Ian Somerhalder

by ethnic on June 23, 2009

Birth Name: Ian Joseph Somerhalder

Birth Place: Covington Louisiana, United States

Date of Birth: December 8, 1978

Ethnicity: English, as well as French, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), Scottish, Welsh

Ian Somerhalder is an American actor. He is famous for his role as Boone Carlyle on the series Lost.

Ian has English, as well as French, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. His mother has also been described as having some Choctaw Native American roots. It is not clear if this Choctaw Native American ancestry has been verified/documented. Ian inherited his surname, “Somerhalder”, from a man who married his biological great-grandmother.

Ian’s maternal grandparents were Carlie Barton Israel, Sr. (the son of John Randolph Dowdy Israel and Johnnie Victoria Brumfield) and Ruby Lucille Cooper (the daughter of Ethod Ocie Cooper and Pearline Rushing).

John Randolph Dowdy Israel’s father was born John Jacob Dowdy, and had changed his name to John Jacob Israel, while living in Arkansas.

Sources: Obituary of Ian’s maternal grandfather, Carlie Barton Israel, Sr. – http://www.obryantokeefe.com

Genealogy of Ian’s maternal great-grandfather, John Randolph Dowdy Israel – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Ian’s maternal great-grandmother, Johnnie Victoria Brumfield – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Ian’s maternal grandmother, Ruby Lucille Cooper Israel, at http://www.findagrave.com – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Ian’s maternal great-grandmother, Pearline Rushing (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Ian’s matrilineal great-great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Breeland (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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Brad Pitt

by ethnic on May 13, 2008


Birth Name: William Bradley Pitt

Birth Place: Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA

Date of Birth: December 18, 1963

Ethnicity: English, along with smaller amounts of Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), Irish, German

Brad Pitt is an American actor. He was born in Oklahoma and raised in Springfield, Missouri. He was raised a Baptist, but no longer practices the religion. Brad is married to actress Angelina Jolie.

Brad’s family has lived in the United States for many generations. Most of Brad’s documented foreign-born ancestors were born in England, with a smaller amount (to varying degrees) who were from Scotland, Wales, the Northern parts of Ireland (known as “Scots-Irish”), Ireland, and Germany (Brad’s seven times great-grandfather, John Johannes Hammer, who was born in Palatimate, Germany, c. 1683; Brad may have other German ancestry).

Brad’s paternal grandparents were Alvin Monroe Pitt (the son of Oliver Brown Pitt and Rosa Lee Dorris) and Elizabeth Jean Brown (the son of Lester Benny Brown and Una Valerie Coker).

Brad’s maternal grandparents were Hal Knox Hillhouse (the son of Emory A. Hillhouse and Etta Colemon Williams) and Clara Maurine/Mae Bell (the daughter of Finis Alonzo Bell and Lenora Jane Hammer).

During his interview on Inside the Actors Studio, Brad stated that his ancestry is “probably… Irish-Scots-Germans who settled in the area… I know we have some Seminole, and some Cherokee Indian, in us”. No Seminole or Cherokee ancestors have been documented in publicly available family trees of Brad Pitt.

Sources: Genealogies of Brad Pitt – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Another genealogy of Brad Pitt (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Interview with Brad Pitt on Inside the Actors Studio – http://www.youtube.com

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Angelina Jolie

by ethnic on December 27, 2007

Birth Name: Angelina Jolie Voight

Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA

Date of Birth: June 4, 1975

*Slovak, German (father)
*French-Canadian, Dutch, German, Bohemian (Czech), remote Huron Native Canadian and Swiss-French (mother)

Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award-winning American actress. Her father is fellow Academy Award-winner, actor Jon Voight (Jonathan Vincent Voight), and her mother was actress Marcheline Bertrand (Marcia Lynne Bertrand). She is the sister of actor James Haven. Angelina is married to actor Brad Pitt.

Her father is of half Slovak and half German descent. His surname, Voight, was originally Vojtka.

