St-Onge

Lacoste; became Languedoc

Foran/Faran/Pharand; became Vivarias

A3. The occupation practiced; such as miller, blacksmith, well-man (in charge of a "well"), ferry-man (who would transport people, goods and livestock in his ferry), baker, stone carrier, harvester, tanner (selling or working with animal hides), spoon-maker, trader in salt, tailor, etc.


Examples:

miller -> meunier; became Dumoulin

blacksmith -> forgeron; became Laforge

well-man -> puisatier; became Dupuis

baker -> boulanger; became Ptrin

ferry-man -> traversier; became Latraverse

stone-transporter -> transporteur de pierre; became Chartier

nail-maker -> clou=nail; became Cloutier

bread-maker -> four=oven; became Fournier

harvester/reaper -> moissonneur; became Mtivier

worker in hides -> travailleur de peaux; became Pelletier

spoon-maker -> fabriquant de cuillers; became Cuillerier

trader in salt -> trafiquant sur le sel; became Saulnier

A4. The profession; such as lawyer, teacher, constable etc.


Examples:

lawyer -> procureur; became Bailly

teacher -> enseignant; became Lemaitre

constable/bailiff -> membre de la prvt; became Prevost

A5. By whim or fancy...and even grudge and mockery.


Examples:

Billeron; became LaFatigue

Rocan dit la ville; became Bastien

Ledoux; became Latreille

Seguin; became Ladroute

A6. Because of one's financial situation, military, or other. Examples:

Nicholas Boyer; became Nicholas Argentcourt

Perrault; became Chateauguay

A7. The shame of a personal past...or of one's relatives, after a crime had been committed...or, for any other reason judged sufficiently serious by the person involved, such as exercising the occupation of executioner.


Note: See Andre Lachance's volume on the executioners of New France, entitled "Le bourreau au Canada sous le Regime francais" (the executioner in Canada, under the French Regime), published by the Societe d'Histoire du Quebec, Cahiers d'Histoires vol. 18.

A8. For any other reason caused by euphonics or the difficulty of pronouncing a name.


Examples:

Cuvillon; became Quevillon

Delquel; became Dziel

How were some of the modifications of the names done by usage?

A1. By subtraction of certain letters.


Examples:

Houde; became Houd

Pelletier; became Peltier

Rivest; became Rivet

A2. By modification of the ending.


Examples:

Aur; became Auray

Leclerc; became Leclair

Perrot; became Perrault/Perreault etc.

A3. By the introduction of certain letters into the name:


Examples:

Houde; became Houlde

Hunault; became Henau

Chalifou; became Chalifour

Guillon; became Guyon

A4. By the ommission of the first syllable:


Examples:

Thiboutot; became Boutot and Bouthat

A5. By another name meaning about the same thing:


Example #1:

Roquebrune; became Larocque (to express solidity, firmness, hardiness).

Note: The following e-mail message was subsequently received from Robert Black... "Just a short note about the variations of the names. One of the names used was Larocque & Rocquebrune. It says "Roquebrune; became Larocque (to express solidity, firmness, hardiness)." This is totally wrong, the original name is Larocque meaning a tour or keep as the rook in the game of chess. The name Rocquebrune came from a town once owned or controled by the Larocque family of Larocque-Ordan in the department of Gers in France. Rocquebrune is about 15 km away and still has a tower standing made of redish brown stone hence Roquebrune, I have been to both places. The Chateau of Larocque has the remnants of a tower built in about 1050 as part of the foundation. My mother was born a Larocque-Rocquebrune. Robert Black


Example #2:

To use a factual case, let's take the one of Yolande CYR published in "Cahiers Gen-Histo" no. 1, on page 19. One notes in her lineage, that there is a Pierre CYR married on 6-11-1828 at Ste-Scholastique, to Julienne Larocque, daughter of Antoine and Genevieve Choret. If one looks for this last marriage under the name Larocque, it is not found! Because Antoine married under the name of Antoine de Rocbrune.

Another source of difficulty in your research, will come from variations (or the total changing) of the first name, as in the following examples:

1. At baptism, the person receives certain first names, where the last listed is usually the one by which he/she is known throughout his/her life....whereas, in France the opposite is customary!

2. At marriage (or death), if the person has been known throughout his/her life by a first name that does not appear among the ones given at baptism...and he/she marries or is buried under the "usual" name, this will of course, cause difficulties to his descendants and to the researchers.

Example: Wilfred Vzina married to Philomne Payette dite St-Amour.

Translating some excerpts of well-known and respected historians is all well and good, but these tend to give the impression to the readers, that these changes only occurred in New France...or that these names were mutilated only in the United States. Eventhough I (Claude Perrault) will translate several sources, all the reasons for the name changes, are not necessarily found there.

Here is a case from my own (Claude Perrault) tree which happened not THAT long ago. It just may give insight as to how some name changes _could_ have occurred.

My maternal granfather's name was Joseph-Edouard Walsh (now you know where the red hair comes from). In any case, he was the eldest of twelve children. The first six were baptized "Walsh", as was their father and grandfather. THEN, for whatever reason, the parish (in the county of Portneuf) received a new parish priest. The latter baptized the last six..."Welsh", When the six younger ones started school, they had to bring their "birth certificates". There, the school mistress, seeing the name on the birth certificates, proceeded to admonish the youngsters whenever they claimed their name was "Walsh". "Obviously", scolded the teacher, "it is Walsh"...that was what was entered on all their birth certificates! She decided that this was how they should learn how to pronounce and sign their name!

In a nutshell, today I, (Claude Perrault) have cousins whose names are "Walsh" and I have other cousins, whose name are "Welsh". All are descendants of the same couple.

Military Names ("Noms de guerre")

In "Les Institutions Militaires de la Nouvelle-France et les Archives" by Louis Lemoyne (published by Loisiers St-Edouard Inc., Montreal, 1981-1982), there are some lists of "noms de guerre".

What is surprising (and this is something that I [Claude Perrault] had not noticed before), is that the officers as well as the enlisted men had "noms de guerre". Also, I can't help but notice all the humorous names. In the great, great majority of cases,we will never know the stories behind those names...which is really too bad!.

Nevertheless, here are a few...with their meanings...and I'll let imagine how they came to be! The number in brackets, indicates how many individuals bore that "nom de guerre" in the registers of the invalids found at the hospital called, l'Institut National des Invalides" (France). I'll just go through the "B's" and "C's", and pick only a few examples, to give you an idea.


Examples:

Bonnenouvelle (10) -> good news

Bonne volont (17) -> good will

Bon Vivant (14) -> enjoys the good things in life

Bristetout (10) -> breaks everything

Brizefer (30) -> breaks everything (iron)

Brulevillage (11) -> burns village

Boit sans Soif (5) -> drinks without thirst

Bouteille (2) -> bottle

Brisemenage (2) -> home-breaker

Brulemaison (2) -> burns house

Cinq Franc (1) -> five francs

Coeur ardent (1) -> flaming heart

Clefs des Coeurs (2) -> keys to the hearts

Cupidon (3) -> cupid

Cur (1) -> priest

And just so Dick Miale doesn't feel left out...in the company of the 2nd Grenadiers of the Royal-Italian Battalion in 1763, we find that Antonio Risso and Georges Vanetti, both had the "nom de guerre"..."Colosso" (both measured 5', 8"). In general, the names of this company, ressembles very much those of the French soldiers, with "noms de guerre" like Bonvino, Il Terrible, La Vigna, Belamose, Senza Quartier and, of course, Viva l'amore.

 

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As posted on the "Acadian and Cajun Genealogy, History, Culture and Music" Facebook Group, July 2011, by Robin Heider:

The "Dit name" and "Non de Guerre" in North America has it's roots in the military tradition of the French army of regimental anonymity. French recruits were given their official "Dit name" upon acceptance into a regimental group. For the period of enlistment, they were known almost exclusively by these names. Their pay, orders and administration were all issued via these names. One purpose of the names was to separate the recruit from his civilian past and create of the military, his family and sole society. The names did not vary from regiment to regiment very much, the net result being that Lafontaine and Martel families as well as Lajeunesse and Esprit families do not not necessarily share any familial relationship outside the military. As the regiments disbanded in North America, they were often enticed to stay and put down roots. Land grants to these ex-marines and infantry men, were granted under the direction of the war office and so, were granted in military fashion to Paul Richard Dit Martel . Thus these 'nom de guerres' became legal name in the civil law of New France. As soldiers would be disbanded in groups and civil defense (militia) groups were formed, this tradition would be reinforced in the social fabrique of the towns and villages and seigneurial organization of the colonies. Name sake sons, often felt the need to assert separate identities from their father's military ones and so would adopt nicknames or were given them, so that differentiation would be easier. Le Breton, St Seine, and St Pierre are all examples of names of differentiation that were affixed to common names, to separate non-related family groups who hailed from different regions. Le Gros, Lejeune, Le Petit, Le Grand, were used to separate namesakes within families. As many of you have noted it took nearly a hundred years of settlement before the colonist began using names other-than the small groups of accepted Sts names.

