Birth Name: Alfred Matthew Yankovic
Place of Birth: Downey, Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: October 23, 1959
*Slovenian, Croatian (father)
*Italian (maternal grandfather)
*English, small amounts of Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and more distant Dutch, Welsh, and Scottish (maternal grandmother)
“Weird Al” Yankovic is an American parodist, satirist, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, music video director, film producer, and author.
He is the son of Mary Elizabeth (Vivalda) and Nick Louis Yankovic. His father was of Slovenian and Croatian descent. His maternal grandfather was Italian, and his maternal grandmother had English, and small amounts of Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and more distant Dutch, Welsh, and Scottish, ancestry.
Al’s paternal grandparents were Matthew Yankovic (the son of Steve Yankovich and Ann) and Mary A. Bray. Matthew was from Črnomelj, Slovenia. Mary A. was Croatian, and was born in Slavonia.
Al’s maternal grandparents were John Battista Alfredo “Alfred” Vivalda and Fairy Mae Kidwell (the daughter of Thomas Elden Kidwell and Elizabeth Dobbs). John was Italian. Fairy was born in Kentucky; her family had lived in the United States for many generations, and had English ancestry. Thomas was the son of Louis Palestine Kidwell and Elvina Baker. Elizabeth was the daughter of Jeremiah Dobbs and Eliza Mobley.
Sources: Genealogy of “Weird Al” Yankovic – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
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