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 (www.afgs.org/ditnames/index1.html)
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He married Marie Lelong
12 October 1671
in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
The couple had (at least) 5 children.
was born abt. 1648
in , France
She died 14 December 1687
in La Prairie, Québec, Canada
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
1680 Birth of Child Louise Dumas was born 11 December 1680, La Prairie, Québec, Canada
1682 Birth of Child Marie-Anne Dumas dite Lelong was born 24 March 1682, La Prairie, Québec, Canada
1685 Birth of Child Marie-Louise Dumas was born 2 September 1685, La Prairie, Québec, Canada
Added: 1/25/2015 3:49:54 PM
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