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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 (

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Carignan-Salières Soldier flag  François  Couillard dit Lafontaine

  (b. abt. 1640, France   d. )  

François Couillard dit Lafontaine was born abt. 1640 in , France. François Couillard dit Lafontaine was the child of

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

He married  Marie-Anne-Esther Dannessé dite De Leongchamps 17 October 1668 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 2 children. Marie-Anne-Esther Dannessé dite De Leongchamps  was born in , France .  She died 2 May 1689 in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) . 

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Occupation: Soldat cie l'Allier

son of Michel Couillard and Catherine Fleury

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

François Couillard dit Lafontaine married immigrant Fille du Roi flag Marie-Anne-Esther Dannessé dite De Leongchamps-- Date: 17 October 1668 Place: Québec, Canada, New France

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flag Marie-Renee Couillard (b.4 July 1670, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 16 June 1695, Varennes, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Madeleine Couillard (b.abt. 1679, , Québec Province, Canada   d. , )

1668 Marriage / Partner
François Couillard dit Lafontaine and Marie-Anne-Esther Dannessé dite De Leongchamps 17 October 1668, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1670 Birth of Child
Marie-Renee Couillard was born 4 July 1670, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

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