Morgan Freeman

by ethnic on July 18, 2013

Morgan Freeman ethnicity

Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 1, 1937

Ethnicity: African-American, more distant English

Morgan Freeman is an American actor, narrator, director, and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Million Dollar Baby (2004).

Morgan is the son of Mayme Edna (Revere) and Morgan Porterfield Freeman. His parents were both black. He has four children, including actor Alfonso Freeman.

Morgan’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Alfred Carr, was a caucasian man (with English ancestry) who had eight children with Morgan’s black great-great-grandmother, Celia Johnson. The two lived together, or close to each other, in Mississippi, though they could not legally marry at the time (the late 1800s). The couple was buried side by side.

Morgan’s paternal grandparents were Morgan Herbert/Hubert Freeman (the son of James Anderson Freeman) and Evie Anderson (the daughter of Albert Anderson and Lucinda Cain). Lucinda was the daughter of Milton Wright and Sylvia Cain.

Morgan’s maternal grandparents were Jacob Isiah Revere (the son of Daniel Revere and Riller) and Lenora Greenlee (the daughter of Samuel Greenlee and Elizabeth/Betty Carr). Elizabeth was the daughter of Alfred Carr and Celia Johnson.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show African American Lives 2 (2008) stated that Morgan’s genetic ancestry is:

*83% Sub-Saharan African
*17% European

In his 2009 book about the show, In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote that 75% of Morgan’s African DNA matches the Congo-Angola region, and 25% matches the Upper Guinea region, including the Shong and Tuareg people. On his father’s side, his DNA has matches with Igbo (Nigerian) ancestry.

Sources: Genealogies of Morgan Freeman – http://familypedia.wikia.com
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
http://www.geni.com
http://www.wikitree.com

Morgan’s maternal grandfather, Jacob Isiah Revere, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Background story on Morgan’s caucasian great-great-grandfather, Alfred Carr, and black great-great-grandmother, Celia Johnson – http://www.nytimes.com

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Dave Franco

by follers on June 9, 2011

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Birth Name: David John Franco

Place of Birth: Santa Clara, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 12, 1985

Ethnicity:
*Portuguese/Madeiran, Swedish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Dave Franco is an American actor. His brothers are Tom and actor James Franco.

Dave is the son of Betsy (Verne) and Douglas Eugene Franco. His father ran a Silicon Valley business, and his mother is a writer and actress. Dave’s father was of half Portuguese/Madeiran and half Swedish descent. Dave’s mother is Jewish (of Russian Jewish, German Jewish, Polish Jewish, and Lithuanian Jewish descent). Dave has said that he is proud to be Jewish.

Dave is married to actress Alison Brie.

Dave’s paternal grandfather was Daniel Franco, Jr. (the son of Daniel Franco and Eugénia Baptista). Dave’s grandfather Daniel was the son of Portuguese emigrants, from the Madeira islands. Dave’s great-grandfather Daniel was the son of João Franco and Maria de Mendonça. Dave’s great-grandmother Eugénia was the daughter of João Baptista and Carlota de Freitas.

Dave’s paternal grandmother is Marjorie J. Peterson (the daughter of Claus Fredolph Peterson and Martha Louise Rehn). Dave’s grandmother Marjorie Franco is a children’s author. Claus was born in Illinois, to Swedish parents, Carl Magnus Peterson and Amelia Bernadette Ackerman. Martha was also born in Illinois, to Swedish parents, Edward Anderson Rehn and Anna Louise Knall.

Dave’s maternal grandfather was Daniel Surad Verovitz/Verne (the son of Carroll Verovitz and Bessie G. Surad). Carroll was born in Chicago, Illinois. Carroll’s father, Harry/Harris David Verovitz, was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Carroll’s mother, Mary Harris, was born in Ohio, to a German Jewish father and a Polish Jewish mother. Bessie was born in Portland, Oregon, the daughter of Philip Surad and Mary Shank, who were Jewish emigrants from Russia.

Dave’s maternal grandmother was Marcella “Mitzie” Ruth Levine (the daughter of Emanuel “Manuel” Levine and Jessie Bialosky). Marcella owned the Verne Art Gallery, a prominent art gallery in Cleveland. Emanuel was a noted judge in Cleveland; he was born in Vilna, Lithuania, to Jewish parents, David J. Levine and Michelle Corban. Jessie was born in Ohio, the daughter of Louis Bialosky and Rebecca Shapiro, who were Polish Jewish immigrants.

