Wayne Gretzky

by Toodee9 on August 21, 2014

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Birth Name: Wayne Douglas Gretzky

Place of Birth: Brantford, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: January 26, 1961

*Belarusian, Ukrainian (father)
*English, some Irish (mother)

NHL HOF Wayne Gretzky is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and head coach. He is widely considered the greatest hockey player ever.

Wayne is the son of Phyllis Leone (Hockin) and Walter Gretzky. It appears that his father is of Belarusian and Ukrainian descent, though he has also been said to have Polish and/or Russian ancestry (the family apparently spoke Ukrainian). His mother was of English, and some Irish, descent.

Wayne is married to American actress Janet Jones. Among their five children is model and singer Paulina Gretzky.

Wayne’s paternal grandfather was Terentiy/Anton Lavrentievich Gritzko/Gretzky (the son of Lavrentiy Gritzko/Gretcki and Nastasia). Terentiy was born in Grodno, Russian Empire (now Belarus), and was likely of ethnic Belarusian descent.

Wayne’s paternal grandmother was Pauline Maria/Mary Khodenetsky. Pauline was born in Panovychi, interwar Poland (now Ukraine), and was likely of ethnic Ukrainian descent.

Wayne’s maternal grandfather was Harold Seymour Hockin (the son of Harold Herbert Hockin and Mabel Ellen Brock). Wayne’s great-grandfather Harold was the son of Herbert Samuel Hockin and Elizabeth Agnes Eagles. Mabel was the daughter of Willard William Brock and Mary Catherine Howey.

Wayne’s maternal grandmother was Betty Leone Cook (the daughter of Adam Edward “Ed” Cook and Muriel Leona Biggs/Briggs). Edward was the son of Harry/Henry Cook and Margaret/Mary Currie/Curry. Muriel was the daughter of Frederick/Frederic Biggs/Briggs and Ida/Adeline/Addie May Moore.

Sources: http://www.waltergretzky.com

Genealogy of Wayne Gretzky – http://www.wikitree.com

Obituary of Wayne’s maternal grandmother, Betty Leone (Cook) Hockin – http://yourlifemoments.ca

Marriage record of Wayne’s maternal great-grandparents, Adam Edward “Ed” Cook and Muriel Leona Biggs/Briggs – https://www.familysearch.org

Information about Wayne’s Belarusian relatives – http://www.network54.com

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andrew September 27, 2017 at 5:02 pm

you should note that he is widely considered the greatest hockey player ever

andrew September 5, 2017 at 2:37 pm


so what was Wayne’s father background?

bablah September 5, 2017 at 3:34 pm

His grandfather is Belarusian, his grandmother Ukrainian, I’m almost 100% sure about it. I don’t even see where Russian could even come in.

andrew February 6, 2017 at 12:45 am
andrew February 21, 2016 at 4:29 pm

*Belarusian, Ukrainian, possibly Polish (father)
*English, distant Irish (mother)

bearboy February 21, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Please add the Irish part to mother’s ethnicity as well. Francis Brock and Isabella Ingraham were both born in County Fermanagh Ireland.

andrew September 5, 2017 at 5:10 pm

this makes him just 1/64 Irish

andrew February 21, 2016 at 4:24 pm
andrew August 22, 2014 at 3:02 am

no Ukrainian/Belarusian?

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