TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ -, Canada's leading online family history website1, has dug deep into its vast collection of Canadian historical records to find some interesting Valentine's Day-themed names from our nation's history.  From the romantic to the downright strange, it appears Canada has always been a nation of lovers.

In the 1861 Census alone, found the following romantic names:

  • Love Bully - a 20-year-old woman born in Upper Canada, living in Dover, Kent, Canada West. We wonder if she bullied her husband Francis into marrying her.
  • Cupid Martin - a 35-year-old man originally from the United States, working as a yeoman in Raleigh County, Ontario.
  • Amor Moran - a 24-year-old Irish-born woman who can be found living with her siblings in a Montreal house with four other families.
  • Venus Antahia - the 60-year-old widower lived alone in Laprairie, Canada East.

According to the same Census, in 1861 Canada's population included:

  • 580 people with the first name Valentine, and 100 with Valentine as a surname
  • 14 people with Amor as first name, 18 with Amor the surname
  • 267 people with the first name Byron, 160 with Byron as a surname
  • Nine people with the first name Paris after the city of love

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

  • 13-year-old Love Burns can be found living in Harbourville, Nova Scotia in 1871 Canadian Census.
  • Arriving in 1907 from China, Lover Woo can be found settling at 91 Elgin Street in Humboldt, Saskatchewan in the 1911 Canadian Census.
  • Bad Heart Lasuisse, a 70-year-old Sioux widower can be found living with five family members in The Territories in the 1901 Canadian Census.
  • 24-year-old Romance Turrell marrying John Obrien on Christmas Day 1878 in the Ontario, Canada Marriages Records 1801-1926.

Roger Dunbar, Managing Director for comments: "These records show that Canadians throughout history have had a penchant for romance. With just a few clicks of the mouse, anyone can find out if they are related to someone with a love-inspired moniker."

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Canada's leading family history website, has 128 million Canadian records in such collections as the complete Historical Canadian Censuses from 1851 to 1916, Ontario and British Columbia vital records from as early as 1813, Quebec Vital Records (The Drouin Collection), Canadian Passenger Lists and U.S. / Canada Border Crossings. was launched in January 2006 and belongs to the global network of Ancestry websites (wholly owned by Operations Inc.), which contains six billion records. To date more than 20 million family trees have been created and 2 billion names and 45 million photographs and stories uploaded. (Figures current as of 28 October 2010)

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1 comScore, 2010, based on genealogy related websites selected from the Family and Parenting sub-category under the Community category


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