Justin Trudeau

Trudeau in 2011, image via Mark Spowart/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: Justin Pierre James Trudeau

Place of Birth: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: December 25, 1971

Ethnicity: French-Canadian (approximately 3/8ths), Scottish, English, as well as distant Irish and Dutch, 1/256th Malaysian, 1/256th Indonesian

Justin Trudeau is a Canadian politician. He is the twenty third Prime Minister of Canada, having been sworn into office on November 4, 2015. He has been Leader of the Liberal Party, since April 14, 2013, and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth, from November 4, 2015 to July 18, 2018. He has served as a Member of Parliament for Papineau (QC), since October 14, 2008.

His father, Pierre Trudeau (Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau), served as Prime Minister of Canada, from April 20, 1968 to June 4, 1979, and again, from March 3, 1980 to June 30, 1984. His mother, Margaret Joan (Sinclair), is a writer, actress, photographer, and television personality. His maternal grandfather was Liberal Party politician, and businessperson, James Sinclair. Prime Minister Trudeau is married to television host Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, with whom he has three children.

Prime Minister Trudeau is of approximately three eighths French-Canadian descent. His father was of French-Canadian, some Scottish, distant English, and likely distant Dutch, ancestry. Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal grandfather was a Scottish immigrant, while Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal grandmother was of mostly English and Scottish descent, along with a smaller amount of French, Dutch, and Irish roots, as well as 1/64th Malaysian, and 1/64th Indonesian, ancestry.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s patrilineal line can be traced to Étienne-Pierre Trudeau, who was born, c. 1641, in Sainte-Marguerite de Cogne, La Rochelle, Aunis, France. Étienne-Pierre moved to Montréal, Québec, Canada. The surname was spelled Truteau in the 1500s.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal five times great-grandmother, Antoinette Clement, was the daughter of a French father and an ethnic Malaysian mother, making Prime Minister Trudeau of 1/256th Malaysian descent. Another of Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal five times great-grandmothers, Anna Francina Carels/Karels, was the daughter of a Dutch father and an ethnic Indonesian mother, making Prime Minister Trudeau of 1/256th Indonesian descent. As such, Prime Minister Trudeau is the first Prime Minister of Canada with documented non-European ancestry. Previous Prime Minister Paul Martin has been said to have distant Métis (First Nations) ancestry, although this has not evidently been verified. Prime Minister Trudeau’s mother traced her Malaysian roots on the CBC series Who Do You Think You Are?

Prime Minister Trudeau’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Charles-Émile Trudeau (the son of Joseph-Louis Trudeau and Marie/Marguerite Malvina Cardinal). Prime Minister Trudeau’s grandfather Joseph was born in Saint-Michel-de-Napierville, Québec. Prime Minister Trudeau’s great-grandfather Joseph-Louis was the son of Louis Trudeau and Marie Louise Dupuis. Prime Minister Trudeau’s great-grandmother Marie Cardinal was the daughter of Marc-Solime Rene Cardinal and Marguerite Surprenant dite Lafontaine. Prime Minister Trudeau’s paternal grandfather was of French-Canadian descent, with distant English roots.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s paternal grandmother was Grace Elliott (the daughter of Philippe/Phillip/Philip Armstrong Elliott/Elliot and Sarah Rebecca Sauvé). Prime Minister Trudeau’s paternal grandmother Grace was born in Montréal, Québec, and was of approximately one half French-Canadian descent, with her other roots being Scottish, and possibly distant Dutch. Philippe was the son of Edward Simon Elliott/Elliot and Amelia/Emilie Morrisson/Morrison. Sarah was the daughter of Séraphin Francois Sauvé and Agnès Clark.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal grandfather was James Sinclair (the son of James George Sinclair and Betsy Ross). Prime Minister Trudeau’s grandfather James was born in Crossroads, Grange, Banffshire, Scotland, and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, as a small child in 1911. He was a Member of the Canadian Parliament for Vancouver North, and then for Coast—Capilano (BC), comulatively, from March 26, 1940 to March 30, 1958. Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal great-grandfather James was born in Caithness, Scotland, the son of Francis Sinclair and Isabella Taylor. Betsy was born in Ross Shire, Scotland, the daughter of Alexander Ross and Betsy/Betty-Ann Munro.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal grandmother was Doris Kathleen Bernard (the daughter of Thomas Kirkpatrick Bernard and Rose Edith Ivens). Prime Minister Trudeau’s grandmother Doris was born in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. Prime Minister Trudeau’s great-grandfather Thomas was born in Macassar, Indonesia, the son of Charles Grant Bugden Bernard, who was born in Singapore, and of Annie Oliphant Cornelia Purvis, who was born in Batavia, Java, Indonesia. Prime Minister Trudeau’s great-grandfather Thomas was a descendant of William Farquhar (1774-1839), a Scottish-born colonial leader of Singapore, who worked for the East India Company.

2008 Toronto International Film Festival - ETalk Party

Justin Trudeau with wife Sophie Grégoire in 2008, photo by Prphotos

Prime Minister Trudeau’s matrilineal great-grandmother Rose Edith Ivens was born in Virden, Manitoba, Canada, the daughter of Charles Howe Ivens, who was from Buckinghamshire, England, and of Julia Webb, who was also English.

Sources: Genealogies of Prime Minister Trudeau – http://www.geni.com

Genealogies of Prime Minister Trudeau’s father – http://www.francogene.com

Genealogy of Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal grandparents, James Sinclair and Doris Kathleen Bernard – http://www.thepeerage.com

Death record of Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal great-grandfather, James George Sinclair – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal great-grandparents, Thomas Kirkpatrick Bernard and Rose Edith Ivens – https://familysearch.org

Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal great-grandmother, Rose Edith Ivens, on the 1906 Canadian Census – https://familysearch.org

Family history of Prime Minister Trudeau’s mother on Who Do You Think You Are?http://www.cbc.ca

Mention of Prime Minister Trudeau’s Irish ancestry – https://blog.findmypast.co.uk

21 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    His looks gotta be the only reason why he has a career lol everybody says this guy sucks at PM of Canada but somehow he still wins every election, guess people think its a beauty contest hahahah… And he looks very french, but i can see the other ethn in him too, and no first nations?

  2. muricansareallmutts says:

    Me as a European from Europe I tell to you muricans and Canadians that he’s exotic he has a strong non white root his features saying it whatta super thick brows, whatta semitic nose, here in Europe he can looks a gypsy surely a ethnic Eastern European.
    His wife and kids are ethnic too they have almond shaped eyes and African nose.

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