Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello

Manganiello in 2012, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Joseph Michael Manganiello

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 28, 1976

*50% Italian
*25% Dalmatian Croatian
*25% Armenian [possibly also German]

Joe Manganiello is an American actor, producer, director, author, and narrator. He is known for playing Alcide Herveaux on True Blood, and for his roles in the films Magic Mike, Sabotage, Archenemy, and, as Flash Thompson, in Spider-Man, among many other works.

Joe is the son of Susan and Charles Manganiello. His father’s family is Italian, from Naples, Campania and Siciliy. His mother is of half Croatian/Dalmatian and half Armenian descent. A picture of Joe with his parents can be seen here.

Joe is married to Colombian-born actress, comedian, and model Sofía Vergara. His stepson is internet personality Manolo González.

Joe’s paternal grandfather was named Emilio “John” Manganiello. Emilio was born in Pennsylvania, to a family from Avellino, Campania.

Joe’s paternal grandmother was Marie R. Bonanno (the daughter of Giuseppe/Joseph Bonanno and Rose Correnti). Marie was born in Connecticut, to Italian parents, from Messina, Sicily. Giuseppe was the son of Santo Bonanno and Carmela Aveni. Rose was the daughter of Carmelo Correnti and Maria Trifiletti.

Joe’s maternal grandfather was Nicholas Francis Joseph Brachanow (the son of Marks/Michael Bračanov/Brachanow and Kata/Kate/Catherine Jelovčić/Jelnick/Yarosa/Yelobchich). Nicholas was born in Massachusetts, to Dalmatian Croatian parents from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, likely Murter, Jezera. Marks was the son of Nikola Bračanov and Matija Baresin. Kata was the daughter of Jakov/Jack Jelovčić and Tonka/Anntonet Lovresko/Lovesko.

Joe’s maternal grandmother was Sirapi/Sondra Tatarian (born Tatouchian, the daughter of Rose/Tevris/Tarvez). Sondra was born in Istanbul, Turkey.

Joe has said, discussing his maternal great-grandmother:

…April 24 was a very special day because it is the centenary of the 1915 genocide (when the Turkish government deported and exterminated millions of Armenians). My great-grandmother escaped that same year when her entire family was murdered… [She swam] across the Euphrates River with her last baby on her back. But when she got across the river, she saw that the baby had drowned. She ended up living in a cave until some German soldiers found her and one of them got her pregnant. They went to Germany where she had an Armenian-German baby daughter. This was my grandmother. She lived on the streets of Constantinople for three years, until she gathered enough money to go to the United States, where she eventually married. That’s the story of my great-grandmother and grandmother.


Joe’s paternal grandmother, Marie R. Bonanno, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Joe’s maternal grandfather, Nicholas Francis Joseph Brachanow –

Joe’s maternal grandfather, Nicholas Francis Joseph Brachanow, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Joe’s maternal great-grandparents, Marks/Michael Bračanov/Brachanow and Kata/Kate/Catherine Jelovčić/Jelnick/Yarosa/Yelobchich –

Obituary of Joe’s maternal grandmother, Sirapi/Sondra (Tatarian) Brachanow –

Manganiello in 2010, Creative Commons License photo credit: Ronald Woan


Curious about ethnicity

74 Responses

  1. andrew says:


    Yes, that’s Jezera with any doubt. Thank you very much.

    That’s close to what I read actually, but Wikipedia results found Al-Jazeera lol.

    Btw how Brachanow family was listed as Slovene-speaker on 1920 U.S. Census?

  2. andrew says:

    Some interesting scanned documents:

    Kata/Catherine Jelovčić/Jelnick/Yarosa spelled as “Kate Yelobchich Elwitz”.

    Nicholas Francis Brachanow birth record lists his parents hometown in “Austria”:

    I couldn’t identify the town unfortunately

  3. andrew says:

    Interesting find.

    The mother tongue of all Brachanow family is Slovene and not Croatian, according to 1920 U.S. Census.

    If so, that family is Slovenian.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.