Please let me know how to properly enter "dit names"

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Many ancestors in my kid's tree carry a "dit name"  such as "Guéret dit Dumont" vs. Dumont.  How to properly record such names.

Thank you

Michèle Calonnec
in Genealogy Help by Anonymous Calonnec G2G6 (7.3k points)
retagged by Maggie N.

"Dit" names should not go in the LNAB field. They can go in the Current Last Name, Other Last Name, or Nickname field, as appropriate.

As mentioned in other posts only the "master" surname is listed and the dit name is posted in the other field, such as the aka field.  See: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Quebecois for rules and regulations.  I see no problem with following the same name conventions for Acadiens as they are French patterns that are basically being followed.

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the guidelines on how to enter these are in Quebecois Project page.  Merge into the single name one, since the hyphenated name is just plain wrong.  Hyphen usage is fairly modern.  A lot of sources omit the word ''dit'' in their listings of names, which creates this sort of confusion.
by Danielle Liard G2G6 Pilot (307k points)
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by Maggie N. G2G6 Pilot (808k points)
The instructions are now clear - but for example - Angélique Dumont, daughter of Jean-Baptiste, son of Prisque, son of Prisque, son of Jacques Guérey dit Dumont - So far, the only certificate confirming name at birth is that of Jacques which is Guérey.  Guérey became Guéret in time, but when still remains to be proven.

My dilemma rests with Angélique at this point; I want to merge her with Angélique Guéret-Dumont  (obviously same individual) but in the process, I am told to confirm proper name at birth before merging and this cannot be done without the birth certificate.  Must I leave it all pending?

What should be done - Thank you

Is this a link to the profile for Angélique https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Gu%C3%A9ret-Dumont-1

Yes and the merge would be Dumont-287
Would there be a baptismal certificate perhaps?
guidelines are in Quebecois project page, since this comes up so much
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by Maggie N. G2G6 Pilot (808k points)
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Michèle,

That's a good question.  I have a couple of those from Acadia in my tree so I will be interested to see what the experts say.  Maybe the Acadia project will have something to say about it.

Francesca
by Frances Doyle G2G3 (3.5k points)

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