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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 Canada, there is a belief that on Christmas Eve, the dead rise up from their graves and kneel at the foot of the cemetery cross where they are awaited by the previous parish priest wearing a white surplice and golden stole. The priest says the prayers for the Nativity aloud and the departed respond reverently. Once the mass is finished, the dead rise, look longingly at the village and the house where they were born, then silently return to their coffins.


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.

Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales) - Église de Saint-François-de-Sales
 714, rue des Érables, Neuville, QUÉBEC
Established 1684
Source: Google maps
Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales)
Église de Saint-François-de-Sales
714, rue des Érables, Neuville, QUÉBEC
Established 1684
Source: Google maps

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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier flag  Antoine  Bordeleau dit Laforest Bonhomme

  (b. 22 December 1633, France   d. 18 September 1717Neuville, Portneuf, Canada, New France )  

Antoine Bordeleau dit Laforest Bonhomme was born 22 December 1633 in , France. Antoine Bordeleau dit Laforest Bonhomme was the child of

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

He married  Pérette Hallier 15 October 1669 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 2 children. Pérette Hallier  was born abt. 1651 in , France . 

Antoine Bordeleau dit Laforest Bonhomme died 18 September 1717 in Neuville, Portneuf, Canada, New France .

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Occupation: Soldat du regiment de Carignan

son of Jean Bordeleau and Marie Villain

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Antoine Bordeleau dit Laforest Bonhomme married flag Pérette Hallier-- Date: 15 October 1669 Place: Québec, Canada, New France

Added: 2/14/2015 7:44:40 PM  

flag Antoine Bordeleau (b.18 December 1673, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 4 May 1758, Neuville, Portneuf, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Louise Bordeleau (b.15 August 1676, Neuville, Portneuf, Canada, New France   d. 1 July 1720, Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, Canada, New France)

1669 Marriage / Partner
Antoine Bordeleau dit Laforest Bonhomme and Pérette Hallier 15 October 1669, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1673 Birth of Child
Antoine Bordeleau was born 18 December 1673, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1676 Birth of Child
Marie-Louise Bordeleau was born 15 August 1676, Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales)

18 September 1717
Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales)

Added: 2/14/2015 7:43:17 PM

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