Brandon Routh

by ethnic on October 1, 2009

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Birth Name: Brandon James Routh

Birth Place: Norwalk, Iowa, United States

Date of Birth: October 9, 1979

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German, distant Dutch

Brandon Routh is an American actor. He played Clark Kent/Superman in the 2006 film Superman Returns.

Brandon’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Lawrence Routh, who was born, c. 1660, in Yorkshire, England, and to Lawrence’s wife, Anne Metcalfe, who was born, c. 1665, also in Yorkshire.

Brandon Routh is of English, Scottish, German, and distant Dutch, ancestry. He has stated, “I’m Chickapoo [Kickapoo, a Native American tribe], watered down quite a bit, on my father’s side”. It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been documented/verified. All of Brandon’s paternal grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents are listed as “White” on United States Censuses.

Brandon’s paternal grandfather was Amor Ellis Routh (the son of Pearl V. Routh and Ruth Estelle Conger/Congar). Pearl was the son of Joshua Routh and Emma Etta Lydia Neeley. Ruth was the daughter of Revillo Spencer Conger and Emma Whittcrea.

Brandon’s paternal grandmother was Velma Mae Junkin (the daughter of Joy McQuie Junkin and Ada “Addie” Lowdema Morgan). Joy was the son of George Thompson Junkin and Mary Mcquie (Mary’s parents, Peter McQuie and Isabella McCulloch, were Scottish). Ada was the daughter of Alexander L. Morgan and Viola June Clearwater.

Brandon’s maternal grandfather was John J. Lear, Jr. (the son of John Lear and Madge Lavinia Phipps). Brandon’s great-grandfather John was the son of Peter Lear, a German immigrant, and of Lizzie Henderson. Madge was the daughter of Charles Rush Phipps and Alice May Campbell.

Brandon’s maternal grandmother was Viola Lorraine Brown (the daughter of Leigh Alfred Brown and Edith Bell Brandon). Leigh was the son of Daniel Ephraim Brown (whose parents, George Christian Braun/Brown and Anna Catherine Wilhelmina Jenss, were German), and of Viola Adelpha Ballou (her “Ballou” line originates with an English immigrant, William Ballou, from Devonshire). Edith was the daughter of William Martin Brandon and Elizabeth Caroline VanWinkle; Elizabeth was the daughter of Oliver Perry van Winkle and Irene Cox.

Brandon’s matrilineal ancestor is a woman named Hannah Brewster, who was born, c. 1688, in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, to Wrestling Brewster and Mary Holland. Hannah’s paternal great-grandfather was William Brewster, a Mayflower passenger and noted Pilgrim. Among many of William’s other descendants are actors Jordana Brewster and Seth MacFarlane.

Sources: Genealogy of Brandon Routh (focusing on his father’s side) –

Brandon’s paternal grandfather, Amor Ellis Routh, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Brandon’s paternal great-grandparents, Pearl V. Routh and Ruth Estelle Conger/Congar –

Brandon’s paternal great-grandfather, Pearl V. Routh, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Pearl V. Routh on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Brandon’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Revillo Spencer Conger and Emma Whittcrea, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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

Obituary of Brandon’s paternal grandmother, Velma Mae (Junkin) Routh –

Brandon’s paternal great-grandfather, Joy McQuie Junkin, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Joy McQuie Junkin on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Brandon’s paternal great-grandmother, Ada “Addie” Lowdema Morgan, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Ada “Addie” Lowdema Morgan on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Brandon’s maternal grandfather, John J. Lear, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Brandon’s maternal grandmother, Viola Lorraine Brown, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Nick Jonas

by ethnic on July 25, 2008

Birth Name: Nicholas Jerry Jonas

Birth Place: Dallas, Texas U.S.

Date of Birth: September 16, 1992

Ethnicity: German, English, Scottish, Irish, Italian, French-Canadian, possible Cherokee Native American

Nick Jonas is an American singer and actor. He is a member of the band The Jonas Brothers. He is the brother of Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas, who make up the band.

Nick’s father, who is from a Southern family, has German, English, and Scottish ancestry. Nick’s mother, who is from the east coast, has Irish, Italian, and French-Canadian ancestry. The Jonas Brothers have also stated that they have Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been documented.

Nick’s paternal grandmother, now Cecilia Lucas, was born under the name Cecilia Jonas (her parents were Paul Adam Jonas and Nellie May Fox). Paul’s parents were Henry Walter Jonas and Nora Lee Campbell. Nellie’s parents were Nathan or Walter Henry Fox and Lizzie Mae Hamilton. Through the Jonas line, Nick is descended from German immigrants to the United States in the 1700s. Nick’s father also has English and Scottish ancestry.

