Galen Gering

by ethnic on May 19, 2010

Galen Gering

Birth Name: Galen Laius Gering

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 13, 1971

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Basque/French, possibly other (mother)

Galen Gering is an American actor.

His father, Alan Daniel Gering, is of Jewish, of Russian Jewish/Romanian Jewish descent. His mother, Michele de Oñate, is of Basque/French descent.

Galen is married to model and actress Jenna Hudlett, with whom he has two children.

He has said:

My mom side is Spanish. Her last name is de Onate. She comes from a pretty illustrious Spanish history. She’s the granddaughter of a Basque immigrant from Spain. My father is a Jewish American. I don’t mind being cast in Latino roles; I’m not complaining. It’s paying the bills!

Galen’s paternal grandfather was George Gering (the son of Joseph Gering and Anna Gorfus/Gorfis). George was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents.

Galen’s paternal grandmother was Evelyn/Eveline Ehrlichman (the daughter of Aaron D. Ehrlichman and May Baykansky/Boykansky/Boykin). Evelyn was born in Michigan, to Russian Jewish parents. Aaron was born in Koigorvd/Kupenord, Podolia, the son of Daniel Ehrlichman and Ethel or Gertrude Axman/Oxman. May was born in Kishanof, the daughter of Aisek/Isaac Baykansky/Boykansky and Eva or Lida Finnelstein.

Galen’s maternal grandmother was Juliette Lucie Fleche (the daughter of Jean/John Jules Fleche and Marie A. Picot). Juliette was born in Pennsylvania. Jean was born in St.-Gengoux-le-National, Saone-et-Loire, Burgundy, France, the son of Pierre Fleche/Flaiche and Claudine Dubuis/Dupuis. Marie A. was born in Troyes, Aube, Champagne-Ardenne, France, the daughter of Philippe/Philip Picot/Picaud and Marie Rosalie or Catherine Bresagere/Breysacher/Breisacher/Biesagere.

Sources: Galen’s paternal grandfather, George Gering, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Galen’s paternal grandmother, Evelyn/Eveline Ehrlichman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Galen’s maternal grandmother, Juliette Lucie Fleche, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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follers December 12, 2017 at 11:10 am

Well, this is interesting.

Yes, Juliette Lucie Fleche is Gering’s maternal grandmother. I don’t think she was of Basque descent. Can anyone find any Basque-sounding names among her ancestors?

Juliette married Robert Norris Carlisle (the son of Robert D. Carlisle and Goldie Segal) in 1943, in Arizona.

Goldie was Jewish, by the way.

Galen’s mother was born in November 1948 in Los Angeles.

I haven’t found a marriage record, but evidently Juliette married Rafael/Ralph Lopez Novarro de Oñate around 1959. At least that’s what one tree states.

In 1948, Juliette’s voter registration still lists her as Juliette Carlisle. Her husband, Robert Carlisle, re-married to Helene A. Dubouloy around this time.

Galen’s mother is listed as Lopez DeOnate on her birth record, but these records are often changed well after the fact to reflect a stepfather adopting a child (Cher’s birth record lists her as Cherilyn Lapierre, though her stepfather Lapierre married her mother years after).

So, I don’t know what to make of this.

Rafael and Juliette almost certainly weren’t married in 1948. Perhaps the fact that Rafael wasn’t able to marry a white woman in California before (in 1934) is why they didn’t marry until later, though interracial marriage was legalized in California, coincidentally, in October 1948. Or, if they wanted to, they could have married out-of-state, the way Rafael and his first wife Ellen McAdoo did.

So, I don’t know who Galen’s mother’s biological father is.

The obituary of Rafael’s son Richard F. McAdoo doesn’t mention a half-sister, whether by birth or adoption. Then again, they almost certainly didn’t know each other very well, if at all.

I found pictures of a man I thought was Rafael and he looked so much like Galen that I guessed that must be him. Then it turned out these were actually pictures of Ellen McAdoo and her new husband, William Alfred Hinshaw.–presidents.jpg

Here’s a picture of Robert Norris Carlisle.

Here are pictures of Rafael/Ralph Lopez Novarro de Oñate.

Here’s a bunch of stuff I found, for future reference:

Robert Norris Carlisle was the son of Robert D. Carlisle and Goldie Segal. Robert Norris was born in Delaware. Robert D. was the son of Robert W. Carlisle and Malinda Greenfield. Goldie was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Russian Jewish parents, Max/Marcus Segal and Sarah “Sallie” Cohen.

Rafael/Ralph Lopez Novarro de Oñate, an actor, was born in San Marcelino, Zambales, Luzon, Philippines, the son of Isabel Novarro.