 

Rainbow Line

 

FAMILY NAMES AND NICKNAMES IN COLONIAL QUÉBEC

Introduction

The inhabitants of the Saint Lawrence Valley in the 17th and 18th centuries were subject to the laws and customs of France. Each of them had a family name and a given name. Children had the family name of their father. Married women kept their family name from birth, on official documents, although they were commonly known by their husband’s family name. For instance, after Jeanne Marie-Louise Gagné married Guillaume-François Baret, she was listed as “Jeanne Gagné” on the baptismal certificates of her children, but was known as “Madame Baret” to her neighbors.

Though the practice of handing on family names from one generation to the next is helpful for genealogists, there are some problems. First, there are many variations for some names, for several reasons. Most colonists in early Québec were unable to read and write, or even of signing their names. Even for the literate, spelling was not standardized. Priests and notaries, charged with recording vital statistics, wrote the names as they heard them. For instance, Guillaume Baret’s family name might also be written Barette or Barrette, and Jeanne Gagné’s family name might be also be written Gagnier or Gasnier. Another factor for those who decipher colonial documents is that the data can be difficult to read because some letters such as m, n, r, and u are easily confused in handwriting. And, of course, there are the inevitable “transcription errors” made by the person who entered the data. For instance, a priest who served in the same parish for two or three decades might write the family name of the bride’s grandmother instead of that of her mother in the marriage register, or the name of another brother of the baby’s father instead of the name of the actual godfather.

Another problem concerns the use of “dit” names, so called because they are introduced by the French word “dit’ (called). “Dit” names have many origins. Many were originally the “nom de guerre” adopted by the troops in a specific military company. The name “Lafleur” is the most common of the “noms de guerre”, associated with about 220 family names. There are nicknames associated with a physical characteristic, as “Legrand” or with a place of origin, as “Normand”, or the location of a property, as “Lapointe”. In some cases, the mother’s family name is associated with the father’s, as Jacques Couillard dit Després. As for our exemplar couple, the husband has a dit name: Guillaume-François Baret dit Courville, while his spouse is known simply as Jeanne Marie-Louise Gagné. Their granddaughter Marie-Josephe, spouse of Pierre-Amable Baret dit Courville is known sometimes as “Marie-Josephe Gagné”, sometimes as “Marie-Josephe Catin”. But that, as they say, is another story!

Introduction composed by Fr. John L. Sullivan - [email protected]

 

The List (below)

The list is presented in three parallel columns. The column on the left (first column) contains an alphabetical list of Quebec surnames (family names), as found in sources such as baptismal and marriage registers and in repertories such as Jette, PRDH and Laforest. The center column (second column) contains spelling variations of the name in the first column, and only of that name.

The column on the right (third column) contains "dit" names for the name on the left, and only for that name. Spelling variations and "dit" names for the names on the right will be found where each of these names appears in the column on the left (first column). If a particular family name does not have any spelling variations nor any dit names, that will be noted in the respective columns.

List prepared by Fr. John L. Sullivan and Diane Paré Szabo [email protected]

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 

NAME

SPELLING VARIATIONS

“DIT” NAMES

Abel

Abel, Abelle, Habel, Habele, Habelle

Barbe, Benoit, Capel, Desjardins

Abraham

Abraham,Abram, Abran, Habraham, Habran

Cedula, Courville, Desmarais, Langevin, Pedrement

Achee

Aché, Achée, Haché, Hachée, Harché, Harchey

Chaveneau, Gallant, Hélot

Adam

Adam, Adame, Adams, Adan

Labranche, Laramée, Ledoux, Neuville

Alain

Alain, Alen, Alin, Allain, Allen, Allin, Halin, Hélène

Bissonnet, Fugère

Alarie

Alarie,Alary, Grandalary, Grantalarie, Halari, Halarie, Halary, Lary

Lafleur, Laramée, Legrand

Albert

Alber, Albert, Allebert, Halbert

Beaulieu, Lafontaine, Laroche, Perot, St-Aignan, St-Vincent

Alexandre

Alescendre, Alexandre

Bleau, Laliberté, Raux, St-Pierre

Allain

Alain, Alin, Allain, Halain, Halin

Briere, Dudemaine

Allaire

Alair, Alaire, Aler, Alere, Allair, Allaire, Aller, Halaire, Halere, Hallaire

Baril, Barrière, Labarre, Lart, Lavergne, Longpré

Allard

Alard, Allard, Allart, Halard, Hallard

Bary, Lavergne, Longpré, Méry

Amboise

Amboise, Damboise, Dambroise

Bergeron

Amiot

Amiault, Amiot, Amiotte, Amyot

Bocage, Hautmény, Larpinière, Lincour, Neuville, Villeneuve, Vincelot

Amirault

Amireau, Amireault, Mero, Miraud, Mirau, Miraux, Mireau, Mireault, Moreau

Delaboutonnière, Tourangeau

Amyot

Amiault, Amiot, Amiotte, Amyot

Bocage, Larpinière, Villeneuve

Arceneault

Arceneau, Arcenault, Arcenaux, Arceneau, Arsenau, Arsenault, Arsenaut, Arseneaut, Arseneaux

Deshaies, Joson, Quointino

Archambault

Archambau, Archambaud, Archambaux, Archambeau, Archambeault, Archambaux, Arshambo, Archampbeault

Gervais, Guibord, Janot, Sédilot, St-Martin

Arsenault

Arceneau, Arcenault, Arcenaux, Arceneau, Arsenau, Arsenault, Arsenaut, Arseneaut, Arseneaux

Deshaies, Joson, Quointino

Aubert

Auber, Aubert, Haubert, Hobert, Obert

DeGaspé, DelaChenaye, Duforillon, Forillon, Lachesnaye, Latousche

Aucoin

Aucoin, Coin, Ocoin, Wedge

No dit names listed

Ayot

Ahiot, Aillot, Aiot, Ayotte, Hayot

Baril, Godin, Houle, Lefebvre, Préville, St-Laurent

Babin

Babain, Babin

Cyr, Desaulniers, Deslauriers, Trottier

Barbe

Barbay, Barbe, Barbes, Barbet

Abel, Harel, Laforge, Lafortune

Barbeau

Barbau, Barbault, Barbeau, Barbo, Barbot

Boisdoré, Potvin

Baret

Baret, Barette, Barrette

Courville, Laroche, Rocheleau

Baron

Baron, Barron, Lebaron

Auger, Lupien

Barre

Bare, Baree, Barre

Jean

Barriault

Bariau, Bariault, Barieau, Barillault, Barrillaut, Barillon, Barillot, Bario, Barrio

Boisvert, Laforest, Lamarche, Potvin, Thibodeau

Barthelemy

Bartelemy, Barthelemi, Barthelemy, Berthelemy

Dauphin, David, Rosa, Rose

Baubien

Baubien, Beaubien

Desaulniers, Lariviere, Trottier

Baudin

Baudin, Beaudin, Bodin

Desjardins, Rochefort

Baudoin

Baudoin, Baudouin, Beaudoin, Beaudouin, Bodoin, Bodouin, Bowdoin

Lapommerais

Baudreau

Baudereau, Baudrau, Baudrault, Baudreau, Baudriau, Baudrio, Baudro, Beaudreau, Beaudro, Bodreau

Graveline, Labonté

Beaubien

Baubien, Beaubien

Desaulniers, Lariviere, Trottier

Beauchemin

Beauchemain, Beauchemin

Hus, Millet, Petit, Pinard, Raiche

Beaudet

Baudet, Beaudet, Bodet, Bodette, Boudet

Ducap, Postel

Beaudin

Baudin, Beaudin, Bodin

Desjardins, Rochefort

Beaudoin

Baudoin, Baudouin, Beaudoin, Beaudouin, Bodoin, Bodouin, Bowdoin

Lapommerais

Beaudreau

Baudereau, Baudrau, Baudrault, Baudreau, Baudriau, Baudrio, Baudro, Beaudreau, Beaudro, Bodreau

