Birth Name: Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt
Place of Birth: Berkeley, California, U.S.A.
Date of Birth: August 15, 1972
Ethnicity: English, German, Scottish, Irish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), with more distant French, Swedish
Ben Affleck is an American actor. He is the brother of actor Casey Affleck (Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt). His wife is actress Jennifer Garner.
Most of Ben’s father’s ancestry is English, with some German, Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), French, and Swedish. Ben’s maternal grandfather was of half German and half Irish ancestry. Ben’s maternal grandmother was from a family with roots in the American South, and appears to have been of English, as well as Scottish, descent.
Ben has stated in an interview that he would take his daughter to Ireland and Scotland to find their roots. Ben has the middle name Géza, which is a Hungarian name. He was named after a Hungarian friend of his parents, who was a Holocaust survivor. This was mentioned in an interview on Inside the Actors Studio.
Ben’s paternal grandparents were Myron Hopkins Strong Affleck, Jr. (the son of Myron Hopkins Strong Affleck and Frances Lucretia Perkins) and Nancy Louise Byers (the daughter of Allen Dewey Byers and Dorothy Elizabeth McGuire). Myron, Sr., and Frances were born in New York. Allen was born in Ohio and Dorothy was born in New Jersey.
Ben’s maternal grandparents were William O’Brien Boldt (the son of Joseph Raymond Boldt and Anne Rita Lenihan) and Elizabeth N. Roberts (the daughter of Lawrence L. Roberts and Margaret McLean). Joseph was born in Rhode Island, to German immigrants. Anna was born in Co. Down, Ireland. Lawrence was born in the District of Columbia, to parents from the state of Georgia, and Margaret was born in Mississippi, to parents who were also born there.
Sources: Genealogy of Ben Affleck – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Another genealogy of Ben Affleck (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Ben’s paternal grandmother, Dorothy Elizabeth McGuire (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Obituary of Ben’s maternal great-grandfather, Joseph Raymond Boldt – http://select.nytimes.com
Obituary of Ben’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth N. Roberts – http://www.nytimes.com
Ben’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth N. Roberts, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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