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Updated February 1, 2024

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Family name origins & meanings

  • French and English : occupational name for a butcher or slaughterer, Middle English bo(u)cher, Old French bouchier (also with the transferred sense ‘executioner’), a derivative of bouc ‘ram’. Compare Buck 1.
  • A family of this name which was very prominent in the early history of Quebec traces its ancestry to a Marin Boucher from Mortagne in the Perche region of France. His marriages, first to Julienne Baril and then to Perrine Mallet, are recorded in Quebec city. A relative of his, Gaspard Boucher, arrived in Quebec in 1634 with his wife, Nicole Lemaire. Their son, Pierre Boucher, for whom Boucherville is named, was very influential in the new colony. He was married in Trois Rivières in 1649 to Marie-Madeleine Ouébadinoukoé dit Chrétienne. In 1652 he married a second time, Jeanne Crevier, whose numerous children founded many of today’s dynasties.

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