Ryan Reynolds

by Wendy on August 1, 2014

Birth Name: Ryan Rodney Reynolds

Place of Birth: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: October 23, 1976

Ethnicity: Irish

Ryan Reynolds is a Canadian actor and producer. He is known for his roles in the films National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, Waiting…, Definitely, Maybe, Adventureland, and The Proposal, and for playing Wade Wilson/Deadpool in the films X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Deadpool.

Ryan was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2010. He is thus far the only Canadian-born man to have been given this title by the magazine.

Ryan is the son of Tammy and James Chester Reynolds. He has Irish ancestry, and was raised Catholic.

Ryan is married to American actress Blake Lively, with whom he has two children.

Ryan’s paternal grandparents were Ches Reynolds and Helen Mary Long (the daughter of Thomas Long and Katherine).

Sources: Obituary of Ryan’s paternal grandmother, Helen Mary (Long) Reynolds – http://www.legacy.com

Genealogy of Ryan Reynolds (focusing on his father’s side) [possibly incorrect] – https://www.geni.com

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Lewis Tan

by follers on March 24, 2014

Birth Name: Lewis Sing Wah Tan

Place of Birth: Salford, Lancashire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 4 February, 1987

Ethnicity:
*Chinese (father)
*Irish, possibly English (mother)

Lewis Tan is a British-American actor, model, and martial artist. He is known for his role as Zhou Cheng on the show Iron Fist.

His father, Philip Tan, is a national champion martial artist, gymnast, dancer, and stunt co-ordinator. His mother, Joanne Cassidy, is a model.

His father is of Chinese origin. His mother, who is British, is white. Lewis was raised mostly in Los Angeles, U.S., as well as in France, Thailand, Spain, and China.

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Josh Brolin

by follers on October 19, 2013

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Birth Name: Josh James Brolin

Place of Birth: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 12, 1968

Ethnicity: English, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, Irish, distant Welsh

Josh Brolin is an American actor.

He is the son of Jane Cameron (Agee), a wildlife activist, and actor, producer, and director James Brolin (born Craig Kenneth Bruderlin). Josh is married to assistant and model Kathryn Boyd. He has two children, including actress Eden Brolin, with his former wife, actress Alice Adair. His stepmother is actress, musician, and filmmaker Barbra Streisand.

The surname Bruderlin, later changed to Brolin, originated from Josh’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Albert Bruderlin, a Swiss immigrant. Josh’s paternal grandmother’s Mansur line can be traced back to Robert Mansur, who was born, c. 1638, in England.

Josh’s paternal grandfather was Henry Hurst Bruderlin (the son of Henry Casper Bruderlin and Sarah Elizabeth Hurst). Josh’s grandfather Henry was born in Colorado. Josh’s great-grandfather Henry was the son of Albert Bruderlin, who was German, of Swiss-German descent, and of Malvina Behrens, who was born in Illinois, to German parents. Sarah was the daughter of Levi Allen Hurst and Anna Gertrude McLane.

Josh’s paternal grandmother was Helen Sue Mansur (the daughter of Alan/Allan J. Mansur and Gertrude Turquoise/K./L. “Trudy” Stones/Stone). Helen was born in California. Alan was the son of Ozro Edward Mansur and Helen Alene/Aline Brownell. Gertrude was the daughter of Hiram Nephi Stones, whose parents were from Lancashire, England, and of Susan Monima Strong.

Josh’s maternal grandfather was John Wesley Agee (the son of James/John Madison Agee and Ocie/Osie Anna Cameron). Josh’s grandfather John was born in Georgia. James was the son of William Washington Agee and Mary Martha Hopkins. Ocie was the daughter of Elbert Cameron and Martha Stephens/Stevens.

Josh’s maternal grandmother was Shirley Margaret Fugate (the daughter of William Sherman Fugate and Myrtle Lillie Sparks). Shirley was born in South Dakota. William was the son of John Fugate and Editha M. Owings. Myrtle was the daughter of Joseph Shaw Sparks and Mary Josephine Josie.

Sources: Genealogies of Josh Brolin – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
https://www.geni.com

Genealogies of Josh Brolin (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com
http://famouskin.com

Genealogy of Josh’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Josh’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Albert Bruderlin and Malvina Behrens, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogies of Josh’s paternal great-grandparents, Alan/Allan J. Mansur and Gertrude Turquoise/K. “Trudy” Stones/Stone – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Josh’s maternal great-grandfather, William Sherman Fugate (focusing on his own mother’s side) – https://old.findagrave.com

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Alden Ehrenreich

by follers on September 23, 2013

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Birth Name: Alden Caleb Ehrenreich

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 22, 1989

Ethnicity:
*87.5% Ashkenazi Jewish
*12.5% English

Alden Ehrenreich is an American actor. He starred in the 2013 film Beautiful Creatures and plays the younger Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise.

