QUEBEC-RESEARCH-L ArchivesArchiver > QUEBEC-RESEARCH > 2003-09 > 1063511655
From: "Kevan Barton" <>
Subject: RE: [Q-R] St. Athanase is ..... in English
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2003 23:54:36 -0400
Come on guys! As I stated earlier, I'm not asking a geographic question.
To an Englishman, St. John was the beloved of Christ. To someone that
speaks French, is he not St-Jean? Is St. Athanase a French saint, or does
he go by another name in English? I do not speak French, but I've never
heard of St. Athanase in English. Is someone going to help me out, or am I
only going to get pithy replies like:
St-Jean does not equal St-John
St-Peter does not equal St-Pierre
Nor does Three-Rivers equal Trois Rivieres
Because they are proper names.
Just as I wouldn't change Kevan"
"Would you translate La Rochelle to the port of "The Little Rocks"? <G>
That would be like the French referring to La Rochelle, Arkansas."
But aside from the fact that these comments do not deal with my question on
saints, taken at face value, I might assume from the comments that the folks
that responded work a very narrowly defined area. So, in the multi-cultural
society of Quebec, there is no tug-of-war between French and English about
usage and proper nouns? This is silly. We only have to look at a map. I
believe most maps have the St. Lawrence River, but do the fine folks of
Quebec call it that? The families I'm tracing originally came from Quebec,
but settled in Vermont. For some reason that I do not know, a very large
percentage of them Anglicized their names. Pierre became Peter, Jean became
John, etc. etc. Levesque became Bishop, Berger became Shepard. They even
referred to their hometowns by English equivalences: St-Jean became St.
John in the documents. I have one that at face value calls St-Athanase, St.
Thomas......but I've yet to have someone tell me if St-Athanase has an
The moral of the story is that names, even proper names, can be different
and still be quite appropriate. Knowing their differences and their
equations can be the clue I need for a genealogical success, especially
where cultures collide (Quebec), or in transnational movements
|RE: [Q-R] St. Athanase is ..... in English by "Kevan Barton" <>|