Michael Emerson

by stlucas on April 18, 2017

Place of Birth: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 7, 1954

*German, English, Irish (father)
*Danish, Czech (mother)

Michael Emerson is an American film and television actor.

Michael is the son of Carol Joan (Hansen) and Ronald “Ron” Hugh Emerson. He has a brother, Patrick, and had a sister, Melissa. They were raised in Toledo, Iowa. Michael is married to actress Carrie Preston.

Michael’s father has English, German, and Irish ancestry. Michael’s mother is of half Danish and half Czech descent.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was Earl Roscoe Emerson (the son of Berton “Bert” Roscoe Emerson and Grace K. Mathern). Berton was the son of Lyman Emerson and Olive Freet. Grace was born in Iowa, to parents from Germany, Joseph Mathern and Gustie Brecht.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Ora LaRue Bear (the son of Frank E. Bear and Minnie Pearl Sperry). Frank was the son of Daniel Bear and Barbara Alice Karstetter. Minnie was the daughter of Edwin L. Sperry and Marilla Rundel.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Holger Carl Christian Hansen (the son of Carl Christian Hansen and Anna A. J.). Holger was born in Iowa, to parents from Denmark.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Sophia/Sophie Katherine Kuncl (the daughter of Vaclar/Vaclav Kuncl and Marie Čapek). Sophia was also born in Iowa, to parents from Czechoslovakia.

Sources: Genealogy of Michael Emerson –

Obituary of Michael’s father, Ronald “Ron” Hugh Emerson –

Michael’s paternal grandfather, Earl Roscoe Emerson, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Michael’s paternal great-grandfather, Berton “Bert” Roscoe Emerson –

Obituary of Michael’s maternal aunt (mother’s sister), Barbara (Hansen) Studer –

Michael’s maternal grandparents, Holger Carl Christian Hansen and Sophia/Sophie Katherine Kuncl, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Michael’s maternal grandfather, Holger Carl Christian Hansen (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Information about Michael’s maternal great-grandparents, Vaclar/Vaclav Kuncl and Marie Capek –

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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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Nargis Fakhri

by stlucas on March 27, 2017

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

Date of Birth: October 20, 1979

*Pakistani (father)
*Czech (mother)

Nargis Fakhri is an American model and actress. She is the daughter of Marie A. and Mohammed Ayub Fakhri. She has a sister, Aliya.

Nargis’ father was originally from Pakistan. Nargis’ mother is Czech.


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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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Winter Ave Zoli

by stlucas on March 8, 2017

Birth Name: Winter B. Uhlarik

Place of Birth: New Hope, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 28, 1980

*Czech (father)
*possibly Dutch and other (mother)

Winter Ave Zoli is an American actress. She was born in New Hope, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Richard Uhlarik and Bethea Winter (Van Gorder).

Winter’s family moved to Prague, Czech Republic, when she was eleven years old. Her parents are the owners of Czech nightclub and restaurant Radost FX.

Winter has stated that she is half-Czech (on her father’s side). She speaks fluent English and Czech.

Some sources state that Winter’s father is Slovak, and that Winter’s grandparents lived in Štúrovo, Slovakia, which hasn’t been confirmed by her.

Sources (in Slovak)

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