Birth Name: Alexander James McLean
Place of Birth: West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Date of Birth: January 9, 1978
*father – Scottish, with smaller amounts of Irish, English, and French
*mother – Puerto Rican, German
AJ is the son of Denise Irma (Fernandez) Solis and Robert Blue “Bob” McLean. AJ is married to model and stylist Rochelle Karidis, with whom he has two children.
His father is of Scottish, and some Irish, English, and French, descent. His mother is of half Puerto Rican and half German ancestry.
AJ has evidently stated that he is of one sixteenth Jewish ancestry. It is not clear if this is accurate. He may have been referring to his German grandmother’s lineage.
AJ’s paternal grandfather was Luther Irving McLean (the son of Alexander McLean and Flora Jane McDonald/MacDonald). Luther was born in Massachusetts. Alexander and Flora were born in Canada, to Scottish parents. Alexander was the son of John McLean and Catherine. Flora was the daughter of Alexander McDonald/MacDonald and Catharine/Catherine.
AJ’s paternal grandmother was Irene Frances/Francis Thompson (the daughter of Edwin Francis Thompson and Irene May Grant). A. J.’s grandmother Irene was born in Massachusetts. Edwin was the son of Nova Scotia-born parents, George Thompson, whose father was English, and Mary Jane Murphy, who had French, Irish, and English ancestry. AJ’s great-grandmother Irene was the daughter of Frederick “Fred” Grant and Mary Greer.
AJ’s maternal grandfather was Adolph Henry Fernandez (the son of Adolfo/Adolph Fernandez and Benedicta Rodriguez). A. J.’s grandfather Adolph was Puerto Rican.
AJ’s maternal grandmother was Ursula Margerat/Margaret Maier (the daughter of Wilhelm/William Maier and Kate Bubendey). Ursula was born in Germany, and moved to the U.S. around 1925.
Sources: Genealogy page of AJ’s paternal grandfather, Luther Irving McLean – https://www.wikitree.com
AJ’s paternal grandfather, Luther Irving McLean, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
AJ’s paternal grandmother, Irene Frances/Francis Thompson, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
AJ’s paternal great-grandfather, Edwin Francis Thompson, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of AJ’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Jane Murphy – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
AJ’s maternal grandfather, Adolph Henry Fernandez, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of AJ’s maternal grandfather, Adolph Henry Fernandez – http://www.legacy.com
AJ’s maternal grandmother, Ursula Margerat/Margaret Maier, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org