Alden was born to Jewish parents, Sari and Mark Ehrenreich. He was raised in Reconstructionist Judaism, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.

Seven of Alden’s eight great-grandparents were born Jewish, from Jewish emigrant families, (from Austria, Hungary, Russia, Poland, and Bohemia). One of Alden’s paternal great-grandmothers was not born Jewish, and was likely of English ancestry.

Alden’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Willard Ehrenreich (the son of Irving/Isaac John Ehrenreich and Bertha Lazarow/Lazaros/Lazaroe). Joseph was born in New York. Irving was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents. Bertha was born in New York, to Jewish parents from Hungary, Rabbi Joseph Zeff Lazrowitz/Lazaroe and Eva Zucker.

Alden’s paternal grandmother was Isabel Alphonsus Resler (the daughter of Frank Henry Resler and Daisy Ann/Adele Hutson/Hudson). Isabel was born in Missouri. Frank was born in Ohio, to Jewish parents, Samuel Resler, who was born in Austria, and Mary Friedman, who was born in Hungary. Alden’s great-grandmother Daisy was born in Bluffton, Beaufort, South Carolina, the daughter of George Washington Hutson and Malinda/Melinda Elizabeth Padgett. She was of English ancestry, and may have converted to Judaism when marrying Alden’s Jewish-born great-grandfather.

Alden’s maternal grandfather was Reginald Paul Newmann (the son of Berthold Newmann/Neumann/Newman and Lena/Lina Winter/Winters). Reginald was born in Chicago, Illinois. Berthold was a Jewish emigrant, who born in Austria, the son of Heinrich/Henry Neumann/Newmann/Newman and Regina Ziegler. Lena was also a Jewish emigrant, born in Newaglipez, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the daughter of Heinrich Winter and Hani Teschner.

Alden’s maternal grandmother is Beverly June Lightman (the daughter of Morris L. “Moe” Lightman and Mary Helen Medal). Beverly was born in Ohio or Pennsylvania. Morris was born in Ohio, the son of Jewish emigrants, from Russia (his mother’s maiden name was Sperro). Mary Helen was born in Ohio, the daughter of Morris Medal and Sarah Cort, who were Jewish emigrants, born in Russia and/or Poland, depending on the census.

Sources: Genealogy of Alden Ehrenreich – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Alden’s father – https://old.findagrave.com

Alden’s paternal grandfather, Joseph Willard Ehrenreich, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Alden’s paternal grandmother, Isabel Alphonsus Resler, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Birth record of Alden’s paternal great-grandmother, Daisy Ann/Adele Hutson/Hudson – https://www.familysearch.org

Alden’s maternal grandfather, Reginald Paul Newmann, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Alden’s maternal great-grandparents, Berthold Newmann/Neumann/Newman and Lena/Lina Winter/Winters – https://familysearch.org

Alden’s maternal great-grandparents, Berthold Newmann/Neumann/Newman and Lena Winter/Winters, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Berthold Newmann/Neumann/Newman and Lena Winter/Winters on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Alden’s maternal grandmother, Beverly June Lightman, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

by brookie on February 2, 2013

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Birth Name: Rachel Meghan Markle

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 4, 1981

Ethnicity:
*father – German, English, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and remote French
*mother – African-American

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is an American actress, model, and humanitarian.

Duchess Meghan is the daughter of Doria Loyce (Ragland) and Thomas Wayne Markle, a lighting director who worked on Married… with Children. She is married to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.

Her father is white and her mother is black. A picture of Duchess Meghan with her father can be seen here. Pictures of Duchess Meghan with her mother can be seen here and here. More pictures of her family, specifically her mother’s side, can be seen here.

An essay Duchess Meghan composed about her biracial identity can be read here. She writes, among other things:

‘What are you?’ A question I get asked every week of my life, often every day… ‘Where are your parents from?’… While I could say Pennsylvania and Ohio… I instead give them what they’re after: ‘My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African American. I’m half black and half white.’…

While my mixed heritage may have created a grey area surrounding my self-identification, keeping me with a foot on both sides of the fence, I have come to embrace that. To say who I am, to share where I’m from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman. That when asked to choose my ethnicity in a questionnaire as in my seventh grade class, or these days to check ‘Other’, I simply say: ‘Sorry, world, this is not Lost and I am not one of The Others. I am enough exactly as I am.’

She has also specified:

My mom is black and my dad is Dutch and Irish, so the texture of my hair is densely curly. I’ve been getting Brazilian blowouts for a couple of years.

