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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 (

Did You Know?Quebec - Did you know? French-Canadian couples getting married are not supposed to wear new shoes at the wedding. Grains, confetti, or nuts are showered at the married couples, wishing them good luck and fertility.

Source: French-Canadian Culture ( /articles /french-canadiane-culture.html)

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 flag  Gabriel  Gibeau dit Poitevin

  (b. abt. 1640, France   d. 13 October 1700Lavaltrie, Canada, New France )  

Gabriel Gibeau dit Poitevin was born abt. 1640 in , France. Gabriel Gibeau dit Poitevin was the child of

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

He married  Suzanne Durand 30 October 1667 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 2 children. Suzanne Durand  was born abt. 1653 in , France .  She died aft. 10 September 1683 in , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec) . 

Gabriel Gibeau dit Poitevin died 13 October 1700 in Lavaltrie, Canada, New France .

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Occupation: Soldat du regiment de Carignan

son of Pierre Gibeau and Renée Orillière

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Gabriel Gibeau dit Poitevin married immigrant Fille du Roi flag Suzanne Durand-- Date: 30 October 1667 Place: Québec, Canada, New France

Added: 1/25/2015 7:24:19 PM  

flag Jean-Baptiste Gibeau dit Poitevin (b.abt. 1668, Sorel, Canada, New France  d. 16 March 1745, Montréal, Canada, New France )

flag Gabriel Gibeau (b.20 April 1680, Repentigny, Canada, New France   d. 5 May 1720, Lachine, Montréal, Canada, New France )

1667 Marriage / Partner
Gabriel Gibeau dit Poitevin and Suzanne Durand 30 October 1667, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1680 Birth of Child
Gabriel Gibeau was born 20 April 1680, Repentigny, Québec, Canada (La Purification-de-Repentigny)

13 October 1700
Lavaltrie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine)

Added: 1/25/2015 7:22:52 PM

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