Chloë Grace Moretz

by follers on October 16, 2015

Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia

Date of Birth: February 10, 1997

Ethnicity: German, English, smaller amounts of Swiss-German, Scottish, and Welsh

Chloë Grace Moretz is an American actress and model. Among her siblings is actor Trevor Duke-Moretz.

Chloë’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Christian Moretz, who was born, c. 1714, in Sachsen, Germany.

Chloë’s paternal grandfather was Charles Hugh Moretz (the son of Joseph Alfred Moretz, Sr. and Maude Elizabeth Leonard). Joseph was the son of Joseph Luther Moretz and Mary Elnora/Ellen Miller. Maude was the daughter of Julius Summey/Summy Leonard and Alice Henrietta Ramseur/Ramsour.

Chloë’s paternal grandmother was Kathleen M. Morris (the daughter of John Birch Morris and Hester “Hattie” Moore Moody). John was the son of Haywood Morris and Mary Cirona Beaman. Hester was the daughter of Luke McAlpine Moody and Margaret Ellen Hatley.

Chloë’s maternal grandfather was Edward Horton Duke (the son of John Edward Duke and Hattie Klugh Horton). John was the son of William Jasper Duke and Cornelia Jean “Ella” Parker. Hattie was the daughter of John Henry Horton and Sarah Elizabeth Roderick.

Chloë’s maternal grandmother was Janette Duggar (the daughter of James Alvie Duggar and Lois Hardy). Lois was the daughter of Charles Thomas Hardy and Lou Ella Denson.

Sources: Genealogies of Chloë Grace Moretz –

Genealogy of Chloë’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Chloë’s paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Alfred Moretz –

Genealogy of Chloë’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Joseph Luther Moretz –

Genealogy of Chloë’s paternal great-grandmother, Maude Elizabeth Leonard (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Chloë’s maternal great-grandmother, Hattie Klugh Horton –

Obituary of Chloë’s maternal great-uncle, Ralph Talmadge “RT” Duggar (the brother of Chloë’s maternal grandmother, Janette Duggar) –

Chloë’s maternal great-grandmother, Lois Hardy, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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Kim Basinger

by ethnic on May 13, 2015

Birth Name: Kimila Ann Basinger

Place of Birth: Athens, Georgia, United States

Date of Birth: December 8, 1953

Ethnicity: English, as well as some German, Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and distant French

Kim Basinger is an Academy Award-winning American actress and fashion model. With her ex-husband, actor Alec Baldwin, her daughter is model and actress Ireland Baldwin.

Much of Kim’s ancestry is English, and she also has some Scottish and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), as well as distant French, roots. Her surname, Basinger, is usually of German origin.

Kim stated on Inside the Actors Studio, in 1999, that her maternal grandmother had Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Cherokee Native American ancestry has been documented/verified. Kim’s maternal grandmother is listed as “White” on U.S. Censuses, as are Kim’s maternal grandmother’s parents. Kim’s ancestry, as far as can be documented, is non-Native American. Similarly, Kim is also sometimes stated as having Swedish ancestry; this ancestral connection has also not been documented/verified.

Kim’s paternal grandfather was Michael Herman Basinger, Sr. (the son of Richard Basinger and Elizabeth “Lizze” Pheby Pence). Richard was the son of John Calvin Basinger and Marinda Augusta Cromwell. Elizabeth was the daughter of Michael S. Pence and Sara Julia Kirk.

Kim’s paternal grandmother was Jessie Belle Ashley (the daughter of Clarence Allen Ashley and Carrie May Ellis). Clarence was the son of Jesse Thomas Ashley and Milly Catharine Abel. Carrie was the daughter of Richard Archibald Ellis and Mary Matildia “Mamie” Pressy.

Kim’s maternal grandfather was James Cullen Cordell (the son of James Lindsey Cordell and Morning Ann Shiflett). Kim’s great-grandfather James was the son of Thomas J. Cordell and Lindsey Jane Cunningham. Morning was the daughter of John P. Shiflett and Morning Ann Taylor.

Kim’s maternal grandmother was Mamie Elizabeth Howard (the daughter of John James Howard and Hannah Webb). John was the son of George Howard and Sarah Ann Heron. Hannah was the daughter of Samuel M. Webb and Caroline Branyon.