Duchess Meghan’s Dutch ancestry is really Pennsylvania Dutch, the name for ethnic Germans who lived in Pennsylvania; her German ancestry includes Alsatian Germans. Her father also has a preponderance of English ancestry, with Colonial American roots going back to the 1600s, as well as some Irish, Scottish, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and remote French, ancestry. Duchess Meghan and her husband Harry share a common ancestor in the 1500s; the details of this remote genealogical relation can be seen here.

Duchess Meghan’s maternal grandparents were/are both black, from African-American families.

Duchess Meghan has also said:

I took an African-American studies class at Northwestern (university) where we explored colourism; it was the first time I could put a name to feeling too light in the black community, too mixed in the white community… For castings, I was labelled ‘ethnically ambiguous’. Was I Latina? Sephardic (Jewish)? Exotic Caucasian?

Several web sites have stated that Duchess Meghan’s father is Jewish. This is not accurate. While her wedding to her first husband, producer Trevor Engelson, was Jewish or had Jewish elements, that is because Trevor is Jewish. It is possible that Duchess Meghan converted to Trevor’s faith, but there is no particular indication of this being the case. She joined the Church of England upon marrying Prince Harry.

Duchess Meghan’s paternal grandfather was Gordon Arnold Markel/Markle (the son of Isaac Thomas Markel/Markle and Ruth Ann Arnold). Gordon was born in Pennsylvania. Isaac was the son of George Benjamin McClellian Markle and Mary Jane Mangle/Mengle. Ruth was the daughter of Adam A. Arnold and Martha Jane “Mattie” Sykes.

Duchess Meghan has said:

I rarely saw my Grandma Markle, as she hailed from New Hampshire and spent much of her life in Pennsylvania and Florida…

Duchess Meghan’s paternal grandmother was Doris Mary/May Rita Sanders (the daughter of Frederick/Fred George Sanders and Gertrude May Merrill). Doris was born in New Hampshire. Frederick was the son of George Sanders and Maria Belle Ellsworth. Gertrude was the daughter of George David Merrill and Mary Bird, who was born in Malta, to an English father and an Irish mother. Her family moved to Canada.

Duchess Meghan’s maternal grandfather was Alvin Azell/Azella Ragland (the son of Steven/Steve R. Ragland and Louise “Lois” Russell). Alvin was born in Tennessee, and was African-American. Steven was the son of Jeremiah/Jerrymiah/Jerry Miah Ragland and Claudie/Claudia Ritchie/Richie. Lois was the daughter of James Cunagan Russell and Virginia Lee Betts/Bettes.

Duchess Meghan’s maternal grandmother was Jeanette Arnold (the daughter of James Arnold and Netty/Nettie Mae Allen). Jeanette was born in Ohio, and was African-American. Nettie was the daughter of Luther Hunter Allen and Gertrude Parks.

Sources: Family histories of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex – http://www.dailymail.co.uk
http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Genealogies of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex – http://gw.geneanet.org
https://www.geni.com
http://i.dailymail.co.uk
http://www.famechain.com
https://famouskin.com
https://www.wikitree.com
https://1.bp.blogspot.com

Genealogy of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.dailyitem.com

Marriage announcement of Duchess Meghan’s paternal grandparents, Gordon Arnold Markel/Markle and Doris Mary/May Rita Sanders – https://www.newspapers.com

Marriage record of Duchess Meghan’s paternal grandparents, Gordon Arnold Markel/Markle and Doris Mary/May Rita Sanders – https://familysearch.org

Duchess Meghan’s paternal grandfather, Gordon Arnold Markel/Markle, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogies of Duchess Meghan’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.gamblinfamily.org
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Duchess Meghan’s paternal grandmother, Doris Mary/May Rita Sanders, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Doris Mary/May Rita Sanders on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Duchess Meghan’s paternal grandmother, Doris Mary/May Rita Sanders (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Marriage record of Duchess Meghan’s paternal great-grandparents, Frederick/Fred George Sanders and Gertrude May Merrill – https://familysearch.org

Duchess Meghan’s paternal great-grandparents, Frederick/Fred George Sanders and Gertrude May Merrill, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Duchess Meghan’s paternal great-grandmother, Gertrude May Merrill (focusing on her own father’s side) – https://www.findagrave.com

Duchess Meghan’s paternal great-grandmother, Gertrude May Merrill, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Duchess Meghan’s paternal great-great-grandparents, George David Merrill and Mary Bird, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Information about Duchess Meghan’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Bird’s, family – http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Genealogies of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.famechain.com

Duchess Meghan’s maternal great-grandfather, Steven/Steve R. Ragland, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Duchess Meghan’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Jeremiah/Jerrymiah/Jerry Miah Ragland, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Death record of Duchess Meghan’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Jeremiah/Jerrymiah/Jerry Miah Ragland – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Meghan’s maternal grandmother, Jeanette (Arnold) Johnson – https://www.familysearch.org

