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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? Most of the men in New France were farmers. Life was very hard for the farmer. He was the one who was responsible for producing food. He had to farm and also hunt to get food for his family. Taking care of his farm and family was his number one job.

Source: ON/ LakeheadUniversity/ NewFranceWQ/ wqr6.aspx

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 France  Blaise  Juillet dit Avignon

  (b. 26 February 1611, France   d. 19 April 1660Montréal, Canada, New France )  
Cause of Death: killed by Iroquois

Blaise Juillet dit Avignon was born 26 February 1611 in , France. Blaise Juillet dit Avignon was the child of

Blaise was an immigrant to Canada, arriving by 1651.

He married  Marie-Anne-Antoinette Liercourt 2 February 1651 in Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 4 children. Marie-Anne-Antoinette Liercourt  was born abt. 1633 in , France .  She died 30 September 1707 in Montréal, Québec, Canada . 

Blaise Juillet dit Avignon died 19 April 1660 in Montréal, Canada, New France .

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Son of Jean Julliet and Gabrielle Barbarine

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Blaise Juillet dit Avignon married immigrant Fille a Marier France Marie-Anne-Antoinette Liercourt-- Date: 2 February 1651 Place: Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France

Title La population du Canada en 1666: recensement reconstitué
Author Marcel Trudel
Publisher Les éditions du Septentrion, 1995
ISBN 2894480229, 9782894480229
Length 379 pages
Page 296

Updated: 2/26/2010

Canada/New France Marguerite-Mathurine Juillet (b.31 December 1651, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 6 March 1723, Montréal, Canada, New France )

Canada/New France Marie Juillet (b.25 November 1653, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 29 September 1736 , Montréal, Canada, New France )

Canada/New France Charles Juillet (b.19 May 1656, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 5 July 1690, Montréal, Canada, New France )

Canada/New France Louis Juillet (b.11 October 1658, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 5 May 1736, Montréal, Canada, New France )

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26 February 1611
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France 1617 - Louis XIII crowned at the age of 17 (France)

France 1635 - France enters Thirty Years War as an active combatant. Franco-Spanish War begins.

France 1638 - King Louis XIV born in France
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France 1643 - King Louis XIII dies, Louis XIV assumes French throne

On 21 April 1644, at the age of thirty-three, Blaise contracted to go to Ville-Marie (Montreal) Quebec as a becheur (wood cutter). The contract was to last for three years, but Blaise chose to remain in Quebec. In 1848, Blaise was offered a concession of land in Montreal of which he took title in...Read MORE...

1651 Marriage / Partner
Blaise Juillet dit Avignon and Marie-Anne-Antoinette Liercourt 2 February 1651, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1651 Birth of Child
Marguerite-Mathurine Juillet was born 31 December 1651, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1653 Birth of Child
Marie Juillet was born 25 November 1653, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1656 Birth of Child
Charles Juillet was born 19 May 1656, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1658 Birth of Child
Louis Juillet was born 11 October 1658, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Canada 1659 - François de Laval arrives in Québec as vicar general of the pope (June). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1660 Death
"...Un autre détail précieux que nous retrouvons dans cet ouvrage, et que les historiens ne donnent pas, c'est celui des noms non moins glorieux des compa- ‘ gnons de Dollard. Ils sont partis vingt pour cette ex pédition, tous également intrépides, dévoués et déter minés, tous des jeunes gens....Read MORE...

1660 Death
On 19 April 1660, Blaise was involved in a battle with the Iroquois Indians. While trying to flee in a canoe, the canoe overturned and Blaise drowned in the river. Blaise was buried the next day in Montreal.
Added: 11/23/2013 9:29:38 PM - Beckie  Updated: 11/23/2013 9:38:32 PM - Beckie

20th June, 1660
20th June, 1660. — Inventory of the moveable and immoveable property of the late Blaise Juillet dit Avignon.

Sessional Papers: Volume 24, Issue 2
Quebec Province Legislature
January 1, 1890
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