Bryan Cranston

by follers on October 19, 2012

Birth Name: Bryan Lee Cranston

Place of Birth: Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 7, 1956

Ethnicity:
*62.5% German (with more distant Swiss-German)
*25% Irish
*12.5% Ashkenazi Jewish

Bryan Cranston is an American actor, writer, director, and producer. Bryan is the son of actors Peggy Sell (Audrey Anneliese Dorothea Sell) and Joe Cranston (Joseph Louis Cranston).

Bryan’s paternal grandfather was of Irish descent, and Bryan’s paternal grandmother was of half Austrian Jewish and half German ancestry. Bryan’s mother was the daughter of German parents, and also had more distant Swiss-German roots.

Bryan’s paternal grandfather was Edward “Eddie” Bennett/Bernard Cranston (the son of Daniel James Cranston and Margaret I. Blake). Edward was born in Illinois. Daniel was born in Montreal, Canada, the son of Irish-born parents, Joseph Henry Cranston and Sarah McLeod. Margaret was born in Ireland, the daughter of John Blake and Margaret Sullivan.

Bryan’s paternal grandmother was Alice Rose Bower (the daughter of Joseph B. Bauer/Bower and Bertha/Birdie Berg). Bryan’s grandmother Alice was born in New York. Bryan’s great-grandfather Joseph was born in New York, the son of Jewish immigrants from Austria or Hungary, Jacob Bauer and Kate/Katie Hartmann; Jacob was the son of Samuel Bauer and Rachel Wolff, and Kate was the daughter of Maurice Hartmann and Rachel Pariesa. Bryan’s great-grandmother Bertha was born in New York, the daughter of German parents, Arthur Berg and Pauline Mathilde Figel, whose religion was Lutheran. Arthur was likely Bertha’s stepfather; Bertha’s biological father was likely a man with the surname “Stein”. Arthur Berg was the son of John Berg and Dorothea Koch or Klein. Bryan’s great-great-grandmother Pauline Figel was from Ditzingen, and was the daughter of Christian Heinrich “Henry” Figel and Friederike Pauline Mathilde Charlotte Haering/Hiring.

Bryan’s maternal grandfather was Otto Frederick William Sell (the son of Albert Ferdinand Franz Wilhelm Sell and Katharine Dorothee Niebuhr). Otto was German, from Rendsburg.

Bryan’s maternal grandmother was Augusta “Gussie” Liza Marchert (the daughter of Josef Marchert and Helene Magdalene Kebbel). Augusta was German, from Danzig. Josef was the son of Friedrich Marchert and Wilhelmine Kebbel. Helene was the daughter of Christian Friedrich Kebbel and Auguste Justine Kebbel.

Sources: Genealogy of Bryan Cranston – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Bryan’s paternal grandfather, Edward “Eddie” Bennett/Bernard Cranston – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Bryan’s paternal grandfather, Edward “Eddie” Bennett/Bernard Cranston, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Bryan’s paternal grandmother, Alice Rose Bower, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Bryan’s paternal great-grandparents, Joseph B. Bauer/Bower and Bertha/Birdie Berg – https://familysearch.org

Bryan’s paternal great-grandfather, Joseph B. Bauer/Bower, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Joseph B. Bauer/Bower on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Bryan’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Jacob Bauer and Kate/Katie Hartmann – https://familysearch.org

Bryan’s paternal great-grandmother, Bertha/Birdie Berg, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Death record of Bryan’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Arthur Berg – https://familysearch.org

Baptismal record of Bryan’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Pauline Mathilde Figel – https://familysearch.org

Death record of Bryan’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Pauline Mathilde (Figel) Berg – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Bryan’s paternal great-great-great-grandparents, Christian Heinrich “Henry” Figel and Friederike Pauline Mathilde Charlotte Haering/Hiring – https://familysearch.org

Bryan’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant February 27, 2017 at 3:43 pm

OK here we are :-)

another jew

everybody in hollywood has some roots haha

ses101 March 6, 2016 at 1:02 pm

He is at least partly Scottish. This site seems to want to whtewash Scottish ancestry out of existence and repace it with Irish. The name Cranston comes from Midlothian in Scotland. I’d bet anything that his ancestors arrived in America via a few decades in Ulster (Northern Ireland).

gel March 6, 2016 at 2:16 pm

Well, “Scot” was the old name for the Irish, anyway.

cwm85 July 29, 2015 at 3:11 pm

He’s more German than anything. But I figured with that surname he had some Irish ancestry.

SeanieCooper March 22, 2014 at 3:00 am

Correction: Scott he doesn’t have Scottish, he’s paternal grandfather is Irish and that’s it’s and leave it as that. By the way his eyes are green not blue.

ses101 March 6, 2016 at 1:04 pm

That doesn’t mean to say his ancestry isn’t originally Scottish. A lot of Scottish people emigrated to Ulster and eventually moved into America (eg most early American Presidents, John Wayne’s family etc).

scott February 5, 2014 at 8:02 am

correction: he has some scottish as well Cranston and McLeod are both scottish surnames

follers February 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm

The surnames get around. I can’t trace the line beyond Joseph Cranston and Sarah McLeod, but this indicates that they were Catholic, which fits with an Irish Catholic background.
http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/CRANSTON/2012-06/1340511115

ses101 March 6, 2016 at 1:06 pm

Unlike some immigrants, Irish people wouldn’t change their names to Scottish names. Unless there were adoptions in his family, he almost certainly has a Scottish bloodline.

follers March 6, 2016 at 3:33 pm

Speculation, about distant ancestors at that. Who really cares if he’s, say, 1/64th something, whatever it is? (and we don’t know for sure if he is). Are all these people of Scottish descent? https://familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bsurname%3ACranston~%20%2Bbirth_place%3Aireland~

BTW, given that people (like gel) also write, essentially, “This site seems to want to whitewash Irish ancestry out of existence and replace it with Scottish” (i.e. the comment here – http://ethnicelebs.com/phillip-phillips), you’re probably both right.

scott February 5, 2014 at 7:59 am

I thought he was full English-American :/

notional October 20, 2013 at 5:00 pm

you could have used a better picture. He looks kinda sickly here

ethnic October 22, 2013 at 9:09 am

i like that pic!

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