In the beginning of the colonies, there was often, in the same region, many members of the same family. In fact, in Quebec (Canada) there wasn't a lot of allowed and known first name. So, there was more than one Pierre Tremblay. To identify them, it was usual to give them a kind of nickname as "dit (said) La Plante" (for the one how had a plant in front of his house). Next generations kept these nicknames or lost it or replaced their name by the nickname.
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