Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

by brookie on February 2, 2018

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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

by Lil Vacha on January 18, 2018

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, Channel Islander/Jersey, possibly 1/256th Armenian

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex is an English royal. He is the brother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, the son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the grandson of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and of Elizabeth II, Queen of England and the rest of the United Kingdom. His nephew is Prince George of Cambridge. His stepmother is Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Prince Harry is married to American actress, model, and humanitarian Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (born Rachel Meghan Markle).

Prince Harry’s ancestry is (approximately) 35% English, along with 29% “Royal”, 14% Scottish, 5% German, 3% Irish, 3% French, 3% Anglo-Irish, 2% Hungarian, and smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Indian, Dutch, Danish, Welsh, Belgian, Swedish, Swiss, Bohemian/Czech, Russian, Polish, and Channel Islander (Jersey). Prince Harry is widely believed by DNA researchers to have a matrilineal ancestor, Eliza Kewark, who was Indian, or of Armenian (paternal) and Indian (maternal) descent; if this is the case, it would make Prince Harry of 1/128th or 1/256th Indian ancestry.

Prince Harry’s paternal grandfather Prince Philip was born in Mon Repos, Corfu, Greece, although he is not of Greek ancestry.

Prince Harry and his wife share a common ancestor in the 1500s; the details of this remote genealogical relation can be seen here.

Prince Harry’s paternal grandfather is Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (the son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg). Prince Andrew was born in Old Royal Palace, Athens, Kingdom of Greece, the son of George I of Greece, who was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and of Olga Constantinovna of Russia, who was born in Pavlovsk, Russian Empire. Princess Alice was born in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, England, the daughter of Prince Louis of Battenberg, who was born in Graz, Austrian Empire, and of Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, who was born in Windsor Castle.

Prince Harry’s paternal grandmother is Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom (the daughter of George VI, who was King of the United Kingdom from 1936 to 1952, and of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon). Queen Elizabeth II was born in Mayfair, London. George VI was born in York Cottage, Sandringham House, Norfolk, United Kingdom, the son of George V, who was born in Marlborough House, London, and of Mary of Teck, who was born in Kensington Palace, London. Lady Elizabeth was born in England, the daughter of Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and of Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne.

Prince Harry’s maternal grandfather was Edward John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer (the son of Albert Edward John Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer, and of Lady Cynthia Elinor Beatrix Hamilton Spencer). Prince William’s grandfather Edward was born in Paddington, London. Albert was the son of Charles Robert Spencer, 6th Earl Spencer, and of The Honorable Margaret Baring. Lady Cynthia was the daughter of James Albert Edward Hamilton, 3rd Duke of Abercorn, and of Lady Rosalind Cecilia Caroline Bingham.

Prince Harry’s maternal grandmother was The Honourable Frances Roche (the daughter of Edmund Maurice Burke Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy, and of Ruth Sylvia Gill Roche, Baroness Fermoy). Frances was born in Freebridge Lynn, Norfolk. Edmund was the son of James Boothby Burke Roche, 3rd Baron Fermoy, and of Frances Ellen/Eleanor Work, who was born in New York City, New York, U.S. Ruth was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the daughter of William Smith Gill and Ruth Littlejohn.

Sources: Genealogies of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex – https://www.geni.com
https://www.wikitree.com

Genealogies of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (through Prince Harry’s brother, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge) – http://www.wargs.com
http://famouskin.com

CNN article on Prince Harry’s likely Indian mitochondrial DNA line – http://www.cnn.com

Article about Prince Harry’s ancestor, Eliza Kewark – https://www.telegraphindia.com

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Diane Keaton

by ethnic on July 13, 2017

Birth Name: Diane Hall

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 5, 1946

Ethnicity: Irish, Northern Irish, English, German, Scottish, more distant Austrian, distant French and Dutch

Diane Keaton is an American actress, writer, director, and producer. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Annie Hall (1977).

She is the daughter of Dorothy Deanne (Keaton) and John Newton Ignatius “Jack” Hall. She has two children.

Her father was from Nebraska and her mother was from Kansas.

