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Main Index: Native American Names of Eastern Canada (Marriage Documents)

Quebec Native Genealogy | Wendake Huron

Research Problem:  The life history of  Quebec and Ontario natives can be  notoriously difficult to trace. The first – and perhaps greatest – layer of difficulty for genealogist sand family  historians  is the late adoption of  western surname usage ie. stable family names handed down from male parent to child. This has led to given individuals in certain time periods carrying multiple surnames (native only, native and westernized, westernized).

The second layer of difficulty is that Native surnames were transcribed phonetically which led to spelling variations  in various official documents (e.g. between different church registers, census documents, border crossings etc.).

A last difficulty is the varying  quality and approaches of the different indexing projects which makes it difficult to access the primary documents (microfilmed records) and cross-check with other indexes.

Goal: To create a Master Cross-Index of Names carried by Natives in Quebec and Ontario during the 18th/19th and 20th centuries sorted by surname variations.

Phase I: A. Transcription of names from marriage registers of parishes that have been associated with Native American populations in Quebec and Ontario. B. Creation of a Master Index that sorts  those individuals by surname. Timeline: 2012/2013

To Date – Majority of marriages from Quebec, a few from Ontario & New Brunswick

Last Extensive Update January 2015


Extracts: Native American Marriages of Eastern Canada (A) 

Extracts: Native American Marriages of Eastern Canada   (B) 

Extracts: Native American Marriages Eastern Canada (C)  

Extracts: Native American Marriages of Eastern Canada  (D/E) 

Extracts: Native American Marriages of Eastern Canada (F/G)

Extracts: Native American Marriages of Eastern Canada |(H/I)

Extracts: Native American Marriages of Eastern Canada(J)

Extracts: Native American Marriages of Eastern Canada (Ka)

Extracts: Native American Marriages of Eastern Canada(Ke …)

Extracts: Native American Marriages of Eastern Canada of   (L)

Extracts of Native American Marriages of Eastern Canada   (M) 

Extracts of Native American Marriages of Eastern Canada   (N) 

Extracts: Native American Marriages of Eastern Canada (O) 

 Extracts: Native American Marriages of Eastern Canada (P) 

Extracts: Native American Marriages of Eastern Canada (Q/R   

Extracts: Native American Marriages of Eastern Canada (S/T)

Extracts: Native American Marriages of Eastern Canada (U/V) 

Extracts: Native American Marriages of Eastern Canada (W/X/Y/Z)

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Native American Surnames (2010): A–L |Akwesasne, Kahnawake, Kanehsatake, Ohsweken, Tyendinaga, Wahta

Native American Surnames  (2010):  M–Z | Akwesasne, Kahnawake, Kanehsatake, Ohsweken, Tyendinaga, Wahta

January 6, 2012 - Posted by | . | ,


  1. Are there any Bisson or Petitclerc aboriginal last names?

    Comment by Debbie | May 6, 2012 | Reply

    • I do not have any in my own databases but they may pop up as I continue extracting new marriages.

      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | May 6, 2012 | Reply

  2. hi. I am trying to find out the truth about my family roots. for years i was told that there was native american indian in the family but no one will talk. The family names that i am part of are SAVAGE – TREMBLAY – MIRRON – AYOTTE.
    i have always been drawn to the native culture and was just wondering.. both parents are french canadian and as were both grandparents.. i hope that you might be able to shed some light as to how do i follow this little secret my families are burring in the closet..

    Comment by kim bremer | July 2, 2012 | Reply

    • Kim, If you e-mail me @EChand5000@aol.com, I have a huge data base on the Tremblay’s, back to 1100AD in Normandy France. 1619, here in North America. I’m Mohawk, and my birth name is Tremblay, but was adopted (1957) out of Carlisle Indian School, in PA and given the surname of Chandler.

      Comment by Ed (Tremblay) Chandler | September 30, 2014 | Reply

      • Tremblay: I have nothing sure to share right now but just this: the name Tremblay may be associated with the Innu nation (Montagnais so called); many french canadians in the Nitassinan (Innu country) are related to the Innut, many having the name Tremblay. Areas: St-John Lake (Lac St-Jean or Piekokami) and St-Laurent river North Shore.
        Ayotte: I met once a young man who had this family name and was a Huron-Wyandot metis in Quebec city.
        Savage: probably a nick name that became a family name; too often, priests would not accept any native name and would give sauvage or sauvagesse as identification to a native in the parish registration files when they did not choose arbitrary french names.
        Have you tried to reach genealocical societies in Quebec?

