Milo Ventimiglia

by ethnic on July 15, 2008

GQ 2010 "Men of the Year" Party - Arrivals

Birth Name: Milo Anthony Ventimiglia

Place of Birth: Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 8, 1977

*Italian/Sicilian (father)
*English, Scottish (mother)

Milo Ventimiglia is an American actor. He is known for his role on the series Heroes, as Peter Petrelli, and This Is Us, as Jack Pearson.

Milo’s father, Peter Ventimiglia, is of Italian (Sicilian) descent. Milo’s mother, Carol Lynn (Wilson), has English and Scottish ancestry. Milo’s maternal grandfather was from a family from the American South, while Milo’s maternal grandmother was from a family of recent emigrants from Canada, and England and Scotland before then.

Miloa has said:

…my family is Italian English Irish Scottish French and Native American…

Milo’s mother is specifically said to have Cherokee Native American and Blackfoot Native American ancestry. She is also said to have Indian (from the country, India) roots. It is not clear if these lineages have been verified/documented. All of Milo’s maternal grandparents and great-grandparents are listed as “White” on United States Censuses. It is also not clear which of Milo’s ancestors were Irish and/or French.

Milo’s paternal grandfather was John Anthony Ventimiglia (the son of Pietro/Peter Ventimiglia and Dorotea/Dorothy Corriere/Corrier). John was born in Illinois, to Italian parents. Pietro was from Alimena, Province of Palermo, Sicily, Italy, and was the son of Gaetano Ventimiglia and Calogera Militano. Dorotea was from Termini Imerese, also in Palermo, and was the daughter of Giovanni Curreri and Vincenza La Stella. The word Ventimiglia, meaning “twenty miles”, comes from the town of Ventimiglia, in Liguria, Italy, which later gave its name to another city, Ventimiglia di Sicilia. Ventimiglia is also a noble family.

Milo’s maternal grandfather was Anthie/Anthony “Tony” Wilson, Jr. (the son of Anthie Wilson and Sudie Mae Morris). Milo’s great-grandfather Anthie was the son of John Wesley Wilson and Zora Elima West. Sudie was the daughter of Charles Morris and Eddie.

Milo’s maternal grandmother was Frances Emily Maynard (the daughter of Leslie Philip/Phillip Maynard and Janet Emily Lamont). Frances was born in Canada, to American parents, from Michigan. Leslie was the son of John/James Henry Maynard and Jane F. Keaton. Milo’s great-grandmother Janet Lamont was born in Michigan, to Canadian parents, from Ontario, William Keith Lamont, whose parents were Scottish, and Jane A. Marshall.

Sources: Genealogy of Milo Ventimiglia –

Milo’s paternal grandfather, John Anthony Ventimiglia, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Milo Ventimiglia (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Milo’s maternal grandfather, Anthie/Anthony “Tony” Wilson, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Milo’s maternal grandmother, Frances Emily Maynard, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Milo’s maternal great-grandfather, Leslie Philip/Phillip Maynard (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Milo’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Jane F. Keaton, on the 1870 U.S. Census –

Milo’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandparents, Philip H. Phillips and Hannah Frazier, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

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Mixed Kidd March 4, 2018 at 6:59 am

CORRECTION: He is also French, Irish and Native American. He has tweeted about it before:

“Milo is actually Greek but my family is Italian English Irish Scottish French and Native American”

andrew February 3, 2018 at 12:10 pm

the source of his Native American ancestry might be from his maternal great-great-great-grandmother Sarah Philips, who is described as 1/2 American Indian here:

neiltennant January 26, 2017 at 7:35 am

i had a poster of the band Bush on which GAVIN ROSDALE looked exactly like him

funny because both do have Scottish + English roots on their mothers sides
but on their fathers sides JEWISH and this guy ITALIAN


andrew May 25, 2016 at 6:55 pm

“Ventimiglia”, meaning “twenty miles”, comes from the town of Ventimiglia in Liguria, Italy, which later gave its name to another city, Ventimiglia di Sicilia.

