Locations of Family Origin

When I was younger, I always thought that my ethnic origins were English, French and Polish.  As a young child, I remember asking my maternal grandmother (Ouida Dykeman) what her background of origin was and I thought she replied English. What I think she was referring to was the place she grew up was under the domain of Great Britain.   About a year after I started genealogy, I discovered a Canadian census record (shown below) which showed GERMAN to be the background of her father's family.  Ouida's father is highlighted as a child of four years.

1881 Canadian Census

Household:

 Jacob Dykeman        Male  German  44  New Brunswick  Farmer  Baptist
 Rebecah
Dykeman
 Female  German  43  New Brunswick    Baptist
 Emerson
Dykeman
 Male  German  14  New Brunswick  Student  Baptist
 Almeda
Dykeman
 Female  German  12  New Brunswick  Student  Baptist
 Martha Dykeman  Female      German  9  New Brunswick    Baptist
 Nora Dykeman  Female  German  6  New Brunswick    Baptist
 Joshua Dykeman  Male  German  4  New Brunswick    Baptist
 Joshua Dykeman W  Male  German  78  New Brunswick    Baptist
Source Citation: Year: 1881;Census Place: Cambridge, Queens, New Brunswick. Roll: C_13181, Page  8, Family No: 35
 
Maybe she did not know that her father had German origins.  Or, maybe she did know about the German connection but did not want to share that information with her sons.  Her sons became adults at the close of World War II.