Megalyn Echikunwoke

Echikunwoke in 2016, photo by vonora/

Place of Birth: Spokane, Washington, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 28, 1983

*father – Igbo Nigerian
*mother – English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German

Megalyn Echikunwoke is an American actress. She appeared in the series 24 and The 4400.

Her father, Onigwe Versato Echikunwoke, was Nigerian, of the Igbo tribe, and was said to be the son of a Nigerian tribal leader. The surname Echikunwoke means “leader of men.”

Her mother, Anita, is a white American, with English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and German ancestry. She is from an LDS (Mormon) family.

Megalyn’s maternal grandfather was Little Ornette/Ornett/Orette Tolman (the son of Little John Tolman and Laura Victoria Peeples). Megalyn’s grandfather Little was born in Star Valley, Wyoming. Megalyn’s great-grandfather Little John was the son of Cyrus Hewett Tolman and Margaret Eliza Utley. Laura was the daughter of William Calvin Peeples and Laura Grace Brown.

Megalyn’s maternal grandmother was Aletha Jane Smith (the daughter of Charles Lee Smith and Eva/Evangeline Elizabeth Haas). Aletha was born in Winner, South Dakota. Charles was the son of Ferdinand M. Smith and Mary Margaret Hayes.


Genealogies and obituaries of Megalyn’s maternal grandparents, Little Ornette/Ornett/Orette Tolman and Aletha Jane (Smith) Tolman –

Genealogies of Megalyn’s maternal grandparents, Little Ornette/Ornett/Orette Tolman and Aletha Jane Smith –

Obituary of Megalyn’s maternal grandmother, Aletha Jane (Smith) Tolman –


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13 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    5th cousin once removed of Christy Turlington, through Jacob Utley and Phoebe Sanders.

  2. fuzzybear44 says:

    In that site picture, she looks like she turning into a ghost. Is she trying to look more white?

  3. bablah says:

    I believe her mother is Anita Laurie Tolman. Her father was Onigwe Versato Echikunwoke, but his death record has him as Mark.

    If Anita really is her mother, then this is her grandfather:

  4. WTF says:

    she reminds me of a prettier version of halle berry. i first saw her on an episode of supernatural and i thought she was so gorgeous. mixed chicks are the baddest!

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