David Boreanaz

by ethnic on October 5, 2008

Birth Name: David Paul Boreanaz

Place of Birth: Buffalo, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 16, 1969

*50% Italian [including Sicilian, likely distant Slovenian]
*25% Slovak
*25% mix of Irish, German, French, Swiss

David Boreanaz is an American actor, director, and producer. He is known for starring as the vampire Angel on the television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.

His father is television broadcaster Dave Roberts, originally David Thomas Boreanaz. David is married to actress and model Jaime Bergman, with whom he has two children.

David’s father is of Italian descent, with roots in Torreano, Province of Udine, Friuli Venezia-Giulia, and Valledolmo in Sicily. The surname Boreanaz (Borjanac or Berginc in Slovenian) originates in the Friuli Venezia-Giulia region, from the place name Borjana, and likely indicates at least distant Slovenian ancestry. David’s maternal grandfather was of Irish, German, French, and Swiss ancestry. David’s maternal grandmother was of Slovak descent.

David’s paternal grandfather was Henry H. Boreanaz (the son of Joseph Boreanaz and Philiphina, whose maiden name was likely Panebianco). Henry was born in New York, to Italian parents.

David’s paternal grandmother was Mildred Piteo/Peteo (the daughter of Pasquale Piteo and Marnie). Pasquale was Italian. Marnie was born in New York, to Italian parents. The surname Piteo is of Southern Italian origin, from Campania or Apulia. The surname Pasquale is also Southern Italian.

David’s maternal grandfather is Kenneth B. Moore (the son of Frank Levi Moore and Agnes Lovey McKinney). Frank was the son of George B. Moore and Laura J. Kissinger. Agnes was the daughter of Leonard Millard Fillmore McKinney and Catherine Agnes Swam.

David’s maternal grandmother is Christina/Christine Skrha (the daughter of Paul Skrha and Anna Yurcik). Christina was born in New York, to Slovak parents, with roots in Sobotište.

Sources: http://www.italoamericano.org

Article on David’s ancestry by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, at The Huffington Post – http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Genealogy of David Boreanaz (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com

David’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of David’s paternal grandfather, Henry H. Boreanaz – http://buffalonews.com

David’s paternal grandmother, Mildred Piteo/Peteo, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of David’s maternal grandparents, Kenneth B. Moore and Christina/Christine Skrha – https://www.familysearch.org

David’s maternal grandfather, Kenneth B. Moore, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

David’s maternal grandmother, Christina/Christine Skrha, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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andrew September 27, 2017 at 3:58 pm


How do you know that he has ancestry from Sicily?

Torreano-> Province of Udine, Friuli Venezia-Giulia

follers September 27, 2017 at 6:30 pm
andrew September 28, 2017 at 5:21 am

which is his ancestor named “Panebianco”? It’s a Southern Italian last name, not strictly Sicilian.

bablah September 28, 2017 at 5:30 am

There’s a Fillipa Panebianco from Valledolmo immigrating in 1901, final destination Buffalo, NY, joining Giuseppe Panebianco, and she was born in 1887, just like Phillippina Boreanaz.

(second row)

bearboy October 10, 2014 at 7:08 pm

How can his father be 100% Italian with the last name Boreanaz?

follers October 10, 2014 at 9:55 pm

“The surname Boreanaz is from Northern Italy, and David’s father is of Italian descent.”

bearboy April 7, 2015 at 10:48 am

Is it a distinctly Northern Italian name though? Wondering because the surname “Franco” could be Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, or even Sephardic. BTW mind conforming Anthony Rizzo?

bearboy April 7, 2015 at 10:57 am

Wow thanks. That was quick

andrew October 7, 2015 at 1:40 pm


“Boreanaz” surname (“Borjanac” in Slovenian) originates in Friuli Venezia-Giulia region, from “Borjana” place name


andrew May 19, 2016 at 5:01 am

“Piteo” surname is Southern Italian, from Campania or Apulia. “Pasquale” is typical Southern Italian name.


andrew May 11, 2017 at 12:37 pm


According to this site, David’s father has roots from Valle d’Aosta (Aosta Valley). I read in a forum (https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/it.cultura.linguistica.italiano/ElEDEdIEf48) that “Boreanaz” surname sounds similar to other last names from that region, but it’s mostly common in Friuli Venezia-Giulia.