Sources: Interview mentioning Dave’s Jewish background – http://www.instyle.com

Genealogy of Dave Franco – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Dave Franco (through Dave’s brother, James Franco) – http://familypedia.wikia.com

Dave’s paternal grandfather, Daniel Franco, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Dave’s paternal grandmother, Marjorie J. Peterson, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Dave’s maternal grandfather, Daniel Surad Verovitz, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Dave’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Harry/Harris David Verovitz, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Dave’s maternal grandmother, Marcella “Mitzie” Ruth Levine, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Dave’s maternal great-grandmother, Jessie Bialosky, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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James Franco

by ethnic on March 26, 2010

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Birth Name: James Edward Franco

Place of Birth: Santa Clara, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 19, 1978

Ethnicity:
*Portuguese/Madeiran, Swedish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

James Franco is an American actor, director, producer, and writer. He became famous for his role as Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man movies. He is the brother of Tom and actor Dave Franco.

James is the son of Betsy (Verne) and Douglas Eugene Franco. His father ran a Silicon Valley business, and his mother is a writer and actress. James’s father was of half Portuguese/Madeiran and half Swedish descent. James’s mother is Jewish (of Russian Jewish, German Jewish, Polish Jewish, and Lithuanian Jewish descent). James has said, “I’m Jewish, my mother’s Jewish”, although he is not religious. In 2015, he had an official Bar Mitzvah ceremony, presided by a rabbi of the Reform denomination.

James’s paternal grandfather was Daniel Franco, Jr. (the son of Daniel Franco and Eugénia Baptista). James’s grandfather Daniel was the son of Portuguese emigrants, from the Madeira islands. James’s great-grandfather Daniel was the son of João Franco and Maria de Mendonça. James’s great-grandmother Eugénia was the daughter of João Baptista and Carlota de Freitas.

James’s paternal grandmother is Marjorie J. Peterson (the daughter of Claus Fredolph Peterson and Martha Louise Rehn). James’s grandmother Marjorie Franco is a children’s author. Claus was born in Illinois, to Swedish parents, Carl Magnus Peterson and Amelia Bernadette Ackerman. Martha was also born in Illinois, to Swedish parents, Edward Anderson Rehn and Anna Louise Knall.

James’s maternal grandfather was Daniel Surad Verovitz/Verne (the son of Carroll Verovitz and Bessie G. Surad). Carroll was born in Chicago, Illinois. Carroll’s father, Harry/Harris David Verovitz, was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Carroll’s mother, Mary Harris, was born in Ohio, to a German Jewish father and a Polish Jewish mother. Bessie was born in Portland, Oregon, the daughter of Philip Surad and Mary Shank, who were Jewish emigrants from Russia.

James’s maternal grandmother was Marcella “Mitzie” Ruth Levine (the daughter of Emanuel “Manuel” Levine and Jessie Bialosky). Marcella owned the Verne Art Gallery, a prominent art gallery in Cleveland. Emanuel was a noted judge in Cleveland; he was born in Vilna, Lithuania, to Jewish parents, David J. Levine and Michelle Corban. Jessie was born in Ohio, the daughter of Louis Bialosky and Rebecca Shapiro, who were Polish Jewish immigrants.

Sources: Genealogies of James Franco – http://familypedia.wikia.com
http://www.geni.com

James’s paternal grandfather, Daniel Franco, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

James’s paternal grandmother, Marjorie J. Peterson, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

James’s maternal grandfather, Daniel Surad Verovitz, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

James’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Harry/Harris David Verovitz, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

James’s maternal grandmother, Marcella “Mitzie” Ruth Levine, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

James’s maternal great-grandmother, Jessie Bialosky, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Zac Efron

by ethnic on August 22, 2008

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), English, German, Scottish, possibly around 1/16th Irish, and remote Dutch and Belgian/Flemish

Zac Efron is an American actor and singer. He is known 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. One of Zac’s maternal step-grandfathers, Irving Lipskey, was Jewish.

Zac is an agnostic, and has never been religious.

A picture of Zac with his father can be seen here. A picture of Zac with his mother can be seen here.

A picture of Zac with his paternal grandfather can be seen here.

No genealogical connection between Zac and writer Nora Ephron has been established, but is possible. Nora’s family’s surname was spelled “Efron” generations back.

Zac’s paternal grandfather is Harold Efron (the son of Nasko/Nossen “Nathan” Rueben Efron and Dworja “Dora” Kleszczelska/Klein/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 1927 in Zabłudów, Białystok, Poland. Nasko was the son of Leibel Efron and Gitel “Gutka” Worona. Dworja was the daughter of Nathan Kleszczelska/Klein/Kleiniskyoff 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 has 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 A. “Lillie” 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/Charles Bade, was born in Wisconsin, to German parents, while Matilda’s mother, Bertha A./Emily Herrmann/Herman, was a German immigrant.

