Jaclyn Betham

by stlucas on July 16, 2018

Jaclyn Betham – 18th Annual Satellite Awards – Arrivals – InterContinental Hotel – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Kazuki Hirata / / 

Birth Name: Jaclyn Michelle Betham

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 4, 1986

Ethnicity: English, Irish, some German, around 1/8th Mexican, 1/16th Tongan, 1/32 Samoan, and 1/32 Azorean Portuguese

Jaclyn Betham is an American actress.

Jaclyn is the daughter of Sandra R. (Hoyt) and John D. Betham. Jaclyn’s father has English, Mexican, Azorean Portuguese, Tongan, and Samoan, ancestry. Jaclyn’s mother is mostly of English and Irish, along with some German, descent. Jaclyn is married to actor Lane Toran.

Jaclyn has described herself as “A cocktail of Samoan, Navajo, Irish, and a hint of Spanish.”

Jaclyn’s paternal grandfather was August Gird Betham (the son of Augustus Silver Betham and Mary Jane Johnson). Jaclyn’s grandfather August Gird was born in Lotopa, Apia, Samoa.

Jaclyn’s great-grandfather Augustus was born in Samoa, the son of Montgomery Frederick Betham, who was English, and of Catherine Anna de Silva Nobres de Graça, who was born in Samoa to an Azorean Portuguese father from Faial and an ethnic Samoan mother. Jaclyn’s great-grandmother Mary Jane was born in Vava’u, Tonga, to an English father, Henry Gird Johnston (the son of John Johnston and Elizabeth Gird), and a mother from Tonga, Pepa (the daughter of Pehs).

Jaclyn’s paternal grandmother was Gertrude Laura Brown (the daughter of Earnest/Edward Leroy Brown and Urbana Martina Serna). Gertrude was born in Texas. Earnest was born in Nevada, the son of James Alfreid/Alfred Brown and Laura Adeline Haws. Urbana was born in New Mexico, the daughter of Gregorio Serna, who was of Mexican descent, and of Maria Guadalupe Aleja Ramos Terrazas, who was born in Mexico.

Jaclyn’s maternal grandfather was Leonard Elmer Hoyt (the son of Elmer Wallace Hoyt and Edith Rosetta Howes). Leonard was born in Wisconsin. Elmer was born in Wisconsin, the son of Wallace Elmer Hoyt and Lillian Roxanne Wisner. Edith was born in Iowa, the daughter of Archie Ernest Howes and Ina Faith Caruth.

Jaclyn’s maternal grandmother was Dixie Richardson (the daughter of Kermit Ray Richardson and Ada Violet Bodle/Boddle). Dixie was born in Minnesota. Kermit was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, the son of Walter Raymond Richardson and Florence Nightingale Shaver. Ada was born in Minnesota, the daughter of Benjamin Bodle and Mary Leo Avery.

Sources: Birth record of Jaclyn Betham –

Marriage record of Jaclyn’s parents –

Genealogy of Jaclyn’s paternal grandfather, Augustus Gird Betham –

Marriage record of Jaclyn’s paternal grandparents, Augustus Gird Betham and Gertrude Laura Brown –

Information about Jaclyn’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandparents, Augustino/Agostinho Silveira Nobres da Graça and Mele Malaisala Maria Mafua Malua’itoga Clotilda Fiame –

Genealogy of Jaclyn’s maternal grandparents, Leonard Elmer Hoyt and Dixie Lee Richardson –

Obituary of Jaclyn’s maternal grandfather, Leonard Elmer Hoyt –


Greg Louganis

by stlucas on September 11, 2017

Greg Louganis – HBO’s Post 2016 Golden Globe Awards Party – Arrivals – Circa 55 Restaurant at The Beverly Hilton – Beverly Hills, CA, USA –  Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa /

Birth Name: Gregory Efthimios Louganis

Place of Birth: El Cajon, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 29, 1960

*Samoan (biological father)
*Swedish (biological mother)

Greg Louganis is an American Olympic diver, author, and LGBT activist.

Greg’s biological parents, who were 15-year-old teenagers from Samoa and Sweden, placed Greg for adoption at eight months old.

Greg was then adopted by American parents, Frances I. and Peter E. Louganis, and was raised in California. Peter is of Greek descent. Frances is of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish ancestry.

Greg is married to paralegal Johnny Chaillot.



