From Love Peace Joy to Myholy Cupid - Ancestry.ca discovers some amazing Valentine's names in historical Canadian records



    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Ancestry.ca, Canada's leading online family
history website, has dug deep into its vast collection of Canadian historical
records to find some interesting Valentine's Day-themed names from Canada's
history. From the romantic to the absurd, it appears Canada has long been a
country of love and not war.
    In the 1911 Census alone Ancestry.ca found the following lovely names:

    
    -  Love Peace Joy - a 25-year old who was born in India and came to
       Canada four years prior to work in the Bible industry

    -  Horse Love - this 17-year old worked, perhaps predictably, as a farm
       labourer, earning a meagre $180 in 1910

    -  Amor Figydt - this 35 year-old lived in a small house on St Paul
       Street in Toronto, Ontario with his three children and his mother

    -  Romance Clark - born in the US this 15 year-old lived with her family
       in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan in 1911, after immigrating to Canada the
       previous year

    -  Myholy Cupid - a 24 year-old recent Polish immigrant to Canada,
       working 40-plus hour work weeks as a street labourer, sharing a lodge
       with other Polish immigrants

    -  Rose Candy - this 34 year-old immigrated to Canada from England and
       lived in Kamloops, British Columbia with her husband and several other
       boarders

    According to the same Census, in 1911 Canada's population included:

    -  1161 people with the first name Valentine and 189 with Valentine as a
       surname

    -  Four people with the first name Cupid

    -  46 people with Amor as first name, 25 with the surname

    -  A dozen Canadians with the first name Candy, with 68 with having the
       sweet surname

    -  76 Love's, 18 Heart's and 5 Sweet's as first names

    Sweet sounding names can also be found in a range of other historical
records, including:

    -  Valentine Couture, a 3-year-old, can be found in the 1851 Canadian
       Census

    -  31-year-old Flower Summer can be found crossing the border from Canada
       into the U.S. in 1914

    -  Toddler Heart Nowe can be found living in Toronto in the 1851 Canadian
       Census

    -  50-year-old Sweet Cornelius can be found living with his wife in
       Trenton, Ontario in the 1891 Census
    

    Karen Peterson, Marketing Director for Ancestry.ca comments: "It would
appear that naming children strange names is neither a new trend, nor one
reserved for Hollywood celebrities. Who knows, with just a few clicks of the
mouse, anyone can find out if they are related to a Valentine or Heart or
Love."
    To find out if you may have a Valentine in your family tree, visit
Ancestry.ca and let the journey begin.

    ABOUT ANCESTRY.CA

    Ancestry.ca was launched in January 2006 and has 410 million Canadian
names in such collections as the 1851, 1891, 1901, 1906 and 1911 Censuses of
Canada, Ontario and British Columbia vital records from as early as 1813,
Quebec Vital Records (The Drouin Collection), 1621-1957, Canadian Passenger
Lists, 1865 to 1935, and U.S. / Canada Border Crossings from 1895 to 1956.

    (*)Ancestry.ca is part of the global network of Ancestry websites (wholly
owned by The Generations Network, Inc.), which contains seven billion names in
27,000 historical record collections. To date more than 9 million family trees
have been created and 875 million names and 15 million photographs uploaded.
6.8 million unique visitors logged on to an Ancestry website in December
2008.(*)
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in Canada, www.ancestry.co.uk in the UK, www.ancestry.com.au in Australia,
www.ancestry.com in the US, www.ancestry.de in Germany, www.ancestry.it in
Italy, www.ancestry.fr in France, www.ancestry.se in Sweden and www.jiappu.com
in China.

    (*)comScore, Unique Visitors, December2008




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