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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.


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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier France  Étienne  Blanchon dit Larose

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

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, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) .  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, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

Added: 12/5/2014 10:26:36 AM  

Canada/New France Elisabeth-Isabelle Blanchon dite Larose (b.18 June 1679, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)  d. 15 June 1749, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Ste-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (St-François-Xavier-de-Batiscan))

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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)

Added: 12/5/2014 10:24:59 AM

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