How often do French Canadian given names change when they immigrate to the USA?

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With the great help of Blaise-120, I found out that my great great grandfather had the name Oliver in the US and Francois-Xavier back in Quebec. It seemed so unlikely at first, but all the facts matched. I had heard of French Canadians dropping the Marie (which so many women have) and some male names like Joseph, but never anything like this. Even "dit" names. Blaise-120 reassured me that even some of his ancestors had been "renamed," sometimes more than once.

There must be some reasons for this, but what?
asked in Genealogy Help by Bob Scrivens G2G6 Mach 1 (16.6k points)

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I've never seen such a drastic name change, but definitely some name changes. I have a lot of French Canadians in my tree who moved to the states, and they frequently changed things like Jacques to Jack or John, Oliva to Oliver, Marie to Mary, Juliette to Juliet, etc. It is the big melting pot, after all!

Is it possible that Oliver or Oliva was his middle name in Quebec? Because normally I'd expect a Francois-Xavier to go with Francis in the US. It's a bit odd to change so much.
answered by Lianne Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (418k points)
I am Robert Blais and I check every things here with birth certificat, marriage etc.

many times in those  years people change their name.  François Xavier  has a brother  named Olivier, but was not married. We lost him afterthe move. Bt Elmire Varin married François Xavier in St Rémi,  rive South of  Montréal and not Oliver. As by the name he has on hand, all children knew  was fom François Xavier in Canada.On the tombstone the name of Xavier is there with his wife Elmira Varin

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