A Canadian Family

First Nations, French Canadians & Acadians

French Canadian Pioneers: The Brochus of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

Index: Filles du Roi


QUEBEC SURNAMES: Brochu, Saulnier, Lafontaine LOCATION: Quebec | Vintage photograph of J.A. Brooch's Sweet store (candy shop) in Montreal, Quebec


Jean Brochu / Lafontaine |    Nicole Saulnier

October 28th, 1669, Quebec (Notre-Dame)

[Occ. carpenter]  [Baptismal record]

Nicole Saulnier was a Fille du Roi (see 2nd note below).

Source: Researchers – Lucien Brochu, Lise Dandonneau


Variations or associated surnames

Brochu – Lafontaine – Lebrichu



This series of Early French Canadian Pioneer  microposts is dedicated to the earliest settlers of Quebec. If you are new to the genealogy of French-speaking Canadians, please be aware that the earliest French settlers can also descend from the Acadian pioneers who originally settled in what are now Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In addition, please note that any Native related links refer back to other posts citing census, marriage or other documents with indigenous or Metis individuals of that surname, however those individuals do not necessarily descend from those particular French Canadian settlers. All these posts are intended as Finding Aides – a place to find possible clues and start your own research!


Filles du Roi  is the name that’s been given to about 700/800 women who emigrated from France to Quebec in the middle of the 17th century. They were called the King’s Daughters because Louis XIV (King of France) had sponsored their trips to the New World. Each Fille received her passage, a hope chest and room and board until her marriage (read further at The Canadian Encyclopedia).

Nicole Saulnier was a Fille du Roi. Nicole was born about 1651 in Paris, France. Her parents were Pierre Saulnier and Jeanne Chevillard. Her father was a cobbler. Nicole died in St-Jean, Ile d’Orleans, Quebec. [Biographical notes – in French]




Related Posts

The New Midgets Palace (Pt.3/3) | Count and Countess Nicol of Montreal

Theriault Marriages Extracted from Canadian Family Tree (4)

Index: Filles du Roi

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy and History



External Links

Maison Gabriel | Find a shoe that fit

Maison Gabriel | Building a solid structure


Brochu | Surname Association



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