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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? Around 1825, La Cuisinière Bourgeoise, was written as a guide for those employed in the service of middle class households. This volume was one of the first in Canada to address the subject in a comprehensive manner. It includes information on basic foods such as meats, eggs and vegetables and provides extensive details on their preparation.


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

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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier flag  Jean  Bergevin dit Langevin

  (b. 11 March 1635, France   d. 2 February 1703Beauport, Québec, Canada, New France )  

Jean Bergevin dit Langevin was born 11 March 1635 in , France. Jean Bergevin dit Langevin was the child of

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

He married  Marie Piton 26 November 1668 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 6 children. Marie Piton  was born abt. 1651 in , France .  She died 25 April 1728 in Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité-de-Beauport) . 

Jean Bergevin dit Langevin died 2 February 1703 in Beauport, Québec, Canada, New France .

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Occupation: Soldat du regiment de Carignan

son of Mathurin Bergevin and Marie Tesnier

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Jean Bergevin dit Langevin married immigrant Fille du Roi flag Marie Piton-- Date: 26 November 1668 Place: Québec, Canada, New France

Added: 12/5/2014 1:10:28 PM  

flag Jean Bergevin dit Langevin (b.18 August 1669, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 19 January 1743, Charlesbourg, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Ambroise Bergevin dite Langevin (b.8 May 1676, Charlesbourg, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 1 October 1758, Charlesbourg, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Marie Bergevin (b.abt. 1678, , Québec Province, Canada   d. , )

flag Louis Bergevin (b.6 December 1681, Beauport, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 23 August 1743, Beauport, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Ignace Bergevin dit Langevin (b.22 October 1685, Beauport, Québec, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag Jean-François Bergevin dit Langevin (b.5 April 1690, Beauport, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 5 January 1758, Charlesbourg, Québec, Canada, New France )

1668 Marriage / Partner
Jean Bergevin dit Langevin and Marie Piton 26 November 1668, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1669 Birth of Child
Jean Bergevin dit Langevin was born 18 August 1669, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1676 Birth of Child
Marie-Ambroise Bergevin dite Langevin was born 8 May 1676, Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal) (Saint-Charles-Borromée)

1681 Birth of Child
Louis Bergevin was born 6 December 1681, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité-de-Beauport)

1685 Birth of Child
Ignace Bergevin dit Langevin was born 22 October 1685, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité-de-Beauport)

1690 Birth of Child
Jean-François Bergevin dit Langevin was born 5 April 1690, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité-de-Beauport)

2 February 1703
Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité-de-Beauport)

Added: 12/5/2014 1:08:48 PM

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