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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? Quebec has a rich, distinctive French-Canadian cuisine. Popular dishes include tourtière (a meat pie), and ragoût de boulettes et de pattes do cochon (a stew made from meatballs and pigs' feet). Other favorites include French onion soup, pea soup, and poutine. Quebec is also known for its maple syrup. Children enjoy eating tourquettes, a natural candy made by pouring boiling maple syrup onto fresh snow.

Source: Countries and Their Cultures - French-Canadians (

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 flag  Jean  Bérard dit LaVerdure

  (b. abt. 1645, France   d. abt. 1677, Québec Province, Canada )  

Jean Bérard dit LaVerdure was born abt. 1645 in , France. Jean Bérard dit LaVerdure was the child of

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

He married  Charlotte Coy dite Couet 12 November 1669 in Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 1 child. Charlotte Coy dite Couet  was born abt. 1649 in , France .  She died 12 May 1707 in Montréal, Québec, Canada . 

Jean Bérard dit LaVerdure died abt. 1677 in , Québec Province, Canada .

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Occupation: Soldat du regiment de Carignan

son of Andre Brard and Andree Perier

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Jean Bérard dit LaVerdure married immigrant Fille du Roi flag Charlotte Coy dite Couet-- Date: 12 November 1669 Place: Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France

Added: 12/13/2017 1:44:14 PM  

flag Charlotte Bérard (b.20 July 1674, Sorel, Canada, New France  d. 27 September 1751, Montréal, Canada, New France )

1669 Marriage / Partner
Jean Bérard dit LaVerdure and Charlotte Coy dite Couet 12 November 1669, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1674 Birth of Child
Charlotte Bérard was born 20 July 1674, Sorel, Québec, Canada

Added: 12/10/2014 3:17:48 PM

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