Francis Ford Coppola

by stlucas on February 13, 2017

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 7, 1939

Ethnicity: Italian

Francis Ford Coppola is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. All of Francis’s grandparents were Italian.

Francis is the son of flautist and composer Carmine Coppola and Italia Pennino. He is the brother of academic and author August Coppola and actress Talia Shire. His daughter is actress and director Sofia Coppola. His nephews are actors Nicolas Cage, Jason Schwartzman, and Robert Carmine.

Francis’s paternal grandparents were Agostino/August Nicola Coppola (the son of Carmine Coppola and Filomena Coppola) and Maria Lillian Zasa (the daughter of Pancrazio Zasa and Antonia Montesano). Agostino and Maria Lillian were from Bernalda, Province of Matera, Basilicata, Italy. The Coppola family owns a luxury resort in Bernalda.

Francis’s maternal grandparents were Francesco “Frank” Pennino and Anna Giaquinto. Francis’s grandfather Francesco was also a composer, who was born, c. 1880, in Naples, Campania, Italy.

Sources: Genealogies of Francis Ford Coppola –

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Dylan Bruno

by andrew on December 25, 2016

Birth Name: Dylan A. Bruno

Place of Birth: Milford, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 6, 1972

Ethnicity: Italian (one half), Lithuanian (one quarter), English, Welsh

Dylan Bruno is an American actor. His brother is actor Chris Bruno (Christopher Malcolm Bruno).

Dylan is the son of Nancy Mendillo and Scott Bruno.

Dylan’s paternal grandfather is James Francis Bruno (the son of Rosario Bruno and Maria Pantina/Pantine). James was born in New York. Rosario and Maria were from Sicily, with Rosario being from Palermo.

Dylan’s paternal grandmother is Eva Ambrose/Ambroza (the daughter of Alek/Alexander Amborse/Ambroza and Alinna). Eva was born in Massachusetts, to Lithuanian parents.

Dylan’s maternal grandfather was John C. Mendillo (the son of Giacomo Mendillo and Pellegrina Biondi). Giacomo was born in Cerreto Sannita, Province of Benevento, Campania, Italy, the son of Vincenzo Mendillo. Pellegrina was also Italian, from Modena, Emilia Romagna.

Dylan’s maternal grandmother was Wilhelmina “Emily” Wetmore (the daughter of Stephen Smith Percy Wetmore and Mabel C.). Stephen was born in Canada, the son of James Peters Wetmore and Emily Eliza Griffith. Mabel was born in Eston, Pennsylvania.

Sources: Dylan’s paternal grandparents, James Francis Bruno and Eva Ambrose/Ambroza, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Dylan’s paternal grandfather, James Francis Bruno, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Dylan’s paternal grandmother, Eva Ambrose/Ambroza, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Dylan’s mother –

Dylan’s maternal grandfather, John C. Mendillo, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Dylan’s maternal grandfather, John C. Mendillo –

Dylan’s maternal great-grandfather, Giacomo Mendillo, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Dylan’s maternal grandmother, WilhWilhelmina “Emily” Wetmore, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Dylan’s maternal grandmother, Wilhelmina “Emily” (Wetmore) Mendillo –

Genealogy of Dylan’s maternal great-grandfather, Stephen Smith Percy Wetmore –

History of the Wetmore family –

Genealogy of Dylan’s “Wetmore” line –

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Jonathan Brandis

by celebfan on December 28, 2015

Birth Name: Jonathan Gregory Brandis

Date of Birth: April 13, 1976

Place of Birth: Danbury, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Death: November 12, 2003

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California

*English, some German and Scottish (father)
*Irish, Italian (mother)

Jonathan Brandis was an American actor, director, screenwriter, and model. He is remembered for starring on the television series Seaquest. His death by suicide at the age of 27 left his fans deeply shaken.

Jonathan’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Henry William Brandis, who was born, c. 1823, in Prussia.

Jonathan’s paternal grandfather was Fay William Brandis (the son of Durward Frederick Brandis and Hazel Pearl Howe). Durward was the son of William Frederick Brandis and Alice M. Greene. Hazel was the daughter of Frank Howe and Cora Martin.

Jonathan’s paternal grandmother was Mary Ellen Pearson (the daughter of William Edward Pearson and Anna Maria/Mary Atwater). William was the son of Edward Pearson and Cynthia Shaw. Anna was the daughter of Frederick Atwater and Mary Ellen Sausman.

Jonathan’s maternal grandfather was Frank J. Mooney (the son of James Mooney and Bridget A. Karey/Keary). James was born in Connecticut, to Irish parents, with his mother’s name being Honora Scully. Bridget was Irish, and was born in Westmeath, the daughter of Nicholas Keary/Carey and Mary McCadden.

Jonathan’s maternal grandmother was Marie Josephine Borrelli (the daughter of Cono Valentino Amadeo Borrelli and Rosa Maria Tuoti). Jonathan’s grandmother Marie Josephine was born in New York, to Italian parents. Cono was born in Salerno, Campania. Rosa was born in Potenza, the daughter of Francisco/Francesco Saverio/X. Tuoti and Anna Maria Ippolito Brocolino.

