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 – http://www.legacy.com

Genealogy of John’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of John Wozniak (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.genealogy.com

Genealogies of John’s maternal grandfather, Horace Keith Ashinhurst – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of John’s maternal grandmother, (Helen Verastegui) Ashinhurst – http://findagrave.com

Likely John’s maternal great-grandmother, Rose Arias, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org


Nastassja Kinski

by andrew on January 9, 2017

Birth Name: Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski

Place of Birth: Berlin, Germany

Date of Birth: 24 January, 1961

Ethnicity: Polish, German

Nastassja Kinski is a German actress and model. She is the daughter of actors Klaus Kinski (Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski) and Ruth Brigitte Tocki. Her father was born in Sopot, Gdańsk, Poland, and was of part Polish ancestry. Her mother is German (by either birth or citizenship), although “Tocki” is usually a Polish surname. Nastassja’s half-siblings are actress Pola Kinski and actor Nikolai Kinski.

Nastassja’s paternal grandparents were Bruno Nakszyński and Susanne Lutze.

Nastassja has a daughter, model and actress Sonja Kinski, with Egyptian filmmaker Ibrahim Moussa, and a daughter, Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones, with American music producer Quincy Jones.

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Tony Borowiak

by madman on January 3, 2017

Birth Name: Anthony Raymond Borowiak

Place of Birth: Kern, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 12, 1972

Ethnicity: Polish (paternal grandfather), German, possibly other

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

Tony is the son of Sandra Lynne “Sandi” (Hartman) and Raymond John “Ray” Borowiak. His father is of Polish and German descent.

Tony’s paternal grandfather was Sylvester Joseph Borowiak (the son of Anton Walter Borowiak and Hedwig C. Pytleski). Anton was born in Lamont, Illinois, to Polish parents, Frank Borowiak and Anna Lijewska. Hedwig was born in Minnesota, also to Polish parents.

Tony’s paternal grandmother was Pearl Frances Wegner (the daughter of Frank Fredrick William Wegner and Emma Sophie Werling). Frank was born in Cylinder, Iowa, to German parents, Albert Ferdinand Wegner and Friederieke Ernestine Wilhelmine “Rika” Maron. Emma was born in LuVerne, Iowa, to George Werling and Emma Hinz, and all of her grandparents were German.

Source: Genealogy of Tony Borowiak (focusing on his father’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Tony’s paternal grandmother, Pearl Frances (Wegner) Borowiak – http://findagrave.com

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Angelique Kerber

by stlucas on January 2, 2017

Place of Birth: Bremen, West Germany (now Bremen, Germany)

Date of Birth: January 18, 1988

Ethnicity: Polish, German

Angelique Kerber is a German professional tennis player. She was born in Bremen, West Germany, to a German mother, Beata Rzeźnik, and a Polish father, Slawomir Kerber. She has a sister, Jessica. Angelique was raised in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

Her maternal grandfather is Janusz Rzeźnik.

Her mother’s surname is Polish. Her father’s surname is German.

She speaks fluent German, Polish, and English. She also holds both German and Polish citizenship.

Sources: http://www.nbcolympics.com/


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Justine Pasek

by madman on January 2, 2017

Birth Name: Yostin Lissette Pasek Patiño

Place of Birth: Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union

Date of Birth: August 29, 1979

*Polish (father)
*Panamanian (mother)

Justine Pasek is a Polish-Panamanian model, FAO Goodwill Ambassador, and beauty queen. She was crowned Señorita Panamá 2001 and Miss Universe 2002.

Justine is the daughter of Elizabeth (Patiño) and Stanislaw Pasek. Her father is Polish. Her mother was born in Chiriquí, Panama. Justine’s parents met in Kharkiv, Ukraine, where her father studied engineering and her mother studied chemistry.

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