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Nick Nolte

by Lil Vacha on June 12, 2013

Nick Nolte

Birth Name: Nicholas King Nolte

Place of Birth: Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 8, 1941

Ethnicity: German, English, Scottish, Northern Irish, Scots-Irish, Swiss-German

Nick Nolte is an American actor and model. He was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1992.

Nick is the son of Helen (King) and Franklin Arthur Nolte. He is married to Clytie Lane. He has two children, including actor Brawley Nolte (Brawley King Nolte), who co-starred in the film Ransom (1996).

Nick’s paternal grandfather was Arthur Esther Nolte (the son of Ludwig Hermann/Herman Nolte and Augusta Ann Voges). Arthur was born in Iowa. Ludwig was born in Braunschweig, Germany, the son of Ernst Wilhelm/William Nolte and Engel Sophia Fischer. Augusta was born in Rostock, Germany.

Nick’s paternal grandmother Helen May/Mae Menzie (the daughter of Franklin Pierce Menzie and Laura Ellen Stonebraker/Stonebrecker). Helen was born in Iowa. Franklin was the son of William M. Menzie, who was born in New York, to Scottish parents, and of Elizabeth M. Sprague, who was also born in New York. Laura was of German or part German descent, the daughter of David R. Stonebraker/Stonebrecker and Elloisa/Eloise/Eliza Ann Homes.

Nick’s maternal grandfather was Matthew Leander King (the son of John King and Anna Ross Caldwell). Nick’s grandfather Matthew was born in Iowa, and was a prominent engineer, who invented the hollow-tile silo and was a leader in early aviation. John was born in Canada, to John King and Mary McAlpin, who were both born in Scotland. Anna was the daughter of Matthew Caldwell and Harriet Hoover; her ancestry included English, Scottish, Northern Irish, Scots-Irish, German, and Swiss-German.

Nick’s maternal grandmother was Lucy Millicent Massure (the daughter of Richard Henry Lee Massure and Phoebe/Phebe E. Duell). Lucy was born in Iowa. Richard was the son of John Massure and Mary Ann Ritchie/Richie/Richey/Richiel. Phoebe was the daughter of Joshua Duell and Abigail Borton/Barton.

Sources: Genealogies of Nick Nolte –

Nick’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

History of Nick’s paternal grandfather, Arthur Esther Nolte’s, German background –

Nick’s paternal great-grandparents, Franklin Pierce Menzie and Laura Ellen Stonebraker/Stonebrecker, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Nick’s paternal great-great-grandparents, William M. Menzie and Elizabeth M. Sprague, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Nick’s paternal great-grandmother, Laura Ellen Stonebraker/Stonebrecker, on the 1860 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Nick Nolte (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Nick’s maternal great-grandmother, Phoebe/Phebe E. Duell –

Interview with The Guardian newspaper –

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Sean Connery

by Lil Vacha on March 1, 2013

Birth Name: Thomas Sean Connery

Place of Birth: Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland

Date of Birth: August 25, 1930

Ethnicity: Scottish, Irish

Sean Connery is a Scottish actor and producer. He is known for playing James Bond. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Untouchables (1987).

Sean is the son of Euphemia McBain (McLean) and Joseph Connery. His brother, Neil Connery, is also an actor. Sean is married to painter Micheline Roquebrune. He has a son, actor and director Jason Connery, with his former wife, Australian actress Diane Cilento.

Sean was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1989. He is thus far the only Scottish-born man to have been given this title by the magazine.

Sean’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Connery (the son of James Connery and Elizabeth McPhillips). Thomas’s parents were Irish.

Sean’s paternal grandmother was Jeannie Lawson “Jean” McNab (the daughter of John McNab and Jeanie Allison). Sean’s grandmother Jeannie was Scottish. John was the son of George McNab and Elizabeth Reid.

Sean’s maternal grandfather was Neil McLean/Maclean (the son of John McLean/Maclean and Euphemia McBain). Neil was Scottish, and was born in Edinburgh. John was the son of John McLean/Maclean and Janet Mathieson. Euphemia was the daughter of William McBain and Mary Gourlay.

Sean’s maternal grandmother was Helen Forbes Ross (the daughter of John Forbes Ross and Mary Reilly). Helen was Scottish, and was born in Aberfeldy, Grandtully, Perth and Kinross; she may have also had some Irish ancestry. John was the son of James Ross and Christina Tullock.

Sources: Family history of Sean Connery –

Genealogy of Sean Connery –

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Billie Piper

by Lil Vacha on October 5, 2011

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Birth Name: Leian Paul Piper

Place of Birth: Swindon, Wiltshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 22 September, 1982

Ethnicity: English, as well as 1/32 Dutch

Billie Piper is a British singer, dancer, and actress. She has starred in the British television series Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

She is the daughter of Mandy Kane (Kent) and Paul Victor Piper. Billie was born Leian Paul Piper, and her parents legally changed her name to Billie Paul Piper a few months after her birth.

She has two children with her former husband, actor Laurence Fox. Laurence is the son of actor James Fox.

