Jane Levy

by ethnic on April 11, 2015

Birth Name: Jane Colburn Levy

Place of Birth: Los Angeles County, California

Date of Birth: December 29, 1989

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, some Irish and Scottish (mother)

Jane Levy is an American actress.

Jane’s father is Jewish. Jane’s mother is of mostly English ancestry, with more distant Irish and Scottish roots, as well.

Jane’s paternal grandparents were Harry Levy and Hilda Jonas.

Jane’s maternal grandfather is Charles “Chuck” Graham Tilbury (the son of Charles Edward Tilbury and Sheila Graham). Jane’s great-grandparents Charles and Sheila were English, and moved to Los Angeles. Jane’s great-grandfather Charles was born in Southampton, the son of Edward Tilbury and Esther Faulkner. Sheila was from Gravesend.

Jane’s maternal grandmother is Sally Louise Colburn (the daughter of Daniel Nelson Colburn and Ruby M. Henderson). Daniel was of English ancestry, the son of Norman Irving Colburn and Mary Augusta Pew. Ruby was the daughter of William Henderson, whose parents were born in Scotland and Ireland, respectively, and of Olive May Hildreth, whose parents were from Indiana, and likely had English ancestry as well.

Sources: Wedding record of Jane’s maternal grandparents, Charles “Chuck” Graham Tilbury and Sally Louise Colburn – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Jane’s maternal great-grandmother, Sheila Graham – http://www.pressdemocrat.com

Jane’s maternal great-grandmother, Ruby M. Henderson, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Dylan Minnette

by follers on February 14, 2014

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Birth Name: Dylan Christopher Minnette

Place of Birth: Evansville, Indiana

Date of Birth: December 29, 1996

Ethnicity: English, German, Irish, Scottish, distant Welsh

Dylan Minnette is an American actor and musician.

Dylan’s patrilineal line can be traced back to his great-great-great-grandparents, John Edward Minnette/Minnett, who was born in Ohio, to Irish parents, Martin Minnett and Bridget Kelly, and Elizabeth Jane Elliott, who was born in Kentucky, to Kentucky-born parents, James H. Elliott and Mary Ann Taylor.

Dylan’s paternal grandfather is Richard Joseph Minnette II (the son of Richard Joseph Minnette and Ruth M.). Richard was the son of Robert Carroll Minnette and Olivia M. Fisher.

Dylan’s paternal grandmother is Ann Wallace (the daughter of James B. Wallace and Martha Von Faust). James was the son of Ernest Forrest Wallace and Missouri Lelia Page. Martha was the daughter of Mont Clair Faust and Ethel Dement Von Berg/VonBerg.

Dylan’s maternal grandfather was James Harry Maker (the son of James Verran Maker and Thelma Gertrude Coleman). James was the son of George Lucas Maker and Esther Kendall. Thelma was the daughter of Otis William Coleman and Ida Lee Harvey.

Dylan’s maternal grandmother is Carolyn Gwen Taylor (the daughter of Virgil Roy Taylor). Virgil was the son of Samuel Joseph Taylor and Mary Byrd.

Sources: Dylan’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Robert Carroll Minnette, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Family history of Dylan’s paternal grandmother, Ann Wallace – http://indianagenweb.com

Obituary of Dylan’s paternal great-grandmother, Martha Von Faust Wallace – http://www.commercial-news.com

Obituary of Dylan’s maternal grandfather, James Harry Maker – http://www.andersonpatterson.com

Dylan’s maternal great-grandfather, Virgil Roy Taylor, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Jason Statham

by follers on October 5, 2012

Place of Birth: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England

Date of Birth: 12 September, 1967

Ethnicity: English

Jason Statham is an English actor, martial artist, and professional diver. He is the son of Eileen (Yates) and Barry S. Statham.

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Kathryn Hahn

by follers on April 20, 2011

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Place of Birth: Westchester, Illinois

Date of Birth: July 23, 1973

Ethnicity: German, Irish, some English

Kathryn Hahn is an American actress. She was raised Catholic.

Kathryn’s paternal grandfather was George Joseph Hahn (the son of John Nicholas Hahn and Mary Elizabeth Weber). John was German. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of John B. Weber and Johanna.

Kathryn’s paternal grandmother was Frances Jane O’Connell (the daughter of Charles David O’Connell, Sr. and Ella Madeline Harrington). Charles was born in Michigan, the son of Irish parents, John Edmond O’Connell and Mary Daly. Ella was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Irish parents, David Harrington and Mary Brown.

Kathryn’s maternal grandfather was Norman F. Bunker (the son of Henry F. Bunker and Mary Ann Motsch). Mary Ann was the daughter of Joseph Motsch, who was born in Ohio, to Bavarian German parents, and of Elizabeth Oster, who was born in Ohio, to Prussian German parents.

Kathryn’s maternal grandmother was Mary C. Lunenschloss (the daughter of Edward Joseph Lunenschloss and Mary Margaret Dougherty). Edward was the son of Frank X. Lunenschloss and Anna “Annie” Rieck. Kathryn’s great-grandmother Mary Margaret was the daughter of Clement Francis Dougherty and Kansas A. Elliott.

