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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, socially, the seigneur and his family did not stand apart from his neighbors. All went to the same church, took part in the same amusements upon days of festival, and not infrequently worked together at the common task of clearing the lands. Sons and daughters of the seigneurs often intermarried with those of habitants in the seigneury or of traders in the towns. There was no social 'impasse' such as existed in France among the various elements in a community.

Source: Daily Life in New France ( french/ daily_life_in_new_france.htm)

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.

Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Saints-Anges-de-Lachine) - Église des Saints-Anges de Lachine
1400, rue Saint-Joseph, Lachine, QUÉBEC
Established 1678
Source: Google maps
Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Saints-Anges-de-Lachine)
Église des Saints-Anges de Lachine
1400, rue Saint-Joseph, Lachine, QUÉBEC
Established 1678
Source: Google maps

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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier flag  Louis  Fortin dit Lagrandeur

  (b. abt. 1647, France   d. 5 October 1687Lachine, Montréal, Canada, New France )  

Louis Fortin dit Lagrandeur was born abt. 1647 in , France. Louis Fortin dit Lagrandeur was the child of

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

He married  Catherine Godin 21 November 1672 in Montréal, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 2 children. Catherine Godin  was born 11 May 1659 in Montréal, Québec, Canada .  She died 28 December 1746 in Pointe-Claire, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joachim-de-la-Pointe-Claire) .  She was the daughter of Pierre Godin dit Chatillon and Jeanne Roussellier.

Louis Fortin dit Lagrandeur died 5 October 1687 in Lachine, Montréal, Canada, New France .

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Occupation: Soldat du regiment de Carignan

son of Philippe Fortin and Agnes London

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Louis Fortin dit Lagrandeur married flag Catherine Godin-- Date: 21 November 1672 Place: Montréal, Canada, New France
Catherine Godin was the daughter of Pierre Godin dit Chatillon and Jeanne Roussellier

Added: 3/23/2015 2:29:14 PM  

flag Marie-Madeleine Fortin (b.25 October 1675, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 19 May 1703, Lachine, Montréal, Canada, New France )

flag Catherine Fortin dite Lagrandeur (b.13 April 1684, Lachine, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 11 December 1747, Sainte-Anne-du-Bout-de-l'Île, Quebec, Canada)

1672 Marriage / Partner
Louis Fortin dit Lagrandeur and Catherine Godin 21 November 1672, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1675 Birth of Child
Marie-Madeleine Fortin was born 25 October 1675, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1684 Birth of Child
Catherine Fortin dite Lagrandeur was born 13 April 1684, Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Saints-Anges-de-Lachine)

5 October 1687
Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Saints-Anges-de-Lachine)

Added: 3/23/2015 2:28:11 PM

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