ChallengeAZ 2016: U for Ulric

Ulrich 2016There, you have it, the only member of the Hubou-Tourville family whose first name starts with the letter U: Ulric Tourville, born and baptized on April 23, 1867, at Notre-Dame Church in Montréal. Son of Louis Tourville and Suzanne Bélec, he emigrated to Chicago around 1880. In the United States, he will be known as Fred Ulrich. In 1893, he married Amanda Adams in Chicago’s Notre-Dame parish. He was a carpenter, just like his father, but later on was a millwright. Around 1925, he left Chicago to settle in Syracuse, NY, where he died in 1947.


Letter U: Less than 1% for the Hubou-Tourvilles’ first names.


The 2016 ChallengeAZ is proposed by Sophie Boudarel of La Gazette des ancêtres

2 thoughts on “ChallengeAZ 2016: U for Ulric

  1. So…your ancestor completely changed his first name. I have an ancestor who completely changed his first and last name. Very Anglicized. What reasons might there have been for such a complete change?

    • Hi, Jeannette!

      Ulric is not my ancestor but yes, French-Canadians who left for the States often anglicized their names because they couldn’t write or it was too difficult to pronounce for an English-speaking person. Another explanation might be that the child had a nickname and this nickname became the usual name.

      Thank you for your comment 🙂

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