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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? Between 1714 and 1754, approximately 4,500 immigrants settled in New France. They included indentured workers and soldiers stationed in the colony, but most of them, it appears, were unsavory characters, including hundreds of salt smugglers who sold salt illegally in France. France wanted to get rid of these smugglers, and the colony accepted them without complaint because once they were in New France, most of them mended their ways and were on their best behavior.

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.

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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier France  Étienne  Blanchon dit Larose

  (b. abt. 1641, France   d. , Québec Province, Canada )  

Étienne Blanchon dit Larose was born abt. 1641 in , France. Étienne Blanchon dit Larose was the child of

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

He married  Anne Videau 30 June 1676 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 1 child. Anne Videau  was born abt. 1641 in , France .  She died 21 April 1703 in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) . 

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Occupation: Soldat du regiment de Carignan

son of Jean Blanchon and Anne Rochon

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Étienne Blanchon dit Larose married immigrant Fille a Marier France Anne Videau-- Date: 30 June 1676 Place: Québec, Canada, New France

Added: 12/5/2014 10:26:36 AM  

Canada/New France Elisabeth-Isabelle Blanchon dite Larose (b.18 June 1679, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 15 June 1749, Batiscan, Canada, New France )

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1676 Marriage / Partner
Étienne Blanchon dit Larose and Anne Videau 30 June 1676, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1679 Birth of Child
Elisabeth-Isabelle Blanchon dite Larose was born 18 June 1679, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

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