In other words, his paternal grandfather was from North Italy and his maternal grandfather was from South Italy.

andrew May 11, 2017 at 12:40 pm

* I meant paternal grandmother

Testing April 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm

He Doesn’t look like Pauly D, or Joe pesci, or Ray Romano himselve. So the irish,swiss,German, and Slovak really help alot.

levangelista36 July 16, 2012 at 7:54 pm

David’s mother is a Italian Catholic.

His father has Irish, Swiss, German, Slovak, and Italian ancestry.

Therefore, David is over 50% Italian.

Not all Italians look like Joe Pesci and Ray Romano. That is a ignorant stereotype. Visit the country. Their phenotypes are very diverse.

levangelista36 July 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm

David’s mom is Italian.

His father has Irish, Swiss, German, Slovak, and Italian ancestry.

Therefore, David is over 50% Italian.

Not all Italians look like Joe Pesci and Ray Romano. That is a ignorant stereotype. Visit the country. Their phenotypes are very diverse.

levangelista36 July 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm

David’s mom is Italian.

His father has Irish, Swiss, German, Slovak, and Italian ancestry.

Therefore, David is over 50% Italian.

sadie March 25, 2012 at 2:54 am

Hey lopac you need to learn how to spell and check your history books anglo means British.

Roger Is My Lover March 25, 2012 at 3:13 am

Anglo = English.

And Slovaks are definitely not Anglo-Saxon. That was a very ignorant comment . . . But it’s usual for Lopac.

Da X mann April 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm

it’s obviously you guys are in denial thinking italians are white. Just because they’re from europe don’t mean they’re white.

biffy77 December 6, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Wow, you are incredibly ignorant and likely generally racist. Do some research, educate yourself. Despite your prejudices, Italians are indeed ethically and genealogically white caucasians. Google is your friend here. Go to Italy, there are tons of pure blooded Italians who look typically ‘white’ even by your standards. Your stereotypes likely come from seeing Italian americans who typically come from the south of Italy, where it’s a lot warmer, thus through centuries of acclimatization the people can look more tan, but they are still genetically white caucasians.

Do some research before making such blatantly ignorant and borderline racist comments.

the punisher December 7, 2013 at 2:00 am

All I can’t say is he is not a moor like most Italians

andrew December 7, 2013 at 6:50 am

you’re Colombian, STFU!

the punisher December 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm

No I wish the girls are find as fuck, But I’am not

lopac February 28, 2012 at 11:41 pm

thanks to his german, swiss, irish , slovak ancestry he looks anglo.
if he would of been pure italian he would of look like ray romano.

Brandeau February 29, 2012 at 12:16 am

shut up

lopac February 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm

shut up? I’m not talking. I’m writing you stupid ass.

Grace February 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

He looks pretty Italian, and not Anglo really.

lopac February 29, 2012 at 8:49 pm

he doesn’t look italian. italian people look arab or persian.

COOLGUY2012 July 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Haha, what?? Italian=really white. Maybe some italian was racist with you and you are mad.

aps June 1, 2011 at 4:43 am

He is half Italian, quarter Slovak and quarter Irish, German, French, and Swiss. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/megan-smolenyak-smolenyak/what-kind-of-name-is-bore_b_862391.html

Mark S February 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Yes, he IS very good-looking. I always assumed he was Jewish (David AND Boreanaz?), but perhaps I’m wrong. Well, whatever his religion or cultural identity is, he’s still a nice-looking guy…

Christian November 7, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Hey Ethnic =), the lastame Boreanaz comes from the Slovenian lastname Borjanac which means “from the city of Borjana” which is a Slovenian city near the Italian border. The Boreanaz last name is very rare in Italy and it is manly in Friuli, an area near the Slovenian border. I know this cuz I m Italian and I ve just looked up on an Italian site this lastname. So actually he is a Slovenian-Italian. :)

Christian November 7, 2010 at 10:44 pm

haha, thanks Ethnic :)

Sound_Soldier November 8, 2010 at 8:41 am

Yeah, I was right! He has well distant Yugoslavian (Slovenian) heritage !! Thank you for your information !!

martin July 23, 2010 at 6:23 am

One thing is the place of origin of a person and another thing is the origin of the surname. That’s why Michele Bachelet is from Chile but her surname is French. Boreanaz is clearly a jewish or at least semitic surname. In the middle ages there was a Spanish nobleman who held the title of Count of Torreanaz (from Torre (tower) and Anaz, a locality in Cantabria, Spain). The Old Testament mentions many Anas, and -naz is a root for many hebraic and later arabic words. I think it is jewish surname, though David may perfectly have Italian origin.

