Jacqueline Mazarella

by stlucas on July 5, 2018

Jacqueline Mazarella – 13th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards – Arrivals – The Beverly Hilton Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Keywords: Costume Designers Guild Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Keadrick D. Washington / PR Photos

Birth Name: Jacqueline A. Mazarella

Place of Birth: New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 24, 1967

Ethnicity: Italian [including Sicilian]

Jacqueline Mazarella is an American actress.

Jacqueline is the daughter of Frances E. (Scaglione) and John Francis Mazarella. Jacqueline’s parents are/were of Italian, including Sicilian, descent.

Jacqueline’s maternal grandfather was James Scaglione (the son of Rosolino/Rosalino Scaglione and Francesca “Frances/Francis” Merrione). James was born in New York. Rosolino was born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy, the son of Rosario Scaglione and Giovanna Tamburello. Francesca was born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy, the daughter of Giacomo Merrione and Francesca Vetrano.

Jacqueline’s maternal grandmother likely was named Marianne/Marion Napoli.

Sources: Marriage record of Jacqueline’s parents –

Obituary of Jacqueline’s father –

Obituary of Jacqueline’s maternal grandfather, James Scaglione –


Katie Dippold

by stlucas on June 29, 2018

Katie Dippold – “Ghostbusters” World Premiere – Arrivals – TCL Chinese Theatre – Hollywood, CA, USA –  Photo Credit:

Birth Name: Katherine Anne Dippold

Place of Birth: Freehold Township, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 10, 1980

Ethnicity: Italian/Sicilian (one eighth), German, Irish, English

Katie Dippold is an American screenwriter, actress, producer, and comedian.

Katie is the daughter of Eleanor Kittredge “Ellie” (Arau) and Edward George “Ed” Dippold. Her father’s surname is of German origin. Her mother is mostly of Italian, English, and Irish ancestry.

Katie’s maternal grandfather was Anthony John “Tony” Arau (the son of Anthony Frank Arau and Helen Boyle). Katie’s great-grandfather Anthony was born in Maine, to Italian parents, Leo Joseph Arau, who was likely from Messina, Sicily, and of Venera J. “Minnie” Gitto, who was probably also from Messina. Helen was the daughter of John T. Boyle and Agnes Glendenning.

Katie’s maternal grandmother was Eleanor Kittredge “Ellie” White (the daughter of James Leo White and Eleanor/Elinor Louise Kittredge). Katie’s grandmother Eleanor was born in Massachusetts. James was born in Massachusetts, to Irish parents, Patrick W. White and Mary A. Cull. Katie’s great-grandmother Eleanor was born in Massachusetts, the daughter of William I. Kittredge and Elizabeth Gibson.


Genealogies of Katie’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Leo Joseph Arau and Venera J. “Minnie” Gitto –

Obituary of Katie’s maternal grandmother, Eleanor Kittredge “Ellie” (White) Arau –

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Michael Symon

by stlucas on June 27, 2018

NEW YORK-APR 19: Chef Michael Symon attends the Food Bank for New York City’s Can-Do Awards Dinner 2017 at Cipriani’s on April 19, 2017 in New York City.

Birth Name: Michael D. Symon

Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 19, 1969

*Rusyn/Ruthenian, possibly other (father)
*Greek, Italian/Sicilian (mother)

Michael Symon is an American chef, restaurateur, television personality, and author.

Michael is the son of Angeline/Angela “Angie” (Mavias) and Dennis F. Symon. Michael’s parents have been described as “Greek, Italian, and Eastern European American.” He is married to Liz Shanahan.

Michael has said:

I grew up in a big food household. My mom is Greek and Sicilian. My father is Ruthenian, so food was a central part of our family.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was Preston A. Symon (the son of Joseph B. Symon/Simon and Bertha M. Riley). Preston was born in Pennsylvania. Joseph was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from either Czechoslovakia or Austria, who were listed as “Slovak speakers” on the 1920 U.S. Census. Bertha was born in Pennsylvania.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Olga Duranko (the daughter of Joseph “Joe” Duranko and Eva Lanzchik/Lescharchik). Olga was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from either Slovakia or Hungary, who were listed as “Magyar speakers” on the 1930 U.S. Census.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was named Constantine/Constantino “Gus” Mavias/Mavis. Constantine was born in Greece.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was named Concetta/Consetta. Concetta likely was of Sicilian Italian descent.

Sources: Obituary of Michael’s paternal great-uncle (grandfather’s brother), Francis Xaviar Symon –

Michael’s paternal great-grandparents, Joseph B. Symon/Simon and Bertha M. Riley, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Death record of Michael’s paternal grandmother, Olga (Duranko) Symon –

Obituary of Michael’s paternal grandmother, Olga (Duranko) Symon –

Obituary of Michael’s maternal grandfather, Constantine/Constantino “Gus” Mavias/Mavis –

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Frankie Jonas

by follers on June 22, 2018

Frankie Jonas – 2011 Five-Star PR Holiday Party – Arrivals – Rubix Hollywood – Hollywood, CA, USA -Photo Credit: Robert Delgadillo / PR Photos

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

Date of Birth: September 28, 2000

Ethnicity: German, English, Scottish, Irish, Italian/Sicilian, French-Canadian

Frankie Jonas is an American actor. He is the brother of singers and actors Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, and Nick Jonas, who make up the band The Jonas Brothers.

Frankie’s father, Paul Kevin Jonas, who is from a Southern family, has German, English, and Scottish ancestry. Frankie’s mother, Denise (Miller), who is from the New Jersey area, has Irish, Italian/Sicilian, and French-Canadian ancestry.

