Birth Name: Alexander Jo Pall
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: May 16, 1985
*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*maternal grandfather – English
*maternal grandmother – Serbian or Croatian and/or German
Alex Pall is an American music producer. He is one-half of the duo The Chainsmokers, along with Andrew Taggart.
His father, Bill Pall, was American, and was from a Jewish family. His mother, Margaret, is an English emigrant, from London.
Alex’s paternal grandfather was David Boris Pall (the son of Adolph/Adolf Pallant, later Pall, and of Masha “Mary” Donner). David was a Canadian chemist, who was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and was raised in Saskatchewan. He founded Pall Corporation, and invented the Pall filter used in blood transfusions. Adolph and Mary were Ukrainian Jewish emigrants, from Melitopol, Zaporizhia Oblast.
Alex’s paternal grandmother was Josephine Harriet “Josie” Blatt (the daughter of Velvel Moshe/Moses “William” Blatt and Lucy Romberg). Josephine was born in Massachusetts, U.S. Velvel was the son of a Polish Jewish emigrant, Yosef Tavi Blatt, later Joseph Henry Blatt, of Wrocław, and of Louise Singer, whose father, Isidor Singer, later Isidore Singer, was a Polish Jewish emigrant, from Poznań, and whose mother, Pauline Abrams, was a German Jewish immigrant. Alex’s great-grandmother Lucy was a Ukrainian Jewish emigrant, from Kharkiv, and was the daughter of Chanoch Henich Chaimovych “Henry” Romberg and Esther Malka/Mollie Solomovna Levinskaya/Levinsky.
Alex’s maternal grandfather was Sir Gordon Ethelbert Ward Wolstenholme (the son of Ethelbert George Wolstenholme and Clementina Ward). Gordon was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Alex’s great-grandfather Ethelbert was the son of Alfred Wolstenholme and Elizabeth Dickins. Clementina was the daughter of Herbert Ward and Elizabeth Allen.
Alex’s maternal grandmother was Lady Dušanka Messinger. Dušanka’s name is of Serbian or Croatian origin. Her surname is German.
Sources: Genealogy of Alex Pall – https://www.geni.com
Obituary of Alex’s father – http://www.nytimes.com
Obituary of Alex’s paternal grandfather, David Boris Pall – http://www.nytimes.com
Birth record of Alex’s paternal grandmother, Josephine Harriet Blatt – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Alex’s paternal great-grandparents, Velvel Moshe/Moses “William” Blatt and Lucy Romberg – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Alex’s maternal grandparents, Sir Gordon Ethelbert Ward Wolstenholme and Lady Dušanka Messinger – https://familysearch.org
“Messinger” is a German surname. Why is that not considered ethnically relevant here, yet the first name is?
I don’t know, I didn’t write that. Thoughts?
I just think the surname should be a better indicator than the first name. She could’ve been of both German and Croatian descent, although it’s all just speculation, we only have her name. Maybe “English, possibly other” or “English, possibly German and/or Croatian” would be more fitting for now.
Dušanka can also be a Croatian name.