A Canadian Family

First Nations, French Canadians & Acadians

“Celebrate Your Name” Week



Early this morning I was visiting Amanda Elizabeth’s

A Tale of Two Ancestors

site when I came across her post about her first name.  Apparently I’m just in time for Celebrate Your Name Week which takes place this first week of March! So here goes. The three names on my baptismal certificate are Marie, Evelyn and Yvonne and there’s a special significance to each one.

My Marie name appears first on my baptismal certificate, as it did on my mothers’ and grandmothers’ records. This is a naming practice in my Quebec French-Canadian, Catholic family where our women have Marie before their name as a sign of respect for the Virgin Mary, mother of Christ.

My Evelyn name is for my maternal grandmother – Melvina Eveline Luce of Bathurst, New Brunswick.  I talked about her in Mamma-mia, I’ve got an M-line!and also in  A Canadian Family M-Line: Eveline Melvina Luce 

And finally, Yvonne honours my grandmother who descends from the Acadian Jacques “dit la Rosette” Leger. See: Our LEGER direct lineage



Are there any other Maries, Evelyns or Yvonnes out there?

Or anyone else with similar naming practices?


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March 7, 2009 - Posted by | .


  1. Very interesting Evelyn and thank you for alerting me to Celebrate your Name Week. A question when I leave a comment and it says website is that my blog site or my website?


    Comment by Aline Cormier | March 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thank you for visiting, Aline,
    So far the links I have followed have always been back to the Blog. I think that would be your best bet because that’s where people are expecting to land.
    If you include a link to your main website on your blog site – or mention it in your blog posts then people will be sure to continue on from there if they’re interested.
    My experience is that the Geneabloggers are researching into so many different countries/cultures etc. that the collaboration usually takes place around these universal themes like names etc.
    Once you’ve written your NAME blog come back here and tell me and others will know.


    Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | March 7, 2009 | Reply

  3. This is so interesting…I think it’s neat to know where people’s names come from. But especially when there’s so much tradition involved, like your name. There is no history involved in my name – just that my parents liked it. And it took them about a month to come up with a name they could agree on!


    Comment by JoLyn | March 8, 2009 | Reply

  4. Hi Evelyn,

    Congratulations on a great blog. I’m happy you told me about it but I wish I’d know sooner! Everyone on the AFC list will be happy to know about your blog and will visit without a doubt!



    Comment by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino | March 9, 2009 | Reply

  5. Thank you so much for the encouragement, Lucie.
    As you know I’ve always been a tremendous fan of your site at: http://www.acadian-home.org/


    Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | March 9, 2009 | Reply

  6. Wonderful! Thanks much for celebrating names with us this week!


    Comment by Jerry Hill, Founder CYNW | March 5, 2012 | Reply

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