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...Habitants spent the wintertime cleaning and repairing tools and tending the animals. In spring they planted crops, took animals to pasture, and fixed fences. They ploughed the land with a team of oxen, then seeded it. They also cultivated a vegetable garden. In summer the entire family worked in the fields from sunrise until sunset. In late summer, they harvested grain crops and took them to the seigneur’s mill for grinding. In the autumn, they put up preserves, chopped and stacked firewood, brought in animals, butchered and salted the meat, which they put into barrels, and prepared the soil for next season’s crop.
Source: Elspeth Deir et al., Canada: The story of our heritage, Grade 7 (Whitby, ON: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2000)
Blaise Juillet dit Avignon was born 26 February 1611
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, 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 (Notre-Dame-de-Montreal)
Blaise Juillet dit Avignon died 19 April 1660
in Montréal, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-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 / Partner Blaise Juillet dit Avignon and Marie-Anne-Antoinette Liercourt 2 February 1651, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers)
1651 Birth of Child Marguerite-Mathurine Juillet was born 31 December 1651, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers)
1653 Birth of Child Marie Juillet was born 25 November 1653, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Montreal)
1656 Birth of Child Charles Juillet was born 19 May 1656, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Montreal)
1658 Birth of Child Louis Juillet was born 11 October 1658, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Montreal)
1659 - François de Laval arrives in Québec as vicar general of the pope (June).
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...
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 Added: 11/23/2013 7:55:42 PM - Beckie Updated: -
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