Birth Name: David Jason Muir
Place of Birth: Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: November 8, 1973
Ethnicity: Sicilian/Italian (one quarter), Irish, English, Scottish, German
David Muir is an American journalist and anchor. He has hosted ABC World News Tonight with David Muir since 2014.
David’s paternal grandfather was Douglas A. Muir (the son of Archibald Muir and Ida Mae/May Browning). Douglas was born in New York. Archibald was Scottish, the son of Archibald Muir and Elizabeth Lackey. Ida was the daughter of John Browning and Mary L. Smith.
David’s paternal grandmother was Mary E. McGrath (the daughter of James McGrath and Sadie Edenger). David’s grandmother Mary E. was born in New York. James was born in New York, to Irish parents.
David’s maternal grandfather was Anthony R. Pontello (the son of Richard Diego Pontello and Desolina/Desileana “Nellie” Petta). Anthony was born in New York. Richard was Italian/Sicilian. Desolina was born in New York, to Italian parents.
David’s maternal grandmother was Rita Marion Duffy (the daughter of John Henry Duffy and Louise J. Marsh). Rita was born in New York. David’s great-grandfather John was the son of Stuart Richard Duffy and Anastasia Victoria O’Neil, and had Irish ancestry. Louise was the daughter of Frank Marsh and Mary.
Sources: David’s paternal grandfather, Douglas A. Muir, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
David’s paternal great-grandmother, Ida Mae/May Browning, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
David’s paternal grandmother, Mary E. McGrath, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of David’s paternal grandmother, Mary E. (McGrath) Muir – http://obits.syracuse.com
David’s maternal grandfather, Anthony R. Pontello, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
David’s maternal grandmother, Rita Marion Duffy, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
I wondered why, with a strong Scottish name like David Muir, that the anchorman was Roman Catholic. The Irish and Sicilian explains it.
Obituary of David’s maternal grand-aunt, Frances J. (Pontello) Macro: http://www.obittree.com/obituary/us/new-york/camillus/buranich-funeral-home-inc/frances-j-macro/1583478/
This record is more interesting:
In other records the same people are called Richard Diego Pontello and Desolina Petta