Camren Bicondova

by stlucas on March 1, 2017

Birth Name: Camren Renee Bicondova

Place of Birth: San Diego, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 22, 1999

Ethnicity: Basque, Rusyn, English, possibly other

Camren Bicondova is an American actress, model, and dancer. She was born in San Diego, California, the daughter of Jessica Arlene (Porter) and Joshua Patrick Bicondova. She was raised in Hawaii.

Camren’s surname, Bicondova, was possibly originally spelt “Viconda”, and is of Basque origin, which she has confirmed on Twitter. She has also stated that she is a third-generation Spanish immigrant.

Camren’s paternal grandparents are Patrick Bicondova and Nancy Louise Harobin (the daughter of Stephen Harobin). Stephen was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Vasil/Basilius Harobin/Harabin, who was born in Osturňa, Slovakia, and was likely of Rusyn descent, and of Theresa, who was also likely of Rusyn origin.

Her mother’s surname is of English origin.


Possible genealogy of Camren’s paternal grandfather, Patrick Bicondova (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Birth record of Camren’s paternal grandfather, Patrick Bicondova –

Camren’s paternal great-grandfather, Stephen Harobin, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Camren’s paternal great-grandfather, Stephen Harobin –

Baptism record of Camren’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Vasil/Basilius Harobin/Harabin –

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John Kasich

by bearboy on April 28, 2015

Birth Name: John Richard Kasich

Place of Birth: McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 13, 1952

*Rusyn or Czech (father)
*Croatian (mother)

John Kasich is an American politician. A Republican, he has served as Governor of Ohio, since January 10, 2011. He was previously a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio, from January 3, 1983 to January 3, 2001, and Chairman of the House Budget Committee, from January 3, 1995 to January 3, 2001.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2000 and 2016.

While he was not on the ballot, he received an electoral vote for President from a faithless elector in the 2016 presidential election.

John is the son of Anne B. (Vukovich) and John Kasich. His grandparents were all immigrants.

John’s paternal grandparents were Vasil/Karol/Charles/Charley Kasich and Jevka/Eva/Eve Leikan/Lukan. Vasil was born in Husnŷj, Ung County, Hungary, which was part of the Czechoslovak Republic in the 1920s. Jevka was born in Suchŷj, Ung County, Hungary, also part of the Czechoslovak Republic in the 1920s. Vasil and Jevka are sometimes described as Czech, but were likely ethnic Rusyns.

John’s maternal grandparents were Anton/Anthony Vuković/Vukovich (the son of Dubovick Vukovich and Mondei Lublouna) and Barbara Peckovich/Perkovich. Anton and Barbara were Croatian. Anton was born in Stajnica.

John is one of four people of significant Slavic ancestry to have won a major American political party’s Presidential caucus and/or primary. He won 1 state in 2016, Ohio. The other three people are:
*Harold Stassen (Republican; in 1944, he won 1 state, Nebraska; in 1948, he won 4 states; in 1952, he won 1 state, Minnesota; Stassen also sought the 1964, 1968, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992 Republican nominations; Stassen’s paternal grandmother was Czech)
*Edmund Muskie (1972; Democratic; won 4 states; Muskie was previously the 1968 Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States; Muskie was of Polish descent)
*Tom Harkin (1992; Democratic; won 1 state, Iowa; Harkin’s mother was of Slovene descent)

Other people of significant Slavic ancestry who have mounted plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States are:
*George H. Bender (who sought the 1960 Republican nomination; Bender was of Czech descent)
*James Traficant (who sought the 1988 Democratic nomination; Traficant’s mother of Slovak descent)
*Dennis Kucinich (who sought the 2004 and 2008 Democratic nominations; Kucinich’s father was of Croatian descent)
*Gary Johnson (who sought the 2012 Republican nomination, and was the Libertarian Party’s 2012 and 2016 nominee for President of the United States; Johnson’s mother was of Ukrainian descent)
*Tim Pawlenty (who sought the 2012 Republican nomination; Pawlenty’s father was of Polish descent)

Sources: Genealogy of John Kasich –

John’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Article discussing John’s likely Rusyn ancestry –


Sandra Dee

by follers on December 22, 2014

Birth Name: Alexandra Zuck

Date of Birth: April 23, 1942

Place of Birth: Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Death: February 20, 2005

Place of Death: Thousand Oaks, California

Ethnicity: Carpatho-Rusyn

Sandra Dee was an American actress. She was married to singer and actor Bobby Darin.

Her parents, Mary (Cymboliak) and John Zuck/Zuch, were of Carpatho-Rusyn descent. Rusyns are an ethnic group from Eastern Europe, including Poland, where Sandra’s family was from. Her family was of the Russian Orthodox faith.

Sandra’s paternal grandparents were Walter Zuck/Zuch and Stella A. Walter was born in Vilna.

Sandra’s maternal grandparents were Aleksander/Alexander Cymbaljak and Anna/Annie Plaskon. Aleksander was born in Izby, Poland. Anna was born in New Jersey, to immigrant parents.

Anna’s parents are listed in one source as John Plaskon and Akila/Akillia Frycki. It is not clear if this is accurate. Anna’s mother may have been named Tacanna “Catherine/Katie” Tesbir/Fezbyr, who re-married to Archibald Joachim “Akim”/”Archie” Wanko/Van’ko. Akila was the daughter of Leontinus Frycki and Barbara Plaskon.


Genealogies of Sandra Dee –

Sandra’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Sandra’s maternal grandmother, Anna/Annie Plaskon, on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Missy Peregrym

by andrew on November 15, 2014

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Birth Name: Melissa Peregrym

Place of Birth: Montreal, Québec, Canada

Date of Birth: June 16, 1982

Ethnicity: Rusyn, English, Scottish, French-Canadian

Missy Peregrym is a Canadian actress and model.

She is the daughter of Vanessa (Paradis) and Darrell Peregrym.

Missy’s paternal grandfather is Steve Peregrym (the son of Semen/Samuel Peregrym and Maria Papach). Semen was a minister who practiced Ukrainian Pentecostalism. Semen and Maria were from Małopolska, Poland, and were likely of Rusyn ethnicity. Semen was the son of Wasyl Peregrym.

Missy’s paternal grandmother is Joan Ashton (the daughter of Clayton William Francis Ashton and Katherine Christina Macnab). Clayton was the son of Duncan Alexander Ashton, whose father was English, and of Mary Walter, whose parents were English. Katherine was the daughter of Gordon Alexander MacNab and Katherine Annie Morrison.

Source: Genealogy of Missy Peregrym (focusing on her father’s side) –

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Andy Warhol

by andrew on July 28, 2014

Andy Warhol

Birth Name: Andrew Warhola, Jr.

Date of Birth: August 6, 1928

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Date of Death: February 22, 1987

Place of Death: New York City, New York

Ethnicity: Lemko/Rusyn-Slovak

Andy Warhol was an American artist. He was a leading figure in the visual art movement, pop art.

His parents, Julia Justína (Zavacka) and Andrej Varhola (anglicized as Andrew Warhola, Sr.), were working-class Lemko emigrants from Mikó (now called Miková), located in today’s northeastern Slovakia, part of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The family was Byzantine Catholic.

The Lemkos are a small ethnic sub-group inhabiting the Carpathian Mountains, who also identify as Rusyn.

Sources: Andy Warhol on the 1930 U.S. Census –

The Andy Warhol family album –

Photo by rorem/