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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 (

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.

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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier France  Jean  Daniau dit Laprise

  (b. bet. 1637-1650Poitiers, France   d. 6 January 1709Yamaska, Canada, New France )  

Jean Daniau dit Laprise was born bet. 1637-1650 in Poitiers, France. Jean Daniau dit Laprise was the child of

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

He married  Marie-Louise Michaud 10 September 1670 in Québec, Canada, New France (Quebec City) .  The couple had (at least) 4 children. Marie-Louise Michaud  was born abt. 1650 in , France .  She died bef. 02 June 1686 in Berthierville, Québec, Canada . 

He married  (2) Françoise Rondeau 7 June 1686 in Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 8 children. Françoise Rondeau  was born abt. 1671 in , Québec Province, Canada .  She died 21 March 1730 in Saint-Vallier, Québec, Canada .  She was the daughter of Pierre Rondeau and Catherine Verrier.

Jean Daniau dit Laprise died 6 January 1709 in Yamaska, Canada, New France .

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Occupation: Carignan-Salières soldier - La Fouille Company

Son of Jean Daigneault and Renee Brunet

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Jean Daniau dit Laprise married immigrant Fille du Roi France Marie-Louise Michaud-- Date: 10 September 1670 Place: Québec, Canada, New France (Quebec City) Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. 


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Updated: 12/7/2014 1:04:56 PM

Canada/New France Jacques Daniau dit Laprise (b.12 January 1672, Berthier-sur-Mer, Canada, New France   d. 18 July 1751, Saint-François-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud, Canada, New France )

Canada/New France Marguerite Daniau (b.11 February 1674, Berthier-sur-Mer, Canada, New France   d. 23 December 1708, Montmagny, Canada, New France )

Canada/New France Marie-Françoise Daniau dite Laprise (b.23 July 1676, Berthier-sur-Mer, Canada, New France   d. 18 October 1759, Saint-Pierre-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud, Canada, New France)

Canada/New France Joseph Daniau (b.19 March 1679, Berthier-sur-Mer, Canada, New France   d. , )

Jean Daniau dit Laprise married Canada/New France Françoise Rondeau-- Date: 7 June 1686 Place: Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France
Le Programme de recherche en démographie historique - Univeriste de Montreal 

Françoise Rondeau was the daughter of Pierre Rondeau and Catherine Verrier

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Canada/New France Jean Daniau dit Laprise (b.abt. 1687, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 19 June 1759, Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse, Canada, New France)

Canada/New France Guillaume Daniau dit Laprise (b.1689, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 3 February 1761, , Québec Province, Canada )

Canada/New France Francois Daniau dit Laprise (b.1692, , Québec Province, Canada   d. , )

Canada/New France Laurent Daniau (b.18 October 1694, La Durantaye, Canada, New France  d. 19 May 1715, Montmagny, Canada, New France )

Canada/New France Pierre Daniau (b.8 November 1699, La Durantaye, Canada, New France  d. 18 December 1725, Saint-Vallier, Canada, New France)

Canada/New France Joseph Daniau dit Laprise (b.1700, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 22 July 1795, , Québec Province, Canada )

Canada/New France Francoise-Martine Daniau (b.24 March 1702, La Durantaye, Canada, New France  d. 14 May 1723, Montmagny, Canada, New France )

Canada/New France Augustin Daniau dit Laprise (b.7 February 1705, Beaumont, Canada, New France   d. , )

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France 1638 - King Louis XIV born in France
History of France : Highlights from Louis XIV to Napoleon

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France 1643 - King Louis XIII dies, Louis XIV assumes French throne

France 1659 - France and Spain sign the Treaty of the Pyrenees.

France On August 26, 1660, Louis XIV made a triumphal entry into Paris with his wife, Marie-Therese. The royal couple took their places...
Louis XIV wasn't just a ceremonial king who represents the kingdom, but makes no decisions of his own... His regime was considered an absolute monarchy, and Louis XIV was the sole master. No...Read MORE...

