Kit Harington

by follers on October 5, 2017

Kit Harington

Birth Name: Christopher Catesby Harington

Place of Birth: Acton, Hammersmith, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 26 December, 1986

Ethnicity: English, with some Scottish, Northern Irish, Welsh, and Dutch, as well as distant Spanish (roughly 1/128th), German, French, and European Royal

Kit Harington is an English actor. He is the son of Deborah Jane (Catesby), a playwright, and Sir David Richard Harington, 15th Baronet, a businessperson. Kit is married to Scottish actress Rose Leslie.

Kit’s father is from a prominent family, with traceable genealogy going back before the 1500s, and including many Earls, Dukes, Baronets, Peers, and Viscounts, as well as Kit’s paternal eight times great-grandfather, Charles II of England (1630-1685), who was King of England, Scotland, and Ireland, from 1660 to 1685, and King of Scotland, from 1649 to 1651. Among Kit’s other ancestors are bacon merchant T. A. Denny, clergyman Baptist Wriothesley Noel, and Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, who was a Scottish advocate and Tory politician. Many of Kit’s mother’s ancestors lived in India and South Africa as part of colonialism/European settlements.

Most of Kit’s ancestry is English, along with some Scottish, Northern Irish, Welsh, and Dutch, roots. As well, one of his great-great-great-great-great-grandmothers, Rafaela del Gardo, was Spanish, born in Minorca, one of the Balearic Islands of Spain. If both of Rafaela’s parents were Spanish, that would make Kit of 1/128th Spanish ancestry. Kit also has distant German and French ancestry.

Though his descent from Charles II, Kit is a distant cousin of Australian actor Dacre Montgomery, and of Kit’s wife Rose Leslie, who are also descended from Charles II.

Kit’s paternal grandfather was John Charles Dundas Harington (the son of Sir Richard Harington, 12th Baronet, and of Selina Louisa Grace Dundas). John was born in Simla, India. Sir Richard was a High Sheriff of Herefordshire, and a judge for the British Empire in Bengal, India. He was the son of Sir Richard Harington, 11th Baronet, and of Frances Agnata Biscoe. Selina was the daughter of Charles Saunders Melville Dundas, 6th Viscount Melville of Melville, and of Grace Selina Marion Scully.

Kit’s paternal grandmother was Lavender Cecilia Denny (the daughter of Ernest Wriothesley Denny and Lois Marjorie Legge). Lavender was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to English parents. Ernest was the son of Thomas Anthony Denny and Mary Jane Noel. Lois was the daughter of Edward Henry Legge and Cordelia Twysden/Turyden Molesworth.

Kit’s maternal grandfather was Maurice William Catesby (the son of William Charles Catesby and Gladys Lilian Florence Bascomb). Maurice was born in Hendon, Middlesex. Kit’s great-grandfather William was the son of William Edward Catesby and Elizabeth Dunton. Gladys was the daughter of Alfred Theodore Bascomb and Martha Jane Hudson.

Kit’s maternal grandmother is Philippa Mary Evans (the daughter of Thomas Charles Cann Evans and Isabella Dorothy Joyce Dennys). Philippa was born in Kensington, London. Kit’s great-grandfather Thomas, who was born in England, was the son of Thomas George Cann Evans and Mary Bond, and was a Major in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.

Kit’s great-grandmother Isabella was an artist, known professionally as Joyce Dennys. Isabella was born in Simla, India, the daughter of Charles John Dennys and Lucy Winewood Tulloch, and had Dutch, Scottish, German, English, and distant French, ancestry. Biographical material on Isabella, as well as two pictures, can be found here.

Kit’s matrilineal line can be traced back to his great-great-great-great-grandmother, Rachel Susan Gibbon, who was born c. 1810.

Sources: Genealogies of Kit Harington –

Genealogies of Kit Harington (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Kit Harington (focusing on his father’s side) –

Biographical information about Kit’s maternal great-grandmother, Isabella Dorothy Joyce Dennys –

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Rose Leslie

by smiley on February 1, 2017

Rose Leslie

Birth Name: Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie

Place of Birth: Aberdeen, Scotland

Date of Birth: 9 February, 1987

Ethnicity: Scottish, English, Welsh, 1/8th Mexican, small amount of Irish and French Huguenot

Rose Leslie is a Scottish actress. She is known for her roles on the series Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey.

Rose is the daughter of Candida Mary Sibyl (Weld) and Sebastian Arbuthnot-Leslie, who is the Aberdeenshire Chieftain of Clan Leslie. She is the third of five children. Rose is married to English actor Kit Harington.

Rose’s paternal grandfather was Captain Anthony Thomas Stainton (the son of Ernest Leslie Stainton and Claudia Annie Powell). Ernest was the son of Thomas Stainton and Annie Hudson. Claudia was the daughter of David Powell and Mary Jane Jenkins.

