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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  René  Dumas dit Rencontre

  (b. abt. 1650, France   d. )  

René Dumas dit Rencontre was born abt. 1650 in , France. René Dumas dit Rencontre was the child of

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

He married  Marie Lelong 12 October 1671 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 6 children. Marie Lelong  was born abt. 1648 in , France .  She died 14 December 1687 in La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis) . 

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Occupation: Soldat du regiment de Carignan

son of Claude Dumas and Francoise Leer

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

René Dumas dit Rencontre married immigrant Fille du Roi flag Marie Lelong-- Date: 12 October 1671 Place: Québec, Canada, New France

Added: 1/25/2015 3:51:30 PM  

flag Anne Dumas (b.5 October 1676, Sorel, Canada, New France  d. 17 March 1761, La Prairie, Canada )

flag Jeanne Dumas (b.12 March 1679, La Prairie, Canada, New France   d. 10 February 1750, Châteauguay, Canada, New France )

flag Louise Dumas (b.11 December 1680, La Prairie, Canada, New France   d. 29 January 1756, La Prairie, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Anne Dumas dite Lelong (b.24 March 1682, La Prairie, Canada, New France   d. 17 February 1753, La Prairie, Canada, New France )

flag Pierre Dumas (b.5 April 1683, La Prairie, Canada, New France   d. 4 February 1750, La Prairie, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Louise Dumas (b.2 September 1685, La Prairie, Canada, New France   d. 29 January 1756, La Prairie, Canada, New France )

1671 Marriage / Partner
René Dumas dit Rencontre and Marie Lelong 12 October 1671, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1676 Birth of Child
Anne Dumas was born 5 October 1676, Sorel, Québec, Canada

1679 Birth of Child
Jeanne Dumas was born 12 March 1679, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis)

1680 Birth of Child
Louise Dumas was born 11 December 1680, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis)

1682 Birth of Child
Marie-Anne Dumas dite Lelong was born 24 March 1682, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis)

1683 Birth of Child
Pierre Dumas was born 5 April 1683, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis)

1685 Birth of Child
Marie-Louise Dumas was born 2 September 1685, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis)

Added: 1/25/2015 3:49:54 PM

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