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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? On February 5, 1663, a great earthquake was felt throughout Northeastern North America. No deaths were recorded, but some people got the scare of their lives. For the clergy in New France, the cause was obvious. The earthquake was a sign of devine anger. For a time, this put a stop to the liquor trade between the settlers and the Native people.

Source: History of Quebec for Dummies by Eric Bedard, published by John Wiley & Sons, Canada, Ltd.

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.

Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales) - Église de Saint-François-de-Sales
 714, rue des Érables, Neuville, QUÉBEC
Established 1684
Source: Google maps
Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales)
Église de Saint-François-de-Sales
714, rue des Érables, Neuville, QUÉBEC
Established 1684
Source: Google maps

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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier flag  Pierre-Jean  Coquin dit LaTourelle

  (b. abt. 1637, France   d. 4 November 1703Neuville, Portneuf, Canada, New France )  

Pierre-Jean Coquin dit LaTourelle was born abt. 1637 in , France. Pierre-Jean Coquin dit LaTourelle was the child of

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

He married  Catherine Beaudin 12 October 1671 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 4 children. Catherine Beaudin  was born abt. 1651 in Paris, France .  She died 9 August 1718 in Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales) . 

Pierre-Jean Coquin dit LaTourelle died 4 November 1703 in Neuville, Portneuf, Canada, New France .

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Occupation: Soldat du regiment de Carignan

son of Robert Coquin and Alice Fayel

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Pierre-Jean Coquin dit LaTourelle married immigrant Fille du Roi flag Catherine Beaudin-- Date: 12 October 1671 Place: Québec, Canada, New France

Added: 12/4/2014 3:42:02 PM  

flag Elisabeth Coquin dite LaTourelle (b.3 April 1674, Neuville, Portneuf, Canada, New France   d. 18 April 1714, Cap-Santé, Canada, New France )

flag Catherine Coquin dite LaTourelle (b.27 February 1678, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 3 August 1746, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Canada, New France)

flag Angélique-Louise Coquin dite LaTourelle (b.6 November 1679, Neuville, Portneuf, Canada, New France   d. 7 July 1741, Neuville, Portneuf, Canada, New France )

flag Madeleine Coquin dite LaTourelle (b.10 September 1681, Neuville, Portneuf, Canada, New France   d. 27 March 1745, Québec, Canada, New France )

1671 Marriage / Partner
Pierre-Jean Coquin dit LaTourelle and Catherine Beaudin 12 October 1671, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1674 Birth of Child
Elisabeth Coquin dite LaTourelle was born 3 April 1674, Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales)

1678 Birth of Child
Catherine Coquin dite LaTourelle was born 27 February 1678, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1679 Birth of Child
Angélique-Louise Coquin dite LaTourelle was born 6 November 1679, Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales)

1681 Birth of Child
Madeleine Coquin dite LaTourelle was born 10 September 1681, Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales)

4 November 1703
Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales)

Added: 12/4/2014 3:40:26 PM

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