Almost Every Canadian With The Last Name Tremblay Is Related To This One Guy Named Pierre
He's the OG.
Now, this would be quite the family reunion! For one group of people, their roots can all be easily traced back to one person. If you have the Tremblay last name, not only is it one of the most common in Canada, but almost everyone with it is related to this one guy named Pierre.
Researching genealogy might not be this simple for everyone but if you fall into this group of people, there is so much that's known about the original Tremblay.
Ancestry told Narcity that the majority of people with this moniker in Quebec and Canada as a whole can be traced back to one French-Canadian ancestor.
Almost all of them are descendants of one guy, Pierre Tremblay.
This common ancestor arrived from France all the way back in 1647 after he was hired to work for 36 months in the French colonies of North America.
He worked for farmers on the north shore of the St Lawrence River before he settled in L'Ange Gardien, Quebec.
Pierre married Ozanne Achon and they had 12 children together but only 10 actually made it to adulthood.
Their six daughters are the maternal ancestors of the French-Canadian families Roussin, Gagné, Savard, Perron, Peymard dit Laforest and Pelletier.
Their four sons created the four branches of the Tremblay family tree when they each got married.
Pierre is believed to have died sometime between April 1687 and November 1689.
Today, Tremblay is the third most common last name in all of Canada behindand Brown, according to Ancestry.
Research from the popular family history website shows that the country's last names haven't changed much in more than 100 years.
Back in 1911, Smith and Brown were the first and second most common last names in the country just like they are today.
That same year there were only 11,603 Canadians with the surname Tremblay compared to 58,606 Smiths.
"Learning the history behind your name is a simple and quick way to uncover clues about your family’s heritage," Lesley Anderson, Ancestry family historian, told Narcity.
There's a free surname search tool on Ancestry.ca that lets Canadians learn about the history of their family origins.
That includes the meaning of the name, what their ancestors did for a living in Canada and their average lifespan.
As a Victoria Day long weekend treat, Ancestry's worldwide database is going to be free to use from May 15 to May 18.