Nick’s maternal grandfather was Gerald “Jerry” Miller. Nick’s maternal grandmother was born Frances Madonia (the daughter of Fortunato Madonia and Margaret Anna Berard). Fortunato was born in New York, to Angelo Madonia and Maria Chimero, who were both of Italian ancestry. Margret was born in Bennington, Vemont, the daughter of Milton Dewey Berard and Anna Ducharme, who were both of French-Canadian ancestry.

Sources: Nick’s paternal great-grandfather, Paul Adam Jonas, at –

Obituary of Nick’s paternal great-grandmother, Nellie May (Fox) Jonas –

Genealogy of Nick’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Henry Walter Jonas –

Genealogy of Nick’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Daniel Jonas (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Family history of Nick’s maternal grandmother, Frances Madonia –

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Anne Hathaway

by ethnic on July 15, 2008

Birth Name: Anne Jacqueline Hathaway

Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 12, 1982

*Irish, English, German, French (father)
*Irish (mother)

Anne Hathaway is an American actress. She became famous with her role in the Disney comedy The Princess Diaries, and has since starred in many prominent films, including The Devil Wears Prada and The Dark Knight Rises.

Anne’s father has Irish, English, German, and French ancestry. Anne’s mother is of Irish descent. Anne’s patrilineal line appears to trace back to Nicholas Hathaway, who was born, c. 1595, in Kingscote, Gloucestershire, England.

Anne stated (in an article on that she also has distant Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been documented/verified. If true, it could only be on her father’s side (her mother’s family were all recent Irish immigrants).

Anne has said that she has a very pale complexion because she tries to avoid being in the sun, as her family has a long and tragic history of skin cancer.

Anne’s paternal grandparents were Robert Ernest Hathaway (the son of Pearl LeRoy Hathaway and Carrie Melinda Sensabaugh) and Jacqueline Anne Hughes (the daughter of Joseph Hughes and Pauline Turpin).

Anne’s maternal grandparents were Joseph “Joe” D. McCauley (the son of James F. McCauley and Catherine) and Roseline M. Sinnott (the daughter of James M. Sinnott and Florence M. Waters). James F. McCauley was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents. Catherine was born in Northern Ireland. James Sinnott and Florence were born in Pennsylvania, and all of their own parents were Irish.

Sources: Anne’s paternal grandfather, Robert Ernest Hathaway, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Anne’s paternal great-great-grandfather, James Hathaway –

Obituaries of Anne’s paternal grandmother, Jacqueline Anne Hughes –

Anne’s maternal grandfather, Joseph D. McCauley, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Anne’s maternal grandmother, Roseline M. Sinnott (“Rosalina Sennott”), on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Jennifer Beals

by ethnic on March 27, 2008

Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Date of Birth: December 19, 1963

*African-American (father)
*Irish (mother)

Jennifer Beals is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the movies Flashdance and Devil in a Blue Dress. Her father, Alfred Leroy Beals, was African-American, and her mother, Jeanne Anderson, had Irish ancestry.

Jennifer’s paternal grandparents were Henry Beals and Susie Ford.

Source: Information on Jennifer’s father at findagrave –

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Rooney Mara

by ethnic on March 7, 2008

Birth Name: Patricia Rooney Mara

Birthplace: Bedford, New York, United States

Date of Birth: April 17, 1985

*Irish, German, French-Canadian (father)
*Irish, Italian (mother)

Rooney Mara is an American actress. Her sister is actress Kate Mara.

Rooney’s paternal grandfather was of Irish descent, and Rooney’s paternal grandmother was of half German, as well as of Irish and French-Canadian, ancestry. Rooney’s mother is of Irish and Italian descent.

On her father’s side, Rooney is the granddaughter of Wellington Timothy Mara (the son of Timothy James Mara and Elizabeth “Lizette” M. Barclay) and Anne Teresa Mumm (the daughter of George Mumm and Olive V. DuBord). Wellington was of Irish descent. George’s father, Philip Mumm, was born in Germany, to Veith Mumm and Margaret Leydecker. George’s mother, Rose/Rosa A. Hebel, was born in either England or New York, to German parents. Olive’s parents were James I. DuBord, who was born in Canada, and Elizabeth Conlan or Conlen. The surname “DuBord” is French, suggesting likely French-Canadian ancestry. The surnames “Conlan” and / or “Conlen” are Irish, suggesting Irish ancestry.

On her mother’s side, Rooney is the granddaughter of Timothy James “Tim” Rooney (the son of Arthur Joseph “Art” Rooney, Sr. and Kathleen McNulty) and June Ann Marraccini (the daughter of Joseph Marraccini and Josephine Campagna). Timothy was of Irish descent. June was of Italian descent.

Sources: Rooney’s paternal grandmother, Anne Mumm, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Rooney’s paternal great-grandfather, George Mumm, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Rooney’s maternal grandmother, June Ann Maraccini, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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Kevin Pollak

November 23, 2014

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Wes Chatham

November 23, 2014

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Jaeden Lieberher

November 23, 2014

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