Ben Cura

by madman on July 24, 2017

Birth Name: José Ben Cura

Place of Birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Date of Birth: September 30, 1988

Ethnicity: Argentinian (Lebanese, Spanish, Basque, Italian, possibly other)

Ben Cura is an Argentinian and British actor. He is the son of Silvia Ibarra and José Cura, a singer, conductor, director, scenographer, and photographer. His father is of one half Lebanese, one quarter Italian, and one quarter Spanish, descent. Some of his father’s roots are in Santo Stefano Belbo, Province of Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy.

Ben’s patrilineal ancestors were Chalita el-Khoury, who was born, c. 1874, in Knet, and his wife, Theresa bou-Saada, who was born, c. 1881, in Zghorta, both in Lebanon. The surname was later changed to Cura.

Ben’s paternal grandparents were Oscar Cura and Olga Gómez.

Sources: Genealogy of Ben Cura – https://www.myheritage.se



Juliana Awada

by Manila on July 9, 2017

First Lady of Argentina Juliana Awada – Photo Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Villa Ballester, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Date of Birth: April 3, 1974

*Lebanese Arab (father)
*Syrian Arab (mother)

Juliana Awada is an Argentine businessperson. She has served as the First Lady of Argentina, since December 10, 2015, as the wife of Mauricio Macri, who is the President of Argentina.

Juliana’s father, Ibrahim Awada, is a Lebanese Muslim emigrant, from Baalbek, Baalbek-Hermel. Juliana’s mother, Elsa Esther “Pomi” Baker, is of Syrian descent.

She was previously married to Gustavo Capello.

Juliana’s maternal grandparents had the surnames Baker and Yessi.


Gregory Jbara

by stlucas on June 26, 2017

Gregory Jbara – 59th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards –  Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

Birth Name: Gregory John Jbara

Place of Birth: Westland, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 28, 1961

*Lebanese (father)
*Irish (mother)

Gregory Jbara is an American film, television, and stage actor, and singer.

Gregory is the son of Joan Margaret (Sweeney) and John “Jack” James Jbara. Gregory’s siblings are Judy, Michael, and television producer Dan Jbara.

Gregory’s father has Lebanese ancestry. Gregory’s mother is of Irish descent.

Gregory’s paternal grandfather was Anthony/Antonius Peter Jbara (the son of Bertrus “Peter” John Jbara and Elmoza “Elizabeth” Jbara). Anthony was born in Hasroun, Lebanon. Bertrus was the son of John Jbara. Elmoza was the daughter of Latowf Jbara and Mary.

Gregory’s paternal grandmother was Wadea “Rose” Michael Jbara/Jbaro (the daughter of Michael Jbara and Marian Dawood). Wadea was also born in Hasroun, Lebanon. Michael was also the son of Latowf Jbara and Mary.

Gregory’s maternal grandparents were Frank E. Sweeney and Catherine.

Sources: Genealogy of Gregory Jbara (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Gregory’s father, John “Jack” James Jbara, on the 1940 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Information about Gregory’s paternal grandparents, Anthony/Antonius Peter Jbara and Wadea “Rose” Michael Jbara/Jbaro – http://www.genealogy.com

Gregory’s mother, Joan Margaret Sweeney, on the 1940 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Gregory’s aunt (mother’s sister), Frances P. Sweeney – http://www.legacy.com


Stephen Karam

by stlucas on June 13, 2017

Stephen Karam – 70th Annual Tony Awards  Photo Credit: Loredana Sangiuliano / PRPhotos.com

Place of Birth: Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: (possibly) September 23, 1979

*Lebanese (father)
*Irish (mother)

Stephen Karam is an American playwright and screenwriter.

Stephen is the son of Marie (McAndrew) and Albert Karam. Stephen’s father is of Maronite Catholic Lebanese origin. Stephen’s mother has Irish roots.

Stephen’s paternal grandparents were Soloman/Solomon Karam and Hesna Hanam. Soloman was born in either Lebanon or Syria.

Stephen’s maternal grandfather was John Martin McAndrew (the son of John J. McAndrew and Sarah J. Clark). Stephen’s great-grandparents John and Sarah were born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Ireland.

Stephen’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth “Liz” A. Merrick (the daughter of Thomas F. Merrick and Florence A. Dean). Thomas was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Charles Merrick, whose parents were Irish, and of Bridget E. Nolan, whose parents were also Irish. Florence was also born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Michael Dean, who was Irish, and of Mary Moran, whose parents were Irish.

Sources: Obituary of Stephen’s uncle (father’s brother), Francis P. Karam – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Stephen’s aunt (father’s sister), Sally (Karam) Yovish – http://www.pressreader.com

Stephen’s paternal grandparents, Soloman/Solomon Karam and Hesna Hanam, on the 1940 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Stephen’s maternal grandfather, John Martin McAndrew, on the 1930 U.S.Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Stephen’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth “Liz” A. Merrick – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Stephen’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth “Liz” A. (Merrick) McAndrew – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com



Thomas Rhett

by stlucas on June 8, 2017

Thomas Rhett Akins – American Country Awards 2013 Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos 

Birth Name: Thomas Rhett Akins, Jr.

Place of Birth: Valdosta, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 30, 1990

Ethnicity: German, Swiss-German, English, Irish, Scottish, 1/8 Syrian-Lebanese

Thomas Rhett is an American county music singer and songwriter.

Thomas is the son of Paige Braswell and county music singer Rhett Akins (born Thomas Rhett Akins, Sr).

Thomas’ paternal grandfather was Thomas Dempsey Akins, Jr. (the son of Thomas Dempsey Akins, Sr., and Edna Dean Jones). Thomas’s great-grandfather Thomas was the son of James “Jim” Austin Akins and Ava Jane Whiddon/Whidden.

Thomas’s paternal grandmother was Pamela “Pam” Marie LaHood (the daughter of George John LaHood, Jr. and Gonzalee “Gonza” Beam). George was the son of George John LaHood, Sr. and Mary Hanna, who were Syrian-Lebanese immigrants, with Mary being from Jdita, Beqaa, Lebanon. Gonzalee was the daughter of Franklin “Frank” Luther Beam and Sarah “Sally/Sallie” Eleanor Baxter.

Thomas’ great-great-grandfather Franklin’s patrilineal line can be traced back to John Derrick Beam (Johann Dietrich Böhm), who was born, c. 1765, in Switzerland, the son of a German father from Hamburg, John Teter Beam, and a of Swiss mother from Geneva, Rebecca Reynolds, who was likely of German descent. John Derrick’s wife, Mary Hoyle, was the daughter of German parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Thomas’ paternal great-great-grandmother, Ava Jane Whiddon/Whidden – http://www.ancestry.com

Thomas’ paternal great-grandfather, George John LaHood, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Thomas’ paternal great-grandfather, George John LaHood, Jr. – http://mclanefuneralservices.com

Obituary of Thomas’ paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary (Hanna) LaHood – http://www.findagrave.com

Obituary of Thomas’ paternal great-grandmother, Gonzalee “Gonza” (Beam) LaHood – http://www.mclanefuneralservices.com

Genealogies of Thomas’ paternal great-great-grandfather, Franklin “Frank” Luther Beam – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Thomas’ paternal great-great-grandmother, Sarah “Sally/Sallie” Eleanor Baxter – http://www.findagrave.com