French Family Names
Those of us who grew up close to the Middle Road (now County Road 46 in Essex County) have some insights into the nature of the relationship between Canada’s Two Solitudes.
Traditionally, the Middle Road was the dividing line between French Essex County (north) and non-French Essex County (the south).
Essex County has been the site of some severe wars of words between our two founding nations. My grandmother was one of those people who was able to bridge those divides. Partly because her father’s family was French — Grandpa Fred Delaurier married an English woman (Euphemia Foster), but I think Grandma still retained some of her the Frenchness in her spirits, though not in language.
I was surprised to find an extensive list of family histories for families north of the Middle Road from Belle River to Stoney Point.
Her family trees don’t cover as many generations as her histories of English speaking families. Fortunately, the French histories are easier to find — the Catholics were much much better at record keeping than we Protestants were.
Here is the list of French family names in her books (and a couple of English names from these towns too). There are probably more .. this is what I’ve found so far.
Adam; Allard; Bacon; Barrette; Beaulieu; Bellemore; Benoit; Beuget; Boucher; Carrick; Caza; Cazabon; Charron; Comartin; Dauphinois; Ducharme; Dupuis; Durocher; Emery; Girard; Giroux; Guilbeault; Janisse; Lacharite; Ladouceur; Lafreniere; Lajoie; Laporte; Lassaline; Leboeuf; Leduc; Levasseur; Levesque; Mailloux; Mero; Meunier; Moison; Mousseau; Paquette; Parent; Pissonneault; Plante; Quenneville; Regnier; Renaud; Rivait; Rivest; Schiller; Souligny; St. Louis; Sylvestre; Tellier; Tessier; Tremblay; Trepanier; Trotechaud; Trudelle; Vermette; Walker