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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? In the mid 1800s, New France had a population of about 4 million. 1/2 were Catholic. 1/2 were Protestant. 1/3 of the population was French speaking.

Source: Canada: A People's History ( history/)

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

Thanks to Micheline MacDonald for providing this information.

Montréal, Québec, Canada  - Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal
110, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QUÉBEC
Established 1678
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Montréal, Québec, Canada
Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal
110, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QUÉBEC
Established 1678
Source: Wikipedia

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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier flag  André  Badel dit Lamarche

  (b. 7 June 1632, Switzerland   d. 20 February 1711Montréal, Canada, New France )  

André Badel dit Lamarche was born 7 June 1632 in , Switzerland. André Badel dit Lamarche was the child of

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

He married  Barbe Duchesne 26 October 1671 in Montréal, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 4 children. Barbe Duchesne  was born abt. 1650 in , Switzerland .  She died 10 July 1710 in Montréal, Québec, Canada . 

André Badel dit Lamarche died 20 February 1711 in Montréal, Canada, New France .

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Occupation: Soldat du regiment de Carignan

son of Étienne Badel and Pérette Mermoud

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

André Badel dit Lamarche married immigrant Fille du Roi flag Barbe Duchesne-- Date: 26 October 1671 Place: Montréal, Canada, New France

Added: 1/26/2015 6:24:13 PM  

flag Étiennette Badel (b.10 December 1672, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 20 March 1695, Lachine, Montréal, Canada, New France )

flag Marie Badel (b.abt. 1674, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 26 January 1738, Montréal, Canada, New France )

flag Anne Badel dite Lamarche (b.abt. 1677, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 12 May 1742, Montréal, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Charlotte Badel (b.12 December 1684, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 5 June 1711, Montréal, Canada, New France )

1671 Marriage / Partner
André Badel dit Lamarche and Barbe Duchesne 26 October 1671, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1672 Birth of Child
Étiennette Badel was born 10 December 1672, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1684 Birth of Child
Marie-Charlotte Badel was born 12 December 1684, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1695 Death of Child
Étiennette Badel died 20 March 1695, Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Saints-Anges-de-Lachine)

1710 Death of Spouse/Partner
Barbe Duchesne died 10 July 1710, Montréal, Québec, Canada

20 February 1711
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Added: 1/26/2015 6:23:42 PM

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