Birth Name: Daniel Edward Aykroyd
Place of Birth: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Date of Birth: July 1, 1952
*English, Irish or Scottish, Dutch, French (father)
Dan Aykroyd is a Canadian actor, comedian, writer, and musician. He is the son of Lorraine Hélène (Gougeon) and Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, a civil engineer and policy advisor to the Canadian P.M. His brother is entertainer Peter Aykroyd.
On his father’s side, he has English, Irish or Scottish, and more distant Dutch and French, ancestry (some of his ancestors had lived in the United States).
On his mother’s side, he is of French-Canadian descent.
Dan’s paternal grandfather was Maurice James Gladstone Aykroyd (the son of Samuel Augusta Aykroyd and Ellen “Jennie” Jane Wemp). Samuel was the son of Daniel Aykroyd and Martha McKnight. Ellen was the daughter of James Jackson Wemp and Elizabeth Thompson McGinnis.
Dan’s paternal grandmother was Marjorie Judith Lightfoot (the daughter of Francis Cuthbert Lightfoot and Sarah Louisa Girdlestone). Marjorie’s parents were English, though she also had some distant French ancestry. Francis was the son of Nicholas Francis Lightfoot and Sarah Farley. Dan’s great-grandmother Sarah was the daughter of George William Girdlestone and Mary Ann Orris.
Dan’s maternal grandparents were Edward Joseph Gougeon and Irene Laurier.
Source: Genealogy of Dan Aykroyd (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
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