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Ancestry of Celine Dion

Celine Dion

Celine Dion

Celine Dion was born on March 30, 1968 at Hospital Pierre-Le-Gardeur in Repentigny (Quebec), near Charlemagne where her parents, Adhemar Dion (1923-2003) and Marie Therese Tanguay (1927) lived. She is the younger son of a family that already had 13 children and whose child, Denise, was born 22 years earlier in 1946. Her parents of French-Canadian origin were married on June 20, 1945 in La Tuque (Mauricie, Quebec).
On December 17, 1994, at the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, Celine Dion married Rene Angelil, her impresario born on January 16, 1942, to a father of Syrian descent and a mother whose family was of Lebanese origin. The couple has three sons: Rene-Charles (2001) and the twins Nelson and Eddy (2010). On January 14, 2016, Rene Angelil died of cancer at home in Las Vegas.

From Perche to Las Vegas…

Church Saint-Aubin de Tourouvre

Church Saint-Aubin of Tourouvre (Orne) where Jean Guyon, the direct paternal ancestor of Celine Dion was baptized.
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The direct paternal ancestor of Celine Dion, Jean, was named « Guyon ». He was a mason who spent his career in Mortagne (Perche, Orne, France) up to 1634, year of his departure to "La Nouvelle-France" in Canada.

September 18th 1592! While Henri IV tried to conquer his Kingdom, the parish of Tourouvre in Le Perche has been the scene of a modest event. On the parish registers, the priest records the baptismal certificate of a new parishioner in latin: « Johannes filius Jacobi Guyon er Maria eus uxoris... ». His father is a notable, his mother is Marie Huet.

We do not know precisely how his childhood liked like but we found his name mentioned on an act of May 18th, 1614 when he lent money to a ploughman of Autheuil.

One year later, the priest of the parish Saint-Jean de Mortagne writes on a register: "On June 12, 1615, Jehan Guyon, of the parish Tourouvre, and Mathurine Robin, of this parish, were married."

At 42 years old, ten days after the birth of his last child, Jean Guyon will yield to the proposals of Robert Giffard, doctor, cantor of the emigration to Quebec and decides to leave France to make colony in New-France.

In March 1634, Jean and his family, except for his daughter Barbe and his son-in-law who will join the rest of the family in Beauport in 1652, leaves Mortagne. Embarked in Dieppe, the Guyon family will arrive, after two months of sailing, to the mouth of the Saint-Laurent river in June 1634.

Years after years, his children and descendants gave birth to generations of Guyon, renamed Guion or Dion. They are settled in Quebec, Canada and in the United States. Adhemar Dion, father of Celine, native from Charlemagne, is a descendant of Jean Guyon, the first son of the pioneer mason.


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Celine Dion, a cousin of Madonna, Justin Bieber, Justin Trudeau, Hillary Clinton, Ryan Gosling, Angelina Jolie, Camilla Parker-Bowles...

perche-quebec.com has discovered that Celine Dion has many family ties with other celebrities in music (Madonna, Justin Bieber, Alanis Morissette), politics (Hillary Clinton, Justin Trudeau, Stephane Dion), the film industry (Xavier Dolan, Ryan Gosling, Angelina Jolie) and royalty (Camilla Parker-Bowles). All those celebrities have in common French-Canadian pioneers, and in particular Percheron pioneers.

For instance, the Percheron pioneer Zacharie Cloutier, an ancestor of most of the celebrities mentioned before, who was born in Mortagne-au-Perche.

As strange as it may seem, there is nothing exceptional about those family ties. As the Percheron pioneers were among the very first French emigrants to settle in New France, most of North Americans with French-Canadian ancestry have Percheron blood and are more or less related.

Famous cousins of Celine Dion

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Famous cousins of Celine Dion
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Celine Dion has many family ties with the famous descendants of those Percherons pioneers.

perche-quebec.com has found out not less than:
 • 641 links with Xavier Dolan
 • 406 links with Justin Bieber
 • 309 links with Madonna
 • 281 links with Jack Kerouac
 • 280 links with Angelina Jolie
 • 201 links with Ryan Gosling
 • 58 links with Justin Trudeau
 • 38 links with Alanis Morissette
 • 32 links with Hillary Clinton
 • 28 links with Stephane Dion
 • 20 links with Camilla Parker-Bowles
Celine Dion birth certficate

