Chaz Bono

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Bono in 2012, photo by

Birth Name: Chastity Sun Bono

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 4, 1969

*father – Sicilian/Italian
*maternal grandfather – Armenian
*maternal grandmother – English and German, with more distant Irish, Dutch, and French

Chaz Bono is an American advocate, writer, musician, and actor. His full name is Chaz Salvatore Bono. He has appeared on television’s The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and American Horror Story.

He is the son of entertainers Sonny Bono and Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian). Between 2008 and 2010, he transitioned from female to male.

Chaz’s paternal grandfather was Santo Bono (the son of Salvatore/Sam Bono and Elizabeth/Elisabetta/Elisabetti Pinello/Pianello). Chaz’s grandfather Santo was Sicilian, from Montelepre, Province of Palermo. Salvatore was the son of Salvatore Bono and Giuseppa/Iosepha Licari.

Chaz’s paternal grandmother was Zina Dimercurio (the daughter of Philip Demercurio/Dimercurio and Francis/Frances Adragna). Zina was born in Michigan, to Italian parents. Francis was the daughter of Camilo Adragna and Josepha Costa.

Chaz’s maternal grandfather was John Paul Sarkisian (the son of Ghiragoch/Ghiragos “George” Sarkisian and Syranous/Siranoush “Blanch”/Blanche Dilkian). John was born in California, to Armenian parents. Syranous was the daughter of Hagop Dilkian and Loussaper Chivitjian.

Chaz’s maternal grandmother was Georgia Holt (born Jackie Jean Crouch, the daughter of Roy Malloy Crouch and Lynda/Linda Inez Gulley). Georgia, who was a singer, songwriter, actress, and model, was born in Arkansas. She had English and German, with more distant Irish, Dutch, and French, ancestry. Roy was the son of James William “Jim” Crouch and Laura Belle Green. Lynda was the daughter of Isaac A. Gulley and Margaret Frances Fritz.

Sources: Genealogy of Chaz Bono –

Genealogy of Chaz’s mother –

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