Dionne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The region of ancient France known as Auvergne is where the name Dionne was born. Dionne 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 Dionne family

The surname Dionne 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 Dionne family

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Dionne Spelling Variations

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Dionne, some of which 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 Dionne family (pre 1700)

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United States Dionne migration to the United States +

Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the 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. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Dionne has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Dionne were

Dionne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Dionne, who arrived in Iroquois County, Illinois in 1888 [4]

Canada Dionne migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dionne Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Dionne, son of Antoine and Catherine, who married Marie-Charlotte Mignot, daughter of Jean and Louise, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 2nd August 1694 [5]
Dionne Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Augustin Dionne, son of Jean and Marie-Charlotte, who married Marie-Jeanne Moreau, daughter of Jean and Marie, in Kamouraska, Quebec on 1st March 1729 [5]
  • Joseph Dionne, son of Jean and Marie-Charlotte, who married Madeleine Meneux, daughter of Joseph and Marie-Anne, in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Quebec on 11th July 1729 [5]
  • Antoine Dionne, son of Jean and Marie-Charlotte, who married Marie-Anne Lisotte, daughter of Joseph and Françoise, in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Quebec on 21st June 1734 [5]
  • Jen-Baptiste Dionne, son of Jean-Baptiste and Marie-Madeleine, who married Marie-Louise Paradis, daughter of Gabriel and Marie-Anne, in Kamouraska, Quebec on 2nd September 1748 [5]
  • Augustin Dionne, son of Augustin and Marie, who married Marie-Anne Mignot, daughter of Charles and Madeleine, in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Quebec on 5th July 1751 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dionne (post 1700) +

  • Eugene Joseph "E.J." Dionne Jr. (b. 1952), American journalist and political commentator
  • Oscar U. Dionne, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1932 [6]
  • Eugene J. Dionne Jr., American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1972 [6]
  • Edith M. Dionne, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980 [6]
  • Albert Dionne, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Nashua 5th Ward, 1948 [6]
  • Marcel Dionne (1931-1998), Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Gérard Dionne (b. 1919), Canadian Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Ludger Dionne (1888-1962), Canadian businessman and a politician
  • Georges Léonidas Dionne (1876-1946), Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Charles-Eusèbe Dionne (1846-1925), French Canadian naturalist and taxidermist
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Dionne 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
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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