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)
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.
1812 - Napoleon leads French invasion of Russia, resulting in catastrophic defeat for French. War of 1812 begins with U.S. declaration of war on the United Kingdom.
1814 - Napoleon abdicates and is exiled to St. Elba according to the terms of the Treaty of Fontainebleau. Representatives from Austria, Russia, Prussia, Britain, and France meet at the Congress of Vienna to discuss future of Europe.
1815 - The War of 1812 ends with the Treaty of Ghent. Napoleon escapes Elba in an attempt to reestablish his power. Coalition forces defeat him at the battle of Waterloo.
1818 - Canada's border is defined as the 49th Parallel from Lake of the Woods to the Rocky Mountains.
1838 - Levels of illiteracy among the French-speaking people were about 73% in 1838 but reached 88% in the countryside. This reflected not only inconsistencies in the provision of schooling in Lower Canada and a lack of interest by government but also habitant resistance to education. richardjohnbr.blogspot.com/ 2010/ 10/ seigneurial-system-and-settlement.html -
1839 - January 2 – First photograph of the Moon taken by photographer Louis Daguerre.
1839 - Melancholy Accident A Melancholy Accident occurred at Sorel, Canada on the 24th ult., by which a mother was deprived of life by the agency of her child of about three years of age. It appears that the child had been allo...Read MORE...
1841 - The sewing machine is invented (Barthélemy Thimonnier, France)
1841 - February 11 – Act of Union - The two colonies of The Canadas are merged into the United Province of Canada.
1843 - The Christmas card is invented (John Callcott Horsley, England)
1845 - The rubber band is invented (Stephen Perry, United States)
1845 - September 9 – Potato blight breaks out in Ireland: beginning of the Great Famine.
Flight From Famine Discovery Channel (www.youtube.com) www.wikipedia.org - September 9, 1845
1848 - Great Fire at Sorel, In Canada There were seventy-five houses destroyed by fire at Sorel, Canada, on Saturday, the 24th inst., including the stores of Messrs. Fowler and the Union Hotel, &c. Milwaukee Sentinel - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - July 7, 1848
1849 Marriage / Partner Pierre Peloquin dit Felix Credy and Adelaide (Delia) Janton (Genton) dite Dauphiné (Dauphinais) 30 October 1849, Sorel, Québec, Canada (St-Pierre-de-Sorel)
1849 - The boundary of the 49th Parallel is extended to the Pacific Ocean. An Act of Amnesty provides for W.L. Mackenzie's return from exile in the U.S.
1861 - Canadian "Matres-Familias." A venerable French-Canadian lady, Mrs. Genevieve Lemoine, died lately at Sorel, Lower Canada, at the good old ages of 92 years. She left, to mourn her loss, a rather numerous family; for she was the m...Read MORE...
1864 - Pasteurization is invented (Louis Pasteur, France)
1864 - Quebec Conference of 1864 held to discuss Canadian Confederation which will lead to the creation of the Dominion of Canada.
1865 - No Draft The Canadians do not appear to like drafting for military service on the border. The Quebec News of December 31st states that the draft which was to have taken place throughout the Province on the day...Read MORE...
1867 - Canada becomes a sovereign nation by an act of the British Parliament (the British North America Act). Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick are united as the Dominion of Canada. Sir John A. Macdonald becomes the first prime minister
1868 - The typewriter is invented (Christopher Latham Sholes, United States)
1870 - A cable dispatch on the 28th says the Pope has issued a special elimination against the Fenians, both in America and Ireland.
St Joseph Herald - Saint Joseph, Michigan - February 5, 1870
Death 23 June 1871 Sorel, Québec, Canada (St-Pierre-de-Sorel)
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