Ventimiglia is also a noble family:

andrew October 8, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Dorothy Corrier sounds French

follers October 8, 2015 at 4:37 pm

It’s “Corriere”.

andrew October 8, 2015 at 5:01 pm

so it’s Alimena, Province of Palermo, Sicily, Italy. “Temnim, Gireses” is arguably “Termini Imerese”, also in Province of Palermo, Sicily.

andrew September 14, 2015 at 4:47 pm
WTF April 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm

He is hot. I’ve noticed that most Italian men are very attractive.

none May 1, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Sicilian is not a nationality. Sicily is the first inhabited region in Italy and are the original Italians. a person from new york’s nationality isn’t new yorker, it’s American

martin February 16, 2016 at 2:55 am

Sicily is NOT the first inhabited region of Italy.
Who told you that?

Islander_Miss December 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Loved him since Gilmore Girls.

nnnnn May 3, 2013 at 10:05 pm

“Cherokee and Blackfoot”. Cherockee alone wasn’t enough

andrew May 4, 2013 at 2:49 pm

different with it (also Cameron Diaz claimed Blackfoot ancestry in a Vanity Fair interview I read)

nnnnn May 5, 2013 at 11:27 pm

I ment, everybody in Hollywood (besides of George
Clooney) claimes to be some native. Milo wanted to
be safe and decorated himself with two differnt

romanticcelt February 24, 2016 at 10:56 am

You mean to tell me you’re unfamiliar with L.A.’s long existing backfoot enclave? It’s existed forever. Right there in Little Buffalo village. They’re renowned for having a major impact on the city at large.

levangelista36 August 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm

So is he really half Sicilian?

levangelista36 August 18, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I wonder if Ariana Grande is truly fully Italian. If so, she beats Lea.

levangelista36 August 18, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Well, if she is, there’s an actress born after 1980 that is pureblood. I think she’ll be the first. Haha.

Rob June 11, 2012 at 9:47 am

He’s your typical USA citizen. Mixed European with native American.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm

He looks very Italian . . .

I thought he was gay.

me March 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm

No. He looks English.

WTF April 17, 2014 at 2:48 pm

English? I don’t think so. He looks Italian.

nnnnn August 29, 2012 at 10:14 am


nnnnn September 25, 2012 at 12:17 am

Better:” I thought, he was a gay”

-“Yes, he looks Englisch”

me December 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm
ProudFilipina March 27, 2011 at 2:07 am

what’s a blackfoot?

Fuzzybear March 27, 2011 at 3:19 am

To Proud

It’s a native American tribe

raciality 1o1 August 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm

he by racial, he by racial… you sed black—

Natasha February 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Anyone know what Blackfoot is?

Fuzzybear March 27, 2011 at 3:20 am

It’s a native American tribe

Veronica November 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm

sexy!! good combo

black wallstreet November 24, 2010 at 5:47 am

Not surprised. when he was on Heroes i always knew him Hayden & Sylar were italian. they all looked it.

Christian October 9, 2010 at 7:38 am

Sicily IS Italy so Sicilians are Italians as well as me so PLEASE when you write Sicilian ethnicity, write Italian ( Sicilian ) . We (Italians) already have so many problems with independentistic movements ( Padania, Sardinia, Sicily, Veneto and so on…) so plese just don’t write Sicilians as separate erhnic group :)

LIL VACHA October 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm

tHANk y0U! i AgREE W/ yU VERyy MUCH 100%! i HAtE H0W ppL WANt SiCiLiAN t0 bE SEpARAtE tHAN iTALiAN UgH iT MAkES ME MAD.! HAHA. tHEy ARE StiLL itALiANS! SiCiLy iS ApARt 0F iTALy.!

JLuciano June 12, 2012 at 1:55 am

Okay…not a big deal. I am Sicilian and I say Sicilian all of the time. I don’t mind at all. Sensitive type, ey? I am from Sicily. Very proud to be as well. I would personally rather be from Sicily than Calabria or Nothern Italy. I believe a lot of Northern Italians are snobs. They complain A LOT. I love all Italians though. We are all a wonderful unity. Some just annoy me. I (for some reason) do not like to be confused with a Northern Italian. Nothing personal to Northern Italians.

hmm July 10, 2010 at 7:09 am

His last name reminds me of natalie imbruglia’s surname. both ending in “GLIA”

Rob June 11, 2012 at 9:49 am

They are both Italian names. Not much of a mystery

ethnic July 31, 2008 at 1:46 am

Thanks Cloe, Im surprised I missed that.

cloe July 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm

He’s Irish too on his moms side so change that. thanks

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