Birth Name: Tiffany Amber Thiessen
Place of Birth: Orange, California, United States
Date of Birth: January 23, 1974
Ethnicity: English, German, with Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish)/Irish, and Welsh
Tiffani Thiessen is an American actress, previously credited as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen. She is married to actor Brady Smith.
Tiffani once stated that she has Turkish ancestry. This statement does not appear to be correct. Tiffani’s maternal grandfather, Robert Howell Ernest, is listed as having died in Turkey, but he was not of Turkish descent. Robert was born in New Jersey, of approximately three quarters German and one quarter English ancestry.
Tiffani’s biological paternal grandfather was Franklin “Frank” Arthur Chadwick (the son of Andrew William Chadwick and Pearl Genevieve McCoy). Andrew was born in Iowa, the son of Jerome P. Chadwick and Sarah Ellen Ulin. Pearl was also born in Iowa, the daughter of William McCoy and Nellie Spencer. Tiffani’s paternal grandmother remarried to Lowell Henry Thiessen, who adopted Tiffani’s father. Tiffani’s father subsequently took on the surname Thiessen.
Tiffani’s paternal grandmother was Beverly Jean Bondshu (the daughter of Albert Clarence Bondshu and Esma Amanda Hamlett). Albert was born in California, the son of Francis/Frank Albert Bondshu and Mary Elizabeth Halstead. Francis’s father, Karl/Charles Albert Bondshu, was German, from Baden, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Tiffani’s great-grandmother Esma was the daughter of Frank B. Hamlett and Harriett Louise Turner.
Tiffani’s maternal grandfather was Robert Howell Ernest (the son of Otto Bernard Ernest and Gladys Natalie Inderlied). Robert was born in New Jersey. Otto was born in Saxony, Germany, the son of Bernhardt Otto Ernst/Ernest and Bertha Auguste Ziegler, who was from Falkenstein, Upper Palatinate, Bavaria. Gladys was born in Delaware, the daughter of Charles Franklin Inderlied and Natalie Clara Wolfe.
Tiffani’s maternal grandmother was Therese Frances Hood (the daughter of William Aaron/Alexander/Andrew Jackson Hood and Ora Irene Ecton). Therese was born in Californa. William was born in Georgia, the son of Enoch Chapman Hood and Amanda Jane Townsend. Ora was born in Utah, the daughter of Jesse Alexander Ecton and Emma Williams, who was born in Utah, to Welsh parents, her father from Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent and her mother from Swansea.
Sources: Tiffani mentions that her father was adopted by his own stepfather – http://www.tiffanithiessen.org
Genealogy of Tiffani Thiessen – https://www.geni.com
Wedding announcement of Tiffani’s paternal step-grandfather, Lowell Henry Thiessen, and Tiffani’s paternal grandmother, Beverly Jean Bondshu – http://www.newspapers.com
Genealogy of Tiffani’s paternal great-grandfather, Albert Clarence Bondshu (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Tiffani’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Harriett Louise Turner – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Tiffani Thiessen (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Tiffani’s maternal grandfather, Robert Howell Ernest, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Tiffani’s maternal great-grandmother, Gladys Natalie Inderlied (through Gladys’s brother, Clarence Oscar Inderlied) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Tiffani’s maternal grandmother, Therese Frances Hood, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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