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 (www.afgs.org/ditnames/index1.html)
Quebec - Did you know?In the seventeenth century most of the world went to bed at nightfall because there was nothing else to do, and no easy or inexpensive artificial light. Candles were in use, to be sure, but a great many more of them were burned on the altars of the churches than in the homes of the people. For his reading, the habitant depended upon the priest, and for his writing, upon the notary.
Source: Daily Life in New France (www.chroniclesofamerica.com/ french/ daily_life_in_new_france.htm)
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She married Nicolas Durand
12 September 1661
in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
The couple had (at least) 1 child.
was born 21 March 1636
in Paris, France
He died 01 April 1663
in Château-Richer, Québec, Canada
She married (2) Robert Laberge
28 May 1663
in Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La-Visitation-de-Notre-Dame du Chateau-Richer)
The couple had (at least) 6 children.
was born 24 May 1638
in , France
He died 2 April 1712
in Château-Richer, Québec, Canada
He was the son of Jacques LaBERGE and Marie POITEVIN.
Françoise Gausse dite LeBorgne died 08 March 1714
in Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada* .
daughter of Maurice Leborgne Gausse and Madeleine Blay Born at St-Martin Noyon Picardie France
Canadian Genealogy Index, 1600s-1900s Quebec, Genealogical Dictionary of Canadian Families (Tanguay Collection), 1608-1890 (in French) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
"When the Company of 100 Associates began their settlement scheme, their plan of recruiting only families proved to be too costly, so instead they signed on single men; tradesman and labourers; who would be indentured for three years. However, this meant that more than 80% of the colonists were men, so even if they decided to stay at the end of their term, there was little hope of them starting a family, unless they chose a Canadian girl. But, since her family would never allow her, or her children, to leave their village; the company directors needed to avoid this from happening.
So instead, they began recruiting "marriagable young girls", who would first sign a contract in France and then be given passage and a small dowry to become the wife of a Quebec settler. You might wonder why these young girls (many under 16), would risk the dangers and hardships, which by now most of France were well aware of; but believe it or not; for many it was the best option.
At the time, marriages were arranged, so if the girl's family did not have the means to provide a sutable dowry, her only option was to become a nun, if she was Catholic; or marry beneath her station. In the case of the young Filles a Marier, though a marriage contract must be signed before departure, she had every right to refuse the union, once she met her husband-to-be. As a matter of fact, many of them did just that, and were provided safe passage home." Added: 1/6/2015 11:48:07 AM - Beckie Updated: -
1635 - France enters Thirty Years War as an active combatant. Franco-Spanish War begins.
1638 - King Louis XIV born in France History of France : Highlights from Louis XIV to Napoleon
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1643 - King Louis XIII dies, Louis XIV assumes French throne
1659 - France and Spain sign the Treaty of the Pyrenees.
1667 Birth of Child Catherine Laberge was born 14 September 1667, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada
1667 - Filles Du Roi Arrive October 27: One hundred and nine (109) young ladies (Filles du Roi) arrived in Quebec from Dieppe and La Rochelle; 84 from Dieppe, 25 from La Rochelle. Only 15-20 were from good families, several...Read MORE...
1668 - The Carignan-Salières regiment is recalled to France, but several hundred choose to remain behind, many in return for local seigneuries.
1669 Birth of Child François Laberge was born 12 June 1669, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada
1670 - The Hudson's Bay Company is founded by royal charter and, underwritten by a group of English merchants, is granted trade rights over Rupert's Land -- i.e., all territory draining into Hudson Bay (May 2).
1712 Death of Spouse/Partner Robert Laberge died 2 April 1712, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada
1713 - Treaty of Utrecht ended Queen Anne's War (War of the Spanish Succession) Hudson's Bay, Acadia and Newfoundland now all belonged to the English. Cape Breton belonged to the French. History of Quebec for Dummies by Eric Bedard, published by John Wiley & Sons, Canada, Ltd. -
Death 08 March 1714 Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada*
Cimetiere de Beauport Beauport Capitale-Nationale Region Quebec, Canada Canada, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current Quebec, Genealogical Dictionary of Canadian Families (Tanguay Collection), 1608-1890 (in French) Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967
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