Rose’s paternal grandmother was Mary Luz Leslie Anda Arbuthnot-Leslie (the daughter of William Douglas Arbuthnot Leslie/Arbuthnot-Leslie, Lord, and of María de la Luz de Landa y Osio). William was the son of George Arbuthnot/Arbuthnot-Leslie and Mary Rose Leslie. Rose’s great-grandmother María de la Luz, Mme de Mier, was known throughout Spain as the “Grand Luz”; she was the daughter of Mexican parents, Don Guillermo de Landa y Escandón, a wealthy aristocrat who served as a Mayor of Mexico City, and Sofía de Ossio y del Barrio.

Rose’s maternal grandfather was Humphrey Joseph Giles Weld (the son of Humphrey Frederick Joseph Weld and Elinor Mary Trefine de la Poer). Rose’s great-grandfather Humphrey was born in Chideock, Dorset, England, the son of Sir Frederick Aloysius Weld, GCMG, who served as Prime Minister of New Zealand, from 1864 to 1865, among other duties; and of Filumena March/Anne Lisle Philipps. Rose’s great-grandmother Elinor was the daughter of Edmond James de Poher de la Poer and Mary Augusta Olivia Monsell.

Rose’s maternal grandmother was Frances Mary Fraser (the daughter of Alastair Thomas Joseph Fraser and Sybil Grimston). Alastair was the son of Simon Fraser, 13th Baron Lovat, and of Alice Mary Weld-Blundell. Sybil was the daughter of James Walter Grimston, 3rd Earl of Verulam, and of Margaret Frances (Graham) Grimston, Countess of Verulam.

Among Rose’s prominent ancestors are Frederick Weld, a New Zealand politician; politician Charles March-Phillipps; Ambrose Lisle March Phillipps De Lisle, who founded Mount St. Bernard Abbey; Charles Clifford, 6th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh; Simon Fraser, 13th Lord Lovat; the de la Poer family; James Grimston, 3rd Earl of Verulam; and Charles II of England (1630-1685), who was King of England, Scotland, and Ireland, from 1660 to 1685, and King of Scotland, from 1649 to 1651.

Though her descent from Charles II, Rose is a distant cousin of Australian actor Dacre Montgomery, and of her husband Kit Harington, who are also descended from Charles II.

Leslie grew up in Lickleyhead Castle, before moving to England for school. Rose’s great-grandfather William Douglas Arbuthnot Leslie was a descendant of the original Leiths of Lickleyhead, and Rose’s father owns the castle. Her family also own Warthill Castle in Abeerdenshire.


Genealogy of Rose Leslie –

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Justice Smith

by follers on December 4, 2016

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Birth Name: Justice Elio Smith

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 9, 1995

*African-American (father)
*Italian, French-Canadian (mother)

Justice Smith is an American actor.

Justice is the son of Duilia (Setacci) and Wayne Smith. His father is African-American. His mother is of Italian (Abruzzese) and French-Canadian descent.

He is not related to entertainer Will Smith.

Justice has said:

…Because I’m mixed it’s a lot more difficult because I’m not black enough for the black roles, and I’m not white enough for the white roles… that’s something that’s hard to explain to people in my own life. As a mixed kid, people want to categorize you as one thing or the other, and I’m proud to be black and I’m proud to be white, because I’m both of those things. I’m a biracial human being. I’m not one or the other… A lot of roles would come my way that were written for black actors and it would always say things like “addressing his dark skin” and I’m like, well, I don’t have dark skin… there are a lot of roles that are thugs and gangsters, which is fine because that’s part of the black experience, but if that’s all that we’re making and that’s all that we’re creating, then that’s all the mass of people are going to see us as, which is why we need to create diverse roles for diverse people and not just have “Oh, well I have diversity in my show because I have this black guy.”


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Chris Pratt

by follers on November 14, 2013

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Birth Name: Christopher Michael Pratt

Place of Birth: Virginia, Saint Louis, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: June 21, 1979

*English, German, Swiss-German, French-Canadian (father)
*Norwegian (mother)

Chris Pratt is an American actor.

Chris is the son of Kathleen Louise (Indahl) and Daniel C. Pratt. Chris’s father was of English, German, Swiss-German, and French-Canadian ancestry. Chris’s mother is of entirely Norwegian descent. Chris has a son with his former wife, actress Anna Faris.

Chris’s paternal grandfather was Donald Clifton Pratt (the son of Clifton C. Pratt and Diana Mattison). Donald was born in Wisconsin. Chris’s great-grandfather Clifton was the son of Herbert A. Pratt and Clara Harmon. Diana was the daughter of William Andrew Mattison and Clara Belle Hollenbeck.

Chris’s paternal grandmother was Adeline Katherine Limmer (the daughter of Frederick John Limmer and Sarah Jane Roses). Adeline was born in Minnesota. Frederick was born in Minnesota, the son of Harry Edward Limmer, from New York, and of Catherine Mary Limmer, from Maryland; Chris’s great-great-grandparents Harry and Catherine were both born with the same surname, and both had English ancestry. Sarah was born in Wisconsin. Sarah’s father, Louis Roses, was born in Switzerland, the son of Louis or Seperine Roses and Amelie or Madaline, of Swiss-German descent. Sarah’s mother, Zoe/Sue Beaupré, was born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Louis Beaupré and Émilie/Émily Bélanger, who were of French-Canadian descent.

