I wonder how many families have French ancestry, but are unaware due to changes in spelling of surnames?

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Example for changes in surname spelling. Tavener, Tavernier,Taverner.
in Genealogy Help by Living V G2G Crew (330 points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
A friend learned that  a Maine LaForge Family Had change their name to Smith!
Forgeron is French for blacksmith. "La forge" is the blacksmith's workshop.

5 Answers

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Still Scottish, but Beattie, Beatty, Beaty (and Baty, for SJ).

And, while I’m here, a big WELCOME to you, Stephen!
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.5m points)
+2 votes
I have sort of the reverse problem. I have a 3xg-grandmother that supposedly came from France. However, her name doesn't strike me as very French, and there is conflicting information in the records. It's one of my family brick walls.
by Eric Weddington G2G6 Pilot (391k points)
Eric if she came from Alsace or Lorraine those surnames can be Germanic sounding.  Some parts of Southern France has roots coming from the Mediterranean .
Her name is (supposedly) Olive Still:


You can see my notes and sources there.

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My Quebecois ancestors went from Ethier to Hickey when they went into the US. Took me months to figure that one out!
by Living Hampson G2G6 Pilot (105k points)
+4 votes
My great grandmother was a Murray.  It took quite a while to find out that her ancestors came from Quebec (and France before that) and spelled the name Morier.
by Brian Lamothe G2G6 Mach 3 (34.1k points)
+3 votes
According to historians, one million French Canadians emigrated to the United States during the nineteenth century.

It's interesting to find their families and see how the names have changed over time.
by E Martin G2G6 Mach 8 (88.5k points)
Julie Petit became Julia Little

Jeanne Lajeunesse became Jane Young

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