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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? The seigneurial system was a form of land settlement modelled on the French feudal system. It began in New France in 1627 with the formation of the Compagnie des Cent-Associés that was initially responsible for handing out land grants and seigneurial rights. The land was divided into 5 by 15 kilometre plots, usually along major rivers like the St. Lawrence. They were then further subdivided into narrow, but long lots for settlement. These lots were usually long enough to be suitable for faming, and they provided everyone who lived on them with equal access to neighbouring farms and the river.

Source: 2010/ 10/ seigneurial-system-and-settlement.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  Pierre  Faye dit Villefagnan

  (b. abt. 1637, France   d. 27 December 1692Québec, Canada, New France )  

Pierre Faye dit Villefagnan was born abt. 1637 in , France. Pierre Faye dit Villefagnan was the child of

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

He married  Marie Chauvet 16 August 1668 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 3 children. Marie Chauvet  was born abt. 1641 in , France .  She died aft. 10 April 1709 in , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec) . 

Pierre Faye dit Villefagnan died 27 December 1692 in Québec, Canada, New France .

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Occupation: Soldat du regiment de Carignan

son of Jacques Fagnan and Isabelle Beguin

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Pierre Faye dit Villefagnan married immigrant Fille du Roi flag Marie Chauvet-- Date: 16 August 1668 Place: Québec, Canada, New France

Added: 1/28/2015 10:49:19 AM  

flag Elisabeth-Isabelle Faye (b.31 March 1673, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 16 April 1750, L'Islet, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Anne Failly (Faye) (b.30 June 1678, Charlesbourg, Québec, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag Jean-Baptiste Faye (Fagnan) (b.24 November 1683, Charlesbourg, Québec, Canada, New France   d. , )

1668 Marriage / Partner
Pierre Faye dit Villefagnan and Marie Chauvet 16 August 1668, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1673 Birth of Child
Elisabeth-Isabelle Faye was born 31 March 1673, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1678 Birth of Child
Marie-Anne Failly (Faye) was born 30 June 1678, Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal) (Saint-Charles-Borromée)

1683 Birth of Child
Jean-Baptiste Faye (Fagnan) was born 24 November 1683, Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal) (Saint-Charles-Borromée)

27 December 1692
Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

Added: 1/28/2015 10:46:30 AM

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