Melissa Joan Hart

Hart in 2013, photo by Joe Seer/

Place of Birth: Smithtown, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 18, 1976

Ethnicity: Irish, German, one quarter Slovenian, one eighth Ashkenazi Jewish, possibly other

Melissa Joan Hart is an American actress, producer, director, fashion designer, singer, and businessperson.

She is the daughter of Paula Hart, a producer and talent manager, and William Hart, a carpenter, shellfish purveyor, oyster hatchery worker, and entrepreneur. Among her siblings is actress Emily Hart. She grew up in Sayville, New York. Melissa is married to musician Mark Wilkerson, with whom she has three children.

Her father is of at least part Irish descent. Her mother is of one half Slovenian, one quarter Ashkenazi Jewish, and one quarter German, ancestry.

Melissa is a practicing Christian.

Melissa’s paternal grandmother was named Ethel.

Melissa’s maternal grandfather was Stanley John Voje (the son of Frank Voje and Angela Košak). Stanley was born in Pennsylvania, to Slovenian parents. Frank was born in Litija, the son of Frank Woje/Voje and Julia/Ana Štrus/Strusse. Angela was born in Jarše, Ljubljana, the daughter of Thomas/Tomaž Košak and Anna Pestotnik/Pertodnick.

Melissa’s maternal grandmother was Joan M. Laderwager (the daughter of Matthew Nathan Laderwager/Lederwarger and Elsie/Elizabeth Fieger/Feiger). Joan was born in New York. Matthew was born in Kiev, Russian Empire, to a Jewish family, and was the son of Hyman Lederwager, from Daschev, and of Braine/Bessie Segal/Siegel, whose family was from Radyvyliv, Rivne, Ukraine. Melissa’s great-grandmother Elsie was born in New York, the daughter of Otto Fieger/Feiger, who was German, from Hamburg, and of Lena/Magdalena Hebenstreit/Hebenstrait/Habenstein, who was born in New York, to German parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Melissa Joan Hart –

Obituary of Melissa’s maternal grandfather, Stanley John Voje –

Marriage record of Melissa’s great-grandparents, Frank Voje and Angela Košak –

Melissa’s maternal grandmother, Joan M. Laderwager, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Melissa’s maternal great-grandmother, Elsie/Elizabeth Fieger/Feiger, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Elsie/Elizabeth Fieger/Feiger on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Melissa’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Otto Fieger/Feiger and Lena/Magdalena Hebenstreit/Hebenstrait/Habenstein, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Death record of Melissa’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Otto Fieger/Feiger –

Death record of Melissa’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Lena/Magdalena (Hebenstreit/Hebenstrait/Habenstein) Fieger –

12 Responses

  1. markpo24 says:

    Hart is a common name in Ireland. It means descendant of Art which was a male first name.

  2. Nicholas says:

    I’m genuinely surprised to find out she has Ashkenazi and Slovenian background!

    I really though she was British, English or mostly English with MAYBE a small amount of Irish or something.

    I really like the fact she’s Slovenian as it’s not too far away from Greece and I’m Greek Cypriot.

    Also, I would like to know what kind of Ashkenazi background she has?

    • Nicholas says:

      Won’t let me edit my comment so I will just say that I just read her Jewish background is Russian and Ukrainian which is interesting.

      She’s a lot more Slavic than I thought!

    • andrew says:


      About the Slovenia-Greece connection, that is easily one of the weirdest comments I’ve read here. Let alone with Cyprus.

      It still does not beat the one who wrote “China is close to (or not far from) Africa”. I can’t forget it!.

  3. luckystar says:

    Hart is an English surname.

  4. madman says:

    Follers, any more information on her?

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