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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.

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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
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Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal
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Established 1678
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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier flag  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 flag 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rivière-des-Prairies)

1677 Death of Child
Françoise Forestier dite Lafortune died 20 December 1677, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (L'Enfant-Jésus-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles)

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 (Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rivière-des-Prairies)

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 (Sainte-Anne-de-Varennes)

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

4 August 1724
Montréal, Québec, Canada


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