Olivia Palermo

by ethnic on April 26, 2010

Birth Name: Olivia B. Palermo

Birth Place: Greenwich, Connecticut, United States

Birth Date: February 28, 1986

Ethnicity: Italian, French, English

Olivia Palermo is an American socialite, and star of the reality show The City. She is the daughter of Douglas E. Palermo and Lynn Hutchings. Her father has Italian, and possibly French, ancestry. Her mother may have English ancestry.

Olivia’s paternal grandfather was Elvin D. Palermo (the son of Nicholas Matthew Palermo and Albina). Elvin was born in New Jersey. Nicholas was Italian. Albina was born in New Jersey, to an Italian-born father and a mother who is described as either Italian-born or French-born (depending on the census).

Source: Olivia’s paternal grandfather, Elvin D. Palermo, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Creative Commons License photo credit: Porter Hovey


Pauly D

by ethnic on March 15, 2010

Birth Name: Paul DelVecchio

Place of Birth: Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 5, 1980

Ethnicity: Italian

Pauly D, also known as DJ Pauly D, is an American television personality and disc jockey. He was born Paul DelVecchio, and is the son of Donna (DiCarlo) and Paul D. DelVecchio. Pauly has a daughter with Amanda Markert.

Pauly was, and is, well known for starring on the reality show Jersey Shore. He is known for his elaborate hairstyles and his fist-pumping.

Pauly has said (starting around 1:42 at this link):

I’m 100% Italian… My family’s straight from Italy… I take pride in being Italian. I love being Italian. I love the food… I definitely don’t represent all Italians, I only represent myself.

A picture of Pauly’s father can be seen here. A picture of Pauly’s paternal grandmother can be seen here. A picture of Pauly’s mother can be seen here.

Pauly’s maternal grandparents were Albert J. DiCarlo, Sr. and Anna Box (the daughter of Salvatore Box and Teresa/Theresa Montaquila). Albert was Italian, and is listed as possibly having been born in San Marino in one record. Anna was born in Rhode Island, to Italian parents. Teresa was born in Caserta, the daughter of Carmino Montaquila and Carmela Lepre.

Various websites have speculated that Pauly is of Portuguese and/or Brazilian ancestry. This is not accurate.

Sources: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Record of Pauly’s maternal grandfather, Albert J. DiCarlo –

Pauly’s maternal grandmother, Anna Box, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Brianna Taylor

by ethnic on January 31, 2010

photo by Photobra Adam Bielawski

Birth Name:

Brianna Taylor

Birth Place:

Pennsylvania, United States

Birth Date:

May 30, 1987

What Race or Ethnicity?:

African American, German, Puerto Rican

The American television celebrity is famous for her appearance in 5th season of American Idol and The Real World: Hollywood. She is of African American, German and Puerto Rican descent.