Graveline, Labonté

Beaulieu

Baulieu, Baulieux, Beaulieu, Beaulieux

Albert, Bertrand, Diercé, Gourdeau, Hudon, Lebel, Martin, Montpellier, Philippe

Beaumont

Beaumon, Beaumont

Couillard, Hébert, Pistolet

Beausoleil

Beausoleil, Bosoleil

Angard, Crespin, Guillemot, Malboeuf, Normandin, Rousseau, Sylvestre

Bechard

Bechar, Bechard

Granville

Belanger

Belangé, Belanger, Belenger, Bellangé, Bellanger, Bellenger

Bonsecours, Brisson, Delienne, Michand, St-Jean

Belisle

Belisle, Bellisle

Chevrefils, Gagnon, Germain, Goguet, Goyer, Lefebvre, Levasseur, Rotureau

Bellefeuille

Belfeuille, Bellefeuille

Lefebvre, Poiriau, Poirier, Rivard

Bellefleur

Belfleur, Bellefleur, Bellefleure

Asselin, Bonneville, Gaté, Gordiena, Remy

Bellefontaine

Bellefontaine, Bellefontenne

Fortin

Bellerive

Bellerive, Bellerives, Bellesrives

Couture, Crevier

Benoit

Benois, Benoist, Benoit

Abel, Labonté, Laforest, Laguerre, Livernois

Berger

Bergé, Berger

Bernard, Rougeau

Bergeron

Bargeron, Bergeon, Bergeron, Berjeron

Damboise, Philibert

Bernard

Bernar, Bernard

Berger, Brouillet, Fontaine, Hinse, Jolicoeur, Lajoie, Lariviere

Bernier

Barnier, Bernié, Bernier, Brenier

Dauphin, Jean de Paris, Lamarzelle, Rigaud, Verbois

Berthiaume

Barthiaume, Bertaume, Berthaume, Bertheaume, Berthiaume, Berthiome, Bertiaume, Bertiome

Geoffroy, Godin, Lafosse, Noel, Pelletier

Bertrand

Bartrand, Berterand, Bertran, Bertrand, Bertrant

Beaulieu, Desrochers, Durocher, Lafleur, St-Arnaud, Toulouse

Bérubé

Berrubay, Bérubé

Aubé, Choret, Levesque

Bilodeau

Bilaudau, Bilaudeau, Bilaudeaux, Bilaudo, Bileaudeau, Billaudeau, Billodeau, Billodo, Bilodau, Bilodeau, Bilodo, Bilodos

Guerard, Valliere

Blain

Blain, Blein, Blin

Belair, Bienvenu, Blais, Lajeunesse, Lavigne, Lefebvre

Blais

Blais, Blay, Bled

Belair, Bienvenu, Blais, Lajeunesse, Lavigne, Lefebvre

Blanchard

Blanchar, Blanchard, Blanchart

Berrichon, Larose, Renaud, Turenne

Blanchet

Blanchet, Blanchette

Laforest

Blondin

Blondain, Blondin

Avon, Berneche, Bilmer, Bonneau, Lapierre, Leclerc

Blouin

Beloin, Belouin, Bloin, Blouin

Laviolette, Nantel

Bocage

Beaucage, Bocage

Baillargeon

Boileau

Boilau, Boileau, Boisleau

Richeboug, Seney

Bois

Bois, Boy

Berthelot, Mignier

Boisclair

Boisclair, Boisclaire

Beriault, Enouille, Maillot

Boisjoly

Boisjoli, Boisjoly

Grivaud, Leonard, Lienard

Boivin

Boisvin, Boivin

Dufresne

Bolduc

Bolduc, Bolducq

Bouchard, Despres, Germain, Guérin, Talon

Bonenfant

Bonenfant, Bonnenfant

Benard, Bernard

Bonsecours

Bonsecour, Bonsecours

Belanger, Carrier, Fauteux

Bordeleau

Bordelau, Bordeleau, Bourdeleau

Lafrance

Bossé

Boce, Bosce, Bosse

Belhumeur, Genereux, Marier

Bouchard

Bouchar, Bouchard, Bouchart

Belleville, Dorval, Ouellet, Saucier, St-Pierre, Vallee

Boucher

Bouché, Boucher, Bouchez

Barbel, Belleville, De Boucherville, De Grosbois, De Labroquerie, Delabruere, Demontbrun, De Niverville, Denois, Desrosiers

Boudrias

Baudria, Baudrias, Beaudria, Bodria, Boudria, Boudrias

Baraslou, Labonté, Plumereau

Boudreau

Boudrau, Boudraut, Boudreau, Boudro, Boudrot, Boudreaux, Boudraux

Granville

Boulanger

Boulangé, Boulanger, Leboulanger, Leboullanger

Lefebvre, St-Pierre

Boulay

Boulai, Boulait, Boulay, Boulé, Boulet, Boulette, Boullé, Boullet

Leboeuf, Martin

Bourbeau

Borbeau, Bourbau, Bourbaut, Bourbeau, Bourbeaux

Beauchesne, Carignan, Lacroix, Verville

Bourbonnais

Bourbonais, Bourbonnais, Bourbonnois, Bourbonois

Brunet, Joyal

Bourbonnière

Bourbonier, Bourboniere, Bourbonnier, Bourbonniere

Beaudry, Gaudry

Bourdon

Bourdon, Bourdont

Dombour

Bourg

Bourc, Bourg, Bourgue, Bourk, Bourque

Lachapelle

Bourgault

Bourgau, Bourgault, Bourgaut, Bourgos, Bourgot

Lacroix

Bourgeois

Bourgeois, Bourgois, Bourjois

Bercas, Gregoire, Laverdure

Bourgouin

Bourgoin, Bourgouin

Bourguinon, Leveille

Boulet

Boulai, Boulait, Boulay, Boulé, Boulet, Boulette, Boullé, Boullet

Leboeuf, Martin

Bousquet

Bosquet, Bousquest, Bousquet

Archambault, Brodeur, Desmarais, Larose

Bouvier

Bouvié, Bouvier, Bouviers

Godin, Hudon, Laplante

Brabant

Braban, Brabant, Breban, Brebant

Lamothe, Lecompte

Brassard

Brassar, Brassard, Brassart

Bordet, Deschaineaux, Duchesnau, Pilotte

Brasseur

Brasseur, Brasseux

Duhamel

Brault

Brau, Braud, Brault, Breau, Breault, Bro, Brod, Bros, Brost, Brox

Barreau, Lafleur, Lafreniere, Pominville

Brazeau

Brasau, Brasault, Braseau, Braso, Brasot, Brasseau, Brazau, Brazeau. Brazo, Brazot

Acadien, Cadien, Deslauriers, Duhamel, Gaudet, Langevin, Laniel

Brien

Brien, Bryen

Desrochers, Desroches, Durocher, Lapierre, Laroche

Briere

Briere, Bryer, Bryere, Labriere

Alain, Normand

Brisson

Bresson, Brison, Brisson

Bastien, Belanger, Dutilly, Laroche

Brodeur

Brodeur, Lebrodeur

Bousquet, Lavigne

Brossard

Brosard, Brossar, Brossard, Brossart, Broussard

Duchesneau, Lafontaine, Langevin, Pontoise

Brosseau

Broseau, Brossau, Brosseau, Brosso

Deslauriers, Lafleur, Laverdure, St-Jean

Brousseau

Brouseau, Broussau, Brousseau, Brousseaux, Bruseau, Brusseau

Lafleur

Brun

Brun, Lebrun

Carrier, Duplessis, Laforet, Laroque, St-Antoine

Bruneau

Brunau, Brunault, Bruneau, Bruno

Jolicoeur, Laviolette, Petit

Brunet

Brune, Brunet, Brunette

Belhumeur, Bourbonnais, Dauphin, Lasabloniere, Létang

Cahouet

Cahouet, Cahouette, Caouet, Caouete, Caouette

Breton, Deschamps, Lavallee

Campeau

Campau, Campaut, Campeau, Campo, Campos, Campost, Campot

Bondy, Chevalier, Jacquet, Labonté, Lefebvre, Mézière

Canac

Canac, Canaque

Bourg, Couture, Marquis

Caouette

Cahouet, Cahouette, Caouet, Caouete, Caouette

Breton, Deschamps, Lagacé

Carbonneau

Carbonau, Carboneau, Carboneaux, Carbonnau, Carbonneau, Carbonneaux, Carbono

Provençal

Cardinal

Cardinal, Cardinale, Cardinau

Boutin, Chevalier, L’Heureux, Leroux, Renaud, Theriault

Carignan

Carignan, Carignant, Carignian, De Carignan

Bénard, Bourbeau, Duclos

Caron

Carron, Caron

Deschamps, Desruisseaux, Dussault, Gauthier, Latulippe, Laviolette, Verret, Vidal

