Ahmet Zappa

by ethnic on July 14, 2009

Ahmet Zappa at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Words" held at t

Birth Name: Ahmet Emuukha Rodan Zappa

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: May 15, 1974

Ethnicity:
*50% Italian (Sicilian and Neapolitan)
*12.5% German
*12.5% possibly Irish and French
*25% Portuguese/Azorean

Ahmet Zappa is an American writer, producer, and publisher. He is the son of businessperson Gail Zappa (born Adelaide Gail Sloatman) and musician Frank Zappa. Ahmet is named after Turkish-born music executive Ahmet Ertegun.

Ahmet’s father was of Italian (Sicilian and Neapolitan) descent. Ahmet’s maternal grandmother had Portuguese ancestry, while Ahmet’s maternal grandfather was of at least half German descent.

Ahmet’s father said that he also had French, Greek, and/or Arab ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.

In the book Zappa (1993), by Barry Miles, Ahmet’s mother’s ancestry was described as “Danish, Irish, Portuguese, and French”. It is not clear if Ahmet’s Danish, Irish, and French ancestry has been verified/documented. One of Ahmet’s third great-grandfathers, William A. Sloatman, was apparently born in Denmark, but of German descent. The Irish and French ancestry would presumably come from Ahmet’s great-grandmother (his maternal grandfather’s mother).

Ahmet’s paternal grandfather was Francis Vincent Zappa (the son of Vincenzo/Vincent Zappa and Rosaria “Rosa” DeLorenzo/Di Lorenzo). Francis was born in Partinico, Sicily.

Ahmet’s paternal grandmother was Rose “Rosie” Marie Colimore (the daughter of Charles “Charlie” Louis Colimore and Theresa Fava). Rose was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Italian parents.

Ahmet’s maternal grandfather was John Klein Sloatman (the son of John Klein Sloatman and Grace Maxwell Herman). Ahmet’s great-grandfather John was the son of William Charles Sloatman and Emily Klein, and was of German descent. Grace was the daughter of Henry E. Herman, who was born in Pennsylvania, and of Mary C., who was born in New York.

Ahmet’s maternal grandmother was Laura Freitas (the daughter of Arthur Freitas and Adelaide De Silva). Arthur was born in Hawaii, to Portuguese parents, Antonio Joaquin De Freitas and Maria Violante Pitta, from Calheta, Azores, Portugal. Adelaide’s parents were also Portuguese.

Sources: Pages from the biography Zappa (1993) – http://i50.tinypic.com
http://i50.tinypic.com

Genealogies of Ahmet Zappa – https://www.geni.com
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Ahmet’s father – http://www.wargs.com

Ahmet’s paternal grandfather, Francis Vincent Zappa, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Ahmet’s paternal grandmother, Rose “Rosie” Marie Colimore, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Ahmet’s maternal great-grandfather, John Klein Sloatman, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Ahmet’s maternal great-great-grandfather, William Charles Sloatman, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Ahmet’s maternal grandmother, Laura Freitas, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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madman January 2, 2017 at 7:42 am

*12.5% German
*12.5% possibly Irish and French

madman January 1, 2017 at 4:09 pm

Ethnicity:
*Italian/Sicilian (father)
*German, possibly Irish and French (maternal grandfather)
*Portuguese/Azorean (maternal grandmother)

Ahmet’s father was of Italian (Sicilian) descent. Ahmet’s maternal grandmother had Portuguese ancestry, while his maternal grandfather was of at least half German descent. Ahmet’s mother’s ancestry was described in the book Zappa by Barry Miles as “Danish, Irish, Portuguese, and French”. It is not clear if Ahmet’s Danish, Irish, and French ancestry has been documented/verified. One of Ahmet’s third great-grandfathers, William A. Sloatman, was apparently born in Denmark, but of German descent. The Irish and French ancestry would presumably come from Ahmet’s great-grandmother (maternal grandfather’s mother).

Ahmet’s paternal grandparents were Francis Vincent Zappa (the son of Vincent Zappa and Rosaria “Rosa” DeLorenzo/Di Lorenzo) and Rose “Rosie” Marie Colimore (the daughter of Charles “Charlie” Louis Colimore and Theresa Fava).

Ahmet’s maternal grandfather was John Klein Sloatman (the son of John Klein Sloatman and Grace Maxwell Herman). John was the son of William Charles Sloatman and Emily Klein, and was of German descent. Grace was the daughter of Henry E. Herman, who was born in Pennsylvania, and Mary C., who was born in New York.

Ahmet’s maternal grandmother was Laura Freitas (the daughter of Arthur Freitas and Adelaide De Silva). Arthur was born in Hawaii, to Portuguese parents, Antonio Joaquin De Freitas and Maria Violante Pitta, from Calheta, Azores, Portugal. Adelaide’s parents were also Portuguese.

https://www.geni.com/people/Gail-Zappa/6000000010010692736
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=dowfam3&id=I36735
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH1X-ZB2
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3Q8-2SR
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWN6-911

levangelista36 August 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Frank Zappa doesn’t have any Greek or Arab ancestry. His dad was Sicilian, and his mom was Sicilian/Italian and French.

http://i50.tinypic.com/z98c8.png

http://i50.tinypic.com/s1rkpl.png

Straight from his biography.

Frank Zappa’s dad, Francis Vincent Zappa, was Sicilian from Partinico. The biography states that it was “an area of astonishing beauty, with Greek temples, Roman bridges, Saracen mosques, Romanesque churches and cloistered monasteries.” It explicitly states that his dad was just a Sicilian peasant. Frank never said he was part Greek or Arab (vague term anyway).

Frank Zappa’s mom, Rose Marie Colimore (known as Rosie), was a first-generation Italian-American. Her dad, Charlie Colimore, was from Naples, and her mom, Theresa, was of French and Sicilian ancestry.

So, Frank Zappa was mostly Italian (particularly Sicilian) with some minor French.

levangelista36 August 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Well, maybe Theresa was like 1/8th French herself, making Frank 1/32nd. All I know is that Frank said he was mostly Sicilian and grew up in poverty. I have no idea where the French came from. I think the Greek and Arab came from the fact that his biography said his dad was a Sicilian peasant who lived in an area with “Greek temples . . . Saracen mosques.”

levangelista36 August 18, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I just saw an add for Frank Zappa. Update this page for his son soon, ethnic, and make a page for Frank!

Here’s a quote about him:

“I’m not black, but there’s a whole lots a times I wish I could say I’m not white.”

levangelista36 June 19, 2012 at 2:54 am

How come you have his daughter but you do not have Frank Zappa?

levangelista36 August 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm

My bad. Ahmet is Frank’s son. I don’t know why I thought he was a ‘she’ and that Frank had a daughter instead.

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