Katherine Heigl

by Lil Vacha on September 3, 2016

Birth Name: Katherine Marie Heigl

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: November 24, 1978

*62.5% German
*12.5% Swiss-German
*25% Irish

Katherine Heigl is an American actress, producer, and model. Her roles include the television series Grey’s Anatomy and the film Knocked Up, among others. Katherine is married to musician and actor Josh Kelley.

Her father is of one half Irish, one quarter German, and one quarter Swiss-German, descent. Her mother is of German ancestry. Katherine has three children, including a daughter from Korea. One of Katherine’s own siblings, a sister, is also from Korea.

Katherine’s paternal grandfather was John Joseph Heigl (the son of Joseph Heigl and Ida Burki). John was born in Minnesota. Katherine’s great-grandfather Joseph was a German immigrant, the son of Lorentz Heigl and Theresa Fodel. Ida was a Swiss immigrant, of Swiss-German descent, and was the daughter of Jacob Burki and Anna Muller.

Katherine’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Mary Lynes (the daughter of Patrick John Lynes/Lyne and Josephine Murray). Margaret was born in New York. Patrick and Josephine were Irish immigrants. Patrick was the son of John Lyne and Ellen Donoghue. Josephine was the daughter of John Murray and Eliza/Elizabeth Smith.

Katherine’s maternal grandfather was Reinhold Ferdinand Engelhardt/Engelhart (the son of Ernest Engelhardt and Marie). Reinhold was born in Germany.

Katherine’s maternal grandmother was Margaretta/Margaret Jane Debus (the daughter of Frederick Jekel Debus and Elda Adeline Niehaus). Frederick was born in New York, the son of Charles Frederick Debus and Canadian-born Elizabeth Katherine Jekel, and all of his grandparents were German, from Bavaria and Hessen. Elda was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Charles Henry Niehaus and Amelia Johanna Langkamp, who were both of German descent.

Sources: Katherine’s paternal grandfather, John Joseph Heigl, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Katherine’s paternal great-grandparents, Joseph Heigl and Ida Burki – https://familysearch.org

Katherine’s paternal great-grandparents, Joseph Heigl and Ida Burki, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Katherine’s paternal grandmother, Margaret Mary Lynes, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Katherine’s maternal grandfather, Reinhold Ferdinand Engelhardt/Engelhart, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Katherine’s maternal grandmother, Margaretta/Margaret Jane Debus – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Katherine’s maternal grandmother, Margaretta/Margaret Jane (Debus) Engelhardt – http://www.legacy.com

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Kevin O’Leary

by follers on May 28, 2016

LOS ANGELES - JAN 10:  Kevin O'Leary attends the ABC TCA Winter

Birth Name: Terence Thomas Kevin O’Leary

Place of Birth: Montreal, Québec, Canada

Date of Birth: 9 July, 1954

*Irish (father)
*Lebanese (mother)

Kevin O’Leary is a Canadian businessperson, journalist, writer, investor, financial commentator, and television personality.

He was a candidate in the Conservative Party of Canada’s 2017 leadership election.

Kevin is the son of Georgette (Bookalam) and Terry O’Leary. His father was Irish. His mother was born in Canada, to Lebanese parents. His mother was of the Antiochian Orthodox religion.

Kevin also has Irish citizenship. He carries an Irish passport.

Kevin’s maternal grandparents were Yusef/Joseph Deeb Bukalam/Abukalam/Bookalam (the son of Mitchell Bookalam and M. Sasslorier) and Akaber/Ahabur Koury/Courey (the daughter of William Koury and M. Sullamey).

Source: Obituary of Kevin’s mother – http://humphreymiles.com

Photo by kathclick/Bigstock.com


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

by ethnic on February 27, 2015

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ethnicity

Birth Name: Dwayne Douglas Johnson

Place of Birth: Hayward, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: May 2, 1972

*African-Canadian/Black Nova Scotian, small amount of Irish (father)
*Samoan (mother)

Dwayne Johnson, also credited as The Rock, is an American professional wrestler, actor, and producer.

He is the son of Ata Johnson (born Feagaimaleata or Mataniufeagaimaleata Fitisemanu Maivia) and Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles), a Canadian and American wrestler. A picture of Dwayne at a young age, along with his parents, can be found here.

