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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 (

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Carignan-Salières Soldier flag  Michel  Gauron dit Petitbois

  (b. 1642, France   d. )  

Michel Gauron dit Petitbois was born 1642 in , France. Michel Gauron dit Petitbois was the child of

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

He married  Marguerite Robineau 17 October 1668 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 2 children. Marguerite Robineau  was born abt. 1641 in Paris, France . 

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Occupation: Soldat du regiment de Carignan

son of Pierre Goron and Louise Chapitreau

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Michel Gauron dit Petitbois married Fille du Roi flag Marguerite Robineau-- Date: 17 October 1668 Place: Québec, Canada, New France

Added: 12/29/2014 10:50:10 AM  

flag Anne-Françoise Gauron (b.abt. 1672, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 29 February 1748, Deschaillons, Canada, New France )

flag Françoise-Marguerite Gauron (b.9 March 1683, Lauzon, Lévis, Canada, New France   d. , )

1668 Marriage / Partner
Michel Gauron dit Petitbois and Marguerite Robineau 17 October 1668, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1683 Birth of Child
Françoise-Marguerite Gauron was born 9 March 1683, Lauzon, Lévis, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-de-Lévy)

Added: 12/29/2014 10:49:41 AM

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