Tom Brokaw

by stlucas on February 8, 2017

Birth Name: Thomas John Brokaw

Place of Birth: Webster, South Dakota, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 6, 1940

Ethnicity: German, English, Irish, Swiss, Dutch, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), 1/256th French Huguenot, remote Welsh

Tom Brokaw is an American television journalist and author. He was the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004.

Tom is the son of Eugenia “Jean” (Conley) and Anthony Orville “Red” Brokaw.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was William Loren Brokaw (the son of Richard Patterson Brokaw and Anna M./E. Hyde). Richard was the son of Joseph Brokaw and Sarah Patterson. Anna was the daughter of Elias Hyde and Sarah Bethiah/Berthia Woodward.

According to Tom’s official website, he has French Huguenot ancestry through his “Brokaw” line, originally “Broucard”. His ancestor, John Broucard, was born, c. 1680, in New York, to Bourgon Broucard and Catherine Lefevre, who were French Huguenots. John’s wife, Sarah Teunis (van Middleswart), was born in New Jersey, to Dutch parents.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Elisabeth/Elizabeth Meuer. Her father was born “at sea”, likely of German descent, and her mother was German.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was James Henry Conley (the son of Thomas Conley and Matilda Moser). Thomas was born in Wisconsin, to Irish parents. Matilda was born in Minnesota, to Swiss parents, Henry Moser and Anna.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Lalla Ethel Baker (the daughter of Eugene Baker and Addie Bradford Sperry). Eugene was the son of Nathan M. Baker and Elmina. Addie was the daughter of Charles B. Sperry and Mary E.

Sources: Genealogies of Tom Brokaw –

Genealogy of Tom’s father –

Tom’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Tom’s maternal grandfather, James Henry Conley, on the 1900 U.S. Census – (official website)

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Neil Gorsuch

by follers on January 31, 2017

Birth Name: Neil McGill Gorsuch

Place of Birth: Denver, Colorado, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 29, 1967

Ethnicity: German, English, Scottish, Irish, distant Dutch, remote Welsh and French Huguenot

Neil Gorsuch is an American judge. He has been a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, since August 8, 2006. He has been nominated to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

His father, David Ronald Gorsuch, is a lawyer with Gorsuch & Kirgis. His mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford (born Anne Irene McGill), was an attorney and politician, who was the administrator of the EPA from 1981 to 1983.

The surname “Gorsuch” is English. Neil is an Episcopalian.

Neil’s paternal grandfather was John Elliott Gorsuch (the son of John Crittenden Gorsuch and Nancy Johnson). Neil’s great-grandfather John was the son of John Benjamin Gorsuch and Mary E. Elliott. Nancy was the daughter of Rezin Beall Johnson and Ann Dance.

Neil’s paternal grandmother was Freda Henrietta Munz (the daughter of Alexander Munz and Caroline/Carrie F. Wolf). Freda was born in Colorado. Alexander was German. Caroline/Carrie was born in Indiana, to German parents.

Neil’s maternal grandparents were Joseph John McGill (the son of Joseph John McGill) and Dorothy Jean O’Grady (the daughter of Dominic O’Grady and Philomena Tiehen). Philomena was the daughter of Alexander Henry Tiehen, who was German, from Hanover, Lower Saxony, and of Mary Margaret Koelzer, who was born in Kansas, to German parents, from Rhineland-Palatinate.

Sources: Genealogy of Neil Gorsuch –

Biography of Neil’s paternal grandfather, John Elliott Gorsuch –

Neil’s paternal great-grandparents, Alexander Munz and Caroline/Carrie F. Wolf, on the 1900 U.S. Census –


Summer Phoenix

by andrew on January 10, 2017

Birth Name: Summer Joy Bottom

Place of Birth: Winter Park, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 10, 1978

*English, along with German, distant French Huguenot (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Summer Phoenix is an American actress, model, and designer. She is the the sister of actors River Phoenix, Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, and Liberty Phoenix. Summer is married to actor Casey Affleck, with whom she has two children.

Summer is the daughter of Arlyn Phoenix (born Arlyn Dunetz), a social activist, and John Phoenix (born Johnny Lee Bottom). Summer’s mother is Jewish; half of her family are Russian Jews and the other half are Hungarian Jews. Summer’s father is of mostly English descent, along with at least 1/128th German, from his ancestor, Johan Jacob Peter Kimberlin, and French Huguenot roots from another, distant, ancestor, Francis Posey, from Cambray, France.

