People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive

Blake Shelton

by bearboy on March 15, 2015

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Birth Name: Blake Tollison Shelton

Place of Birth: Ada, Oklahoma, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 18, 1976

Ethnicity: English, small or distant amounts (to varying degrees) of Scottish, Welsh, German, Dutch, Irish, and French

Blake Shelton is an American country singer, songwriter, actor, and television personality. He is the son of Dorothy (Byrd) and Richard Lee Shelton. He was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2017.

Blake’s paternal grandfather was Dolphia T. Shelton (the son of Monroe L. Shelton and Mary Abigail Moore). Dolphia was born in Oklahoma. Monroe was the son of Elias Coleman Shelton and Mary T. Oden. Mary Abigail was the daughter of Joseph Deshay/Desha Moore and Nancy Frances Peavler.

Blake’s paternal grandmother was Ruby Lamb Mead (the daughter of McDonald/Donald Meade/Mead and Etta/Hetta May Floyd). Ruby was born in Kansas. McDonald was the son of Robert Mead and Malinda J. Roten. Etta was the daughter of John D. W. Floyd and Malinda J. Shepherd.

Blake’s maternal grandfather was R. A. “Bud” Byrd (the son of Obediah Dare Byrd and Mary Elizabeth Clapp). R. A. was born in Oklahoma. Obediah was the son of Joseph Franklin Byrd, Jr. and Nancy Jane Inman. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of Elisha Clapp and Josephine Smith, whose mother was born in France.

Blake’s maternal grandmother was Samuel Jane Johnson (the daughter of Samuel/Sammie J. Johnson and Ida Belle Sommers/Summers). Blake’s grandmother Samuel was born in Arkansas. Blake’s great-grandfather Samuel was the son of Josiah H. Johnson and Asenath/Asentha/Asenith Elizabeth Woods/Wood.

Sources: Genealogies of Blake Shelton –

Blake’s maternal grandfather, R. A. “Bud” Byrd, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

by ethnic on February 27, 2015

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ethnicity

Birth Name: Dwayne Douglas Johnson

Place of Birth: Hayward, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: May 2, 1972

*African-Canadian/Black Nova Scotian, small amount of Irish (father)
*Samoan (mother)

Dwayne Johnson, also credited as The Rock, is an American professional wrestler, actor, and producer.

He is the son of Ata Johnson (born Feagaimaleata or Mataniufeagaimaleata Fitisemanu Maivia) and Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles), a Canadian and American wrestler. A picture of Dwayne at a young age, along with his parents, can be found here.

Dwayne’s father, who is black (African-Canadian), was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, of Black Nova Scotian heritage. Black Nova Scotians are descended from African-Americans who left the U.S. after the American Revolution, having sided with the British. Dwayne’s paternal grandparents were both black, and Dwayne has stated that he also found out that he has some “strong Irish blood” on his father’s side. Dwayne has also been said to have First Nations (Native Canadian) ancestry, although it is not clear if that is accurate.

Dwayne’s mother is Samoan. Dwayne spent some time growing up in Grey Lynn, New Zealand, where he was able to learn about his Pacific Islander heritage. He has a tribal “pe’a” chest-and-arm tattoo.

Dwayne was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2016. He is the second non-caucasian person to have been given this title by the magazine (Denzel Washington, in 1996, was the first). Dwayne is also the second African-American (after Washington), and the first Polynesian, to have thus far been given the title.

Dwayne has two children with his partner, singer and songwriter Lauren Hashian; and a daughter with his former wife, producer Dany Garcia. Dany works on many of Dwayne’s films.

Dwyane’s paternal grandfather is James Henry A. Bowles (the son of John W. Bowles and Lila/Lilla Jones). James was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia. John was the son of Stephen Bowles and Charlotte. Lila was the daughter of Henry Jones and Mary.

Dwyane’s paternal grandmother is Lillian Gay (the daughter of Alfred Nathan Gay and Isabelle/Isabel Sickles). Isabelle was the daughter of Benjamin Sickles and Hannah.

Dwyane’s maternal grandfather was Fanene Leifi Pita Maivia (the son of Rebecca Fanene). Fanene was a famous Samoan pro-wrestler, under the name Peter Maivia. He was from American Samoa. In Dwayne’s early wrestling days, he was known as Rocky Maivia, a combination of the nicknames of his father, Rocky Johnson, and his grandfather, Peter Maivia.

