Dave Filoni

by stlucas on May 24, 2017

Birth Name: David C. Filoni

Place of Birth: Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 7, 1974

*50% Italian
*25% Croatian
*25% English

Dave Filoni is an American animation director, film director and animator, voice actor, television writer, and television producer.

Dave is the son of Patricia Ann (Priselac) and Albert Lawrence Filoni. Dave’s father was of Italian ancestry. Dave’s mother is of Croatian and English descent.

Dave’s paternal grandfather was Albert “Batto” Filoni (the son of Michele “Mike” Filoni and Teresa Biondi). Albert was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Italy.

Dave’s paternal grandmother was Amelia Dalaidi (the daughter of Lawrence Dalaidi and Margaret Sottano). Amelia was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Italy.

Dave’s maternal grandfather was Edward M. Priselac (the son of Mato/Matthew M. Priselac and Anna “Annie” Sadler). Mato was born in Kamanje, Croatia, and was the son of Matthew Priselac and Barbara Blazena/Blažina. Anna was likely also Croatian, and was the daughter of George Sadler and Mary.

Dave’s maternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Dixon (the daughter of Ansor/Anson Vanleer Dixon and Evelyn M. Tennant). Ansor was the son of Arthur Overend Dixon, who was English, and of Mary Melissa Hartman. Evelyn was the daughter of George Tennant/Tenant, Sr. and Elizabeth, who were English.

Sources: Obituary of Dave’s father, Albert Lawrence Filoni –

Dave’s paternal great-grandparents, Michele “Mike” Filoni and Teresa Biondi, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Dave’s paternal grandmother, Amelia (Dalaidi) Filoni –

Dave’s paternal great-grandparents, Lawrence Dalaidi and Margaret Sottano, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Dave Filoni (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Obituary of Dave’s uncle (mother’s brother), Paul Edward Priselac –

Dave’s maternal grandfather, Edward M. Priselac, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Dave’s maternal grandfather, Edward M. Priselac –

U.S. Passport application of Dave’s maternal great-grandfather, Mato/Matthew M. Priselac –

Death record of Dave’s maternal great-grandfather, Mato/Matthew M. Priselac –

Death record of Dave’s maternal great-grandmother, Anna “Annie” (Sadler) Priselac –

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Rosanna Pansino

by stlucas on May 18, 2017

Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 8, 1985

Ethnicity: Italian, Croatian, German, Irish

Rosanna Pansino is an American actress, baker, author, and Youtube personality. She has a sister, Molly. Rosanna’s surname is of Italian origin.

Rosanna has stated that she has Italian, Croatian, German, and Irish ancestry.


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Ivana Miličević

by stlucas on May 11, 2017

Birth Name: Ivana Marija Miličević

Place of Birth: Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia (now Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Date of Birth: April 26, 1974

Ethnicity: Croatian

Ivana Miličević is a Bosnian-born American actress and model.

Ivana is the daughter of Tonka and Damir Miličević. Ivana’s parents are Croatian. Ivana’s siblings are Filip and Tomo Miličević, who is a musician and record producer.

The family moved to the U.S. when Ivana was five years old. She was raised Roman Catholic in Detroit, Michigan. She has stated that she speaks fluent Serbo-Croatian.

Ivana’s paternal grandparents were Josip “Joseph” Miličević and Stefica “Stefani”.


Obituary of Ivana’s paternal grandmother, Stefica “Stefani” Miličević –

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Alex Pall

by Manila on April 23, 2017

Birth Name: Alexander Jo Pall

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

Date of Birth: May 16, 1985

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English (maternal grandfather)
*Serbian or Croatian and/or German (maternal grandmother)

Alex Pall is an American music producer. He is one-half of the duo The Chainsmokers, along with Andrew Taggart.

Alex’s father, William “Bill” Blatt Pall, was American, of Jewish descent. Alex’s mother, Margaret Olivia (Wolstenholme) D’Agostino, is an English immigrant, from London.

