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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 (

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 Carignan-Salières Soldier France  Étienne  Forestier dit Lafortune

  (b. abt. 1645, France   d. 4 August 1724Montréal, Canada, New France )  

Étienne Forestier dit Lafortune was born abt. 1645 in , France. Étienne Forestier dit Lafortune was the child of

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

He married  Marguerite Lauzon 23 November 1672 in Montréal, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 9 children. Marguerite Lauzon  was born 24 May 1659 in Montréal, Québec, Canada .  She died 13 November 1699 in Montréal, Québec, Canada .  She was the daughter of Gilles Lauzon and Marie Archambault.

He married  (2) Marie-Marguerite Provost 20 November 1701 in Varennes, Canada, New France .  Marie-Marguerite Provost  was born 1655 in , France .  She died 20 February 1732 in Montréal, Québec, Canada . 

Étienne Forestier dit Lafortune died 4 August 1724 in Montréal, Canada, New France .

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Occupation: Carignan-Salières soldier - Grandfontaine Company

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Étienne Forestier dit Lafortune married Canada/New France Marguerite Lauzon-- Date: 23 November 1672 Place: Montréal, Canada, New France Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. 

Marguerite Lauzon was the daughter of Gilles Lauzon and Marie Archambault

Marriage found at Notre-Dame de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec in Drouin Collection

Etienne Forestier and Marguerite Lauzon

Added: 4/24/2009 9:04:20 AM  
Updated: 4/24/2009

Canada/New France Françoise Forestier dite Lafortune (b.20 April 1675, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 20 December 1677, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Canada, New France* )

Canada/New France Louise Forestier (b.12 October 1677, Rivière-des-Prairies, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 17 April 1737, Montréal, Canada, New France )

Canada/New France Antoine Forestier dit Lafortune (b.26 September 1679, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 20 January 1703, Montréal, Canada, New France )

Canada/New France Catherine Forestier (b.13 March 1681 , Montréal, Canada, New France   d. , )

Canada/New France Madeleine Forestier (Fortier) (b.28 April 1683, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 2 December 1760, L'Assomption, Canada )

Canada/New France Françoise Forestier (b.13 February 1685, Rivière-des-Prairies, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 19 August 1754, Berthierville, Canada, New France )

Canada/New France Marie-Marthe Forestier (b.abt. 1688, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 12 December 1749, Montréal, Canada, New France )

Canada/New France Jacques Forestier (b.1 January 1695, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 9 June 1747, Montréal, Canada, New France )

Canada/New France Barbe Forestier dite Lafortune (b.22 August 1696, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. , )

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France 1659 - France and Spain sign the Treaty of the Pyrenees.

France On August 26, 1660, Louis XIV made a triumphal entry into Paris with his wife, Marie-Therese. The royal couple took their places...
Louis XIV wasn't just a ceremonial king who represents the kingdom, but makes no decisions of his own... His regime was considered an absolute monarchy, and Louis XIV was the sole master. No...Read MORE...

Canada 1666 - The Carignan-Salières regiment destroys five Mohawk villages, eventually leading to peace between the Iroquois and the French. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1667 - The result of Canada's first census is 3215 non-native inhabitants. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1667 - Filles Du Roi Arrive
October 27: One hundred and nine (109) young ladies (Filles du Roi) arrived in Quebec from Dieppe and La Rochelle; 84 from Dieppe, 25 from La Rochelle. Only 15-20 were from good families, several...Read MORE...

Canada 1668 - The Carignan-Salières regiment is recalled to France, but several hundred choose to remain behind, many in return for local seigneuries. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1670 - The Hudson's Bay Company is founded by royal charter and, underwritten by a group of English merchants, is granted trade rights over Rupert's Land -- i.e., all territory draining into Hudson Bay (May 2). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1672 Marriage / Partner
Étienne Forestier dit Lafortune and Marguerite Lauzon 23 November 1672, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Canada 1672 - Comte de Frontenac becomes governor general of New France, later quarrelling frequently with the intendant and the bishop. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1673 - Final Group of Filles du Roi Arrive
September: The last shipment of Filles du Roi arrived Quebec from France, and the program ended. The population of New France had risen to 6,700 people, an increase of 168% in the eleven years...Read MORE...

Canada 1673 - Frontenac sends Marquette and Jolliet to explore the Missippi. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1674 - Laval becomes the first bishop of Québec. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1675 Birth of Child
Françoise Forestier dite Lafortune was born 20 April 1675, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1677 Birth of Child
Louise Forestier was born 12 October 1677, Rivière-des-Prairies, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1677 Death of Child
Françoise Forestier dite Lafortune died 20 December 1677, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Québec, Canada*

1679 Birth of Child
Antoine Forestier dit Lafortune was born 26 September 1679, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1681 Birth of Child
Catherine Forestier was born 13 March 1681 , Montréal, Québec, Canada

1683 Birth of Child
Madeleine Forestier (Fortier) was born 28 April 1683, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1685 Birth of Child
Françoise Forestier was born 13 February 1685, Rivière-des-Prairies, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Canada 1686 - De Troyes and D'Iberville capture three English posts on James Bay (June-July). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1689 - Attacked by Iroquois - Lachine Massacre
On the night of August 4-5, 1689, nearly 1,500 Iroquois warriors crossed the St. Lawrence at Lake St. Louis, its widest point in the Montreal area. On the opposite shore, the inhabitants of the...Read MORE...

Canada 1690 - Port Royal is captured by British forces led by Phipps. acadtime.htm -

Canada 1690 - Frontenac repels Phips' (sent from Massachusetts) attack on Québec (October) about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1695 Birth of Child
Jacques Forestier was born 1 January 1695, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1696 Birth of Child
Barbe Forestier dite Lafortune was born 22 August 1696, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1699 Death of Spouse/Partner
Marguerite Lauzon died 13 November 1699, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Carignan-Salières Regiment Officers and Soldiers (who married Filles du Roi)
Forestier, Etienne dit LaFortune, m. Marguerite Provost, 20 Nov. 1701
Soldier, Company: Grandfontaine

The Carignan-Salières Regiment, June-Sept 1665, Quebec, Canada
Added: 9/14/2010 3:27:39 PM - Beckie  Updated: 9/15/2010 10:05:22 AM - Beckie

1701 Marriage / Partner
Étienne Forestier dit Lafortune and Marie-Marguerite Provost 20 November 1701, Varennes, Québec, Canada

Canada 1701 - 40 First Nation tribes, French Colonial Government signed Great Peace of Montreal
On August 4, 1701, some 40 Aboriginal nations gathered in Montreal. On that day, their representatives dinged the Treaty of Montreal. People in Montreal would remember this ceremony for a long time....Read MORE...

Canada 1702 - Having begun in Europe in 1701, The War of the Spanish Succession spreads to North America (Queen Anne's War) in Acadia and New England. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1703 Death of Child
Antoine Forestier dit Lafortune died 20 January 1703, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Canada 1710 - British Capture Port Royal, Rename Fort Anne
The Acadian community of Port Royal is captured by Francis Nickolson for the British and renamed it Fort Anne, and the community, Annapolis Royal. Daniel d'Auger de Subercase (1661-1732), with less...Read MORE...

Canada 1713 - Treaty of Utrecht ended Queen Anne's War (War of the Spanish Succession)
Hudson's Bay, Acadia and Newfoundland now all belonged to the English. Cape Breton belonged to the French.
History of Quebec for Dummies by Eric Bedard, published by John Wiley & Sons, Canada, Ltd. -

4 August 1724
Montréal, Québec, Canada


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