David Baldacci

by andrew on October 18, 2016

Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2011 - Arrivals

Place of Birth: Richmond, Virginia, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 5, 1960

*Italian (father)
*English (mother)

David Baldacci is an American novelist.

David is the son of Joyce (Rose) and Rudolph Louis Baldacci. David is married to Michelle Collin, with whom he has two children.

David’s paternal grandparents were Amedeo Baldacci and Angiolina Cecchini (the daughter of Cesira Castelvecchi). Amedeo and Angiolina were born in Barga, Province of Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. Cesira was the daughter of John Castelvecchi and Teresa Baldacci.

David’s maternal grandparents were Columbus R. Rose and Cora E. (the daughter of Morry J.). They were both from Virginia. Cora’s mother was from Kentucky.

Sources: Genealogy of David’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com

David’s father on 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

David’s maternal grandparents, Columbus R. Rose and Cora E., on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Manuel Pellegrini

by andrew on June 5, 2016

BARCELONA - JAN 5: Manuel Pellegrini coach of Villareal during a

Birth Name: Manuel Luis Pellegrini Ripamonti

Place of Birth: Santiago, Chile

Date of Birth: 16 September, 1953

Ethnicity: Chilean (Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque) and distant Argentinian, distant Guernsey/Channel Islander and Belgian/Flemish

Manuel Pellegrini is a Chilean professional football manager and former footballer. He won the English Premier League title in 2014 as coach of Manchester City.

Manuel is the son of Silvia Ripamonti Barros and Emilio Pellegrini Portales.

He descends from Colonel William de Vic Tupper Brock (known as Guillermo Tupper in Spanish), who was born, c. 1800, in Guernsey, Channel Islands (or Scotland), and died in the Chilean War of Independence.

Manuel is a fifth cousin, once removed, of actor Santiago Cabrera. Manuel’s great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, María Ignacia Isidora Zegers Montenegro (known as Isidora Zegers), was also the four times great-grandmother of Santiago Cabrera. María Ignacia Isidora was a prominent artist and composer in Chile; she was born in Madrid, Spain, and was the daughter of Juan Francisco Zegers Durás, who was born, c. 1781, in France, and of Florencia Montenegro Rodríguez de Toledo, who was born, c. 1785, in Madrid. Isidora was married to Manuel’s ancestor Colonel William de Vic Tupper Brock.

The Zegers family are Flemish Belgians.

Manuel’s paternal grandfather was Giulio/Julio Pellegrini Pellegrini (the son of Guilio Pellegrini and Catalina Pellegrini). Manuel’s grandfather Giulio was an emigrant from Tuscany, Italy.

Manuel’s paternal grandmother was Malvina Portales Solari (the son of Víctor Portales Cruzat and Isabel Solari). Victor was the son of José Gustavo Portales Aliaga and Rosario Cruzat y Silva.

Manuel’s maternal grandfather was Julio Ripamonti Corominas (the son of Higinio Ripamonti Vigil and Dolores Corominas Clusellas). Higinio was the son of Alejandro Ripamonti Fernandez and Venencia Vigil y Antelo. Ripamonti is an Italian surname, but that branch of Manuel’s family comes from La Coruna, Galicia, Spain. Dolores was the daughter of José Corominas and Francisca Clusellas.

Manuel’s maternal grandmother was Elisa Barros Puelma (the daughter of Manuel Barros Borgoño and Elisa Puelma Tupper). Manuel’s great-grandfather Manuel Barros Borgoño was the son of Manuel Barros Arana and Eugenia Borgoño Vergara. Manuel’s great-grandmother Elisa was the daughter of Francisco Segundo Puelma Castillo and Elisa Tupper Zegers.

Sources: Genealogies of Manuel Pellegrini – http://gw.geneanet.org

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Lapo Elkann

by andrew on January 4, 2016

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Birth Name: Lapo Edovard Elkann

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

Date of Birth: 7 October, 1977

*50% Jewish (Ashkenazi and Sephardi)
*31.25% Italian
*18.75% British Isles (Scottish and English)

Lapo Elkann is an Italian entrepreneur. He is the the brother of industrialist John Elkann, the current Chairman of FCA (Fiat Chrisler Automobiles).

Lapo is the son of Italian parents, Alain Elkann, a novelist, intellectual, and journalist, and Margherita Agnelli, a member of the powerful Agnelli family. His father is Jewish and his mother is Catholic.

Lapo’s paternal grandfather was Jean-Paul Elkann (the son of Armand Elkmann and Berthe Bloch). Jean-Paul was a French banker, born in Paris, France, to a Jewish family.

Lapo’s paternal grandmother was Carla Ovazza (the daughter of Vittorio Camillo Ovazza and Olga Cinci Fubini). Carla, who was an Italian Jew, was a member of the influential Ovazza banking family, based in Turin, Italy. Vittorio was the son of Ernesto Ovazza and Celeste Malvano. Olga was the daughter of Alessandro Fubini and Albina De Benedetti.

