Dan Bongino

Bongino in 2014, photo by Christopher Halloran/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: Daniel John Bongino

Place of Birth: Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 4, 1974

*50% Italian/Sicilian
*25% German
*25% Irish

Dan Bongino is an American conservative political commentator, radio show host, author, politician, and conspiracy theorist. He was a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer and Secret Service agent. He is married to Paula Martinez, with whom he has two children. Paula was born in Colombia.

He has said, “I’m not black, I’m Italian. Seriously, can you get any dumber?” He has also stated that he is of half Italian descent.

Dan’s paternal grandfather was Frank Bongino (the son of Charles A. Bongino/Burns and Antonette/Antoinette Piscani). Frank was born in New York, to Italian parents. Charles was the son of Francesco Bongiorno and Lettesia Festucci. Antonette was born in Palermo, Sicily, the daughter of Frederico Pisani and Antonette Restivo.

Dan’s paternal grandmother was Agatha Anna Rugnetta (the daughter of Girolamo “James” Rugnetta and Antonia “Lena” Runfolo). Agatha was born in New York, to Italian parents, from Sicily. Girolamo was born in Terrasini, Palermo, the son of Vincenzo Rugnetta and Vita. Antonia was born in Sferracavallo, the daughter of Pietro Damiano Mansueto Runfolo and Rosalia Pastorella.

Dan’s maternal grandfather was Clifford F. Cramer (the son of John Joseph Cramer and Minnie Freytag). Clifford was born in New York, and was of German descent, with roots in Baden-Baden and Bavaria. John was the son of German parents, with his father’s name being August Cramer. Minnie was the daughter of George W. Freytag and Caroline “Carrie” Meyer.

Dan’s maternal grandmother was Eileen M. Taylor (the daughter of John Edward Taylor and Alma Elizabeth Flynn). Eileen was born in New York. John was born in Adelaide, Australia, the son of Irish parents, John Allen Taylor and Maria Carroll, from Effin, Limerick. Alma was born in New York, the daughter of John Flynn and Elizabeth Barry, who were also Irish.

Sources: Death records of Dan’s paternal grandmother, Agatha Anna (Rugnetta) Bongino – https://www.findagrave.com

Dan’s maternal grandfather, Clifford F. Cramer, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Dan’s maternal grandfather, Clifford F. Cramer – https://www.newspapers.com

Dan’s maternal grandmother, Eileen M. Taylor, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

15 Responses

  1. follers says:

    Well, here he does “admit” that he’s only half Italian.

  2. andrew says:

    Well, he is very unlikely that his biological parents have such background. It’s just common sense. This guy is mixed-race.

  3. andrew says:

    Anyhow, he is such an odd looking guy. I would have guessed him as part Samoan.

  4. andrew says:


    After Mike Tirico case, do you keep trolling Italian people by purpose or what?

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