French Canadian

Neil LaBute

by stlucas on March 21, 2017

Birth Name: Neil L. LaBute

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 19, 1963

Ethnicity: French-Canadian, English, Irish

Neil LaBute is an American film director, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Marian and Richard LaBute. Neil has a brother, Richard.

When asked about his surname in an interview published in the book “Neil LaBute: Stage and Cinema” (2007), Neil stated:

It [my surname] is French Canadian. My ancestors went from France into French Canada and were there for a few years and then migrated down into Michigan, although just recently I have learned that LaBute translates into swan in Czech!… My mother’s father was born in London and moved to the States when he was eight or ten. My mother’s side were Irish, I believe.

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William DeVry

by stlucas on March 15, 2017

Birth Name: William DeVry Simard

Place of Birth: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Date of Birth: April 20, 1968

*French-Canadian, possibly other (father)
*German, English, Irish (mother)

William DeVry is a Canadian actor. He was born in Montréal, Québec, the son of Diane Ida (DeVry). He was raised in Québec, Canada, and moved to Florida, U.S., with his mother at the age of nineteen.

His maternal grandfather was William Charles DeVry. His parents were Wilhelm Conrad DeVry (the son of Wilhelm Heinrich DeVry and Maria Kunigunde Stuewe) and Ida Suzanne Schoellkopf (the daughter of Henry Schoellkopf and Emma C. Kohler). Wilhelm Conrad was originally from Schwerin, Germany, and moved to the U.S. with his German parents. Ida was born in Illinois, to a father from Goppingen, Germany, and a mother from Ohio, whose own parents hailed from Altenburg and Darmstadt Worms, Germany.

His maternal grandmother was Helen Mary Filkey. Her parents were Hallick Walters Filkey (the son of William Henry Filkey and Mary Katherine Walters) and Madge Ethelynne Ehler (the daughter of Hans Frederick Ehler/Ehlers and Helen Matilda McBride).

His maternal stepgreat-grandfather (Ida Suzanne’s second husband) was inventor and manufacturer Herman Adolf/Adolph DeVry, who happens to be Wilhelm Conrad’s brother.

His father’s surname, Simard, is of French origin.

Sources: Information about William’s maternal step-greatgrandfather, Herman Adolf/Adolph DeVry –

Genealogy of William’s maternal grandfather, William Charles DeVry –

Obituary of William’s maternal grandfather, William Charles DeVry –

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Alain Moussi

by stlucas on March 1, 2017

Place of Birth: Libreville, Gabon

Date of Birth: March 29, 1981

*Lebanese (father)
*French-Canadian (mother)

Alain Moussi is a Gabonese-born Canadian actor and stuntman. He was born in Libreville, Gabon, the son of Jean Moussi and Rita. He has a brother, Dominique, and a sister, Natacha. They were raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Jean is originally from Aaba, Koura District, Lebanon. He moved to Canada and became a professor at Université du Québec in Outaouais, Québec. Rita is from Québec, Canada, and has French-Canadian ancestry.

Alain speaks fluent French and English. His parents are pictured here.


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Mark Messier

by bearboy on February 27, 2017

Birth Name: Mark John Douglas Messier

Place of Birth: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Date of Birth: January 18, 1961

Ethnicity: French-Canadian, Irish

Mark Messier is a Canadian former professional ice hockey center of the National Hockey League.

Mark Messier is the son of Doug Messier and Mary (Dea) Messier.

Mark’s maternal grandfather was Jack Dea.

Messier is a common French surname and Dea is usually of Irish origin.


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Steven Crowder

by bearboy on February 23, 2017

Birth Name: Steven Peter Crowder

Place of Birth: Grosse Point, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 7, 1987

*English (father)
*French-Canadian (mother)

Steven Crowder is a conservative and political commentator, actor, comedian, and host of Louder with Crowder.

Steven Crowder is the son of Darrin S. Crowder and Francine Lacaile.

Crowder’s paternal grandparents were most likely Dean Willis Crowder (the son of Dean and Beatrice M. Crowder) and Pauline Pemberton (the daughter of Rafael and Irene Pemberton).

Steven’s mother Francine was born in Canada and Steven Crowder has dual citizenship.

Sources: (name of Crowder’s father) (dual citizenship)