Madison Pettis

Madison Pettis ethnicity

Pettis in 2015, picture by Prphotos

Birth Name: Madison Michelle Pettis

Place of Birth: Arlington, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 22, 1998

*father – African-American
*mother – Irish, French, Italian

Madison Pettis is an American actress and model. She is known for her roles in the films The Game Plan, Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts Out?, Seven Pounds, Free Style, The Search for Santa Paws, in voice-performance, in the Beverly Hills Chihuahua sequels; Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?, Do You Believe?, American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules, and He’s All That; and on the series Cory in the House and Life with Boys.

Her father is Afircan-American. Her mother has Irish, French, and Italian ancestry.

Madison’s paternal grandfather was James Adell Pettis (the son of Alexander Adell Pettus/Pettis, Jr. and Mary Bonner). James was born in Texas. Mary was the daughter of James Barnes.

Madison’s paternal grandmother was Shelvy Thomas (the daughter of The Rev. Essex Thomas and Georgia/Georgie Green). Shelvy was born in Texas. The Rev. Essex was the son of Silas Thomas and Mary Jane Prince. Georgia was the daughter of George Green and Eisie Hutchison.

Madison’s maternal grandfather is named Frederick P. Dallava (the son of Joseph Paul Dallava and Georgette M.). Joseph was the son of Domenico Dall’Ava and Rosina Tulpo, who were from Nogarole Vicentino, Veneto, Italy. Georgette likely had French ancestry.

Madison’s maternal grandmother is named Kathleen J. Gogan (the daughter of John Emmet Gogan). John was the son of Warren Harry Gogan and Sarah “Sadie” Farley, who were of Irish descent.

Pettis in 2009, picture by Featureflash /

Sources: Genealogies and obituaries of Madison’s paternal grandparents, James Adell Pettis and Shelvy Thomas –

Obituary of Madison’s paternal grandfather, James Adell Pettis –

Madison’s maternal great-grandfather, John Emmet Gogan, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Madison’s maternal great-grandfather, John Emmet Gogan –


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  1. izzybizzy says:

    She is extremely beautiful, girls who are part black put all other girls to shame. Mixed kids should encourage black and whites to stop race wars.

  2. mayra.santana says:

    She looks very Dominican or Brazilian. She could also pass for Moroccan. Very pretty. From what I know her father is not mixed race, he is fully black. Her mother is Irish and Italian. Shes definitely an even mixture of both.

  3. bablah says:

    Joseph Paul Dallava was the son of Domenico Dall’Ava and Rosina Tulpo from Nogarole Vicentino, Veneto.

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