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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?Acadia - Did you know? The Acadians with their fondness for pranks, made good use of the first of April to play April fool tricks. Everyone wanted to trick someone else without being caught himself. And any way of pulling someone's leg was fair.

Source: Je Me Souviens, A Publication of the American-French Genealogical Society, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Volume 35, Number 1. Spring 2012. Acadian Festivals.

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Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement Acadia  Joseph  Babineau dit Deslauriers

  (b. abt. 1703, Acadia, Canada   d. 9 January 1765 )  

Joseph Babineau dit Deslauriers was born abt. 1703 in , Acadia, Canada . Joseph Babineau dit Deslauriers was the child of Nicolas Babineau dit Deslauriers and Marguerite Granger and the grandchild of: (paternal)  Unknown Babineau and Unknown UNKNOWN (maternal)  Lawrence (Laurent) Granger and Marie Henriette Landry

Joseph Babineau dit Deslauriers died 9 January 1765

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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.
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