Her mother was of approximately half French-Canadian, one quarter Dutch, and one quarter German (with likely Bohemian (Czech)), ancestry. Through her maternal grandfather, Angelina is of 1/1024 Huron Native Canadian and 1/16384 Swiss-French ancestry.

Angelina’s paternal grandfather was Elmer Vojtka, later Elmer Voight (the son of George Vojtka and Helen “Nellie”). George was a Slovak immigrants who lived in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Helen was born in New Jersey, to Slovak parents.

Angelina’s paternal grandmother was Barbara Kamp (the daughter of Joseph H. Kamp and Margaret Franz). Joseph was a German immigrant from Büren, born to Heinrich Kamp and Theresia Baum. Margaret was born in New York, to German parents Peter Franz and Barbara.

Angelina’s maternal grandparents were Rolland Frederic Bertrand (the son of George Léon Bertrand and Marie-Louise Angélina Leduc) and Lois June Gouwens (the daughter of Royal Gerrit Gouwens and Virginia “Jean” A. Kasha). All four of Rolland’s grandparents were French-Canadian. Royal’s father was born in Illinois, to Dutch parents, while Royal’s mother was Dutch. Virginia’s father was German, while Virginia’s mother was born in Manistee, Michigan, to German parents. The surname “Kasha” is of Bohemian (Czech) origin, so it is likely that Virginia was of at least partial Bohemian (Czech) descent.

Through Angelina’s French-Canadian maternal grandfather, Angelina has very remote Huron Native Canadian ancestry (from her 8th great-grandmother, Catherine Anenontha) and Swiss-French ancestry (from Angelina’s 12th great-grandfather, Pierre Miville).

Sources: Genealogy of Angelina Jolie – http://www.wargs.com

Angelina’s 12th great-grandfather, Swiss-French Pierre Miville – http://www.nosorigines.qc.ca

Angelina’s 8th great-grandmother, Huron Native Canadian Catherine Anenontha – http://www.nosorigines.qc.ca

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Mick Jagger

by andrew on August 29, 2014

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Birth Name: Michael Philip Jagger

Place of Birth: Dartford, Kent, England

Date of Birth: 26 July 1943

Ethnicity: English

Family info: Mick Jagger is an English musician, best known as the lead vocalist and a founder member of the Rolling Stones.

Mick Jagger was born to middle-class parents Basil Fanshawe “Joe” Jagger and Eva Ensley Mary Scutts, born in New South Wales, Australia, of English descent.

Source: Ancestry of Mick Jagger:


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by Eddie Aoki on August 29, 2014

Birth Name: Raymond Scott

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Date of Birth: July 18th, 1965

Eye Color: Light Brown

Hair Type/Color: Brown

Ethnicity: Cape Verdean and Puerto Rican

Family info:

He is a Hip-Hop media executive and record producer, born to a Cape Verdean mother, and a Puerto Rican father.

He has been a regular cast member on “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” since 2012.



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Kevin Zegers

August 28, 2014

Birth Name: Kevin Joseph Zegers Place of Birth: Woodstock, Ontario Date of Birth: September 19, 1984 Ethnicity: Dutch Kevin Zegers is a Canadian actor. All of his grandparents were Dutch. Kevin’s paternal grandparents are Joseph Zegers and Theodora Hoffer (the daughter of John Hoffer and Helaina Rinkel). Theodora’s family was from Bovenkarspel. Photo by Prphotos.com

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Sean Hannity

August 28, 2014

Birth Name: Sean Patrick Hannity Place of Birth: New York City, NY Date of Birth: December 30, 1961 Eye Color: Blue Hair Type/Color: Brown Ethnicity: Irish Family info: Sean Hannity is the son of Hugh J. and Lillian F. Hannity. He serves as a host on the Fox news station. Both his paternal and maternal […]

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Gillette (singer)

August 28, 2014

Birth Name:Sandra Navarro Gillette Place of Birth:New Jersey, USA Date of Birth:September 16, 1974 Ethnicity:Puerto Rican, Mexican Family info:She was born in New Jersey to a Puerto Rican mother and Mexican father. Source:Wikipedia Photo by Prphotos.com

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