Eric Szmanda

by stlucas on May 3, 2017

Birth Name: Eric Kyle Szmanda

Place of Birth: Mukwonago, Wisconsin, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 24, 1975

Ethnicity: Polish, German, Swiss-German, English

Eric Szmanda is an American actor.

Eric is the son of Elaine R. (Enders) and Donald Gerard Szmanda. He has two brothers, Brett and Kyle.

His surname is pronounced sh-muhn-duh, and is Polish. Eric’s father has Polish, German, and Swiss-German ancestry. Eric’s mother has German and English roots.

Eric’s paternal grandfather was Robert “Bob” L. Szmanda, Sr. (the son of Casmer/Charles Szmanda and Marie Gertrude Baumann). Casmer was born in Wisconsin, to Polish parents, Anton/Anthony Szmanda and Angeline/Angela/Amelia Rossa. Marie Gertrude was also born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Henry Baumann, who was Swiss, and of Mary Imanski, who was Polish.

Eric’s paternal grandmother was Lucille Dirkman/Dirkmann (the daughter of Walter Jacob Dirkman and Clara M. Heinzen). Walter was the son of Valentine/Valatine Dirkman and Elizabeth/Elisabetha Hausherr. Clara was the daughter of Jacob Heinzen and Mary Neuser. Eric’s great-great-grandparents Valentine, Elizabeth, Jacob, and Mary, were born in Wisconsin, all of them to parents from Germany.

Eric’s maternal grandfather was William “Bill” Enders.

Eric’s maternal grandmother was Lorna Jean Courtright (the daughter of Forest/Forrest Roland Courtright and Ruth Irene Rasey). Forest was the son of Oran Abram Courtright and Delilah/Dialilha Ann Coulson. Ruth was the daughter of Lester Elwin Rasey and Nettie Edith Dushnell.

Sources: Genealogy of Eric Szmanda (focusing on his father’s side) – http://familypedia.wikia.com

Eric’s paternal grandfather, Robert “Bob” L. Szmanda, Sr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Eric’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Anton/Anthony Szmanda and Angeline/Angela/Amelia Rossa – https://familysearch.org

Eric’s paternal great-grandfather, Walter Jacob Dirkman, on the 1910 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Eric’s paternal great-grandmother, Clara M. Heinzen, on the 1910 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Eric’s paternal great-grandmother, Clara M. (Heinzen) Dirkman – http://www.2manitowoc.com

Obituary of Eric’s maternal grandmother, Lorna Jean (Courtright) Enders – http://www.legacy.com

Genealogies of Eric’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Oran Abram Courtright and Delilah/Dialilha Ann Coulson – http://www.findagrave.com

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Morrigan Ni Boii January 2, 2018 at 10:30 am

His surname pronounced as “sh-muhn-duh”

stlucas May 4, 2017 at 12:04 pm

I’m not sure. But I’ve found Henryk Rossa, a Polish lawyer who was born in Madgeburg, Germany.
https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henryk_Rossa

madman May 4, 2017 at 11:56 am

“and of Mary, who was German.”

Mary was Polish. Her surname was Imanski.

follers May 4, 2017 at 5:02 am

Was Charles/Casmer Szmanda ethnically Polish?

bablah May 4, 2017 at 5:18 am

Yes.
This is his parent’s marriage record:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XZQW-6C2

andrew May 4, 2017 at 7:31 am

Angelina/Amelia Rossa (it means “Red”) and Paul Cinquemani (“Five Hands”) are Italian names

http://familypedia.wikia.com/wiki/Descendants_of_Anthony_Szmanda

follers May 4, 2017 at 7:48 am

Paul Cinquemani was the son of Italian parents. But he wasn’t Szmanda’s ancestor.

andrew May 4, 2017 at 11:24 am

Yes, I see. But Angeline/Angela/Amelia Rossa does not sound Polish at all.

stlucas May 4, 2017 at 11:35 am

The surname Rossa doesn’t seem to be uncommon in Germany and Poland, and Angeline/Angela/Amelia was born in Prussia.

https://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=rossa
http://forebears.io/surnames/rossa

andrew May 4, 2017 at 11:43 am

We already discussed here that short surnames can be tricky. Do you know which is etimology for the Polish form of “Rossa” surname?

stlucas May 4, 2017 at 12:05 pm

I’m not sure. But I’ve found Henryk Rossa, a Polish lawyer who was born in Madgeburg, Germany.
https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henryk_Rossa

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