Adam November 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Well the “az” part is true. My father always told me all of the Spanish surnames ending in ‘ez” were of jewish descent i.e. Gonzalez, Morales, Hernandez, im guessing of course, sephardic jews, because my father is of sephardic Jewish descent… David clearly has a slavic look. Tall, big boned, broad shouldered, medium nose, high cheek bones. At first I thought he was native american for some reason? But then I googled his last name and found it was a romanticized version of a slavic name. IRONICALLY I know that Italian names are ALWAYS slavicized in the Czech and Slovak lands. So in this case its Bass-ackwards and Boreanaz is an Italianized version of a slavic surname, Go figure! However, I see he is from pennsylvania and that was the main hub for the Slovaks and Czechs, which I see he is also a part Slovak. I am also slovak, and his other name without vowels sounds slovak to me…they are the west slavic names that end in “ke” and “ka” that occur in Czech and Slovak….

Lorie January 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm

He is of Italian descent as he has stated himself many many times.

amanda fugate June 25, 2010 at 12:22 am

daivd boreanaz like me with love passion romance
man good very loved touch deep side heart to
mr right guy

amanda fugate June 23, 2010 at 12:35 am

Ilike daivd boreanaz

dani May 30, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Boreanaz is not a spanish surname, and Spain never ruled over that part of Italy where David is from. the crazy internet people and their fancy imagination…

emilio May 29, 2010 at 11:41 pm

the Boreanaz is not an Italian name…it is 100% Spanish…During the Spanish Empire, Spain ruled Italy and many Spanish name were taken to Italy and have remained there for centuries. In addition, during the inquisition, also many Spanish Safaric names left Spain to populate Eastern Europe….therefore David Boreanaz is also Spanish background…

ethnic May 30, 2010 at 1:04 am

thanks for the comment Emilio.

anna May 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm

boreanaz it’s a common surname in my region,which it’s in north-east of italy,friuli.But he doesn’t look very “friulan”,a lot of people in friuli are blond with light eyes like me;)

emilio May 29, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Yes, but it comes from Spain….and is a safardic last name…jewish…

emilio May 31, 2010 at 9:35 pm

no!!!the grandmother of david is form northern italy!i read it on a interview not so much time ago.In northern Italiy,especially in my region (where he is from) we are a mix of german and slavic people…we were from a lot of centuries under austria’s royal family!
You don’t know italian history and we are not in sicily!
His surname is probably slovenian,because his granma is from cividale del friuli,which is a little village on the border.It was written in a lot of newspaper here and we are so proud about his ancestry!Near Slovenia and Austria.(and there are no sephardic people here!!!and they never been there!)
And it’s quite obviously,it’s not spanish for sure..and if you know really the spanish sourname,it doesn’t sound spanish but slavic.
I’m italian, and i know the history of my land and especially the history of my region…
and i agree with dani…there is a lot of ignorance!!!

anna May 31, 2010 at 9:37 pm

I’m anna,i don’t know why it’s written emilio…

anna May 31, 2010 at 9:52 pm
ethnic June 1, 2010 at 12:42 am

maybe because youre trying to be two people. duh…

Sound_Soldier August 25, 2010 at 7:06 am

Hi Emilio, I’m French but my mother is of Italian descent. My maternal grandfather is half Neapolitan by his father, half Friulan by her mother who was born in Buja/Buia. He has blue eyes and he is ash blond but is dark skinned. However, he told me that his mother had dark eyes and was black-haired. Her family name was Petrossi. My grandfather was the only person to have blue eyes in the family until he had my aunt and my uncle, both have blue eyes too ! So I would like to know how are friulan people in Buia ? Do they appear like Yugoslavian people or Austrian/Slavic people ?

Besides that, Boreanaz would be a real Italian name, a lot of friulans have this name. If the name seems to be strange to us, it’s probably because of his distant Yugoslavian heritage no ?

Christian November 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Hey ! I m an Italian so: Buja is not longer an Italian city, from 1947, when the Istria region, even if there was a strong italian community primarily in the west coast of Istria, so Buie too, passed to Yugoslavia. Today Buie is a Croatian city with the majority of its people being Croatian. And actually the old Italian inhabitants of Buie were not Friulians but Venetians (from the Veneto region) so you are not of Friulian ancestry but most probably Venetian :)
P.S. Venetians and Friulians are very different from the other Italians so they are NOT Italians. =)

thetruth March 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm

i loved him on buffy and angel he definitely looks italian, tall dark and handsome :)