Alex Aiono

by Manila on May 15, 2017

Birth Name: Martin Alexander Aiono

Place of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 16, 1996

*Samoan, Māori (father)
*English, German, Irish, Danish, smaller amounts of Welsh, Swiss-German, and Scottish (mother)

Alex Aiono is an American singer, producer, and YouTuber.

Alex’s father, Martin Harris Aiono, is a New Zealand immigrant, and is of half Māori and half Samoan descent. Alex’s mother, Heather Lynne (Lee), is American, from Los Angeles, California, and is of English, German, 1/8th Irish, 3/32 Danish, and smaller amounts of Welsh, Swiss-German, and Scottish, descent.

Alex’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his tenth great-grandfather, Soisoinailua’ai Leaupepe.

Alex’s paternal grandfather was Ominae Luluali’i Aiono (the son of Luluali’i Aiono and Misimua Ulugaono). Ominae was Samoan, from Fasito’o Uta, Upolu. Alex’s great-grandfather Luluali’i was the son of Muliaina Tua’ifaiva Aiono and La’Amauga Laumea. Misimua was the daughter of Ta’avili Ulugaono and Ana Lutu Molio’o.

Alex’s paternal grandmother was Eileen Te Ataakura Te Maari (the daughter of Arapata Tokoarangi Te Maari and Mereana Korau). Eileen was Māori, from Whanganui. Arapata was the son of Tokoarangi Te Maari and Meremionga Hiroti. Mereana was the daughter of Mae Korau and Hinewahirangi Paea.

Alex’s paternal grandfather is Jerald Keith “Jerry” Lee (the son of Raymond Amos Lee and Lenore Pauline Baumgardner). Jerald was born in Wyoming. Raymond was the son of James Porter Lee and Pearl Ruby Sperry. Lenore was the daughter of Earl Sebastian Samuel Baumgardner and Elfreida Grimm, whose parents were German.

Alex’s maternal grandmother is Barbara Clarene Taylor (the daughter of Seymour Stillman Taylor and Margaret Belle Quinn). Barbara was from an LDS (Mormon) family. Seymour was the son of George Francis Taylor and Barbara Matilda Stillman. Margaret was the daughter of John Alfred Quinn and Clarene Turner.

Alex’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his ninth great-grandmother, Barbara, of Rønne, Bornholm, Denmark.

Sources: Interview about Alex’s father’s ancestry –

Genealogy of Alex’s paternal grandfather, Ominae Luluali’i Aiono –

Genealogy of Alex’s paternal grandmother, Eileen Te Ataakura Te Maari –

Genealogy of Alex’s mother – Bishop David Evans and His Family by J. Grant Stevenson (

Alex’s maternal grandfather, Jerald Keith Lee, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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Destanee Aiava

by stlucas on February 12, 2017

Birth Name: Destanee Gabriella Aiava

Place of Birth: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Date of Birth: May 10, 2000

Ethnicity: Samoan

Destanee Aiava is an Australian professional tennis player. She was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the daughter of Rosie and Mark Aiava. Her father was born in New Zealand, to Samoan parents. Her mother was born in American Samoa.


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KJ Apa

by follers on January 27, 2017

Photo by Gage Skidmore

Birth Name: Keneti James Fitzgerald Apa

Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand

Date of Birth: June 16, 1997

Ethnicity: Samoan, Scottish, English

KJ Apa, also known as K. J. Apa, is a New Zealand actor. He plays Archie Andrews in the series Riverdale.

KJ is the son of Tessa Apa, a writer, and Tupa’i Keneti Apa. His sister, Timena Apa, is an actress and model. He has Samoan, Scottish, and English ancestry. His Samoan family is from Moata’a. His surname, Apa, may be related to the name of the capital of Samoa, Apia.

A picture of KJ with his father can be seen here.

KJ’s maternal grandfather is John Russell Callander, a judge.

KJ has said:

My dad’s father was a high chief … and the family agreed my dad would take over his chief title: Tupa’i… Later, we decided to get a tattoo to commemorate that… I’d love to get my whole body tatted up. I love Polynesian and Samoan designs… The original plan was that this would be the start of a sleeve tattoo, but I think I need to get big arms first…

He has also said:

…[my father is Samoan]. I have a massive Samoan family. And the Samoan culture has always played a massive part of my life. I’ve got hundreds of family on my dad’s side that live in Samoa and in New Zealand. I’ve just been surrounded by the culture ever since I was a kid. I actually used to speak Samoan, but me and my sisters all kind of lost it. We go there at least once a year to see family. And my dad recently just got a traditional Samoan tattoo. He’s a chief in Samoa, so he got that tattoo to commemorate it.