        Comment by Françoise de Montigny-Pelletier | October 1, 2014 | Reply


          Comment by Dianna McCabe | October 1, 2014 | Reply

  3. Did Peter Paul Ballard and Emma Pauline Rettell marry on the reservation and what name was used. I am trying to track down my Indian Ancestory and can’t find a birth recorder for my Grandmother or marriage records. Any help would be appreciated. Thank You.

    Comment by DIANNA MCCABE | July 24, 2012 | Reply

  4. you stop at M is there nothing beyond M or you haven’t found any yet?

    Comment by Debbie | August 9, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Debbie,
      My n-z marriages are still in draft form. It takes me about a month per letter of the alphabet to go back and double check everything and format it for the blog.
      I will try to continue posting in the near future.
      Thanks for your interest,

      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | August 9, 2012 | Reply

  5. Hello, i’m searching for the ancestors of the name of Simon Jourdain born in the Uashat, Maliotenam area 1833 d1911 on Couchiching First Nations, was part of the ancestrial faimlies who sighed the Treaty#3 of 1871, he is my 5x grandfather twice over, 2 of his daughters married into my family, one on my fathers side another on my mothers side,

    Comment by K | December 3, 2012 | Reply

  6. I’m very glad to have found your site as I’m currently researching my family history of the surname Yarrow, originally from Montreal, Quebec whom moved to Ontario in the 1800’s. I’ve had a difficult time going back further than 1814, so I’ll be keeping an eye to see what you post in 2013 for the “Y” surnames. I’m also planning to meet with a member of a Metis council to see if they can point me in any fruitful directions as well, as I’m not exactly knowledgeable as to where I need to look.
    I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to post this material on your website as I’m sure it will help many individuals in building their family trees!
    Best regards and happy holidays,

    Jenn Delaney

    Comment by Jenn Delaney | December 15, 2012 | Reply

    • Hello Jenn,
      If you were to leave the names of the oldest Yarrow husband and wife someone may be able to help you.

      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | December 15, 2012 | Reply

      • Thanks for the response Evelyn. The furthest back I’ve found was Seymour Joseph Yarrow, born in 1814 in Montreal, Quebec. In all records I’ve found, he’s named as French but our family knows he is the Native link. His wife was Harriet Meyers, born in Bath, Lennox & Addington Co., Ontario in 1824/25. They lived in Trenton/Hastings/Northumberland but there have been stories stating they were connected to the Tyendinaga Mohawk reserve, which I’m beginning to research as well.
        The difficulties I’m having is finding the documentation with Seymour identifying as Native, as many during that time attempted to hide their ancestry by identifying as French or otherwise. If I could find information on Seymour’s parents perhaps from Quebec, that may give me more information. If anyone reading knows anything or is part of the Yarrow family, please feel free to contact me: delaney.jenniferann@gmail.com

        Comment by Jenn Delaney | December 17, 2012 | Reply

  7. Hello,
    And thank you for allowing for such great reading.

    I search for assistance to my family name. On my records i am fatherless and was given my mothers maiden name of PAPINEAU. my mother talks of the mohawks and others however i can not find information on my fatly. Were there Papineau in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec that were first people of partial?

    Thank you for your help


    Comment by frank | January 10, 2013 | Reply

    • There is a François-Xavier Papineau, great chief of the Nipissing tribe who married two of his daughters to Mohawks family : Cecile Papino married Martin Ononsawenrat ; Catherine Papino married Bernard Narrison. Does this seem possible for you ?

      Comment by Jean-Guy Paquin | September 9, 2014 | Reply

      • That is quite possible. I ned to research this man. Do you know if there is any other native tie to the name PAPINEAU?
        Thank you

        Comment by Frank | February 10, 2015 | Reply

  8. Evelyn would you know about a James Cleland married to Victoria Boudrias.
    deux montagnes. 1860.

    Comment by AN MARI LAVIGNE | May 29, 2013 | Reply

    • Not offhand but I will give it a look. You already have the marriage information?

      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | May 31, 2013 | Reply

    • Any information for Lous Roquebrune dit Gachiniac et
      Marie Madeleine Sabourin. 26 Mai 1716. Pointe Claire. Quebec.

      Comment by AnMari Lavigne | July 25, 2013 | Reply

      • I found a text about it on Internet ( http://www.mundia.com/us/Person/1436482/874510397 ), but it appears with all the html code. I copied it for you:

        “My ancestor Louis Couillaud dit Laroque dit Roquebrune, also know as Vachignac or Gachiniac, would have been born after his brother François between 1686 and 1694. His baptism act was never found. A recent test performed on my DNA-Y and on an other descendant of Louis proved without a shadow of doubt that our ancestor Louis Couillaud (Larocque dit Roqubrune) was from European descent and is the son of Philibert Couillaud. The surnames Vachignac or Gachignac were also found in France.

