Chris Christie

by follers on August 28, 2015

Chris Christie

Birth Name: Christopher James Christie

Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey

Date of Birth: September 6, 1962

*German, Irish, Scottish (father)
*Italian/Sicilian (mother)

Chris Christie is an American politician. A Republican, he is the 55th Governor of New Jersey, having served in the position since January 19, 2010. Chris was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2016.

His father’s ancestry was half German, with the rest being Irish, and some Scottish. His mother was of Italian (Sicilian) descent.

Chris’s paternal grandfather was James Christopher Christie (the son of Hugh Henry Christie and Bridget Smith). Hugh was the son of James H. Christie, who was born in Scotland, and of Rosanna Matthews, whose parents were Irish. Bridget was the daughter of Irish parents, John Smith and Bridget.

Chris’s paternal grandmother was Caroline “Carrie” Winter (the daughter of John H. Winter and Caroline Lott). John was born in New Jersey, to German parents, Charles Winter and Christine. Caroline Lott was also was born in New Jersey, also to German parents, Cyriaeus/Ziriak/Jeremiah Lott and Walburgh Ernst.

Chris’s maternal grandparents were Philip Grasso (the son of Santo Grasso and Santa) and Anna/Anne Scavone (the daughter of Salvatore Scavone and Domenica). Philip and Anna were both of Italian origin.

Chris is one of several people of Italian heritage to have run plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major political party’s nomination for President of the United States. Of these candidates, four have won a major party’s caucus, primary, and/or nominating ballot. The four are:
*Al Smith (who was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1928, and was also a candidate for the 1924 and 1932 Democratic nominations for President; Smith’s paternal grandfather was Italian)
*Michael DiSalle (1960; Democratic; won 1 state, Ohio)
*Rick Santorum (2012; Republican; won 11 states; Santorum also sought the 2016 Republican nomination; Santorum is of three quarters Italian descent)
*Ted Cruz (who is seeking the 2016 Republican nomination; Cruz has thus far won 1 state, Iowa; Cruz’s maternal great-grandfather was Italian)

Other people of Italian heritage who have mounted major campaigns for President of the United States are:
*John A. Volpe (who sought the 1968 Republican nomination)
*Rudy Giuliani (who sought the 2008 Republican nomination)
*Tom Tancredo (who sought the 2008 Republican nomination)
*George Pataki (who sought the 2016 Republican nomination; Pataki’s maternal grandfather was Italian)

Geraldine Ferraro, who was of Italian descent, was the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States in 1984.

Sources: Genealogies of Chris Christie (focusing on his father’s side) –

photo by Christopher Halloran/


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: German, English, small amount of Dutch, remote French and Welsh

Carly Fiorina is an American businessperson and politician. She chairs the non-profit philanthropic organization Good360. Carly was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2016.

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

Carly’s paternal grandfather was Harold Marvin Sneed (the son of Joseph Tyre Sneed and Georgia H./A. Beal). Joseph was the son of Joseph Perkins Sneed and Achsah Bond Harris. Georgia was the daughter of John F. Beal and Mary Ann Cullins.

Carly’s paternal grandmother was Cara Carlton Weber (the daughter of John W. Weber and Maude Graves). John was the son of Johannes Heinrich Weber and Margaret Isabella Walker. Maude was the daughter of Henry Graves and Susan Harris.

Carly’s maternal grandfather was Edgar Adam Juergens (the son of George Henry Juergens and Johanna “Jennie” Von Leuve/Van Leeuwe). George was born in Ohio, to German parents, John Frederick Juergens and Johanna Catharine Beckmann. Carly’s great-grandmother Johanna Von Leuve was also born in Ohio, also to German parents, with her mother, Mary Anne, having been born in Baden-Württemberg.

Carly’s maternal grandmother was Clara Marie Hall (the daughter of George M. Hall and Emma Charlotte Montross). George was the son of Elihu/Elihugh Hall and Maria Wilson. Emma was the daughter of Elijah Montross and Charity Mariah Casebeer.

Sources: Genealogy of Carly Fiorina –

Genealogy of Carly’s parents –

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

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

Carly’s maternal grandfather, Edgar Adam Juergens, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Photo by Christopher Halloran/


Miranda Cosgrove

by ethnic on December 14, 2014

Birth Name: Miranda Taylor Cosgrove

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth: May 14, 1993

Ethnicity: Irish, English, French, 1/8th Mexican

Miranda Cosgrove is an American actress and singer.

