Birth Name: Evan Olav Næss
Place of Birth: Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Date of Birth: August 26, 1988
*German, Norwegian, distant Danish (father)
Evan Ross is an American actor and musician.
He is the son of German-born Norwegian mountaineer, businessperson, and shipping magnate Arne Næss, Jr. (Arne Ludvig Rudolf Næss) and American singer and actress Diana Ross. Among Evan’s paternal half-siblings is singer Leona Naess, and among his maternal half-siblings are actors Rhonda Ross Kendrick and Tracee Ellis Ross. Evan is married to singer and actress Ashlee Simpson, with whom he has a daughter.
His father, who was born in Munich, Germany, was of German, Norwegian, and distant Danish, descent. His mother is African-American. It is sometimes states that Diana Ross has Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been documented/verified.
Evan’s paternal grandfather was August Oskar German Raab. August was a German physician.
Evan’s paternal grandmother was Kirsten “Kiki” Dekke Næss (the daughter of Ragnar Eide Næss and Christine Dekke). Kirsten was Norwegian, and was born in Bergen, Bergen, Hordaland. She was the sister of businessperson Erling Dekke Næss and philosopher Arne Næss (Arne Dekke Eide Næss). Kirsten also had distant Danish ancestry. Ragnar was the son of Ludolf Johan Eide Næss and Aminda Caroline Bødker. Evan’s great-grandmother Christine was the daughter of Ananias Christopher Hansen Dekke and Rebecca/Rebekka Arloug/Arlaug Stoltz.
Evan’s maternal grandfather was Fred Earl Ross (the son of The Rev. William Edward “Ed” Ross and Ida D. J. W. Snead). Fred was born in West Virginia. William was born in Tennessee, the son of Frederick/Fred/Fredrick Ross and Hannah Varnell. Ida was born in Virginia.
Evan’s maternal grandmother was Ernestine Lillian Moten (the daughter of The Rev. M. William Moten and Isabella/Isabell/Bell Pruit/Pruitt Caldwell/Codwell Collins). Ernestine was born in Alabama. Evan’s great-grandfather The Rev. M. William was the son of Peter Moten. Isabella was the daughter of Hamp Caldwell and Cealia Jones.
Genealogy of Evan’s mother (at least partially incorrect) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Evan’s maternal great-grandparents, The Rev. William Edward “Ed” Ross and Ida D. J. W. Snead, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Evan’s maternal great-grandfather, The Rev. William Edward “Ed” Ross, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record of Evan’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Frederick/Fred/Fredrick Ross and Hannah Varnell – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Evan’s maternal grandmother, Ernestine Lillian (Moten) Ross – https://www.findagrave.com