Sources: Genealogy of Kim Basinger (focusing on her father’s side) –

Kim’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Kim’s maternal grandparents, James Cullen Cordell and Mamie Elizabeth Howard, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Kim’s maternal grandfather, James Cullen Cordell, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Kim’s maternal grandmother, Mamie Elizabeth Howard, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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Yaya DaCosta

by ethnic on May 18, 2014

Birth Name: Camara DaCosta Johnson

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

Date of Birth: November 15, 1982

Ethnicity: Afro-Brazilian, Cherokee Native American, Irish

Yaya DaCosta is an American actress and model. She was the runner-up in Cycle 3 of America’s Next Top Model.

In Se7en Magazine, she stated:

My family is different. My father’s Brazilian and we have West African, Native American, Cherokee and Irish blood.

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Ryan Gosling

by ethnic on January 1, 2014

Birth Name: Ryan Thomas Gosling

Place of Birth: London, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: November 12, 1980

Ethnicity: French-Canadian (half), English, Scottish, German

Ryan Gosling is a Canadian actor, writer, director, musician, and businessperson. He was raised in a Mormon (Latter Day Saint) family. Ryan is in a relationship with actress Eva Mendes, with whom he two children.

Ryan is of half French-Canadian ancestry (his father is of three eighths French-Canadian descent, and his mother is of five eighths French-Canadian ancestry). Ryan’s other roots are English, Scottish, and German. Ryan and singers Justin Bieber and Avril Lavigne are distant cousins, connected through Quebec’s earliest French settlers.

Ryan’s paternal grandfather was George Bigelow Gosling (the son of George Percy Gosling and Bessie Rae Bigelow). Ryan’s great-grandfather George was the son of George Edward Gosling, who was born in Paddington, London, England, and of Caroline Minerva Snetsinger. Bessie was the daughter of William Samuel Bigelow, who was English, and of Mary Miller, who was Scottish, from Perthshire.

Ryan’s paternal grandmother was Mary Yvette Brown (the daughter of Joseph Brown and Mary Ann Bélaire). Joseph was the son of Frederick Brown, an English immigrant, and of Rose Anna Proulx, who had French ancestry. Mary Ann was the daughter of Julien Olivier Belaire and Matilida Seguin, and also had French ancestry.

Ryan’s maternal grandfather was Robert Thomas Wilson (the son of Henry Thomas Wilson and Georgina Victoria Dextras). Henry was the son of James Thomas Wilson, who was English, and of Bertha Louisa Hackett. Georgina was of French-Canadian descent, the daughter of Joseph Dextras and Marie Celina Elizabeth Quenneville.

Ryan’s maternal grandmother is Ruby Kitts (the daughter of Gérald/Gerrold Kitts and Rose Emma Lalonde). Ryan’s grandmother is of mostly French-Canadian, and some English, descent. Gerald was the son of Henry John Kitts and Helen Francoise Massia. Rose was the daughter of Alexandre/Alexander Lalonde and Catherine Harriet Piche/Picher.

Sources: Genealogy of Ryan Gosling –

Genealogy of Ryan Gosling (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Ryan’s maternal grandmother, Ruby Kitts –

Report on Ryan Gosling’s distant relatives –

Family tree showing the relation between Ryan Gosling, Avril Lavigne, and Justin Bieber –

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Zac Efron

by ethnic on August 22, 2013

Birth Name: Zachary David Alexander Efron

Place of Birth: San Luis Obispo, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 18, 1987

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish paternal grandfather, with the rest being English, German, Scottish, possibly around 1/16th Irish, remote Dutch and Belgian (Flemish)

Zac Efron is an American actor and singer. He is famous for his roles in the films High School Musical, Hairspray, 17 Again, The Lucky One, and The Paperboy, among others.

Zac’s paternal grandfather is Jewish (the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland). The surname “Efron”, an Ashkenazi Jewish surname, is Hebrew, and is taken from the Biblical place name, “עפרוניים”. Zac once described himself as Jewish in a skit where he was more or less playing himself (see here), but it is unclear if Zac fully identifies himself as Jewish.