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/Luzell Richmond. Elmer had English, as well as distant Dutch and Belgian (Flemish), ancestry. Elmer’s patrilineal line traces back to John Glidden, who was born, c. 1550, in Pancras, near Bideford, Devon, England. 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: Genealogy of Zac Efron – http://famouskin.com

Genealogies of Zac Efron (focusing on his father’s side) – http://genealogy.wikia.com
https://www.geni.com

Wedding record of Zac’s paternal grandparents, Harold Efron and Dorothy Rhe Karcher – https://familysearch.org

Family history of Zac’s paternal grandfather, Harold Efron – http://efronfamilyhistory.com

Zac’s paternal grandfather, Harold Efron, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zac’s comment on his Jewish grandfather – http://twitter.com

Genealogy of Zac Efron (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Zac’s mother (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Wedding record of Zac’s maternal grandparents, Robert Harold Baskett and June Helene Glidden – https://familysearch.org

Zac’s maternal grandfather, Robert Harold Baskett, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Zac’s maternal great-grandfather, Roswell C. Baskett – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Zac’s maternal great-grandfather, Roswell C. Baskett, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zac’s maternal great-grandmother, Matilda A. “Lillie” Bade, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zac’s family in the Glidden genealogy: the fit of the Glidden genes, Volume 2http://books.google.ca

Genealogy of Zac’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Elmer Joy Glidden – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Zac’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Joseph Henry Glidden (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

The Light on the Island, the 1951 novel by Zac’s maternal great-grandmother, Helene (Durgan) Glidden – https://www.amazon.ca

Picture of Zac’s maternal great-grandmother, Helene (Durgan) Glidden – http://lindadelopez17.files.wordpress.com

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Sam Rockwell

by follers on May 20, 2008

"Trust Me" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

Birth Name: Sam Rockwell

Place of Birth: San Mateo, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 5, 1968

Ethnicity: Irish, English, German, distant Dutch

Sam Rockwell is an American actor. He is the son of actors Penny Hess (Penelope Ann Hess) and Pete Rockwell.

Sam’s patrilineal line can be traced back to William Rockwell, who was born, c. 1591, in Fitzhead, Somersetshire, England, and to his wife, Susanna Capen. They arrived in New England in 1630.

Sam’s paternal grandfather was John Hobart Rockwell, Jr. (the son of John Hobart Rockwell and Mary Margaret Higgins). Sam’s great-grandfather John was the son of Henry Hobart Rockwell and Lavina Mitchell. Mary Margaret had Irish ancestry, and was the daughter of John M. Higgins and Mary Simon.

Sam’s paternal grandmother was Phyllis V. Butler (the daughter of James Joseph Butler and Irene M. Noonan). James was born in California, to Irish parents. Irene was also of Irish descent.

Sam’s maternal grandfather was Chester Edward Hess (the son of John A. Hess and Katie Honald). Chester was born in Virginia.

Sam’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Jane/Jean “Betty” Moore (the daughter of William B./D. Moore and Ruth Minnie Johnson). Elizabeth was born in California, the daughter of parents from Ohio. William was the son of Thomas B. Moore and Rebecca Bauchey. Ruth was the daughter of Whittaker/Whitacre Johnson and Caroline Rosina Hachtel, whose parents were from Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Sources: Genealogy of Sam Rockwell (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Sam’s paternal grandfather, John Hobart Rockwell, Jr., on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Sam’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Lemuel Rockwell (focusing on his own father’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com

Sam’s paternal grandmother, Phyllis V. Butler, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Sam’s maternal grandparents, Chester Edward Hess and Elizabeth Jane/Jean “Betty” Moore – https://www.familysearch.org

Sam’s maternal grandparents, Chester Edward Hess and Elizabeth Jane/Jean “Betty” Moore, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Sam’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Jane/Jean “Betty” Moore – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Sam’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Jane/Jean “Betty” Moore, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Sam’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Jane/Jean “Betty” (Moore) Hess Davis – http://www.legacy.com

Marriage record of Sam’s maternal great-grandparents, William B./D. Moore and Ruth Minnie Johnson – https://www.familysearch.org

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Rita Coolidge

April 4, 2008

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Mark Harelik

December 13, 2017

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Emma Degerstedt

December 13, 2017

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Raja Fenske

December 13, 2017

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Mandy Bruno

December 13, 2017

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Pablo Iglesias Turrión

December 13, 2017

Birth Name: Pablo Manuel Iglesias Turrión Place of Birth: Madrid, Spain Date of Birth: 17 October, 1978 Ethnicity: Spanish (including Andalusian and Extremaduran), small amount of Portuguese Pablo Iglesias Turrión is a Spanish politician. He has been the Secretary General of Podemos, since 15 November, 2014. He is also a member of the Congress of […]

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