Cole Sprouse

Sprouse in 2017, photo by kathclick /

Birth Name: Cole Mitchell Sprouse

Place of Birth: Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

Date of Birth: 4 August, 1992

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German, about one eighth Danish, remote Polish

Cole Sprouse is an American actor and photographer. He is the identical twin brother of actor Dylan Sprouse, and is 15 minutes older. He began his career at the age of six months, then usually acting with his brother. The two, known as The Sprouse Brothers and The Sprouse Bros, featured together in the films Big Daddy, Just for Kicks, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, and Adventures in Appletown, on the series Grace Under Fire and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody/on Deck, and the made-for-tv movie I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. They launched the Sprouse Bros brand, including a clothing and book line, and a magazine. Beginning in his twenties, Cole has acted solo, and is known for his roles as Forsythe Pendleton “Jughead” Jones III on Riverdale, and for headlining the films Five Feet Apart, Moonshot, and Lisa Frankenstein.

Cole was born in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy, to American parents, Melanie and Matthew Sprouse, who were teaching there at the time. He was named after jazz musician Nat King Cole. His parents moved back to their native California four months after Cole and Dylan were born. He was raised in Long Beach.

Cole’s ancestry includes English, Scottish, Danish, and German, as well as remote Polish.

Cole’s paternal grandfather is Michael Theodore Sprouse (the son of Guy Ellsworth Sprouse and Opal Fern McCray). Michael was born in West Virginia. Guy was the son of William Madison Sprouse and Martha Ann Arbogast. Opal was the daughter of William Kenneth McCray and Bonnie Bell/Belle Wright.

Cole’s paternal grandmother is Karen Lee Sammons (the daughter of Herman E./Frank Sammons and Betty Elizabeth Sybrowsky/Szybrowsky). Karen was born in California. Herman was the son of Charles R. Sammons and Allice Mars. Betty was the daughter of Vilhelm Christian “William” Sybrowsky and Johanna Alfreda Barnhardine Johansen. Vilhelm and Johanna were Danish immigrants, although the Szybrowsky line leads back to Germany several generations before that, and then likely to Danzig, Poland.

Cole’s maternal grandfather is Merrill Eugene Wright (the son of Obed Wright and Beulah Mae Roe). Merrill was born in California. Obed was the son of Otha Burnett Wright and Lena Spiller. Beulah was the daughter of Benjamin Roe, who was of mostly German descent, and of Mary Elizabeth Metter, whose parents were German.

Cole’s maternal grandmother is Jonine Rosemary Booth (the daughter of Jonathan C. Booth and Maxine Pearl Rose). Jonine was born in California. Jonathan was the son of Charles F. Booth and Emily Coy. Maxine was the daughter of Carl Wellington Rose and Myrtle Sabria Tucker.

Cole’s matrilineal line can be traced to his great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Lydia Purcell/Pursel, who was born, c. 1774, in Fayette County, Kentucky.


Cole (left) and Dylan Sprouse in 2009, photo by Joe Seer/Shutterstock

Sources: Genealogy of Cole’s paternal grandfather, Michael Theodore Sprouse (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Obituary of Cole’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Johanna Alfreda Bernhardine (Johansen) Sybrowsky –

Cole’s maternal great-grandfather, Obed Wright, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Cole’s matrilineal great-grandmother, Maxine Pearl (Rose) Booth –

Marriage record of Cole’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Carl Wellington Rose and Myrtle Sabria Tucker –


Curious about ethnicity

60 Responses

  1. cartoonfan11 says:

    The Szybrowski line is most likely ethnic Polish

  2. M says:

    What the hell happened to them? They don’t even act anymore.

  3. Freerk says:

    Szybrowsky is a Polish name …

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