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Did You Know? What is a 'dit/dite' name?  When the first settlers came to Canada from France it was a custom to add a 'dit' nickname to the surname. The English translation of 'dit' is 'said'. The Colonists of Nouvelle France added 'dit' names as distinguishers. A settler might have wanted to differentiate their family from their siblings by taking a 'dit' name that described the locale to which they had relocated. The acquiring of a 'dit' name might also be the result of a casual adoption, whereby the person wanted to honor the family who had raised them. Another reason was also to distinguish themselves by taking as a 'dit' name the town or village in France from which they originated. This custom ended around 1900 when people began using only one name, either the 'dit' nickname or their original surname.

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Did You Know?Did you know...Among Catholics, choice of first name wasn’t left to chance or parents’ imagination. On the contrary, the church liked to control the attribution of first names to ensure that on the day they were baptised, children received the name of a saint who would guide them throughout their life.

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Carignan-Salières Soldier - Find out More.France  Joseph  Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno)

  (1645Paris, Ile-de-France, France  - bef. 5 July 1724Maskinongé, Québec, Canada (Maskinonge) )  

Joseph Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno) was born 1645 in Paris, Ile-de-France, France. Joseph Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno) was the child of

He married  Marie-Madeleine Chenay dite Lagarenne 16 September 1675 in Québec (Quebec), Québec, Canada (Quebec City) .  The couple had (at least) 7 children. Marie-Madeleine Chenay dite Lagarenne  was born 20 August 1658 in Québec (Quebec), Québec, Canada (Quebec City) .  She died 30 September 1730 in Maskinongé, Québec, Canada (Maskinonge) .  She was the daughter of Bertrand Chenay dit Lagarenne (Chesnaye, Chesne) and Marie-Madeleine Belanger.

Joseph Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno) died bef. 5 July 1724 in Maskinongé, Québec, Canada (Maskinonge).

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Occupation: Carignan-Salières soldier - Loubias Company

Born at St-Medard, Paris, France

Son of Henri Petit and Elisabeth Fontaine

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Joseph Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno) married Canada/New France Marie-Madeleine Chenay dit Lagarenne-- Date: 16 September 1675 Place: Québec (Quebec), Québec, Canada (Quebec City) Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. 

Marie-Madeleine Chenay dite Lagarenne was the daughter of Bertrand Chenay dit Lagarenne (Chesnaye, Chesne) and Marie-Madeleine Belanger


Joseph Petit, son of Henry Petit and Elisabeth Fontaine
Marie Chenay, daughter of Bertrand Chenay and Marie Madeleine Bellanger

"The eldest, Marie Chenay, became god-daughter of Jean Gloria on 22 September 1658, and joined her life to that of Joseph Petit dit Bruneau, at Quebec on 16 September 1675. Marie saw ten children grow up at Trois-Rivieres and even became the Seigneuresse of Maskinonge. It was there that she died in 1730."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume XII, Page 88

Updated: 8/28/2010 12:10:58 PM

Canada/New France Joseph Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno) (22 August 1676, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - 20 August 1749, Québec (Quebec) Province, Canada (New France))

Canada/New France Marie-Magdelaine Petit dite Bruneau (15 February 1678, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - ,  )

Canada/New France Marie-Jeanne Petit (12 July 1680 , Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - 13 March 1710 , Maskinongé, Québec, Canada (Maskinonge))

Canada/New France Jean-Baptiste Petit dit Bruneau (19 November 1687 , Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - , )

Canada/New France Marie-Josephte Petit dite Bruneau (Bruno) (26 February 1689 , Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - , )

Canada/New France Marie-Anne Petit dite Bruneau (Bruno) (26 July 1691, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - ,  )

Canada/New France Geneviève Petit dite Bruneau (Bruno) (20 June 1696 , Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - 8 June 1773, Louiseville, Maskinongé, Québec, Canada)

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Paris, Ile-de-France, France

Invention1656 - The pendulum clock is invented (Christiaan Huygens, Netherlands)

Invention1666 - Isaac Newton discovers gravity

News1672 - Seigniory (Maskinonge), granted Nov. 1672, to Pierre and Jean Baptiste Legardeur, Sieurs de St. Michel

1675 Marriage / Union
Joseph Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno) and Marie-Madeleine Chenay dite Lagarenne 16 September 1675, Québec (Quebec), Québec, Canada (Quebec City) (see below)

World History1689 - William & Mary assume English throne. Peter the Great assumes Russian throne.

Invention1698 - The steam engine is invented (Thomas Savery, England)

News1722 - Église de Saint-Joseph established at Maskinongé -


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