Birth Name: Milo Anthony Ventimiglia
Place of Birth: Anaheim, Orange, California, United States
Date of Birth: July 8, 1977
*father – Italian/Sicilian
*mother – English, Scottish
Milo Ventimiglia is an American actor, director, and producer. He is known for his roles as Peter Petrelli on Heroes, Jack Pearson on This Is Us, and Jess Mariano on Gilmore Girls, as well as in the films Rocky Balboa, Armored, That’s My Boy, and The Art of Racing in the Rain.
Milo’s father, Peter Ventimiglia, is of Italian/Sicilian descent. Milo’s mother, Carol Lynn (Wilson), has English and Scottish ancestry. Milo’s maternal grandfather was from a family from the American South, while Milo’s maternal grandmother was from a family of recent emigrants from Canada, and England and Scotland before then. Milo is married to model Jarah Mariano.
Miloa has said:
…my family is Italian English Irish Scottish French and Native American…
Milo’s mother is specifically said to have Cherokee Native American and Blackfoot Native American ancestry. She is also said to have Indian (from the country, India) roots. It is not clear if these lineages have been verified/documented. All of Milo’s maternal grandparents and great-grandparents are listed as “White” on United States Censuses. It is also not clear which of Milo’s ancestors were Irish and/or French.
Milo’s paternal grandfather was John Anthony Ventimiglia (the son of Pietro/Peter Ventimiglia and Dorotea/Dorothy Corriere/Corrier). John was born in Illinois, to Italian parents. Pietro was from Alimena, Province of Palermo, Sicily, Italy, and was the son of Gaetano Ventimiglia and Calogera Militano. Dorotea was from Termini Imerese, also in Palermo, and was the daughter of Giovanni Curreri and Vincenza La Stella. The word Ventimiglia, meaning “twenty miles”, comes from the town of Ventimiglia, in Liguria, Italy, which later gave its name to another city, Ventimiglia di Sicilia. Ventimiglia is also a noble family.
Milo’s maternal grandfather was Anthie/Anthony “Tony” Wilson, Jr. (the son of Anthie Wilson and Sudie Mae Morris). Milo’s grandfather Tony was born in Oklahoma. Milo’s great-grandfather Anthie was the son of John Wesley/West Wilson and Zora Elima West. Sudie was the daughter of Charles Morris and Eddie.
Milo’s maternal grandmother was Frances Emily Maynard (the daughter of Leslie Philip/Phillip Maynard and Janet Emily Lamont). Frances was born in Kinistino, Saskatchewan, Canada, to American-born parents, from Michigan. Leslie was the son of John/James Henry Maynard and Jane F. Keaton. Milo’s great-grandmother Janet Lamont was born in Michigan, to Canadian parents, from Ontario, William Keith Lamont, whose parents were Scottish, with roots in Argyll and Bute; and Jane A. Marshall, whose father was Scottish.
Sources: Genealogy of Milo Ventimiglia – https://www.geni.com
Milo’s paternal grandfather, John Anthony Ventimiglia, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Milo’s maternal grandfather, Anthie/Anthony “Tony” Wilson, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Milo’s maternal grandmother, Frances Emily Maynard, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Milo’s maternal great-grandfather, Leslie Philip/Phillip Maynard (focusing on his own mother’s side) – https://www.findagrave.com
Milo’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Jane F. Keaton, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Milo’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandparents, Philip H. Phillips and Hannah Frazier, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org