Jesse Wellens

Birth Name: Jesse Michael Wellens

Date of Birth: September 25, 1982

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*maternal grandfather – English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish
*maternal grandmother – Croatian

Jesse Wellens is an American Internet personality. He is a member of duo PrankvsPrank, with Jeana Smith.

A DNA test whose results Jesse displayed on his Twitter feed stated that his genetic ancestry is:

*47.9% Ashkenazi Jewish
*12.3% Broadly European
*10.3% Eastern European [Belarus]
*7.9% Broadly Northwestern European
*6.4% Balkan [Croatia]
*6.3% French & German [Netherlands]
*4.4% Broadly Southern European
*3.7% British & Irish [United Kingdom]
*0.2% Sub-Saharan African

Jesse’s paternal grandfather was Louis Wellens (the son of Abraham Welensky and Esther Ochmin). Louis was born in Pennsylvania, to Russian Jewish parents. Esther was the daughter of Isaac Ochmin and Sarah Reva.

Jesse’s paternal grandmother was Lea Sarah Pinsk (the daughter of Chaim Pinsk and Riva/Reva Kosofsky). Lea was born in Pennsylvania, to Russian Jewish parents. Chaim was the son of Carl Pinsk and Hinda. Riva was the daughter of Shlama Kosofsky and Pesha Devorah Hytovitch.

Jesse’s maternal grandfather was Homer Lee Hayes (the son of Jesse Hays and Almarinda “Alma” Nash). Homer was of English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Scottish descent. Jesse’s great-grandfather Jesse was the son of John Hays and Hattie Ella Denton. Almarinda was the daughter of Charles Smith Nash and Elizabeth Parker.

Jesse’s maternal grandmother was named Carmela Stepančić. Carmela was a Croatian emigrant, from Pula.

Sources: Marriage record of Jesse’s parents –

Genealogy of Jesse Wellens (focusing on his father’s side) –

Obituary of Jesse’s maternal grandmother, Carmela (Stepančić) Hayes –

8 Responses

  1. Manila says:

    He posted his DNA makeup via 23andMe:

    99.2% European
    * 47.9% Ashkenazi Jewish
    * 10.3% Eastern European (Belarus)
    * 6.4% Balkan (Croatia)
    * 6.3% French & German (Netherlands)
    * 3.7% British & Irish (United Kingdom)
    * 7.9% Broadly Northwestern European
    * 4.4% Broadly Southern European
    * 12.3% Broadly European
    0.2% Sub-Saharan African

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