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 (www.afgs.org/ditnames/index1.html)
Quebec - Did you know?Have you ever wondered why there are often no very old tombstones in the cemteries of Canada/New France? There is a good reason. Up until the mid to late 1800s, the deceased were buried around the church. It was the customary practice to do this as a way of showing the close relationship between the living and the dead, as God is master of life and death. In time, space ran out and new cemeteries were created. At that point, the bodies near the church were often exhumed and transfered to a common area of the new cemetery. The gravestones of the old cemetery were eventually removed to create space around the church for parking.
Source: La Nativité de Notre-Dame du Vieux-Beauport (www.fabriquelanativite.com)
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He married Marguerite Samson
in La Visitation-de-l'Île-Dupas (Ile Dupas), Québec, Canada
The couple had (at least) 3 children.
was born 1649
in , France
She died 24 July 1721
in Sorel, Québec, Canada (St-Pierre-de-Sorel)
Jean Beaugrand dit Champagne died 5 December 1699
in Sorel, Québec, Canada (St-Pierre-de-Sorel).
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
Source: 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
Children: Jean Beaugrand dit Champagne (b.1672, , Québec (Quebec) Province, Canada (New France) d. 23 September 1730, Berthierville, Québec, Canada (Berthier-en-Haut) (Ste-Genevieve-de-Berthier))
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
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).
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