Lapo’s maternal grandfather was famous industralist Giovanni “Gianni” Agnelli (the son of Edoardo Agnelli and Princess Virginia Bourbon Del Monte di San Faustino). Edoardo was a prominent businessperson, and was the son of Giovanni Agnelli and Clara Boselli. Princess Virginia was the daughter of Carlo Bourbon del Monte, 4th Prince of San Faustino, and of New Jersey-born Jane Allen Campbell, who was the daughter of George W. Campbell, Jr. and Virginia Watson. The Campbell line can be traced back to George Washington Campbell, who was born, c. 1769, in Lairg, Sutherland, Scotland.

Lapo’s maternal grandmother was Princess Donna Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto (the daughter of Don Filippo Caracciolo, 8th Prince di Castagneto, 3rd Duke di Melito, and of Margaret Clarke). Filippo was the son of Nicola Caracciolo, 2nd Duca di Melito, and of Meralda Mele Barese/Barrese. Margaret was born in Illinois, United States, the daughter of Charles Corning Clarke and Alice Chandler.

Sources: Genealogy of Lapo Elkann (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Lapo Elkann (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Obituary of Lapo’s maternal grandfather, Giovanni “Gianni” Agnelli – http://www.nytimes.com

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Camila Sodi

by Manila on June 7, 2015

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Birth Name: Camila Ía González Sodi

Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico

Date of Birth: May 14, 1986

Ethnicity: Mexican (Spanish, Indigenous), 1/32 Italian

Camila Sodi is a Mexican singer, actress, and model. She is the daughter of Ernestina Sodi Miranda and Fernando González Parra, and the niece of musician Thalía. Camila has two children with her former husband, actor Diego Luna. Her great-uncle is politician Demetrio Sodi, who has served in the upper and lower house of Congress.

Camila’s paternal grandfather was Fernando González y Díaz Lombardo (the son of Ramón González Fernández and Dolores Díaz Lombardo y García Maynez). Ramón was the son of Manuel González Hijo, Fdz Mantecón and María Guadalupe Fernández Fernandez. Dolores was the daughter of Isidro Díaz Lombardo and María del Refugio García Maynez.

Camila’s paternal grandmother was Pilar Parra Ríos (the daughter of Gabriel Parra Díaz and Natalia Ríos Solís).

Camila’s maternal grandfather was Ernesto Sodi Pallares (the son of Demetrio Pedro Sodi Guergué and Carmen Pallares del Portillo). Demetrio was the son of Carlos Sodi Candiani, who was Italian, and of María de los Dolores Mónica Guergué del Solar Campero. Carmen was the daughter of Jacinto Pallares López and Rosario Portillo Zuleta.

Camila’s maternal grandmother was Yolanda Miranda Mange (the daughter of a father whose surname was Miranda, and of Eva Mange Márquez).

Sources: Genealogy of Camila Sodi – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Camila Sodi (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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David Giuntoli

by andrew on October 21, 2014

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Birth Name: David Czarra Giuntoli

Place of Birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 18, 1980

*Italian (father)
*Polish, German (mother)

David Giuntoli is an American actor. He is known for playing the lead role, Detective Nick Burkhardt, on the NBC drama Grimm.

David’s father is of Italian descent. David’s maternal grandfather was Polish. David’s maternal grandmother’s family were from Bohemia/Austria, and were of ethnic German descent. The surname Giuntoli is from Tuscany.

David is married to actress Bitsie Tulloch.

David’s paternal grandfather was William Dominic Giuntoli (the son of Emilio Giuntoli and Cesira Pagni). William was born in Illinois, to Italian parents. Emilio was the son of Domenico Giuntoli and Setima Santini.

David’s paternal grandmother was Bruna. Bruna was also Italian.

David’s maternal grandfather was Alvin John Czarra (the son of Walter Czarra and Antonia Czyzewska). Alvin was Polish. Walter was the son of Martin Czarra. Antonia was the daughter of Apolonja.

David’s maternal grandmother was Frances Marian Eckert (the daughter of Josef/Joseph Eckert and Franziska/Frances Reitmeier). Frances was born in Wisconsin, to parents from Bohemia/Austria. Josef was the son of Johann Eckert and Margareta. Franziska was the daughter of Karl Reitmeyer and Theresie Bohmann; Theresie was the daughter of Anton Bohmann and Katharina Förster.

Sources: David’s paternal grandparents, William Dominic Giuntoli and Bruna, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

David’s maternal grandfather, Alvin John Czarra, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Alvin John Czarra on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

David’s maternal grandmother, Frances Marian Eckert, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Frances Marian Eckert on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

David’s maternal great-grandparents, Josef/Joseph Eckert and Franziska/Frances Reitmeier, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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