On her Twitter account, she stated:

“Im Irish,English, and French. People always think im a lot of different nationalities though which I think is pretty cool :)”

Oddly, Miranda did not mention her one eighth Mexican ancestry. Miranda’s maternal grandfather’s mother, Mary Castimello/Costano/Coseton, was born in Mexico, as were Mary’s parents. The spelling of Mary’s surname varies from record to record.

A picture of Miranda’s paternal grandmother can be seen here.

Miranda’s maternal grandfather was William Frank Casey (the son of William J. Casey and Mary Castimello/Costano/Coseton). Miranda’s great-grandfather William was Irish. Miranda’s great-grandmother Mary was Mexican. A picture of Miranda’s maternal grandfather can be seen here.

Miranda’s maternal grandmother was Lois Ann Core (the daughter of Robert Herman Core and Ida Marie Bishir). Robert was the son of John W. Core and Birdie Harrell. Ida was the daughter of John Bunyan Bishir and Effie Jones. A picture of Miranda’s maternal grandmother can be seen here.

Sources: Miranda’s maternal grandfather, William Frank Casey, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Miranda’s maternal grandfather, William Frank Casey –

Miranda’s maternal great-grandparents, William J. Casey and Mary Castimello/Costano/Coseton, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Miranda’s maternal grandmother, Lois Ann (Core) Casey –


Patricia Arquette

by follers on June 25, 2014

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Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois

Date of Birth: April 8, 1968

*English, French-Canadian, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, Irish, Welsh (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Patricia Arquette is an American actress. She is the sister of actors Rosanna Arquette, Richmond Arquette, Alexis Arquette, and David Arquette. Her family surname was spelled “Arcouet” many generations back.

Patricia’s father, actor Lewis Arquette (Lewis Michael Arquette), had English, French-Canadian, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ancestry.

Patricia’s mother, Brenda Olivia (Nowak), was Jewish (of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent).

There is a claim on the internet that Patricia’s father was a descendant of explorer Meriwether Lewis. Meriwether Lewis had no children. It is possible that Patricia’s father was related to Meriwether Lewis in some other way.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) stated that Patricia’s genetic ancestry is:

*48.5% Ashkenazi [Jewish]
*36.6% British & Irish
*0.2% French & German
*0.1% Finnish
*11.3% Broadly Northern European
*1.0% Broadly Southern European
*2.1% Broadly European
*0.1% Sub-Saharan African
*<0.1% East Asian & Native American

Patricia’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Jean Arcouet dit Lajeunesse, who was born, c. 1646, in Marennes, Rochefort, Saintonge, France.

Patricia’s paternal grandfather was Clifford “Cliff” Charles Arquette (the son of Charles Augustus Arquette, Jr. and Winifred/Wynne/Minnie Ethel Clark). Clifford was a famous comedian under the name “Charlie Weaver”, and was known for his appearances on the Hollywood Squares TV show; he was also a Civil War expert. Patricia’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Charles Arquette (who was born in Michigan, to parents of French-Canadian descent, Peter Daniel Arcouette/Arquette, who was from Sandwich, Ontario, and Marie Anne Valade Viliquette), and of Philomina “Minnie” Josephine Fritsche, who was Swiss, of Swiss-German descent. Patricia’s great-grandmother Winifred was the daughter of Charles Cicero Clark and Emma E. Kear.

Patricia’s paternal grandmother was Mildred Nesbitt LeMay (born Mildred Speight, the daughter of Shirley Sidney Speight and Willie Sue Barr). Mildred took on the surname of her stepfather, David John LeMay. Shirley was the son of Jessie Bryan Speight and Ellen Martha Williams. Willie was the daughter of Thomas Alexander Barr and Mary Emma Hill.

Patricia’s maternal grandparents were Yusseff “Joseph” Nowack/Nowak (the son of Wolff “Zev” Nowak and a mother whose maiden name was “Yasnor”) and Claire Hibel/Hibbel (the daughter of Harry Hibel and Fannie Zacharek). Yusseff was a Jewish immigrant, who was born in Belaja Zerkovy, Kiev, then in the Russian Empire. Claire was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Fannie’s parents were Moshe Zacharek and Rochel Znizer.

