Leonardo DiCaprio

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

Birth Name: Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 11, 1974

Ethnicity:
*Italian, German (father)
*German, Russian (mother)

Leonardo DiCaprio is an American actor and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Revenant (2015).

He is the son of Irmelin (Indenbirken), a legal secretary, and George DiCaprio, a comic book writer and distributor. His father is of half Italian and half German ancestry, while his mother, a German immigrant, is of German and Russian descent.

He was named Leonardo because he first started kicking inside his mother’s womb when she was viewing a Leonardo Da Vinci painting in a museum.

Leonardo’s paternal grandfather was George Leon DiCaprio (the son of Salvatore D. DiCaprio and Rosina Cassella). George was born in New York. Salvatore was born in Alife, Province of Caserta, Campania, Italy, the son of Biase/Biagio Di Caprio and Maria Emanuela Incagnoli. Rosina was also born in Alife, the daughter of Cipriano Cassella and Camilla Conzales.

Leonardo’s paternal grandmother was Olga Anne Jacobs (the daughter of Paul Jacobs and Bertha Ludwig). Leonardo’s grandmother Olga was a German immigrant.

Leonardo’s maternal grandfather was Wilhelm Heinrich Indenbirken (the son of Wilhelm Indenbirken and Adelheid Grachowski). Leonardo’s great-grandfather Wilhelm was the son of August Indenbirken.

Leonardo’s maternal grandmother was Yelena/Helene Lisbeth Smirnova/Smirnow (the daughter of Stefan Petrovich Smirnov and Irene). Leonardo’s great-grandfather Stefan was the son of Pyotr/Petr Smirnov.

Sources: Genealogies of Leonardo DiCaprio – http://www.geni.com
http://www.wikitree.com

Notes on Leonardo’s paternal grandfather, George Leon DiCaprio’s, ancestry – http://blogs.ancestry.com

Birth record of Leonardo’s paternal grandfather, George Leon DiCaprio – https://familysearch.org

Leonardo’s paternal grandfather, George Leon DiCaprio, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

People Magazine mention of Leonardo’s Russian ancestry – http://www.people.com

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andrew August 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm

correction

*Salvatore DiCaprio was born in Alife, Province of Caserta, Campania. Alife is a different municipaliy from Piedimonte Matese/D’Alife
* Biagio/Biage DiCaprio and Maria Emmanuella/Emanuele Gorgagnioli ->
Biase Di Caprio (son of Sisto Di Caprio) and Maria Emanuela Incagnoli (daughter of Paolo Incagnoli)

Pegzi May 19, 2017 at 1:02 pm

He’s handsome

madman April 24, 2017 at 2:13 pm

Shouldn’t “possibly/likely Polish” be added to his mother’s side?

follers April 25, 2017 at 2:41 am

I don’t know. Assuming the name is accurate, are all people named “Grachowski” Polish?

ann January 22, 2017 at 9:24 am

Leonardo’s maternal grandfather was Wilhelm Heinrich Indenbirken (the son of Wilhelm Indenbirken and Adelheid Grachowski). Leonardo’s great-grandfather Wilhelm Indenbirken was the son of August Indenbirken.

Leonardo’s maternal grandmother was Yelena/Helene Lisbeth Smirnova/Smirnow (the daughter of Stefan Petrovich Smirnov and Irene). Leonardo’s great-grandfather Stefan was the son of Pyotr/Petr Smirnov.

Link: https://www.geni.com/family-tree/index/6000000009019102421
There’s also more information about his paternal grandfather’s side.

MettaWorkPlease October 21, 2016 at 8:26 am

He looks like a continental European he could be anything from his Italian, German & Russian decent to French, Scandinavian & Eastern European. But he’d definitely not be from the British Isles

andrew June 11, 2016 at 6:12 am

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