Meg Ryan

by follers on November 18, 2012

Birth Name: Margaret Mary Emily Hyra

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

Date of Birth: November 19, 1961

*25% Rusyn/Ruthenian
*25% Polish
*37.5% Irish [approximate]
*12.5% German

Meg Ryan is an American actress, director, and producer.

Her father is of half Rusyn/Ruthenian and half Polish ancestry. Her mother is of approximately three quarters Irish and one quarter German descent. Meg was born Margaret Mary Emily Hyra, and took on Anne as a confirmation name. Meg has a son, actor Jack Quaid, with her former husband, actor Dennis Quaid; and a daughter, that she adopted from China.

Meg’s paternal grandfather was Michael Orest Hyra (the son of Orest J. Hyra and Anna “Annie” Durniak). Meg’s grandfather Michael was born in New York, of Rusyn/Ruthenian descent. Meg’s great-grandfather Orest was born in Galicia, Halychyna, the son of Georgi John Hyra and Katarzyna Mary Fylak. Anna was born in Pennsylvania, to immigrant parents.

Meg’s paternal grandmother was Mary Helen Jackowitz (the daughter of Michael Jackowitz/Jackiwicz/Jackewicz and Petronella). Mary Helen was born in Connecticut, to Polish parents, from Kaunas, Lithuania.

Meg’s maternal grandfather was William E. Duggan (the son of Michael John Duggan and Matilda Dolz). William was born in New York. Michael was born in Ireland, to Denis Duggan and Johanna Kellaher. Matilda was born in New York, to German parents, George Dolz and Mary Elizabeth Franck.

Meg’s maternal grandmother was Margaret M. Ryan (the daughter of Thomas Timothy Ryan and Emily Louise McManus or O’Connor). Margaret was born in New York. Thomas was born in New York, to Irish parents, Timothy Ryan and Johanna Luby. Emily was born in New York, the daughter of Phillip H. McManus, who was born in Ireland, and of Ann/Ana Thomas, who was also born in the British Isles.

Sources: Genealogy of Meg Ryan –

Genealogy of Meg Ryan (focusing on her father’s side) –

Meg’s paternal grandfather, Michael Orest Hyra, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Meg’s paternal great-grandfather, Orest J. Hyra –

Meg’s paternal grandmother, Mary Helen Jackowitz, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Meg’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Meg’s maternal grandfather, William E. Duggan, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Meg’s maternal great-grandparents, Michael John Duggan and Matilda Dolz –

Meg’s maternal grandmother, Margaret M. Ryan, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Margaret M. Ryan on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Meg’s maternal great-grandparents, Thomas Timothy Ryan and Emily Louise McManus or O’Connor, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

follers September 19, 2017 at 2:27 pm

Was Ryan’s paternal grandmother of Polish descent, or do I have dissenters?

bablah September 19, 2017 at 2:52 pm

Yes she was. Her parents were from Kaunas.

follers September 19, 2017 at 3:12 pm

But they don’t seem to have been ethnic Lithuanians, right?

bablah September 19, 2017 at 3:21 pm

They’re Polish-speaking on 1920 census. Their daughters have Polish first names (Bronislawa and Stanislawa) and their last name is Polish. I couldn’t find them on Ellis Island records.

ashash April 2, 2017 at 9:52 am

Meg Ryan is very plain. I liked her voice work in Anastasia, though.

madman April 2, 2017 at 2:21 am

What reasons are there to assume that Ann Thomas wasn’t English?

follers April 2, 2017 at 3:15 pm

I see now that the 1910 U.S. Census lists both of Emily McManus’ parents as having been born in Ireland, but it could be wrong. Other censuses list England.

Between her last name, which is Welsh, her apparent English birthplace, and the Irish Catholic family she married into, I’m unsure of her background. She could have been of English, Welsh, and/or Irish descent.

bablah March 20, 2017 at 4:33 pm

Orest Hyra and his wife are liste as speaking Ruthenian, not Polish. Ruthenian can mean either Rusyn or Ukrainian, but I doubt that a Ukrainan would use that word in the 20th century, so Rusyn is more likely.

follers March 20, 2017 at 4:36 pm

So you’re saying that Ryan’s paternal grandfather was of Ruthenian descent, not Polish?

bablah March 20, 2017 at 4:50 pm

Yes. On another census he’s from Austria, but it’s says ”Rus” in the brackets next to it.

follers March 22, 2017 at 6:17 pm

I thought Meg was the biggest Polish-American film star of all time. I guess that will have to be Steve Carell (and Nicolas Cage).

madman March 23, 2017 at 2:05 pm

You’ll be dissapointed to find out that one of them is less Polish than you think.

cwm85 August 1, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Absolutely polish. With her head shape… polish have those round heads… its distinctive…

neiltennant August 1, 2015 at 2:02 pm

she was so beautiful

but be realistic she ruined her life and career with plastiic surgery

but again we are not in the position to judge

99 percent of hollywood people do have plastic surgery

some look stunning like SOPHIA LOREN, MADONNA etc.

on the other hand there are MEG RYANS and PRISCILLA PRESLEYs

zombiecop January 27, 2014 at 11:23 pm

she is also probably of Hungarian ancestry.That surname Hyra is Hungarian.

follers January 29, 2014 at 5:53 am

It can easily be an ethnic Polish name. Meg’s great-great-grandfather, Georgi Hyra, was the son of a Teodor/Teodozy Hyra. His parents were apparently Gregori Hyra and Ahaphia Agafia Wowko.

andrew July 6, 2013 at 6:54 pm
follers July 6, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Hollywood’s hidden Pole! I don’t think she has ever talked about being Polish. She is either one quarter or half. I am betting on half.

She may be the most famous Polish-American actor in history.

Steve Carell and John Krasinski are both half Polish, too, but curiously I think neither has ever talked about it.

andrew July 6, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Cate Blanchett is listed in Actors and Actresses of Polish Descent here

I’ve found another one, Pola Negri, who was a big star in silent movie industry

follers July 6, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Well, Pola was a Polish-born actress who worked in the U.S. for a time. I don’t think she is more famous than Meg.

Blanchett isn’t Polish as far as I could trace. Her father’s family were Anglo-Texans, her mother’s Anglo-Australians.

andrew July 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm

yes, none of us can remember her. But Meg isn that famous/interesting to the audience of this site if she hadn’t comments (the same for other stars of some years ago). You can get from this aspect (along with the lackness of sense in the comments) how the public is made by underage teens with poor education

follers July 7, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I agree that Meg isn’t that interesting to the audience of this site. But this site isn’t always interested in the biggest Hollywood stars.

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