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

*50% Italian
*25% Dalmatian Croatian
*25% Armenian [possibly also German]

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

Joe is the son of Susan Catherine (Brachanow) and Charles John Manganiello. Joe’s father’s family is Italian, from Naples, 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 Colombian-born actress, comedian, and model Sofia Vergara. His stepson is Sofía’s son, internet personality Manolo González.

Joe’s paternal grandfather was named Emilio “John” Manganiello. Emilio was born in Pennsylvania, to a family from Avellino, Campania.

Joe’s paternal grandmother was Marie R. Bonanno (the daughter of Giuseppe/Joseph Bonanno and Rose Correnti). Marie was born in Connecticut, to Italian parents, from Messina, Sicily. Giuseppe was the son of Santo Bonanno and Carmela Aveni. Rose was the daughter of Carmelo Correnti and Maria Trifiletti.

Joe’s maternal grandfather was Nicholas Francis Joseph Brachanow (the son of Marks/Michael Bračanov/Brachanow and Kata/Catherine Jelovčić/Jelnick/Yarosa). Nicholas was born in Massachusetts, to Dalmatian Croatian parents from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Marks was the son of Nikola Bračanov and Matija Baresin. Kata was the daughter of Jakov Jelovčić and Tonka Lovresko.

Joe’s maternal grandmother was named Sondra.

Joe has said, discussing his maternal great-grandmother:

…April 24 was a very special day because it is the centenary of the 1915 genocide (when the Turkish government deported and exterminated millions of Armenians). My great-grandmother escaped that same year when her entire family was murdered… [She swam] 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.


Joe’s paternal grandmother, Marie R. Bonanno, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Joe’s maternal grandfather, Nicholas Francis Joseph Brachanow –

Joe’s maternal grandfather, Nicholas Francis Joseph Brachanow, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Joe’s maternal great-grandparents, Marks/Michael Bračanov/Brachanow and Kata/Catherine Jelovčić/Jelnick/Yarosa –

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follers July 20, 2018 at 10:41 pm

I found his parents’ marriage announcement again, and Manganiello’s maternal grandfather was Nicholas Francis Joseph Brachanow, whose parents were the same couple listed here before.

But Mary Alexanian definitely wasn’t Manganiello’s grandmother. She was Armenian, and she was married to Manganiello’s grandfather’s brother, Francis Brachanow – who had the same name as Manganiello’s grandfather. But they weren’t the same person.

So it seems both brothers married Armenian women.

andrew July 21, 2018 at 6:08 am

so who is his maternal grandmother? Did Brachanow Bros have the same three names?

bablah July 21, 2018 at 9:30 am

Her first name is Sondra

Census says father born in Germany, mother born in Armenia.

bablah July 21, 2018 at 10:14 am
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?

fatkat February 27, 2017 at 7:16 am

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:

neiltennant May 26, 2016 at 12:12 pm

thats strange

he could been FULL ITALIAN



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”.


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.

I know the Manganiello-Brachanow wedding announcement was here, but I can’t access it any more.,%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

“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.

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”.

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.

Manganiello’s maternal grandmother was the third American-born child of her Armenian parents. I doubt her biological father was a German soldier.

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.

andrew January 22, 2017 at 5:46 pm


according to the Croatian article, Joe is the grandson of Nicholas Francis Joseph Brachanow (, the son of Michael Brachanow/Bračanov and Catherine Jelowcic/Jelovčić) and Mary Alexanian

I guess you already know this record:

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.,%201973&author=&pub=Boston%20Globe%20(1960-1979)&edition=&startpage=&desc=Marriage%20Announcement%205%20–%20No%20Title

madman April 29, 2016 at 6:09 am

What does “Dalmatian Croatian, from Austria” mean? Was his great-grandparents born in Austria, to Dalmatian parents? Because writing “from Austria” is sort of contradictory to writing “Dalmatian Croatian”, which implies his grandfather’s family was from Dalmatia. Just because Croatia was a part of Austria-Hungary does not mean it has to say “from Austria” after.

