Perche, region of emigration
to Quebec in the 17th century
Perche, region of emigration to Quebec in the 17th century
a common history
Even if the Percherons represent only 4% of the French immigrants to Canada in the 17th and the 18th centuries,
most of the French-Canadians have Percheron blood.
describes the adventure of those immigrants to Quebec coming from Perche
who were one of the first to settle in Quebec in the 17th century.
They had a prolific descent. The families with more than ten children were very frequent.
Through the genealogies of famous descendants of those Percherons
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
, discover the close tie that links Perche and Quebec.
Her two maternal grandparents are direct descendants of Julien Fortin
The Canadian star is a direct descendant of the pioneer Jean Guyon
The Percheron pioneer Zacharie Cloutier is one ancestor of the Prime Minister of Canada
The former First Lady of the United States has several Percheron emigrants in her ancestry
Zacharie Cloutier and Jean Guyon are ancestors of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
A descendant of Jean Gagnon and Simon Lereau
A descendant of Zacharie Cloutier
60 Percheron pioneer ancestors
21 surnames of Percheron pioneers
in the first 100 surnames of Quebec today
A study by the Quebec Institute of Statistics published in 2006 reveals a strong presence of percheron pioneer names in the top 100 surnames in Quebec today, including two in the top three.
Tremblay is today the most common surname in Quebec, used by about 81,500 people, all descendants of Pierre Tremblay, the only Tremblay pioneer from France. In the second position, another percheron name, Gagnon, is used by 59,800 Quebecers.
Museum of French Emigration to Canada
One house, many roots
La Maison de l'Emigration française au Canada (Museum of French Emigration to Canada) is an illustration of the special historical ties between Canada and France. It is located at Tourouvre, in Perche.
It opened to the public on October 1st 2006.
Discoveries and research
A place of memory, the museum aims at developing links between the French - whether they are from the Perche or elsewhere - and their descendants from North America,
through exhibitions, meetings, genealogical exchanges, cultural events and activities for young people. Visitors will find information of a demographic and genealogical data
to reconstruct the history and better understand the social and individual context of French emigrants who have left their country to build a new one.
in partnership with the association Perche-Canada
left France to settle in Quebec in the 17th and 18th centuries
List updated by perche-quebec.com in May 2019
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