Alex Aiono

by Manila on May 15, 2017

Place of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 16, 1996

*Samoan (paternal grandfather)
*Māori (paternal grandmother)
*Danish, English, German, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Swiss-German, Welsh (mother)

Alex Aiono is an American singer and songwriter.

Alex’s father, Martin Harris Aiono, is a New Zealand immigrant, and is of half Māori and half Samoan descent. Alex’s mother, Heather Lynne (Lee), is American, from Los Angeles, California.

Alex’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his tenth great-grandfather, Soisoinailua’ai Leaupepe.

Alex’s paternal grandfather was Ominae Luluali’i Aiono (the son of Luluali’i Aiono and Misimua Ulugaono). Ominae was Samoan, from Fasito’o Uta, Upolu. Alex’s great-grandfather Luluali’i was the son of Muliaina Tua’ifaiva Aiono and La’Amauga Laumea. Misimua was the daughter of Ta’avili Ulugaono and Ana Lutu Molio’o.

Alex’s paternal grandmother was Eileen Te Ataakura Te Maari (the daughter of Arapata Tokoarangi Te Maari and Mereana Korau). Eileen was Māori, from Whanganui. Arapata was the son of Tokoarangi Te Maari and Meremionga Hiroti. Mereana was the daughter of Mae Korau and Hinewahirangi Paea.

Alex’s paternal grandfather is Jerald Keith “Jerry” Lee (the son of Raymond Amos Lee and Lenore Pauline Baumgardner). Raymond was the son of James Porter Lee and Pearl Ruby Sperry. Lenore was the daughter of Earl Sebastian Samuel Baumgardner and Elfreida Grimm.

Alex’s maternal grandmother is Barbara Clarene Taylor (the daughter of Seymour Stillman Taylor and Margaret Belle Quinn). Seymour was the son of George Francis Taylor and Barbara Matilda Stillman. Margaret was the daughter of John Alfred Quinn and Clarene Turner.

Alex’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his ninth great-grandmother, Barbara, of Rønne, Bornholm, Denmark.

Sources: Interview about Alex’s father’s ancestry –

Genealogy of Alex’s paternal grandfather, Ominae Luluali’i Aiono –

Genealogy of Alex’s paternal grandmother, Eileen Te Ataakura Te Maari –

Genealogy of Alex’s mother – Bishop David Evans and His Family by J. Grant Stevenson (

Birth record of Alex’s mother –

Alex’s maternal grandfather, Jerald Keith Lee, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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Rena Owen

by stlucas on May 9, 2017

Place of Birth: Bay of Islands, Northland Region, New Zealand

Date of Birth: July 22, 1962

*Māori, some Welsh (father)
*Danish, French, English (mother)

Rena Owen is a New Zealand television, stage, and film actress.

Rena is the daughter of Cynthia and Ken John Owen (born Kake Hoani Ringi Owen). Rena was raised Catholic in Moerewa, New Zealand.

Rena’s father had Māori (from the Ngati Hine iwi), as well as some Welsh, ancestry. Through her father, Rena is a descendant of a prominent Māori chief, Te Ruki Kawiti. Rena’s mother is white, and was born in Auckland, New Zealand, of Danish, French, and English, descent.

Rena’s paternal grandmother was named Nanny Upa.

Sources: Official Facebook page –

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William Singe

by Manila on May 5, 2017

Birth Name: Liam Anthony Singe

Place of Birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Date of Birth: 2 July, 1992

*Māori (father)
*Scottish, possibly other (mother)

William Singe is an Australian singer, songwriter, and producer.

His father, Ray Singe, of Māori descent, from New Zealand. His mother is named Sue McGrath, whose surname is of Scottish origin.



Sasha Lane

by stlucas on January 11, 2017

Birth Name: Sasha Bianca Lane

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S

Date of Birth: September 29, 1995

*African-American (father)
*European, Māori (mother)

Sasha Lane is an American actress. She was born in Houston, Texas, to an African-American father, Kenneth Wayne Lane, and a New Zealander mother, Judith Marice Tuck, who is of European and Māori descent. Sasha has an older brother, Sergio. She was raised in Frisco, Texas.

Her father is pictured here. Her mother is pictured here.

Sasha’s paternal grandmother was named Lizzie Lane.


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Benji Marshall

by andrew on August 4, 2016

Benji Marshall Nrl All Stars

Birth Name: Benjamin Quentin Marshall

Place of Birth: Whakatane, Whakatane District, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Date of Birth: 25 February, 1985

Ethnicity: Māori, some English, Scottish, and Irish

Benji Marshall is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer. He has captained the New Zealand national team.

Benji’s mother, Lydia, gave birth to him when she was fifteen. Benji was raised without his biological father, a man from Rotorua, New Zealand, by the name of Calvin.

Benji’s maternal grandfather is the son of John Thomas Wilson Marshall and Raiha Pohitere/Poihaitere Biddle. John was born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, the son of John Boyd Marshall and Clara Elizabeth Fogarty. Raiha was the daughter of Tori Ben Biddle and Reihana Hakeke.

Benji’s maternal grandmother was Kahira Tiakiwai Turei.

Because of his Scottish heritage, Benji was considered by Scotland Rugby League to represent the country, but he refused the offer.

Sources: Genealogy of Benji Marshall –

Genealogy of Benji’s maternal grandfather (through his brother, William Marshall) –

Article about one of Benji’s ancestors, land war hero Benedict Biddle –

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