Tyler Blackburn

by annfast on July 24, 2014

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Birth Name: Tyler Jordon Blackburn

Place of Birth: Burbank, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 12, 1986

Ethnicity: English, Yugoslavian/Croatian, Welsh, German, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Czech, Swedish, Cherokee Native American, Comanche Native American

Tyler Blackburn is an American actor and singer.

Tyler’s mother has English, Yugoslavian/Croatian, Welsh, German, and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) ancestry. Tyler has also said that he has Czech, Swedish, Comanche Native American, and Cherokee Native American ancestry. This ancestry would presumably be from his father.

Tyler’s “Blackburn” line can be traced back to John Blackburn, who was born, c. 1675, in Loughgall, Armagh, Ireland, to John Blackburn and Elizabeth.

Tyler’s maternal grandfather is Jerry Donald Blackburn (the son of Darrell Lester Blackburn and Betty Griffin). Darrell was the son of Alma Lester Blackburn and Vida Dean Mulliner.

Tyler’s maternal grandmother is Judith Yakovich (the daughter of Anthony Smith Yakovich and Paloma Susan Mellor). Anthony was the son of Croatian parents, Anton/Anthony Smith Yakovich and Antonia Mihelcich/Mehilich. Paloma was the daughter of James William Mellor, Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Haycock.

Sources: Genealogy of Tyler’s mother (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Tyler’s maternal grandfather, Jerry Donald Blackburn (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://www.blackburn-tree.org

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Alex Rodriguez

by ethnic on November 6, 2009

Birth Name: Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, US

Date of Birth: July 27, 1975

Ethnicity: Dominican

Alex Rodriguez is an American professional baseball player. His parents are Dominican. He was born in the United States, but spent some time in the Dominican Republic in his youth. He is able to speak Spanish as well as English.

The majority of Dominicans, about 73 percent, are multiracial, while the remainder are of majority African or European descent. Rodriguez appears to be of mixed heritage, which would mean he possibly has African, European, and Native Taino heritage.

In a 2005 article on ESPNdeportes.com, Alex stated, “I am going to play for the Dominican Republic, and I am going to make the Dominicans feel proud,” in the lead up to the first World Baseball Classic.

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Téa Leoni

by ethnic on December 27, 2007

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Birth Name: Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA

Date of Birth: February 25, 1966

Ethnicity: 1/16th Italian, 1/4 Polish, with the rest being English, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), German, and Irish

Téa Leoni is an American actress and producer. She starred on the television series The Naked Truth. She was married to actor David Duchovny.

Téa’s father was of one half Polish, one eighth Italian, one eighth German, one eighth Irish, and one eighth other British Isles, ancestry. Téa’s mother was from a Southern family, with English and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) roots.

Téa’s paternal grandfather was Guido Pantaleoni (the son of Guido Pantaleoni and Ellen Morton Colladay). Téa’s great-grandfather Guido was an Italian immigrant, and the son of Diomede Pantaleoni, who was in the Italian Senate, and of Jane Isabella Massy Dawson, a British woman, who was of Irish descent. Tea’s great-grandfather’s brother, Maffeo Panteloni, was a prominent economist. Tea’s great-grandmother Ellen’s parents were Samuel Rittenhouse Colladay, who was of German descent, and Sarah “Sallie” Burton Harrison, who had British Isles ancestry.

Téa’s paternal grandmother was Helen “Helenka” Tradusa Adamowska (the daughter of Jozef Adamowski and Antonina Szumanowska). Helen co-founded the US Fund for UNICEF in 1947. Jozef and Antonina were Polish-born musicians.

Téa’s maternal grandparents were Virgil Pearson Patterson (the son of Greene Davis Patterson and Mary Isabel Newton) and Florry Elizabeth Roberts (the daughter of Edwin McKay Roberts and Emily West Simpson).

Sources: Genealogy of Téa Leoni – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Téa’s paternal great-grandfather, Guido Pantaleoni – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Téa’s paternal great-grandmother, Ellen Morton Colladay – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Téa’s maternal grandfather, Virgil Pearson Patterson (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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Bernardo Bertolucci

by andrew on August 27, 2015

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Place of Birth: Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Date of Birth: March 16, 1941

Ethnicity: Italian, Irish (maternal grandmother)

Bernardo Bertolucci is an Italian film director and screenwriter. His films include Last Tango in Paris and The Last Emperor.

Bernardo is the son of Ninetta Giovanardi and poet Attilio Bertolucci. His mother was born in Australia to an Italian father and an Irish mother.

Bernardo’s paternal grandparents were Bernardo Bertolucci and Maria Rossetti.

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Alexandra Breckenridge

by labird on August 27, 2015

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Birth Name: Alexandra Hetherington Breckenridge

Place of Birth: Bridgeport, Connecticut U.S.

Date of Birth: May 15, 1982

Ethnicity: English, Irish

Alexandra Breckenridge is an American actress and photographer. Her uncle (mother’s half-brother) is actor Michael Weatherly.

Alexandra’s maternal grandparents are Leland Davis Breckenridge, Jr. (the son of Leland Davis Breckenridge and Sophie Sharpe Barton) and Patricia Hetherington (the daughter of Allen Francis Hetherington and Ruth Katherine Burns). Ruth was the daughter of Edward Francis Patrick Burns and Catherine Theresa Farrell.

Sources: Obituary of Alexandra’s maternal grandfather, Leland Davis Breckenridge, Jr. – http://query.nytimes.com

Obituary of Alexandra’s maternal great-grandmother, Ruth Katherine (Burns) Hetherington – http://www.legacy.com

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Taylor Spreitler

August 27, 2015

Birth Name: Taylor Danielle Spreitler Place of Birth: Hattiesburg, Mississppi, U.S. Date of Birth: October 23, 1993 Ethnicity: English, German, Scottish Taylor Spreitler is an American actress and model. Taylor’s paternal grandparents are William J. Spreitler (the son of John Jacob Spreitler and Florence Marie Jones) and Dixie Lou Phelps (the daughter of Wilford Carl […]

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Nev Schulman

August 27, 2015

Birth Name: Yaniv Schulman Place of Birth: New York City, New York Date of Birth: September 26, 1984 Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish Nev Schulman is an Israeli-American producer, actor, photographer, and television personality. Nev’s maternal grandparents are Marvin Barasch (the son of Abraham Barasch and Betty/Bessie) and Phyllis Putter (the daughter of Sidney Putter and Ruth). […]

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Barbara Walters

August 27, 2015

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts Date of Birth: September 25, 1929 Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish Barbara Walters is an American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. Her father was born in Whitechapel, London, of Polish Jewish descent. Her mother was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to a Russian Jewish father and a Lithuanian Jewish mother. Barbara’s paternal […]

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