Joe Manganiello

by ethnic on September 6, 2010

Joe Manganiello

Birth Name: Joseph Michael Manganiello

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 28, 1976

Ethnicity:
*50% Italian, from Naples and Sicily
*25% Dalmatian Croatian
*25% Armenian [possibly also German]

Joe Manganiello is an American actor, writer, director, and producer. He is known for playing Alcide Herveaux in the series True Blood.

Joe is the son of Susan C. and Charles J. Manganiello. Joe’s father’s family is Italian, from Campania and Siciliy. Joe’s mother is of half Croatian/Dalmatian and half Armenian descent. A picture of Joe with his parents can be seen here.

Joe is married to actress Sofia Vergara. His stepson is Sofía’s son, internet personality Manolo González.

Joe’s paternal grandparents were Emilio “John” Manganiello and Marie R. Bonanno (the daughter of Joseph Bonanno and Rose Correnti). Emilio’s family was from Avellino, Campania. Rose’s family was from Messina, Sicily.

Joe has said, discussing his maternal great-grandmother:

[S]wimming across the Euphrates River with her last baby on her back. But when she got across the river, she saw that the baby had drowned. She ended up living in a cave until some German soldiers found her and one of them got her pregnant. They went to Germany where she had an Armenian-German baby daughter. This was my grandmother. She lived on the streets of Constantinople for three years, until she gathered enough money to go to the United States, where she eventually married. That’s the story of my great-grandmother and grandmother.

Sources: http://www.grazia.it
http://www.vanidades.com

https://mobile.twitter.com

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madman September 16, 2017 at 8:38 am

*Italian/Sicilian (father)
*Croatian, Armenian, possibly German (mother)

madman September 16, 2017 at 8:43 am

Add that he is the son of Susan C. and Charles J. Manganiello. And the Austrian tag can be removed.

andrew September 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm

little correction:

*Joe’s father’s family is Italian (from Campania and Sicily)

also, is this man related to Joe? https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=43417809

fatkat February 27, 2017 at 7:16 am

follers:
Mangianello himself states that he has Croatian ancestry. Are you saying he’s lying?

madman February 27, 2017 at 7:50 am

What? He is listed as part Croatian.

andrew January 22, 2017 at 5:56 pm

he seems to be very proud of his Armenian roots: https://twitter.com/joemanganiello/status/591641148193570816

neiltennant May 26, 2016 at 12:12 pm

thats strange

he could been FULL ITALIAN

FULL ARMENIAN

but also FULL CROATIAN

i know some croatian people of dalmatia. (by the way they have super tasty food )

fatkat February 27, 2017 at 7:09 am

Agree with you about the Croatian and Italian part. Not too sure if he’s too light for being full Armenian though?

savanna May 25, 2016 at 7:54 pm
andrew May 25, 2016 at 6:58 pm

@ follers

so aren’t you anymore sure about the identity of his Croatian grandparents?

follers May 25, 2016 at 11:47 pm

I know that his mother’s family is “Brachanow”, and he himself stated that he’s 1/4 Dalmatian Croatian and also Armenian. Given that there’s only one Brachanow family in the U.S., this is confusing.

bablah May 26, 2016 at 7:56 am

There’s no W in Croatian alphabet. That’s definitely an anglicized version of the last name.

andrew May 26, 2016 at 8:11 am

It was “Bračanov”.

@follers

you could add: Joe’s maternal grandparents were likely…

follers May 26, 2016 at 11:56 pm

Well, Mary Alexanian clearly wasn’t his grandmother.

andrew May 27, 2016 at 1:16 pm

Were you influenced by the story of his alleged Armenian/German grandmother?

follers May 27, 2016 at 10:04 pm

I was influenced by the obituary.

follers May 25, 2016 at 1:12 am

Well, this is interesting. The obituary of Mary Alexanian Brachanow makes no mention of Joe, his brother, or his mother.
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?n=mary-rose-brachanow&pid=18366347

I know the Manganiello-Brachanow wedding announcement was here, but I can’t access it any more.
http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/boston/doc/822425082.html?FMT=CITE&FMTS=CITE:AI&type=historic&date=May%2013,%201973&author=&pub=Boston%20Globe%20(1960-1979)&edition=&startpage=&desc=Marriage%20Announcement%205%20–%20No%20Title

andrew May 23, 2016 at 5:37 pm

http://www.grazia.it/magazine/joe-manganiello-selvaggiamente-sexy

“My paternal grandmother was from Messina (Sicily), my surname is from Avellino (Campania)”

Emilio “John” Manganiello was likely the son of Giovanni/John Manganiello, born c.1840 in Montefusco, Province of Avellino, Campania, Italy.

http://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/manganiello/1/

Joe described his great-grandmother’s experiences escaping the Armenian genocide to magazine Vanidades :

“[S]wimming across the Euphrates River with her last baby on her back. But when she got across the river, she saw that the baby had drowned. She ended up living in a cave until some German soldiers found her and one of them got her pregnant. They went to Germany where she had an Armenian-German baby daughter. This was my grandmother. She lived on the streets of Constantinople for three years, until she gathered enough money to go to the United States, where she eventually married. That’s the story of my great-grandmother and grandmother”.

http://www.vanidades.com/celebs/15/08/10/entrevista-joe-manganiello/

follers May 23, 2016 at 10:11 pm

I believe Manganiello’s paternal grandfather was born around 1911. I doubt his own father was born in 1840, although it’s possible.
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4F8-FGG

Manganiello’s maternal grandmother was the third American-born child of her Armenian parents. I doubt her biological father was a German soldier.
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQT8-WXF

andrew May 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm

the story of his Armenian grandmother was really touching.

andrew May 24, 2016 at 4:18 pm

if there’s no German lineage on that side of his family, you could change his ethnicity into:

50% Italian (including Sicilian)
25% Croatian
25% Armenian

His Croatian ancestors (spelled Bračanov and Jelovčić) were from Sibenik, Dalmatia.

http://www.jutarnji.hr/spektakli/majka-joea-manganiella-dijete-je-hrvatskih-imigranata-najseksi-glumica-svijeta-postaje-sibenska-nevista/185515/

andrew January 22, 2017 at 5:46 pm

@follers

according to the Croatian article, Joe is the grandson of Nicholas Francis Joseph Brachanow (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FXC6-ZHB, the son of Michael Brachanow/Bračanov and Catherine Jelowcic/Jelovčić) and Mary Alexanian

I guess you already know this record:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF9F-SLP

follers January 23, 2017 at 4:45 am

Manganiello can’t possibly be the grandson of Francis Brachanow and Mary Alexanian, unless the obituary made some bizarre omission (which is unlikely).

The Croatian article is just copying something else on the internet.

His parents’ marriage announcement would list his maternal grandfather’s name, if anyone could access it.
http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/boston/doc/822425082.html?FMT=CITE&FMTS=CITE:AI&type=historic&date=May%2013,%201973&author=&pub=Boston%20Globe%20(1960-1979)&edition=&startpage=&desc=Marriage%20Announcement%205%20–%20No%20Title

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