Elena Delle Donne

NEW YORK-JAN 2: Delaware Blue Hens guard Elena Delle Donne (11)

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Place of Birth: Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 5, 1989

*Italian (father)
*English, distant German and Dutch (mother)

Elena Delle Donne is an American professional basketball player.

She is the daughter of Joanie and Ernest Delle Donne. Elena’s surname is Italian for “of the women.”

Elena has stated:

My father is 100% Italian and I’m half-Italian.

Elena’s paternal grandfather was Eugene A. Delle Donne (the son of Ernest Delle Donne and Rosalinda “Rose” Mira). Eugene’s parents were Italian, from Olevano Romano, near Rome. Helen’s parents were also Italian, from Abruzzo.

Elena’s paternal grandmother was Helen J. Calvarese (the daughter of Francis Calvarese and Josephine Di Menco).

Elena’s maternal grandfather was Daniel W. Sixbey (the son of George Lawton Sixbey and Helen Baker Hope). George was the son of Arthur Warren Sixbey and Mabel L. Helen was the daughter of Daniel Hope and Florence Olivia Baker.

Elena’s maternal grandmother was named Elizabeth Louise.

Sources: Marriage record of Elena’s paternal grandparents, Eugene A. Delle Donne and Helen J. Calvarese – https://familysearch.org

Elena’s paternal grandfather, Eugene A. Delle Donne, on 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Elena’s maternal grandfather, Daniel W. Sixbey, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Elena’s maternal grandfather, Daniel W. Sixbey – http://www.legacy.com

Marriage record of Elena’s maternal great-grandparents, George Lawton Sixbey and Helen Baker Hope – https://familysearch.org

Elena’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen Baker Hope, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org


Finnish-Italian guy,

2 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    George Lawton Sixbey was the son of Arthur Warren Sixbey and Mabel L.


    some/distant Dutch and German.

  2. bablah says:

    Grandfather’s obituary:

    Maternal grandparents were Daniel W. Sixbey and Elizabeth Louise.
    Daniel’s parents were George Sixbey and Helen B.Hope.

    Grandfather on a census:

    Great-grandparents’ marriage record:

    Probably Helen on a census:

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