Mika Brzezinski

by stlucas on April 8, 2017

Birth Name: Mika Emilie Leonia Brzezinski

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

Date of Birth: May 2, 1967

*Polish (father)
*Czech/Bohemian (mother)

Mika Brzezinski is an American television host, journalist, author, and political commentator.

Mika is the daughter of diplomat and political scientist Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski and sculptor Emelie Anna Benešová. Her father was National Security Advisor, from 1977 to 1981. Her siblings are Mark, a lawyer, and Ian, a foreign policy and militar affairs expert.

Mika’s father was born in Warsaw, Poland. Mika’s mother is originally from Geneva, Switzerland, of Czech ancestry.

Mika’s paternal grandparents were Tadeusz Brzeziński (the son of Kazimierz Brzeziński and Zofia Woroniecka) and Leonia Roman. Tadeusz was born in Złoczów, Poland (now Zolochiv, Ukraine). Kazimierz was the son of Kazimierz Brzeziński and Zuzanna Mayer. Zofia was the daughter of Maksymilian Woroniecki and Ernestyna Kropaczek.

Mika’s maternal grandparents were Bohuš Beneš (the son of Vaclav/Vojta Beneš and Emílie Řezáčová) and Emilie Zadna. Václav was the son of Matěj Beneš and Anna Petronila Benešová, who were originally from Plzeň, Bohemia.

One of Mika’s cousins is Canadian writer and journalist Matthew Brzezinski. Mika’s uncle (mother’s brother) is Czech-American mathematician Václav Edvard Beneš. Mika’s maternal great-grandfather Vaclav/Vojta’s brother was former President and Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia, Edvard Beneš.

Source: Genealogy of Mika Brzezinski –

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Bethanie Mattek-Sands

by stlucas on March 18, 2017

Birth Name: Bethanie Lynn Mattek

Place of Birth: Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: March 23, 1985

Ethnicity: Czech/Bohemian, German, possibly other

Bethanie Mattek-Sands is an American professional tennis player.

Bethanie was born in Rochester, Minnesota, the daughter of Timothy “Tim” John Mattek and Heidi Lynn (Brunner). She has a sister, Allison, and two brothers, Chad and Andrew. They were raised between Neenah, Wisconsin, and Florida.

Her paternal grandparents were Elsie and John W. Mattek (the son of John Mattek and Celia). John Mattek’ was born in Wisconsin, to a Bohemian father, August Mattek, and a mother from Wisconsin, Minnie, whose parents were German. Celia was also born in Wisconsin, to Bohemian parents.

Bethanie’s mother’s surname is usually of German origin.

Bethanie’s parents are pictured here.

Bethanie is married to Justin Sands.


Obituary of Bethanie’s great-uncle (paternal grandfather’s brother), Floyd Mattek –

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Tori Praver

by stlucas on March 6, 2017

Birth Name: Victoria Syde Praver

Place of Birth: San Diego, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 4, 1987

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Italian, Norwegian, German, Czech/Bohemian, some Dutch (mother)

Tori Praver is an American model and swimwear fashion designer. She was born in San Diego, California, the daughter of Lori J. (Boggio) and Stephen L. Praver. She had a brother, Ryan. Tori was raised in Maui, Hawaii, U.S. Tori is married to surfer, model, photographer, and independent filmmaker Danny Fuller. They have two children.

Tori’s paternal grandfather was Edwin Praver (the son of Albert Praver and Eve/Eva). The surname “Praver” can be traced back to Galicia (now Poland/Ukraine). Albert was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Eva was also born in New York, also to Russian Jews.

Tori’s paternal grandmother was Joan L. Rauch (the daughter of Benjamin G. Rauch and Syde). Benjamin was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents. Syde was also Jewish, and was born in New York, to a father from Russia and a mother from New York.

Tori’s maternal grandfather was Joseph” Joe” Louis Boggio. He had Italian ancestry.

Tori’s maternal grandmother was Barbara Ann Bergsrud (the daughter of Burton Andrew Bergsrud and Irma Zita Hinker). Burton was born in Iowa, to a Norwegian father, Hans Bergsrud, and a first-generation American mother, Anna G., whose parents hailed from Norway. Irma’s father, John Henry Huinker/Hinker, was born in Iowa, of mostly German, and some Dutch, descent, with German roots in North Rhine-Westphalia. Irma’s mother, Tori’s great-great-grandmother Rose, was born in Iowa, to Bohemian parents, Frederick Houdek and Kathryn Houska.

