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Subject: [Q-R] dit names
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 18:41:41 EST
When I first started in genealogy, I used 'dite' for all the women. After
some reflection, I realized that a 'dit' name had been given/taken by a
long-ago ancestor and often described him, his character or his origins. My
ancestor, Pierre-Jean Maupetit dit Le Poitevin or Pierre-Jean Maupetit dit
Poitevin, was from Poitou, hence the Poitevin, later Monpetit dit Potvin.
The name was passed down but did not describe all the other holders of the
name, therefore I concluded that the 'dit' should not change with the sex and
was associated with the name, not the descendants. I changed all those
'dite' to 'dit' unless it was associated with a first name. After all, one
wouldn't call all the females of the Brun family, Brune.