Sources: Genealogy of Jonathan’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Jonathan’s paternal grandfather, Fay William Brandis, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Jonathan’s paternal grandfather, Fay William Brandis –

Jonathan’s maternal grandfather, Frank J. Mooney, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jonathan’s maternal grandmother, Marie Josephine Borrelli, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Peter Cincotti

by andrew on November 18, 2015

15th Annual Andre Agassi Foundation for Education's Grand Slam for Children Benefit Concert - Arrivals

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

Date of Birth: July 11, 1983

*Italian (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Peter Cincotti is an American singer and songwriter.

Peter is the son of Cynthia Ann (Slovis) and Frederick Peter (“Fred) Cincotti, an attorney. Fred was of Italian ancestry. Cynthia is Jewish, the descendant of immigrants from Eastern Europe.

Peter’s paternal grandfather was Peter Cincotti (the son of Federico Cincotti and Gelsomina Sorgi). Federico was born in Cervinara, Province of Avellino, Campania, Italy, the son of Felice Cincotti and Carlotta Borli.

Peter’s paternal grandmother was Julia Repetti (the daughter of Luigi Repetti and Virginia Attarelli). Julia’s parents were from Ferriere, Province of Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.

Peter’s maternal grandparents were Jack Slovis (the son of Louis Slovis) and Frances.

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

Marriage record of Peter’s paternal grandparents, Peter Cincotti and Julia Repetti –

Immigration record of Peter’s paternal great-grandfather, Federico Cincotti –

Death record of Peter’s paternal great-grandfather, Federico Cincotti –

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Jimmy Kimmel

by follers on April 26, 2014

LOS ANGELES - MAR 20: Jimmy Kimmel at the 2nd Annual Rebels With

Birth Name: James Christian Kimmel

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

Date of Birth: November 13, 1967

*Irish, German, Welsh (father)
*Italian (mother)

Jimmy Kimmel is an American television and radio personality, actor, writer, producer, comedian, and musician. He has hosted the show Jimmy Kimmel Live! since 2003.

His father, James John Kimmel, is of approximately five eighths Irish, one quarter German, and one eighth Welsh, ancestry. His mother, Joan (Iacono), is of Italian descent. Some of Jimmy’s maternal ancestors lived on Ischia island, located 19 miles from Naples.

Jimmy’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Johannes Kümmel, who was born, c. 1608, in Germany.

Jimmy’s paternal grandfather was Charles Jacob Kimmel (the son of Frank Kimmel and Catherine Reynolds). Frank was the son of a German immigrant, Konrad Heinrich Christian Kimmel (originally “Kümmel”). Catherine was of Irish descent, and was the daughter of Charles A. Reynolds and Catherine “Katie” Miller.

Jimmy’s paternal grandmother was Jane Elizabeth Davies/Davis (the daughter of John William Davies/Davis and Honora/Nora Margaret McTeague/McTigue). John was born in England, the son of Ellis Davies, whose parents were Welsh, and of Mariah/Maria Burns, who was of Irish origin. Honora was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of John James Francis McTigue, who was from Mayo, Ireland, and of Mary Ann Meehan, who was born in Staffordshire, England, and was also of Irish origin.

Jimmy’s maternal grandfather was Savino/Sal Jack Iacono (the son of Vincenzo Iacono and Maria Giuseppa Lombardi). Savino was born in New York, to Italian parents. Vincenzo was born in Naples, Campania, the son of Giuseppe Filippo Antonio Stanislao Iacono and Restituta D’Orio. Maria Giuseppa was born, c. 1859, in Casamicciola, Ischia, Campania, the daughter of Luigi Francesco Lombardi and Cecilia Capuano.

Jimmy’s maternal grandmother was Edith Cioffi (the daughter of Pasquale Cioffi and Concetta Guarino). Pasquale was born in Candida, Avellino, Campania, Italy, the son of Pelligrino Domenico Cioffi and Gaetana Vitagliana. Concetta was born in Manocalzati, Avellino, Campania, Italy, the daughter of Sabino Gaetano Guiseppe Guarino and Carolina Frezza.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) stated that Jimmy’s genetic ancestry is:

*87% European
*11% West Asian
*2% African

The “West Asian” and “African” results evidently refer to North African ancestry through Jimmy’s southern Italian or Sicilian lines.

Sources: Segment on Jimmy’s family history –

Genealogies of Jimmy Kimmel –

Jimmy’s paternal great-grandmother, Catherine Reynolds, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Jimmy’s paternal grandmother, Jane Elizabeth Davies/Davis, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jimmy’s paternal great-grandparents, John William Davies/Davis and Honora/Nora Margaret McTeague/McTigue, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Information on Jimmy’s Italian ancestry –

Obituary of Jimmy’s maternal grandfather, Savino/Sal Jack Iacono –

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