Danny Cipriani

by andrew on April 12, 2018

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Birth Name: Daniel Jerome Cipriani

Place of Birth: Wandsworth, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 2 November, 1987

*Afro-Trinidadian, distant Corsican Italian (father)
*English (mother)

Danny Cipriani is a British rugby union player. He is the son of Jay Cipriani and Anne Lester. His father is from Trinidad and Tobago and his mother is English.

Danny has stated:

I’m extremely proud of being mixed race. It’s part of my roots, my heritage. All my family’s black on my dad’s side. They’re all from Trinidad and Tobago. It’s extremely important to me.

He has also stated that few people realize his father is black because of his very light skin colour.

Danny’s surname is of Italian origin, and traces back to Corsican immigrants who moved to the West Indies in the late 1700s

Source: History of Cipriani family in the West Indies –


Camille Rowe

by stlucas on November 21, 2017

Camille Rowe – 11th Annual GO Campaign Gala – Arrivals – NeueHouse Hollywood, 6121 Sunset Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Birth Name: Camille Crystal Pourcheresse

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: January 7, 1990

*French (father)
*English, Irish (mother)

Camille Rowe is a French-American model and actress.

Camille is the daughter of Darilyn LeAnne (Rowe) and René R. Pourcheresse. Her father is French, from Corsica. Her mother is American, from Long Beach, California, and has English and Irish ancestry. Camille was raised in France, New York, and California.

Camille’s paternal grandparents were Roger Pourcheresse and Denise.

Camille’s maternal grandfather was Donald Rowe (the son of Albion Lee Rowe and Anna Adelia Murray/Murry). Albion was the son of Albion Garry Rowe and Anna/Ann Woodbury. Anna was the daughter of Thomas P. Murray, who was Irish, and of Mary E. Kirwin/Kerwin, who was Canadian, and whose own parents were Irish.

Camille’s maternal grandmother was Charlene LaVonne Smith (the daughter of Elmer Holmes Smith and Garnet Elizabeth Priest). Elmer was the son of Floyd Smith and Pearl Veleria/Valorie Holmes. Garnet was the daughter of George Albert Priest and Mary Belle Cox.


Marriage record of Camille’s parents –

Genealogy of Camille’s mother –

Birth record of Camille’s mother –

Marriage record of Camille’s maternal grandparents, Donald Rowe and Charlene LaVonne Smith –

Obituary of Camille’s maternal grandfather, Donald Rowe –


Tania Raymonde

by stlucas on June 15, 2017

Tania Raymonde – Amazon’s “Goliath” Los Angeles Premiere – Photo Credit: David Gabber /

Birth Name: Tania Raymonde Helen Katz

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 22, 1988

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Corsican Italian (mother)

Tania Raymonde is an American actress.

Tania is the daughter of Anna-Maria (Feretti) and Jon Franklin Katz.

Tania’s father was American, of Russian Jewish and some Austrian Jewish roots. Tania’s mother is from Bastia, Corsica, France, of Italian descent, and is Catholic.

Tania has said:

I was raised Jewish and Catholic. We did Christmas and Hanukkah… My mom was really into going to synagogue, and wanted to convert, but it just never happened.

A video of Tania visiting Corsica can be seen here. Tania is fluent in French.

Tania’s paternal grandfather was Bertram Katz (the son of Abraham Katz and Julia Sacher). Abraham was born in Russia. Julia was from Austria.

Tania’s paternal grandmother was Eleanor Hume (the daughter of Abraham “Abe” Hume and Helen Rubenstein). Abraham and Helen were born in Russia.

Tania’s maternal grandparents were Henri Ferreti and Augustine.

Sources: Birth record of Tania Raymonde –

Obituary of Tania’s father, Jon Franklin Katz –

Tania’s paternal grandfather, Bertram Katz, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Tania’s paternal grandfather, Bertram Katz –

Tania’s paternal grandmother, Eleanor Hume, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Tania’s maternal grandfather, Henri Ferreti –


Norodom Sihamoni

by Manila on April 6, 2017

Place of Birth: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Date of Birth: 14 May, 1953

Ethnicity: Khmer, with some amounts of French, Corsican, and Chinese

Norodom Sihamoni is the King of Cambodia, having served in the position since 14 October, 2004.

