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1901 Quebec Census Records

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According to the 1901 Quebec census records, there were approximately 79,846 different family names documented. The top 33 most popular names in 1901 Quebec represented about 10 percent of the total recorded. That is, 1 of every 10 individuals had a last name from among the group of popular family names comprised of Roy, Gagnon, Tremblay, Gauthier, Bouchard, Morin, Pelletier, Boucher, Fortin, LaVoie, Caron, LeBlanc, Bergeron, Martin, Cote, Fournier, Smith, Belanger, LaPointe, Simard, Cloutier, Richard, Girard, Bernier, Ouellet, Poirier, Beaulieu, Couture, Cote, Demers, LeFebvre, Martel, and Robert. There are over 25,000 surnames from the 1901 Quebec census records that are unique to Quebec compared to all other provinces in Canada. These unique names from 1901 include Morissette, Labbé, Gélinas, Veillette, Ostiguy, Boutet, Beaumier, Rhéaume, Lareau, Fafard, and Giard; among others.

Although almost equal in number, there were about 1 percent more males than females in Quebec in 1901: approximately 821,500 males compared to approximately 820,000 females. The 1901 Quebec census records reveal that 9 percent of all men had a given name of Joseph, while about one-sixth of the male population had a given names from among this set of the top five most popular: Joseph, Arthur, Louis, John, and George.

These census records also show that about 8 percent of all women had a given name of Marie. However, for females, approximately one-fifth of all given names come from a group of a dozen popular names: Marie, Mary, Anna, Alice, Maria, Rose, Eva, Emma, Josephine, Elizabeth, Annie, and Blanche.

1901 Quebec census records also highlight popular occupations for the citizens at the time. "Farmer" was the most recorded occupation for men with a count of about 100,000. Other top positions for men according to census records include carpenter, shoemaker, clerk, student, laborer, and carter. The 1901 Quebec census records indicate "farming" was also a frequent occupation designation for women, with servant, teacher, student, and nun also appearing in the list.

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