Carpentier

Carpantier, Carpentié, Carpentier

Bailly, Lyonnais, Noel

Carrier

Carié, Carier, Cariere, Carrié, Carrier, Carrière

Jamme, Lebrun

Cartier

Cartié, Cartier, Quartier

Lafrance, Langevin, Larose

Casavant

Casavan, Casavent, Cazavan, Cazavant, Cazavent

Ladebauche

Casse

Casse, Cassee, Lacasse

St-Aubin

Castonguay

Castongay, Castonguay, Castongue, Gastongay, Gastonguay

Guay

Catherine

No spelling variations listed

André, Bélanger

Chambeau

Chambaud, Chambeau

Fleury, Lemire

Chamberlan

Chambellan, Chamberlan, Chamberland, Chamberlang, Champerlant, Chambrelan, Chambreland, Chambrelant

Charon, Deschamps, Levasseur, Levesque

Champagne

Champagne, Champaigne

Andegrave, Aubin, Beaugrand, Dupré, Fontenelle, Foureur, Fugère, Gouin, Henault, Lalanne, Lambert, Laplante, Magnan, Orion, Rémy, St-Martin, Sylvestre, Tareau

Chantal

Chantail, Chantal, Chantale

Lafleur

Chapelain

Chapelain, Chapelin, Chaplain, Chaplin, Chappelain

Constantin, Lagarenne

Chapelier

Chapelier, Chapellier

Lampin, Latulippe

Chapelle

Chapelle, Lachapelle, Lachappelle

Bourg, Guyon, Janot, Jolicoeur, Langoumois, Renaud

Chaput

Chapeu, Chappu, Chapput, Chapu, Chapue, Chapus, Chaput

Belhumeur, Chapa, Cuisinier, Maurice, Senez

Charbonneau

Chabonneau, Charbonau, Charbonault, Charboneau, Charbonnau, Charbonneau, Charbonneaux

Daunais, Deouatique, Hébert, Léveillé, Martin, Sanscartier

Charbonnier

Charbonier, Charbonnier

Blondeau, Desjardins, Seigneur, St-Laurent

Charland

Charlan, Charland, Charlant

Francoeur

Chasse

Chasse, Chasses, Chassey, Chessey

Dethierry, Lemaine, Rousseau

Chateauguay

Chateaugay, Chateauguay

Boulet, Lanou, Lemoine, Pepin, Perrault

Chateauneuf

Chasteauneuf, Chatauneuf, Chateauneuf, Cartoneuf

Antaya, Desranleau, Dumontet, Meneu, Montauban, Pelletier

Chatigny

Chatigne, Chatigni, Chatigny

Corbin, Désilets, Lepine

Chauvin

Chauvain, Chauvin, Chovin

Beaulieu, Bernet, Jouinne, Normand, St-Germain

Chevrier

Cheuvrier, Chevrier, Chevrilllier

Lajeunesse

Chiasson

Chiasson, Giasson, Chaisson

Gamelin, Rivard

Cholet

Chaulet, Cholet, Cholette

Laviolette

Chomedey

Chomedey, Chomedy, Dechaumedey, Dechomeday, Dechomedy

Maisonneuve

Choquet

Choquet, Choquette

Champagne, Lafrance

Chretien

Chrestien, Chretien, Chretient, Cretien

Lesourd, Levitre, Vadeboncoeur, Vincent

Claude

Claud, Claude

Alexandre, Leblanc

Clément

Clemens, Clement

Chambly, Labonté, Lapointe, Lariviere, Leonard

Cloutier

Cloustier, Cloutié, Cloutier

Beaupré, Bélanger, Buisson, Daumont, Fagnan, Lessard, Magny, St-Amour

Collet

Colet, Colette, Collé. Collet, Collette

Desgraviers, Dubuisson, Picard, Rigaud

Contois

Comptois, Comtois, Contois, Contoy

Beaudreau, Bouilleron, Brusseau, D’Estreme, Fordet, Garnier, Hugues, Hujot, Janet, LaFontaine, Marc, Rousse, Rousseau, Royer

Corbin

Corbain, Corbein, Corbin, Courbin

Cadieux, Lacroix, Lavoie

Cormier

Cormié, Cormier, Cornier

Barette, Berthelot, Breslay, Perrault, Rossignol, Thibier

Corporal

No spelling variations listed

Hus

Cosset

Cosset, Cossette

Poitevin

Cote

Caute, Coste, Cote, Cotte

Frisé, Grignon, Languedoc, Lefrisé, Lilois

Couillard

Coulliar, Couillard

Beaumont, Deschênes, Desecors, Desilets, Després, Dupuis, Lafleur, Lepine, Lilois

Courville

Courvil, Courville, Gourville

Abraham, Baret, Billy, Cadieux, Desmarais, Herault, Lefebvre, Piette, St-Michel

Cousineau

Cousinau, Cousinault, Cousinaut, Cousineau, Cousino, Cousinot, Couzinaud

Beaudoin, Lamirande, Poisson

Croix

Croix, Delacroiix, Lacroix

Babin, Bourgault, Corbin, Defoy, Fevrier, Gamelin, Hubert, Langevin, Lefebvre, Roberge, Thibodeau

Croteau

Corteau, Crauteau, Crotau, Croteau, Croto, Crottau, Crotteau, Crotto

Auger, Bernard, Vincent

Cyr

Cir, Cire, Cyr, Cyre, Sir, Sire, Siree, Sirre, Syr, Syre

Croc, St-Michel

Dagenais

Dagenais, Dagenai, Dagenes, Dagenest, Dagenet

Leprince, Lajeunesse, Lepine, Pigeon, Roux, Roy

Daigle

Daigle. Daigles, Daigre, Dehegue

Lallemand

Dallaire

Dalair, Dalaire, Dalere, Dallaire, Daller, Dallere

Brousseau

Damboise

Damboise, Dambroise

Bergeron

Dechaine

Dechaine, Dechene, Dechenes, Dechenne, Dechesne, Deschaine, Deschaines, Deschene, Deschenes, Deschennes, Deschesne, Deschesnes

Couillard, Miville, Perrault

Decoste

Decosse, Decoste

Deletancour, Demousel, Languedoc, Paradis, Pelletier

Derocher

Derocher, Derochers, Desrocher, Desrochers, Desrochets

Bertrand, Brien, Duquet, Frappe, Houde

Deschaines

Dechaine, Dechene, Dechenes, Dechenne, Dechesne, Deschaine, Deschaines, Deschene, Deschenes, Deschennes, Deschesne, Deschesnes

Couillard, Miville, Perreault

Deschamps

Dechamp, Dechamps, Dechant, Deschamps

Henault, Hunault, Miville

Deshaies

Dehais, Dehayes, Dehays, Dehes, Deshaies, Deshayes

St-Cyr, Tourigny

Desjardins

Dejardin, Desjardin, Desjardins

Beaudin, Charbonnier, Delboeuf, Louvard, Roy, Verger, Zacharie

Desrochers

Derocher, Derochers, Desrocher, Desrochers, Desrochets

Bertrand, Duquet, Houde, Jean, Perrault, Sevestre

Desruisseaux

Deruisseau, Desruisseaux, Durusseau

Houde

Devau

Devau, Devaux, Deveau, Deveaux, Devost, Devot, Devots

Jolicoeur, Parisien, Perouard, Sanscartier

Dion

Dion, Dyon, Hion, Yon

Deslauriers, Després, Dumontier, Dutilly, Guyon, Lemoine, Sansoucy

Dionne

Dione, Dionne, Dyonne

Bernier, Devidepoche, Jolicoeur, Moreau, Sansoucy, Guyon

Doiron

Doiron, Douairon, Doueron

Cadieux, Bernard

Doucet

Doucet, Doucette

Maillard, Mesange, Pelletier, St-Louis

Doyon

Doion, Doyon

Laframboise, Lacroix, Moreau

Drouin

Deroin, Derouen, Derouin, Droin, Drouen, Drouin

Boucher, Lemaine, Lorrain, Nantel

Dube

Dubay, Dubé, Dubee, Dubes

Deforme

Dugas

Duga, Dugas, Dugast, Dugat

Labreche, Leveille

Dumont

Dumon, Dumond, Dumont

Breton, DeBlaignac, Foulon, Grossetete, Gueret, Lambert, Laviolette, Marchand, Poitevin

