Katherine Sarafian

by stlucas on May 27, 2017

Birth Name: Katherine A Sarafian

Place of Birth: San Leandro, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 27, 1969

Ethnicity: Armenian

Katherine Sarafian is an American film producer.

Katherine is the daughter of Alice (Izmirian) and Richard Kegham “Mesrob” Sarafian, Jr. Both of Katherine’s parents were of Armenian ancestry.

Katherine’s paternal grandfather was Richard Sarafian, Sr. Richard was Armenian.

Katherine’s paternal grandmother was Mary Kalunian (the daughter of Martin Kalunian and Mary Moomgian). Katherine’s grandmother Mary was born in California, to parents from Armenia.

Katherine’s maternal grandfather was Luther C. Izmirian (the son of Charles Izmirian and Datenik). Luther was born in New York, to parents from Armenia.

Katherine’s maternal grandmother was Grace Marie Poladian/Polaiden (the daughter of Richard Poladian/Polaiden and Alice). Grace was born in Connecticut, to parents from Turkey, who were of Armenian descent.

Sources: Genealogy of Katherine Sarafian –

Birth record of Katherine Sarafian –

Obituary of Katherine’s father, Richard Kegham Sarafian, Jr. –

Katherine’s paternal grandfather, Richard Sarafian, Sr., on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Katherine’s paternal grandmother, Mary Kalunian –

Katherine’s paternal grandmother, Mary Kalunian, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Katherine’s paternal grandmother, Mary (Kalunian) Sarafian –

Katherine’s maternal grandfather, Luther C. Izmirian, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Katherine’s maternal grandmother, Grace Marie Poladian/Polaiden, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Katherine’s maternal grandmother, Grace Marie (Poladian/Polaiden) Izmirian –

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Philipp Kirkorov

by wanderer on May 21, 2017

Birth Name: Philipp Bedrosovich Kirkorov

Place of Birth: Varna, Bulgaria

Date of Birth: 30 April, 1967

*Armenian (father)
*Russian, French, Romani (mother)

Philipp Kirkorov is a Russian pop singer. His father, Bedros Kirkorov (original surname Krikoryan), is a Bulgarian singer of Armenian descent. His mother, Victoria Kirkorovа (née Likhachevа), was a Bulgarian singer.

Philipp’s maternal great-grandfather, Manion Mikhail Alfonsovich, was of half-French-half-Russian descent.

Philipp’s maternal grandmother, Manion Lidia Mikhailovna, has Romani roots.

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Callie Thorne

by stlucas on May 15, 2017

Birth Name: Calliope Silver Thorne

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

Date of Birth: November 20, 1969

*Ashkenazi Jewish (paternal grandfather)
*Irish, English, Welsh (paternal grandmother)
*Assyrian, Armenian (mother)

Callie Thorne is an American actress.

Callie is the daughter of Karen Silver (Oshana) and Stuart Ewen Thorne.

Callie’s father is of half Ashkenazi Jewish and half British Isles (Irish, English, Welsh) ancestry. Callie’s mother has stated that she is of Assyrian and Armenian descent. Callie’s mother’s family were members of St. Stephen’s Armenian Apostolic Church.

Callie’s paternal great-grandfather, Lincoln MacVeagh, was a soldier, diplomat, businessperson, and archaeologist. Lincoln was the son of Charles MacVeah, who was ambassador to Japan, from 1925 to 1928, the grandson of Wayne MacVeagh, who was U.S. Attorney General, in 1881, and the great-nephew of Franklin MacVeagh, who was U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, from 1909 to 1913.

Callie has stated:

I’m Armenian but I pass for several ethnicities, which is great. It’s easy for me, and I do accents really well. But it’s not all that I can do. That particular movie and this show — because I’m playing Laura Ballard, not Laura Esposito — show that.

