Jeff Samardzija

by perez-richart on June 7, 2016

Birth Name: Jeffrey Alan Samardzija

Place of Birth: Merrillville, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 23, 1985

*Serbian (father)
*German (mother)

Jeff Samardzija, nicknamed The Shark, is an American professional baseball player. He is a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. His father is of Serbian heritage, the son of parents emigrated from Europe around 1951. His mother had German ancestry.

Jeff’s paternal grandparents were Nikola Samardzija and Mika Raskovic (the daughter of Stevo Raskovic and Juja Dukic). Mika was born in Knin, Dalmatia (formerly Yugoslavia).

Jeff’s maternal grandparents are Donald Gene Lipke (the son of Russell W. Lipke and LaMae Blackman) and Jean Marie Kraft (the daughter of Martin Conrad Kraft and Lucille Maines).

Source: Obituary of Jeff’s paternal grandmother, Mika (Raskovic) Samardzija – http://www.legacy.com

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by ethnic on January 25, 2014

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Birth Name: Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor

Place of Birth: Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand

Date of Birth: 7 November, 1996

Ethnicity: Irish, Serbian, possibly English

Lorde is a Kiwi singer, songwriter, and record producer. She is the daughter of Vic O’Connor and poet Sonja Yelich. She stated in an interview on Vevo Lift that she is “a little bit Irish and a little bit Croatian”. She has also said that her maternal ancestry is Serbian. Another article stated that Lorde’s maternal grandfather was a Serbian immigrant. Lorde may also have some other ancestry, possibly English.

Her father was one of eight children in a religious Catholic family.

On her mother’s side, Lorde is the granddaughter of George Branko Yelich (the son of Branko Yelich and Radmila Anrath) and Lana/Leilani Carol. Lorde’s great-grandfather Branko was Croatian or Serbian. Radmila was born in Vukovar, Općina Vukovar, Vukovar-Syrmia County, Croatia, to Dragutin “Karl” Anrath and Wilhelmina “Vilma”. Lorde’s mother is said to have roots in Dalmatia.

Sources: Article about some of Lorde’s background – http://www.fasterlouder.com.au

Genealogy of Lorde (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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Joe Manganiello

by ethnic on September 6, 2010

Joe Manganiello

Birth Name: Joseph Michael Manganiello

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 28, 1976

*50% Italian, from Naples and Sicily
*25% Dalmatian Croatian
*25% Armenian [possibly also German]

Joe Manganiello is an American actor, writer, director, and producer. He is known for playing Alcide Herveaux in the series True Blood.

Joe is the son of Susan C. and Charles J. Manganiello. Joe’s father’s family is Italian, from Campania and Siciliy. Joe’s mother is of half Croatian/Dalmatian and half Armenian descent. A picture of Joe with his parents can be seen here.

Joe is married to actress Sofia Vergara. His stepson is Sofía’s son, internet personality Manolo González.

Joe’s paternal grandparents were Emilio “John” Manganiello and Marie R. Bonanno (the daughter of Joseph Bonanno and Rose Correnti). Emilio’s family was from Avellino, Campania. Rose’s family was from Messina, Sicily.

Joe has said, discussing his maternal great-grandmother:

[S]wimming across the Euphrates River with her last baby on her back. But when she got across the river, she saw that the baby had drowned. She ended up living in a cave until some German soldiers found her and one of them got her pregnant. They went to Germany where she had an Armenian-German baby daughter. This was my grandmother. She lived on the streets of Constantinople for three years, until she gathered enough money to go to the United States, where she eventually married. That’s the story of my great-grandmother and grandmother.

Sources: http://www.grazia.it


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Stana Katic

by ethnic on July 17, 2010

Place of Birth: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: April 26, 1978

Ethnicity: Serbian (from Croatia)

Stana Katic is a Canadian film and television actress, active in the United States. She is known for her portrayal of Detective Kate Beckett on the ABC series Castle.

Katic was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She has stated:

My parents are Serbs from Croatia. I call us Dalmatian because that’s the part of the planet that we are originally from. I have Serb, Croat and even a handful of Montenegrin family members.

Her mother is from around Sinj, and her father is from Vrlika.

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