John Wozniak

by madman on January 15, 2017

Birth Name: John Keith Wozniak

Place of Birth: Ramsey, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: January 19, 1971

Ethnicity: Irish (paternal grandmother), Mexican (maternal grandmother), Polish, Ukrainian, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish

John Wozniak is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He is the lead singer of the rock band Marcy Playground.

John is the son of Nora Lynn (Ashinhurst) and Robert Howard Wozniak, a psychologist. John’s father’s ancestry is half Irish, with his other roots likely being Polish and Ukrainian. John’s mother was of English, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and Scottish descent on one side and Mexican (Spanish, Basque, possibly other) on the other.

John’s paternal grandfather was John Michael Wozniak (the son of Michael Wozniak and Mary Ann Stadnik). The surnames “Wozniak” and “Stadnik” are Polish and Ukrainian in origin, respectively.

John’s paternal grandmother was Mary Agnes Flood (the daughter of Peter Andrew Flood and Mary Ellen Rankin). Peter was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, John Francis Flood and Mary E. McAloon. John’s great-grandmother Mary Ellen was born in Warrington, Pennsylvania, also to Irish parents, Samuel G. Rankin and Margaret Grady.

John’s maternal grandfather was Horace Keith Ashinhurst (the son of Joel Ellerine Ashinhurst and Nora Loraine Thrasher). Joel was the son of Joel E. Ashinhurst and Nancy Elerine Neighbors. Nora was the daughter of William Robert Thrasher and Edna Niles Simpson.

John’s maternal grandmother was Helen Verastegui (the daughter of Enrique Casterllon Verastegui and Rose Arias). Enrique was born in Rio Verde, Mexico. Rose was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and was likely the daughter of Bernadino Arias and Armenia, who were both born in California, to Mexican parents.

Sources: Obituary of John’s paternal grandfather, John Michael Wozniak –

Genealogy of John’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Genealogy of John Wozniak (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogies of John’s maternal grandfather, Horace Keith Ashinhurst –

Genealogy of John’s maternal grandmother, (Helen Verastegui) Ashinhurst –

Likely John’s maternal great-grandmother, Rose Arias, on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Tamara Mello

by stlucas on January 14, 2017

Birth Name: Tamara Beccam Mello

Place of Birth: Orange County, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 22, 1976

*Azorean Portuguese, French (father)
*possibly Mexican (mother)

Tamara Mello is an American actress. Her father, John Mello, was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, to an Azorean Portuguese father and a French mother.

Tamara is married to actor Paolo Cascardo. They have a daughter, Olivia.

Regarding her daughter’s ethnicity, Tamara has stated:

…in our family, we try to teach our six-year-old daughter about her various ethnic roots through food. Olivia is a true American mutt having a mixture of Portuguese, French, Mexican, Italian and Finnish blood. Caldo verde is a staple in our home. We grow kale in our backyard garden for this exact purpose. Olivia will also tell you that her favorite food of all time is Ameijoas a Bulhao Pato.

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

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Alfred Nevarez

by madman on January 3, 2017

Birth Name: Alfred B. Nevarez

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: May 18, 1973

Ethnicity: Mexican

Alfred Nevarez is an American singer and songwriter. He is a member of the group All-4-One, along with Tony Borowiak, Jamie Jones, and Delious Kennedy.

Alfred’s parents’ surnames are “Nevarez” and “Burciaga”. He is of Mexican descent.


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Kirstin Maldonado

by wanderer on December 4, 2016

Place of Birth: Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 16, 1992

*Mexican (father)
*Italian, Spanish (mother)

Kirstin Maldonado is an American singer. She is a member of the group Pentatonix. Kirstin was raised by her mother, Angelica, in Arlington, Texas.

Photo by kathclick/


Orson Chaplin

by madman on November 12, 2016

Birth Name: Orson Belisario M. Chaplin Salkind

Place of Birth: Westminster, London, England

Date of Birth: 1987

*Ashkenazi Jewish, Mexican (father)
*English, Irish, 1/16th Scottish (mother)

Orson Chaplin is an American actor and rapper. Among his first cousins are actresses Carmen ChaplinKiera ChaplinOona Chaplin, and circus performer and actor James Thiérrée. Among his aunts and uncles are/were actress Geraldine Chaplin and actor Sydney Chaplin.

Orson is the son of Jane Cecil Chaplin and Ilya Salkind (born Ilya Juan Salkind Dominguez), a film and television producer, who is known for producing the live-action Superman films. His mother has English, Irish, and one sixteenth Scottish, ancestry. His father was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to a Jewish father and a Mexican mother. Orson’s father, paternal grandfather, and paternal great-grandfather were all successful international film producers. He was raised partly in Florida, Switzerland, and California.

Orson’s paternal grandparents were Alexander Salkind (the son of Mikhail Salkind and Maria Gerschikov) and Berta Domínguez. Alexander was born in Danzig, Poland, to Jewish parents from Kiev, Ukraine, who flead the Russian revolution. The family lived in Leningrad, Berlin, and Paris, before fleeing to Cuba in 1939, and later Mexico. Berta was Mexican.

Orson’s maternal grandfather was actor Charlie Chaplin (born Charles Spencer Chaplin, the son of Charles Chaplin and Hannah Harriet Pedlingham Hill, both of whom were entertainers). Charlie was born in England. His documented ancestry was English and some Irish. Orson’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Spencer Chaplin and Ellen Elizabeth Smith. Hannah was the daughter of Charles Frederick Hill and Mary Ann Terry.

Orson’s maternal grandmother was Oona O’Neill, an actress (the daughter of playwright Eugene O’Neill [Eugene Gladstone O’Neill] and writer Agnes Boulton). Oona was born in Warwick Parish, Bermuda. Eugene was born in New York City, New York, the son of actor James O’Neill, who was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, and of Ella O’Neill (born Mary Ellen Quinlan), who was born in New Haven, Connecticut, to Irish parents, Thomas Joseph Quinlan and Bridget Lundigan. Agnes was born in London, the daughter of Edward William Boulton, an artist, who was American, of English and Scottish descent, and of Cecil Maud/Maude Williams.

Charlie is often stated to have had some degree of Romani (Gypsy) ancestry. It does not appear that this ancestral claim has ever been documented/verified. Charlie was sometimes believed to have been Jewish (especially during his lifetime), but his parents were not of Jewish heritage, although Orson is of Jewish descent through his paternal grandfather.

Sources: Genealogies of Orson Chaplin –

Family history of Orson’s paternal family –

Obituary of Orson’s paternal grandfather, Alexander Salkind –