Anna Gunn

Gunn in 2016, photo by vonora/

Place of Birth: Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 11, 1968

Ethnicity: English, German, Polish, Slovak, distant Irish

Anna Gunn is an American actress. She is known for her role on the show Breaking Bad.

Her mother is of almost entirely Eastern European, Polish and Slovak, descent.

She has two children with her former husband, Scottish actor and real estate broker Alastair Duncan.

Anna’s paternal grandfather was Clemens Earle Gunn (the son of Earle/Earl Leland Gunn and Rose C. Clemens). Anna’s grandfather Clemens was born in Ohio. Earl was the son of Charles Henry Gunn and Elizabeth Ann “Lizzie” Whitlock. Rose was the daughter of George J. Clemens and Salina “Nina” Hill.

Anna’s paternal grandmother was Ida McKinley Day (the daughter of Luther N. Day and Ida McKinley Barber). Anna’s grandmother Ida was born in Ohio. Luther was the son of William Rufus Day and Mary Elizabeth Schaefer; William R. Day was a diplomat and jurist, who was the U.S. Secretary of State, in 1898, and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, from 1903 to 1922. Anna’s great-grandmother Ida was the daughter of Marshall C. Barber and Mary Belinda Saxon.

Anna’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Edward Peters (born Piotrowski, the son of Joseph Piotrowski and Stella Laskowski). Anna’s grandfather Joseph was born in Ohio, of Polish descent.

Anna’s maternal grandmother was Kathryn/Catherine Ann Beyers (the daughter of Carl F. Beyers and Anna Ripko). Anna’s grandmother Kathryn was born in Pennsylvania. Carl was born in Pennsylvania, to an English father and a Polish mother. Anna’s great-grandmother Anna Ripko was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Michael Ripko and Elizabeth Kozak, who were emigrants from Austria, likely of either Polish or Slovak descent.

Sources: Genealogy of Anna Gunn –

Genealogies of Anna’s paternal grandparents, Clemens Earle Gunn and Ida McKinley (Day) Gunn –

Genealogy of Anna’s paternal grandmother, Ida McKinley Day –

Anna’s maternal grandmother, Kathryn/Catherine Ann Beyers, on 1930 U.S. Census –

Anna’s maternal great-grandmother, Anna Ripko, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

3 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Anna’s paternal great-great-grandfather, William R. Day, was a diplomat and jurist, who served for nineteen years as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. William R. Day was raised as a Lutheran.

  2. andrew says:

    Carl F. Beyers was born in Pennsylvania to an English-born father and a Polish-born mother. “Beyers” surname is usually German, or Scottish ( “Kozak” and “Ripko” surnames are likely Czech.

    • bablah says:

      Anna Ripko parents are listed as Slovaks on census, and when you look for a Michael Ripko on familysearch several people called Michael Repka appear in Slovakia and one Mihaly Ripko (but the last one doesn’t fit the other criteria).

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