Ian Verdun

Verdun in 2018, photo by Prphotos.com

Birth Name: Ian McShane Verdun

Place of Birth: Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 22, 1985

Ethnicity: Louisiana Creole [African, French], African-American, as well as remote Italian and German, possibly other

Ian Verdun is an American actor.

Ian’s paternal grandfather was named Ruben Washington.

Ian’s paternal grandmother was named Vera.

Ian’s maternal grandfather is James Camille/Camillie Verdun (the son of Joseph Verdun and Elvina/Elvena/Elvira Gadney/Gradney). James was born in Texas. Joseph was born in Louisiana, the son of Camille/Camile Verdun and Mary Boutte. Elvina was born in Louisiana, the daughter of Louis Meo/”Mayo” Gradenigo/Gradney and Rosa Fontenot.

Ian’s maternal grandmother is Barbara Joe Hebert (the daughter of Cojo Hebert and Genevieve Doll). Barbara was born in Louisiana.

Source: Obituary of Ian’s father – http://www.legacy.com

4 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Genealogy of Ian’s maternal great-grandfather, Elvina/Elvena/Elvira Gadney/Gradney (through her brother) – https://www.geni.com/people/James-Gradney/6000000001247208027?through=6000000001247210864

    Thus Ian has also distant Italian/Venetian (1/256 if I’m right) and German (1/512) ancestry, from Rhineland-Palatinate. And African-American: http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Chavis_family.htm

    His “Gradney” line traces back to a member of one of the most prominent Venetian families: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gradenigo.
    Three members of the Gradenigo family served as Doges (“dukes”) of Venice in the 13th and 14th centuries

    Infos here: http://www.mylhcv.com/creoles-aristocratic-origins/

  2. andrew says:


    Genealogy of Ian’s maternal grandfather, James Camille Verdun – https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/186564044/james-camille-verdun

  3. bablah says:

    I don’t think his father is European. I think his father is African-American. At least the man in the obituary is.

    His parents were Ruben Washington and Vera.


    Possibly Vera:

    • andrew says:

      I think his father may be white. I saw his mum, aunt and grandma on Instagram and they all have black hair, eyes and brown skin, so I wonder where his light features and pigmentation come from.

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