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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? Poutine, a dish of fries, gravy, and cheese curds, is popular throughout Quebec. The first poutines were invented in Quebec, and there are many, unconfirmed claims to have invented the poutine which date from the late 50s through the 1970s in the Victoriaville area, about 1 hour out of Montreal.

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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

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immigrant flag  Michel-Masson  Theodore dit Gilles

  (b. 24 March 1631, France   d. 4 May 1664Montréal, Canada, New France )  

Michel-Masson Theodore dit Gilles was born 24 March 1631 in , France. Michel-Masson Theodore dit Gilles was the child of

Michel-Masson was an immigrant to Canada, arriving by 1658.

He married  Jacqueline Lagrange 16 September 1658 in Montréal, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 2 children. Jacqueline Lagrange  was born 1 July 1641 in , France .  She died 3 August 1688 in Montréal, Québec, Canada . 

Michel-Masson Theodore dit Gilles died 4 May 1664 in Montréal, Canada, New France .

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Michel-Masson Theodore dit Gilles married immigrant Fille a Marier flag Jacqueline Lagrange-- Date: 16 September 1658 Place: Montréal, Canada, New France Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. 

Marriage record found at Notre-Dame de Montreal, Quebec in Drouin Collection

Michel Theodore and Jacqueline Lagrange
Updated: 4/23/2009

flag Marie-Barbe Theodore dite Gilles (b.04 December 1660 , Montréal, Canada, New France   d. aft. 23 December 1682, Montréal, Canada, New France )

flag Jeanne Theodore dite Gilles (b.8 August 1663, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 9 June 1730, Rivière-des-Prairies, Montréal, Canada, New France )

1658 Marriage / Partner
Michel-Masson Theodore dit Gilles and Jacqueline Lagrange 16 September 1658, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1660 Birth of Child
Marie-Barbe Theodore dite Gilles was born 04 December 1660 , Montréal, Québec, Canada

1663 Birth of Child
Jeanne Theodore dite Gilles was born 8 August 1663, Montréal, Québec, Canada

4 May 1664
Montréal, Québec, Canada


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