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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? The life of the French-Canadians in Quebec was largely agrarian. It was a system where each household grew, produced or bartered for everything the family needed to survive. By the mid-1800s, as the population grew and family farms could no longer support succeeding generations, many left behind this self-sufficient life style for one based on wage labor in the mills. Eventually, one third of Quebec's population left Canada for mill villages in New England where they gathered in close-knit ethnic communities.

Source: French-Canadian Culture (

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.

Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada  - Cathédrale de l'Assomption
362, rue Bonaventure, Trois-Rivières, QUÉBEC G9A 5J9
Established 1678
Source: Google maps
Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada
Cathédrale de l'Assomption
362, rue Bonaventure, Trois-Rivières, QUÉBEC G9A 5J9
Established 1678
Source: Google maps

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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier flag  Pierre  Brignon (Brunion) dit Lapierre

  (b. abt. 1642, France   d. 6 November 1687Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France )  

Pierre Brignon (Brunion) dit Lapierre was born abt. 1642 in , France. Pierre Brignon (Brunion) dit Lapierre was the child of

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

He married  Charlotte Coy dite Couet 24 April 1678 in Sorel, Canada, New France .  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 . 

Pierre Brignon (Brunion) dit Lapierre died 6 November 1687 in Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France .

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Pierre Brignon (Brunion) dit Lapierre married immigrant Fille du Roi flag Charlotte Coy dite Couet-- Date: 24 April 1678 Place: Sorel, Canada, New France

Added: 6/2/2016 9:37:06 AM  

flag Jean-Baptiste Brignon (Brunion) dit Lapierre (b.2 November 1678, Sorel, Canada, New France  d. 16 April 1760, Montréal, Canada )

flag Jacques Brignon (Brunion) dit Lapierre (b.abt. 1687, , Québec Province, Canada   d. , )

1678 Marriage / Partner
Pierre Brignon (Brunion) dit Lapierre and Charlotte Coy dite Couet 24 April 1678, Sorel, Québec, Canada

1678 Birth of Child
Jean-Baptiste Brignon (Brunion) dit Lapierre was born 2 November 1678, Sorel, Québec, Canada

6 November 1687
Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

Added: 6/2/2016 9:34:44 AM

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