Neve Campbell

by ethnic on June 27, 2017

Birth Name: Neve Adrianne Campbell

Place of Birth: Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: 3 October, 1973

*Scottish (father)
*Dutch, with some Sephardi Jewish (mother)

Neve Campbell is a Canadian actress.

Neve is the daughter of Marnie Neve and Gerry Campbell. Her brother, Christian Campbell, is also an actor. Her mother also acts. Neve has two children with her partner, American-British actor JJ Feild.

Her father is a Scottish immigrant. Her mother is a Dutch immigrant. Neve has stated that her mother’s maiden name, Neve, comes from Sephardi Jewish ancestors through her mother’s line, who moved to the Netherlands and later converted to Catholicism. Neve herself is Catholic. It is not clear how distant her Sephardi Jewish ancestry is.

Neve can be a Sephardi Jewish surname. In Italian, it means “snow”, and in Hebrew and Arabic, it means “oasis.”


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Tessa Thompson

by ethnic on January 1, 2017

46th NAACP Image Awards Presented by TV One - Arrivals

Birth Name: Tessa Lynn Thompson

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 3, 1983

*50% African-Panamanian
*25% Mexican
*25% mix of English, German, Scottish, and Irish

Tessa Thompson is an American actress. Her father, Marc Anthony Thompson, is a singer and songwriter, for the band Chocolate Genius, Inc.

Tessa’s father is of Panamanian (Afro-Panamanian) descent. Tessa’s mother is of half Mexican and half white American (English, German, Scottish, Irish) ancestry.

Tessa has played the role of an African-American and biracial woman in her career. In the 2010 film For Colored Girls, Tessa was one of nine actresses depicting the lives and struggles of women of color. In the 2014 film Dear White People, Tessa played a biracial college student dealing with racial tensions within Ivy League schools.

Tessa’s maternal grandfather is musician and actor Bobby Ramos (Rosendo R. Ramos).

Tessa’s maternal grandmother is Barbara Dunnington (the daughter of Ira Dale Dunnington and Mary Frances Streeter). Barbara was born in California, to parents from Indiana. Ira was the son of Jesse Clyde Dunnington and Blanche Martha Thornburg. Mary Frances was the daughter of Roland/Rolland Calvin Streeter and Ethel Mae/May Botkin.

Tessa has said:

…my grandfather, was of Mexican descent. He was a [Hispanic] performer in a time where there were very few of them. He was the only, very often, and I think because of this, he had a real pressure to assimilate because he didn’t want my mother to speak Spanish… My mom is a woman of color even though she might not be readily identified as such… Even though she is not a Black woman, throughout my life, she filled me with such pride of being one… She told me that my broad features and my brown skin looked beautiful when classmates did their best to convince me otherwise.

Sources: Mention of Tessa’s ancestry –

Marriage record of Tessa’s maternal great-grandparents, Ira Dale Dunnington and Mary Frances Streeter –

Genealogy of Tessa’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Ethel Mae/May Botkin –

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

by ethnic on February 27, 2015

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ethnicity

Birth Name: Dwayne Douglas Johnson

Place of Birth: Hayward, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: May 2, 1972

*African-Canadian/Black Nova Scotian, small amount of Irish (father)
*Samoan (mother)

Dwayne Johnson, also credited as The Rock, is an American professional wrestler, actor, and producer.

He is the son of Ata Johnson (born Feagaimaleata or Mataniufeagaimaleata Fitisemanu Maivia) and Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles), a Canadian and American wrestler. A picture of Dwayne at a young age, along with his parents, can be found here.

Dwayne’s father, who is black (African-Canadian), was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, of Black Nova Scotian heritage. Black Nova Scotians are descended from African-Americans who left the U.S. after the American Revolution, having sided with the British. Dwayne’s paternal grandparents were both black, and Dwayne has stated that he also found out that he has some “strong Irish blood” on his father’s side. Dwayne has also been said to have First Nations (Native Canadian) ancestry, although it is not clear if that is accurate.

