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?The sock dance is an integral part of the French-Canadian weddings. If there is an unmarried older sibling, he/she has to wear the socks and do a funny dance. The guests will throw money at his/her feet as he/she dances. The money is later given to the couple getting married.
He married Renee Biret
9 June 1672
in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
The couple had (at least) 6 children.
was born abt. 1646
in La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France
She died 14 March 1715
in La Durantaye, Québec, Canada
Pierre Balan dit Lacombe died 29 September 1687
in La Durantaye, Québec, 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...
1668 - The Carignan-Salières regiment is recalled to France, but several hundred choose to remain behind, many in return for local seigneuries.
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).
Death 29 September 1687 La Durantaye, Québec, Canada
Added: 12/19/2014 9:12:44 AM
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