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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? The chief festivities in New France occurred at Michaelmas, Christmas, Easter, and May Day. On Michaelmas the habitant came to pay the annual rental for his lands.

Source: Daily Life in New France ( french/ daily_life_in_new_france.htm)

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.

Rouen, France - ROUEN - Gare de la Rue Verte
Railway Station (1915)
Rouen, France
ROUEN - Gare de la Rue Verte Railway Station (1915)

Rouen, France - ROUEN. - Le Quai de Paris (1917)
Rouen, France
ROUEN. - Le Quai de Paris (1917)

Rouen, France - Boieldieu Bridge (1950)
Rouen, France
Boieldieu Bridge (1950)

Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales) - Église de Saint-François-de-Sales
 714, rue des Érables, Neuville, QUÉBEC
Established 1684
Source: Google maps
Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales)
Église de Saint-François-de-Sales
714, rue des Érables, Neuville, QUÉBEC
Established 1684
Source: Google maps

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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier flag  Pierre  Ferré dit L’Espinay

  (b. 2 May 1639Rouen, France   d. bef. 31 January 1695Neuville, Portneuf, Canada, New France )  

Pierre Ferré dit L’Espinay was born 2 May 1639 in Rouen, France. Pierre Ferré dit L’Espinay was the child of

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

He married  Marie Lasnon 24 November 1667 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 4 children. Marie Lasnon  was born 22 September 1647 in Rouen, France .  She died 10 March 1727 in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) . 

Pierre Ferré dit L’Espinay died bef. 31 January 1695 in Neuville, Portneuf, Canada, New France .

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Occupation: Soldat du regiment de Carignan

son of Pierre Ferre and Margueriet Jacquet

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Pierre Ferré dit L’Espinay married immigrant Fille du Roi flag Marie Lasnon-- Date: 24 November 1667 Place: Québec, Canada, New France

Added: 12/26/2014 12:02:40 PM  

flag Geneviève Ferré (b.16 September 1668, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 30 November 1688, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Pierre-Joseph Ferré (b.abt. 1673, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 14 February 1696, Neuville, Portneuf, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Anne Ferré (b.19 November 1675, Neuville, Portneuf, Canada, New France   d. 12 June 1711, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Angélique Ferré (b.22 September 1683, Neuville, Portneuf, Canada, New France   d. 10 December 1731, Québec, Canada, New France )

1667 Marriage / Partner
Pierre Ferré dit L’Espinay and Marie Lasnon 24 November 1667, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1668 Birth of Child
Geneviève Ferré was born 16 September 1668, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1675 Birth of Child
Marie-Anne Ferré was born 19 November 1675, Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales)

1683 Birth of Child
Angélique Ferré was born 22 September 1683, Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales)

1688 Death of Child
Geneviève Ferré died 30 November 1688, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

Added: 12/26/2014 12:01:13 PM

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