Birth Name: Ahmet Emuukha Rodan Zappa
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: May 15, 1974
*50% Italian (Sicilian and Neapolitan)
*12.5% possibly Irish and French
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.
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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