Dictionary of Americanized French-Canadian Names, Onomastics and Genealogy.
By Marc Picard. Published by Genealogical Publishing Co. 2013. 186 pages.
This dictionary is a list of surnames that came over with the early French North American colonial families who came directly from France, and the book also contains the surnames of families whose names are not as purely-original French, but whose family origins came from what are now French territories, such as Bretagne, Pays basque, and Alsace-Lorraine.
“Onomastics” means the study of the origin and forms of proper names of persons or places.
In Mr. Picard’s previous work, Dictionnaire des noms de famille du Canada français: anthroponymie et généalogie, he explained the etymologies (origins) of French migrants’ surnames who settled in Québec and Acadia in the 17th and 18th centuries.
In this newer publication, he offers explanations on the spread of these French-origin names beyond the two Canadian provinces to the wider geography of the English-speaking parts of North America.
A typical entry reads: “Picard, from Picard, the nickname of a native of Picardie, a former province in France. –Amer. Peacor, Pecor, Pecore. –Philippe Destroismaisons dit Picard (Adrien and Antoinette Leroux) from Montreuil in Pas-de-Calais (Nord-Pas-de-Calais) m. Martine Crosnier (Pierre and Jeanne Rotreau) in Château-Richer, QC in 1669."
The format refers to the etymology of the surname and any Americanized variant it stems from; the name of the first bearer of the surname, followed by the names of his parents, his place of origin, the name of his spouse and the names of her parents, and the place and date of the marriage.
Some of these details are missing on some of the entries when the genealogy could not be found.
This would be a useful reference in compiling the histories of these family names.
The Dictionary of Americanized French-Canadian Names, Onomastics and Genealogy may be ordered from the publisher at http://goo.gl/oeEDw2, from Google at http://goo.gl/h4NcGS, and from many other genealogy bookstores.