Diane’s paternal grandfather was Chester Newton Hall (the son of Arelious/Aurelious Creed/Charles Hall and Emma Mae Armstrong). Chester was born in Oklahoma. Arelious was the son of John Newton Hall and Catherine Virginia Read. Emma was the daughter of James Armstrong, who was born in Ireland, and of Elizabeth Maynes, whose parents were from Ulster, Ireland.

Diane’s paternal grandmother was Mary Alice Powers (the daughter of Patrick Kenneth Powers and Ellen F. Calligan). Mary Alice was born in Iowa. Patrick was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Irish parents, Michael Powers, from Cork, and Margaret Shuell, from Kerry. Ellen was born in Ohio, the daughter of Irish parents, John Calligan, from Cork, and Bridget Broderick.

Diane’s maternal grandfather was Lemuel Roy Keaton (the son of Lemuel West Keaton, Jr. and Louisa/Louie Jones). Diane’s grandfather Lemuel was born in Missouri. Diane’s great-grandfather Lemuel was the son of Lemuel West Keaton and Martha Margaret Maret/Merrit. Louisa was the daughter of The Rev. Vincent Jones and Elizabeth Shingleton.

Diane’s maternal grandmother was Beulah Evinger (the daughter of George Frederick Evinger and Sarah Orpha Marcel/Marchel). Beulah was born in Kansas. George was the son of John Evinger, Jr. and Jane Elisa Yager. Sarah was the daughter of John Marchel and Catherine Malinda Wolfe.

Sources: Genealogy of Diane Keaton – http://www.geni.com

Genealogies of Diane’s parents – https://www.findagrave.com

Diane’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Diane’s paternal grandfather, Chester Newton Hall, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Diane’s paternal grandmother, Mary Alice Powers, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Diane Keaton (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://familypedia.wikia.com

Genealogy of Diane’s maternal great-grandfather, George Frederick Evinger – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Diane’s maternal great-grandmother, Sarah Orpha Marcel/Marchel – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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Stephanie Adams RIP

by ethnic on April 1, 2017

Stephanie Adams

Date of Birth: July 24, 1970

Place of Birth: Orange, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Death: May 18, 2018

Place of Death: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: African-American, European, Cherokee Native American

Stephanie Adams was an American model and author. She was the Playboy Playmate for November 1992. She was raised by her aunts, Pearl and Joyce, former models.

Stephanie was said to be of African-American, European, and Cherokee Native American ancestry. She has also been described as having Egyptian and Italian ancestry, and African ancestry specifically from the Caribbean.

Source: Goddessy, by Stephanie Adams – http://goddessy.com

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Stan Lee

by follers on July 22, 2015

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Birth Name: Stanley Martin Lieber

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

Date of Birth: December 28, 1922

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Stan Lee is an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, producer, television personality, and actor. He has chaired Marvel Comics, becoming its public face.

He co-created the Marvel superheroes Peter Parker/Spider-Man (with Steve Ditko), the X-Men, Hulk, and the Fantastic Four (all three comics with Jack Kirby), and Tony Stark/Iron Man (with Stan’s brother Larry Lieber, as well as with Don Heck and Kirby). He has created or co-created many other prominent Marvel characters.

His parents, Celia (Solomon) and Jacob/Jack A. Lieber, were Romanian Jewish immigrants. His brother, Larry Lieber, is also a comic book creator. Stan was married to hat model and actress Joan Boocock Lee, from 1947 until her death, in 2017. They had two children.

Stan’s paternal grandparents were Simon Lieber and Minnie Leibowitz/Liebowitz.

Stan’s maternal grandparents were Zanfer/Zanfir/Samuel/Sanfie Solomon and Sophia/Sophie Hoffman (the daughter of Moses Hoffman).

Sources: Genealogy of Stan Lee – https://www.wikitree.com

Stan Lee on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Stan Lee (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Stan’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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Ryan Reynolds

August 1, 2014

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Eugenio Derbez

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Zoë Saldaña

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Prince George of Cambridge

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Avigdor Lieberman

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Alex Neustaedter

May 18, 2018

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Bruna Linzmeyer

May 18, 2018

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Marty Papazian

May 18, 2018

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