Dennis Farina

by andrew on March 6, 2017

Birth Name: Dennis G. Farina

Date of Birth: February 29, 1944

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Death: July 22, 2013

Place of Death: Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.

Ethnicity: Italian (including Sicilian)

Dennis Farina was an American actor of film and television and former Chicago police officer.

Dennis was the son of Italian parents, Joseph Farina and Yolanda Donati. His father, a physician, was born in Villalba, Province of Caltanissetta, Sicily. His mother was born in Borgo a Buggiano, Province of Pistoia, Tuscany.

Dennis’s paternal grandparents were Joseph Farina and Josephine Panateri.

Source: Record of Dennis’ father –

Photo by Starfrenzy/


Chris Cuomo

by andrew on February 27, 2017

Birth Name: Christopher Charles Cuomo

Place of Birth: Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 9, 1970

Ethnicity: Italian (including Sicilian)

Chris Cuomo is an American television journalist.

Chris is the son of Matilda (Raffa) and Mario Cuomo, a Governor of New York, from January 1, 1983 to December 31, 1994. His brother is Andrew Cuomo, a politician, who has been Governor of New York, since January 1, 2011, among other duties.

Chris’s paternal grandparents were Andrea Cuomo (the son of Donato Cuomo and Germana Castaldo) and Immaculata Giordano/Giardano. Andrea was born in Nocera Superiore, Salerno, Italy. Immaculata was born in Tramonti, Salerno, Italy.

Chris’s maternal grandparents were Charles Raffa and Mary Gitto. Charles was born in Messina, Sicily, Italy. Mary was also Italian.

Sources: Partial family history of Chris’s father –

Genealogy of Chris Cuomo –

Photo: miromiro/


Marissa Ribisi

by andrew on February 13, 2017

Birth Name: Santina Marissa Ribisi

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 17, 1974

Ethnicity: Italian/Sicilian (paternal grandfather), German, English

Marissa Ribisi is an American actress. Her twin brother is actor Giovanni Ribisi. Her father is of half Italian/Sicilian, one quarter German, and roughly one quarter English/British Isles ancestry. Her mother has English ancestry. Marissa is married to musician Beck, with whom she has two children.

Marissa’s paternal grandfather was Albert Prescott Ribisi (the son of Salvatore/Salvador Ribisi and Mary DiSalvo). Albert was of Italian/Sicilian descent. Mary was the daughter of Vincenzo DiSalvo and Teresa Inglima.

Marissa’s paternal grandmother was Anne Kathleen Delsman (the daughter of Bernard Ludwig Delsman, originally Delsmann, and Anna Elizabeth Bailey). Bernard was of German descent, the son of John Bernard Delsman and Clara Heitkemper. Anna had English ancestry, the daughter of John Wright Bailey and Mary Anne Craney.

Marissa’s maternal grandfather was Tom J. Landrum (the son of John Walden Landrum and Mamie/Mary B. Hale). John was the son of James David Landrum and Catherine Robbins.

Marissa’s maternal grandmother was Gay Corrine Threadgill (the daughter of Robert David Threadgill and Mae Adeline Finch). Robert was the son of Thomas Daniel Chrisenberrt Threadgill and Helen Irene Cowan. Mae was the daughter of Sidney Marion Fairfax Finch and Alice Melissa Collier.

Sources: Genealogies of Marissa Ribisi –


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Juan-Luc Mélenchon

by Manila on February 12, 2017

Birth Name: Jean-Luc Antoine Pierre Mélenchon

Place of Birth: Tangier, Tangier International Zone (now Morocco)

Date of Birth: 19 August, 1951

*75% Spanish (Castilian and Valencian)
*25% Italian (Neapolitan and Sicilian)

Jean-Luc Mélenchon is a French politician. He is the French member of the European Parliament. He previously served as the Minister of Vocational Education, from 27 March 2000 to 6 May 2002. He also previously represented Essonne in the French Senate, from 2 October 1986 to 24 September 1995, and from 1 October 2004 to 7 January 2010.

Jean-Luc’s father, Georges Mélenchon, is a postmaster. Jean-Luc’s mother, Jeanine Bayona, is a primary school teacher. Jean-Luc was married to Bernadette Abriel and Pascale Le Néouannic.

Juan-Luc’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fifth great-grandfather, Francisco Melenchón.

