I’m not sure about the “smell as sweet" part, barring a generous dousing with petunia juice, but I do know - A Lachance is a Lachance is a … Lashus or a Pépin or a Sanche or a Luck or…(huh?)
Did Somebody Ask Us To Consider Changing Our Name?
So, "Believe It or Not", PETA apparently did not like the name "Pet Shop Boys" and asked them to consider changing it! OUR name does come from somebody, somewhere, either making a choice or being told to choose. Sometimes they were asked, other times not.
That choice may have been the decision of one of our own, or it could have been a representative of the church, a misspelling on a document or even a customs official who couldn’t speak French and wrote down the name as he heard it. Adding to the difficulty of finding our ancestors is the fact that in Québec, the name started as Pépin. Then there is the name Caillot dit Lachance (a completely unrelated family most often from Missouri). And one more to throw a wrench in your search, the descendants of Alexandre Sanche born in 1734 in Spain! Many of his descendants today are known as Lachance.
KNOWN NAME ASSOCIATONS
PEPIN - Barolette, Barolille, Cardonnet, De la Fond, Descardonnets, DuCardonnet, Lachance, (see below) Lashanse, Lachaussée, Lafond, Laforce, Laforge, Papin, Peppan, Phipin, Piper, Pippin, Refort, Senet, and Tranchemontagne
LACHANCE - Lashon, Lashua, Lashus, Lewis, Pépin, (see above) Pépen, Sanche, Luck, Lashanse, Locke, Lucky