Birth Name: Casper Robert Van Dien, Jr.
Place of Birth: Ridgefield, New Jersey, U.S.
Date of Birth: December 18, 1968
Ethnicity: Dutch, English, Swiss-French, Swiss-German, Irish, Scottish, Swedish, Finnish, remote French, Polish, and Danish
Casper Van Dien is an American actor. He is married to actress Catherine Oxenberg.
Various web sites state that Casper also has Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been documented. No Native American ancestors are listed on publicly available family trees of Casper Van Dien.
Casper’s paternal grandfather was Casper Anson Van Dien (the son of Casper Force Van Dien and Alice Wilsie Peterson). Casper’s grandfather Casper was from a family that had lived in the United States since the 1600s, and was of mainly Dutch descent, with some English, and remote French, Polish, and Danish, roots. Some of Casper’s distant ancestors had been born in Germany, but were possibly or likely of ethnic Dutch descent. Casper’s great-grandfather Casper was the son of John William Van Dien and Jane E. Vreeland. Casper’s great-grandmother Alice was the daughter of Anson Rice Peterson and Rachel Auryansen.
Casper’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Maria Bornand (the daughter of William Henri Bornand and Emma Augusta Villard). Elizabeth was born in New York, to Swiss parents, of Swiss-French and Swiss-German descent. William was the son of Louis Bornand and Elisabeth Schneider. Emma was the daughter of Auguste Villard and Rose Anne Marie Gauthier.
Casper’s maternal grandfather was William Burnell Morrow (the son of James William Morrow and Beatrice Flagg). William had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry, and was from a family with deep roots in the U.S. James was the son of Rufus Marion Morrow and Harriet Esther Tanner. Beatrice was the daughter of Byron Stephen/Salls Flagg and Winnifred L. Joyce.
Casper’s maternal grandmother was Edith Wilhelmina Johnson (the daughter of Carl Emil Johnson and Hannah Omen/Oman). Carl was born in Sweden. Hannah was born in Finland.
Sources: Genealogy of Casper Van Dien – http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com
Genealogy of Casper’s mother (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Casper’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Maria Bornand, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Casper’s maternal great-grandparents, William Henri Bornard and Emma Augusta Villard – https://familysearch.org
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