Billie’s paternal grandfather is Norman George Victor Piper (the son of Norman Victor Piper and Sarah Jane Berry). Billie’s grandfather Norman was born in Swindon, Swindon. Billie’s great-grandfather Norman was the son of William Henry Piper and Eliza Watkins. Sarah was the daughter of John Thomas Berry and Anne Bizley.

Billie’s paternal grandmother is Margaret Theresa Mowling (the daughter of James Harry Mowling and Gladys May Houssart). Margaret later took on the surname of her stepfather, John Chapman Frederickson. James was the son of James Henry Mowling and Augusta Maria Teresa Stock. Gladys was the daughter of Albert Victor Vinkeles Houssart and Elizabeth Grady; Albert’s father, Albert Abraham Vinkeles-Houssart, was born in Belgium, to Dutch parents.

Sources: Family history of Billie Piper (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Billie Piper (focusing on her father’s side) –

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Alexis Arquette

by Lil Vacha on September 14, 2011

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Birth Name: Robert Arquette

Date of Birth: July 28, 1969

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Death: September 11, 2016

Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

*English, French-Canadian, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, Irish, Welsh (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Alexis Arquette was an American actress, musician, and cabaret performer.

Her family surname was spelled Arcouet many generations back. Alexis’s father, actor Lewis Arquette (Lewis Michael Arquette), had English, French-Canadian, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Alexis’s mother, Brenda Olivia (Nowak), was also involved in the arts, and was Jewish (of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent).

Alexis was born Robert Arquette, and changed her name to Alexis Arquette. She transitioned from male to female. Alexis was the sister of actors Rosanna Arquette, Richmond Arquette, Patricia Arquette, and David Arquette.

There is a claim on the internet that Alexis’s father was a descendant of explorer Meriwether Lewis. Meriwether Lewis had no children. It is possible that Alexis’s father was related to Meriwether Lewis in some other way.

A DNA test of Patricia Arquette whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) stated that Patricia’s genetic ancestry is:

*48.5% Ashkenazi [Jewish]
*36.6% British & Irish
*0.2% French & German
*0.1% Finnish
*11.3% Broadly Northern European
*1.0% Broadly Southern European
*2.1% Broadly European
*0.1% Sub-Saharan African
*<0.1% East Asian & Native American

Alexis’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Jean Arcouet dit Lajeunesse, who was born, c. 1646, in Marennes, Rochefort, Saintonge, France.

Alexis’s paternal grandfather was Clifford Charles “Cliff” Arquette (the son of Charles Augustus Arquette, Jr. and Winifred/Wynne/Minnie Ethel Clark). Clifford was a famous comedian under the name “Charlie Weaver”, and was known for his appearances on the Hollywood Squares television show; he was also a Civil War expert. Alexis’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Charles Arquette (who was born in Michigan, to parents of French-Canadian descent, Peter Daniel Arcouette/Arquette, who was from Sandwich, Ontario, and Marie Anne Valade Viliquette), and of Philomina Josephine “Minnie” Fritsche, who was Swiss, of Swiss-German descent. Alexis’s great-grandmother Winifred was the daughter of Charles Cicero Clark and Emma E. Kear.

Alexis’s paternal grandmother was Mildred Nesbitt LeMay (born Mildred Speight, the daughter of Shirley Sidney Speight and Willie Sue Barr). Mildred took on the surname of her stepfather, David John LeMay. Shirley was the son of Jessie Bryan Speight and Ellen Martha Williams. Willie was the daughter of Thomas Alexander Barr and Mary Emma Hill.

Alexis’s maternal grandfather was Yusseff “Joseph” Nowack/Nowak (the son of Wolff “Zev” Nowak and a mother whose maiden name was Yasnor). Yusseff was a Jewish emigrant, who was born in Belaja Zerkovy/Bila Tserkva, Kiev, Ukraine, then in the Russian Empire.

Alexis’s maternal grandmother was Claire Hibel/Hibbel (the daughter of Harry Hibel and Fannie Zacharek). Claire was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Harry was the son of Louis Hibel and Jennie Ita Osterer, who was born in Przasnysz, Poland. Fannie was the daughter of Moshe Zacharek and Rochel Fannie Schnitzler/Znizer.

Sources: Genealogies of Alexis Arquette –

Genealogies of Alexis Arquette (focusing on her father’s side) –

Patrilineal genealogy of the Arquette family –

Alexis’s paternal grandfather, Clifford Charles Arquette, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Alexis’s paternal great-grandfather, Charles Augustus Arquette, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Alexis’s paternal grandmother, Mildred Speight, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Alexis’s maternal grandmother, Claire Hibel/Hibbel, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Claire Hibel/Hibbel on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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Ayda Field

by Lil Vacha on September 14, 2011

Birth Name: Ayda Sabahat Evecan

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: May 17, 1979

*Turkish (father)
*possibly English (mother)

Ayda Field is an American actress. Her father is Turkish. Her mother, Gwen Field, is an American film producer.

Ayda is able to speak Turkish, French, and Spanish. She is married to British musician Robbie Williams.

Ayda’s maternal grandparents had the surnames “Field” and “Coleman”.

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