This is an excellent article about dit names -- one more type of alias-aka.
"Found primarily in France, New France (French-Canada, Louisiana, etc.), and Scotland, dit names are essentially an alias tacked on to a family name or surname. ....... Dit names are used by families, not specific individuals, and are usually passed down to future generations, either in place of the original surname, or in addition to it."
Read the full article here (read the comments too): http://genealogy.about.com/b/2010/07/08/understanding-dit-na...
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