Birth certificate of Celine Dion

Celine Dion
Ancestry of Celine Dion

Ancestry of Celine Dion

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The Percheron ancestors of Celine Dion

Besides Jean Guyon, the direct ancestor of Celine Dion born in Tourouvre, Celine Dion has many ancestors whose the origin is Perche. All immigricone-camilla-parker-bowles.pngated in the 17th century. They came from the following villages (note that the ancestor pages are available in French only):

- Bresolettes (Guillaume Pelletier)
- Champs (Louis Guimond)
- Comblot (Nicolas Delaunay)
- Coulimer (Guillaume Fournier)
- Courgeon (Perrine Mallet)
- Dangeau (Jean Cordeau)
- Ige (Louis Gagne, Pierre Gagne)
- Mortagne-au-Perche (les Boucher, Zacharie Cloutier, Jean Côte, Xainte Dupont, Nicole Lemaire, Pierre Maheust, Pierre Paradis, Mathurine Robin)
- Moussonvilliers (Pierre-Denis Aloignon)
- Neuilly-sur-Eure (Mathurin Landry)
- Le Pin-la-Garenne (Robert Drouin)
- La Poterie-au-Perche (Louise Goulet)
- Randonnai (Pierre Tremblay, Tavernier)
- Reveillon (Toussaint Giroux)
- Saint-Cosme-en-Vairais (Gervais Bisson, Jacques Dodier, Julien Fortin, Marie Lereau, Pierre Maufay)
- Saint-Germain-de-Loise (Robert Boulay)
- Saint-Leonard-des-Parcs (Noël Langlois)
- Saint-Maurice-les-Charencey (Rene Letartre)
- Tourouvre (Jean Gagnon, Michelle Mabille, Julien Mercier, Jean Pelletier, the Roussins)
- La Ventrouze (the Lehoux, Guillaume Landry)

Jean Guyon, the direct paternal French ancestor of Celine Dion

GUYON Jean (1592 Tourouvre - 1663 Beauport )
ROBIN Mathurine (-1662 Beauport)
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GUYON Jean (1619 Mortagne-au-Perche - 1694 Chateau-Richer)
COUILLARD Elisabeth Isabelle (1631-1704)
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GUYON Pierre (1670-1697)
TESTU Angelique (1675-1710)
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GUYON Louis (1697-)
GAMACHE Marguerite Anne (1694-1759)
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GUYON Joseph Joachim (1728-1793)
FOURNIER Marie Marguerite (1734-1801)
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DION Joseph (1781-1810)
BERNIER Yvonne Modeste (1776-)
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DION Joseph (1804-)
CHESNEL Marie Julie (1806-1878)
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DION Joseph-Adelard (1833-1905)
LeTOURNEAU Marcelline (1845-1922)
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DION Adelard (~1870-1940)
LeVESQUE Esther (1871-1934)
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DION Charles Edouard (1895-1957)
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GUYON Barbe Marie (1617 Mortagne-au-Perche - 1700 Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orleans)
PARADIS Pierre (1604 Mortagne-au-Perche - 1675 Sainte-Famille-de-l'Ile-d'Orleans)
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PARADIS Jacques (1641-)
MILOY DU MAINE Jeanne Françoise (1653-1708)
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PARADIS Guillaume (~1673-)
HUDON-BEAULIEU Catherine Marguerite (-)
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PARADIS François (~1717-1757)
TARDIF Marie Anne (~ 1720-)
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PARADIS Antoine (-)
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PARADIS Guillaume (1644-1716)
MILOY DU MAINE Genevieve (1654-1712)
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PARADIS Gabriel (1675-1755)
COTE Marie Anne (1696-1757)
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PARADIS Marie Monique (1734-)
LAVOIE Augustin (1735-1821)
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LAVOIE Marie Marthe (-)
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PARADIS Antoine (1779-)
THIBOUTOT Reine (1784-)
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PARADIS Marie (-)
HUDON-BEAULIEU Hubert (-)
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BEAULIEU Celina (1846-1897)
PELLETIER Amable (1845-1894)
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PELLETIER Alma (~1889-1932)
BARRIAULT Joseph Norbert (1882-)
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BARRIAULT Marie Ernestine (1904-1980)
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DION Adhemar (1923-2003)
TANGUAY Therese (1927)
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DION Celine (1968)
Celine Dion

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