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Thomas Jane

by madman on February 19, 2017

Birth Name: Thomas Elliott III

Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Date of Birth: February 22, 1969

Ethnicity: Irish, Scottish, possibly more distant German Jewish and Blackfoot Native American

Thomas Jane is an American actor. He was previously married to actress Patricia Arquette, with whom he has a daughter.

Thomas was the son of Cynthia, an antiques dealer, and Michael Elliott, a genetic engineer.

Thomas has said:

…I’m part Irish and Scottish, a little German Jew on my mothers side and some Blackfoot Indian on my fathers. turns out P[atricia Arquette] has some Scottish in her as well, so that’s why we all wore kilts at the wedding!

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Greg Proops

by madman on February 19, 2017

Birth Name: Gregory Everett Proops

Place of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Date of Birth: October 3, 1959

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, Irish, German, Scottish (mother)

Greg Proops is an American actor, comedian, and television host. He is the son of Doris Olive (Savage) and Steven G. Proops. His father is Jewish. His mother, who was born in Mississippi, has English, Irish, German, and Scottish, ancestry.

Greg’s paternal grandfather was Everett Proops (the son of Solomon George Proops and Theresa Hartman). Solomon was the son of Isaac Proops, who was born in England, and of Matilda Deckinger, who was born in Germany. Therese was born in New York, to Czech Jewish parents, Karl/Charles Hartman and Eva/Elizabeth Adele/Adelheit Stadler.

Greg’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice Adler (the daughter of Simon Adler and Anna Eltinger). Simon was born in New York, to German Jewish parents. Anna was born in New Jersey or New Jersey, also to German Jewish parents, with her father’s name possibly being Abram Eltinger.

Greg’s maternal grandfather was John “Jack” Brown Savage (the son of William Henry Savage and Louisiana Adeline Hyde). William was the son of James Anderson Savage and Jane Caroline Bagwell. Louisiana was the daughter of Eaton Davenport Hyde and Emily Jane Kelly.

Greg’s maternal grandmother was Olive Mentie Wolfe (the daughter of James Monroe Wolfe and Arrah Mentie/Mente Strider). James was the son of Henry Ridley Wolfe and Laura Elizabeth Rainey. Arrah was the daughter of Henry Alpheus Strider and Araminta Howard.

Sources: Genealogy of Greg Proops (focusing on his father’s side) –

Marriage record of Greg’s paternal grandparents, Everett Proops and Beatrice Adler –

Greg’s paternal grandfather, Everett Proops, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Greg’s paternal grandmother, Beatrice Adler, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Greg Proops (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Greg’s mother –

Genealogy of Greg’s maternal grandfather, John “Jack” Brown Savage –

Genealogies of Greg’s maternal grandmother, Olive Mentie Wolfe –

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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, as well as at least 1/32 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 parents were both black, of mainly African and French descent; his mother also had one sixteenth Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. His brother is television sportscaster Greg Gumbel.

The surname “Gumbel” is German or German Jewish. There was a German Jewish “Gumbel” family in Louisiana, so Bryant’s father may have also had a small amount of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.

Bryant’s paternal grandparents were Richard Dunbar Gumbel (the son of Jack Gumbel and Valentine Prevost) and Mary/Marie F. Soulé (the daughter of Etienne Soulé and Eugenia Harris/Harrison).

Bryant’s maternal grandfather was Adrien Bartholomew LeCesne (the son of Albert Joseph LeCesne and Alice Lamothe). Albert was the son of Gustave LeCesne and Louise Blanc/Blano; Gustave’s paternal grandfather, Louis-Nicolas LeCesne, was born in France. Alice was the daughter of Martin Lamothe and 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, Daniel Samuel Warburg, was a German Jew, who was born in Hamburg, Germany.

Source: Genealogy of Bryant Gumbel –

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Lucas Jade Zumann

by madman on February 8, 2017

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Date of Birth: September 7, 2001

*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
*possibly German (father)

Lucas Jade Zumann is an American actor. He is the son of Jennifer Carol (Golden), a pilates instructor, and Matthew Thomas Zumann.

Lucas’ paternal grandparents are Thomas Charles Zumann and Kathryn Lynne Herman.

Lucas’ maternal grandfather is Martin A. Golden (the son of Arnold Herbert Goldstein/Golden and Rae Irene Willens). Arnold was the son of Jack Goldstein/Golden, who was born in New York, to parents from Russia, and of Jean Silverstein/Silver, who was born in Illinois, to parents from Poland. Rae was born in Illinois, the daughter of Louis Albert Willens, who was born in Illinois, to parents from Germany or Russia, and of Jeannette Tintner, who was also born in Illinois, to parents from Germany or Austria.

Lucas’ maternal grandmother is Ellyn A. Hill (the daughter of Paul E. Hill and Cyrile H.). Paul was born in Illinois, the son of Meyer Hill and Hannah/Hanna Pinlens, who were immigrants from Russia.

Sources: Lucas’ maternal great-grandfather, Arnold Herbert Goldstein/Golden, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Lucas’ maternal great-grandmother, Rae Irene Willens, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Lucas’ maternal great-grandfather, Paul E. Hill, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Lucas’ maternal great-grandmother, Cyrile H. Hill –

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Jeff Wadlow

by stlucas on February 1, 2017

Birth Name: Jeffrey Clark Wadlow

Place of Birth: Arlington, Virginia, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 2, 1976

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (maternal grandmother), English, Scottish, German, 1/32 French

Jeff Wadlow is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter.

Jeff is the son of Emily (Couric) and Raymond Clark Wadlow. He has a brother, Raymond. His mother was a Virginia Democratic State Senator, from Charlottesville, Virginia. Her sister, Jeff’s aunt, is television personality Katie Couric. The sisters were raised Presbyterian.

Jeff’s paternal grandfather was Raymond Claude Wadlow (the son of Roy Claude Wadlow and Ella Ida Thompson). Roy was the son of Samuel Perry Wadlow and Cynthia A. Wadlow.

Jeff’s paternal grandmother was Elise Katheron Clark (the daughter of Frank Isaac Clark and Alice Mary Pollock). Frank was the son of John Thornton Clark and Katheron S. Popplewell.

Jeff’s maternal grandfather was John Martin Couric (the son of John Martin Couric and Wildie Churchill Hibbler). Jeff’s grandfather John was of French, Scottish, English, and German ancestry. Jeff’s great-grandfather John was the son of Alfred Alexis Couric and Sarah “Sallie” Sophia/Sopia Shorter McKleroy. Wildie was the daughter of James Edmund Hibbler and Ida Hill Ivy.

Jeff’s maternal grandmother was Elinor Hene (the daughter of Berthold B. “Bert” Hene and Clara L./H. Frohsin). Berthold was born in Iowa, to German Jewish parents, Aaron Hene, from Bavaria, and Matilda Meyer. Clara was born in Alabama, the daughter of German Jewish parents, Isaac Frohsin, from Brakel, Hoxter, Nordrhein-Westfalen, and Emma Hagedorn, from Giershagen, Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Jeff’s matrilineal line can be traced back to his great-great-great-great-grandparents, Zachariah Rosenbaum, who was born, c. 1785, and to Zachariah’s wife, Betty, who was born, c. 1795, both of them in Würzberg, Hessen, Germany.

Sources: Genealogy of Jeff Wadlow –

Genealogy of Jeff’s paternal grandparents, Raymond Claude Wadlow and Elise Katheron Clark –

Genealogy of Jeff’s mother –

Genealogy of Jeff’s mother (through her sister, Katie Couric) –

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