Diones History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The region of ancient France known as Auvergne is where the name Diones was born. Diones 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. [1]

Alternatively, the name could have come from Dionne, in Burgundy. [2]

Early Origins of the Diones family

The surname Diones was first found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France where this renowned family has held a family seat since ancient times.

By the 17th century, this family were well established in Auvergne and several members of the family were distinctive through their contributions to the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. In the 19th century, this honoured family was represented by Count Louis-Edouard-Marie-Hippolyte de Dienne, who was the ancient Flag Lieutenant to Admiral Montaignan.

Antoine Dionne, born in 1641, married Catherine Yvory, born in 1644, in 1660. They settled together on a farm in Sainte-Famille, Quebec, where they had their twelve children. Most of their children eventually settled in Kamouraska and have many ancestors in Canada. [3]

Early History of the Diones family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Diones research. Another 146 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1679 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Diones History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Diones Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Diones 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.

Early Notables of the Diones family (pre 1700)

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United States Diones migration to the United States +

France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Diones has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Diones were

Diones Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J. Diones, aged 45, who arrived in Baltimore in 1820


The Diones Motto +

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


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print


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