        “So why do we think that Louis could have been born beteeen 1686 and 1694 ? Looking at the repartition of the birth in this family we think that Catherine Laporte certain must had at least one child between the age 23 et 30. She had six children in 10 year before 1684. (See note at the end of this frame with an other hypothesis worth considering as well). Louis would have been the seventh child of Philibert Couillaud dit Roquebrune et Catherine Laporte dit Saint-Georges. Louis married Marie Madeleine Sabourin in Pointe-Claire (Québec) on May 21st 1716. We can see the marriage act in the archives section. In 1718 when is brother Michel get married Louis is said to be a miller the upper section of the Isle of Montréal. (West end of the Isle) in Ste-Anne-du-Bout-de-l’Ile. He operates the mill of the Seigneur de Senneville in 1720 (Click here to see Senneville wind mill). When his son Pierre is baptised the family is living at Isle Perrot. During the 1724 census he is at Isle Perrot on the south side of the Domaine. He is the owner of a plot of 3 x 18 arpents of which 20 are cleard and cultivated, one house, one barn and one stable. He also own a smaller parcel of land a little ways from here about 3 arpents of frontage and of an indeterminate depth which has no building on it. For those unfamiliar with Isle Perrot the Domaine is the section that goes from Pointe-du-Moulin (Windmill Point) to the village of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot (Link to the map ). One should not confuse the Domaine with La Pointe du Domaine. The plot my ancestor had was located approximately where Atlantide Golf club is now located. Click on the map on the left. The plots that Louis Larocque owned are numbered 4649 and 4668.

        “Louis and Madeleine lived near the Windmill that can still be seen at Pointe du Moulin on Isle Perrot (Picture above on this page). The first mention fo this windmill goes back as far as 1708 and was built by the Seigneur (Landlord) of Isle Perrot, Joseph Trottier Desruisseaux. On June 8 1742 Louis buys an other plot from Françoise Cuillerier widdow of the Landland of the island. Between 1743 and 1744 Louis sell his land at Ile Perrot and they move to Vaudreuil. Because there is no church in Vaudreuil, Louis et his wife go to the church in Oka which is the closest to them. It is accross the Lake of two Mountains. Louis is buried in Oka on June 5th 1764 at the age of 80 years old and Madeleine is burried in Vaudreuil on January 19 1784 aged 85.The Parish in Vaudreuil was founded in 1773 and Madeleine died january 19, 1784 (See the act). The present Church in Vaudreuil was built in 1791.

        “From the couple of Louis Laroque and Marie Madeleine Sabourin was born 13 children (According to Mgr Forbes book of the families of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue). The children list appears on this page.

        “(Note: The PRDH organisation place Louis’ birth in 1679 and here’s why. I translated an an explanation by Mr. Bertrand Desjardins of the PRDH (Programme de Recherche en Démographie Historique of the Université de Montréal))

        “In light of what we already know:
        – The wife of Philibert, Catherine Laporte, was born October 12, 1663.
        – She gave birth October 15, 1677 to a son named Jean Baptiste
        – The 1681 census shows two sons for the couple, Jean, age 5, and Baptiste, age 3.
        – Of these two we seem to trace the existance of only one married to Anne Celerier Desrosiers. He is named Jean at the baptism of 12 of his 13 children, et sometime Jean, sometime Jean Baptiste after that.
        The hypothesis brought forward by René Jetté is that the couple would have had a son so called «Jean» about 1676 and «Jean Baptiste» baptised in 1677, as indicated in the 1681 census. This forces us to suppose that Louis is born after François, about 1688 or 1689. He would have been 75 at his death instead of the 90 written on the act, but such exaggeration were more then frequent for advanced death for this time.

        “The problem with this hypothesis is that Catherine Laporte couldn’t have married before October 12, 1675 the day of her 12th birthday, supposing that she was still nubile (a pupescent girl in age to get married), which is not very frequent. It meant that she would have become pregnant almost immediately of «Jean» because she would have had a second child two year to the day after her marriage. Strong with my experience I can assert that many studies were conducted on the question of fertility of young women of this era that shows that two birth at her 14th birthday is an impossibility. Furthermore, the survival of the first one, the presumed “Jean” born in 1676 would have had for effect to produce a period of amenorrhoea post-partum (length of time before the ovulation can resume after a birth) because of her breast-feeding. These things, are known if demography that breast-feeding causes a stretch in the time a second birth can occur.
        I must reject this hypothesis ( the one of René Jetté). It appears most likely that the sons of the 1681 census are Jean (Baptiste), born in 1677, called Jean in the census, and Louis, called Baptiste in the census born in 1679. It is that way the this information will be dealt from now on in PRDH. (End of Quotation.)

