Birth Name: Margaret Mary Emily Hyra
Place of Birth: Fairfield, Connecticut, U.S.
Date of Birth: November 19, 1961
Ethnicity: Rusyn/Ruthenian, Irish, German
Meg Ryan is an American actress and producer. Her father is of at least half Rusyn/Ruthenian 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. Her son, with her ex-husband, actor Dennis Quaid, is actor Jack Quaid.
Meg’s paternal grandparents were Michael Orest Hyra (the son of Orest J. Hyra and Anna “Annie” Durniak) and Mary Helen. Meg’s grandfather Michael was 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 maternal grandfather was William E. Duggan (the son of Michael John Duggan and Matilda Dolz). 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). 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 – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Meg Ryan (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Meg’s paternal grandfather, Michael Orest Hyra, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Meg’s paternal great-grandfather, Orest J. Hyra – http://records.ancestry.com
Meg’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Meg’s maternal grandfather, William E. Duggan, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Meg’s maternal great-grandparents, Michael John Duggan and Matilda Dolz – https://familysearch.org
Meg’s maternal great-grandparents, Thomas Timothy Ryan and Emily Louise McManus or O’Connor, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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