Birth Name: Taylor Michel Momsen
Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Date of Birth: July 26, 1993
Taylor Momsen is an American actress, musician, and model.
Taylor is the daughter of Colette and Michael Momsen. Her mother is of entirely German descent; her mother’s ancestors were ethnic Germans who lived in Odessa, then in the Russian Empire (now in Ukraine), and elsewhere in the Empire. Because of this, Taylor has stated: “I’m Russian… My distant ancestors came from Russia.”
The surname “Momsen” has a German origin and is also common in Sweden and Denmark.
Taylor’s maternal grandfather is Joseph Leiphon (the son of Paul Nick Leibham/Leiphon and Magadelena/Magdalena “Lena” Rombs). Paul and Magadelena were ethnic Germans from the Russian Empire, of the Roman Catholic religion. They settled in North Dakota, eventually living in Devils Lake. Paul was born in Odessa, the son of Alexander Leibham/Leiphon and Elizabeth Steffan. Magadelena was the daughter of Joseph Rombs and Angela.
Taylor’s maternal grandmother is Donna Senger (the daughter of Anton Wendelin Senger and MaryAnn/Mary Axtman). Anton was the son of Wendelin Leo Senger and Franziska Fettig. MaryAnn was the daughter of Franz “Frank” Axtmann and Gunigunda “Gina” Kistner.
Sources: Obituary of Taylor’s maternal great-grandfather, Paul Nick Leibham/Leiphon – http://boards.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Taylor’s maternal grandmother, Donna Senger – http://www.gigacorp.net
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