Zac’s three other grandparents were/are not of Jewish heritage. Zac’s paternal grandmother’s ancestry included German, Scottish, and English. Zac’s maternal grandfather was of English and German descent, and Zac’s maternal grandmother had English, possibly around one quarter Irish, and distant Dutch and Belgian (Flemish), ancestry

Zac is an agnostic, and has never been religious.

Zac’s paternal grandfather is Harold Efron (the son of Nasko/Nossen “Nathan” Rueben Efron and Dworja “Dora” [her maiden name is listed, in various places, as Kleszczelska, Klein, or Kleiniskyoff]). Harold was born in New York, while Harold’s parents, known as Nathan and Dora in the U.S., were Jewish immigrants (Nasko from from Boćki or Siemiatycze, both in Poland, and Dworja from Boćki). Nasko and Dworja married in Zabłudów, Poland, in 1927. Nasko was the son of Leibel Efron and Gitel “Gutka” Worona. Dworja was the daughter of Nathan Kleszczelska or Klein and Dvora.

Zac’s paternal grandmother is Dorothy Rhe Karcher (the daughter of George Lippincot Karcher, Jr. and Mildred Geneva Cooper). Dorothy was born in Idaho, and had German, Scottish, and English ancestry. George was born in Pennsylvania, to Pennsylvania-born parents George Lippincot Karcher and Elizabeth Janet McRobbie. Mildred was born in Idaho, to Minnesota-born parents, Alonzo Byron Cooper and Mary Ellen Hipsley.

Zac’s maternal grandfather was Robert Harold Baskett (the son of Roswell C. Baskett and Matilda Bade). Roswell was born in Washington state, to a father from Missouri, Charles Monroe Baskett, and a mother from Tennessee, Mary/Martha Isabelle Daily/Dail. Roswell had English ancestry. Matilda was born in Wisconsin; Matilda’s father, Albert Carl Bade, was born in Wisconsin, while Matilda’s mother, Bertha A./Emily Herrmann, was a German immigrant. All of Matilda’s grandparents were German.

Zac’s maternal grandmother was June Helene Glidden (the daughter of Joseph Henry Glidden and Helene Durgan). Joseph was born in Michigan, as were Joseph’s own parents, Elmer Joy Glidden and Luzelle Richmond. Elmer had English, as well as distant Dutch and Belgian (Flemish), ancestry. Elmer’s patrilineal line goes back to John Glidden, who was born in Pancras, near Bideford, Devon, England, c. 1550. Zac’s great-grandmother Helene Durgan was born in Washington state, to a father from New York, Edmund or Edward Durgan, and a mother from Michigan, Angie Estelle Baker. Edmund/Edward Durgan’s parents were Canadian, and he was of Irish or part Irish ancestry. The surnames “Richmond” and “Baker” are often English.

Zac’s great-grandmother Helene (Durgan) Glidden wrote the 1951 novel The Light on the Island, about her childhood growing up on Patos Island, Washington, where her father (Zac’s great-great-grandfather) was lighthouse keeper between 1905 and 1913.

Sources: Genealogies of Zac Efron (focusing on his father’s side) –

Wedding record of Zac’s paternal grandparents, Harold Efron and Dorothy Rhe Karcher –

Family history of Zac’s paternal grandfather, Harold Efron –

Zac’s paternal grandfather, Harold Efron, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Zac’s comment on his Jewish grandfather –

Genealogy of Zac’s mother (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Wedding record of Zac’s maternal grandparents, Robert Harold Baskett and June Helene Glidden –

Zac’s maternal grandfather, Robert Harold Baskett, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Zac’s maternal great-grandfather, Roswell C. Baskett –

Zac’s maternal great-grandfather, Roswell C. Baskett, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Zac’s maternal great-grandmother, Matilda Bade, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Zac’s family in the Glidden genealogy: the fit of the Glidden genes, Volume 2

Genealogy of Zac’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Elmer Joy Glidden –

Genealogy of Zac’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Joseph Henry Glidden (focusing on his own father’s side) –

The Light on the Island, the 1951 novel by Zac’s maternal great-grandmother, Helene (Durgan) Glidden –

Picture of Zac’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen (Durgan) Glidden –



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May 23, 2016

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May 23, 2016

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Khandi Alexander

May 23, 2016

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