Alison Arngrim

Alison Arngrim – 14th Annual “Gathering for Cure” Brain Mapping Foundation Awards Gala – Millennium Biltmore Hotel – Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2017 – Photo Credit: Sheri Determan /

Birth Name: Alison Margaret Arngrim

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 18, 1962

Ethnicity: Scottish, Irish, English

Alison Arngrim is an American actress, author, and activist. She is known for her role on the series Little House on the Prairie.

She is the daughter of voice actress Norma McMillan and actor and producer Thor Arngrim. Her father was born Wilfred James Banin in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, of Scottish, Irish, and English descent. He was placed in an orphanage at an early age and adopted by a family of Icelandic descent, and received the Icelandic name Thorhallur Marven Arngrimsson. Her brother is actor and musician Stefan Arngrim.

Alison’s paternal grandfather was William Ireton Blyth (the son of John Blyth and Ann/Anne Robertson). William was born in Cumberland, Ontario. John was born in Ontario, to Scottish parents, Alexander Blyth and Jane Anderson. Ann was the daughter of Angus Robertson, who was Scottish, and of Elizabeth Ballantyne, who was born in India, of Scottish descent.

Alison’s paternal grandmother was Mabel Bell Banin (the daughter of James Banin and Martha Flora Goldsmith). Mabel was born in Saskatchewan. James had Irish ancestry. Martha was the daughter of English parents, William Goldsmith and Hannah Barnes.

Alison’s maternal grandfather was named Lachlan MacMillan.

Sources: Allison’s paternal grandfather, William Ireton Blyth, on the 1901 Canada Census –
William on the 1916 Canada Census –

Allison’s paternal grandmother, Mabel Bell Banin, on the 1916 Canada Census –

Obituary of Allison’s mother –

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