Where I got my first name…

I have always wondered where I got my first name.

I was baptised Joseph Léo Pierre. My godfather Léo was my paternal grandfather so it makes sense he was the one who chose my given name.

My grandfather with my father and Marcel in a wheelchair

The question was how was he related to someone whose name was Pierre. Probably someone he liked a lot and admired. This assumption led me in 2007 to look for a Pierre Lagacé in the 1800s since my grandfather was born June 5th, 1888.

In 2007 I knew nothing about my grandfather except what was written on this mortuary card.

He didn’t talk much like my father.

Maybe both had family secrets to hide…

Boy did they have family secrets to hide.


The only clue I had was my first name. So I got looking and looking for any Pierre Lagacé I could track down on the Internet.

One I did find was a Pierre Lagacé born in 1825 whose brother was Stanislas born in 1816. Little did I know back then that Stanislas was my great-great-grandfather. His brother Pierre had married Marcelline David who died in 1906.

Their son A.P. Lagasse was the undertaker.

Little by little I documented my research and added more and more information about Pierre and Marcelline’s children.

Pierre Adolphe Lagasse 1851–1922
Joseph Lagacé 1852–
Henri Lagacé 1854–1935
Isidore Lagasse 1856–1934
Emélie Lagassé 1858–1905
Damase Lagasse 1860–
Adélia Lagacé 1864–
Joséphine Lagacé 1865–1907
Clara Lagacé 1866–
Marie Marcelline Lagacé 1868–
Idala Lagasse 1870–1947
Ambrose Lagasse 1872–1956

There was a son named Pierre Adolphe. Could I be related to him?

Pierre Adolphe had a son named Frobe. Could I be related to him?

Frobe Lagasse’s given name got me curious which led me to one of his descendants who then shared pictures of Frobe Lagasse, his wife and children…

Blanche, Frobe, Laurent, Joseph Norman, Valéda Forand

I could go on and on with how I got my given name.

Just this…

The man on the left is Pierre Lagacé whose brother was my great-grandfather Stanislas whose father was the Stanislas Lagacé born in 1816. I would have never known my roots, and the origin of my given name without the help from readers of Our Ancestors.

Now you can understand why I always share my research to thank all who have helped me since 2009.

16 thoughts on “Where I got my first name…

  1. … ou, tout bêtement, parce que le prénom Pierre était particulièrement populaire à l’époque (en fait, sauf erreur, il l’est de tout temps).

    Comme le mien (que je n’ai jamais spécialement aimé) l’était en 1948.

    Mais, tout bien considéré, c’est peut-être un peu réducteur comme raisonnement. Je préfère de loin ton histoire.

    • Using an automatic translation software…

      … or, quite foolishly, because the first name Peter was particularly popular at the time (in fact, unless I’m mistaken, it has always been so).

      As mine (which I never especially liked) was in 1948.

      But, all things considered, it may be a little simplistic. I like your story much better.

  2. Pierre, I love reading your posts. I am so thankful that you were there to help me find my parental family connections. I would still be stuck on my great-grandparents if it hadn’t been for you. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  3. Okay, Pierre, you are writing in English. The only language I understand though I studied French 4 years in high college and one year in college. As they say, “What you don’t use you lose.” My question is where did I miss Frobe? You began sharing about that name but I didn’t see it anywhere in the post earlier unless you wrote an earlier post where you mentioned Frobe. Just curious.
    All families have secrets. I have been able to share some, others I will have to have a future generation add the information on the family tree.

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