Sources: Genealogy of Kathryn Hahn (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Kathryn’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Ann Motsch – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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Jessica Alba

by ethnic on December 16, 2007

Birth Name: Jessica Marie Alba

Place of Birth: Pomona, California, USA

Date of Birth: April 28, 1981

*Mexican, including Spanish, Indigenous Mexican/Mayan, and distant Sephardi Jewish (father)
*Danish, Welsh, German, English, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, French (mother)

Jessica Alba is an American actress, model, and businessperson. She is the daughter of Catherine Louisa (Jensen) and Mark David Alba. Her brother is actor Joshua Alba. She is married to producer Cash Warren. Her third cousin, once removed, is writer Gustavo Arellano.

Her father is of Mexican descent (including Spanish, Indigenous Mexican/Mayan, and distant Sephardi Jewish, roots). Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and French, ancestry.

Jessica has described her father as very dark and her mother as very fair. According to Jessica, her grandfather never spoke Spanish at home because he wanted the family to assimilate into the American mainstream. As a result, Jessica’s father did not learn to speak Spanish.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Jessica’s genetic ancestry is:

72.7% European
22.5% East Asian/Native American (Indigenous Mexican)
2.0% Sub-Saharan African
0.3% Middle Eastern/North African
0.1% South Asian
2.4% No Match

On the show, Jessica stated that she identifies with her Mexican-American heritage. DNA tests on the show showed that Jessica’s direct patrilineal ancestor was Indigenous. These DNA tests also showed that Jessica’s father’s direct matrilineal ancestor, Carmen Carillo, was of Sephardi Jewish descent. They also showed that Jessica’s father likely has at least 2.1% Sephardi Jewish ancestry in total (through DNA matches that listed him as 0.7% Ashkenazi, 0.6% Italian, 0.4% North African, and 0.4% Middle Eastern, all of which were or likely were Jewish in his case).

Jessica’s 0.1% South Asian DNA is evidently from Jessica’s mother’s side.

Jessica’s paternal grandfather is Jose Alba Sanchez (the son of Catalino Morones Alba and Francisca/Frances Sanchez). Jose was born in California, to Mexican parents. Catalino was born in Durango, the son of Ambrosio Alva and Maria Morones. Francisca was the daughter of Hipolito Sanchez Hernandez and Refugia Rangel.

Jessica’s paternal grandmother is Isabel Martinez (the daughter of Daniel Fernandez Martinez and Guadalupe Nieves Miranda y Lares). Isabel was born in California, to Mexican parents. Daniel was the son of E. Martinez and Pasquala Fernandez. Guadalupe was the daughter of Juan Miranda and Silveria Miramontes y Lares.

Jessica’s maternal grandfather is Harry Christian Jensen (the son of Hans/Harry Christian Jensen and Sara Evelyn Rhys). Jessica’s great-grandfather Hans was born in Illinois, to Danish parents, Mads Hansen Jensen and Johanna Jensdatter. Sara was born in Minnesota, to a Welsh father, Samuel H. Rhys, and to a New York-born mother, Eva Reiss, who had German ancestry.

Jessica’s maternal grandmother is Louisa Harrison Tebault (the daughter of Paul Miars Tebault and Catherine/Katherine Louise Nichols). Paul was the son of William Paul Tebault and Susie Miars. Catherine was the daughter of Albert W. Nichols and Loula Harrison Wharton.

Sources: Genealogy of Jessica Alba – https://www.geni.com

Family histories of Jessica’s father – http://familyhistoryinsider.com

Jessica’s maternal grandfather, Harry Christian Jensen, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jessica’s maternal great-grandmother, Sara Evelyn Rhys, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Jessica’s maternal great-grandfather, Paul Miars Tebault (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com

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Joseph Williams

August 26, 2016

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Bobby Kimball

August 26, 2016

Birth Name: Robert Tray Kimball Place of Birth: Orange, Texas, United States Date of Birth: March 29, 1947 Ethnicity: German, English, along with Cajun (French, Breton, remote Mi’kmaq First Nations), Scottish, Irish, French, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish Bobby Kimball is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He is known as the original lead singer of the rock band Toto. […]

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Tharita Cesaroni

August 26, 2016

Place of Birth: Milan, Italy Date of Birth: c. 1973 Ethnicity: Italian Tharita Cesaroni, also known as Tharita Cutulle, is an Italian cinematography agent. She is married to American actor Dermot Mulroney, with whom she has two children. Tharita was born in Milan, to Italian parents, Emy/Emi Cesaroni and Franco Catullè. Her father is from […]

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Steve Porcaro

August 26, 2016

Birth Name: Steven Maxwell Porcaro Place of Birth: Hartford, Connecticut, United States Date of Birth: September 2, 1957 Ethnicity: *Italian (father) *English, Irish, remote Welsh (mother) Steve Porcaro is an American musician, singer, songwriter, composer, and programmer. He is a vocalist and keyboardist of the rock band Toto. Steve’s brothers were Jeff Porcaro, the drummer of Toto until his […]

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David Paich

August 26, 2016

Birth Name: David Frank Paich Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States Date of Birth: June 25, 1954 Ethnicity: *Croatian (father) *English, German, distant Scottish (mother) David Paich is an American musician, singer, songwriter, composer, recording producer, and arranger. He is the keyboardist and vocalist of the rock band Toto. The band’s members also include or previously included Bobby […]

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