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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-Andre-d'Argenteuil parish, a death certificate dated October 10th, 1850, attracts attention. Marie Trottier is said to be « femme de couleur epouse de Jacques James Robertson (Robinson) ». In other acts, her husband is described as «Negro». In the book « Les noirs du Quebec 1629-1900 » by Daniel Gay (Cahiers des Ameriques, 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

perche-quebec.com 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...

perche-quebec.com 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

Famous cousins of Ryan Gosling
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Ryan Gosling has many family ties with the famous descendants of those Percheron pioneers.

perche-quebec.com has found out not less than:
 • 216 with Justin Bieber
 • 201 with Celine Dion
 • 144 with Madonna
 • 107 with Angelina Jolie
 • 90 with Xavier Dolan
 • 61 with Justin Trudeau
 • 71 with Jack Kerouac
 • 18 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, perche-quebec.com has identified 31 pioneer ancestors originating from Perche (France). All immigrated in the 17th century.
Emigrants Baptism year Baptism (or birth) place Emigration year Death year Death place
Beauvais Jacques dit Saint-James 1623Ige16521691Montreal
Boucher Jean Galeran 1633Saint-Langis-les-Mortagne16341714Riviere-Ouelle
Boucher Marin 1587*Mortagne-au-Perche16341671Chateau-Richer
Cloutier Louise Marie 1632Mortagne-au-Perche1635*1709Quebec
Cloutier Zacharie 1590*Mortagne-au-Perche16341677Chateau-Richer
Dupont Xainte 1595*Mortagne-au-Perche1635*1680Chateau-Richer
Fortin Julien 1621Notre-Dame-de-Vair16501690*Canada
Gadois Françoise 1589*Ige1641*1689Pointe-aux-Trembles
Gagne Pierre 1610Ige1653*1656Saint-Anne-de-Beaupre
Gagne Pierre 1645Saint-Cosme-de-Vair1653*1726La Prairie
Gagnon Jean 1610Tourouvre1640*1670Chateau-Richer
Gode Françoise 1626Ige1641*1715Pointe-aux-Trembles
Gode Nicolas 1583*Ige1641*1657Montreal
Guyon Claude 1629Mortagne-au-Perche1636*1694Quebec
Guyon Jean 1592Tourouvre16341663Beauport
Jarry Eloi 1616Ige1653*1660*Canada
Jouault Leonarde early 17thIge1647*-Canada
Lereau Simon 1624Ige1655*1670*Quebec
Loiseau Catherine 1603*Perche16461656Trois-Rivieres
Laporte (de) Jacques dit Saint-Georges 1627Noce1653*1698Contrecoeur
Mallet Perrine 1604*Courgeon or Courgeout16341687Chateau-Richer
Normand Gervais 1597Ige1647*-Canada
Normand Jean 1637Ige1647*1706Quebec
Poisson Barbe 1631*Mortagne-au-Perche16471711Montreal
Poisson Jean early 17thMortagne-au-Perche1635--
Robin Mathurine end 16thMortagne-au-Perche1636*1662Beauport
Rocheron Gervais 1634Saint-Cosme-de-Vair1657*1705Sainte-Famille-de-l'Ile-d'Orleans
Rosee Marguerite 1615*Jauze1653*-Canada
Trottier Jules 1590*Perche16461655Trois-Rivieres
Trottier Pierre 1644Vaunoise16461693Batiscan
Voyer Pierre 1632Marolles-les-Braults16581695Chateau-Richer
Emigrants Baptism year Baptism (or birth) place Emigration year Death year Death place
Beauvais Jacques dit Saint-James 1623Ige16521691Montreal
Boucher Jean Galeran 1633Saint-Langis-les-Mortagne16341714Riviere-Ouelle
Boucher Marin 1587*Mortagne-au-Perche16341671Chateau-Richer
Cloutier Louise Marie 1632Mortagne-au-Perche1635*1709Quebec
Cloutier Zacharie 1590*Mortagne-au-Perche16341677Chateau-Richer
Dupont Xainte 1595*Mortagne-au-Perche1635*1680Chateau-Richer
Fortin Julien 1621Notre-Dame-de-Vair16501690*Canada
Gadois Françoise 1589*Ige1641*1689Pointe-aux-Trembles
Gagne Pierre 1610Ige1653*1656Saint-Anne-de-Beaupre
Gagne Pierre 1645Saint-Cosme-de-Vair1653*1726La Prairie
Gagnon Jean 1610Tourouvre1640*1670Chateau-Richer
Gode Françoise 1626Ige1641*1715Pointe-aux-Trembles
Gode Nicolas 1583*Ige1641*1657Montreal
Guyon Claude 1629Mortagne-au-Perche1636*1694Quebec
Guyon Jean 1592Tourouvre16341663Beauport
Jarry Eloi 1616Ige1653*1660*Canada
Jouault Leonarde early 17thIge1647*-Canada
Lereau Simon 1624Ige1655*1670*Quebec
Loiseau Catherine 1603*Perche16461656Trois-Rivieres
Laporte (de) Jacques dit Saint-Georges 1627Noce1653*1698Contrecoeur
Mallet Perrine 1604*Courgeon or Courgeout16341687Chateau-Richer
Normand Gervais 1597Ige1647*-Canada
Normand Jean 1637Ige1647*1706Quebec
Poisson Barbe 1631*Mortagne-au-Perche16471711Montreal
Poisson Jean early 17thMortagne-au-Perche1635--
Robin Mathurine end 16thMortagne-au-Perche1636*1662Beauport
Rocheron Gervais 1634Saint-Cosme-de-Vair1657*1705Sainte-Famille-de-l'Ile-d'Orleans
Rosee Marguerite 1615*Jauze1653*-Canada
Trottier Jules 1590*Perche16461655Trois-Rivieres
Trottier Pierre 1644Vaunoise16461693Batiscan
Voyer Pierre 1632Marolles-les-Braults16581695Chateau-Richer

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