Megyn Kelly

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Birth Name: Megyn Marie Kelly

Place of Birth: Champaign, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 18, 1970

*50% Irish
*25% Italian
*25% mix of German and Czech

Megyn Kelly is an American journalist, political commentator, and corporate defense attorney. She was the host of the shows The Kelly File from 2013 to 2017, and Megyn Kelly Today from 2017 to 2018.

She is married to novelist and entrepreneur Douglas Brunt, with whom she has three children.

Megyn’s paternal grandfather was Edward J. Kelly (the son of Edward Francis Kelly and Hannah Barrett).

Megyn’s paternal grandmother was Elinor R. Tonry (the daughter of Alfred J. Tonry and Theresa McGuigan). Alfred was born in New York, the son of Robert H. Tonry, who was born in Ireland, and of Mary Ann Murphy.

Megyn’s maternal grandfather was Angelo Anthony DeMaio (son of Luigi DeMaio and Maria Teresa/Theresa Abate). Angelo was born in Calitri, Province of Avellino, Campania, Italy. Luigi was the son of Leonardo Antonio DiMaio and Giovanna Cialeo. Maria Teresa was the daughter of Angelo Abate and Maria Gesu Cerreta.

Megyn’s maternal grandmother was Frances Antoinette Holzworth (daughter of Edward Holzwarth and Lillian Christine Switz). Frances was born in New Jersey. Edward was born in New York, to German parents, Jacob Holzwarth and Dorothea Kern, from Miltenberg and Raunheim, respectively. Lillian was born in New Jersey, the daughter of Joseph Switz and Antonia Lankash/Lockland, who were from Prague, Czechoslovakia.


Genealogy of Megyn Kelly (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Megyn’s maternal grandmother, Frances Antoinette Holzworth, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Megyn’s maternal great-grandmother, Lillian Christine Switz, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

7 Responses

  1. jackson9 says:

    Paternal grandfather Edward J. Kelly (1910-1989) was the son of Edward Francis Kelly and Hannah (Barrett) Kelly. Paternal grandmother Elinor R. Tonry was the daughter of Alfred J. Tonry (1883-1964) and Theresa Mc Guigan (1895). Alfred was born in Brooklyn to Robert H. Tonry and Mary Ann Murphy. Robert was an Irish immigrant to Brooklyn, NY. It appears that Megyn Kelly’s fathers side is or at least is close to 100% Irish.

  2. madman says:

    Italian (maternal grandfather), Irish, German, Czech


    *Irish, possibly other (father)
    *Italian (maternal grandfather)
    *German, Czech (maternal grandmother)

  3. madman says:

    Joseph Switz and Antonia Lankash were from Prague, Czechoslovakia.

  4. andrew says:

    correction: Calitri, Province of Avellino, Campania, Italy.

  5. andrew says:

    Parents names: Edward Kelly and Linda R. DeMaio

    maternal grandparents: Angelo DeMaio (son of Luigi DeMaio and Maria T. Abate) and Antoinette Holzwarth (daughter of Edward Holzwarth and Lillian C. Switz)

    so her ancestry is

    Irish, possible other (father)
    Italian (maternal granfather)
    German, Austrian (maternal grandmother)

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