Richie Sambora

by ethnic on July 22, 2010

Birth Name: Richard Stephen Sambora

Place of Birth: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 11, 1959

Ethnicity: Polish

Richie Sambora is an American musician, rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is a member of the rock band Bon Jovi. The band’s other members include or previously included Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, and Tico Torres.

Richie’s parents, Joan (Sienila) and Adam Sambora, were both of Polish descent. Sambora and Sienila are both Polish surnames.

Richie has a daughter, model and actress Ava Sambora, with his former wife, actress Heather Locklear.

Richie’s paternal grandfather was Joannes/Jan/John Baptist Sambora (the son of Adamus/Adam Sambora and Marcianna/Marciana Kita). Joannes was Polish, and was likely from Jodłowa. Adamus likely was the son of Martinus Sambora and Marianna Janiga. Marcianna likely was the daughter of Josephus Kita and Marianna Zawislak.

Richie’s paternal grandmother was named Anna Klucek. Anna was Polish.

Richie’s maternal grandfather was named Alexander Sienila. Alexander was a Polish immigrant.

Richie’s maternal grandmother was Stella. Stella was born in New Jersey, and was almost certainly also of Polish ancestry.

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

Baptismal record of Richie’s paternal grandfather, Joannes/Jan/John Baptist Sambora –

Immigration record of Richie’s paternal grandfather, Joannes/Jan/John Baptist Sambora –

Richie’s paternal grandfather, Joannes/Jan/John Baptist Sambora, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Baptismal record of likely Richie’s paternal great-grandfather, Adamus/Adam Sambora –

Baptismal record of likely Richie’s paternal great-grandmother, Marcianna/Marciana Kita –

Richie’s mother on the 1940 U.S. census –

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neiltennant August 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm

he looks Polish Jewish


bablah June 22, 2017 at 9:12 am
bablah June 22, 2017 at 9:27 am
bablah June 24, 2017 at 4:28 am

Follers, add this.

follers June 24, 2017 at 8:29 am

Don’t worry, it was on the list.

bablah June 24, 2017 at 8:34 am

I wasn’t sure if you saw it between all The Rock discussion.

andrew June 25, 2017 at 4:37 am


neiltennant August 3, 2015 at 12:46 am

oh really no italian ancestry?

About poland to say I was in poland and i have a lot of polish friends. And if some can say about a european country where 90 percent of the people are blue eyed you can say that about poland :-))

i do know actually only one guy from poland who has brown eyes and i talked to other polish people and they said that with his brown eyes he would be seen as strange

now i found out that he is of latvian jewish descent :-))

By the way Richie Sambora may look polish. He has brown eyes and hazel eyes. But chances are that he has more than only polish

andrew August 2, 2015 at 3:48 pm

he is described as having Italian ancestry in a lot of sites, and they’re all wrong.

cwm85 July 28, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Polish people don’t all look the same people. My partner is half polish and has brown hair and blue eyes. Mom is English with black hair and hazel eyes. So not every type of anyone will look same.

musicfangirl July 27, 2015 at 1:05 am

would have thought he would part Italian

neiltennant July 23, 2015 at 5:15 am

sinila, sambora etc. sound very italian to me

i m not sure but why there are so many polish names sounding italian ?

Sophie January 18, 2014 at 8:18 am

I live in Poland and polish people not always have blonde hair and blue eyes. Great deal of them have got dark eyes and hair like him.

neiltennant June 22, 2017 at 8:49 am

yes those polish have either Jewish ancestors or Gypsy roots

neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 10:39 am

he looks to dark to be only POLISH

dont misunderstand me, but I’m from germany and i have seen thousands of polish people, as poland is in the near of germany

there are blonde+ blue eyed polish+ brown haired+ brown eyed

but sambora in my eyes looks too dark !!

of course he is white but not polish, maybe of italian+ spanish descent

the names of his ancestors like sinnila could be italian

blackmon July 31, 2011 at 8:28 am

He look black to me.

rafael July 31, 2011 at 5:41 pm

who doesn’t look black to you?

Delnegro August 1, 2011 at 2:17 am

Stfu already all you do is talk shyt u stupid bitch

rafael August 1, 2011 at 6:12 am

like no wrote,who gives a shit

neiltennant June 22, 2017 at 8:50 am

yes of course black


go to GHANA or SENEGAL and you see only those people :-)

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