Jocelyn December 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Not all many Italians are dark and tall. Not to get the wrong idea of your comment, but the stuff is kinda stereotyped. I saying your wrong, some are but it’s not a trait the runs in every Italian

ethnic December 4, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Thanks for the info Buffalo gal

Buffalo gal December 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm

David Boreanaz’ dad is Italian American. My husband went to school with his dad in Buffalo. His mom, I think, is of Czech & Italian descent. That is correct that Boreanaz is a northern Italian name. I’m a big fan of his show “Bones”. He is great in that role as Seeley Booth.

ethnic October 9, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I think his father has Italian heritage hence the Italian surname.


mzpreciousz April 6, 2009 at 7:31 am

Actually he is Czech and Italian. I think his dad is Czech and his mom is Italian

anna May 31, 2010 at 9:58 pm
anna June 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm

no,for sure.
i would make a reply and i did it wrong.

Sound_Soldier November 8, 2010 at 8:22 am

Thank you for your response :)
Why do you say that Venitians and Friulans are different from Italians ? It’s interessing.
I think you are mistaken because you seem to confuse Buja/Buia which is in Italia, not far from Udine & Buje/Buie which is in Istria (Croatia) !! Lol.

Christian November 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm

haha, yeah, you are right :). I tought you was talking about Buje in Croatia. And so a few minutes ago i looked up on internet Buja and yeah, its in Italia :) thats crazy cuz the 2 cities have almost the same name, haha.
So Venetians and Friulans are not like the other Italians cuz: (its loong but I guess you will find it intersting)

1 The Friulan language is very different from the Italian. When I pass throught Friuli, twice a year cuz i need to pass the Slovenian border to go to Hungary, I hear people talking in Friulian and i CAN T understand anything about what they are talking. Venetian too is different from Italiano but Friulian is very very different, infact its a mix of Slovenian, German, Latin, and something else.

2 The Italian Constitution recognizes the Friulan, Venetian and the Sardinian as languages (as can be, 4 example, the German, Francese or other) and not dialects so at the same time it recognizes to this peoples the ranging of ethnic groups, separated from the Italian.

Thats why Friulians, Venetians and Sardinians are not Italians.
This doesnt mean that i wanna destroy our Italian Identity, our Italianism :), or that I wanna the Independence of Friuli or Veneto or Sardinia but i thing just that these areas should get more autonomy from the Repubblica Italiana than what they have now.
So returning back to us, haha, you should be proud, just saying, maybe you re already, to being Friulan and to have some Italian identity too in Yourself :) Ohh and you also have Neapolitan ancestry, thats cool too. They discovered the pizza and the mozzarella =)

I hope I was clear, if you still have questions just ask me.
P.s. Just a question, is your father just Francese or something else too ?

Sound_Soldier November 9, 2010 at 11:45 am

Oow thank you very much for your instructive commentary !

My mother was born in France but considers herself to be full Italian. Indeed my grandfather is half Neapolitan and half Friulan, you know that. And my grandmother is half Neapolitan and half Sicilian. So my mum is also 50 percent Neapolitan !

My father was born in Lorraine, in the Northeast France. He is 6/16th French, 1/16th Sephardic Jewish and 1/16th Czech by his father and is 8/16th German with some distant Spanish, Austrian and Swiss heritage (in the 1700s) by his mother!

Finally, I feel a good connection with only my Lorraine and Italian descent!

And you ? What is your heritage ? Only Italian ? Where is exactly ? :)

Christian November 9, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Haha I couldnt answer you below your comment cuz the site didnt let me.
So wow your actually really mixed :), I have heared that many French people are of mixed background cuz of French history
Well I m mixed too but unluckly I m not really sure about my background.
From my moms side I m just Hungarian, she was born in Budapest but after the fall of the communism in Hungary (1990), she emigrated to Italy and i was born already in Italy, more precisly in Sardinia where I still live. My moms mom (my granma) was born in Transilvania (nowday Romania, but at that time it was Hungarian), and she is full Hungarian; my moms dad (my grandpa) was Hungarian too (but I m not sure if he was full Hungarian or not cuz he died when I was young and I dont know his family). Instead from my dads side I dont know anything, cuz I have never met him, but I think he is Italian from Milano but I m really not sure if he is Italiano. So I consider myself as almost full Hungarian, and a little bit Italian-Sardinian :) Oh and of course I can speak Hungarian.

sound_soldier November 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I’m sorry for the late, I didn’t know how answer you on this site !!

Yours origins are nice!! If you don’t know origins of your father, ask to your mother… :s

You look very Hungarian or you look a little Italian and Hungarian ?

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