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From: Suzanne B Sommerville <>
Subject: [Q-R] Re: Picard Surname
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 16:43:54 -0500
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From: "ted" <>
Subject: Picard Surname
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 11:35:31 -0700
Still looking for answers -
Laurent Picard / Charlotte Koska I'm told that these two were married
in Kahnawake PQ 1837
I learned that these two (My GG Grandparents) are Metis or Mohawk
My question is "Where and how would the Indian take the Picard name."
I believe this to be true . My next question would be " Where would
the Picard person
come from , that the Indian would take his name . And would you know
of anyway that this
could be found ?
Any help would be gratefully appreciated.
Several answers are possible, Ted. Natives took French names out of
respect just as the French were given Native names. Jean Fafard,
French-Canadian, was known as Maconce, Algonquin for bear cub, and his
children also used the name, son and daughters alike. Another possibility
is that a Native taken as a slave was emancipated by a French person and
took the name after that. Or he simply might have liked the name! Natives
were known to change names, sometimes taking on the name of a deceased
person in order to "resurrect" the individual.
As for finding evidence, have you seen the Oka record? It may have further
information or there may be something else there that would lead you back
to PRDH (records to 1799)
Suzanne Boivin Sommerville