Avril Lavigne

by ethnic on December 27, 2007

Birth Name: Avril Ramona Lavigne

Place of Birth: Belleville, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: September 27, 1984

*French-Canadian, Polish (father)
*English, Irish, Scottish (mother)

Avil Lavigne is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born to a devout Christian family. Avril means “April” and Lavigne means “the vineyard” in French.

Avril’s father was born in France (as Avril has said), and is of French-Canadian and Polish ancestry. Avril’s mother has English, English, Irish, and Scottish ancestors. Avril does not speak French, though she has a French passport. She is married to musician Chad Kroeger.

Avril’s paternal grandfather was Joseph-Charles Yves-Maurice Lavigne (the son of Osias Joseph Lavigne and Anita/Marie-Josephine Finger). Osias was the son of Joseph Lavigne and Marie-Victoire/Victoria Tremblay. Anita was the daughter of Charles Finger and Malvina Beauvais.

Avril’s paternal grandmother was named Lucie Dzierzbicki/Dzierbicki. Lucie’s ancestry is likely Polish.

Avril’s maternal grandfather was William John Loshaw (the son of Samuel Loshaw and Martha Donaldson). William was born in Ontario. Samuel was the son of George Washington Loshaw and Lydia Jane Brewster. Martha was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the daughter of Robert Donaldson and Margaret/Margarett Cowan.

Avril’s maternal grandmother was Ramona Luella Bartman (the daughter of Samuel Hugh Bartman and Violet Lucinda Smith). Ramona was born in Ontario. Samuel was born in Limerick, Ireland, the son of Joseph Bartman and Diana Scales. Violet was the daughter of Asa Smith and Luella Lucinda Winters/Winter.

Sources: Genealogies of Avril Lavigne – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Avril Lavigne (focusing on her father’s side) – http://bowergenealogy.ca

Genealogy of Avril’s paternal grandfather, Joseph-Charles Yves-Maurice Lavigne – https://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Avril Lavigne (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com

Obituary of Avril’s maternal grandmother, Ramona Luella (Bartman) Loshaw – https://steelefuneralhome.ca

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andrew November 20, 2017 at 1:26 pm
andrew November 20, 2017 at 1:19 pm


her mother is among the descendants of William Brewster

luckystar June 4, 2017 at 9:53 am

Her father is french canadian but was born in France
At 1:20 she says ” I love France, in fact my father was born in”
“I have a French Passport, my dad is from France but I am also French-Canadian”

luckystar August 13, 2016 at 12:45 am

Boring ethnicities. Im not surprised.

madman August 11, 2016 at 4:10 pm


According to this tree, her paternal grandmother was Lucie Dzierbicki, who was likely of Polish descent.

follers August 12, 2016 at 1:35 am

There seems to be a lot of confusion as to whether Avril Lavigne’s grandmother was Marlene-Carol Morency or Lucie Dzierbicki, both of whom were married to her grandfather.

madman August 12, 2016 at 2:29 am

It could be added to the description:

Avril’s paternal grandmother was either Marlene-Carol Morency or Lucie Dzierbicki, both of whom was married to her paternal grandfather. Marlene-Carol was French-Canadian. Lucie was of Polish descent. (or whatever their ancestry actually is)

cwm85 July 25, 2015 at 9:48 am

I thought she was more than just french with her hair and eye color.

eve June 26, 2012 at 5:08 am

Looking at Avril’s genealogy, she appears to have mostly French ancestry, but her great-grandmother on her father’s side was called Anita Finger. The name Finger might come from various places, but after doing a bit of research I found out that most North American settlers by the name of Finger were from Germany. Also, Avril’s maternal grandmother was called Ramona Rose Bartman, the name Bartman is a respelled form of the German name Bartmann. On her mother’s side, Avril also has ancestors by the names of Donaldson (Scottish), Steele (English/Scottish) and Nickels (English). This would make Avril Lavigne at least French, German, English and Scottish.
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Chloé January 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I think her father is french, not french canadian. I read it somewhere …

coalsGab1One2 May 29, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Uh…how old is she?

Abby(: March 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Heyy!, I absolutely love your name!(: andd u!(: lol

Liza December 5, 2010 at 1:20 am

I’m so good.

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