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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? Most of the men in New France were farmers. Life was very hard for the farmer. He was the one who was responsible for producing food. He had to farm and also hunt to get food for his family. Taking care of his farm and family was his number one job.

Source: ON/ LakeheadUniversity/ NewFranceWQ/ wqr6.aspx

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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flag  Elisabeth  Thunay (Tuné) dite Dufresne

  (b. abt. 1666, Québec Province, Canada   d. 25 March 1734Yamachiche, Canada, New France )  

Elisabeth Thunay (Tuné) dite Dufresne was born abt. 1666 in , Québec Province, Canada . Elisabeth Thunay (Tuné) dite Dufresne was the child of Pierre-Felix Thunay (Tuné) dit Dufresne and Elisabeth Lefebvre and the grandchild of: (maternal)  Pierre-Michel Lefebvre dit Descoteaux and Jeanne Auneau (Aunois)

She married  Julien Rivard dit Dufresne 3 February 1682 in Champlain, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 7 children. Julien Rivard dit Dufresne  was born 9 December 1657 in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada .  He died 9 December 1708 in Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier) .  He was the son of Nicolas Rivard dit Lavigne and Catherine St-Pere.

Elisabeth Thunay (Tuné) dite Dufresne died 25 March 1734 in Yamachiche, Canada, New France .

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Elisabeth Thunay (Tuné) dite Dufresne married flag Julien Rivard dit Dufresne-- Date: 3 February 1682 Place: Champlain, Canada, New France
Le Programme de recherche en démographie historique - Univeriste de Montreal 

Julien Rivard dit Dufresne was the son of Nicolas Rivard dit Lavigne and Catherine St-Pere

Added: 2/13/2015 12:09:00 PM  

flag Marie-Elisabeth Rivard dite Lavigne (b.28 September 1689, Batiscan, Canada, New France   d. 18 August 1771, Yamachiche, Province of Québec, Canada )

flag Madeleine Rivard dite Laglanderie (b.7 February 1692, Batiscan, Canada, New France   d. 25 July 1729, La-Pérade, Canada, New France )

flag François Rivard dit Beaucour (b.30 May 1695, Batiscan, Canada, New France   d. 1 May 1758, Yamachiche, Canada, New France )

flag Julien Rivard dit Laglanderie (b.28 December 1697, Batiscan, Canada, New France   d. 28 March 1761, Yamachiche, Canada )

flag Françoise Rivard dite Laglanderie (b.20 April 1700, Batiscan, Canada, New France   d. 8 February 1733, Champlain, Canada, New France )

flag Jean-Baptiste Rivard dit Laglanderie (b.25 July 1702, Batiscan, Canada, New France   d. 26 December 1784, Yamachiche, Province of Québec, Canada )

flag Joseph Rivard dit Dufresne (b.abt. June 1709, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 24 January 1793, Yamachiche, Lower Canada )

1682 Marriage / Partner
Elisabeth Thunay (Tuné) dite Dufresne and Julien Rivard dit Dufresne 3 February 1682, Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation)

1689 Birth of Child
Marie-Elisabeth Rivard dite Lavigne was born 28 September 1689, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

1692 Birth of Child
Madeleine Rivard dite Laglanderie was born 7 February 1692, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

1694 Birth of Child
François Rivard dit Beaucour was born 30 May 1695, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

1697 Birth of Child
Julien Rivard dit Laglanderie was born 28 December 1697, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

1700 Birth of Child
Françoise Rivard dite Laglanderie was born 20 April 1700, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

1702 Birth of Child
Jean-Baptiste Rivard dit Laglanderie was born 25 July 1702, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

1708 Death of Spouse/Partner
Julien Rivard dit Dufresne died 9 December 1708, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

1729 Death of Child
Madeleine Rivard dite Laglanderie died 25 July 1729, La-Pérade, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade)

1733 Death of Child
Françoise Rivard dite Laglanderie died 8 February 1733, Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation)

25 March 1734
Yamachiche, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-d'Yamachiche)

Added: 2/13/2015 12:08:06 PM

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