Dwayne’s maternal grandmother was Ofelia “Lia” Fuataga. Ofelia was born in Lalomanu, Aleipata, Western Samoa (then under New Zealand rule, now independent), and was a wrestling promoter.

Dwayne Johnson parents

Dwayne with his parents, photo by kathclick/

Sources: Genealogy of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson –

Family history of Dwayne’s father –


David Beckham

by ethnic on January 25, 2015

Birth Name: David Robert Joseph Beckham

Place of Birth: Waltham Forest, Essex, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 2 May, 1975

*75% English
*25% Ashkenazi Jewish

David Beckham is a British footballer. He is the son of Sandra Georgina (West) and David Edward Alan Beckham. David is married to businessperson and singer Victoria Beckham. They have four children, including Brooklyn Beckham, who has worked as a photographer and model.

David’s father, and maternal grandmother, are of English descent. David’s maternal grandfather was Jewish, and David has described himself as “half Jewish”, and has said, “I’ve probably had more contact with Judaism than with any other religion”. During his childhood, David’s family also went to a church, so David could play football for their team.

David was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2015. David is the second English-born man to have been given this title by the magazine (Jude Law, in 2004, is the first). David is also one of three men of significant Jewish heritage to have thus far been given the title (Harrison Ford, in 1998, is the first, and Adam Levine, in 2013, is the second).

David’s paternal grandfather is Aubrey Edward Jack Beckham (the son of Edward Charles Beckham and Queenie Violet Eldridge). Aubrey was born in Lambeth, London. David’s great-grandfather Edward was the son of William John Beckham and Harriet Fletcher. Queenie was the daughter of John Eldridge and Rose Caroline D. Alderman.

David’s paternal grandmother was Doris May Hamilton (the daughter of Charles Theodore Hamilton and Emily Beatrice Bartlett). Doris was born in West Ham, Essex. Charles was the son of Charles William Hamilton and Laura Croot. Emily was the daughter of William Henry Charles Bartlett and Charlotte Elizabeth Parkes.

David’s maternal grandfather was Joseph West (the son of James Walter West and Hannah Llewellyn). Joseph was born in London City, London, and was raised in a Jewish household.

David’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Jean Wiggins (the daughter of Ernest Albert Wiggins and Rose Aldrich). Margaret was born in Islington, London. Ernest was the son of Joseph Wiggins and Mary Ann Elizabeth Matkin. Rose was the daughter of Charles Aldrich and Elizabeth Jelliman.

Sources: Genealogies of David Beckham –

David’s paternal great-great-grandparents, William John Beckham and Harriet Fletcher, on the 1901 England and Wales Census –

Obituary of David’s maternal grandfather, Joseph West –

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Chris Hemsworth

by follers on December 17, 2014

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Place of Birth: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Date of Birth: 11 August, 1983

Ethnicity: Dutch (maternal grandfather), English, Irish, 1/16th German, 1/16th Scottish

Chris Hemsworth is an Australian actor. He is the brother of actors Luke Hemsworth and Liam Hemsworth. He is married to Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, with whom he has three children.

Chris’s maternal grandfather was a Dutch immigrant. The rest of Chris’s ancestry is approximately 11/32 English, 9/32 Irish, 1/16th German, and 1/16th Scottish.

Chris’s uncle, by marriage, was bushman Rod Ansell, who inspired the character “Crocodile” Dundee. Rod was married to Chris’s aunt (Chris’s mother’s sister), Joanne van Os, an author.

Chris was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2014. He is the second Australian-born man to have been given this title by the magazine (Hugh Jackman, in 2008, is the first). Chris is also thus far the only man of significant Dutch heritage to have been given this title by the magazine (although Patrick Swayze, the 1991 title recipient, may have had a Dutch great-grandfather).

Chris’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to John Hemsworth, who was born, c. 1804, in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

Chris’s paternal grandfather was Keith Hemsworth (the son of William Hamilton Hemsworth and Frances Margaret Jobson). William was born in Footscray, Victoria, Australia, the son of John Richard Hemsworth, who was of English descent, and of Carroline/Caroline Sophie Fahle, who was the daughter of German immigrants, Heinrich Conrad Fahle, from Minden, Westphalia, then belonging to Prussia, and Carroline/Caroline Schwer, from Hannover. Chris’s great-grandmother Frances was the daughter of John/Jack Jobson, who was of English and Scottish descent, and of Janet Bibby; Janet’s father, Thomas John Bibby, was born in Argyle, Scotland, and Janet’s mother, Ann/Anne/Annie McKeown/McEwan, was born in Dublin, Ireland.