Dwayne’s father, who is black (African-Canadian), was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, of Black Nova Scotian heritage. Black Nova Scotians are descended from African-Americans who left the U.S. after the American Revolution, having sided with the British. Dwayne’s paternal grandparents were both black, and Dwayne has stated that he also found out that he has some “strong Irish blood” on his father’s side. Dwayne has also been said to have First Nations (Native Canadian) ancestry, although it is not clear if that is accurate.

Dwayne’s mother is Samoan. Dwayne spent some time growing up in New Zealand, where he was able to learn about his Pacific Islander heritage.

Dwayne was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2016. He is the second non-caucasian person to have been given this title by the magazine (Denzel Washington, in 1996, was the first). Dwayne is also the second African-American (after Washington), and the first Polynesian-American, to have thus far been given the title.

Dwayne’s partner is singer and songwriter Lauren Hashian, with whom he has a daughter. He also has a daughter with his ex-wife, Dany Garcia.

Dwyane’s paternal grandfather is James Henry A. Bowles (the son of John W. Bowles and Lila/Lilla Jones). John was the son of Stephen Bowles and Charlotte. Lila was the daughter of Henry Jones and Mary.

Dwyane’s paternal grandmother is Lillian Gay (the daughter of Alfred Nathan Gay and Isabelle/Isabel Sickles). Isabelle was the daughter of Benjamin Sickles and Hannah.

Dwyane’s maternal grandfather was Fanene Leifi Pita Maivia (the son of Rebecca Fanene). Fanene was a famous Samoan pro-wrestler, under the name Peter Maivia. In Dwayne’s early wrestling days, he was known as Rocky Maivia, a combination of the nicknames of his father, Rocky Johnson, and his grandfather, Peter Maivia.

Dwayne’s maternal grandmother was Ofelia “Lia” Fuataga. Ofelia was born in Lalomanu, Aleipata, Western Samoa (then under New Zealand rule, now independent), and was a wrestling promoter.

Dwayne Johnson parents

Dwayne with his parents, photo by kathclick/Bigsotck.com

Sources: Genealogy of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – http://www.geni.com

Family history of Dwayne’s father – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com


Tom Hanks

by ethnic on June 8, 2009

EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 - Arrivals

Birth Name: Thomas Jeffrey Hanks

Place of Birth: Concord, Contra Costa, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 9, 1956

*English, some Cornish, more distant German (father)
*Portuguese (mother)

Tom Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. He has twice won the Academy Award for Best Actor, for Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994).

His son, with ex-wife, actress Samantha Lewes (born Susan Jane Dillingham), is actor Colin Hanks. Tom is married to actress Rita Wilson.

Tom is the son of Janet Marylyn (Frager) and Amos Mefford Hanks. Tom’s father was of mostly English, some Cornish, and more distant German, ancestry. Tom’s mother was of entirely Portuguese ancestry, from the Azores Islands. A picture of Tom’s father can be seen here. A picture of Tom’s mother can be seen here.

Tom is a third cousin, four times removed, of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, and a seventh cousin, once removed, of actor George Clooney. Tom’s paternal six times great-grandparents, John Hanks and Catherine, were also the maternal great-great-grandparents of President Lincoln and the maternal seven times great-grandparents of George Clooney.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was Ernest Buel Hanks (the son of Daniel Boone Hanks and Mary Catherine Mefford). Ernest’s family has lived in the United States for many generations; most of Ernest’s anestry was English, with more distant German roots, from Ernest’s great-great-great-grandparents, Johannes Meffert and Catherine Barbara Lutz. Daniel was the son of Thomas Hanks and Rachel J. Rayburn Cull. Tom’s great-grandmother Mary Catherine was the daughter of Jacob M. Mefford and Sarah F. Critchlow.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Gladys Hilda Ball (the daughter of Amos Ball and Selina Scoble). Amos and Selina were English immigrants. Amos was from Cornwall, the son of Isaac Ball and Mary Clinnick. Selina was from Devon, the daughter of John Dench/Dinch Scoble and Mary Pinkham.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was Clarence Peter Frager (the son of William G. Frager and Frances/Mary Enos). William’s name was originally Manuel Gonsalves Fraga. William’s parents, Francisco “Frank” Gonçalves Fraga and Barbara N. Silveria, were Portuguese immigrants, from West Isle. Tom’s great-grandmother Frances was born in California, to Portuguese parents, Sergio Soares Enos and Maria Perpetua. Her family’s surname was originally “Ignacio”.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Elexio Norrine Rose (born under the surname “Rosa”, the daughter of Emmanuel Rose and Josephine Leonora “Nora” E. A. Borge). Emmanuel was a Portuguese immigrant; his original name was Manuel Rosa. Josephine was born in California, to Portuguese parents.

