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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 (

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  Jean  Beaugrand dit Champagne

  (b. 1641Champagne, France   d. 5 December 1699Sorel, Canada, New France )  

Jean Beaugrand dit Champagne was born 1641 in Champagne, France. Jean Beaugrand dit Champagne was the child of

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

He married  Marguerite Samson 1671 in La Visitation-de-l'Île-Dupas, Canada, New France (Ile Dupas) .  The couple had (at least) 3 children. Marguerite Samson  was born 1649 in , France .  She died 24 July 1721 in Sorel, Québec, Canada . 

Jean Beaugrand dit Champagne died 5 December 1699 in Sorel, Canada, New France .

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Occupation: Carignan-Salières soldier

Born Champagne, Ardennes, France

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Jean Beaugrand dit Champagne married immigrant Fille du Roi France Marguerite Samson-- Date: 1671 Place: La Visitation-de-l'Île-Dupas, Canada, New France (Ile Dupas)
Le Programme de recherche en démographie historique - Univeriste de Montreal 

Marriage not found at Saint-Pierre-de-Sorel in Drouin Collection for this date. Only baptism records appear to be available.

PRDH has no record of this marriage, however there are many records of their children's baptisms, the first one in 1673 in Sorel.

Jean Beagurand Champagne and Marguerite Samson

Title Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes depuis la fondation de la colonie
Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes depuis la fondation de la colonie, Cyprien Tanguay
Author Cyprien Tanguay
Published 1871
Original from Oxford University
Digitized Jun 9, 2006
Page 74
Updated: 7/29/2015 9:26:23 AM

Canada/New France Jean Beaugrand dit Champagne (b.1672, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 23 September 1730, Berthierville, Canada, New France )

Canada/New France Charles Beaugrand dit Champagne (b.16 February 1673, Sorel, Canada, New France   d. ,  )

Canada/New France Marie Beaugrand dite Champagne (b.27 July 1675, Sorel, Canada, New France   d. ,  )

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France 1643 - King Louis XIII dies, Louis XIV assumes French throne

France 1659 - France and Spain sign the Treaty of the Pyrenees.

France On August 26, 1660, Louis XIV made a triumphal entry into Paris with his wife, Marie-Therese. The royal couple took their places...
Louis XIV wasn't just a ceremonial king who represents the kingdom, but makes no decisions of his own... His regime was considered an absolute monarchy, and Louis XIV was the sole master. No...Read MORE...

Canada 1666 - The Carignan-Salières regiment destroys five Mohawk villages, eventually leading to peace between the Iroquois and the French. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1667 - The result of Canada's first census is 3215 non-native inhabitants. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

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...

Carignan-Salières Regiment Officers and Soldiers (who married Filles du Roi)
Beaugrand, Jean, dit Champagne, m. Marguerite Samson, 1668
Soldier, Company: Sorel

The Carignan-Salières Regiment, June-Sept 1665, Quebec, Canada
Added: 9/14/2010 3:09:51 PM - Beckie  Updated: 9/15/2010 9:55:43 AM - Beckie

Canada 1668 - The Carignan-Salières regiment is recalled to France, but several hundred choose to remain behind, many in return for local seigneuries. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

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). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1672 - Comte de Frontenac becomes governor general of New France, later quarrelling frequently with the intendant and the bishop. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1673 - Final Group of Filles du Roi Arrive
September: The last shipment of Filles du Roi arrived Quebec from France, and the program ended. The population of New France had risen to 6,700 people, an increase of 168% in the eleven years...Read MORE...

Canada 1673 - Frontenac sends Marquette and Jolliet to explore the Missippi. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1673 Birth of Child
Charles Beaugrand dit Champagne was born 16 February 1673, Sorel, Québec, Canada

Canada 1674 - Laval becomes the first bishop of Québec. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1675 Birth of Child
Marie Beaugrand dite Champagne was born 27 July 1675, Sorel, Québec, Canada

1681 Canadian Census Signeurie de Villemur
Jean Bougrant (dit Champagne) 40
Marguerite Samson, sa femme, 32
Jean, 9
Charles, 7
Marie, 6

Source: Histoire des Canadiens-Francais 1608-1880 by Benjamin Sulte, Montreal, 1882
Added: 3/1/2010 3:27:04 PM - Beckie  Updated: 3/1/2010 3:27:04 PM -

Canada 1686 - De Troyes and D'Iberville capture three English posts on James Bay (June-July). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1689 - Attacked by Iroquois - Lachine Massacre
On the night of August 4-5, 1689, nearly 1,500 Iroquois warriors crossed the St. Lawrence at Lake St. Louis, its widest point in the Montreal area. On the opposite shore, the inhabitants of the...Read MORE...

Canada 1690 - Port Royal is captured by British forces led by Phipps. acadtime.htm -

Canada 1690 - Frontenac repels Phips' (sent from Massachusetts) attack on Québec (October) about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1699 Death
Death found at Saint Pierre de Sorel, Quebec in Drouin Collection

5 Dec 1699

Jean Bougrand, 60 years, spouse of Marguerite Samison Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin.
Added: 4/25/2009 9:44:15 PM - Beckie  Updated: 4/25/2009 - Beckie


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