andrew April 29, 2016 at 11:47 am

IMO “Croatian” would be enough. Dalmatia is a region of Croatia, with his own history. He surely does not have ethnic Austrian ancestors.

darya March 12, 2016 at 7:38 am

He looks Italian, as well as Croatian! Also, he is very tall and Croats are known as a tall nation, especially if you come from a coastal region of Dalmatia :)

andrew March 12, 2016 at 6:27 pm
andrew February 22, 2016 at 4:20 pm

I don’t see any Austrian/German name or surname. Do you know Croatia was part of Austria?

darya March 12, 2016 at 8:01 am

Croatia was a part of Habsburg Empire from 1527 till 1918. During that time a lot of Croatians immigrated to the States, Chile, Argentina etc.

fatkat February 27, 2017 at 7:12 am

Not exactly part of Austria though, but of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was always its own country and they never really mixed with Austrian people

savanna December 31, 2015 at 4:03 pm

“I am part Sicilian,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.

“I’m Sicilian and Armenian and I play a werewolf.”

Samsara December 21, 2015 at 6:55 pm

That mixture makes a gorgeous looking man.

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 6:30 am

Looks more Italian and Armenian than anything.

He’s one of the people who can be good looking in one pic and very average in the other. Now, in that pic, he is cute.

ashash November 13, 2015 at 7:22 pm

I agree with you … for once.

cwm85 August 7, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Cool that he is at least 1/4th native.

follers August 7, 2015 at 5:55 pm


Wolfman August 29, 2015 at 5:33 am

cwm85 are you that stupid? How is Joe 1/4th native? I bet you confused Armenian for Amerindian? LOL

neiltennant July 17, 2015 at 11:24 am

he looks hot

dennybb September 28, 2014 at 1:34 pm


mcro August 12, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Joe explains his ancestry on The Pete Holmes Show:

Father is Neapolitan Italian, mother is Dalmatian Croatian (he also mentions German/Armenian).

Check7t August 11, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Looks Italian.

andrew August 13, 2014 at 5:46 am
fatkat February 27, 2017 at 7:13 am

Looks very Croatian, too

Brittney December 11, 2013 at 9:22 pm

That’s a REAL man. Off the charts Hotttttttt!!! Not like a lot of these girly looking boys like Justin Bieber and Zac Efron. Don’t know what girls see in girls (oops) I mean “guys” like Bieber, Efron, and Levine. If I wanted to date a woman, I would. I’ll take guys like Timberlake, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughy any day of the week.

TAMTAM November 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm

omg I didn’t know he’s Armenian!! I’m Armenian and would have never guessed….this makes him more attractive<3

dennybb September 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm

armenian? LOL
his father is italian, and is mother is a mix of small % of ancestry from different countries such austria, germany, croatia and serbia
Basically he is 50% italian and the rest of his 50% is divided in other 4 ethnicity
and manganiello is an italian last name

fatkat February 27, 2017 at 7:13 am

What? He is NOT Serbian at all and he is 25% Croatian. Get your facts right

andrew July 31, 2013 at 6:07 am

Manganiello is hardly a Sicilian surname, it sounds Neapolitan (-ello is typical) and through my researches I traced it comes from Naples

The same for Armand Assante who claims Sicilian and Irish ancestry. Actually Assante is Neapolitan too

smiley July 30, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Where is the “submit a celeb” button? Joe’s co-star Kristin Bauer van Straten (who plays Pam) is of German descent.

When asked about her heritage she says “I’m all German!”

ethnic July 31, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Submit page is currently unavailable. Will put up your Celeb soon.


follers April 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm

His father’s family is from Sicily. His mother has Austrian and Armenian ancestry. His great-grandmother was Armenian.

Yayoute April 23, 2012 at 6:09 am

He has a very Italian nose!!

interesting February 21, 2012 at 11:29 am

one of the sexiest men walking this earth!

Marko February 20, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Looks pretty Italian to me

ale September 5, 2011 at 3:06 am

Well, according to Wikipedia he is of Sicilian, Austrian, German and Armenian descent. But in his interview on Joe mentions only about his Sicilian and Armenian roots.

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