Birth Name: Christian Stephen Yelich
Place of Birth: Thousand Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: December 5, 1991
*25% mix of German, as well as English, Scottish, Danish, Dutch
Christian Yelich is an American professional baseball player. He is a left fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Miami Marlins.
Christian is the son of Alecia and Stephen Yelich. His brother, Collin Yelich, played minor league baseball in the Atlanta Braves. His maternal great-grandfather was professional football player Fred Gehrke. His paternal uncle, Chris Yelich, also played football. Christian was baptized Serbian Orthodox.
Christian’s paternal grandfather is Stephen Yelich (the son of Christ Yelich and Anne Leshanovich). Christ was born in Serbia, the son of John Yalich and Yevra. Anne was born in New York, the daughter of Luka Lešanović/Leshanovich, who was from Belgrade, Serbia, and of Ljubica.
Christian’s paternal grandmother is Rosalie “Rose” Sammy (the daughter of Louis Elias/Ilia Sammy/Simonoff and Raina/Irene Theodoreoff/Theodoroff). Louis was born in Bitola, Macedonia, the son of Chris Simonoff and Maria Spiravich. Raina was born in Pleven, Bulgaria, the daughter of Theodore Christoff and Vasilka Ivanova.
Christian’s maternal grandfather is named Mineo Dan Oda. Mineo was born in California, of Japanese descent.
Christian’s maternal grandmother is Bonnie Lynn Gehrke (the daughter of Clarence Fred Gehrke and Marilyn Palmer). Bonnie was born in California, and is from a Mormon family. Clarence was an American football player, and was the son of Fred Richard Gehrke and Augusta Tichelmann, who were born in Königsberg, Germany, now Kalingrad, Russia. Marilyn was the daughter of Bart/Bert Conrad Palmer and Vera Mariger.
Sources: Christian’s paternal great-grandfather, Christ Yelich, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Christian’s paternal great-grandmother, Anne (Leshanovich) Yelich – http://www.heraldargus.com
Passenger record of Christian’s paternal great-grandfather, Luka Lešanović/Leshanovich – https://www.libertyellisfoundation.org
Marriage record of Christian’s paternal great-grandparents, Louis Elias/Ilia Sammy/Simonoff and Raina/Irene Theodoreoff/Theodoroff – https://www.familysearch.org
Birth record of Christian’s maternal grandfather, Mineo Dan Oda – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Christian’s maternal great-grandparents, Clarence Fred Gehrke and Marilyn Palmer – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Christian’s maternal great-grandfather, Clarence Fred Gehrke – https://www.findagrave.com
Christian’s maternal great-grandfather, Clarence Fred Gehrke, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Christian’s maternal great-grandmother, Marilyn Palmer, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Christian’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Bart/Bert Conrad Palmer, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Christian’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Vera Mariger – https://www.findagrave.com