Alex’s paternal grandfather was David Boris Pall (the son of Adolph Pallant, later Pall, and of Masha “Mary” Donner). David was a Canadian chemist, from Thunder Bay, Ontario, who founded Pall Corporation, and invented the Pall filter used in blood transfusions. Adolph and Mary were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, from Melitopol, Zaporizhia Oblast.

Alex’s paternal grandmother was Josephine Harriet “Josie” Blatt (the daughter of Velvel “William” Moshe/Moses Blatt and Lucy Romberg). Velvel was the son of Polish Jewish immigrant Yosef Tavi Blatt, later Joseph Henry Blatt, of Wrocław, and of Louise Singer, whose father, Isidor Singer, later Isidore Singer, was a Polish Jewish immigrant, from Poznań, and whose mother, Pauline Abrams, was a German Jewish immigrant. Alex’s great-grandmother Lucy was a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant, from Kharkiv, and was the daughter of Chanoch Henich “Henry” Chaimovych Romberg and Esther Malka/Mollie Solomovna Levinskaya/Levinsky.

Alex’s maternal grandfather was Sir Gordon Ethelbert Ward Wolstenholme (the son of Ethelbert George Wolstenholme and Clementina Ward). Gordon was English. Ethelbert was the son of Alfred Wolstenholme and Elizabeth Dickins. Clementina was the daughter of Herbert Ward and Elizabeth Allen.

Alex’s maternal grandmother was Lady Dušanka Messinger. Dušanka’s name is of Serbian or Croatian origin. Her surname is German.

Sources: Genealogy of Alex Pall –

Obituary of Alex’s father –

Obituary of Alex’s paternal grandfather, David Boris Pall –

Birth record of Alex’s paternal grandmother, Josephine Harriet Blatt –

Marriage record of Alex’s paternal great-grandparents, Velvel “William” Moshe/Moses Blatt and Lucy Romberg –

Birth record of Alex’s mother –

Marriage record of Alex’s maternal grandparents, Sir Gordon Ethelbert Ward Wolstenholme and Lady Dušanka Messinger –

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Mike Cernovich

by madman on April 17, 2017

Birth Name: Michael C. Cernovich

Place of Birth: Illinois, United States

Date of Birth: November 17, 1977

Ethnicity: Croatian (paternal grandfather), English, Manx, Irish, German, possibly other

Mike Cernovich is an American social media personality, writer, and conspiracy theorist. He is the son of Diana Lynn (Riley) and Michael John Cernovich.

Mike’s father is of one half Croatian and one quarter Manx descent. Mike’s mother has English, and likely Irish and German, ancestry. Mike’s mother has also written that she is of one eighth Cherokee Native American descent. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.

Mike’s paternal grandfather was Mike Cernovich (the son of John Cernovich and Anna/Anne Matušić). John and Anna were Croatian immigrants. Anna was born in Gromača, Croatia, the daughter of Niko Matušić and Anica Bronzić.

Mike’s paternal grandmother was Shirley Ann Brew (the daughter of Greba/Greeba C. Brew). Greba was born in Iron River, Michigan, to parents from Malew, Isle of Man, John James Brew and Matilda Rebecca Taggart.

Mike’s maternal grandfather was Edward Riley. Edward was born in Blackpool, England.

Mike’s maternal grandmother was Edna Jo Clemons (the daughter of John Thomas Clemons and Ludie E. Cline). John was the son of Charles Abner Clemons and Frances Odessa “Dessie” Roberts.

Sources: Obituary of Mike’s paternal great-aunt, Mary (Cernovich) Dragojevich –

Genealogy of Mike’s paternal great-grandmother, Anna/Anne Matušić –

Obituary and genealogy of Mike’s paternal grandmother, Shirley Ann (Brew) Cernovich (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Obituary of Mike’s maternal great-aunt, Pearl (Clemons) Capuano –

Genealogy of Mike’s maternal grandmother, Edna Jo Clemons (through Edna’s brother, Hill J. Clemons) –

Mike’s maternal grandmother, Edna Jo Clemons, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Mike’s maternal great-grandparents, John Thomas Clemons and Ludie E. Cline, on the 1910 U.S. Census –