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Dennis Sciama

by Manila on March 26, 2018

Birth Name: Denis William Siahou Sciama

Date of Birth: 18 November, 1926

Place of Birth: Manchester South, Lancashire, England, U.K.

Date of Death: 18/19 December, 1999

Place of Death: Oxford, England, U.K.

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish

Dennis Sciama was a British physicist. He is considered one of the fathers of modern cosmology.

His father, Abraham Sciama, was a textile businessperson, also from Manchester. His mother, Nelly Ades, was born in Cairo, Egypt. Both of them traced their roots to Aleppo, Syria.

The surname Sciama was originally spelled Shama, but the later spelling was adopted to conform better to the Latin alphabet.

Dennis was married to a social anthropologist, Lidia Dina, until his death, with whom he has two daughters.

Dennis’ paternal grandfather was Moses Abraham Sciama (the son of Raphael Abraham Sciama and Esther). Raphael and Esther were Syrian Jewish emigrants, from Aleppo.

Dennis’ paternal grandmother was Elizabeth “Bessie/Betsy” Henriques Valentine (the daughter of Emanuel Henriques Valentine and Frances “Fanny” Woolf). Emanuel was the son of Abraham/Aaron Henriques Valentine and Julia/Judith Mordechai Mendoza. Frances was the daughter of Abraham Woolf and Elizabeth Samuel.

Dennis’ maternal grandfather was named Ezra Ades.

Sources: Biography of Dennis Sciama –

Genealogy of Dennis’ brother, Maurice Sciama –

Dennis’ father on the 1891 England and Wales Census –

Marriage record of Dennis’ paternal grandparents, Moses Abraham Sciama and Elizabeth Henriques Valentine –

Dennis’ paternal grandfather, Moses Abraham Sciama, on the 1871 England and Wales Census –

Dennis’ paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Henriques Valentine, on the 1871 England and Wales Census –

Marriage record of Dennis’ paternal great-grandparents, Emanuel Henriques Valentine and Frances Woolf –


Guy Burnet

by follers on February 10, 2018

Birth Name: Guy Daniel Wain-Burnet

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

Date of Birth: 8 August, 1983

*English (father)
*Israeli Jewish, Libyan Jewish, Italian Jewish (mother)

Guy Burnet is a British actor.

His father is of English descent. His mother is Jewish (from an Israeli Jewish, Libyan Jewish, and Italian Jewish background). Guy attended a Jewish school for some time.

Guy’s paternal grandfather is named Brian H. Burnet.

Guy’s paternal grandmother is Amy Y. Wain (the daughter of Osborne Sayer Wain and Elsie May Armitage). Amy was born in North Bierley, Yorkshire. Osborne was the son of Frederick Wain and Ann/Annie Sayer. Elsie was the daughter of Arthur Armitage and Amy Taylor.

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Leslie Bega

by stlucas on December 8, 2017

Birth Name: Leslie Rae Bega

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 17, 1967

*Sephardi Jewish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Leslie Bega is an American actress.

Leslie is the daughter of Marlene Ruth (Feldman) and Izahar/Ezehar/Isahar Dick Bega. Leslie’s parents were Jewish; Leslie’s father is from a Sephardi Jewish family and Leslie’s mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.

Leslie’s paternal grandfather was Ghedit Isahar Bega. Ghedit was born in either Italy or Turkey, to a woman surnamed Abelda.

Leslie’s paternal grandmother was Rachel/Raechel Notrica (the daughter of Isaac Notrica and Sarah Mazalto Bardavid). Rachel was a resident of Rodos, Turkey (Rhodes, now Greece), and her nationality was listed as “Italian, Hebrew”.

Leslie’s great-grandfather Isaac was the son of Buhor Moshe Notrica and Sarah Notrica, who was also from Rhodes, Greece. Leslie’s great-grandmother Sarah was the daughter of Abraham “Abramachi” Bardavid and Rachel Israel.

Leslie’s maternal grandparents were Abraham “Abe” Feldman and Anne Heyman. Abraham and Anne were from Russia.

