Chaz Bono

by dragonara on June 26, 2015

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Birth Name: Chastity Sun Bono

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 4, 1969

*Sicilian Italian (father)
*Armenian (maternal grandfather)
*English and German, with more distant Irish, Dutch, and French (maternal grandmother)

Chaz Bono is an American activist, writer, and musician. He is the son of entertainers Sonny Bono and Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian). Between 2008 and 2010, he transitioned from female to male. His legal name is now Chaz Salvatore Bono.

Chaz’s paternal grandparents were Santo Bono (the son of Sam Bono and Elizabeth/Elisabetta Pinello/Pianello) and Zina Dimercurio (the daughter of Philip Demercurio and Francis/Frances Adragna). Santo was Sicilian. Zina was born in Michigan, to Italian parents. Francis was the daughter of Camilo Adragna and Josepha Costa.

Chaz’s maternal grandfather was John Paul Sarkisian (the son of Ghiragoch “George” Sarkisian and Syranous “Blanch” Dilkian). John’s parents were Armenian. Syranous was the daughter of Hagop Dilkian and Loussaper Chivitjian.

Chaz’s maternal grandmother was Georgia Holt (born Jackie Jean Crouch, the daughter of Roy Malloy Crouch and Lynda Inez Gulley). Georgia, who was a singer, songwriter, actress, and model, had English and German, with more distant Irish, Dutch, and French, ancestry. Roy was the son of James “Jim” William Crouch and Laura Belle Green. Lynda was the daughter of Isaac A. Gulley and Margaret Frances Fritz.

Sources: Genealogies of Chaz Bono –

Genealogy of Chaz’s mother –

Genealogy of Chaz’s mother (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

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