Cait Fairbanks

Fairbanks in 2019, photo by DFree/

Birth Name: Caitlin Elizabeth Baunoch

Place of Birth: Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 29, 1993

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German, Hungarian, French/French-Canadian

Cait Fairbanks is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She is known for her role as Tessa Porter on soap opera The Young and The Restless. As a musician, she is also credited as Ginesse. Her name Fairbanks comes from her maternal grandmother.

Cait’s paternal grandfather is named Robert L. Baunoch (the son of Joseph John Baunoch and Margaret Kota). Robert was born in Michigan, to parents from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Joseph was the son of John Baunoch and Katherine “Katie” Lour/Laur, who were listed as Magyar-speakers on the 1920 U.S. Census. John’s father was listed as having been born in France. Margaret was born in Tiszacsege, now Hungary, the daughter of Emery James Kota and Rozalia “Rose” Barczi/Barce.

Cait’s paternal grandmother was Betty J. McLennan (the daughter of Robert McLennan and Jessie Bernice Bunton). Betty was born in Michigan. Robert was born in Michigan, to parents from Canada, Farquhar “Robert” McLennan and Mary Elizabeth Dove. Jessie was born in Michigan, the daughter of Charles David Bunton, whose own father was English, and of Flora Mae Moore, who was Canadian.

Cait’s maternal grandfather was named Donald William Jones.

Cait’s maternal grandmother was Laura G. Fairbanks (the daughter of George Benjamin Fairbanks and Olive H. Perkins). Laura was born in Michigan. George was born in Michigan, the son of Charles Wesley Fairbanks and Christiana/Christina Charlotte Beck, whose parents were German. Olive was born in Michigan, the daughter of Henry August Perkins and Laura.

Sources: Obituary of Cait’s paternal grandmother, Betty J. (McLennan) Baunoch –

Obituary of Cait’s maternal grandmother, Laura G. (Fairbanks) Jones –

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