Paul Dano

by follers on October 19, 2012

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Birth Name: Paul Franklin Dano

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 19, 1984

*Slovak (father)
*Austrian, Swedish, some Bohemian Czech (mother)

Paul Dano is an American actor and producer.

Paul’s father is originally from Pennsylvania, and is of Slovak descent. Paul’s mother is of Austrian (including Bohemian (Czech)) and Swedish descent.

Paul’s paternal grandfather was John Dano/Danno (the son of Nicholas Dano/Danno and Mary Matey). John was born in Pennsylvania, to Slovak parents.

Paul’s paternal grandmother was Anna H. Herzo/Heras (the daughter of John Herzo/Heras and Mary Ivopetok). Anna was born in Pennsylvania, to Slovak parents.

Paul’s maternal grandfather was Frank Jacob Pipp (the son of Frank Jacob Pipp and Caroline I. Snyder). Paul’s grandfather Frank was born in Michigan. Paul’s great-grandfather Frank was born in Michigan, to Austrian-born parents John Pipp and Mary Pangrelic. Caroline was born in Austria, the daughter of Frank Snyder and Anna Macek. The surname Macek likely indicates Bohemian (Czech) ancestry, as might the surname Pangrelic.

Paul’s maternal grandmother was Gloria Charlotte Nilsson (the daughter of Okie Richard Nilsson and Elsie Anna Hanson). Gloria was born in Illinois. Okie was born in Sweden, the son of Johan Nilsson and Hella Gram. Elsie was of Swedish descent.

Sources: Paul’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Paul’s paternal grandparents, John Dano/Danno and Anna H. Herzo/Heras, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death record of Paul’s maternal great-grandfather, Okie Richard Nilsson –

Obituary of Paul’s maternal great-grandfather, Okie Richard Nilsson –

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follers March 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm

Bablah, is Dano ethnically correct?

bablah March 23, 2017 at 2:29 pm

From the available sources, yes. Andrew is right about the surname, and there is a ”Russian” Danyo family living near Scranton in Jermyn, but I couldn’t connect these two families, nor could I find any more info on Paul’s.

andrew March 23, 2017 at 5:57 am

The surname “Daňo” can be Rusyn

madman March 23, 2017 at 2:24 pm

Bret Michaels’ great-grandmother carried that surname. But names that short can probably occur among many ethnic groups.

follers March 23, 2017 at 2:25 pm
neiltennant August 24, 2015 at 4:46 am

he looks so slavic

he could easily fit in russia

he reminds me of a younger DONALD TRUMP

neiltennant July 15, 2015 at 7:58 am

not italian ? :-(

I’m sad

because DANO is a italian surname

there are italian americans like LINDA DANO etc,

musicfangirl August 29, 2015 at 4:42 pm

i was about to say that

Morrigan Ni Boii May 8, 2018 at 2:55 am

Dano is a Slovak nickname for Hebrew name Daniel.

andrew November 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm

correction: his eyes are green

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