Callie’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Edmund Thorne (the son of Bernard David Thorn and Julia/Julie Parvel/Pawel). Samuel was a legal historian and professor at Harvard Law School. Bernard was a Jewish immigrant, who was born in Austria, the son of Samuel Thorn and Rosa Bader. Julie was born in New York, the daughter of Jewish immigrants, Adolph Parvel/Pawel, from Leszno, Poland, and Emma Klein, from Leipzig, Germany.

Callie’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Ewen MacVeagh (the daughter of Davenport Lincoln MacVeagh and Margaret Charlton Lewis). Davenport Lincoln was the son of Charles Miner MacVeagh and Fanny Davenport Rogers. Callie’s great-grandmother Margaret was the daughter of Charlton Thomas Lewis and Margaret Pierce Sherrard.

Callie’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Pius Oshana (the son of Pius Oshana and Martha). Samuel was born in either Russia or Connecticut, to Assyrian parents from Persia (now Iran).

Callie’s maternal grandmother was Beatrice Davidian (the daughter of Khachig/Rathador Davidian and Siranoush). Beatrice was born in Connecticut, to parents from Armenia.

Sources: Genealogy of Callie Thorne (focusing on her father’s side) –

Marriage record of Callie’s parents, Stuart E. Thorne and Karen Silver Oshana –

Callie’s paternal grandfather, Samuel Edmund Thorne, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Samuel Edmund Thorne on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Samuel Edmund Thorne on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Callie’s paternal grandfather, Samuel Edmund Thorne –

Marriage record of Callie’s paternal great-grandparents, Bernard David Thorn and Julia/Julie Parvel/Pawel –

Callie’s maternal grandfather, Samuel Pius Oshana, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Callie’s maternal grandfather, Samuel Pius Oshana –

Callie’s maternal grandmother, Beatrice Davidian, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Callie’s maternal grandmother, Beatrice (Davidian) Oshana –

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by Manila on May 5, 2017

Birth Name: Artsvik Harutyunyan

Place of Birth: Kapan, Syunik, Armenian SSR (now Armenia)

Date of Birth: 21 October, 1984

Ethnicity: Armenian

Artsvik is an Armenian singer and songwriter. She represented Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.


Hélène Segara

by Yayoute on April 25, 2017

Birth Name: Hélène Aurore Alice Rizzo

Place of Birth: Six-Fours-les-Plages, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France

Date of Birth: 26 February, 1971

*Italian (father)
*Armenian (mother)

Hélène Segara is a French singer who came to prominence playing the role Esmeralda in the French musical Notre-Dame de Paris. Thanks to her duet with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, she has achieved success since 1996, surpassing 10 million records sold.

Helène Segara is the daughter of Bernard Rizzo and Thérèse Kasbarian. Hélène’s father is a French from an Italian family whose roots are from Liguria and Piemonte. Hélène’s mother is of Armenian descent whose ancestors were from Georgia and East Turkey.

Hélène’s paternal grandfather was Augustin Marius Rizzo (the son of Jean Rizzo and Bernadine Angèle Marenco). Jean was the son of Barthélémy Rizzo and Louise Maria Antonia Damiano, both native of Dego, Liguria, Italia. Bernadine Angèle was the daughter of Pierre François Marie Marenco and Marie Zunino, both born in Sassello, Liguria, Italia.

Hélène’s paternal grandmother was Augusta Joséphine Tappa (the daughter of Laurent Tappa and Maria Madeleine Giuseppina Tassistro). Laurent was born in Spigno Montferrato, Piemonte, Italia to Giovanni Tappa and Ferdinenda Viazzo. Maria Madeleine Giuseppina was born in Pareto, Piemonte, Italia to Dominique Tassistro and Rosa Parodi.

Hélène’s maternal grandfather was Zarzan Kasbarian. Zarzan was an Armenian born in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Hélène’s maternal grandmother was Marie-Andrée Dagarian (the daughter of Pienamine Dagarian and Satenik Avedissian). Pienamine was the son of Beghos Dagarian and Mariam Bedrossian. Marie-Andrée’s parents were Armenian born in Mush/Muş, Turkey. However, Mariam Bedrossian was native of Kars, Turkey.