Greg Vaughan

by madman on March 21, 2017

Birth Name: James Gregory Vaughan, Jr.

Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, United States

Date of Birth: June 15, 1973

Ethnicity: Greek (great-grandfather), English, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish

Greg Vaughan is an American actor and model. He is the son of Barbara Ann (Alt) and James Gregory Vaughan.

Greg’s maternal great-grandfather, Andrew Arge Brockles, was Greek. The rest of Greg’s ancestry is English, German, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and Scottish. He might also have Welsh ancestry, through his surname, “Vaughan”.

Greg’s paternal grandfather was James Lee “Jimmy” Vaughan (the son of James Lee Vaughan and Pearl Dean Miller). James was the son of Robert Pinkney Vaughan and Lee Emma Whitfield. Pearl was the daughter of John Peter Miller and Margaret Ardelia Lawson.

Greg’s paternal grandmother was Martha Rita Davis (the daughter of Edward E. Davis and Mary Jay Andrews).

Greg’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Edward Alt (the son of William David Alt and Alice Gertrude Nesmith). William was the son of George William Alt, whose parents were German, and Clara Mae McKeen. Alice was the daughter of Thomas Harding Nesmith and Adissa Maria Jones.

Greg’s maternal grandmother was Alethia Ann Brockles (the daughter of Andrew Arge Brockles and Ola Lillian Feltnor). Andrew was born in Corinthia, Greece, the son of Arge Brakoulias. Ola was the daughter of James Minnis Feltnor and Willie I. Wardlow.

Sources: Genealogy of Greg’s paternal grandfather, James Lee “Jimmy” Vaughan –

Obituary of Greg’s paternal grandmother, Martha Rita (Davis) Vaughan –

Genealogy of Greg’s maternal grandfather, Thomas Edward Alt (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Greg’s maternal great-grandfather, William David Alt (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Greg’s maternal great-grandmother, Alice Gertrude Nesmith (through Alice’s sister, Josephine Mae Alt; focusing on her mother’s side) –

Greg’s maternal grandmother, Alethia Ann Brockles, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Greg’s maternal grandmother, Alethia Ann (Brockles) Alt –

Genealogy of Greg’s maternal great-great-grandfather, James Minnis Feltnor (focusing on his own father’s side) –

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Lianne La Havas

by stlucas on March 5, 2017

Birth Name: Lianne Charlotte Barnes

Place of Birth: Wandsworth, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: August 23, 1989

*Greek (father)
*Afro-Jamaican (mother)

Lianne La Havas is a British singer and songwriter. She was born in London, England, the daughter of Henry Vlahavas and Lorraine (Barnes).

Henry, a bus driver, is originally from Greece. Lorraine, an Afro-Jamaican postwoman, has roots in Christiana, Manchester Parish. They divorced when Lianne was two years old. Lianne was mostly raised by her maternal grandparents, in Tooting and Streatham, London.

Lianne’s stage name, “La Havas”, is a modification of her father’s surname.

Lianne’s mother is pictured here.


Interview in English –

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Gia Carides

by stlucas on February 25, 2017

Place of Birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Date of Birth: June 7, 1964

*Greek (father)
*English (mother)

Gia Carides is an Australian actress. She was born in Sydney, New South Wales, to a Greek father and an English mother. Her sister, Zoe Carides, is also an actress.

She was married to Australian actor Anthony LaPaglia. They have a daughter.


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Elia Kazan

by stlucas on February 13, 2017

Birth Name: Elia Kazantzoglou

Date of Birth: September 7, 1909

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

Date of Death: September 28, 2003

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

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, 1988


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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