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At least two of our contributors have created page names that include "dit" just before a surname. Those of us who have not been thoroughly steeped in the French language might welcome an explanation so that we can make Familypedia as friendly as possible for French speakers. — Robin Patterson (Talk) 01:03, October 24, 2010 (UTC)

I've not much experience at this, Robin, as I am not a Francophone myself - it essentially means "called" and denotes a supplementary family nickname. My desRosiers "dit Lafrenier" ancestors were one branch of the numerous desRosiers clan of the Berthierville area, and some of their descendants started using the calling-name as a surname, particularly my ancestors who moved to New England and then renamed us Ashley.
(I hope this is the proper form for a reply here!)

Thank you for that! Now I've just found a long article on EOGEN that deals with it in part:

Robin Patterson (Talk) 09:06, November 16, 2010 (UTC)

2018 uodate[]

Now we have some more, thanks to contributions of some of Jim Carrey's ancestors. Not restricted to Acadians. We now also have a copy of Wikipedia's article on the subject: Dit name. -- Robin Patterson (Talk) 05:07, May 3, 2018 (UTC)