Robert Norris Carlisle on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Robert Norris Carlisle on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death record of Robert Norris Carlisle –

andrew December 12, 2017 at 3:15 pm
follers December 12, 2017 at 7:14 pm

What clues does that add?

madman December 12, 2017 at 10:50 pm

1959 is a long time after Galen’s mother was born… Would they bother to change the birth record of an eleven year old?

Also, should we suppose Galen knows the true circumstances of his mother’s birth? Since he mentioned Basque ancestry from Spain in the interview.

Basque and French can be separated, if the birth places are correct, his grandmother had no Basque ancestry. And I don’t think he meant his grandmother as being the one who is descended from a Basque immigrant since he specifically mentioned “de Onate” and Spain.

follers December 12, 2017 at 11:01 pm

Cher was born in 1946 and her mother married Gilbert LaPierre in 1961. Yet she’s listed as Cherilyn LaPierre on her current California birth certificate.

I’m sure Gering was talking about the DeOnate side being Basque, but that doesn’t without question make it a biological relation. Rosario Dawson, for one, has had her adoptive stepfather’s background ascribed to her many times.

This is confusing.

madman December 12, 2017 at 11:01 pm

This is probably Rafael. He is listed as “white”.

follers December 12, 2017 at 11:03 pm

Yes, it’s him, and there was a big debate in the mid 1930s over how white he was. I think he said he was completely white, but people believed he may have been of 1/8th or 1/16th Filipino (Asian) background, which is why he wasn’t able to marry Ellen McAdoo in California.

He would have been about 52 if he was the biological father, but that happens.

Like I said, I think Gering most resembles William Alfred Hinshaw. But it doesn’t look like there’s any direct connection there. :-)

madman December 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Is his mother only Basque? “She’s [his mother] the granddaughter of a Basque immigrant from Spain.” She could very well only be one quarter Basque.

bablah December 9, 2017 at 5:35 pm

I think this is his mother:

She’s called Michele de Onate and she’s an artist just like his mother.
Fleche is a French name, and she’s described as Franco-Spanish Basque in this article:

This could be his grandmother:
She’s from Lewiston like the Michele I mentioned above and she has a daughter with the same name.

Here she is on a census:

bablah December 10, 2017 at 11:44 am

This is his mother.
In this interview she says her father was an actor.

There was an actor Rafael Lopez de Oñate (and he is the only person in the USA I found with those last names), who went by the name Ralph Novarro. He was an ex-husband of Woodrow Wilson’s grandaughter. There was a big hoopla about whether they were allowed to marry or not and if he was white or not, since he was from the Phillipines. One source on the internet claims he was 1/8 or 1/16 Filipino, but there’s no source for that claim.

phaedra April 24, 2016 at 11:58 pm

Could easily pass as Irish.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 7:20 am

Cute guy. I like his coarse eyelashes.

cwm85 August 8, 2015 at 7:31 pm

No wonder he plays some Spanish roles. He’s part Spanish. Lol

JasonBaker August 19, 2017 at 1:07 pm

He doesn’t play roles from Spain, but from Latin America.

inkognito March 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Gering is a common German surname

nnnnn March 14, 2013 at 1:23 am

Gratulation! You are the 100th person here, who claims,
that there no Jews, only “Germans”.

musicfangirl July 27, 2015 at 12:16 am

he’s not even German

Adriana May 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I don’t know why my post was as anonymous xD. But yes I think his last name is Dutch. Mmhhh, that’s all I got.

Does Galen know anything aout August 26, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Galen’s last name is Jewish

Anonymous May 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Isn’t his last name Dutch?


The website of meertens is an official websites which lists all the dutch lastnames and how many there were before 1947 and after 2007 and where it derives from.

ethnic May 19, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Youre right it seems to be a Dutch name, maybe his father is partly Dutch and Jewish Russian??

Adriana May 20, 2010 at 4:26 am

Yes that is possible. I mean we’re all mutts :-p

Adriana May 20, 2010 at 4:48 am

Sorry I had to say ( I wish I could edit the previous comment, btw how do you sign up?) his last name is definitely dutch though, though I don’t know how far it goes as in, if we’ll have to search till 1700. Maybe his dads family has been living in the States for a long time.

ethnic May 20, 2010 at 8:31 am

Do you want me to erase that other comment for you?

neiltennant December 10, 2017 at 2:35 pm


GERING is a typical german name

its a word called GERING = low

geringe Chancen means low chances

i know a lot of christian germans who have the name

Anonymous May 19, 2010 at 9:50 am

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