Birth Name: Danica Mae McKellar
Place of Birth: La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States
Date of Birth: January 3, 1975
*English, Scottish, German, Spanish, French, Dutch (father)
Danica McKellar is an American actress, mathematics writer, and education advocate. She is known for her role as Winnie Cooper on the television series The Wonder Years.
Danica is the daughter of Mahaila Jean (Tello) and Christopher Scripps McKellar. Her sister, Crystal McKellar, also starred on The Wonder Years, as Becky Slater. Danica has written two popular mathematics books.
Danica is married to Scott Sveslosky. She has a son with her former husband, composer Mike Verta.
Danica has said:
I’ve been asked if I were Asian, Hawaiian, Greek, etc. The truth is, I’m a big mix of Western Europe. I’m mostly Portuguese (this is my mom’s side), via the Azores and Madeira Islands. These are both groups of islands in the Atlantic ocean settled by the Portuguese in 1418. This means that my mom’s side is probably a fair mix of Portuguese and native Islander! On my dad’s side, I’m part Scottish (hence “McKellar”), and a little each of: German, Spanish, French, and Dutch. No Asian, I’m afraid. Although you should see baby pictures, I really do look Asian!
The name “Danica” (pronounced with the same inflection as “Monica” or “Erica”) comes from a book called “Name Your Baby” that my parents bought before I was born. The name seems to be natively found in Denmark and also in most Slavic countries (although in Slavic nations, it’s pronounced “Don’-eetz-sa”) and it means, “Morning Star.” That’s why I named my production company “Morning Starlight Productions, ” since I guess a morning star would “produce” morning starlight. :)
Danica’s paternal grandfather was James Angus McKellar (the son of James Henry McKellar and Dorothy Winifred Kellogg). Dorothy was the daughter of Frederick William Kellogg and Florence May Scripps.
Danica’s paternal grandmother was named Suzanne Frances Biven.
Danica’s maternal grandfather named Anthony Tello, Jr. (the son of Anthony Tello, Sr.). Danica’s great-grandfather Anthony was born in Portual.
Danica’s maternal grandmother was Ermelinda “Emily” Amaral (the daughter of Manuel S. Amaral and Hazel). Ermelinda was born in California, to parents from Portugal.
Sources: Marriage record of Danica’s parents – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Danica McKellar (focusing on her father’s side) – http://humphrysfamilytree.com
Birth record of Danica’s mother – https://www.familysearch.org
Danica’s maternal great-grandfather, Anthony Tello, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Danica’s maternal grandmother, Ermelinda “Emily” Amaral, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Danica’s maternal grandmother, Ermelinda “Emily” (Amaral) Tello – http://www.legacy.com
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