Sihamoni’s father, Norodom Sihanouk, also served as the King of Cambodia, from 24 April 1941 to 2 March 1955, and from 24 September 1993 to 7 October 2004. Sihamoni’s mother, Norodom Monineath (Paule Monique Izzi), is of half French-Corsican descent.

Sihamoni’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his 20th great-grandfather, Trosok Peam (Ponhea Chey), a cucumber gardener who ruled Khmer Empire from 1336 to 1340 after assassinating his predecessor, Jayavarman IX.

Sihamoni’s paternal grandfather was Norodom Suramarit (the son of Norodom Sothearos and Norodom Phangangam). Sothearos was the son of Ang Voddey (later Norodom of Cambodia) and Bossaba Yem. Phangangam was the daughter of Norodom of Cambodia and of Bopha Nuon.

Sihamoni’s paternal grandmother was Sisowath Kossamak (the daughter of Sisowath Monivong and Norodom Kanviman Norleak Tevi). Monivong was the son of Ang Sar (later Sisowath of Cambodia) and Van. Kanviman was the daughter of Norodom Hassakan and Sao Sambhat.

Sihamoni’s maternal grandparents were Jean-François Izzi and Pomme Peang (the daughter of Peang and Ouk). Jean-François was a French banker, of Corsican descent. Ouk was of part Chinese descent.

Source: Genealogy of Norodom Sihamoni –


Bryant Gumbel

by stlucas on February 9, 2017

Birth Name: Bryant Charles Gumbel

Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 29, 1948

Ethnicity: Louisiana Creole [African, French, approximately 3/32 Ashkenazi Jewish, distant Corsican Italian, possibly English]

Bryant Gumbel is an American television journalist and sportscaster.

Bryant is the son of Rhea Alice (LeCesne) and Richard Dunbar Gumbel. His brother is television sportscaster Greg Gumbel. Bryant is married to Hilary Quinlan. He has two children with his former wife, June Baranco.

His parents were both black, of mainly African and French descent. The Gumbel family in Louisiana is of German Jewish origin. Bryant is of approximately 3/32 Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. He also has distant Corsican Italian, and possibly English, roots. Some of his ancestors lived in Haiti.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2017) stated that Bryant’s genetic ancestry is:

*65.1% European
——–*33.6% Northwestern European
——–*16.2% Southern European
——–*7.1% Ashkenazi [Jewish]
——–*1.7% Eastern European
——–*6.5% Broadly European
*34.1% Sub-Saharan African
*0.5% East Asian & Native American
*0.3% Unassigned

Bryant’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to Elias Gimpel/Gümbel, who was born, c. 1776, in Framersheim, Hessen, Germany, and to his wife, Kaye Hirsch.

Bryant’s paternal grandfather was Richard Dunbar Gumbel (the son of Cornelius J. “Jack” Gumbel and Marie Valentine Allain Prevost). Cornelius was the son of Karl/Cornelius Gumbel, who was a Jewish emigrant, from Albisheim, Bayern, and of Angelina/Angelic Charamel. Marie Valentine was the daughter of John Prevost and Marie S. Allain.

Bryant’s paternal grandmother was Marie Lucretia Soulé (the daughter of Etienne Soulé and Eugenie Lumina Duplessis).

Bryant’s maternal grandfather was Adrian/Adrien Bartholomew LeCesne (the son of Albert Joseph LeCesne and Alice Lamotte). Albert was the son of Gustave Augustin LeCesne and Louise Blanc/Blano; Gustave’s paternal grandfather, Louis-Nicolas LeCesne, was born in France. Alice was the daughter of Martin LaMotte, who was born into slavery, and of Henriette Jaillot.

Bryant’s maternal grandmother was Adele G. Gaignard (the daughter of Charles L. Gaignard and Pauline Foster). Charles was the son of Louis Gaignard and Élisabeth Eulalie Warburg. Élisabeth’s father, Bryant’s great-great-great-grandfather Daniel Samuel Warburg, was a German Jew, who was born in Hamburg, Germany.

Sources: Genealogy of Bryant Gumbel –

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

Bryant’s paternal grandfather, Richard Dunbar Gumbel, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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