Jean-Luc’s paternal grandfather was Antonio Miguel Melenchón Martínez (or Antoine Mélenchon in French, the son of Bernabé Melenchón y Castillejo and María de los Dolores Martínez Hurtado). Antonio was a Spanish immigrant, from Mula, Murcia. Bernabé was the son of Bernabé Melinchón y Talavera and Josefa Castillejo y Toledo. Dolores was the daughter of Manuel Martínez Espín and María Hurtado Martínez.

Jean-Luc’s paternal grandmother was Aimée Canicio (the daughter of François Canicio and Joaquina Serrano Avargues). François was the son of Spanish immigrants Francisco Pedro José (or François in French) Canicio Sepulcre, of Novelda, Alicante, and of María Josefa (or Joséphine in French) Cardona Crespo, of Benissa, Alicante. Joaquina was the daughter of Spanish immigrants Juan Francisco Serrano Castillo, of Elche, Alicante, and of María Rita Avargues Garcela, of Calp, Alicante.

Jean-Luc’s maternal grandparents were Francisco Bayona (or François in French) and Jeanne Emmanuelle Caserta (the daughter of Jean Caserta and Caterina, or Catherine in French, Alaimo). Jean-Luc’s grandfather Francisco was a Spanish immigrant, from Valencia, Valencia. Jean was the son of Italian immigrant Emmanuel Caserta, of Ustica, Palermo, and of Catherine Volto, who was half-Sicilian and half-Neapolitan. Caterina was also born in Ustica, to Francesco (or François in French) Alaimo and Caterina (or Catherine in French) Licciardi.

Sources: Genealogy of Jean-Luc Mélenchon –

Baptismal record of Jean-Luc’s paternal great-great-grandfather Bernabé Melinchón y Talavera –


Joely Fisher

by pookerella on January 21, 2017

Place of Birth: Burbank, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 29, 1967

*62.5% Ashkenazi Jewish
*25% Italian (including Sicilian)
*12.5% Irish

Joely Fisher is an American actress and singer. She is known for starring in two television series, Ellen and ‘Til Death.

Joely is the daughter of actors and singers Eddie Fisher and Connie Stevens. Her younger sister is actress Tricia Leigh Fisher. She is the half-sister of actress Carrie Fisher and TV and filmmaker Todd Fisher. Her niece is actress Billie Lourd.

Her father was born in Pennsylvania, to Jewish parents from Russia and Ukraine. Her mother was born in New York. Joely’s maternal grandfather was of Italian (including Sicilian) ancestry, and Joely’s maternal grandmother was of Irish (from her own father) and Polish Jewish and German Jewish (from her own mother) descent.

Joely’s paternal grandfather was Joseph D. Tisch/Fisher (the son of Mojsche/Morris Tisch/Fisher and Sarah Peltzer). Joseph was born in Russia. Mojsche was the son of Ansel Taesch/Tesch and Esther.

Joely’s paternal grandmother was Gitte Kathrine “Kate” Minicker/Minocker/Winokur (the daughter of Zelig/Selig Zadik Minicker/Minniker/Winokur and Neche “Ida”). Gitte was born in Yampil’ Vinnyts’ka, Ukraine.

Joely’s maternal grandfather was Peter Ingoglia, known as musician Teddy Stevens (the son of Charles Ingoglia and Concetta Katherine Coletti). Charles and Concetta were both born in Italy. The surname “Ingoglia” is usually Sicilian, from Palermo or Trapani. Concetta was the daughter of Jakob/Jacob Coletti.

Joely’s maternal grandmother was Eleanor McGinley, a singer (the daughter of Charles Jonathan McGinley and Sarah “Sadie” Asher). Charles was the son of Hugh McGinley and Mary Gilligan, who were Irish. Sarah was the daughter of Isidore Harry Asher, who was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Jewish immigrant parents from Poland and Germany, and of Esther/Ester “Essie” White, who was born in London, England, to Polish Jewish parents, Isaac White and Sarah Simon/Simons.

Sources: Genealogies of Joely Fisher –

Genealogies of Joely’s father –

Genealogy of Joely’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Joely’s maternal grandfather, Peter Ingoglia, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Joely’s maternal grandmother, Eleanor McGinley, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Joely’s maternal great-grandfather, Charles Jonathan McGinley –

Joely’s maternal great-grandmother, Sarah “Sadie” Asher, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Joely’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Isidore Harry Asher, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Death record of Joely’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Isidore Harry Asher –

Joely’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Esther/Ester “Essie” White, on the 1871 England and Wales Census –

Death record of Joely’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Esther/Ester “Essie” (White) Asher –