Gina Carano

by ethnic on October 18, 2008

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Birth Name: Gina Joy Carano

Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 16, 1982

Ethnicity: Italian (3/16ths), English, Scottish, smaller amounts of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Dutch, and German

Gina Carano is an American MMA fighter, American Gladiator, actress, model, and television personality. She is the daughter of Dana Joy (Cason) and Glenn Thomas Carano, an ex-pro football player.

Gina stated in an interview that she is a fourth-generation Italian American, and has “just a small percentage of Italian” ancestry. Her ancestry is, specifically, three sixteenths (3/16ths) Italian. Her other roots are English, Scottish, smaller amounts of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Dutch, and German, and 1/4096 Mohawk Native American.

Gina’s paternal grandfather is Donald Louis Carano (the son of Louis “Louie” Joseph Carano and Mildred F. Bisagno). Gina’s great-grandfather Louis’s parents, Benedetto/Bendetto “Ben” Carano and Emelia/Emilia Ferrari, were Italian emigrants, probably from Liguria, Italy. Mildred’s father, Joseph Anthony “Joe” Bisagno, was an Italian emigrant, who was born in Genoa, Liguria, Italy. Mildred’s mother, Sarah Faye “Sadie” Tefft, was from Wisconsin, and was the daughter of Henry B. Tefft and Alice Maud McIntyre. Sarah’s ancestry included English, and more distant Scottish, roots. This means that Gina’s grandfather Donald was of three quarters Italian ancestry.

Gina’s paternal grandmother is Paddy Creek (the daughter of Thomas H. Creek and Patsy Velaris Jones). Thomas was the son of George Washington Creek and Ollie/Alle Clay. Gina’s grandmother Paddy’s ancestry includes English, and some German and Dutch; through this line, Gina’s ten times great-grandmother, Ack-toch Caniachkoo, was a Mohawk Native American.

Gina’s maternal grandfather is Jack Edward Cason (the son of Vernon Dewey Cason and Dallas Smock). Jack is a member of the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame. Vernon was the son of Edward M. Cason and Maude E. Harrison. Dallas was the daughter of James Smock and Melissa.

Gina’s maternal grandmother is Maxine Yvonne Cobb (the daughter of Theo Franklin Cobb and Julia Elizabeth Johnson). Theo was the son of Franklin David Cobb and Hattie Gertrude Garrison. Julia was the daughter of Alfred Thomas Johnson and Nettie Maybur Reasoner.

Sources: Genealogy of Gina Carano –

Gina’s paternal great-grandfather, Louis “Louie” Joseph Carano, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Immigration record of Gina’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Benedetto/Bendetto “Ben” Carano –

Gina’s paternal great-grandmother, Mildred F. Bisagno, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Gina’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Joseph Anthony “Joe” Bisagno, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Gina’s paternal great-grandfather, Thomas H. Creek –

Gina’s paternal great-grandfather, Thomas H. Creek, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Gina’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Abraham Creek –

Genealogy of Gina’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Daniel Purcell –

Marriage announcement of Gina’s maternal grandparents, Jack Edward Cason and Maxine Yvonne Cobb –

Genealogy of Gina’s maternal grandfather, Jack Edward Cason –

Biography of Gina’s maternal grandfather, Jack Edward Cason –

Gina’s maternal great-grandmother, Dallas Smock, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Gina’s maternal great-grandmother, Julia Elizabeth (Johnson) Cobb –

Gina mentions her Italian background –

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew July 25, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Joe Bisagno was born in Genoa, Liguria, Italy, to Nicola Bisagno and Antonia Devincenzi

andrew December 22, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Gina’s paternal great-grandmother, Mildred Bisagno, on 1920 U.S. Census:

Joseph Bisagno on 1900 U.S. Census:

Louis Carano on 1920 U.S. Census:

record of Benedetto/Bendetto “Ben” Carano:

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Looks 100% Italian to me.

andrew October 8, 2015 at 2:34 pm
cwm85 August 1, 2015 at 4:21 pm

At first glance thought she was Italian or mestizo… she is more english, Scottish it seems than anything…

sparkles180 August 8, 2015 at 2:24 pm

Metizos and italians look completely different. I thought she was full italian.

noneofyourbusiness December 2, 2014 at 7:07 pm

LMAO @ “1/4096 Mohawk Native American”

andrew October 20, 2014 at 1:42 pm

the surname Cason is Italian.

follers October 20, 2014 at 2:07 pm
andrew October 20, 2014 at 3:08 pm

no, Mowahk.

DAngelo November 7, 2014 at 4:45 am

you mean British?

Petrarca May 19, 2013 at 7:07 pm

I find it amusing how people (particularly European Americans) feel they need to emphasize any Native American Ancestry. In this case, it is negligible. Thereby making it irrelevant. If she has such intimate knowledge of her ancestry, then she should look into her other, European lineages. For example, how Scottish is she really? What clans? Were they descended from vikings or picts? Or her german ancestry. Were they Kashubians? Alsatians? Frisians? She is white as snow and if she were to ever claim she is “Native” that would be an direct insult to the face of Real Native Americans.

nnnnn May 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I find it amusing too, especially, that everybody in
Hollywood has “1/4096” native ancestry.
If you added “native” to ancestry, you can add “cro-magnon” as well. The only difference, she HAS cro-
magnon genes in any case

Check7t October 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm

She never said she was part Native — Follers is just pedantic and adds every minor part of your ancestry.

tewkewl July 25, 2011 at 7:11 am

she is in fact italian. she says she’s just a small percentage because she’s not in fact of the nation of italy. she has sited that she does a lot of cultural italian stuff with her fam. so she considers herself mostly american and a small percentage italian. but ethnically, she is at least half italian… she definitely looks italian

larry January 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm

she look italian really? how italian looks like? and how american looks like?
go to check in youtube this famous north italian women “federica fontana” ilary blasi, antonella clerici, paola barale,alessia marcuzzi,
italians are not a race but a nation made up in 1861, go to check on yahoo racial reality italian

Betta Franka December 2, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Like the Jersey Shore cast.

ricksterflo May 19, 2013 at 10:08 am

Yeah only her ethnicity is american or italian american or italian. There is never usually past two influences in living and one culture. A person cannot be several cultures,yet they can have relation to see and understand some aspects of several cultures.

ethnic April 18, 2010 at 2:29 am

Nice one. Are you a friend of hers?

BIG VIC April 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm


Reeza October 21, 2009 at 5:20 am

It is the Aries you have to worry about, not the Italian in Gina Carano. LOL – This Aquarius has no fear – love you Gina !!! ;-)

ethnic August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Well She didnt give up in that fight with Cyborg. She just got mounted and couldnt get out.

Anonymous August 20, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Italian? Italians dont give up.

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