Meghan Markle

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Duchess Meghan’s father’s ancestry first documented on the internet by Follers (May 21, 2017)

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex

January 18, 2013

Birth Name: Henry Charles Albert David Place of Birth: Westminster, London, England, U.K. Date of Birth: September 15, 1984 Ethnicity: English, European Royal (mostly), some Scottish, as well as German, Irish, French, Anglo-Irish, Hungarian, likely 1/128th Indian or 1/256th Indian, as well as smaller amounts of Dutch, Danish, Welsh, Belgian, Swedish, Swiss, Bohemian/Czech, Russian, Polish, […]

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Anna Faris

November 12, 2012

Birth Name: Anna Kay Faris Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. Date of Birth: November 29, 1976 Ethnicity: German, English, Scottish, French, Dutch, Welsh Anna Faris is an American actress, producer, model, comedian, and singer. Anna’s father has English, Scottish, Dutch, Welsh, and French ancestry. Anna’s mother is of approximately half English and half German […]

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Candice Bergen

July 23, 2011

Birth Name: Candice Patricia Bergren Place of Birth: Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States Date of Birth: May 9, 1946 Ethnicity: *Swedish (father) *German, English (mother) Candice Bergen is an American actress and model. Her father, Edgar Bergen (born Edgar John Bergren), was a ventriloquist, comedian, and actor, and was of Swedish descent. Her […]

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Jane Fonda

May 24, 2011

Birth Name: Jayne Seymour Fonda Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S. Date of Birth: December 21, 1937 Ethnicity: Dutch, English, Scottish, French-Canadian, around 1/64th Italian, small amount of German, and remote Norwegian Jane Fonda is an American actress, writer, fitness guru, model, and political activist. She has twice won the Academy Award […]

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Eugenio Derbez

February 3, 2011

Birth Name: Eugenio González Derbez Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico Date of Birth: September 2, 1961 Ethnicity: Mexican, some French Eugenio Derbez is a Mexican actor, comedian, director, writer, entrepreneur, and producer. He is the son of Silvia Derbez (Lucille Silvia Derbez Amézquita), an actress, and Eugenio González Salas, a publicist. Eugenio’s maternal grandparents were Marcel Derbez Gilly […]

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Zoë Saldaña

August 28, 2008

Birth Name: Zoë Yadira Saldaña Nazario Place of Birth: Passaic, New Jersey, U.S. Date of Birth: June 19, 1978 Ethnicity: Puerto Rican, Dominican Republic, evidently small amount of Lebanese and Haitian Zoë Saldaña is an American actress and dancer. She is known for her roles in the films Guess Who, Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy, […]

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Muammar Gaddafi

May 24, 2018

Birth Name: Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi Date of Birth: c. 1940–1943 Place of Birth: Qasr Abu Hadi, Italian Libya Date of Death: 20 October, 2011 Place of Death: Sirte, Libya Ethnicity: Libyan Muammar Gaddafi was a Libyan revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. He was Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution of Libya, from 1 September, 1969 […]

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Gary Lineker

May 24, 2018

Birth Name: Gary Winston Lineker Place of Birth: Leicester, Leicestershire, England, U.K. Date of Birth: 30 November, 1960 Ethnicity: English Gary Lineker is an English professional footballer and sports broadcaster. He is the son of Margaret P. (Abbs) and Barry Lineker. His middle name is after Sir Winston Churchill. Gary’s paternal grandfather was William Lineker […]

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Dan Goor

May 24, 2018

Birth Name: Daniel Joshua Goor Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S. Date of Birth: April 28, 1975 Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish Dan Goor is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. Dan is the son of Nancy (Miller) and Ronald Stephen “Ron” Goor. His parents are/were Jewish. Dan was raised in Bethesda, Maryland. Dan’s paternal grandfather was Charles […]

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Kelly Macdonald

May 24, 2018

Place of Birth: Glasgow, Scotland, U.K. Date of Birth: 23 February, 1976 Ethnicity: Scottish Kelly Macdonald is a Scottish actress. She has two children with her husband, musician Dougie Payne.

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Juan Ramón Jiménez

May 24, 2018

Birth Name: Juan Ramón Jiménez Mantecón Date of Birth: 23 December, 1881 Place of Birth: Moguer, Andalusia, Spain Date of Death: 29 May, 1958 Place of Death: San Juan, Puerto Rico Ethnicity: Spanish [including Andalusian, Castilian, and Cantabrian] Juan Ramón Jiménez was a Spanish poet and prolific writer. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in […]

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