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Where did the French Dion family come from? What is the French Dion family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dion family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dion family history?

The region of ancient France known as Auvergne is where the name Dion was born. Dion was a name for someone who lived in Dienne in Auvergne, a medieval French province on the Massíf Central in the south central part of France.


The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Dion is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Dionne, de Dion, Dion, Dienne, Dione, Diones, de Dionne, de Dienne, Deonne, Dienn, Diennes, Dienes, Dyone, Dyones, Deon, Deons, Deonns, Dyons, Dyon, Dyonne, Dyonnes and many more.

First found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France where this renowned family has held a family seat since ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dion research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1679, and 1684 are included under the topic Early Dion History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Dion surname were

Dion Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Dion who settled in Barbados 1654-1663

Dion Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Bazille Dion, who arrived in New York, NY in 1763

Dion Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lewis Dion who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1867
  • Louis G. Dion who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1867
  • Paul Dion, who landed in Iroquois County, Illinois in 1884
  • Georges Dion, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Dion Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Arthur Dion, aged 43, who settled in America from Paris, France, in 1905
  • Cora Dion, aged 41, who settled in America from Paris, France, in 1905
  • Arthur Dion, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Edna Dion, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Correa Dion, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919

Dion Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Angelus E. Dion, aged 34, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1908
  • Alfred Hector Dion, aged 28, who emigrated to Moose Jaw, Canada, in 1913
  • Alfred Dion, aged 58, who settled in Sherbrooke, Canada, in 1924


  • Mark Dion (b. 1961), American fine artist
  • Colleen Dion (b. 1964), American actress
  • Renaud Dion (b. 1978), French professional road racing cyclist
  • Stéphane Dion (b. 1955), Canadian politician, former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Minister of Foreign Affairs (2015-)
  • Cyrille Dion (1843-1878), Canadian carom billiards and pool (pocket billiards) champion of Canada in 1865
  • Rolland Dion (b. 1938), Canadian politician, Mayor of Saint-Raymond, Quebec
  • Conrad Dion (b. 1918), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Léon Dion OC, OQ (1922-1997), Quebec political scientist
  • Thérèse Tanguay Dion (b. 1927), Québécois television personality in Canada
  • Michel J. Dion (b. 1954), retired Canadian NHl and WHA ice hockey goaltender



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina
Motto Translation: Lord, my God, assist me now


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The Dion Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dion Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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