Birth Name: Dylan Thomas Sprouse
Place of Birth: Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy
Date of Birth: 4 August, 1992
Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German, about one eighth Danish, remote Polish
Dylan Sprouse is an American actor. He is the identical twin brother of actor Cole Sprouse, and is 15 minutes younger. He began his career at the age of six months, then usually acting with his brother. The two featured together in the films Big Daddy, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Just for Kicks, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, and Adventures in Appletown, and the series Grace Under Fire and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody/on Deck. Beginning in his twenties, Dylan has acted solo, particularly in the films Dismissed, Banana Split, After We Collided, The Curse of Turandot, Tyger Tyger, and Beautiful Disaster.
Dylan was born in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy, to American parents, Melanie and Matthew Sprouse, who were teaching there at the time. His parents moved back to their native California four months after Dylan and Cole were born. Dylan was raised in Long Beach. He is named after poet Dylan Thomas.
Dylan’s ancestry includes English, Scottish, Danish, and German.
Dylan’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.
Dylan’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.
Dylan’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.
Dylan’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.
Dylan’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.
Sources: Genealogy of Dylan’s paternal grandfather, Michael Theodore Sprouse (focusing on his own mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Obituary of Dylan’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Johanna Alfreda Bernhardine (Johansen) Sybrowsky – http://www.findagrave.com
Dylan’s maternal great-grandfather, Obed Wright, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Dylan’s matrilineal great-grandmother, Maxine Pearl (Rose) Booth – http://www.legacy.com
Marriage record of Dylan’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Carl Wellington Rose and Myrtle Sabria Tucker – https://www.familysearch.org
The Szybrowski line is most likely ethnic Polish