Sources: Genealogies of Patricia Arquette (focusing on her father’s side) –

Patrilineal genealogy of the Arquette family –

Patricia’s paternal grandfather, Clifford Charles Arquette, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Patricia’s paternal great-grandfather, Charles Augustus Arquette, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Patricia’s paternal grandmother, Mildred Speight, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Patricia’s maternal grandmother, Claire Hibel/Hibbel, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Claire Hibel/Hibbel, on the 1920 U.S. Census –


Bernie Sanders

by follers on April 28, 2014

Birth Name: Bernard Sanders

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York

Date of Birth: September 8, 1941

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Bernie Sanders is an American politician. He has served as a United States Senator from Vermont since 2007; an independent, he caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate. He has previously been Mayor of Burlington, Vermont (from 1981 to 1989), and a U.S. Representative from Vermont (from 1991 to 2007).

Bernie is a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2016.

Bernie is the son of Dora/Dorothy (Glassberg) and Elias/Eli Sanders. His father was a Polish Jewish immigrant. His mother was born in New York, to Jewish immigrant parents (from Poland and Russia).

Bernie’s paternal grandparents were Leon Sander or Gutman and Ettel/Jetti “Ethel” Horn (the daughter of Elias Horn and Chaia Gutman).

Bernie’s maternal grandparents were Benjamin Glassberg/Glassburg (the son of Abraham Glassberg/Glassburg and Frajda Mindla Mlynarz) and Brayna “Bessie” Goldberg or Greenberg. Benjamin was born in Radzyń Podlaski, Lublin, Poland. Abraham was the son of Leib Glasberg and Sara Fajge.

Bernie Sanders is the first person of Jewish religion to win a caucus and/or primary for a major American political party’s Presidential nomination. He has so far one 1 state in 2016, New Hampshire.

Two people of Jewish heritage have been nominated for President of the United States by a major party. Barry Goldwater, nominated by the Republican Party in 1964, was the first (Goldwater was born to a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother, and was raised an Episcopalian). John Kerry, nominated by the Democratic Party in 2004, was the second (Kerry’s paternal grandparents were born Jewish, though Kerry’s father and Kerry himself were raised Catholic). Goldwater also sought the 1960 Republican nomination.

Joe Lieberman, who is Jewish, was nominated for Vice President of the United States by the Democratic Party in 2000.

Three other people of Jewish heritage have won a major party’s presidential caucus and/or primary:
*Barry Goldwater (1964, the year he was nominated; Republican; won 7 states)
*John Kerry (2004, the year he was nominated; Democratic; won 46 states)
*Wesley Clark (who sought the 2004 Democratic nomination; won 1 state, Oklahoma; Clark was born to a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother, and is a practicing Catholic)

Of the four, only Bernie Sanders is Jewish by religion.

Other people of Jewish heritage who have mounted major campaigns for President of the United States are:
*Milton Shapp (who sought the 1976 Democratic nomination)
*Larry Agran (who sought the 1992 Democratic nomination)
*Arlen Specter (who sought the 1996 Republican nomination)
*Joe Lieberman (who sought the 2004 Democratic nomination)

Shapp, Agran, Specter, and Lieberman were/are all Jewish by religion.

Sources: Genealogy of Bernie Sanders –

Bernie’s parents on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Bernie’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Photo: “Bernie Sanders” by United States Congress – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.


Donald Trump

July 6, 2013

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Drena De Niro

February 10, 2016

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Lana Turner

February 10, 2016

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Kiernan Shipka

February 10, 2016

Birth Name: Kiernan Brennan Shipka Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Date of Birth: November 10, 1999 Ethnicity: *37.5% Irish *25% Bohemian/Czech *12.5% German *12.5% Italian *12.5% English, some Scottish, distant French Kiernan Shipka is an American actress. She is known for playing Sallie Draper on the AMC series Mad Men. Kiernan’s paternal grandparents are […]

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Michelle Jenner

February 10, 2016

Birth Name: Michelle Jenner Husson Place of Birth: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Date of Birth: September 14, 1986 Ethnicity: *English, Spanish (father) *French (mother) Michelle Jenner is a Spanish film and television actress. Her father, Miguel Ángel Jenner, is Spanish, and has English ancestry. Her mother, Martine Husson, is French.

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Billy Connolly

February 10, 2016

Birth Name: William Connolly Place of Birth: Anderston, Glasgow, Scotland Date of Birth: November 24, 1942 Ethnicity: Irish, 1/4 Scottish, 1/32 Indian Billy Connolly is a Scottish comedian, musician, presenter, and actor. He is the son of Mary (McLean) and William Connolly. Billy’s paternal grandparents were Jack Connolly (the son of John Connolly and Mary) and Jane McClusky. Jack and […]

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