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)
Did you know...It is said that on the stroke of midnight, farm animals acquired the marvellous and unusual gift of speech. Oxen, cows, horses, pigs, and poultry began to speak to one another and to exchange strange secrets about humans, particularly their masters. Bad luck, the risk of being struck dumb or, worse still, even death came to those who tried to spy on them. This belief was prevalent not only in France but also in Francophone Canada. Another belief says that at midnight, farm cattle kneel in the stable to worship the Infant Jesus. It is clear that these two beliefs are closely linked to the even older one that Jesus was born at midnight.
Blaise Juillet dit Avignon was born 26 February 1611
Blaise Juillet dit Avignon
was the child of
Blaise was an immigrant, arriving by 1651.
He married Marie-Anne-Antoinette Liercourt
2 February 1651
in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers)
The couple had (at least) 4 children.
was born abt. 1633
She died 30 September 1707
in Montréal, Québec, Canada (Montreal)
Blaise Juillet dit Avignon died 19 April 1660
in Montréal, Québec, Canada (Montreal).
1617 - Louis XIII crowned at the age of 17 (France)
1635 - France enters Thirty Years War as an active combatant. Franco-Spanish War begins.
1638 - King Louis XIV born in France History of France : Highlights from Louis XIV to Napoleon
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1643 - King Louis XIII dies, Louis XIV assumes French throne
1644 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 No...Read MORE...
1651 Marriage / Union Blaise Juillet dit Avignon and Marie-Anne-Antoinette Liercourt 2 February 1651, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers)
1659 - François de Laval arrives in Québec as vicar general of the pope (June).
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 - 1 Updated: 11/23/2013 9:38:32 PM - 1
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. Trois...Read MORE...
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 Added: 11/23/2013 7:55:42 PM - 1 Updated: -
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