Sources: Birth record of Leslie Bega –

Marriage record of Leslie’s parents –

Genealogy of Leslie Bega (focusing on her father’s side) –

Leslie’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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Tyler Young

by follers on November 1, 2017

Birth Name: Tyler Matthew Young

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 17, 1990

*Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish (mother)

Tyler Young is an American actor.

His mother is Jewish.

Tyler’s maternal grandfather was Donald Ratke (the son of Louis Ratke and Riwke Rose Bronstein). Donald was born in Wisconsin, to a Romanian Jewish father and a Russian Jewish mother. Riwke was the daughter of David Bronstein and Rebecca.

Tyler’s maternal grandmother was born Arline Selma Pirsch (the daughter of Jacob Jay Pirsch and Louise Melhado). Jacob was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents, Aron Solomon Pirsch and Rose Goldstein. Louise was born in Massachusetts, the daughter of English-born parents, Abraham Elias Melhado and Elizabeth Phillips, from Spitalfields, Middlesex, who were Sephardi Jews. Abraham and Elizabeth were both of Dutch Jewish descent, from Amsterdam, with some Italian Jewish ancestors. Tyler’s great-great-grandfather Abraham was the son of Elias Juda Melhado/Meljado and Leah Van Abraham Mendes. Tyler’s great-great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of Philip Phillips, who was born in the Netherlands, and of Leah Abrahams.

Tyler’s matrilineal line traces back to a woman named Sarah, who was born, c. 1797, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Tyler’s brother once tweeted, “Just found out I’m exactly 50% Jewish.” He may have been referring to having taken a DNA test that showed him to be of 50% Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. Tyler added, “And our grandfather speaks “Jewish”…”, perhaps referring to a census record that listed their grandfather’s language as “Jewish” (“Yiddish”).

Sources: Tyler’s maternal grandfather, Donald Ratke, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Tyler’s maternal grandmother, Arline Selma Pirsch, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Tyler’s maternal great-grandfather, Jacob Jay Pirsch, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Tyler’s maternal great-grandmother, Louise Melhado, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Louise Melhado on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Barrett Foa

by stlucas on October 19, 2017

Birth Name: Barrett C. Foa

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

Date of Birth: September 18, 1977

*Italian/Italian Jewish (father)
*Croatian, German (mother)

Barrett Foa is an American actor.

Barrett is the son of Linda (Rimanich) and Conrad Foa. His father is of Italian/Italian Jewish descent. His mother has Croatian and German ancestry.

Barrett’s paternal grandfather was Mario Leane Fortunato Foa (the son of Primo Foa). Mario was born in Genoa, Liguria, Italy, and was Jewish. Primo was the son of Fortunato Foa, who founded Foa & Son Insurance Company in Genoa in 1861.

Barrett’s paternal grandmother was named Marie Costa. Marie’s parents were from Genoa.

Barrett’s maternal grandfather was Simon/Gemon “Sam” Rimanich (the son of Marco Rimanich and Mathea Coban). Simon was born in Sara, Italy, and was likely an ethnic Croatian.

Barrett’s maternal grandmother was Kreszenz/Cresencia “Grace” Spiegl/Spiegel (the daughter of Meinrad Spiegl and Rosalia). Kreszenz was from Slatina, Romania, and was likely an ethnic German.

Sources: Information about Barrett’s Foa family –

Marriage record of Barrett’s parents –

Immigration record of Barrett’s paternal grandfather, Mario Leane Fortunato Foa –

Obituary of Barrett’s paternal grandfather, Mario Leane Fortunato Foa –

Obituary of Barrett’s mother –

Barrett’s uncle (mother’s brother), Rudolph “Rudy” Rimanich, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Death record of Barrett’s aunt (mother’s sister), Marilyn Rimanich –

Marriage record of Barrett’s maternal grandparents, Simon/Gemon “Sam” Rimanich and Kreszenz/Cresencia “Grace” Spiegl/Spiegel –

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