“Weird Al” Yankovic

by ethnic on January 20, 2008

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.

“Weird Al” is married to Suzanne Krajewski, with whom he has a daughter.

“Weird Al”‘s paternal grandfather was Matthew Yankovic (the son of Steve Yankovich and Ann). Matthew was from Črnomelj, Slovenia.

“Weird Al”‘s paternal grandmother was named Mary A. Bray. Mary was an ethnic Croatian, and was born in Slavonia.

“Weird Al”‘s maternal grandfather was John Battista Alfredo “Alfred” Vivalda. John was from Turin, Piedmont, Italy.

“Weird Al”‘s maternal grandmother was Fairy Mae Kidwell (the daughter of Thomas Elden Kidwell and Elizabeth Dobbs). 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

“Weird Al”‘s father on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
“Weird Al”‘s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogies of “Weird Al”‘smaternal grandmother, Fairy Mae Kidwell – http://records.ancestry.com

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bablah November 30, 2017 at 4:43 am

Alfred Vivalda was from Turin, Piedmont.

madman March 8, 2017 at 8:34 am

Matthew Yankovic was Slovenian.
Mary Bray was Croatian.

bablah March 8, 2017 at 12:44 pm

You’re right.
To be more exact, Matt is from Črnomelj, Slovenia, and Mary is from somewhere in Slavonia.

madman April 28, 2016 at 1:01 pm

Mary Bray/Braj was born in Croatia. Of course, she could still be of Serbian descent though. Matthew was the son of Steve Yankovich and Ann. John was born in Italy. Fairy Mae Kidwell’s great-great-grandfather, Smith Foote, was Irish. Her great-great-great-grandmother was Rachel Van Winkle, who was most likely of Dutch descent. There are some other ethnicities in there as well.

*Serbian, Croatian (father)
*Italian (maternal grandfather)
*English, small amounts of Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and more distant Dutch, Welsh, and Scottish (maternal grandmother)

Genealogy of “Wierd Al” Yankovic – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=dowfam3&id=I604324

Another genealogy of Al’s maternal grandmother, Fairy Mae Kidwell – https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&section=details&person=9HW8-K9G&parents=KJWF-ZX9_KJWF-ZFV

follers April 28, 2016 at 5:43 pm

Not to start another Malarkey here, but do we know that Yankovic’s grandmother was an ethnic Croatian?

madman April 28, 2016 at 10:19 pm

Definitely not, there were many Serbians living in modern day Croatia at the time.

bablah April 29, 2016 at 1:27 pm

I don’t know of a Serbian or Croatian last name Braj, I do know however of a Serbian last name Brajović.
Book Мојдеж – прилози за хронику села и родослове mentions Brajović family of Mojdež, Montenegro, and it mentions them as being a part of Bjelopavlovići clan that came to Herceg Novi from Konavle. It also says that the family left in Konavle (in Croatia) converted to Roman Catholicism.
To conclude, yeah, I don’t know, maybe, maybe not.

madman April 29, 2016 at 1:47 pm

On all censuses, Matthew Yankovic and Mary A. Bray are both listed as being born in Yugoslavia, except for the 1930 census, where Mary is listed as born in “Yugoslavia Croatia”. However, as you imply she could still have been an ethnic Serbian.

Alina November 29, 2015 at 7:07 pm

I don’t know why his hair is such a big deal. It is not super uncommon for Serbians to have really curly hair like his and Italians can have very curly hair too.

midori29 August 17, 2015 at 6:35 am

Its always suspect when whites have spiral curly brown hair, thats and African black trait.

cwm85 August 17, 2015 at 7:30 am

Blacks, Africans have kinky, wooly hair. Hos hair is curly/straight. His hair is softer in texture.

LucarioCooper September 5, 2015 at 7:27 pm

I wouldn’t consider his hair curly, much as wavy.

I’m also pretty sure woolly hair is softer…

neiltennant August 7, 2015 at 7:55 am

his face looks very serbian or jugoslawian in general

especially his nose and eyes

but if his hair is real i would say that this is from his italian roots

because in germany there are so many serbians and crotians and none of them have curly hair

sarahle September 6, 2015 at 9:58 pm

I know serbians with curly hair….

neiltennant September 16, 2016 at 2:58 pm

really ?

i know nearly 50 serbian people who fled war in jugoslawia 1991-92 and none of them has curly hair

Capricious April 1, 2015 at 6:12 pm

He does have a very Serbian look.

eleonora022 November 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Yeaa,he’s Serbian. His last name written in Serbian is Janković.

brian June 6, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Some people may think he’s Jewish because he has a parody song “Pretty Fly for a Rabbi”, plus a lot of his jokes and songs have sort of a “Jewish feel” to them. I understand that his band’s drummer is Jewish, though.

Lucky the Cat February 3, 2011 at 11:07 pm

why does everyone think that all celebrities are Jewish!?! FCOL

ann June 1, 2013 at 3:50 am

SO MANY names ending in “vic” are Serbian.

Julia. November 17, 2010 at 6:55 am

knew he was serb because of his surname :-D

Rachel April 27, 2010 at 10:52 am

‘ilovemyethan’ you’re an idiot. Did you go to school past grade 5?

ethnic April 12, 2010 at 12:17 am

Afraid not

Michael Jackson April 11, 2010 at 11:58 pm

i thought he was jewish

Anonymous March 8, 2010 at 5:10 am

Serbia in europe

ilovemyethan March 8, 2010 at 3:01 am

where the hell is serbian from

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