Summer was raised in Florida and California. At one point, before her birth, Summer’s parents joined the religious group Children of God, which they later left.

Summer’s paternal grandfather was Robert Merrill Bottom (the son of William Dell Bottom and Cordelia Pearl Matherly). Robert was born in Kentucky, as weere all of his grandparents. William was the son of Fidellar/Phidellar Sharp Bottom and Rachel Ann Bolling/Bowling. Cordelia was the daughter of David Houston Matherly and Sarah Frances Purdom.

Summer’s paternal grandmother was Beulah Ernestine Ingram (the daughter of Robert Lee Ingram and Mary Elizabeth Leach or Leidy). Beulah was born in Missouri, and Beulah’s grandparents were born in Tennessee (two), Illinois, and Iowa. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of William John Leidy and Sarah Clarissa Dyer.

Summer’s maternal grandfather was Meyer Dunetz (the son of Samuel Dunetz and Libbe Grodenzik). Meyer was born in New York. Samuel and Libbe were Russian Jewish immigrants. Samuel was the son of Moses/Moshe Idel Dunetz and Shifra. Libbe was the daughter of Simon Gordon and Menucha.

Summer’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Lefkowitz (the daughter of Ignatz Lefkowitz and Mary Beck). Margaret was born in New York, the daughter of Hungarian Jewish immigrants. Ignatz was the son of Herman Lefkowitz and Rose Greenwald. Mary was the daughter of Ignatz Beck and Maly Frankel.

Sources: Genealogies of Summer Phoenix –

Genealogy of Summer’s paternal grandfather, Robert Merrill Bottom –

Summer’s uncle (father’s brother), Phillip Bottom, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Summer’s paternal grandmother, Beulah Ernestine Ingram, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Summer’s great-uncle (maternal grandfather’s brother), Bernard Dunetz, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Summer’s maternal grandmother, Margaret Lefkowitz, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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Julia Sawalha

by madman on November 11, 2016

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Place of Birth: Lambeth, London, England

Date of Birth: September 9, 1968

*Jordanian Arab (father)
*English, remote French Huguenot (mother)

Julia Sawalha is a British actress. She is known for her role as Saffron Monsoon on the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous.

Julia is the daughter of Roberta (Lane) and Nadim J. Sawalha. Her father was born in Madaba, Jordan. Her mother was from London, and had English ancestry, with remote French Huguenot roots.

Julia’s paternal grandparents were ? Sawalha and Julia Marar.

Julia’s maternal grandparents were Thomas Francis Lane and Gladys Kathleen Bridges (the daughter of George Henry N. Bridges and Gladys Ellen Dubock). Julia’s great-grandmother Gladys was the daughter of James Dubock and Eliza Jane Lusby.

Sources: Genealogy of Julia Sawalha (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Julia’s great-grandmother, Gladys Ellen Dubock –

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Ethan Suplee

by madman on October 5, 2016

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Birth Name: Ethan L. Suplee

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, United States

Date of Birth: May 25, 1976

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German, Welsh, remote French Huguenot

Ethan Suplee is an American actor. He is the son of actors Debbie Suplee (born Deborah Ann Deeble) and Bill Suplee (born William Frank/Fax Suplee). Ethan is a scientologist.

The Suplee family in America is said to originate with Andris Souplis, a French Huguenot, who was born in 1634. He moved to Germany in 1682, where he married Gertrude Stressinger, who was German. The couple relocated to Philadelphia in 1683.

Ethan’s paternal grandfather was Edward Lawrence Suplee (the son of William Thompson Suplee and Carrie McAdelain Whitehead). William was the son of Joseph Young Suplee and Isbelle Weldon Thompson.

Ethan’s paternal grandmother was Patricia Louise Bowers (the daughter of James Albert Bowers and Frances Cleveland Ferguson). James was the son of Albert Mansfield Bowers and Sarah “Sallie” R. Cable.

Ethan’s maternal grandparents were James Windsor Deeble and Victoria Burt (the daughter of Charles C. Burt and Jayne E. Llewellyn).

Source: Marriage record of Ethan’s parents –

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