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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 New France, begging is forbidden, as it encourages laziness and idleness. New France suffered a serious food shortage, and many starved to death rather than admit to being poor. The French considered the potato as unfit for human consumption because the English are eating potatoes.

Source: french32.shtml

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.

Contrecœur, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Trinité-de-Contrecoeur) - Église Sainte Trinité route Marie-Victorin, Contrecœur.

Église de la Sainte-Trinité, est. 1668
4932, boul. Marie-Victorin, Contrecoeur, QUÉBEC
Contrecœur, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Trinité-de-Contrecoeur)
Église Sainte Trinité route Marie-Victorin, Contrecœur. eglisesdenosancetres2.htm

Église de la Sainte-Trinité, est. 1668
4932, boul. Marie-Victorin, Contrecoeur, QUÉBEC


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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier flag  Nicolas  Bonin dit St-Martin

  (b. 26 March 1654, France   d. 6 July 1721Contrecœur, Canada, New France )  

Nicolas Bonin dit St-Martin was born 26 March 1654 in , France. Nicolas Bonin dit St-Martin was the child of

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

He married  Marie-Elisabeth Emery 8 January 1685 in Contrecœur, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 5 children. Marie-Elisabeth Emery  was born abt. 1670 in , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec) .  She died 27 December 1755 in Contrecœur, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Trinité-de-Contrecoeur) .  She was the daughter of Antoine Emery dit Coderre and Marie Devault (Deveau) (Deveault).

Nicolas Bonin dit St-Martin died 6 July 1721 in Contrecœur, Canada, New France .

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Occupation: Soldat du regiment de Carignan

son of Louis Bonin and Marie Jouneau

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Nicolas Bonin dit St-Martin married flag Marie-Elisabeth Emery-- Date: 8 January 1685 Place: Contrecœur, Canada, New France
Marie-Elisabeth Emery was the daughter of Antoine Emery dit Coderre and Marie Devault (Deveau) (Deveault)


Angélique Bonin 1692-
Nicolas Bonin Ste-Marie 1694-1773
Antoine-Marie Bonin Ste-Marie 1696-1757
Louis Bonin d. 1761
Joseph Bonin 1699-
Marguerite Bonin ca 1701-1787
Pierre Bonin Ste-Marie 1705-1775

Added: 1/31/2015 2:55:57 PM  

flag Nicolas Bonin dit Ste-Marie (b.22 May 1694, Boucherville, Canada, New France   d. 16 February 1773, Lanoraie, Province of Québec, Canada )

flag Antoine-Marie Bonin dit Ste-Marie (b.6 November 1696, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 19 November 1757, Contrecœur, Canada, New France )

flag Joseph Bonin (b.22 January 1699, Boucherville, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag Pierre Bonin (b.23 April 1705, Contrecœur, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag Louis Bonin (b.abt. 1708, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 29 June 1761, Lanoraie, Canada )

1685 Marriage / Partner
Nicolas Bonin dit St-Martin and Marie-Elisabeth Emery 8 January 1685, Contrecœur, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Trinité-de-Contrecoeur)

1694 Birth of Child
Nicolas Bonin dit Ste-Marie was born 22 May 1694, Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville)

1696 Birth of Child
Antoine-Marie Bonin dit Ste-Marie was born 6 November 1696, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec)

1699 Birth of Child
Joseph Bonin was born 22 January 1699, Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville)

1705 Birth of Child
Pierre Bonin was born 23 April 1705, Contrecœur, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Trinité-de-Contrecoeur)

6 July 1721
Contrecœur, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Trinité-de-Contrecoeur)

Added: 1/31/2015 2:54:16 PM

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