Chris’s paternal grandmother was Gladys Priscilla Outen (the daughter of Charles Whynam Outen and Priscilla Louise Dainton). Charles had English and Irish ancestry, and was the son of Charles George Outen and Bridget Cross. Chris’s great-grandmother Priscilla was the daughter of James Henry Dainton, who was born in Gloucestershire, England, and of Elizabeth Victoria Parker, who was born in Devon, England.

Chris’s maternal grandfather is Martin van Os (the son of Johannes Has Van Os and Petronella Nel Verhoeven). Martin is a Dutch immigrant. Johannes was born in Veghel, Noord-Brabant, the son of Petrus Johannus Van Os and Theodora Van Der Heijden. Petronella was born in Vorstenbosch, Bernheze, North Brabant, the daughter of Everardus Martinus Verhoeven and Maria Van Der Sanden.

Chris’s maternal grandmother is Therese O’Sullivan (the daughter of Thomas Augustus O’Sullivan and Mary Christina Denham). Thomas was the son of Irish parents, Daniel O’Sullivan, from Kerry, and Catherine Flynn, from Tipperary. Mary Christina was the daughter of Henry Albert Denham, who was English, from Somerset, and of Margaret Catherine O’Neill, who was of Irish origin; Margaret was the daughter of Samuel O’Neill and Mary Alicia Bryce.

Sources: Genealogy of Chris Hemsworth –

Genealogy of Chris Hemsworth (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Chris’s paternal great-grandmother, Frances Margaret Jobson (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Chris’s maternal great-grandmother, Petronella Nel Verhoeven (through Petronella’s sister, Adriana Maria Verhoeven) –

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Adam Levine

by ethnic on November 27, 2014

Birth Name: Adam Noah Levine

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 18, 1979

*75% Jewish [Ashkenazi and Sephardi]
*12.5% German
*12.5% Scottish

Adam Levine is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, and record producer. He is famous for his soulful vocals, and for being the frontman/lead singer of the band Maroon 5.

Adam is the son of Patsy (Noah) and Fredric Levine, who founded the retail chain M. Fredric. His uncles are writer Timothy Noah and writer and director Peter Noah. Adam is married to model Behati Prinsloo, with whom he has two children.

Adam’s father is Jewish. Adam’s maternal grandfather was also Jewish (his family were Jewish emigrants from England and Germany, of Ashkenazi and Sephardi descent). Adam’s maternal grandmother was of German and Scottish (non-Jewish) ancestry. Adam has described himself as Jewish on a number of occasions. He is not religious.

Adam was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2013. He is the second man of significant Jewish heritage to have been given this title by the magazine (Harrison Ford, in 1998, is the first, and David Beckham, in 2015, is the third).

Adam’s paternal grandfather is named Jack David Levine.

Adam’s paternal grandmother is named Phyllis Hershkowitz (married name Phyllis Katchen).

Adam’s maternal grandfather was Robert Mortimer Noah (the son of Mortimer Noah and Rose J. Isselbacher). Robert was born in New York. Adam’s great-grandfather Mortimer was the son of Samuel M. Noah and Rose/Rosa Barnett. All four of Mortimer’s grandparents, Morris Noah, Amelia Brandon, Benjamin Barnett, and Rebecca Simmons, were Jewish emigrants from England. Their ancestry included Sephardi Jewish and Ashkenazi Jewish lines, with Dutch Jewish roots. Adam’s great-grandmother Rose Isselbacher was the daughter of Charles Isselbacher, who was born in New York, to German Jewish parents, and of Esther Ehrenreich, who was a German Jewish immigrant.

Adam’s maternal grandmother is Marian Jane Swentor (the daughter of George William Swentor and Jean Robertson). Marian was born in New York, and was from a Christian background. George was the son of German immigrants, August Wilhelm/William Swentor (originally spelled Schwentorous or Schwentorus) and Amelia Schmidt/Smith. Jean was born in Inverness, Scotland, the daughter of Donald Robertson and Jane P. Drew.

Sources: Interview with Adam Levine at The Jewish Chronicle, 2011 –

Genealogy of Adam Levine –

Adam’s maternal grandfather, Robert Mortimer Noah, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Adam’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents, Morris Noah and Amelia Brandon, on the 1905 New York Census –

Adam’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Rose Barnett, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Adam’s maternal grandmother, Marian Jane Swentor (“Miriam Swenton”), on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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