Valerie Bertinelli

Bertinelli in 2011, DFree /

Birth Name: Valerie Anne Bertinelli

Place of Birth: Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 23, 1960

*father – Italian
*mother – English, as well as Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, distant Swedish

Valerie Bertinelli is an American actress and television personality. She is known for starring on the series One Day at a Time, Touched by an Angel, and Hot in Cleveland, and as a host on the Food Network’s shows Valerie’s Home Cooking and Kids Baking Championship.

She is the daughter of Nancy Lee (Carvin) and Andrea/Andrew Francesco Bertinelli, a General Motors executive. Valerie has a son, bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, with her former husband, musician, songwriter, producer, and inventor Eddie Van Halen.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2024) stated that Valerie’s genetic ancestry consists of:

*35% Scotland
*29% Northern Italy
*9% France
*8% Southern Italy
*7% Ireland
*6% Sweden & Denmark
*4% Greece & Albania
*2% Germanic Europe

Valerie’s paternal grandfather was named Nazzareno Bertinelli (the son of Andrea/Andrew Bertinelli and Adelia). Nazzareno was born in Scheggia, Province of Perugia, Umbria, Italy. He fought for Italy during WWI. He left his first wife Dominica and son Ernesto behind when moving to the U.S.

Valerie’s paternal grandmother was Angeline/Angelina Maddalena Maria Crossa/Crosa (the daughter of Francesco/Frank George Crossa and Maria Francesca “Mary” Possio). Angeline was born in Sanremo, Imperia, Italy. Valerie’s great-grandmother Maria Francesca was born in Lanzo Torinese, Province of Turin, Piedmont, Italy.

Valerie’s maternal grandfather was Lester Vodges Carvin (the son of Joseph Dyer Carvin, Jr. and Ida P. Gooden). Lester was born in Newark, Licking, Ohio. Joseph was the son of Joseph Dyer Carvin and Anna J. Ida was the daughter of Jacob G. Gooden and Mary Emma Bishop.

Valerie’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Adams Chambers (the daughter of Harry N. Chambers and Martha Jane Pierce). Elizabeth was born in Camden, Camden, New Jersey. Harry was the son of William David Chambers and Anna/Annie Rebecca Simpers. Martha was the daughter of Morris Green Pierce and Sallie Pernell Shepherd.

Sources: Genealogies of Valerie Bertinelli –

Genealogy of Valerie Bertinelli (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Notes on Valerie’s family history –


Curious about ethnicity

14 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    *San Reno -> Sanremo

  2. Jason 7 says:

    Surely her mother’s side is more just English, in fact I’m sure of it. Looking at her mother’s family tree, I see Scottish names as well as others… and her DNA test came back as more Scottish than anything else (35%!) Yes, there are lines going back to England, but at the very least, her mother’s side should be shown as English(, Scottish) and other!

  3. andrew says:

    Her paternal grandfather was born in Scheggia, Province of Perugia, Umbria, Italy. Valerie great-grandmother Maria “Mary” Francesca Possio was born in Lanzo Torinese, Province of Turin, Piedmont, Italy.

  4. cwm85 says:

    She seems to have a nice personality.

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