How did Forget go to Depatis

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Hi I've been researching many sites regarding my ancestor Nicolas Forget dit Depatis. How, why did he change the name,and as a bonus where did Depatis come from? Did Nicolas just make it up?
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Hi Denise,

I realize this question is old, just been going through the records for Nicolas.  Where his ''dit Despatis'' comes from I don't know, but he is called Nicolas Froget dit Despatis on his marriage contract in 1652 already.  And that is not a typo, the name was written Froget and not Forget.  

Possibly he came as a soldier to the colony, which was one frequent way that men received a dit name.  I have found no evidence for this though.  He is from the city of Alençon in Normandie.  

An explanation of the name Despatis: (contraction de «des patis»; signifiant «des pâturages» dans le Sud-Ouest).

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