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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.

Source: American-French Genealogical Society, Woonsocket, Rhode Island (

Did You Know?Quebec - Did you know? 1840s - As American factories in New England offered good jobs, thousands of French Canadians emigrated to the United States. In the eyes of the Roman Catholic clergy, however, this emigration was equated with losing the faith, and strong efforts were made to keep French Canadians in Canada.

Source: 2010/ 10/ eastern-townships.html

Over time, Quebec has gone through a series of name changes.

From its inception in the early 1600s until 1760, it was called Canada, New France
1760 to 1763, it was simply Canada
1763 to 1791 - Province of Quebec
1791 to 1867 - Lower Canada
1867 to present - Quebec, Canada

Thanks to Micheline MacDonald for providing this information.

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Périgueux, France (Perigueux)


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Périgueux, France (Perigueux)


Contrecœur, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Trinité-de-Contrecoeur) - Église Sainte Trinité route Marie-Victorin, Contrecœur.

Église de la Sainte-Trinité, est. 1668
4932, boul. Marie-Victorin, Contrecoeur, QUÉBEC
Contrecœur, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Trinité-de-Contrecoeur)
Église Sainte Trinité route Marie-Victorin, Contrecœur. eglisesdenosancetres2.htm

Église de la Sainte-Trinité, est. 1668
4932, boul. Marie-Victorin, Contrecoeur, QUÉBEC


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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier flag  Jean  Bellet dit Gazaille (Blet) (Belet)

  (b. 13 September 1643Périgueux, France   d. 17 August 1722Contrecœur, Canada, New France )  

Jean Bellet dit Gazaille (Blet) (Belet) was born 13 September 1643 in Périgueux, France . Jean Bellet dit Gazaille (Blet) (Belet) was the child of

Jean was a Carignan-Salières soldier, arriving in New France in 1665.

He married  Jeanne Bouveau (Beauveau) 16 April 1674 in Saint-Ours, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 7 children. Jeanne Bouveau (Beauveau)  was born abt. 1653 in Champagne, France .  She died 7 January 1737 in Saint-Ours, Québec, Canada (Immaculée-Conception) . 

Jean Bellet dit Gazaille (Blet) (Belet) died 17 August 1722 in Contrecœur, Canada, New France .

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Occupation: Carignan-Salières soldier - Saint-Ours Company

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Jean Bellet dit Gazaille (Blet) (Belet) married immigrant Fille du Roi flag Jeanne Bouveau (Beauveau)-- Date: 16 April 1674 Place: Saint-Ours, Canada, New France

Updated: 12/15/2014 10:55:20 AM

flag Anne Bellet dite Gazaille (b.abt. 1675, , Québec Province, Canada   d. , )

flag Jeanne Bellet dite Gazaille (Blet) (Belet) (b.30 November 1676, Sorel, Canada, New France  d. 6 February 1750, Yamaska, Canada, New France )

flag Mathurin Blet dit Gazaille (b.abt. 1678, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 28 February 1742, Sorel, Canada, New France)

flag Barbe Gazaille dite Blette (b.3 May 1681, Contrecœur, Canada, New France   d. 2 February 1742, Saint-Ours, Canada, New France )

flag Elisbeth Gazaille dite Blette (b.29 July 1683, Saint-Ours, Canada, New France   d. 10 May 1753, Sorel, Canada, New France)

flag Pierre Gazaille dit Blette (b.2 June 1686, Saint-Ours, Canada, New France   d. 25 January 1728, Sorel, Canada, New France)

flag Madeleine Gazaille dite Blais (b.abt. 1693, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 17 March 1732, Verchères, Canada, New France )

13 September 1643
Périgueux, France (Perigueux)

Bellet, Jean (La Gajaille), Company: Saint-Ours
The Carignan-Salières Regiment, June-Sept 1665, Quebec, Canada
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1674 Marriage / Partner
Jean Bellet dit Gazaille (Blet) (Belet) and Jeanne Bouveau (Beauveau) 16 April 1674, Saint-Ours, Québec, Canada (Immaculée-Conception)

1676 Birth of Child
Jeanne Bellet dite Gazaille (Blet) (Belet) was born 30 November 1676, Sorel, Québec, Canada

1681 Birth of Child
Barbe Gazaille dite Blette was born 3 May 1681, Contrecœur, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Trinité-de-Contrecoeur)

1683 Birth of Child
Elisbeth Gazaille dite Blette was born 29 July 1683, Saint-Ours, Québec, Canada (Immaculée-Conception)

1686 Birth of Child
Pierre Gazaille dit Blette was born 2 June 1686, Saint-Ours, Québec, Canada (Immaculée-Conception)

17 August 1722
Contrecœur, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Trinité-de-Contrecoeur)


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