Justin Long

by follers on January 9, 2014

2013 Tribeca Film Festival - "A Case of You" - Arrivals

Birth Name: Justin J. Long

Place of Birth: Fairfield, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 2, 1978

*37.5% German
*37.5% Italian/Sicilian
*25% Polish

Justin Long is an American actor. He is the son of Wendy Lesniak, an actress, and R. James Long (Raymond James Long), a professor of philosophy.

His family’s surname was spelled Lang several generations back. His father is of three quarters German and one quarter Italian/Sicilian descent. His mother is of one half Polish and one half Italian/Sicilian ancestry.

Justin’s patrilineal line can be traced back to his German great-great-great-grandparents, Valentine J. Long, who was born c. 1829, and Marguerite/Mary Frankenberger, who was born, c. 1828, in Miltenberg, and to Valentine’s parents, Justin’s great-great-great-great-grandparents Valentine Lang and Caecilia/Cecilia/Coecilia Karcher.

Justin’s paternal grandfather was Raymond J. Long, Jr. (the son of Raymond Jacob Long and Theresa Frances Holzschuh/Holzschuk). Justin’s great-grandfather Raymond was born in New York, the son of Jacob C. Long and Josephine Brichler, who were of German descent. Theresa was born in New York, and was the daughter of Joseph Holzschuh/Holzschuk, who was born in Muckenthal, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, and of Anna Catherine Mattern, whose parents were German.

Justin’s paternal grandmother was Lorraine Concetta Iuppa (the daughter of Louis Pietro Iuppa and Catherine/Katherine F. Hoffend). Louis was born in New York, to Italian parents, Luigi/Louis La Iuppa, from Geraci Siculo, Palermo, Sicily, and Concetta “Jennie” Spallina, who was also of Sicilian origin. Catherine was born in New York, the daughter of Nicholas Hoffend, who was born in Koblenz, Germany, and of Julia T. Herbst, whose parents were from Hessen, Germany.

Justin’s maternal grandfather was William J. Lesniak (the son of William Wozciech Lesniak and Anna Niziolek/Nizcolek). Justin’s grandfather William was born in New York, to Polish parents, with his father being from Galicia.

Justin’s maternal grandmother is Josephine Fasnelli/Fainelli (the daughter of Lorenzo/Laurence Fasnelli/Fainelli and Francesca Bozza). Josephine was born in New York, to Italian/Sicilian parents. Lorenzo was the son of Giuseppe/Joseph Fainelli and Marie/Maria S. Chickiani/Chichiom. Francesca was the daughter of Domenic Bozza and Rose Crancelli.

Sources: Genealogy of Justin Long (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Justin’s father – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Justin’s paternal grandfather, Raymond J. Long, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Justin’s paternal great-grandmother, Theresa Frances Holzschuh/Holzschuk, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Justin’s paternal grandmother, Lorraine Concetta Iuppa (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.ancestry.ca

Justin’s paternal grandmother, Lorraine Concetta Iuppa, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Justin’s maternal grandfather, William J. Lesniak, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Justin’s maternal grandmother, Josephine Fasnelli/Fainelli, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Justin’s maternal great-grandparents, Lorenzo/Laurence Fasnelli/Fainelli and Francesca Bozza – https://www.familysearch.org

Remarriage record of Justin’s maternal great-grandfather, Lorenzo/Laurence Fasnelli/Fainelli, to Benedetta Gentile – https://www.familysearch.org

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andrew September 8, 2017 at 6:09 pm
madman January 16, 2017 at 5:47 am

Born: Justin Jacob Long

He is the son of Wendy (Lesniak), an actress, and Raymond James Long, a professor of philosopy.

From his father’s Wikipedia:
“Of German and Sicilian ancestry…”

It is probably safe to say that it is the paternal grandmother who was Sicilian.

bablah January 16, 2017 at 7:00 am

>It is probably safe to say that it is the paternal grandmother who was Sicilian.

Why? Long could be a shortened Longo or something else.

madman January 16, 2017 at 10:57 am

It is unlikely that his surname is derived from a grandmother.

bablah January 16, 2017 at 12:32 pm

I’m not following?

madman January 16, 2017 at 12:49 pm

I thought you implied that his surname could’ve been Italian originally, and anglicized from “Longo”.

bablah January 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm


I wasn’t saying it was, but it could be so we shouldn’t assume it must be his grandmother who is Italian because Long doesn’t sound Italian.

madman January 16, 2017 at 2:59 pm

I think it is already confirmed that one of his grandmothers was of Sicilian descent, hence why it is mentioned in the profile. I think he has said it himself.

bablah January 16, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Lol, we’re talking in circles.

follers January 17, 2017 at 1:28 am

Is it definitive that his middle name is “Jacob”? I’ve also seen “Jake”.

In 2008, Long said “My grandmother is a 90-year-old Sicilian”. He may have been referring to either grandmother.

Adrian1Cram February 6, 2016 at 11:44 am

He even looks long.

celebfan November 7, 2015 at 8:57 am

The surname Long can either be Irish or German. His paternal grandmother is of Sicilian ancestry. His mother is at least partly Polish.

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 5:44 am

Thought he was Irish.

me January 6, 2015 at 7:15 am

he looks part asian.

WTF January 15, 2015 at 3:32 am

I’ve always thought this since I first saw him. He’s definitely not 100% white.

celebfan March 23, 2014 at 8:04 pm

It’s said that his paternal grandfather is of German ancestry, but I don’t know it for certain.

andrew February 28, 2014 at 2:26 pm

he obviously has Anglo/European ancestry too

follers February 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm

I think his father is half Anglo and half Sicilian, but it’s hard to find information on that. His mother may or may not be fully Polish.

Uniscorn August 9, 2014 at 6:01 am

Both Polish and Sicilian are European as well.
And I see no Anglo in him whatsoever.

andrew October 1, 2015 at 5:26 pm

yes, but his surname (if not anglicized) is British.

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