Vanessa Marano

Vanessa Marano

Marano in 2013, photo by

Birth Name: Vanessa Nicole Marano

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 31, 1992

*father – Italian
*mother – Irish, English, one eighth Italian, small amount of German

Vanessa Marano is an American actress. She is known for portraying Bay Kennish on the drama show, Switched at Birth.

She is the daughter of actress Ellen Marano, who owns the Agoura Children’s Theatre, and Damiano Marano, a college professor. Her sister is actress and singer Laura Marano.

Vanessa’s maternal grandfather was John Edward Sweeney (the son of John E. Sweeney and Marie Gorse). Vanessa’s grandfather John was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He had Irish and English ancestry.

Vanessa’s maternal grandmother was Elsie Susan Brewster (the daughter of Herbert K. Brewster and Ella M. DePasquale). Elsie was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Herbert was the son of Robert Edward Brewster and Mildred Mary Whitmore. Ella was the daughter of Luigi/Lewis/Louis De Pasquale/DePasquale, who was Italian, born in San Marco La Catola, Foggia, Apulia; and of Vida May Briggs. Luigi’s great-great-nephew is Joseph R. Paolino, Jr., a Democratic politician, who was Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, from April 25, 1984 to January 1991, and U.S. Ambassador to Malta, from June 9, 1994 to June 2, 1996.

Sources: Obituary of Vanessa’s maternal grandfather, John Edward Sweeney –

Obituary of Vanessa’s maternal grandmother, Elsie Susan (Brewster) Sweeney –

Marriage record of Vanessa’s maternal great-grandparents, Herbert K. Brewster and Ella M. DePasquale –

Vanessa’s maternal great-grandmother, Ella M. DePasquale, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Vanessa’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Luigi/Lewis/Louis De Pasquale/DePasquale and Vida May Briggs –

Vanessa’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Vida May Briggs, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Marano in 2012, photo by Kathclick/


ethnicity obsessed :)

5 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Louis DePasquale was born in San Marco La Catola, Foggia, Apulia, Italy.

    He was the uncle of Judge and Rhode Island senator Luigi DePasquale, who is also the maternal grandfather of:

  2. follers says:

    Nikki, how do you know that she has all this ancestry other than Italian and Irish?

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