Jillian Michaels

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Birth Name: Jillian L. McKarus

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 18, 1974

*father – Lebanese
*maternal grandfather – Italian/Sicilian
*maternal grandmother – Ashkenazi Jewish

Jillian Michaels is an American fitness expert, certified nutritionist, businessperson, media personality, and author. She starred on the reality show Just Jillian.

She was raised in Tarzana, Los Angeles. Jillian is married to fashion designer Deshanna Marie Minuto. She has two children with her former fiancée Heidi Rhoades.

Jillian’s paternal grandfather was Roger Essa McKarus/Makarus (the son of Essa McKarus/Makarus and Ruth/Radih Jamba/Jammara). Roger was born in Kfeir, Lebanon. Jillian’s great-grandfather Essa was the son of Rustom Makarios Ghiz/Al-Ghuzz and Anna Shames. Ruth was the daughter of Michael Jamra and Assaba.

Jillian’s paternal grandmother was Nellie Eva Courey/Coury (the daughter of Naijeeb/Najib/Najeeb/Najeb Courey and Elizabeth Ruth/Ratha/Rathar Saba). Nellie was born in Michigan, to Lebanese parents, with roots in Kfeir, Hasbaya, who lived in Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia. Naijeeb was the son of Daoud/Job Courey and Sayouda/Sadie Fakourey. Rathar was the daughter of George Saba and Derbah Mansoor.

Jillian’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Saldi (the son of Michael Saldi and Raffaella/Raffaele Iacino). Joseph was the son of Italian parents. Michael was the son of Francesco/Frank Paolo Saldi, who was born in Grotte, Agrigento, Sicily, and of Nellie.

Jillian’s maternal grandmother was Regina Maltson (the daughter of Casper Maltson and Minnie Landkron). Regina was born in Salford, Greater Manchester, England, to a Russian Jewish father and an Austrian Jewish mother. Minnie was the daughter of Samuel Landkron and Rosie Dolk.

Sources: Genealogy of Jillian Michaels – http://www.geni.com

Marriage record of Jillian’s paternal grandparents, Roger Essa McKarus/Makarus and Nellie Eva Courey/Coury – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Jillian’s paternal great-grandparents, Naijeeb/Najib/Najeeb/Najeb Courey and Elizabeth Ruth/Ratha/Rathar Saba – https://www.familysearch.org

9 Responses

  1. Johnsonades says:

    Najeeb Courey was a resident of Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia when he married Elizabeth Ruth Saba in 1912 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XDLR-JDH

    The Coureys/Courys from Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia were also from Kfeir, Hasbaya in Lebanon as can been seen in the death acts of Najeeb¨s cousins Nicholas Courey and Mary Courey who were also residents of Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia


  2. Johnsonades says:

    In the marriage certificate of her grandmother Nellie Courey, her great grandmother Elizabeth Ruth Saba appears giving consent of her marriage to Roger McKarus as Elizabeth Brabhan since her husband Najeeb Courey had died in 1918-1919. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2Q48-C2G

    In her death certificate of 1965 it says her greatgrandmother Elizabeth Ruth Saba Brabhan was born in Lebanon. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:ZHZD-SXPZ

    Possible death certificate of Najeeb Courey from 1919 in Ohio https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VK5W-DCP

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