Emard

Aimar, Aimard, Aimart, Aymar, Aymard, Aymart, Emart, Haimard, Haymard, Hemard, Hemart

Deslauriers, Gosselin, Ladouceur, Poitevin

Etienne

Estienne, St-Etienne

Belanger, Blais, Bourget, Clérinm Durivage, Lamadeleine, Lamontagne, Laprairie, Philippe, Pont

Fabre

Fabvre, Favre

Lajeunesse, Lalancette, Laperiere, Larose, Montferrand, Raymond

Fagnan

Fagnand, Fagnant, Faignant, Fayan

Charon, Cloutier, Desrosiers, Dufay, Failly, Mandeville, Martin, Piette

Faneuf

Fanef, Farnsworth, Phaneuf, Farnworth

Blais, Forget, Goddu, Granger, Labonté, Mignault, Paquet

Farland/Ferland

Farland, Ferlan, Ferlant, Frelan, Freland, Frelan

Francoeur, Pelletier

Fleurant

Fleuran, Fleurent, Florant, Florent

Boucher, Riopel, St-Amour

Forest

Fores, Forêt, Laforêt, Laforest

Barbeau, Benoit, Jean, Joli, Labranche, Larose, Lefort, Morin, Tessier, Tiriac

Fortin

Fortain, Fortin

Bellefontaine, Lafortune, Lagrandeur, Paris, Plermel

Fournier

Fournié, Fournier, Lefournier

Belleval, Desilets, Dufresne, Hebert, Lagrenade, Larose, Lesprit, Préfontaine, Vivier

Gagnon

Gagnion, Gaignon, Gangnon, Ganion, Gasnion

Belisle, Chartrand, Grondin

Galipeau

Galipau, Galipaux, Galipot, Gallipau, Gallipeau, Galypo

Dion, Jolicoeur, Potvin

Gallant

Galand, Galant, Galland, Gallant

Caron, Gallien, Haché

Gaudet

Gaudais, Gaudé, Gaudet, Gaudette, Godé, Godet, Godete, Godette

Langevin

Gaudreau

Gaudereau, Gaudrau, Gaudreau, Gaudro, Goderau, Godereau, Godreau, Godro

Graveline, Larochelle

Gauthier

Gaultier, Gauthier, Gautier, Gotier

Boisverdun, Brulon, Caron, Delaverandrye, DeVarennes, Frappedabord, LaFrance, Landreville, Larouche, Rabot, Saguingorra, St-Germain

Gauvin

Gauvain, Gauvin, Govin

Laire, Query, Rouillard

Gervais

Gervais, Gervaise, Jarvis

Archambault, Beaudoin, Beausejour, Dupuis, Harnois, Houde, Houle, Parisien, Rivard, Servais, Talbot

Giasson

Chiasson, Gyasson, Hiasson, Jiasson

Gamelin, Hubert, Jeangource, Rivard, St-François

Girard

Gerard, Geraut, Gerhart, Giar, Girardeau, Girard, Girare, Girart, Girord, Girore, Girouard, Giard, Guerard, Gyrard

Breton, Brindamour, Derain, Devorlay, Girardin, Jeanpierre, Jolicoeur, Larochelle, Miot, Provençal, Sanschagrin

Girouard

Geroir, Gerroir, Giouard, Giroir, Girroir, Jirouard

Malouin, Martel, Sasseville, Villemare

Godin

Gaudain, Gauden, Gaudin, Godain, Goddin, Godin

Beausejour, Boisjoli, Catalogne, Chatillon, Felix, Lapoterie, Lauliere, Lincourt, Prescot, Tourangeau, Valcourt

Godreau

Gaudrau, Gaudrault, Gaudreau, Gaudreault, Gaudro, Godereau, Godrault, Godreault, Godro, Godrot, Goodrow

Benoit, Chavaudray, Gravelin, Joffre

Guéret

Guere, Guerette, Guerre, Guerrette

Dumont

Guerin

Guerin, Guerrin

Fontaine, St-Hilaire

Guilbault

Guibau, Guibaut, Guibeau, Guibo, Guilbau, Guilbaud, Guilbault, Guilbaux, Guilbeau, Guillebault, Guillbeau

Grandbois

Guyon

Dion, Dionne, Gion, Guillon, Guion, Guyon, Gyon, Yon

Buisson, Després, Dumontier, Durouvray, Dutilly, Frenette, Lemoine

Hébert

Abaire, Abare, Abbot, Ebart, Éber, Ébert, Heber, Heberd, Hébere, Hebert, Herber, Herbert, Hesbert, Hibbart, Hubert

Beaumont, Couillard, Deslauriers, Jolicoeur, Lambert, Larose, Laverdure, Lecompte, Lenoir, Manuel

Henry

Henri

Henrichon, Jarry, Laforge, Lahaye, Neveu, Madore

Houde

Houd, Houlde, Hourde, Oude, Oulde

Bellefeuille, Blosse, Bonin, Demers, Derousseau, Desrochers, Desruisseaux, Gervais, Houle, Leclerc

Houle

Houl, Hould, Houlle, Oul, Oule, Oulle

Desruisseaux, Durocher, Gervais, Lafranchise

Hubert

Huber, Uber, Ubert

Hébert, Lacroix, Lebert, Lippeau

Hudon

Heudon, Udont

Beaulieu, St-Louis

Johnson

Janson, Jansonne, Jeanson, Jeansone, Johnston

Cimetiere, Lapalme

Labelle

Label, Labele, Labelles

Benoit, Blanchard, Charon

Labonté

Labontee, Labounty

Baudreau, Benoit, Bergin, Bray, Campion, Clement, Couturier, Laporte, Marotte, Noel, Rousseau, Vegiard, Vidal

Labriere

Brier, Briere, Bryer, Bryere, Labruyere

Alain, Aubry, Belair, Normand

Lachapelle

Chapelle, Lachapel, Lachapele, Lachappelle

Bourg, Guyon, Janot, Langlois, Renaud

Lacombe

Delacombe, Lacomble

Balan, Bon, Briasse, Latgreille, Leblanc, Paulet, Raymond, Truillier

Lacroix

Delacroix

Babin, Bourgault, Corbin, Defoy, Delaunay, Fevrier, Gamelin, Hubert, Lefebvre, Majuor, Neveu, Roberge, Voisin

Ladouceur

Douceur

Lamadeleine, Martin, Vivier

Lafond

Lafon, Lafont

Lafontaine, Lagrenade, Mongrain

Lagace

Lagacee, Lagase, Lagasse, Lagassee, Lagassees, Lagasset

Meunier, Mignier

Lambert

Lamber, Lembert

Aubin, Champagne, Debaussy, Dufresne, Dumont, Hebert, Richard, Robillard, Ste-Marie, St-Paul

Landry

Landri, Landrie, Landril, Landrille, Lendry

Bourget, Labrecque, Leblanc, Lorion, Pedneau

Langlois

Anglais, Anglois, Langlais, Langloi, Langlouois

Cherby, Clement, Delage, Germain, Jacob, Jammes, Lachapelle, Otis, Ouabart, Ouatsen, Sansoucy, Serien, St-Jean, Traversy

Lapierre

Delapierre, Lapeer, Pierre

Bardet, Brien, Brignon, Denis, Duchesne, Joncas, Lecuyer, Marsan, Masure, Meunier, Roberge, Toupin

Laporte

Delaporte, Laportte

Blondin, Denis, Labonté, Richelieu, St-Georges

Lavoie

Delavoie, Delavoye, Lavoix, Lavoye

St-Amour

Lebel

Bel, Belle, Lebelle

Beaulieu, Lizotte, Philippe

Leblanc

Blanc, Leblan, Lebland, Leblant

Dussault, Grandmaison, Jérôme, Jolicoeur, Labrie, Lacombe, Latour

Lebrun

Brun

Carrière, Duplessis, Floridor, Girard, Renel

 

[ NOTE: The above is a PARTIAL LIST ONLY. To view complete list, connect to:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~unclefred/DitNames.html

 

Rainbow Line


"Dit" Names

The following information was obtained from Linda Jones and provides a good explanation (as well as many examples) of "dit names"

One thing that can make it difficult to find your ancestor is that he may have been using a different surname from the one that you expect. You will need to make yourself aware of any "dit" names that might be associated with the surname you're tracing, and if you can't find someone under the name of his child, you may find him under the dit name.

