Perche, region of emigration
to Quebec in the 17th century
Perche, region of emigration to Quebec in the 17th century

Ancestry of Ryan Gosling, his French-Canadian roots

Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling

Ryan Thomas Gosling was born on November 12, 1980 in London, Ontario (Canada). He is the son of Thomas Ray Gosling, a traveling salesman for a paper mill, and Donna, a secretary who qualified as a high school teacher in 2011.

Gosling's parents were Mormons, and Gosling has said that the religion influenced every aspect of their lives. Because of his father's work, they moved around a lot and Gosling lived in both Cornwall, Ontario, and Burlington, Ontario. His parents divorced when he was a child, and he and his older sister Mandi lived with their mother. His father is of part French-Canadian descent.

A diverse ethnic breakdown

The ethnic origins of Ryan Gosling's ancestors are multiple; although the majority of the ancestors are from England and France, a smaller number come from Ireland, Belgium and Monaco.

Black ancestors

Ryan Gosling has black ancestors. In the registers of Saint-André-d'Argenteuil parish, a death certificate dated October 10th, 1850, attracts attention. Marie Trottier is said to be « femme de couleur épouse de Jacques James Robertson (Robinson) ». In other acts, her husband is described as «Negro». In the book « Les noirs du Québec 1629-1900 » by Daniel Gay (Cahiers des Amériques, Les Editions du Septentrion 2004), it is mentioned « 1806 Rigaud, the Black Jack Robertson or Robinson marries the Quebecois Marie Trottier ». No record of their marriage has yet been found in the registers. More information on this couple is available here.

A lot of French-Canadian ancestors

The French-Canadian roots of Ryan Gosling can be found in the ancestry of his paternal grandmother, Mary Yvette Brown, and his maternal grandmothers, Marie Georgina Victoria Dextras and Rose Emma Lalonde.

Family tree of Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling
French-Canadian ancestry of Ryan Gosling

French-Canadian ancestry of Ryan Gosling has explored the French-Canadian ancestry of Ryan Gosling. See details here.

Ryan Gosling, a cousin of Angelina Jolie, Hillary Clinton, Madonna, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Jack Kerouac and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall... has discovered that Ryan Gosling has many family ties with other celebrities in the film industry (Angelina Jolie, Xavier Dolan), politics (Hillary Clinton, Justin Trudeau), and music (Madonna, Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette). 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 settlers to arrive in what was then known as New France, most of North Americans with French-Canadian ancestry have Percheron blood and are more or less related.

Famous cousins of Ryan Gosling

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Famous cousins of Ryan Gosling
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Ryan Gosling has many family ties with the famous descendants of those Percheron pioneers. has found out not less than:
 • 216 with Justin Bieber
 • 201 with Celine Dion
 • 144 with Madonna
 • 110 with Angelina Jolie
 • 90 with Xavier Dolan
 • 61 with Justin Trudeau
 • 71 with Jack Kerouac
 • 14 with Alanis Morissette
 • 13 with Hillary Clinton
 • 8 with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

The Percheron ancestors of Ryan Gosling

The French ancestors of Ryan Gosling are present in the family trees of his paternal grandmother, Mary Yvette Brown, and his two maternal mothers, Marie Georgina Victoria Dextras and Rose Emma Lalonde.
Among them, has identified 31 pioneer ancestors originating from Perche (France). All immigrated in the 17th century.
Pioneers Baptism year Baptism (or birth) place Emigration year Death year Death place
Beauvais Jacques dit Saint-James1623Igé16521691Montréal
Boucher Jean Galeran1633Saint-Langis-les-Mortagne16341714Rivière-Ouelle
Boucher Marin1587*Mortagne-au-Perche16341671Château-Richer
Cloutier Louise Marie1632Mortagne-au-Perche1635*1709Québec
Cloutier Zacharie1590*Mortagne-au-Perche16341677Château-Richer
Dupont Xainte1595*Mortagne-au-Perche1635*1680Château-Richer
Fortin Julien1621Notre-Dame-de-Vair16501690*Canada
Gadois Françoise1589*Igé1641*1689la Pointe-aux-Trembles
Gagné Pierre1610Igé1653*1656Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré
Gagné Pierre1645Saint-Cosme-de-Vair1653*1726La Prairie
Gagnon Jean1610Tourouvre1640*1670Château-Richer
Godé Françoise1626Igé1641*1715Pointe-aux-Trembles
Godé Nicolas1583*Igé1641*1657Montréal
Guyon Claude1629Mortagne-au-Perche1636*1694Québec
Guyon Jean1592Tourouvre16341663Beauport
Jarry Eloi1616Igé1653*1660*Canada
Jouault Léonardedébut XVIIeIgé1647*Canada
Lereau Simon1624Igé1655*1670*Québec
Loiseau Catherine1603*Perche16461656Trois-Rivières
Laporte (de) Jacques dit Saint-Georges1627Nocé1653*1698Contrecoeur
Mallet Perrine1604*Courgeon ou Courgeoût16341687Château-Richer
Normand Gervais1597Igé1647*Canada
Normand Jean1637Igé1647*1706Québec
Poisson Barbe1631*Mortagne-au-Perche16471711Montréal
Poisson Jeandébut XVIIeMortagne-au-Perche1635
Robin Mathurinefin XVIeMortagne-au-Perche1636*1662Beauport
Rocheron Gervais1634Saint-Cosme-de-Vair1657*1705Sainte-Famille-de-l'Île-d'Orléans
Rosée Marguerite1615*Jauzé1653*Canada
Trottier Jules1590*Perche16461655Trois-Rivières
Trottier Pierre1644Vaunoise16461693Batiscan
Voyer Pierre1632Marolles-les-Braults16581695Château-Richer

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