Dwayne’s mother is Samoan. Dwayne spent some time growing up in Grey Lynn, New Zealand, where he was able to learn about his Pacific Islander heritage. He has a tribal “pe’a” chest-and-arm tattoo.

Dwayne was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2016. He is the second non-caucasian person to have been given this title by the magazine (Denzel Washington, in 1996, was the first). Dwayne is also the second African-American (after Washington), and the first Polynesian, to have thus far been given the title.

Dwayne has two children with his partner, singer and songwriter Lauren Hashian; and a daughter with his former wife, producer Dany Garcia. Dany works on many of Dwayne’s films.

Dwyane’s paternal grandfather is James Henry A. Bowles (the son of John W. Bowles and Lila/Lilla Jones). James was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia. John was the son of Stephen Bowles and Charlotte. Lila was the daughter of Henry Jones and Mary.

Dwyane’s paternal grandmother is Lillian Gay (the daughter of Alfred Nathan Gay and Isabelle/Isabel Sickles). Isabelle was the daughter of Benjamin Sickles and Hannah.

Dwyane’s maternal grandfather was Fanene Leifi Pita Maivia (the son of Rebecca Fanene). Fanene was a famous Samoan pro-wrestler, under the name Peter Maivia. He was from American Samoa. In Dwayne’s early wrestling days, he was known as Rocky Maivia, a combination of the nicknames of his father, Rocky Johnson, and his grandfather, Peter Maivia.

Dwayne’s maternal grandmother was Ofelia “Lia” Fuataga. Ofelia was born in Lalomanu, Aleipata, Western Samoa (then under New Zealand rule, now independent), and was a wrestling promoter.

Dwayne Johnson parents

Dwayne with his parents, photo by kathclick/

Sources: Genealogy of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson –

Family history of Dwayne’s father –


Lakeith Stanfield

by follers on August 28, 2012

2015 MuchMusic Video Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: LaKeith Lee Stanfield

Place of Birth: San Bernardino, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 12, 1991

Ethnicity: African-American

Lakeith Stanfield, also credited by his full name, LaKeith Lee Stanfield, or as Keith Stanfield, is an American actor and rapper. He was born in San Bernardino, California, and grew up in Riverside and Victorville. He has described himself as a “weird kid” in high school, where he did not have many friends, and found his place in drama class.

Lakeith has a child with his partner, actress Xosha Roquemore.

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Armie Hammer

by ethnic on October 1, 2011

Birth Name: Armand Douglas Hammer

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 28, 1986

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish [one eighth], German, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, 1/16th or 1/32 Russian [approximately], 1/32 Polish, 1/32 Danish, Swiss-German, 1/128th Greek, 1/512th Cherokee Native American

Armie Hammer is an American actor. He is known for playing, in a dual role, athlete/entrepreneur twins Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss in the film The Social Network (2010), and for starring in the adventure film The Lone Ranger (2013), among other roles.

Armie is the son of Dru Ann (Mobley) and Michael Armand Hammer, a businessperson. He grew up in Los Angeles, Dallas, and the Cayman Islands. Armie is married to model, reporter, and actress Elizabeth Chambers, with whom he has two children.

Armie’s paternal great-grandfather was famous businessperson Armand Hammer, who ran the company Occidental Petroleum, specializing in oil and gas, from 1957 until 1990, his death. A picture, c. 1989, of Armie together with his great-grandfather Armand, can be seen here.

Armie has described his own background as “half Jewish.” His great-grandfather Armand was Jewish (of Russian Jewish descent). Armie’s other ancestry is German, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, 1/16 or 1/32 Russian (approximately), 1/32 Polish, 1/32 Danish, Swiss-German, 1/128 Greek, and 1/512 Cherokee Native American.

Armie’s paternal grandfather was Julian Armand Hammer (the son of Armand Hammer and Olga Vadimovna Vadina-Rot). Armie’s great-grandfather Armand was the son of Julius Hammer and Rose Lifschitz/Robinson, Jewish emigrants from the Russian Empire; his own father was born in Odessa.