"Dit" in French means "say" and in this context, it means "called." In other words, a person might be Pierre Bourbeau dit Lacourse, which means that he had an ancestor named Bourbeau, but he chooses to use the name Lacourse instead. So he is Pierre Bourbeau called Lacourse.

People might take a dit name to distinguish their family from another family of the same name living nearby. Often it was a sort of nickname, often picked up during service as a soldier. Or it might refer to the place in France where the family originated. Sometimes it was the mother's surname, and sometimes the father's first name was used, either instead of the surname (for example, Hebert dit Emmanuel) or in addition to it (Jeanbard, Castonquay). In any case, very often the dit name was passed down to later generations, either in place of the original surname, or in addition to it.

Some of his children might then keep the original surname (e.g. Barbeau), and some might use the dit name (e.g. Lacourse). After a few generations, it's not uncommon to completely lose the memory of the original name, or to forget which was the original and which was the dit name. The best example of this is the Hudon dit Beaulieu family, where you will often find people listed as Beaulieu dit Hudon. You sometimes might find a name and its dit name hyphenated, as in François Hudon-Beaulieu. In fact, you can generally assume that a hyphenated surname (before 1950, anyway) is the surname plus dit name. Just remember that any Hudon might be the child of a Beaulieu and vice versa.

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Some surnames, such as Roy, have had several different dit names. You should be aware that usually a different dit name indicates a different family. For example, Siméon Roy dit Audy and Antoine Roy dit Desjardins were not related to each other. So it helps us to distinguish who's who among their descendants if the descendants use a dit name. Pierre Roy dit Audy will be a descendant of Siméon, and François Roy dit Desjardins will be a descendant of Antoine. If you find a source which tells you, for example, that Pierre Audy is François Desjardins' father, you should be very suspicious.

The sources you use may give the name as it appeared in the original document, or may list all the Hudons and Beaulieus together, under either name. Jette has standardized spellings, and leaves out "de" when alphabetizing, but he is faithful to the original surname of the family. So whether you're looking for a Hudon, a Beaulieu, or a Hudon-Beaulieu, they're all listed together under "H." Other sources may list the same person many different places, and some sources consider Beaulieu to be more common, and therefore they place the Hudons under "B." Don't assume a marriage or birth isn't listed until you've exhausted all possible names and spellings.

And don't forget to check under the many spelling variations that were common. Any name that starts with a vowel, for example, might also be found with an H in front of it (Emond, Hemond, Ayot, Hayot). And the "o" sound at the end of a name might be spelled ot, eau, au, ault, eault, eau, aux, eaux, aud, or aut.

Following is a partial list of dit names and their equivalents. You can also find extensive lists of dit names in Jette and Tanguay.

Acelin - Asselin
Agnier - Haguenier
Alarie - Lart
Albert - Beaulieu
Allaire - Daillaire
Amiel - Miel
Amiot - Lincourt, Villeneuve, Vincelot
Amirault - Mirault
Anctil -St-Jean
Angers - Lefebvre
Anse - Bernard, Hains
Arbour - Harbour
Ardouin - Hardouin
Arnaud - Renaud
Arrivé - Delisle, Larrivé
Artigny - Rouer
Asselin - Ancelin
Aubertin - Bertin
Aubin - Delisle, Mignault, St-Aubin
Aubuchon - Desalliers, Leloyal
Audebout - Belhumeur
Audet - Lapointe
Audy - Roy
Auger - Baron
Babin - Lacroix, Lasource
Bajolet - Drouet
Bard - Jeanbard, Jombard
Baron - Auger, Caillault, Defoy
Baucher - Montmorency, Sansoucy
Beaubassin - LeNeuf
Beaubien - Trottier
Beauchemin - Petit
Beaudoin - Courcival
Beaulieu - Albert, Chauvin, Gourdeau, Hudon, Martin, Moulin, Philippe, Thomas
Beaumarchais - Juchereau
Beaumont - Couillard
Beausoleil - Bercy, Malboeuf, Normandin
Beignet - Besnier
Bélanger - Catherine
Belfonds - Genaple
Belhumeur - Audebout, Brunet, Charpentier, Philippe
Belisle - Billion, Germain, Goyer, Leborgne, Lefebvre, Marboeuf, Rotreau
Bellechasse - Berthier, Marsolet
Bellefontaine - Fortin, Godin
Bellerive - Couture, Crevier, Groton
Bellesîles - Gagnon
Belleval - Fournier
Bellou - Hamelin
Belmont - Martin
Bénard - Bonenfant, Bourjoli, Carignan
Bernard - Anse, Jolicoeur, Gonthier
Berthier - Bellechasse
Bertin - Aubertin
Bidon - Jobidon
Bienville - Lemoine
Bigot - Duval
Blanchard - Raynaud
Bléry - Cauchon
Blondin - Leclerc, Sureau
Blouin - Laviolette
Bois - Charlebois
Boisjoli - Fafard, Griveau, Liénard, Ravion, Renaud
Boismenu - Monet
Boismorel - Petit
Boissonnault - St-Onge
Bonenfant - Bénard
Bonin - Deslauriers
Bonsecours - Fauteux
Bordet - Brassard
Borgia - Levasseur
Boucher - Boucherville, Desroches, Ducuron, Grandpré, Grosbois, Morin
Boulanger - Lefebvre
Boumois - Gauthier
Bourbon - Merdieu
Bourbonnais - Brunet, Dumay
Bourdelais - Arcand, Brane, Courrier, Desormaux, Talon
Bourgeois - Laverdure
Bourgouin - Duverger
Bourguet - Etienne
Bourguignon - Bourgouin, Colleret, Couturier, Dessureaux, Verreau
Bourjoli - Bénard
Boutot - Thiboutot
Brasseur - Bordet
Breton - Bion, Courtois, Elie, Girard, Hautbois, Robert
Briand - Georget
Brillon - Régnier
Bricourt - Herbin
Bruneau - Petit
Brunel - Brunet, Limousin
Brunet - Belhumeur, Bourbonnais
Cadillac - Lamothe
Cahouet - Caouet
Canard - Renaud
Cantin - Quentin
Carignan - Bénard, Bourbeau, Duclos
Caron - Dussault, Laviolette
Carrière - Jamme, Lebrun
Casse - St-Aubin
Catherine - Bélanger
Cauchon - Bléry
Cavalier - Deslauriers, Rivet
Chabot - Lamarre
Chambeau - Fleury
Champagne - Aubin, Beaugrand, Dupré, Fontenelle, Gouin, Handgrave, Rémy, Sylvestre
Charbonnier - Desjardins
Charland - Francoeur
Charlebois - Bois, Joly, Jolibois
Charpentier - Belhumeur, Sansfaçon
Châtillon- Berson, Godin, Hardy, Mignault
Chauvin - Beaulieu
Chenneville - Babie, Bigot
Chety - Joubert
Chevalier - Biétry, Cardinet, Cheval, Lhullier, Potère, Sauvage
Clément - Labonté
Clocher - Marquet
Coderre - Emery
Comtois - Carry, Gilbert, Royer
Corporal - Hus
Couillard - Beaumont, Deschênes, Desilets, Després, Lafleur
Courberon - Damours
Courcival - Beaudoin
Courtois - Breton
Courville - Abraham, Baret, Billy, Cadieux, Lefebvre, Piet
Couture - Bellerive
Couturier - Bourguignon
Croustille - Langlois
Daignault - Daniau
Daigle - Daigre
Dallaire - Allaire
Damours - Courberon
Dandurant - Marcheterre
Daniau - Laprise