Chris’s maternal grandfather was Wallace Laverne/Luverne Indahl (the son of Willie H. Indahl and Inga Halverson). Wallace was born in Minnesota. Willie was born in Minnesota, the son of Hans Martinsen Indahl/Indal, who was born in Oppland, Norway, and of Anne Karine Vetlesdatter/Vetlesen/Vetleson, who was born in Wisconsin, to Norwegian parents, from Telemark. Inga was born in Minnesota, the daughter of Robert Haukenes/Halvorsen and Augusta Iversdatter Måstad, who were both in Østfold, Norway.

Chris’s maternal grandmother was Luella May Applen (the daughter of Ingamon/Ingman T. Applen and Gunhild/Gunild “Nellie” Peterson). Luella was born in Minnesota. Ingamon was born in Minnesota, the son of Tosten Ole Applen, who was born in Iowa, to Norwegian parents, from Telemark, and of Esther Torgersdatter/Tollefson Felland, who was born in Minnesota, also to Norwegian parents, also from Telemark. Gunhild was born in Minnesota, the daughter of Peter Kittle Peterson, who was born in Rollaug, Numedal, Norway, and of Bergit/Birgit “Betsy” Halvorson/Halvorsen, who was born in Wisconsin, to Norwegian parents, Halvor Halvorson, from Buskerud, and Gunil Olsdatter/Oledatter, from Numedal.

Sources: Genealogies of Chris Pratt –

Chris’s paternal grandfather, Donald Clifton Pratt, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Donald Clifton Pratt on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Chris’s paternal great-grandmother, Diana Mattison, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Chris’s paternal grandmother, Adeline Katherine Limmer, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Chris’s maternal grandfather, Wallace Laverne/Luverne Indahl, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Chris’s maternal great-grandfather, Willie H. Indahl, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Chris’s maternal grandmother, Luella May Applen (focusing on her father’s side) –

Chris’s maternal grandmother, Luella May Applen, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Chris’s maternal great-grandfather, Ingamon/Ingman T. Applen, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Chris’s maternal great-grandmother, Gunhild/Gunild “Nellie” Peterson, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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Charlie Day

by berenstainboy82 on September 14, 2013

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Birth Name: Charles Peckham Day

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 9, 1976

Ethnicity: Italian (paternal grandfather), Irish, English, along with remote Welsh, French, and Scottish

Charlie Day is an American actor, comedian, musician, screenwriter, and producer. He is married to actress Mary Elizabeth Ellis, with whom he has a son.

Charlie’s family’s surname was changed from Del Giorno to Day before his father was born. Charlie’s father is of Italian and Irish ancestry. Charlie’s mother is of mostly English ancestry, with remote Irish, Welsh, French, and Scottish, roots. Many or most lines of her family have lived in the United States since the 1600s, largely in New England. Through his mother, Charlie is a Mayflower descendant.

Charlie’s paternal grandfather was Gabriel John Day (the son of Armando “Edward” J. Del Giorno and Margaret Mirra). Gabriel was born in Pennsylvania. Edward was born in Italy. Margaret was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents, Antonino Mirra, who was from Salerno, Campania, and of Consiglia Busillo. At some point, the family’s surname was changed from Del Giorno to Day.

Charlie’s paternal grandmother was Anna/Annie E. O’Neill (the daughter of Charles Joseph O’Neill and Mary Catherine “Irene” Maloney). Anna was born in Pennsylvania. Charles was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents. Mary Catherine was also born in Pennsylvania, also to Irish parents, Thomas Joseph Maloney and Mary Agnus Gill.

Charlie’s maternal grandfather was Lawton Parker Greenman Peckham (the son of Reuben Wallace Peckham and Adelaide Marie/Maria Greenman). Lawton and his parents were born in Rhode Island. Reuben was the son of Elisha Clarke/Clark Peckham and Ardelia Peckham. Adelaide was the daughter of John Alonzo Greenman and Ida Lilla/Lila Bradley.

Charlie’s maternal grandmother was Catherine/Katharine Hartwell Austin (the daughter of Roswell Mears Austin and Katherine/Katharine Mussey/Muzzy Sewall/Sewell). Charlie’s grandmother Catherine, and her parents, were born in Vermont. Roswell was the son of Chauncey Goodrich Austin and Anne Matilda/Mathilda Robinson. Charlie’s great-grandmother Katherine was the daughter of The Rev. John Ladd Sewall/Sewell and Catherine/Katherine Mussey Hartwell.

Sources: Tribute to, and genealogy of, Charlie’s paternal grandfather, Gabriel John Day (Gabriel J. Del Giorno) –

Charlie’s paternal grandfather, Gabriel John Day, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Charlie’s paternal grandmother, Anna/Annie E. O’Neill, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Charlie Day (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Charlie’s mother –

Genealogy of Charlie’s maternal grandmother, Catherine/Katharine Hartwell Austin (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Charlie’s maternal great-grandfather, Roswell Mears Austin (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Charlie’s matrilineal great-great-grandmother, Catherine/Katherine Mussey Hartwell (focusing on her father’s side) –

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