Alicia Vikander

by follers on May 7, 2014

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Place of Birth: Gothenburg, Sweden

Date of Birth: October 3, 1988

Ethnicity: Swedish

Alicia Vikander is a Swedish actress. She is the daughter of Maria Fahl Vikander, an actress, and Svante Vikander, a psychiatrist.

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Olivia Cooke

by follers on April 4, 2014

LOS ANGELES - MAR 12:  Olivia Cooke arrives to the A&E Network P

Birth Name: Olivia Kate Cooke

Place of Birth: Oldham, Greater Manchester, England

Date of Birth: 27 December, 1993

Ethnicity: English

Olivia Cooke is an English actress.

Olivia’s maternal grandparents are Daniel Wild (whose parents’ surnames were “Wild” and “Charlesworth”) and June Fish (whose parents’ surnames were “Fish” and “Wood”). Olivia’s great-great-grandparents were Reuben Wild and Elizabeth Hannah Hoyle.

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Gemma Arterton

by ethnic on March 15, 2010

Birth Name: Gemma Christina Arterton

Place of Birth: Gravesend, Kent, England

Date of Birth: January 12, 1986

Ethnicity: English, as well as a Jewish matrilineal great-grandmother, and more distant German and Scottish ancestry

Gemma Arterton is an English actress. She played the title role in the BBC’s four-hour version of Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

Gemma has English ancestry, as well as a Jewish great-grandmother (her maternal grandmother’s mother, who was of Polish Jewish, with more distant Dutch Jewish, Czech Jewish, and Sephardi Jewish, ancestry). Gemma also has a small amount of German and Scottish roots, from other lines of her own family tree.

Gemma’s paternal grandparents were Arthur Ernest Arterton (the son of Ernest William Arterton and Henrietta Hall) and Nellie C. Smith (the daughter of Arthur Smith and Amy Nellie L. Pouncett). Amy’s mother was German.

Gemma’s maternal grandparents were Ronald S. Heap (the son of Edwin Stanley Heap and ? Smith) and Helen Marjorie Rosina Sarfas (the daughter of Charles Henry Sarfas and Jean I. Lesley, born Jean I. Specterman).

Gemma’s matrilineal great-grandmother Jean was the daughter of Lazarus/Louis Specterman and Marjorie Elizabeth Spiers, who were both Jewish. Lazarus was the son of Marks Specterman and Rose, who were Polish Jewish immigrants. Marjorie was the daughter of Solomon Spiers, who was of Polish Jewish descent, and of Isabella Phillips; Isabella was born in Cardiff, Wales, the daughter of Moses Phillips, who was of Polish Jewish descent, and of Flora Kisch, who was also Jewish; Flora was the daughter of Abraham Kisch and Isabella Halevi.

Gemma’s matrilineal great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Isabella Halevi, was born, c. 1799, in Middlesex, England, to Simchal Halevi and Hannah Moses.

Sources: Genealogy of Gemma Arterton (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Gemma’s maternal great-grandfather, Albert Charles Henry Sarfas (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Gemma’s maternal great-great-grandfather, William George Sarfas –

Genealogy of Gemma’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Flora Kisch –

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Julian Edelman

by follers on January 26, 2015

Birth Name: Julian Francis Edelman

Place of Birth: Redwood City, California

Date of Birth: May 22, 1986

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German, 1/8th Greek, possibly Jewish paternal grandfather

Julian Edelman is an American football player. He is said to have Jewish ancestry (perhaps a paternal grandfather).

Julian’s paternal grandmother was Mary Louise Gregory (the daughter of William “Bill” Gregory and Mary J. Chriss). Mary Louise was born in Oklahoma. William Gregory was born in Palovia, Greece. Mary Chriss was the daughter of Marion E. Chriss and Allie Claire Wheat.

Sources: Julian’s paternal grandmother, Mary Louise Gregory, on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Mary Louise Gregory on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Julian’s paternal great-grandmother, Mary J. Chriss, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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Carly Fiorina

by follers on January 25, 2015

Carly Fiorina

Birth Name: Cara Carleton Sneed

Place of Birth: Austin, Texas

Date of Birth: September 6, 1954

Ethnicity: English, German, Dutch, remote French

Carly Fiorina is an American businessperson and political figure. She is the daughter of Madelon Montross (Juergens), an artist, and Joseph Tyree Sneed III, a law school dean, professor, and federal judge. Her surname is from her husband, Frank Fiorina, to whom she has been married since 1985.

Carly has English, German, Dutch, and remote French, ancestry. Her seven times great-grandmother, Margaret Montras (1691-1739), was of French descent.

Carly’s paternal grandparents were Harold Marvin Sneed (the son of Joseph Tyre Sneed and Georgia H. Beal) and Cara Carlton Weber (the daughter of John W. Weber and Margie Graves).

Carly’s maternal grandparents were Edgar Adam Juergens (the son of George H. Juergens and Jenne/Johanna Von Leuve) and Clara Marie Hall (the daughter of George M. Hall and Emma Charlotte Montross). Emma was the daughter of Elijah Montross and Charity Mariah Casebeer.

Sources: Genealogy of Carly’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Carly Fiorina (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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Sam Jaeger

January 24, 2015

Birth Name: Samuel Heath Jaeger Place of Birth: Perrysburg, Ohio Date of Birth: January 29, 1977 Ethnicity: *German, English, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) (father) *German (mother) Sam Jaeger is an American actor. His mother is of German descent. His father is of German, English, and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) ancestry. Sam’s paternal grandparents were George Heath Jaeger […]

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Mitch McConnell

January 22, 2015

Birth Name: Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. Place of Birth: Sheffield, Alabama Date of Birth: February 20, 1942 Ethnicity: English, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) Mitch McConnell is an American politician. A Republican, he has served as a United States Senator from Kentucky since 1985, and became Senate Majority Leader in 2015. Mitch is married to Elaine Chao, […]

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Alexandra Shipp

January 22, 2015

Place of Birth: probably Phoenix, Arizona Date of Birth: July 16, 1991 Ethnicity: *African-American (father) *European (mother) Alexandra Shipp is an American actress. Her father is black and her mother is white. A picture of Alexandra and her mother can be seen here. Photo by

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