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 (www.afgs.org/ditnames/index1.html)
Acadia - Did you know? Acadian parents might tell their children about 'le Bonhomme Sept-heures, a fearful character who would visit upleasant deeds upon young children if they did not go to bed at the designated hour.'
Source: Acadian Culture in Maine: Oral Traditions - University of Maine at Fort Kent (acim.umfk.maine.edu/oral_traditions.html)
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Bio Joseph dit Des Lauriers, born in c1700, married Marguerite, daughter of Claude Dugas, at Annapolis Royal in November 1723. Their son married into the Darois family. Two of their daughters married into the Comeau family. www.acadiansingray.com Added: 4/9/2015 4:30:19 PM - Beckie Updated: -
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