When soldiers came to New-France they would be given surnames that they used while they where in service, these surnames where dit (said) names. André Mignier was given the surname dit LaGachette which later on became Lagacé/Lagassé. The exact translation is The Trigger (la gachette), because he was a good marksman. Alot of our french ancesters kept their surnames. I hope this answers your question.
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