Steve Carell

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

Birth Name: Steven John Carell

Place of Birth: Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 16, 1962

*Italian, German (father)
*Polish (mother)

Steve Carell is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, and producer. He starred in the movie The 40 Year-Old Virgin and the television series The Office, among many other roles.

Steve is the son of Harriet Theresa (Koch) and Edwin A. Carell. Steve’s father’s original surname, Caroselli, was shortened to Carell. On his father’s side, Steve is of Italian and German ancestry. On his mother’s side, Steve is of Polish descent. Steve is married to actress, comedian, and writer Nancy Carell (born Nancy Ellen Walls), with whom he has two children.

Steve’s paternal grandfather was Ernest Caroselli (the son of Amanzio Caroselli and Marianna/Marsanina/Marcasciano Ricco). Ernest was an Italian emigrant, born in Bari, Apulia, Italy.

Steve’s paternal grandmother was Marie G. Egle (the daughter of August W. Egle and Mary A. Boullay). Steve’s grandmother Marie was born in New York. August was a German immigrant. Steve’s great-grandmother Mary Boullay was born in New York, the daughter of German immigrant parents, Nicholas Boullay and Jo Hanna.

Steve’s maternal grandfather was Zygmont/Zigmund/Zygmond/Sigmund Koch (the son of Joseph Koch and Crestene/Custene Pascoff). Zygmont is listed as born in Russia in one record and in Vilnius, Lithuania in another record, and was possibly of ethnic Polish descent.

Steve’s maternal grandmother was Frances Victoria Tolosky (the daughter of Tebfis/Tuffield Tolosky and Mary Brunnwyko/Burranaski/Burnak). Frances was born in New York, to Polish parents.

Sources: Genealogies of Steve Carell –

Marriage record of Steve’s paternal grandparents, Ernest Caroselli and Marie G. Egle –

Steve’s paternal grandfather, Ernest Caroselli, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Steve’s paternal grandmother, Marie G. Egle, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Steve’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage records of Steve’s maternal grandparents, Zygmont/Zigmund/Zygmond/Sigmund Koch and Frances Victoria Tolosky –

Steve’s maternal grandparents, Zygmont/Zigmund/Zygmond/Sigmund Koch and Frances Victoria Tolosky, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Death record of Steve’s maternal grandfather, Zygmont/Zigmund/Zygmond/Sigmund Koch –

Steve’s maternal grandmother, Frances Victoria Tolosky, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Steve’s maternal grandmother, Frances Victoria (Tolosky) Koch –

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bearboy November 1, 2017 at 7:29 pm

“CORRECTION’ He is 25% Italian, 25% German, 25% Polish, 25% Ashkenazi Jewish

bearboy November 2, 2017 at 6:09 am

According to records Sigmund Koch was Lithuanian Jewish.

follers November 2, 2017 at 9:15 am

Which “ records” state that he was Jewish, and how do they state it?

bearboy November 2, 2017 at 11:08 am

Now that I am looking at the record I realize I got the wrong Siegmund Koch. I got a hint under Siegmund Koch which was, “Munich, Germany, Nazi Documentation Regarding Jews, 1916-1946.” The hint was messed up because he was in the U.S. by that time. On a separate note, I don’t think Pascoff is an ethnic Polish surname.

andrew October 5, 2017 at 2:42 am

Bari -> Apulia

andrew August 21, 2017 at 4:33 pm
andrew August 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm
madman March 23, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Steve’s maternal grandmother’s parents were Rusyns (the 1910 census lists their birth places as “Rus Polish”).

His maternal grandfather was born in Vilnius. He spoke Polish on the 1920 census and Lithuanian on the 1930 census.

On the 1920 census his birth place was “Russia”, but the crossed out birth place of him and his parents is “Vilna”, which is the Rusyn spelling of Vilnius. So you might consider it evidence for Rusyn ancestry as well. Maybe they were from the same community as Sandra Dee’s grandparents.

follers March 23, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Bablah? We need your ruling on this.

madman March 23, 2017 at 2:25 pm

The number of Rusyn Americans seems to be greatly underestimated.

follers March 23, 2017 at 2:26 pm

Possibly. I myself tend to group in small Eastern European ethnic groups into larger and/or different ones (as the census did). So it is good to have the help of someone who is more of an expert than I am.

bablah March 23, 2017 at 2:50 pm

I’ll check this out later.
Rusyns, along with Jews had the smallest percentage of returnees to Europe from America (less than 10%, compare that to almost 50% of Italian emigrants returning to Italy). That’s one of the reasons why their numbers are so low even in Europe (other is assimilation, here in Bosnia the ratio of Ukrainians and Rusyns was 2:1 in 1910, and is 1:0 today).

madman March 23, 2017 at 3:19 pm

Figuring out how to view people’s mother tongue on familysearch has greatly improved that for me.

Rusyn for Bronson is, I think, far-fetched. Would Rusyns list their language as Lithuanian? Polish or Russian would be more understandable. And his father was from the Lithuanian countryside, which isn’t the most multiethnic area I can think of. I still think he was predominantly Lithuanian, even if some of his family names may be Polish in origin (some generations back possibly). The -avage suffix (as in “Butsavage”) seems to be Lithuanian as well.

follers March 23, 2017 at 2:31 pm

Perhaps Charles Bronson was Rusyn.

bablah March 23, 2017 at 3:37 pm

Rus Polish in the maternal grandparents case meant Polish from Russia.
See how the enumerator did the same in the other entries with Aust Polish etc.

bablah March 23, 2017 at 3:53 pm

Damn I’m dumb, haha.
Ruthenian was the official language of Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
Why didn’t I know this?

madman March 24, 2017 at 10:22 am

So what’s the conclusion? Polish?

bablah March 24, 2017 at 11:34 am

Yes, probably.

andrew June 19, 2016 at 3:26 pm
madman June 19, 2016 at 3:50 pm

His mother seems to be Jewish

follers June 19, 2016 at 4:37 pm

Many of the names, as well as the location (around Buffalo), and many other details, clearly indicate a non-Jewish Eastern European background. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pre-1917 Eastern European Jewish immigrant to the U.S. named “Zygmont” (or, I think, “Victoria”). And of course, all the obituaries have Catholic services listed.

This is another case, like Charles Bronson, where some of the census records say Lithuania, but none of the names are Lithuanian. I wrote “Polish”, but it could be some other Eastern European ethnicity, like Belarusian. I’m not sure if Steve has commented on it.

madman June 20, 2016 at 1:56 am

“Koch” and “Pascoff” are at least not Polish names. Maybe Steve’s maternal grandfather was a convert to Catholicism who married a Polish Catholic.

follers June 20, 2016 at 5:28 am

There are some Polish Catholics with the surname “Koch”.

As for “Custene Pascoff”, it’s an odd name, but not necessarily a Jewish one. It’s probably a typo on the wedding index. The first name may have been “Christine”.

I don’t think the relative few Polish Jews who converted to Catholicism in Poland at the time would have been likely to move to the U.S. then. And if Zygmont was a Polish Jew who moved to the U.S. and converted to Catholicism there, he probably would have changed his name to something more British, not to something more Polish.

romanticcelt February 7, 2016 at 2:43 pm

“Boullay” is definitely French in origin.

Lateralus June 23, 2015 at 6:40 am

….everybody has some italian into themself ahaha

Capricious April 4, 2015 at 2:59 am

He’s got the most annoying face.

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