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 –

Photo by Leonard Zhukovsky/


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)

Photo by DFree/


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 –

Photo by kathclick/


Jacques Houdek

by Manila on February 26, 2017

Birth Name: Željko Houdek

Place of Birth: Zagreb, Croatia

Date of Birth: 14 April, 1981

Ethnicity: Croatian, some Czech

Jacques Houdek is a Croatian singer. He will represent Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

He is married to Brigitte Krkač.


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Connor Franta

by stlucas on February 21, 2017

Birth Name: Connor Joel Franta

Place of Birth: Wisconsin, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 12, 1992

Ethnicity: Czech, German, English, possibly other

Connor Franta is an American Youtube personality, entrepreneur, and writer. He was originally born in Wisconsin, to Peter John Franta and Cheryl Lea (Nitz). He was raised in La Crescent, Minnesota, with his two brothers, Dustin and Brandon, and a sister, Nicola.

Peter’s surname is Czech. Cheryl’s surname is usually German.

His paternal grandparents were Paul Donald Franta and Agatha Elizabeth Kachel (the daughter of Peter Paul Kachel and Martha Irene Gospodar).

His maternal grandparents were Larry A. Nitz and Jeanne Sanderson. Jeanne’s parents were Gladys Montana Olsen (the daughter of Frank Christian Olsen and Caroline Blonner/Blauner) and Robert Lorin Sanderson (the son of Robert Blake Sanderson and Nellie Edna Brodrick). Robert’s parents were Frank Sanderson and Carrie Miller. Nellie’s parents were Everett G. Brodrick and Alice Fineham.

Source: Obituary of Connor’s paternal grandmother, Agatha Elizabeth Kachel –

Obituary of Connor’s maternal great-grandmother, Gladys Montana Olsen –

Photo by kathclick/