Alexa Demie

06/04/2019 – Alexa Demie – HBO’s “Euphoria” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Cinerama Dome, 6360 Sunset Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Birth Name: Alexa Demie Wilson-Vanerstrom

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 11, 1990

Ethnicity:
*paternal grandfather – German, some French-Canadian
*paternal grandmother – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Mexican [Indigenous, Spanish]

Alexa Demie is an American actress, singer, and model. She plays Maddy Perez on the series Euphoria.

Alexa’s mother, Rose Mendez, is a celebrity make-up artist and writer; she was born in Michoacán, Mexico, and came to the United States in the 1980s.

Alexa’s surname, Vanerstrom, comes from her likely step-great-great-great-grandfather, Charles Vanerstrom. Charles’ father was Swedish.

Alexa’s paternal grandfather was John Robert Vanerstrom (the son of Frank Henry Vanerstrom and Helen R. Rohrback). John was born in Michigan. Frank was the son of Frank August Vanerstrom and Minnie Marie Mincel, who had German ancestry. Helen was the daughter of William James Rohrback/Rohrbach, who was of German descent, and of Margaret Peter/Petee, who was of French-Canadian ancestry. Alexa’s great-great-grandfather Frank Vanerstrom was likely born Frank Childers, and took his stepfather’s name.

Alexa’s paternal grandmother was Carole E. Unrot (the daughter of Abraham “Al” Unrot and Eve/Rebecca Matafsky/Martin). Abraham was born in Canada, the son of Meyer/Max Unrot and Chaya/Annia/Anna Helena Werek, who were Polish Jews/Russian Jews. Eve was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the daughter of Samuel “Sam” Matafsky/Martin and Pauline “Polly” Keller, who were Russian Jews.

Alexa’s grandmother Carole re-married to musician Dennis Wilson, of The Beach Boys, in 1965. Dennis was the brother of musicians Brian Wilson and Carl Wilson. Dennis adopted Alexa’s father. Through this line, Alexa is a first cousin, once removed, of Dennis’s nieces, musicians Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson, and a first cousin, twice removed, of Dennis’s cousin, musician Mike Love.

Alexa’s maternal grandmother is named Isabel Magaña.

Sources: Alexa Demie talking about her Mexican heritage – https://www.vogue.mx

Genealogy of Alexa Demie (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Marriage record of Alexa’s paternal great-grandparents, Frank Henry Vanerstrom and Helen R. Rohrback- https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Alexa’s paternal great-grandfather, Frank Henry Vanerstrom – https://www.findagrave.com

Alexa’s paternal great-grandfather, Frank Henry Vanerstrom, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Frank Henry Vanerstrom on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Alexa’s paternal great-grandfather, Abraham “Al” Unrot, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Alexa’s paternal great-grandmother, Eve/Rebecca (Martin) Kaminsky/Cominsky, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

17 Responses

  1. alexbanks says:

    Alexa is only Indigenous Mexican, after weeks of researchers, her family members look 100% Indigenous Mexican. Her dad is half-Swedish and half-English. There might be some African roots somewhere too.

  2. alexbanks says:

    Alexa is only Indigenous Mexican, after weeks of researchers, her family members look 100% Indigenous Mexican. Her dad is half-Swedish and half-English.

  3. bablah says:

    The man Carole married, was Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys. If Scott Michael Vanerstrom Wilson really is Alexa’s father (and by all accounts, it looks like he is), then I did get his parents right. He has a book about “what it’s like being the son of Dennis Wilson”. It says in a blog promoting the book that his bio father was John Robert Vanerstrom, and that his mother’s parents were from Canada and UK.

  4. bablah says:

    There are three birth records under the names Alexa Demie Wilson, Alexa Demie Vanerstrom and Alexa Demie Wilson Vanerstrom. All say born December 11, 1990 to a mother with surname Mendez.
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VG9J-ZMT
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VLBC-35W
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VLCL-FCS

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