From family name Saulnier to Sonier and years later once again to Saulnier.
Yes, this is a true sad fact in this Province especially in the English Cities.
I’ll never forget the first time I came across this situation.
It was at the Shipyard in Saint John New Brunswick and everyone had their name tag on their hard hat.
I noticed one guy name Blaine Savoy.
I reminded the guy that he spell his last name wrong.
It should be Savoie!!!
He made it perfectly clear to me that his last name was indeed Savoy and not Savoie!
Afterwards, I noticed many Family names who’s last name was French but in the English version.
Such as LeBlanc to White, LeJeune to Young, Brun to Brown, Gaudet to Gaudett and the list goes on and go.
If I miss some? Please let me know.
These Acadians had to change their last Family name so they could get a job.
It was racism at its worst kind.
Anyway this Acadian individual found out that her last name was not Sonier but Saulnier so she changed her family name to the original form and that’s the way it should be done.
I am not making these stories up.
Just this week, the caretaker of my building knocked at my door and asked if I knew a Priest that would give the last rites to a 87 years old man who will probably not survive the night.
I quickly ran from my room and phone the Priest.
Once in the hospital, the old man was shock to see a French Priest at his bedside.
The old guy always goes to church but the English one.
He was bought up that way and it’s very sad to see that what the Acadian population had to go through way after the Deportation of the Acadian in 1755!
It was just lately that the Acadian population built their own little church.
This is one of the Acadian responsible for the building of the church,
They used to have their services at other Churches or in the school theater.
My hat goes out to the individual who change her name from Sonier to Saulnier.
Every Acadian who changed their family names during the last 100 years for they could put food on the table for their loved ones should change their name to the French version.
Sorry, I’m just writing as I feel? Maybe it’s the rain outside? Bye Bye