Aly Michalka

Michalka in 2011, photo by s_bukley /

Birth Name: Alyson Renae Michalka

Place of Birth: Torrance, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 25, 1989

*father – German
*mother – German, English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

Aly Michalka is an American actress, singer, songwriter, and musician. She is the sister of actress and singer AJ Michalka (Amanda Joy Michalka). The two comprise a band called 78violet (previously Aly & AJ).

She is the daughter of Carrie and Mark Michalka. Her mother, also a musician, performed with the Christian band JC Band.

Aly is married to independent film producer Stephen Ringer. She is a devout Christian.

Aly’s paternal grandfather was James I. Michalka (the son of Gustave/Gustav August Michalka and Edna Caroline Loll). James was born in Michigan. Gustave was born in Michigan, to German parents, Frank August Michalka and Mary Venefky/Venefly. Edna was also born in Michigan, also to German parents, Warner Loll and Henrietta Etta Krahn.

Aly’s paternal grandmother was Betty Anne Martin (the daughter of David Martin and Amelia “Emily” Yurk). Betty was born in Michigan. David and Amelia were both immigrants from what is listed as Russia. It is likely that they were both of ethnic German descent.

Aly’s maternal grandfather was Charles Malcolm Begley (the son of Newton Phillips Begley and Lula Maude Palmer). Charles was born in Virginia. Newton was the son of George Rogers Begley and Minerva Payne. Lula was the daughter of Eldridge Clinton Palmer and Barbara Alice/Ann Lane.

Aly’s maternal grandmother was Carmen Louise Wetzel (the daughter of August Wetzel and Harriet Louise McCausland). Carmen was born in Oregon. August was born in Minnesota, the son of German parents, Ignatius Wetzel and Frances F. Fischer, from Alsace. Harriet was the daughter of Alfred Ellis McCausland and Louise Agnes Meyer.

Sources: Genealogies of Aly Michalka –

Aly’s paternal grandfather, James I. Michalka, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Aly’s maternal grandfather, Charles Malcolm Begley, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Aly’s maternal grandmother, Carmen Louise Wetzel, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

96 Responses

  1. shobohunter says:

    looks like a average white girl..

  2. sarahle says:

    michalka is definitely a east european surname.

  3. sarahle says:

    true. Michalka is definitely not German. it’s a eastern european surname (name).

    it’s actually a Nickname for the name Michaela used in east europe.

    Michalkas grandfather probably was born in Germany but he wasn’t German.

  4. roman2886 says:

    I have a similar ethnic background too her English Irish Scottish Welsh Austrian German Italian i also have Filipino Spanish Chinese Japanese Indonesian and Malaysian ancestry altogether my ethnic background is English Irish Scottish Welsh Austrian German Italian Filipino Spanish Chinese Japanese Indonesian and Malaysian.

  5. lenkastyle says:

    I thinking that she have polish or czech or ukrainian roots. Michalka is not german surname.

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