Armie’s great-grandmother Olga was an actress, born in Sevastopol, Russia, to Vadim Rot/Root/Von Rot, a staff captain, and Lubov Karlovna Kostsyushko-Valyuzhinich. Lubov’s father, Karl Kazimirovich Kostsyushko-Valyuzhinich, who was Catholic, was born in Mogilev, to a family of landed gentry, of Polish descent. Lubov’s mother, Maria Pavlovna Revelioti, was of Russian Orthodox religion, and was the daughter of Pavel Feodosevich Revelioti. Armie’s great-great-great-great-grandfather Pavel was the son of Feodosiy Dmitrievich Revelioti (originally Theodosios Reveliotis), who was Greek, from Arcadia, and of Maria Pavlova. This makes Armie Hammer of 1/128th Greek descent. A picture of Armie’s great-great-great-great-great-grandfather Feodosiy can be found here.

Armie’s paternal grandmother was Glenna Sue Ervin (the daughter of Glen Williams Ervin and Bertha Estelle/Stella Bannerman). Armie’s grandmother Glenna was born in Texas. Armie’s great-grandfather Glen was the son of Robert A. Ervin and Allie Belle Williams. Bertha was the daughter of Charles William Bannerman and Frances Elizabeth Dunn. Armie’s grandmother Glenna had English, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and Scottish, ancestry. One of Glenna’s six times great-grandfathers was Chief Kanagatucko, a Cherokee elder who served as the First Beloved Man of the Cherokee, from 1753 until 1760 (his death); Chief Kanagatucko’s wife, Su-Gi (Wild Onion) of the Wolf Clan, was also Cherokee. Their daughter, who was also known as Sussannah Hopper, married James William David McDaniel, Armie’s seven times great-grandfather.

Armie’s maternal grandfather is Douglas Lee Mobley (the son of William L. “Billy” Mobley and Jessie). Douglas was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has English, Scottish, and German ancestry. William was born in Texas, the son of John David Mobley and Lula Maxwell.

Armie’s maternal grandmother is Donna Rae Kaufman (the daughter of William S. Kaufman and June Leta Young). Donna was born in Illinois. William was born in Illnois, the son of John Peter Kaufman, who was of German and Swiss-German descent, and of Amelia/Emily Miller, who was of German ancestry. June was born in South Dakota, the daughter of John Elgen Young and Mary Luella Baden, whose own father, James Martin Baden, was Danish, from Torrild, Aarhus, and whose own mother, Nancy Elizabeth Harrison, was American, from Muscatine, Iowa.

Sources: Genealogy of Armie Hammer –

Genealogy of Armie Hammer (focusing on his father’s side) –

Armie’s great-grandfather, Armand Hammer, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Armie’s paternal great-grandfather, Armand Hammer –

Picture and biography of Armie’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Karl Kazimirovich Kostsyushko-Valyuzhinich –

Armie’s Native American ancestry, at –

Chart showing Armie’s descent from Sussannah Hopper and her father, Chief Kanagatucko –

Genealogy of Armie’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Martha Ward (through Martha’s sister, Mary (Ward) Clark) –

Genealogies of Armie’s maternal great-great-grandfather, John David Mobley (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Armie’s maternal grandmother, Donna Rae Kaufman, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage announcement of Armie’s maternal great-grandparents, William S. Kaufman and June Leta Young –

Armie’s maternal great-grandfather, William S. Kaufman, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Armie’s maternal great-grandmother, June Leta Young, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Armie’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents, James Martin Baden and Nancy Elizabeth Harrison, on the 1880 U.S. Census –
James Martin Baden and Nancy Elizabeth Harrison on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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Evangeline Lilly

September 9, 2010

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Walton Goggins

August 13, 2007

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Kyrie Irving

June 23, 2007

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Fay Bainter

July 17, 2018

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Simon Webbe

July 17, 2018

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Lee Ryan

July 17, 2018

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July 17, 2018

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July 17, 2018

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