Davignon - Beauregard
Deblois - Gregoire
Defoy - Baron
Deladurantaye - Ladurantaye, Morel
Delbec - Joli
Delisle - Arrivé, Aubin, Bienvenu, Bonin, Gauthier, LeGardeur
Demers - Dumay, Monfort
DeNevers - Brantigny, Brentigny
Denis - Lapierre
Deschamps - Hunault
Deschênes - Couillard, Miville
Deshazards - Maheu
Desilets - Couillard, Desrosiers, Guyon, Huard, Mousseau
Desjardins - Beaudin, Charbonnier, Delboeuf, Louvard, Roy, Verger
Deslauriers - Bonin, Cavelier, Cordeau, Dion, Favreau, Hébert, Ménard, Normandeau, Renard, Renaud, Tinon
Desloges - Poirier
Després - Couillard, Dupré, Guyon
Desrochers - Bertrand, Duquet, Houde, Jean, Perrault, Sevestre
Desroches - Boucher, Laroux, Tinon
Dion - Deslauriers, Guyon
Dolbec - Dufresne
Dubois - Boutret, Filiau, Quintin
Duchesne - Lapierre
Dufrenay - Guyon
Dufresne - Bouin, Dolbec, Fournier, Thunay, Vernas
Duhamel - Sansfaçon
Dumay - Demers
Dupont - André, Gaudais, Locquet
Dussault - Caron, Toupin
Drouet - Bajolet
Duclos - Carignan
Duplessis - Gardet, Gatineau, Guillemot, Moreau, Perrin, Sirois
Dupré - Després
Duval - Bigot, Charles, Chevreul, Lelièvre, Meunier, Renaud
Elie - Breton, Hélie
Emery - Coderre
Émond - Edmund
Eschambault - Fleury
Estiambre - Sansfacon
Etienne - Bourguet, Clérin
Fafard - Boisjoli
Fauteux - Bonsecours
Fleury - Chambeau, Eschambault
Fortin - Bellefontaine
Foucher - St-Aubin
Fournier - Belleval, Dufresne
Francoeur - Brûlé, Charland, Leclerc, Moreau
Gagnon - Bellesîles, Belzile
Garnier - Grenier, Pellerin
Gaudreau - Gotreau
Gauthier - Boumois, Comporté, Delisle, Gaultier
Gautron - Larochelle
Georget - Briand
Gervais - Talbot
Gilbert - Comtois
Gobloteur - Pelletier
Godin - Bellefontaine, Châterneau, Petit
Gonthier - Bernard
Gotreau - Gaudreau
Grandmaison - Barbary, Drouet, Leblanc, Thériault
Gregoire - Deblois
Guyon - Desilets, Després, Dion, Dufresnay, Durouvray, Lemoine
Hamelin - Bellou
Harbour - Arbour
Hardouin - Ardouin
Hébert - Deslauriers, Jolicoeur, Laverdure
Herbin - Bricourt
Houde - Desrochers, Gervais
Huard - Desilets
Hudon - Beaulieu
Hunault - Deschamps
Hus - Corporal, Cournoyer
Jean - Desrochers
Jobidon - Bidon
Joli - Delbec, Charlebois
Jolicoeur - Amand, Bernard, Bruneau, Dubois, Dupuis, Hébert, Normand
Jombard - Bard
Joubert - Chety
Juchereau - Beaumarchais, Duchesnay
Labonté - Clément, Couturier, Laporte, Petit, Rousseau
Labourlière - Laplante
Lachance - Pepin
Lacroix - Babin, Bourgault, Delaunay, Lefebvre, Major, Neveu, Roberge, Voisin
Lafleur - Albert, André, Cauchon, Couillard, Dugas, Gendron, Parenteau
Lagacé - Mignier
Lamarre - Chabot
Lamothe - Cadillac, Giboire
Langlois - Croustille
Lapierre - Bardet, Denis, Duchesne, Joncas, Meunier, Roberge, Toupin
Laplante - delaBourlière, Madore
Lapointe - Audet, Clément, Godard, Robin, Simon
Laporte - Labonté
Laprise - Daniau, Daignault
Larchevêque - Lévesque
Larochelle - Gautron
Laurent - Provençal
Lavallée - Bouchard, Giguère, Paquet, Richard, Vallée
Laverdure - Bourgeois, Dutartre, Gély, Hébert, Valiquet, Verret, Vignault
Laviolette - Beaumont, Blouin, Caron, Dubois, Dumont, Greslon, Maillot, Prévost
Lart - Alarie
Leblanc - Dussault, Grandmaison, Jérôme, White
Leborgne - Bélisle
Lebrun - Carrière, Renel
Leclerc - Blondin, Clair, Francoeur
Lefebvre - Angers, Bélisle, Belleran, Boulanger, Courville, Faber, Lacroix
Lelièvre - Duval
Lemoine - Bienville
LeNeuf - Beaubassin
Lepage - Pagé
Leroy - Roy
Levasseur - Borgia, Carmel, Chaverlange
Lévesque - Larchevêque, Sansoucy
Lhullier - Chevalier
Liénard - Boisjoli, Durbois, Léonard
Limousin - Brunel
Lombret - Simard
Maheu - Deshazards
Malboeuf - Beausoleil
Marcheterre - Dandurant
Marquet - Clocher
Marsolet - Bellechasse
Martin - Belmont
Meunier - Lapierre
Michaud - Michel
Michel - Taillon
Miel - Amiel
Mignault - Aubin, Châterneau, Labrie
Mignier - Lagacé, Magnan
Miville - Deschênes
Monet - Boismorel
Monjoly - Sansfaçon
Montmorency - Baucher
Moreau - Duplessis, Duportail
Morel - Deladurantaye
Morin - Boucher, Chenevert, Valcourt
Noel - Labonté
Normand - Jolicoeur, Labrière
Normandeau - Deslauriers
Normandin - Beausoleil
Pagé - Lepage
Pasquier - Paquet
Pellerin - Garnier
Pelletier - Gobloteur, Legobloteur
Pepin - Lachance
Perrault - Desrochers
Petit - Beauchemin, Boismorel, Bruneau, Coulange, Godin, Labonté
Phocas - Raymond
Poirier - Desloges
Pothier - Laverdure
Prévost - Provost
Provençal - Laurent
Quentin - Cantin
Quintin - Dubois
Raymond - Phocas
Raynaud - Blanchard
Régnier - Brillon
Rémy - Champagne
Renard - Cardon
Renaud - Canard, Châterneau, Davenne
Reynaud - Arnaud
Rivet - Cavalier, Durivet, Dusouchet
Rotreau - Bélisle
Rouer - Artigny
Rousseau - Labonté
Roy - Audy, Chouigny, Desjardins, King, Leroy
Royer - Comtois
St-Aubin - Casse, Foucher, Serreau
St-Jorre - Sergerie
St-Onge - Aubé, Baril, Boisson, Joly, Martineau, Ménard
St-Pierre - Boucher, Boulanger, Marquet, Perrault, Prudhomme, Rivet
Sansfaçon - Charpentier, Duhamel, Estiambre, Monjoly
Sansoucy - Baucher, Béchet, Girardin, Lévesque, Suprenant, Vallée
Sergerie - St-Jorre
Serreau - St-Aubin
Sevestre - Desrochers
Simard - Lombret
Sirois - Duplessis
Sylvestre - Champagne
Taillon - Michel
Talbot - Gervais
Talon - Bourdelais
Thériault - Grandmaison
Thiboutot - Boutot
Tinon - Deslauriers, Desroches
Toupin - Dussault, Lapierre
Trottier - Beaubien, Valcourt
Valcourt - Morin, Valcourt
Verreau - Bourguignon
Villeneuve - Amiot, Arnould, Bourbeau, Labbé

More Variations/Derivatives of French surnames

Aba(i)r(e) = Hébert
Asselin = Ashla, Aslaw, Ashlaw, Aslin, Ashlin, Ashlow
Aubin = Obin
Audet(te) = Odet(te)
Austin = Ostiguy
Barrette=Borett
Bean = Lefebvre
Beaulac = Bolack
Beaudoin = Boardwine

Beauregard = Bourgard
Benoit = Benway
Benway = Benoit
Boardwine = Beaudoin
Bobo = Bourbeau
Boileau = Drinkwater
Boivin = Drinkwine
Boisvert = Greenwood
Bolack = Beaulac
Bolduc = Bolduke
Bolduke = Bolduc
Boncoeur = Bunker, Goodheart
Bonenfant = Goodchild
Boucher = Bushey
Bourbeau = Bobo
Bousquet = Buskey
Boutain = Button
Bouthillier = Butler
Boutin = Button
Branconnier = Brockney
Brault = Brow
Brockney = Branconnier
Brooks = Rousseau
Brow = Brault
Buckwheat = Sarrazin
Bunker = Boncoeur, Goodheart
Bushey = Boucher
Buskey = Bousquet
Butler = Bouthillier
Button = Boutain, Boutin