Canada 1666 - The Carignan-Salières regiment destroys five Mohawk villages, eventually leading to peace between the Iroquois and the French. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1667 - The result of Canada's first census is 3215 non-native inhabitants. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1667 - Filles Du Roi Arrive
October 27: One hundred and nine (109) young ladies (Filles du Roi) arrived in Quebec from Dieppe and La Rochelle; 84 from Dieppe, 25 from La Rochelle. Only 15-20 were from good families, several...Read MORE...

Canada 1668 - The Carignan-Salières regiment is recalled to France, but several hundred choose to remain behind, many in return for local seigneuries. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Carignan-Salières Regiment Officers and Soldiers (who married Filles du Roi)
Daniau, Jean (Jacques), dit Laprise, m. Marie-Louise Michaud, 10 September 1670
Soldier, Company: La Fouille

The Carignan-Salières Regiment, June-Sept 1665, Quebec, Canada
Added: 9/14/2010 3:17:20 PM - Beckie  Updated: 9/15/2010 9:59:55 AM - Beckie

1670 Marriage / Partner
Jean Daniau dit Laprise and Marie-Louise Michaud 10 September 1670, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

Canada 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). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1672 - Comte de Frontenac becomes governor general of New France, later quarrelling frequently with the intendant and the bishop. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1672 Birth of Child
Jacques Daniau dit Laprise was born 12 January 1672, Berthier-sur-Mer, Québec, Canada

Canada 1673 - Final Group of Filles du Roi Arrive
September: The last shipment of Filles du Roi arrived Quebec from France, and the program ended. The population of New France had risen to 6,700 people, an increase of 168% in the eleven years...Read MORE...

Canada 1673 - Frontenac sends Marquette and Jolliet to explore the Missippi. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1674 - Laval becomes the first bishop of Québec. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1674 Birth of Child
Marguerite Daniau was born 11 February 1674, Berthier-sur-Mer, Québec, Canada

1676 Birth of Child
Marie-Françoise Daniau dite Laprise was born 23 July 1676, Berthier-sur-Mer, Québec, Canada

1679 Birth of Child
Joseph Daniau was born 19 March 1679, Berthier-sur-Mer, Québec, Canada

1686 Marriage / Partner
Jean Daniau dit Laprise and Françoise Rondeau 7 June 1686, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada

Canada 1686 - De Troyes and D'Iberville capture three English posts on James Bay (June-July). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1689 - Attacked by Iroquois - Lachine Massacre
On the night of August 4-5, 1689, nearly 1,500 Iroquois warriors crossed the St. Lawrence at Lake St. Louis, its widest point in the Montreal area. On the opposite shore, the inhabitants of the...Read MORE...

Canada 1690 - Port Royal is captured by British forces led by Phipps. acadtime.htm -

Canada 1690 - Frontenac repels Phips' (sent from Massachusetts) attack on Québec (October) about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1694 Birth of Child
Laurent Daniau was born 18 October 1694, La Durantaye, Québec, Canada

1699 Birth of Child
Pierre Daniau was born 8 November 1699, La Durantaye, Québec, Canada

Canada 1701 - 40 First Nation tribes, French Colonial Government signed Great Peace of Montreal
On August 4, 1701, some 40 Aboriginal nations gathered in Montreal. On that day, their representatives dinged the Treaty of Montreal. People in Montreal would remember this ceremony for a long time....Read MORE...

Canada 1702 - Having begun in Europe in 1701, The War of the Spanish Succession spreads to North America (Queen Anne's War) in Acadia and New England. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1702 Birth of Child
Francoise-Martine Daniau was born 24 March 1702, La Durantaye, Québec, Canada

1705 Birth of Child
Augustin Daniau dit Laprise was born 7 February 1705, Beaumont, Québec, Canada

1708 Death of Child
Marguerite Daniau died 23 December 1708, Montmagny, Québec, Canada

6 January 1709
Yamaska, Québec, Canada

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