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)
Quebec - Did you know?Black cats have always had a rather suspicious reputation as associates of sorceresses and witches, but it is singular that among [French Canadian] peasants they are regarded as protecting goblins, and that no one would think of parting with them, chasing them away, or ill-treating them in any manner. Lucky is the man whose house, or barn, or stable, has been chosen as a home by a large family of black cats.
Source: The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 5, No. 19, Oct. - Dec., 1892, Lutins in the Province of Quebec
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Joseph-Antoine Dubois dit Laviolette was born abt. 1667
in , France.
Joseph-Antoine Dubois dit Laviolette
was the child of
He married Louise Plumereau
17 November 1698
in Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (Sts-Anges-de-Lachine)
The couple had (at least) 3 children.
was born abt. 12 February 1678
in Sorel, Québec, Canada (St-Pierre-de-Sorel)
She died 18 December 1736
in Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal)
She was the daughter of Julien Plumereau dit Latreille and Jeanne Barbier.
Joseph-Antoine Dubois dit Laviolette died 6 June 1743
in Pointe-Claire, Montréal, Québec, Canada (St-Joachim-de-la-Pointe-Claire).
Children: Antoine Dubois dit Joseph (b.23 April 1705, Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (Sts-Anges-de-Lachine) d. 4 January 1770, Pointe-Claire, Montréal, Québec, Canada (St-Joachim-de-la-Pointe-Claire))
Jean-Baptiste Dubois (b.4 May 1707, Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (Sts-Anges-de-Lachine) d. 25 October 1784, Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (Sts-Anges-de-Lachine))
Marie-Josephte Dubois (b.abt. 1709, , Québec (Quebec) Province, Canada (New France) d. 6 February 1771, Pointe-Claire, Montréal, Québec, Canada (St-Joachim-de-la-Pointe-Claire))
1670 - The Hudson's Bay Company is founded by royal charter and, underwritten by a group of English merchants, is granted trade rights over Rupert's Land -- i.e., all territory draining into Hudson Bay (May 2).
1713 - Treaty of Utrecht ended Queen Anne's War (War of the Spanish Succession) Hudson's Bay, Acadia and Newfoundland now all belonged to the English. Cape Breton belonged to the French. History of Quebec for Dummies by Eric Bedard, published by John Wiley & Sons, Canada, Ltd. -
1715 - Louis XIV (King of France) dies
1736 Death of Spouse/Partner Louise Plumereau died 18 December 1736, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal)
Death 6 June 1743 Pointe-Claire, Montréal, Québec, Canada (St-Joachim-de-la-Pointe-Claire)
Added: 6/2/2016 8:23:28 AM
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