Chagnon = Shonyo
Chainey = Sheni
Chantal = Shontelle
Charbonneau = Cole
Charron = Sharron
Chauvin = Shover
Chicoine = Shequin
Cinq-Mars = St. Mars
Cir = Cyr
Clokey/Clouckie = Cloutier
Cloutier = Clokey/Clouckey
Cole = Charbonneau
Comeau = Como
Como = Comeau
Corbeau = Corbo
Corbo = Corbeau
Cota = Côté
Côté = Cota

Coulombe = Colombe, Colom, Collum, Cloum
Courchesne = Cushion
Courtemanche = Shortsleeves
Cousineau = Cousino
Cousino = Cousineau
Cummings = Viens
Cushion = Courchesne
Cyr = Cir, Sears, Sear

Dabat = LaBatt
Danis = Dany, Downey
Deaette = Deyette
de St-Pierre = Dessin-Pierre
Demarais = Demarey
Demars=Dumas
Demarey = Demarais
Demers=Dumas
Denault = Denno
Denno = Denault
Derouin = Drouin
Déry=DeRye, D'Hery,
Derry, Deary
Deschamps = Fields, Dechand, DuChen
Desautels = Dezotelle
Desnoyers=Hickory
Desparts = Desport
Desport = Desparts
Dessin-Pierre = de St-Pierre
D(e)uso = Duss(e)ault
Deyette = Deaette, Diette
Dezotelle = Desautels
Dion(ne)=Young
Downey = Danis
Drinkwine = Boivin
Drinkwater = Boileau
Drouin = Derouin
Duchaine = Duchesne
Duchanno = Duchesneau
Duchene = Duchesne
Duchesne = Duchaine, Duchene Duchesneau = Duchanno
Dumas=Demers, Demars
Dussault = Deuso

Farnsworth = Phaneuf
Favero = Favreau
Favreau = Favero
Fields = Deschamps
Fisher=Poisson
Fleury = Flowers
Flowers = Fleury
Foisy = Foizie
Foizie = Foisy
Fontaine = Fountain/Spring
Fournier = Fuller
Frappiea = Frappier
Frappier = Frappiea
Fuller = Fournier

Gaboury=Gabourie, Gabori, Gadourie
Gagné = Gonyea
Gagnon = Gonyeau
Gareau = Garrow
Garrow = Gareau
Gaultier = Gotchy
Gebo = Gibeau(lt)
Gerard = Girard/Girouard
Gero = Giroux
Gibeau(lt) = Gebo(w), Jebo(w)
Gingras = Jangraw, Shangraw,
Jeangras, Jeangraw
Girouard = Girard/Gerard
Giroux = Gero
Godreau = Goodroe/Gaudreau
Gonlah = Gumlaw
Gonyea = Gagné
Gonyeau = Gagnon
Goodchild = Bonenfant
Goodheart = Bunker, Boncoeur
Goodroe = Godreau/Gaudreau
Goosie = Gousy
Gotchy = Galtier
Grandchamp(s) = Grashaw
Grashaw = Grandchamps
Greenia = Grenier
Greenwood = Boisvert
Grégoire = Grigwire
Grenier = Greenia
Grew = Groulx
Grigwire = Grégoire
Groulx = Grew
Guindon=Yandow
Gumlaw = Gonlah

Hébert = Aba(i)r(e)
Hulburt=Jalbert

Jacks = Jacques
Jacques = Jacks
Jalbert=Hulburt
Jangraw = Gingras
Jaquin=Jaqueen, Jackins, Jakins
Jeangra(s)w = Gingras
Jebo(w) = Gibeau(lt)

Kenville=Quenneville
King = Roy

LaBatt = Dabat
Laf(f)ler = Lafleur
Laflamme=Laflim
Lafleur = Lafloor, Laflour, Laf(f)ler, Lef(f)ler, Lof(f)ler, Laflin
Laflin = Lafleur
Lafloor = Lafleur
Laflour = Lafleur
Lajeunesse = Young
Lanctôt = Languedoe, Langdo, Loncto, Lonto, Laucto, Longtoe
Landreville = Lunderville
Landry = Laundry
Lang(ue)do(e) = Lanctôt
Langevin = Longway
Lareau = Laroe/Larrow
Larivière = Rivers
Laroe = Lareau/Larrow
Larrow = Lareau/Laroe
Larocque = Larock, LaRock
Launcto = Lanctôt
Laundry = Landry
Lavigne = Lev(i)en(e), Laveen
Lafave = Bean, Lefave
Laviolette = Lovelette
Lavoie = Levoy
Lefave = Bean, Lafave
Lefebvre = Lefave, Lafave, Bean
Lef(f)ler = Lafleur
Legault=Leguolt, Legoat
L'Em(e)lin = Lemelin
Lemoine = Luman
Lecuyer=LeQuea
Letourneau = Litno, Turner
Levesque = Levick
Levick = Levesque
Levi(e)n(e) = Lavigne
Levoy = Lavoie
Litno = Letourneau
Lof(f)ler = Lafleur
Longtoe = Lanct&ocirct
Longway = Langevin
Lonto = Lanctô
Lovelette = Laviolette
Luman = Lemoine
Lunderville = Landreville
Maison = Mas(s)on
Marsha=Mercier
Mas(s)on = Maison
Maurice = Morris
Maynard = Ménard
Meilleur = Miller/Millar
Ménard = Maynard
Mercier=Marsha
Miller/Millar = Meilleur
Moreau = Mor(r)o(w)
Mor(r)o(w) = Moreau
Morris = Maurice

Nadeau=Neddo, Nadae, Nada

Obin = Aubin
Odet(te) = Audet(te)
Ostiguy = Austin
Ouellette = Willet(te), Wellet(te)

Paradee = Paradis
Paradis = Paradee
Parenteau = Paronto
Pariseau = Parizo
Parizo = Pariseau
Paronto = Parenteau
Patenaude = Patno(de)
Patno(de) = Patenaude
Patry = Peartree = Poirier
Peartree = Patry = Poirier
Pecor = Picard
Pelkey = Pelletier
Pelletier = Pelkey
Perr(e)ault = Perro
Perro = Perr(e)ault
Phaneuf = Farnsworth
Picard = Pecor
Ploof = Plouffe
Poirier = Patry, Peartree, Purrier, Puariea, Peiria
Poisson=Fisher
Potvin = Pudvah
Proulx = Prue
Prue = Proulx
Pudvah = Potvin
Purrier = Poirier

Quémeneur=Kemener, Kimeneur, Timeneur, Kemneur, Kemener, Kimenir, Temenaire, Timenaire
Quenneville=Kenville
Quesse=Caisse

Rabtoy/Robtoy = Robitaille
Racicot = Rasco(e)
Racine = Root
Rasco(e) = Racicot
Renaud/Renault = Reno
Reno = Renault/Renaud
Riendeau = Yando
Rivers = Larivière
Robitaille = Rabtoy/Robtoy
Rochefort = Rockford, Rochfort, Rochford
Rocheleau = Rushlow
Rockford = Rochefort
Rondeau = Rondo
Rondo = Rondeau
Root = Racine
Rouiar = Rouillard
Rouillard = Rouiar
Rousseau = Brooks
Roy = King
Rushlow = Rocheleau

Sampierre = St. Pierre
Sans Laurent = St. Laurent
Santaw = St. Onge
Sarault = Serreault, Sarrault, Serault, Sarau, Sereau
Sarrazin = Buckwheat
Sear(s) = Cyr
Seymard = Simard
Shangraw = Gingras
Sharron = Charron
Sheni = Chainey
Shequin = Chicoine
Shontelle = Chantal
Shonyo = Chagnon
Shortsleeves = Courtemanche
Simard = Seymard
Spring = Fontaine
St. Laurent = Sans Laurent
St. Mars = Cinq-Mars
St. Pierre = Sampierre
St. Onge = Santaw

Tailleur = Taylor
Taillon = Tyo
Tarien = Therrien
Tatro = Tétreault
Taylor = Tailleur
Teboh = Thibeau
Tétreault = Tatro
Tereo = Theriault
Terrien = Therrien
Theriault = Tereo
Therrien = Tarien, Terrien
Thibeau = Teboh
Tremblay = Trombley
Trombley = Tremblay
Tro(t)tier=Trotchie, Trutchie, Trouchia
Trudeau = Trudo
Trudo = Trudeau
Turner = Letourneau
Tyo = Taillon

Vanslatte = Vincelette
Veron=Verron, Varon, Biron
Viens = Cummings
Vincelette = Vanslatte

Wellet(te) = Ouellette
Willet(te) = Ouellette

Yandow=Guindon
Yando = Riendeau
Young = Lajeunesse, Dion(ne)

 

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