Elia Kazan

by stlucas on February 13, 2017

Birth Name: Elia Kazantzoglou

Place of Birth: Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey)

Date of Birth: September 7, 1909

Place of Death: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: September 28, 2003

Ethnicity: Greek

Elia Kazan was a Greek-American director, producer, writer, and actor. He was born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey), the son of George Kazantzoglou and Athena Shishmanoglou. The family moved to the U.S. when Elia was four years old.

George and Athena were Cappadocian Greeks. Cappadocian Greeks are people of Greek background who are native to the Cappadocia region of Central-eastern Anatolia (modern Turkey).

His paternal grandfather was also named Elia Kazantzoglou.

His maternal grandfparents were Isaak Shishmanoglou and Anna Karajosifoglou.

His granddaughter is actress Zoe Kazan.

Sources: Genealogy of Elia Kazan –

Elia Kazan: A Life (autobiography by Elia Kazan)


Mark Philippoussis

by stlucas on February 12, 2017

Birth Name: Mark Anthony Philippoussis

Place of Birth: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Date of Birth: November 7, 1976

*Greek (father)
*Italian (mother)

Mark Philippoussis is an Australian professional tennis player. He was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the son of Rossana and Nikolaos “Nick” Philippoussis. He has a sister, Anna Maria.

His father was born in the island of Tinos, Greece. His mother is from Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. They moved to Australia together in 1973.


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Aphrodite Jones

by stlucas on January 26, 2017

Birth Name: Aphrodite Alicia Jones

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S

Date of Birth: November 27, 1958

Ethnicity: Greek, English, Scottish, possibly other

Aphrodite Jones is an American author, reporter, and television producer. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Maria/Mary Kallas and (Captain) Ashton Blair Jones, Jr. She has a sister, Janet. They were raised in New York City within the Greek Orthodox Church.

Her paternal grandparents were Ashton Blair Jones and Alice Douglas Page Lewis. Ashton’s parents were John Wiggington Jones (the son of Gabriel Jones, III and Jane Wiggington) and Marian Stuart Alexander. Alice’s parents were Thomas Walker Lewis (the son of Robert Walker Lewis and Sarah “Sally” A. Craven) and Jane Page (the daughter of Frederick Winslow Page and Anne Kinloch Meriwether).

Her maternal grandmother was also named Aphrodite.


Genealogy of Aphrodite’s father –


Dylan Lee

by stlucas on January 24, 2017

Birth Name: Dylan Jagger Lee

Place of Birth: Malibu, California, U.S

Date of Birth: December 29, 1997

Ethnicity: Greek (one quarter), Finnish (one eighth), English, Russian, Irish, French, at least 1/2048 Powhatan Native American

Dylan Lee is an American model. He was born in Malibu, California, to Greek-born American musician Tommy Lee and Canadian-American actress and model Pamela Anderson. Dylan’s brother is Brandon Thomas Lee.

Dylan’s paternal grandfather was David Oliver Bass (the son of John Samuel Bass and Julia E. Sanders). David was American, and had English, some Irish and French, and at least 1/1024 Powhatan Native American, ancestry. John was the son of Josiah J. Bass and Alice E. Oliver. Julia was the daughter of Henry A. Sanders, who was of French and Irish descent, and of May E. Patrick.

Dylan’s paternal grandmother is Vassiliki “Voula” Papadimitriou. Vassiliki is Greek.

Dylan’s maternal grandfather is Barry Anderson (the son of Herman Anderson and Marjorie Sherwood or Sherwin). Herman was of Finnish descent, and had family from Saarijärvi; he was the son of Juho Herman Hyytiäinen/Anderson and Rachel Evelyn Solmie. The surnames “Sherwood” or “Sherwin” are usually English.

Dylan’s maternal grandmother was Carol Grosco. Carol had Russian ancestry. One of her grandfathers was named Dale Jagger Grosco.

Dylan’s father is descended from John Bass, who was born in Suffolk, Virginia. John was the son of William Basse and Catherine/Katherine Lanier/Lanyere. William was the son of John Basse, an English immigrant, and of Elizabeth Nansemond, who was Native American, and a princess of the Nansemond tribe. Catherine’s ancestry is disputed. Some sources state that she too was a Nansemond Native American, while others say that she was born to English immigrants. While some genealogies list her as the daughter of John Lanier and Lucreece Bassano, this is not the case, as their only daughter, Katherine, died as an infant.

Sources: Genealogies of Dylan Lee –

Genealogy of Dylan’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Dylan’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Josiah Bass –

Genealogy of Dylan’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Arthur Bass –

Article about Dylan’s mother’s Finnish relatives –

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Greg Dulli

by andrew on January 23, 2017

Birth Name: Gregory E. Dulli

Place of Birth: Hamilton, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: 11 May, 1965

Ethnicity: Irish, Greek, French, likely other

Greg Dulli is an American alternative rock musician.

The surname “Dulli” has a French origin. Greg was raised in a Catholic family.

Greg has stated:

My grandfather, James Murphy, was born and raised in Cork, so I have a hereditary love of Ireland, you might say. Both of my parents have Irish ancestry, so I’m half-Irish.

He has also said, “My mother’s grandfather was born in Greece”.

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