Megyn Kelly

by bearboy on May 26, 2015

2014 Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People in the World Gala - Arrivals

Birth Name: Megyn Marie Kelly

Place of Birth: Champaign, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 18, 1970

*50% Irish, possibly other
*25% Italian
*25% mix of German and Czech

Megyn Kelly is an American journalist, political commentator, and corporate defense attorney. She was the host of the show The Kelly File from 2013 to 2017.

She is married to novelist and entrepreneur Douglas Brunt, with whom she has three children.

Megyn’s paternal grandparents were Edward J. Kelly and Elinor R. Tonry.

Megyn’s maternal grandfather was Angelo Anthony DeMaio (son of Luigi DeMaio and Maria Teresa/Theresa Abate). Angelo was born in Calitri, Province of Avellino, Campania, Italy. Luigi was the son of Leonardo Antonio DiMaio and Giovanna Cialeo. Maria Teresa was the daughter of Angelo Abate and Maria Gesu Cerreta.

Megyn’s maternal grandmother was Frances Antoinette Holzworth (daughter of Edward Holzwarth and Lillian Christine Switz). Frances was born in New Jersey. Edward was born in New York, to German parents, Jacob Holzwarth and Dorothea Kern, from Miltenberg and Raunheim, respectively. Lillian was born in New Jersey, the daughter of Joseph Switz and Antonia Lankash/Lockland, who were from Prague, Czechoslovakia.


Genealogy of Megyn Kelly (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Megyn’s maternal grandmother, Frances Antoinette Holzworth, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Megyn’s maternal great-grandmother, Lillian Christine Switz, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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madman April 15, 2017 at 6:45 am

Italian (maternal grandfather), Irish, German, Czech


*Irish, possibly other (father)
*Italian (maternal grandfather)
*German, Czech (maternal grandmother)

madman March 13, 2017 at 1:51 pm

Joseph Switz and Antonia Lankash were from Prague, Czechoslovakia.

madman March 15, 2017 at 11:56 am

I didn’t mean to imply that they were ethnic Czechs. Antonia identified as German here:

Although Lankash (Lankaš) appears to be a Czech surname, so she probably had some Czech ancestry as well. I don’t know if there is a Czech surname similar to Switz.

andrew August 18, 2016 at 3:55 am

correction: Calitri, Province of Avellino, Campania, Italy.

andrew May 26, 2015 at 5:55 am

Parents names: Edward Kelly and Linda R. DeMaio

maternal grandparents: Angelo DeMaio (son of Luigi DeMaio and Maria T. Abate) and Antoinette Holzwarth (daughter of Edward Holzwarth and Lillian C. Switz)

so her ancestry is

Irish, possible other (father)
Italian (maternal granfather)
German, Austrian (maternal grandmother)

bearboy October 20, 2016 at 4:29 pm

I am probably wrong but I found a record on of Edward Francis Kelly born May 19, 1940 in Brooklyn NY and died December 1985. If this is the right person (father or Megyn Kelly) the paternal grandparents were Edward J Kelly and Elinor R Tonry.

neiltennant December 1, 2017 at 9:42 am

yes it is the right one

her father died when she was a teen

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