Birth Name: Bryant Charles Gumbel
Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Date of Birth: September 29, 1948
Ethnicity: Louisiana Creole [African, French, approximately 3/32 Ashkenazi Jewish, distant Corsican Italian, possibly English]
Bryant Gumbel is an American television journalist and sportscaster.
Bryant is the son of Rhea Alice (LeCesne) and Richard Dunbar Gumbel, Jr. His brother is television sportscaster Greg Gumbel. Bryant is married to Hilary Quinlan. He has two children with his former wife June Baranco.
His parents were both black, of mainly African and French descent. The Gumbel family in Louisiana is of German Jewish origin. Bryant is of approximately 3/32 Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. He also has distant Corsican Italian, and possibly English, roots. Some of his ancestors lived in Haiti.
A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2017) stated that Bryant’s genetic ancestry is:
——–*33.6% Northwestern European
——–*16.2% Southern European
——–*7.1% Ashkenazi [Jewish]
——–*6.5% Broadly European
——–*1.7% Eastern European
*34.1% Sub-Saharan African
*0.5% East Asian & Native American
Bryant’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced to Elias Gimpel/Gümbel, who was born, c. 1776, in Framersheim, Hessen, Germany, and to his wife, Kaye Hirsch.
Bryant’s paternal grandfather was Richard Dunbar Gumbel (the son of Cornelius Joseph “Jack” Gumbel and Marie Valentine Allain/Allen Prevost). Richard was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a founder-member of the city’s Autocrat Club. Bryant’s great-grandfather Cornelius was born in Lakeland, Pointe Coupee, Louisiana, the son of Karl/Cornelius/Carl Gumbel, who was a Jewish emigrant, from Albisheim, Bavaria, and of Angelina/Angelic/Angelica Charamel/Charemel. Bryant’s great-grandmother Marie was the daughter of John Prevost and Marie S. Allain.
Bryant’s paternal grandmother was Marie/Mary Lucretia Soulé (the daughter of Etienne Soulé and Eugenie Lumina Duplessis). Marie was born in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.
Bryant’s maternal grandfather was Adrian/Adrien Bartholomew LeCesne (the son of Albert Joseph LeCesne and Alice Lamotte/Lamothe). Adrian was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Albert was the son of Gustave Augustin LeCesne and Louise Blanc/Blano; Gustave’s paternal grandfather, Louis-Nicolas LeCesne, was born in France. Alice was the daughter of Martin LaMotte, who was born into slavery, and of Henriette Jaillot. Martin fought for the Confederacy, and later the Union, during the Civil War.
Bryant’s maternal grandmother was Adele G. Gaignard (the daughter of Charles L. Gaignard and Pauline Foster). Adele was born in Louisiana. Charles was the son of Louis Gaignard and Élisabeth Eulalie Warburg. Élisabeth’s father, Bryant’s great-great-great-grandfather Daniel Samuel Warburg, was a German Jew, who was born in Hamburg, Germany.
Sources: Genealogy of Bryant Gumbel – https://www.geni.com
Bryant’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Bryant’s paternal grandfather, Richard Dunbar Gumbel, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Bryant’s maternal grandparents, Adrian/Adrien Bartholomew LeCesne and Adele G. Gaignard, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org