David Ignatius

by stlucas on April 6, 2017

Birth Name: David R. Ignatius

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

Date of Birth: May 26, 1950

*Armenian (father)
*German, Scottish, English, Dutch (mother)

David Ignatius is an American journalist and novelist.

David is the son of Nancy (Weiser) and government official Paul Robert Ignatius.

David’s paternal grandparents were Hovsep/Joseph B. Ignatius/Ignatosian (the son of Bohas Ignatius/Ignatosian and Shahmel Mazmanian) and Elisa Jamgochian (the daughter of Avedis M. Jamgochian and Akabe Janigian). Hovsep and Elisa were both ethnic Armenians who moved to the U.S. from Harpoot, Armenia (now Elazığ, Turkey).

David’s maternal grandfather was Richard Mather Weiser. His parents were Edwin C. Weiser and Lucy Bagg Brooks.

David’s maternal grandmother was Louise Sharpless Gilbert Reynolds. Her parents were Charles Henry Reynolds (the son of Victor Cooke Reynolds and Lucinda Miller) and Sarah Gilbert.

Victor’s parents were Hiram Reynolds and Mary Ann Bowman (the daughter of Jesse Bowman/Baumann and Sarah Aten). Jesse’s parents were George Christopher/Georg Christoph Baumann and Susan Banks. Sarah’s parents were Dirck “Richard” Aten and Catherine Warner.

Jesse was born in Pennsylvania, to a German/Prussian father from Hesse-Nassau, and a Scottish mother, from Aryshire. Sarah had Dutch and English ancestry.

Sources: David’s father, Paul Robert Ignatius, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of David’s paternal grandparents, Hovsep/Joseph B. Ignatius/Ignatosian and Elisa Jamgochian –

Genealogy of David’s mother (focusing on her mother’s side) –


Irina Khakamada

by wanderer on March 21, 2017

Birth Name: Irina Mutsuovna Khakamada

Place of Birth: Moscow, USSR

Date of Birth: April 13, 1955

*Japanese (father)
*Russian, Armenian, Lezgin (mother)

Irina Khakamada is a Russian politician.

Her father, Mutsuo Hakamada, was Japanese. He was a communist who defected to the Soviet Union in 1939. Her paternal uncle is Satomi Hakamada, a longtime member of the Japanese Communist Party leadership.

Her mother, Nina Sinelnikova, is of Russian and Armenian heritage. She is partly of Lezgic heritage, which is an ethnic group native predominantly to southern Dagestan.

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Dan Bilzerian

by madman on December 30, 2016

Birth Name: Brandon Dan Bilzerian

Place of Birth: Tampa, Florida, United States

Date of Birth: December 7, 1980

*25% Armenian
*25% French-Canadian
*25% Swiss-German
*25% Norwegian

Dan Bilzerian is an American social media personality and professional poker player.

Dan is the son of Terri Lee (Steffen) and Paul Bilzerian (Paul Alec Bilzerian), a corporate takeover specialist. His father is of half Armenian descent, with his other roots including French-Canadian, and possibly other. His mother has Swiss-German and Norwegian ancestry.

Dan’s paternal grandfather was Oscar A. Bilezerian (the son of Alexander Bilezerian and Lucy/Lusen Danielian/Dunelian). Oscar was born in Massachusetts, to Armenian parents.

Dan’s paternal grandmother was Joan S. Barrie (the daughter of Leon H. Barrie and Marie Claire Eveline Lachance). Leon was the son of Henry G. Barrie and Aileen L. Marie Claire was the daughter of Joseph H. Lachance and Georgiana Chartier.

Dan’s maternal grandfather was Harry Allen Steffen (the son of Samuel Steffen and Rose Susan Garber). Samuel was the son of Johannes “John” Steffen, who was born in Emmental, Switzerland, and of Magdalena J. Amstutz, who was born in Kidron, Ohio, of Swiss-German descent. Rose was the daughter of Israel Garber and Barbara Ann Suter, who were both of Swiss-German descent.

Dan’s maternal grandmother was Lois Jane Lanning (the daughter of Alfred Lanning and Alice Theoline Strand). Alfred was the son of Peder Sylversen Lanning, whose parents were Norweigan, and of Marta Olsdatter Gulden, who was Norwegian. Alice was the daughter of Helmer Parelius E. Strand and Emma Elvina Tollefson, who were both born in Minnesota, to Norwegian parents.

Sources: Obituary of Dan’s uncle, Dan Morgan Steffen –

Dan’s paternal grandfather, Oscar A. Bilezerian, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Dan’s paternal grandmother, Joan S. (Barrie) Bilezerian –

Genealogy of Dan’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Joseph H. Lachance (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Obituary of Dan’s maternal grandaunt, Doris A. Lanning –

Genealogy of Dan’s maternal great-grandfather, Alfred Lanning –

Genealogy of Dan’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Peder Sylversen Lanning –

Genealogy of Dan’s maternal great-grandmother, Alice Theoline Strand –

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Lauren Hashian

by madman on December 8, 2016

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Lauren Hashian with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Birth Name: Lauren Kristina Hashian

Place of Birth: Lynnfield, Massachusetts, United States

Date of Birth: September 8, 1984

Ethnicity: Armenian, German, around 1/32 Danish

Lauren Hashian is an American singer and songwriter. She is the daughter of Suzanne J. (Jipp), a former model, and Sib Hashian (John Thomas Hashian), the former drummer of the band Boston. Lauren has a child with her partner, wrestler and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Lauren’s father is of either fully or half Armenian ancestry. Lauren’s maternal grandfather was of German, and some Danish, descent.

Lauren’s paternal grandfather was James Thaddeus “Jack” Hashian.

Lauren’s maternal grandfather was John Emil Jipp (the son of Emil E. Jipp and Hazel Amelia Wollesen). Lauren’s great-grandfather Emil was the son of German parents, August Christian Jipp and Doris Wilken. Hazel was the daughter of Johannes Dietrich Wollesen, who was born in Germany, of Danish and German descent, and of Anna Katherine Schultz, who was born in Iowa, to German parents.

Lauren’s maternal grandmother was Doris Harn.

Source: Genealogies of Lauren’s maternal grandfather, John Emil Jipp –

Genealogy of Lauren’s maternal great-grandmother, Hazel Amelia Wollesen (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Obituary of Lauren’s maternal grandmother, Doris (Harn) Jipp –

Photo by kathclick/


Hovig Demirjian

by Manila on October 31, 2016

Place of Birth: Nicosia, Cyprus

Date of Birth: 3 January, 1989

Ethnicity: Armenian

Hovig Demirjian is a Cypriot singer. He will represent Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.