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?The sock dance is an integral part of the French-Canadian weddings. If there is an unmarried older sibling, he/she has to wear the socks and do a funny dance. The guests will throw money at his/her feet as he/she dances. The money is later given to the couple getting married.
He married Charlotte Coy dite Couet
24 April 1678
in Sorel, Québec, Canada (St-Pierre-de-Sorel)
The couple had (at least) 2 children.
Charlotte Coy dite Couet
was born abt. 1649
in , France
She died 12 May 1707
in Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal)
Pierre Brignon (Brunion) dit Lapierre died 6 November 1687
in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers).
Death 6 November 1687 Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers)
Added: 6/2/2016 9:34:44 AM
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