Christopher Meloni

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Meloni in 2012, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Christopher Peter Meloni

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: April 2, 1961

*father – Italian
*mother – French-Canadian, as well as at least 1/128th English

Christopher Meloni is an American actor. He is known for his roles on the shows Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Oz, and the Wet Hot American Summer franchise, among other work. He is also credited as Chris Meloni.

Christopher is the son of Cecile Lydia (Chagnon) and Charles Robert Meloni. He is married to production designer, Doris, with whom he has two children.

Christopher’s paternal grandfather was Carlo/Charles Robert Meloni (the son of Enrico Meloni and Maria Luigia Anna Cafferata). Charles was born in Massachusetts, to Italian parents. Enrico and Maria were born in Velva, Castiglione Chiavarese, Genova, Liguria. Enrico was left as a baby in a foundling wheel in a hospital. He was assigned the surname Meloni there, and was partly raised by a nurse.

Christopher’s paternal grandmother was Mary Repetti (the daughter of Ferdinand Repetti and Anna Guglielmetti). Mary was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Italian parents.

Christopher’s maternal grandfather was named Joseph Jean Charles Edmond Chagnon. Joseph was born in St.-Jean-Baptiste, Québec. The surname Chagnon comes from a place name in the Loire department, in central France.

Christopher’s maternal grandmother was Mariette Carmel Dancoes (the daughter of George Robert Dancoes and M. Anna Mercier). Christopher’s grandmother Mariette was French-Canadian.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2021) stated that Christopher’s genetic ancestry is:

*29.5% French and German
*22.9% Italian
*16% British
*13.7% Broadly Northwest European
*7.6% Spanish and Portuguese
*4.6% Broadly Southern European
*3% Broadly European
*1.3% Scandinavian
*0.8% Greek and Balkan
*0.4% Unmatched
*0.2% North African

Genetically, he was found to have a common ancestor with politician Nancy Pelosi.

Sources: Christopher’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Christopher’s father –

Marriage record of Christopher’s paternal grandparents, Carlo/Charles Robert Meloni and Mary Repetti –

6 Responses

  1. Oaken05 says:

    Wasn’t it said on the show that “Chagnon” was a name chosen by an ancestor of English background, or was taht another ancestor I’m thinking of?

  2. andrew says:

    So he ain’t Sardinian?

    His maternal grandmother is easily Ligurian too.

    Nancy Pelosi has a Ligurian grandparent so that makes sense.

  3. andrew says:

    he should be tagged

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