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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? It is said that on the stroke of midnight, farm animals acquired the marvellous and unusual gift of speech. Oxen, cows, horses, pigs, and poultry began to speak to one another and to exchange strange secrets about humans, particularly their masters. Bad luck, the risk of being struck dumb or, worse still, even death came to those who tried to spy on them. This belief was prevalent not only in France but also in Francophone Canada. Another belief says that at midnight, farm cattle kneel in the stable to worship the Infant Jesus. It is clear that these two beliefs are closely linked to the even older one that Jesus was born at midnight.


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.

La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis) - Église de la Nativité de la Sainte-Vierge
155, ch. Saint-Jean, La Prairie, QUÉBEC
Established 1667
La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis)
Église de la Nativité de la Sainte-Vierge
155, ch. Saint-Jean, La Prairie, QUÉBEC
Established 1667

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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier flag  Mathieu  Faye dit Lafayette

  (b. abt. 1641, France   d. 29 August 1695La Prairie, Canada, New France )  
Age: 45
Cause of Death: killed by Iriqouis

Mathieu Faye dit Lafayette was born abt. 1641 in , France. Mathieu Faye dit Lafayette was the child of

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

He married  Marguerite-Françoise Moreau 30 September 1670 in Montréal, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 9 children. Marguerite-Françoise Moreau  was born abt. 1651 in Paris, France .  She died 16 October 1718 in La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis) . 

Mathieu Faye dit Lafayette died 29 August 1695 in La Prairie, Canada, New France .

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Occupation: Carignan-Salières soldier - La Varenne Company

Killed by Iriquois along with his 17-year-old son, Andre.

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Mathieu Faye dit Lafayette married immigrant Fille du Roi flag Marguerite-Françoise Moreau-- Date: 30 September 1670 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 found at Notre-Dame de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec in Drouin Collection

Mathilde Faye and Marguerite Franc. Maureaux
Updated: 4/24/2009

flag Anne Faye dite Lafayette (b.22 September 1672, La Prairie, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag Marguerite Faye dite Lafayette (b.21 March 1674, La Prairie, Canada, New France   d. 15 June 1721, Boucherville, Canada, New France )

flag Marie Faye dite Lafayette (b.25 March 1676, La Prairie, Canada, New France   d. 14 June 1700, La Prairie, Canada, New France )

flag Andre Faye (b.15 July 1678, La Prairie, Canada, New France   d. 29 August 1695, La Prairie, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Angélique Faye dite Lafayette (LaFaille) (b.5 February 1683, La Prairie, Canada, New France   d. 2 September 1731, La Prairie, Canada, New France )

flag Jeanne Faye (b.22 August 1684, La Prairie, Canada, New France   d. 26 November 1755, La Prairie, Canada, New France )

flag Anne Faye (b.12 September 1686, La Prairie, Canada, New France   d. 5 September 1689, La Prairie, Canada, New France )

flag François Faye (b.21 March 1689, La Prairie, Canada, New France   d. 3 September 1689, La Prairie, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Elisabeth Faye dite Lafayette (b.11 July 1695, La Prairie, Canada, New France   d. , )

Fayé, Mathieu (La Fayette), Company: La Varene
The Carignan-Salières Regiment, June-Sept 1665, Quebec, Canada
Added: - Beckie  Updated: -

Carignan-Salières Regiment Officers and Soldiers (who married Filles du Roi)
Faye, Mathieu, dit LaFayette, m. Marguerite-Françoise Moreau, 30 Sept. 1670
Soldier, Company: La Verenne

The Carignan-Salières Regiment, June-Sept 1665, Quebec, Canada
Added: 9/14/2010 3:26:18 PM - Beckie  Updated: 9/15/2010 10:04:49 AM - Beckie

1670 Marriage / Partner
Mathieu Faye dit Lafayette and Marguerite-Françoise Moreau 30 September 1670, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1672 Birth of Child
Anne Faye dite Lafayette was born 22 September 1672, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis)

1674 Birth of Child
Marguerite Faye dite Lafayette was born 21 March 1674, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis)

1676 Birth of Child
Marie Faye dite Lafayette was born 25 March 1676, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis)

1678 Birth of Child
Andre Faye was born 15 July 1678, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis)

1681 Canadian Census Prairie de la Magdelaine
Mathieu Faye, 40
Marguerite Moreau, sa femme, 26
Marguerite, 8
Marie, 6
ANdre, 4
Jean, 1

Source: Histoire des Canadiens-Francais 1608-1880 by Benjamin Sulte, Montreal, 1882
Added: 3/1/2010 9:32:31 PM - Beckie  Updated: 3/1/2010 9:32:31 PM -

1683 Birth of Child
Marie-Angélique Faye dite Lafayette (LaFaille) was born 5 February 1683, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis)

1684 Birth of Child
Jeanne Faye was born 22 August 1684, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis)

1686 Birth of Child
Anne Faye was born 12 September 1686, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis)

1689 Birth of Child
François Faye was born 21 March 1689, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis)

1689 Death of Child
Anne Faye died 5 September 1689, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis)

29 August 1695
La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis)

1695 Birth of Child
Marie-Elisabeth Faye dite Lafayette was born 11 July 1695, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis)


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