Sources: Birth certificate of Tori Praver –

Obituary of Tori’s brother, Ryan B. Praver –

Tori’s surname origin –

Engagement announcement of Tori’s paternal grandparents, Edwin Praver and Joan L. Rauch –

Tori’s paternal grandfather, Edwin Praver, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Tori’s paternal grandmother, Joan L. Rauch, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Tori’s maternal grandfather, Joseph “Joe” L. Boggio –

Genealogy of Tori’s mother’s family –

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Bradley Nowell

by madman on January 31, 2017

Birth Name: Bradley James Nowell

Date of Birth: February 22, 1968

Place of Birth: Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Death: May 25, 1996

Place of Death: San Francisco, California, United States

Ethnicity: English, German, Irish, 1/16th Czech (Bohemian), as well as small amounts of Scottish, Dutch, distant Welsh, French, and Swiss-German

Bradley Nowell was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. He was the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Sublime.

Bradley was the son of Nancy Loiuse (Shomler) and James Arthur Nowell. His ancestry included English, German, Irish, 1/16th Czech (Bohemian), as well as small amounts of Scottish, Dutch, and distant Welsh, French, and Swiss-German. Additionally, one of Bradley’s 9th great-grandmothers, Jane Sandusky, was said to be a Native American princess, although it does not appear to exist any particular evidence for this.

Bradley’s paternal grandfather was Louis Ray Nowell (the son of Oliver Nowell and Minnie Gordon). Bradley’s grandfather Louis was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to a Mormon family. Oliver was the son of Oliver Nowell and Mary Newton, whose parents were English. Minnie was the daughter of John Henry Gordon, who was English, and Mary Rebecca Bolton.

Bradley’s paternal grandmother was Maxine Dolores Barlow (the son of Edmund/Edward/Edwin Joseph Barlow and Irene Mildred Blahna). Edmund was the son of John H. Barlow, whose parents were Irish, and Emma H., whose parents were German. Irene was the daughter of Peter Blahna, who was born in Crawford, Wisconsin, to Czech parents, and Mary Jane, who was born in Manitoulin, Ontario, Canada, and had an Irish father.

Bradley’s maternal grandfather was Myron Shomler (the son of Florence Isaac Shomler and Frances Maud Darling). Florence was the son of Florence Shomler, who was German, and of Lucretia E. Noe. Frances was the daughter of Gilivan Edson Darling and Roselvina Stephens.

Bradley’s maternal grandmother was Annie Louise Carroll (the son of Almeron Edgar Carroll and Annie Mary Gribble). Almeron was the son of Luke Carroll, who was Canadian, and Louisa Olive Patrick. Annie was born in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of English parents, William Henry Gribble and Ann Wimperis.

Sources: Genealogy of Bradley Nowell –

Bradley’s paternal great-grandfather, Edmund/Edward/Edwin Joseph Barlow, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Edmund/Edward/Edwin Joseph Barlow on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Bradley’s paternal great-grandmother, Irene Mildred Blahna, on the 1905 Wisconsin Census –

Genealogies of Bradley’s maternal great-grandfather, Florence Isaac Shomler –

Genealogies of Bradley’s maternal great-grandmother, Frances Maud Darling –

Genealogy of Bradley’s maternal grandmother, Annie Louise Carroll (through Annie’s sister, Virginia Eileen Carroll) –

Genealogy of Bradley’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Luke Carroll –


Exene Cervenka

by madman on December 17, 2016

Birth Name: Christine Lee Cervenka

Place of Birth: Mokena, Illinois, United States

Date of Birth: February 1, 1956

*Bohemian/Czech (father)
*Irish (mother)

Exene Cervenka is an American singer, artist, and poet. She is the lead singer of the punk band X.

Exene is the daughter of Margaret Gertrude (Healy) and Louis Charles Cervenka. She was previously married to actor Viggo Mortensen, with whom she has a son.

Exene’s paternal grandparents were Charles Frank Cervenka and Mary Stehlik/Stehlyk/Stehlek (the daughter of Frank Stehlik/Stehlyk/Stehlek and Agnes Novak). Charles and Mary were both born in Illinois, both of them to Czech parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Exene Cervenka (focusing on her father’s side) –

Exene’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Exene’s paternal grandmother, Mary Stehlik/Stehlyk/Stehlek, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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