Peter Outerbridge

by bearboy on February 26, 2017

Birth Name: Peter Outerbridge

Place of Birth: Toronto, Canada

Date of Birth: June 30, 1966

Ethnicity: English, Swedish, Bermudian, possibly other

Family Background: Peter Outerbridge is a Canadian actor.

The surname Outerbridge is of English origin from South Yorkshire. Peter is also noted as being of Swedish and Bermudian heritage. Peter’s paternal grandparents were missionaries in China in the 1920s.

Source: http://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=outerbridge





Evan Dando

by madman on February 25, 2017

Birth Name: Evan Griffith Dando

Place of Birth: Essex, Massachusetts, United States

Date of Birth: March 4, 1967

*Welsh, English, German, French Huguenot, Irish, Swiss-German (father)
*Swedish, possibly other (mother)

Evan Dando is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He is the singer and guitarist of the rock band The Lemonheads.

Evan is the son of Susan (Schmedes), a model, and Jeffrey Dando. He has stated:

My family have a history of religion and addictions. My grandfather was a Jesus freak and an alcoholic. I never met him – nor did my mother, for that matter. I come from a weird demon spawn, a couple of weird Swedes and a Welsh person or something.

Evan’s father has Welsh, English, German, French Huguenot, Irish, and Swiss-German, ancestry. The Swedish presumably comes from his mother’s side.

Evan’s paternal grandfather was William Albert Dando (the son of Albert James Dando and Anna W. Griffith). Albert’s father was Welsh. Anna was the daughter of William C. Griffith and Laura K. Walton.

Evan’s paternal grandmother was Margaret “Peg” Ellis (the daughter of Raymond Grant Ellis and Helen Alberta Trapier). Raymond was the son of George Wilson Ellis and Anna Mary Light. Helen was the daughter of William Shubrick/Whindam Trapier and Mary Ann Roberts, whose parents were English.

Evan’s maternal grandmother was Hazel D. Schmedes.

Sources: Obituary of Evan’s paternal grandmother, Margaret “Peg” Ellis – http://www.legacy.com/

Obituary of Evan’s maternal grandmother, Hazel D. – http://www.legacy.com/

Genealogy of Evan’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

Genealogy of Evan’s great-grandfather, Anna W. Griffith – http://www.ourfamilygenealogies.com/

Genealogy of Evan’s great-grandfather, Raymond Grant Ellis (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

Genealogy of Evan’s great-great-grandmother, Anna Mary Light – https://www.geni.com/

Genealogy of Evan’s great-great-grandfather, William Shubrick/Whindam Trapier – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

Evan’s great-grandfather, Albert James Dando, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org/

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Elizabeth Vargas

by stlucas on February 23, 2017

Birth Name: Elizabeth Anne Vargas

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

Date of Birth: September 6, 1962

*Puerto Rican [Spanish, Italian, possibly other] (father)
*Swedish, Irish, German (mother)

Elizabeth Vargas is an American television journalist and host. She was born in Bergenfield, New Jersey, to a Puerto Rican-American father, Rafael “Ralf” Vargas, and an American mother, Anne (Lammers). Elizabeth has a sister, Aimie, and a brother, Christopher Otis. Elizabeth was previously married to musician Marc Cohn. They have two children.

Rafael is said to have Spanish and Italian ancestry. Anne is of Swedish, German, and Irish descent.

Elizabeth’s paternal grandfather was originally from Puerto Rico.

Elizabeth’s maternal grandfather was Otis S. Lammers (the son of George A. Lammers and Ida S. Johnson). George was born in Minnesota, to a father from Germany and a mother from Sweden. Ida was born in Sweden, to Swedish parents.

Elizabeth’s maternal grandmother was Lois Brennan (the daughter of James R. Brennan and Sarah L.). Both James and Sarah were born in Minnesota, to parents from Ireland.

Sources: http://www.puertorico-herald.org



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Todd Rundgren

by madman on February 15, 2017

Birth Name: Todd Harry Rundgren

Place of Birth: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States

Date of Birth: June 22, 1948

*Swedish, Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*German (mother)

Todd Rundgren is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is the son of Ruth Lois (Fleck) and Harry William Rundgren.

Todd’s paternal grandparents were Johan “John” Sigfrid Rundgren (the son of Charles Fredrick Rundgren and Marie/Marriet Charlotte Nonberg) and Sophia/Sophie Brandweis (the daughter of Max Brandweis and Yetta). Johan was born in Sweden. Sophia was a Jewish immigrant, from Poland.

Todd’s maternal grandparents were Frank A. Fleck and Mable/Mabel R. Rohrer.

For a time, Todd was believed to be the biological father of actress and model Liv Tyler.

Sources: Todd’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Todd’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Wes Anderson

by stlucas on February 13, 2017

Birth Name: Wesley Wales Anderson

Place of Birth: May 1, 1969

Date of Birth: Houston, Texas, U.S.


*Swedish (paternal grandfather)

*Norwegian (paternal grandmother)

*English, Scots-Irish, German (mother)

Wes Anderson is an American film director, film producer, screenwriter, and actor. He was born in Houston, Texas, the son of Melver Leonard J. Anderson and Texas Ann (Burroughs). He has two brothers, Mel and Eric.

Melver is of half-Swedish and half-Norwegian ancestry. Texas is said to have English, Scots-Irish, and German heritage.

His paternal grandfather was Melver Leonard Anderson. His parents were Ernest Melver Leonard Anderson (the son of Charles W. Anderson and Emana C.) and Esther Johanna Jacobson (the daughter of Nels Gustaf Jacobson and Johanna Gustava Svenson). Ernest and Esther were first-generation Americans, born in Illinois, to Swedish parents.

His paternal grandmother was Mildred Nelson. Her parents were Abram Edvard (Abraham Edward) Nelson and Inga Christina Olson. Both Abram and Inga were Norwegian immigrants.

His maternal grandfather was Edgar Wales Burroughs. His parents were John Wales Burroughs (the son of George T. Burroughs and Margaret McEntire) and Augusta Ann Stricklin (the daughter of Jonathan Garner Stricklin and Elizabeth Johnson).

His maternal grandmother was Texas Pringle Bates. Her parents were Albert Franklin Bates (the son of Aaron H. Bates and Frances C.) and Texas Cope Pringle (the daughter of William Green Pringle and Virginia Phoebe Johnston).

Wes has once stated in an interview that he is “half-Norwegian, half-Swedish”, which doesn’t seem to be accurate, as he clearly is one quarter Norwegian and one quarter Swedish.

Sources: Genealogy of Wes Anderson (private) – https://www.geni.com/people/Wes-Anderson/6000000031210767577

Genealogy of Wes’ (maternal) uncle, Stephen Burroughs – https://www.geni.com/people/Stephen-Burroughs/6000000031211094754

Genealogy of Wes’ paternal grandfather, Melver Anderson – https://www.geni.com/people/Melver-Anderson-Jr/6000000031210751558

Obituary of Wes’ paternal grandmother, Mildred Nelson – https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/11285372/


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