Nice Peter

by madman on January 10, 2018

Nice Peter and Epic Lloyd – 3rd Annual Streamy Awards – Arrivals – Hollywood Palladium – Hollywood, CA, USA –  Photo Credit: Billy Bennight / PR Photos 

Birth Name: Peter Alexis Shukoff

Place of Birth: Rochester, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 15, 1979

*Russian (father)
*Irish, possibly English (mother)

Nice Peter is an American comedian, rapper, musician, and internet personality.

Nice Peter is the son of Denise M. (Highland) and Igor D. Shukoff. His father’s immigration record has his birth place as Poland, though Nice Peter has described himself as being of Russian descent, and his grandparents’ names indicates Russian ancestry. Nice Peter’s mother is of at least half Irish descent.

Nice Peter’s paternal grandparents were Wladimyr/Walter Shukoff (the son of Igor Shukoff) and Anna. Wladimyr and Anna were Russian.

Nice Peter’s maternal grandparents were Joseph F. Highland and Elizabeth M. “Bette” Hayes (the daughter of Dennis A. Hayes and Elizabeth A.). Nice Peter’s grandmother Elizabeth was of Irish descent.

Sources: Marriage record of Nice Peter’s parents –

Nice Peter’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth M. “Bette” Hayes, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Elizabeth M. “Bette” Hayes on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Nice Peter’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth M. “Bette” (Hayes) Highland –


Walter Afanasieff

by ann on December 27, 2017

Walter Afanasieff and Katie Cazorla – “Nail Files” Reality TV Series Season 2 Premiere Party – Arrivals – Station Hollywood at W Hollywood – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Billy Bennight / PR Photos

Birth Name: Vladimir Nikitich Afanasieff

Place of Birth: São Paulo, Brazil

Date of Birth: February 10, 1958

Ethnicity: Russian

Walter Afanasieff is an American multiple Grammy Award-winning musician, songwriter, record producer, and composer. He is known for his long association with Mariah Carey, for whom he was co-producer and co-writer for several years, beginning in 1990, and for working with many other recording artists.

Walter was born in São Paulo, Brazil, the son of Nikita Afanasieff and Tatiana Rikova. Both of his parents are the children of Russian immigrants.

Walter’s paternal grandfather was Georgi Afanasieff (the son of Leonid Afanasieff and Nadeshda Grigorieva). Georgi was born in Russia and imigrated to Brazil.

Walter’s paternal grandmother was Zinaida/Sinaida Bolsunowski (the daughter of Joan Bolsunowski and Tatiana Iolshina). Zinaida was Russian immigrant to São Paulo, Brazil.

Walter’s maternal grandfather was Vladimir Rikoff/Rikov (the son of Vladimir N. Rikoff/Rikov and Vera I.). Walter’s grandfather Vladimir was born in Mtsenks, Russia.

Walter’s maternal grandmother was Antonina Menshikoff/Minshikoff (the daughter of Nikolai I. Menshikoff and Maria V.). Antonina was born in Harbin, China to Russian parents.

Sources: Immigration record of Walter’s paternal grandfather, Georgi Afanasieff –

Immigration record of Walter’s paternal grandmother, Zinaida/Sinaida Bolsunowski –

Immigration record of Walter’s maternal grandfather,  Vladimir Rikoff/Rikov –

Immigration record of Walter’s maternal grandmother, Antonina Menshikoff/Minshikoff –

Photo by Billy Bennight


Fyodor Dostoyevsky

by madman on December 20, 2017

Birth Name: Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky

Date of Birth: November 11, 1821

Place of Birth: Moscow, Russian Empire

Date of Death: February 9, 1881

Place of Death: Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire

Ethnicity: Belarusian, Russian

Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist, and philosopher.

Dostoyevsky was the son of Maria Fyodorovna (Nechayeva) and Mikhail Andreevich Dostoyevsky. His father was born in Voytovtsy, Belarus. His mother was born in Moscow, Russia.

Fyodor was married to Maria Dmitriyevna Isaeva, until her death, and to Anna Grigoryevna Snitkina, until his death. He had four children with Anna.

Dostoyevsky’s paternal grandparents were Andrey Grigoreevich Dostoyevsky (the son of Grigoriy Yozefovich Dostoyevsky) and Anastasya.

Dostoyevsky’s maternal grandparents were Fyodor Timofeeyevich Nechayev and Varvara Mikhailovna Kotelnicka (the daughter of Mikhail Fyodorovich Kotelnicky).

Sources: Genealogy of Fyodor Dostoyevsky –

Photo by markaumark/

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Frankie Kazarian

by bablah on December 11, 2017

Frankie “Suicide ” Kazarian and Traci Brooks – Poynt Presents’s 2009 “Wrath Of Con” – Arrivals – Hard Rock Hotel – San Diego, CA. USA – Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

Birth Name: Frank Benedict Gerdelman

Place of Birth: Palm Springs, Riverside, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 4, 1977

Ethnicity: German, Russian, other

Frankie Kazarian is an American professional wrestler.

Frankie’s paternal grandfather was Norman Francis/Othmar Gerdelman, son of Harry William Gerdelman and Mary/May Marcella Flanders/Flenders/Flender. Mary was born in Pennsylvania to German immigrant, Hermann Flender/Flenders, and Anna Mary Magdelin Galich.

Frankie’s paternal grandmother was named June Pivaroff or Homatoff. She was likely of Russian Molokan descent.

Sources: Frankie’s paternal grandfather on 1920 U.S. census –

Frankie’s paternal great-grandmother Mary Flender on 1880 U.S. census –


Natalie Gal

by stlucas on November 23, 2017

Natalie Gal – “Hercules” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – TCL Chinese Theatre – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Kazuki Hirata / /

Birth Name: Natalia V. Galkina

Place of Birth: Bataysk, Rostov Oblast, USSR (now Russia)

Date of Birth: December 18, 1985

Ethnicity: Russian

Natalie Gal is a Russian-American model, actress, television personality. Natalie is known for being a contestant on the eighth season of America’s Next Top Model (under the name Natasha Galkina).

Natalie was born and raised in Russia, and moved to Dallas, Texas, at the age of eighteen. She has a daughter with her former husband, Stuart G. Hagler.

Source: Marriage record of Natalie Gal –