Sources: Genealogies of Tom Hanks – http://www.wargs.com

Pictures and genealogy of Tom’s recent ancestors – http://www.findagrave.com

Discussion of Tom’s Portuguese ancestors – http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Tom’s maternal grandmother, Elexio Norrine Rose (“Elexis N Rosa”), on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Emma Watson

by ethnic on September 14, 2008

Birth Name: Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: 15 April, 1990

Ethnicity: English, as well as 1/32 German

Emma Watson is an English actress, model, and activist. She is famous for starring as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films.

Emma was born in Paris, France, to English parents, Chris Watson and Jacqueline Luesby, both lawyers. She lived in Paris until the age of five, before moving to England, living in London and Oxfordshire. She can speak some French.

Emma has said that her father was born in Iran, where her paternal grandparents, who were English, spent some time.

One of Emma’s paternal great-great-great-grandfathers, Charles William Rudolph Duerre, was German, from Memel, Prussia. Charles was the son of Carl Gottlieb Dürre and Amalie Carolina Schroeder.

Emma’s paternal grandfather is Phillip/Philip James Watson (the son of Harry/Harold Kenneth Watson and Gwendoline Elsie Tiller). Harry was the son of Thomas Watson and Ethel Louise Riley. Gwendoline was the daughter of James Tiller and Jennet Down.

Emma’s paternal grandmother is Freda E. Duerre (the daughter of Frederic E. Duerre and Susannah Martha Pannell). Emma’s great-grandfather Frederic was the son of Ernest Frederick Duerre and Ellen Emma Soul. Susannah was the daughter of Albert Isaac Pannell and Susannah Sarah Hutchings.

Emma’s maternal grandfather is Colin Luesby (the son of Horace Luesby and Edith Speck). Horace was the son of John Peake Luesby and Susan Ward. Edith was the daughter of Robert Speck and Fanny Smith.

Emma’s maternal grandmother is Greta M. Dickinson (the daughter of John George Dickinson and Winifred Jane Bonsor). John was the son of George Dickinson and Elizabeth Rebecca A. Walton. Winifred was the daughter of William Bonsor and Mary Jane Tanser.

Both of Emma’s maternal grandparents were from families that had lived in Lincolnshire for several generations.

Sources: Family tree of Emma Watson – http://emmawatsonupdates.files.wordpress.com

Genealogy of Emma Watson (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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Bailey Chase

April 29, 2017

Birth Name: Bailey Maynard Chase Luetgert Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Date of Birth: May 1, 1972 Ethnicity: English, German, Scottish, 1/8 Swedish, possibly other Bailey Chase is an American stage and television actor. Bailey is the son of Melissa Anne (Bornquist) and Michael “Mike” Luetgert. Bailey has a brother, Christopher. They were raised between Barrington, Illinois, […]

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Robert Tapert

April 29, 2017

Birth Name: Robert Gerard Tapert Place of Birth: Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S. Date of Birth: May 14, 1955 Ethnicity: English, German, 1/4 Irish, possibly Czech Robert Tapert is an American film and television producer. Robert is married to New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless. Robert is the son of Patricia Ann (Ospalek) and Robert Henry Tapert. Robert’s […]

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Sam Raimi

April 28, 2017

Birth Name: Samuel M. Raimi Place of Birth: Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S. Date of Birth: October 23, 1959 Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish Sam Raimi is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. Sam is the son of Celia Barbara (Abrams) and Leonard Ronald Saimi. He was raised in Conservative Judaism in Birmingham, Michigan. His brother […]

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Danny Elfman

April 28, 2017

Birth Name: Daniel Robert Elfman Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S. Date of Birth: May 29, 1953 Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish Danny Elfman is an American composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Danny is married to actress Bridget Fonda. Danny’s brother is actor and director Richard Elfman. Danny is the son of novelist Blossom Elfman […]

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Charles Esten

April 28, 2017

Birth Name: Charles Esten Puskar III Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Date of Birth: September 9, 1965 Ethnicity: English, Irish, 1/8 Czech or Slovak, 1/16 Scottish, 1/32 German, 1/32 French Charles Esten is an American actor, comedian, and singer. Charles is also known under the name “Chip Esten”. Charles is the son of Cynthia Brookes […]

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