Dylan Minnette

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Minnette in 2013, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Dylan Christopher Minnette

Place of Birth: Evansville, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 29, 1996

Ethnicity: English, German, Irish, Scottish, Swiss-German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, 1/64th Bohemian Czech, distant Welsh, Dutch, Belgian, French, and Swedish

Dylan Minnette is an American actor and musician. His roles include the films The Clique (2008), Let Me In (2010), Labor Day, Prisoners (2013), Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Goosebumps (2015), Don’t Breathe, The Open House, and Scream (2022); the shows Prison Break, Saving Grace, Lost, Men of a Certain Age, Awake (2012), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Scandal, 13 Reasons Why as Clay Jensen, and The Dropout; and the made-for-tv movie The Year Without a Santa Claus (2006). He is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for alternative rock band Wallows, of which Braeden LeMasters and Cole Preston are also members.

His family lived in Champaign, Illinois, for a few years during his childhood, before moving to Los Angeles, California, for his acting career.

Dylan’s patrilineal line can be traced back to his great-great-great-grandparents, John Edward Minnette/Minnett, who was born in Ohio, to Irish parents, Martin Minnett and Bridget Kelly, who were from County Galway; and Elizabeth Jane Elliott, who was born in Kentucky, to Kentucky-born parents, James H. Elliott and Mary Ann Taylor.

Dylan’s paternal grandfather is Richard Joseph Minnette II (the son of Richard Joseph Minnette and Ruth Hazel Hartz). Dylan’s great-grandfather Richard played in a band, the Dixieland Playboys, with his brothers and sisters. He was the son of Robert Carroll Minnette and Olivia May Fisher, who was of German and Bohemian Czech descent. Olivia’s uncle, Emmanuel Boleslaus Ledvina, was a prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, and served as bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas, from 1921 to 1949. Dylan’s great-grandmother Ruth was the daughter of Edward P. Hartz, who was of German ancestry; and of Mary Jane Minto, whose paternal grandparents were English, and whose mother was of mostly Swiss-German and German ancestry.

Dylan’s paternal grandmother is Ann Wallace (the daughter of James B. Wallace and Martha Von Faust). James was the son of Ernest Forrest Wallace and Missouri Lelia Page. Martha was the daughter of Mont Clair Faust and Ethel Dement Von Berg/VonBerg. Ethel’s father, who was of Baltic German descent, was related to biologist Jakob Johann von Uexküll.

Dylan’s maternal grandfather was James Harry Maker (the son of James Verran Maker and Thelma Gertrude Coleman). Dylan’s grandfather James was born in Florida. Dylan’s great-grandfather James was the son of George Lucas Maker and Esther Kendall. Thelma was the daughter of Otis William Coleman and Ida Lee Harvey.

Dylan’s maternal grandmother is Carolyn Gwen Taylor (the daughter of Virgil Roy Taylor and Elva Roline Bourn/Bourne). Virgil was the son of Samuel Joseph Taylor and Mary Byrd. Elva was the daughter of James Richard Bourne and Minnie North.

Sources: Family histories of Dylan Minnette – https://www.hollywoodancestry.com

Dylan’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Robert Carroll Minnette, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Dylan’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Edward P. Hartz and Mary Jane Minto – https://www.familysearch.org

Family history of Dylan’s paternal grandmother, Ann Wallace – http://indianagenweb.com

Obituary of Dylan’s paternal great-grandmother, Martha Von Faust Wallace – http://www.commercial-news.com

Obituary of Dylan’s maternal grandfather, James Harry Maker – http://www.andersonpatterson.com

Dylan’s maternal great-grandfather, Virgil Roy Taylor, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

13 Responses

  1. aceqa says:

    okay so i submitted an article on this yesterday but like an idiot i didnt check if it already existed and it does so i’ll just paste what i had to here

    English, German, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, Swiss-German, Czech, Swedish, Dutch, Belgian, French, Italian, Spanish, distant Native American and Sephardi Jewish

    Italian – Venetian
    Spanish – Valencian
    Native American – Powhatan

    Notable people:
    Martha Von Faust’s maternal grandfather Henry Frederick Von Berg was of Baltic German descent from the areas of modern day Latvia and Estonia, and was related to Jakob Johann von Uexküll

    Richard Joseph Minnette was through his Venetian Italian ancestors related to Spanish-Jewish physician Joshua Lorki.


    • aceqa says:

      there were also Germans born in Gdańsk and Kaliningrad on I believe Richard Minnette’s side of the family as well as some British Barbadian descent. i can’t just copy the article here because i didn’t save it so i’m saying what i remember

    • follers says:

      How far back are/or who were the Czech, Swedish, Belgian, Italian, Spanish, Native American, and Sephardi Jewish ancestors? I tend to stop the count at 1/1024.

      • aceqa says:

        Czech – 1/32
        Native American – 1/4096
        Sephardi Jewish – 14th century so very far back the only reason I listed it was because it was a notable person

        the other four i don’t remember but i think it’s safe to assume they’re distant, it’s possible swedish is under 1/1024 so i’ll look at that once i’m home

      • aceqa says:

        also i’ll stop at 1/1024 for the future for the final ethnicity and tags from now on and if theres anything interesting further back ill just put it as a note if anything

  2. bablah says:

    >Minnette and Ruth Hazel Hartz).
    >Ruth was the daughter of Edward Hartz and Mary Minto.

    >Taylor and Elva Roline Bourn/Bourne).
    >Elva was the daughter of James Richard Bourne and Minnie North.

  3. DavynnBalinski says:

    He looks like he can be at least 75% African!

  4. guyinsf says:

    Minette not a French surname?

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