The Jonas Brothers have also stated that they have Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.

Frankie is related to congressmen Charles A. Jonas (1876-1955), and Charles’s son, Charles R. Jonas (1904-1988), both of North Carolina. Frankie descends from the same Jonas line.

It is not publicly known who Frankie’s biological paternal grandfather is.

Frankie’s paternal grandmother, now Cecilia Lucas, was born under the name Cecilla/Cecilia Paulette Jonas (the daughter of Paul Adam Jonas and Nellie May/Mae Fox). Cecilia was born in North Carolina. Paul was the son of Henry Walter Jonas and Nora Lee/Leigh Campbell. Nellie was the daughter of Nathan/Walter Henry Fox and Elizabeth/Lizzie Mae Hamilton. Through the Jonas line, Frankie is descended from German immigrants to the United States in the 1700s.

Frankie’s maternal grandfather was named Gerald “Jerry” Miller.

Frankie’s maternal grandmother is Frances Madonia (the daughter of Fortunato Angelo “Frank” Madonia and Margaret Anna Berard). Fortunato was born in New York, the son of Angelo Madonia and Maria Chimero, who were of Italian descent, with Maria’s family being from Sicily. Margaret was born in Bennington, Vemont, the daughter of Milton Dewey Berard and Anna Mary/Rose Ducharme, who were of French-Canadian ancestry.

Sources: Genealogy of Frankie Jonas –

Information on Frankie’s paternal great-grandfather, Paul Adam Jonas –

Genealogy of Frankie’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Daniel Jonas (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Obituary of Frankie’s paternal great-grandmother, Nellie May/Mae (Fox) Jonas –

Family history of Frankie’s maternal grandmother, Frances Madonia –


Trishelle Cannatella

by stlucas on June 22, 2018

Trishelle Cannatella – Svedka Vodka’s “The Future of Reality TV” – Arrivals – Lexington Social House – Hollywood, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Tommaso Boddi / PR Photos

Birth Name: Trishelle Elaine Cannatella

Place of Birth: Cut Off, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 4, 1979

Ethnicity: Cajun/French/French-Canadian/Acadian, as well as approximately one eighth Italian, some English, Irish, and Canary Islander Spanish, distant German

Trishelle Cannatella is an American reality television personality, model, and actress.

Trishelle is the daughter of Sharon (Plaisance) and Andrew “Drew” Cannatella. Trishelle has a sister, Buffy. Her ancestry is Cajun/French/French-Canadian/Acadian, as well as approximately one eighth Italian (mostly Sicilian), some English, Irish, and Canary Islander Spanish, and distant German. Her Spanish ancestors include Joseph Cevallos/Cevalos, who was born, c. 1785, in the Canary Islands, Spain, the son of Domingo José Cavallos and Rita Elvira Ferron.

Trishelle is married to John Hensz.

Trishelle is a third cousin of actress Lacey Chabert. Trishelle’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Louis Sacerdos Chabert and Ernestine Eve LeFort, were also Lacey’s paternal great-great-grandparents.

Trishelle’s paternal grandfather was Andrew Jerome Cannatella (the son of Joseph Paul Cannatella and Rose Lee Walker). Joseph was the son of Italian parents, Andrew J. Cannatella, from Palermo, Sicily, and Providence Licari, who was likely also from Sicily. Rose was the daughter of Leander Logan Walker and Katherine/Catherine E. Colston.

Trishelle’s paternal grandmother was Gloria Mae Orgeron (the daughter of Juan/John Joseph Orgeron and Lillian Marie “Lilia”/Lelia Kieff/Kiffe). Juan was the son of Joseph Eugene Orgeron and Rosela/Rosella Pauline Williams. Lillian was the daughter of Gerisse/Garres/Keres/Harris Kiff/Kieff and Lucie Marie Chouest.

Trishelle’s maternal grandfather was Dudley Anthony “Bolo” Plaisance, Sr. (the son of Horace Able/bel Plaisance and Virginia Ethna Orgeron). Dudley was born in Louisiana. Horace was born in Louisiana, the son of Napoleon Migno Plaisance and Françoise Marcelline Allemand. Virginia was the daughter of Paul Jean Orgeron and Augustine Marie Cantrelle.

Trishelle’s maternal grandmother was Yvonne Frances Lorraine (the daughter of Arcene Alsindor/Alcindore Lorraine and Antoinette Lorenza Chabert). Yvonne was born in Louisiana. Arcene was born in Louisiana, the son of William Charles Lorraine, who was English, and of Philomene Marcelline “Melina” Bruce. Antoinette was born in Louisiana, the daughter of Louis Sacerdos/Sacerdose Chabert and Ernestine Eve Lefort.

Sources: Obituary of Trishelle’s paternal grandfather, Andrew Jerome Cannatella –

Death record of Trishelle’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Andrew J. Cannatella and Providence Licari –

Genealogy of Trishelle’s paternal grandmother, Gloria Mae Orgeron (through Gloria’s own brother) –

Obituary of Trishelle’s paternal grandmother, Gloria Mae (Orgeron) Cannatella –

Genealogy of Trishelle’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Gerisse/Garres/Keres/Harris Kiff/Kieff (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Trishelle’s mother –

Obituary of Trishelle’s mother –

Genealogies of Trishelle’s maternal grandparents, Dudley Anthony “Bolo” Plaisance, Sr. and Yvonne Frances Lorraine –

Genealogy of Trishelle’s maternal grandmother, Yvonne Frances Lorraine –

Genealogy of Trishelle’s maternal grandmother, Yvonne Frances Lorraine (focusing on her own mother’s side) –