Keegan-Michael Key

by follers on April 29, 2016

LOS ANGELES - APR 21:  Keegan-Michael Key at the Keanu Los Angel

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan

Date of Birth: March 22, 1971

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

Keegan-Michael Key is an American actor, writer, and comedian. He was adopted by a black father, Michael Eugene Winfield Key, and a white mother, Patricia Walsh. His biological parents have the same background: his biological father is black and his biological mother, Carrie Herr, is white.

Michael Key’s parents are Willie C. Key and Rosa Winfield. Patricia Walsh’s parents are Earl Raphael Walsh and Alvina Freund.

Source: Genealogy of Keegan-Michael Key’s adoptive family –

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Jordan Peele

by follers on April 29, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEB 16: Jordan Peele at the premiere of Univer

Birth Name: Jordan Haworth Peele

Place of Birth: New York City, New York

Date of Birth: February 21, 1979

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

Jordan Peele is an American actor, comedian, film director, and screenwriter.

His father is black and his mother, Lucina Williams, is white.

Jordan is married to actress and comedian Chelsea Peretti.

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Jennifer Aniston

by ethnic on December 16, 2013

Place of Birth: Sherman Oaks, California, USA

Date of Birth: February 11, 1969

*Greek (father)
*Scottish, Italian or Arbëreshë (Albanian), English, possibly Irish (mother)

Jennifer Aniston is an American actress, director, producer, and businessperson. She is the daughter of Greek-born actor John Aniston and American-born actress Nancy Dow. Jennifer is married to actor and filmmaker Justin Theroux.

Jennifer’s father was born with the name Yannis Anastassakis, and was a friend of actor Telly Savalas. Savalas was Jennifer’s godfather. Jennifer’s mother is of one quarter Italian or Arbëreshë (Albanian), as well as of Scottish, and some English, descent. On Inside the Actors Studio (2011), Jennifer stated that her mother also has Irish, as well as “a little splash of Greek”, ancestry; it is not clear where on her mother’s family tree Greek ancestry would come from. Her great-grandfather’s surname, “Grieco”, is a variant of the Italian surname “Greco”, which literally means “Greek”. The name may occur among the Arbëreshë.

Jennifer’s paternal grandparents were Antonios J. Anastassakis and Stella Joanna Koume/Mazethek. They were born on the island of Crete, Greece.

Jennifer’s maternal grandfather was Gordon McLean Dow (the son of Francis Dow and Ellen Sarah McLean). Francis was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, to a Scottish immigrant father, James Dow, and a mother of Scottish descent, Katherine Stewart. Ellen was born in St. Francis, Maine, the daughter of Neil McLean and Mary Henderson; three of Ellen’s grandparents were Scottish immigrants, while Ellen’s maternal grandmother, Sarah Ann Diamond, was born in Campbelltown, New Brunswick, to American parents who were descended from English immigrants of the Colonial American period.

Jennifer’s maternal grandmother was Louise Mae Grieco (the daughter of Louis Grieco and Mae/May I. Dunbar). In U.S. Censuses, Louis Grieco lists himself as having been born in either Italy or New York; on the 1920 and 1930 U.S. Censuses, Louis states that his parents were born in Albania. It is possible that they were from the Arbëreshë community (ethnic Albanians who lived in Italy).

Jennifer’s matrilineal great-grandmother Mae/May I. Dunbar was born in Pennsylvania, to parents who were also born in Pennsylvania. It is unclear what Mae’s ancestry was, but the surname “Dunbar” is usually English.

Sources: Jennifer’s paternal grandparents, Antonios J. Anastassakis and Stella Joanna Koume/Mazethek, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jennifer’s mother’s ancestry –

Jennifer’s maternal grandmother, Louise Mae Grieco, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Louise Mae Grieco on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Louise Mae Grieco on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Jennifer Aniston (incorrectly identify Jennifer’s maternal great-grandparents as Michael Grieco and Carmela Pecoraro) –

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Julia Roberts

by ethnic on January 5, 2010

Birth Name: Julia Fiona Roberts

Place of Birth: Smyrna, Georgia, US

Date of Birth: October 28, 1967

Ethnicity: English, German, Swedish, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, remote French

Julia Roberts is an American actress and producer. She is the daughter of Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, who were actors and playwrights. She is the sister of actors Eric Roberts (Eric Anthony Roberts) and Lisa Roberts Gillan, and the aunt of actress Emma Roberts, who is Eric’s daughter. Julia is well known for starring in the films Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, and Mona Lisa Smile, among many others.

Julia’s father’s family has lived in the American South for many generations; his ancestry included English, as well as Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and remote French. Julia’s maternal grandfather was of half German and half Swedish ancestry. Julia’s maternal grandmother also had English, Scottish, and other German ancestry.

Julia’s paternal grandfather was Walter Thomas Roberts (the son of John Pendleton Roberts and Jimmie Glen Corbitt). John was the son of Rhoda/Rodie Suttles. Jimmie was the daughter of Thomas C. Corbitt and Josephine “Josie”.

Julia’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice Beal (the daughter of William Edward Beal and Pearl E. Ogle). William was the son of William Beal and Leana/Emma Moninger. Pearl was the daughter of Sanford Allen Ogle and Mary/Mollie E. Colburn.

