Cole Sprouse

by ethnic on July 7, 2010

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Birth Name: Cole Mitchell Sprouse

Place of Birth: Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

Date of Birth: 4 August, 1992

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Danish, German

Cole Sprouse is an American actor. He is the identical twin brother of actor Dylan Sprouse. He began his career at the age of six months, then usually acting with his brother.

Cole was born in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy, to American parents, who were teaching there at the time. His parents moved back to their native California four months after Cole and Dylan were born.

Cole’s ancestry includes English, Scottish, Danish, and German.

Cole’s paternal grandfather is Michael Theodore Sprouse (the son of Guy Ellsworth Sprouse and Opal Fern McCray). Michael was born in West Virginia. Guy was the son of William Madison Sprouse and Martha Ann Arbogast. Opal was the daughter of William Kenneth McCray and Bonnie Bell/Belle Wright.

Cole’s paternal grandmother is Karen Lee Sammons (the daughter of Herman E./Frank Sammons and Betty Elizabeth Sybrowsky/Szybrowsky). Karen was born in California. Herman was the son of Charles R. Sammons and Allice Mars. Betty was the daughter of Vilhelm Christian “William” Sybrowsky and Johanna Alfreda Barnhardine Johansen. Vilhelm and Johanna were Danish immigrants, although the Szybrowsky line leads back to Germany several generations before that.

Cole’s maternal grandfather is Merrill Eugene Wright (the son of Obed Wright and Beulah Mae Roe). Merrill was born in California. Obed was the son of Otha Burnett Wright and Lena Spiller. Beulah was the daughter of Benjamin Roe, who was of mostly German descent, and of Mary Elizabeth Metter, whose parents were German.

Cole’s maternal grandmother is Jonine Rosemary Booth (the daughter of Jonathan C. Booth and Maxine Pearl Rose). Jonine was born in California. Jonathan was the son of Charles F. Booth and Emily Coy. Maxine was the daughter of Carl Wellington Rose and Myrtle Sabria Tucker.

Cole’s matrilineal line can be traced back to his great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Lydia Purcell/Pursel, who was born, c. 1774, in Fayette County, Kentucky.

Sources: Genealogies of Cole’s paternal grandfather, Michael Theodore Sprouse (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Obituary of Cole’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Johanna Alfreda Bernhardine (Johansen) Sybrowsky –

Cole’s maternal great-grandfather, Obed Wright, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Cole’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Roe (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Obituary of Cole’s matrilineal great-grandmother, Maxine Pearl (Rose) Booth –

Marriage record of Cole’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Carl Wellington Rose and Myrtle Sabria Tucker –


Cole (left) and Dylan Sprouse Photo by Joe Seer/Shutterstock

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

M July 23, 2015 at 9:06 pm

What the hell happened to them? They don’t even act anymore.

Freerk July 12, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Szybrowsky is a Polish name …

Blerman August 5, 2015 at 11:32 am

why because sky at the end and have szy that makes it polish

Nikki June 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm

they are irish too

WTF June 20, 2014 at 5:29 am


andrew August 20, 2013 at 7:13 am

Zach and Cody..I just didnt know their names

follers August 19, 2013 at 4:34 pm

My favorite Italian actors. :-)

andrew August 20, 2013 at 6:48 am

I dont know thesee guys (they look younger in the pic)..btw my favourite “Italian” actor is Rose McGowan lol

follers August 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm

My favorite four are:
1. Dylan and Cole Sprouse
2. Marcello Mastroianni
3. Sophia Loren
4. Alessandra Torresani

Nikki June 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm

actually dylan/cole sprouse arent “italian” they are american. their parents are american, their ancestors were not italian, they are technically not italian

World-girl November 22, 2011 at 7:57 am

Yeah they looked dutch to me , but they have a bit of a compact bone structure( well one of them) that isn’t dutch and the eyes are not dutch either (and their hair structure is just a lil bit thicker than dutch people’s hair)

--0 November 28, 2011 at 9:46 am

Wait, you have different kinds of Dutch hair.
My mom is Dutch and she has thick hair.

Sam September 9, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Wow, okay… Umm some people need to take a chill pill.
Anywho! Wow, I didn’t know they were dutch! I’m ducth too. That’s cool. And German, I didn’t think they were German, I thought they were Swedish and Irish as they had Irish flags in their dorm on TSLOD. Maube thats just the Martin Twins :)
And with this whole Sprouse Twins being Italian, I have the same argument with my friends at school. I was born in Australia, and I’m Irish, Swedish, Dutch and Aboriginal, therefore, I’m Australian (cause of the whole Aboriginal thing)
Dylan and Cole were born in Italy, but have no ounce of Italian blood in them. They were only born there. They are American, but not Italian by blood. They only have citizienship to Italy, and an automatic citizenship to the USA. I don’t care hiw many people argue with me, but I dont see Dylan and Cole as Italians. To me they are American.

Gigi September 19, 2011 at 8:23 pm
Jeeesh November 30, 2011 at 2:42 am

You are Australian if you were born in Australia and identify as Australian. There are thousands of Australians with Aboriginal heritage who do not see themselves as Aboriginal. To be considered as Aboriginal you need to identify as such and be accepted as Aboriginal by the tribe/community/clan you belong to. Doesnt quite work if you have a distant ancestor who is Aboriginal. Even the way you post your comment ‘…and Aboriginal, therefore, I’m Australian (cause of the whole Aboriginal thing)’ suggests that you are only Aboriginal when it suits you.

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