        “This explanation seems very plausible. However me must consider that Louis would have to marry Madeleine Sabourin at the advanced age of 37, ten years above the average for this era. At the birth of his last child, Pierre en 1741, Louis would have been more then 60 , an age where normally a man is already a grand-father. We can add that Louis would have died at age 85 a very advanced age for a man in Canada in the 18th century.”

        I hope that this will bring you more precision in your research…

        Comment by Serge Veillette | July 29, 2013 | Reply

  9. She:Kon,

    I am trying to find links between an Elisabeth Montour,alive in 1791, who became my great-great-grandfather,s godmother in 1791, my ancestor,s first name was Francois born on the 21st of july and the priest wrote: unknown parents!
    The godfather present was Paul Betourne.
    Would you have information about the genealogy of Elisabeth Couc Montour, meaning the following generations, I was wondering if the one of 1791 was related to the previous Elisabeth.



    Comment by de Montigny-Pelletier, Francoise | January 7, 2014 | Reply

  10. Looking for my native american roots. late 1800’s David Gagne-Alfred Gagne-My Grandmother Alfreda Gagne her sister Laura Gagne. Some census say Alfreda born in NH. Her mother Nathaline Paquette. Alfreda lived in Wolfeboro, NH at the age of 17 when she married Francis Rogers in the middle 1930’s

    Comment by Darrel Hunter Rogers | July 16, 2014 | Reply

  11. We are trying to find the family history of Mercy Carter, who was taken to Kahnawake after the Deerfield raid of 1704. We know she stayed there, married and raised a family, but does anyone know her about her family?

    Comment by Robert Nelson | September 3, 2014 | Reply

    • There is a book relating the story of Eunice Williams adopted in Kahnawake after the Deerfield raid to take back a bell own by Kahnawakeronons. maybe there will be information about Mercy Carter in this book.

      Comment by Françoise de Montigny-Pelletier | September 3, 2014 | Reply


        Comment by Dianna McCabe | September 8, 2014 | Reply

  12. My grandfather Samuel Hubbard Forlaw married Susan Deer of the Caughnawaga Reservation in late 1946 (possibly Sept, October or November of 1946) He always said we were of Cherokee Nation North Carolina.. Due to that he was allowed to live on the Indian Reservation with Susan when they married in 1946. My grandfather passed 10/7/81 and Susan in either very late 1997 or sometime in 1998. All records where lost in our move from NY to Pennsylvania.. My family and I have written to the last address Susan Deer lived in with hopes that a family member of hers would get and get in touch with us. Grandpa’s funeral services were held in a church on the reservation.. Not sure where but both of them are together in a cemetery (1 of the 4) nearby. Susan Deer was the daughter of the Chief and her nephew was also one in later years ( 1978—??–not too sure)
    Whatever help you can give me would be very much appreciated. I would love to have this information to pass on to my children and grandkids. Many, many thanks
    Rebecca (Forlaw) Marston

    Comment by Rebecca (Forlaw) Marston | November 19, 2014 | Reply

  13. I am searching for the origin of the surname Mathurin. I have also come across the name spelled Maturin. My research begins with my mother (maiden name was Mathurin). I have gone as far back as her great-great-great-grandfather and found his baptism records. His mother is named (Marguerite Marois), but his father is not. The church records list “illegitimate” birth. I am quite curious about how he came to have the surname Mathurin.
    Can anyone point me in the right direction?

    Comment by Karen Bartolomeo | January 31, 2015 | Reply

  14. Bonjour
    I am trying to find family information on my great grandmother nee Gray married to my mom thinks an emery. They were on tyendinaga reserve. My dad raised me in the mohawk tradition but there was never much said about my ancestors.

    Comment by Kimberly Lajoie (Gray nee) | March 1, 2015 | Reply

    • Kim, There are tribal records of people that lived on the Indian Reserve of Tyendinaga, that should be available on the internet. Either that, or contact the cultural affairs office on the Rez. they might be able to help you.


      Ed (Tremblay) Chandler

      Comment by Ed (Tremblay) Chandler | March 1, 2015 | Reply

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