Julia’s maternal grandfather was Wendell John Bredemus (the son of John Math Bredemus and Elin Maria “Eleanor” Johansdotter/Johnson). Julia’s great-grandfather John was the son of Mathias/Mathew Bredemus, who was German, and of Elizabeth Steffens/Stevens, who was of German descent. Elin was Swedish, born in By församling, Värmlands län, Sweden, the daughter of Swedish parents, Johan/John Jansson/Johnson and Emma Kristina Carlsdotter/Karlsdotter.

Julia’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Ellen Billingsley (the daughter of James Henry Billingsley and Nellie Hutchings). James was the son of John James Warren Billingsley and Elizabeth Hymer. Nellie was the daughter of Dolphin Hutchings and Ellen Matkin/Matkins or Greenlee.

Sources: Genealogies of Julia Roberts –

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak’s article about Julia’s ancestry, at The Huffington Post –

Genealogy of Julia’s paternal great-grandmother, Pearl E. Ogle (focusing on her own father’s side) –

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Kate Hudson

by ethnic on May 18, 2008

Birth Name: Kate Garry Hudson

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 19, 1979

*English, as well as very distant French (paternal grandfather)
*Italian/Sicilian (paternal grandmother)
*English, German (maternal grandfather)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (maternal grandmother)

Kate Hudson is an American film actress. She starred in the films How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Le Divorce, and Raising Helen, among many others. Her father is musician Bill Hudson and her mother is actress Goldie Hawn. She was raised by her mother and her mother’s partner, actor Kurt Russell. Her brother, Oliver Hudson, is also an actor, as is her half-brother, Wyatt Russell, who is also a hockey player. Kate was married to musician Chris Robinson, with whom she has a child. She also has a child with her former partner, musician Matthew Bellamy.

Kate’s paternal grandmother was of Italian/Sicilian descent, and Kate’s maternal grandmother was from a Hungarian Jewish family. Kate’s grandfathers both had English ancestry, with her paternal grandfather also having remote French roots (from an ancestor named Hester le Mahieu, born, c. 1585, in Leiden, Holland, Netherlands) and her maternal grandfather also having one quarter German roots.

Kate has stated that she was raised in her maternal grandmother’s Jewish religion. Her family has also practiced Buddhism.

Kate’s paternal grandparents were William Louis Hudson (the son of John Dixon Hudson and Blanche Viola Babcock) and Eleanor Salerno (the daughter of Giuseppe/Joseph L. Salerno and Theresa Maruco). Giuseppe was from Carlentini, Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy. Theresa was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents.

Kate’s maternal grandparents were Edward Rutledge Hawn (the son of Otto Delphia Hawn and Claire Estelle Johnson) and Laura Steinhoff (the daughter of Michael/Max B. Steinhoff and Frances “Fanny/Fannie” Weiss). Michael and Frances were Hungarian Jews. Frances was the daughter of Menachem Mendel Weiss and Esther Schwartz; Esther was the daughter of Ignatz Schwartz and Goldie.

Sources: Kate’s paternal grandmother, Eleanor Salerno, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Kate Hudson (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Kate’s maternal grandmother, Laura Steinhoff, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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Renato Corona RIP

May 1, 2016

Birth Name: Renato Tirso Antonio Coronado Corona Date of Birth: October 15, 1948 Place of Birth: Santa Ana, Manila, Philippines Date of Death: April 29, 2016 Place of Death: Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines Ethnicity: Filipino (Tagalog), some Chinese Renato Corona was the 23rd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, from May 17, […]

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James Blunt

May 1, 2016

Birth Name: James Hillier Blount Place of Birth: Tidworth, Wiltshire, England Date of Birth: February 22, 1974 Ethnicity: English, remote Welsh and Scottish James Blunt is an English singer, songwriter, and musician. He is the son of Jane A. F. (Amos) and Charles Blount, a colonel in the Army Air Corps. James’ ancestry is mostly English. Two of his […]

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Phil Lynott

May 1, 2016

Birth Name: Philip Parris Lynott Date of Birth: August 20, 1949 Place of Birth: West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England Date of Death: January 4, 1986 Place of Death: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England Ethnicity: *Afro-Guyanese (father) *Irish (mother) Phil Lynott was an Irish singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and poet. He was the lead singer, bass guitarist, and acustic guitarist of the rock […]

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Manda Ophuis

May 1, 2016

Place of Birth: Netherlands Date of Birth: 27 November 1980 Ethnicity: Dutch Manda Ophuis is a Dutch singer and songwriter. She is known for being the lead vocalist in the Dutch symphonic rock band Nemesea. She is the daughter of Fokje (Wildeboer) and Jan Hendrikus Ophuis. Manda’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her […]

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Joe Pavelski

April 29, 2016

Birth Name: Joseph James Pavelski Place of Birth: Plover, Wisconsin Date of Birth: July 11, 1984 Ethnicity: Polish Joe Pavelski is an American professional ice hockey player. He is the captain for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Joe’s family is of Polish descent and his surnamed was originally spelled “Pawelski”. Source:

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