Natalia Dyer

Dyer in 2017, photo by DFree/www.bigstockphoto.com/

Birth Name: Natalia Danielle Dyer

Place of Birth: Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 13, 1995

Ethnicity: English, small amounts of Bohemian Czech, Finland-Swedish, and Ukrainian

Natalia Dyer is an American actress. She is known for her roles on the show Stranger Things, and in films including Don’t Let Me Go, After Darkness, and Things Heard & Seen.

Natalia’s paternal grandfather was David Patterson Dyer (the son of Gus/Gustavus Walker Dyer and Isabel Temple Shackford). David was born in Ridgetop, Tennessee. Gustavus was the son of Benjamin F. Dyer and Martha. Isabel was the daughter of Jos. W. Shackford.

Natalia’s paternal grandmother was named Emma Eloise Miles.

Natalia’s maternal grandfather was Charles Alfred Root III (the son of Charles A. Root, Jr. and Gertrude Carver). Natalia’s grandfather Charles was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. Natalia’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Charles Alfred Root, Sr. and Marjorie Gardner. Gertrude was the daughter of Ellicott Ross Carver and Marie Emory.

Natalia’s maternal grandmother was Carol Lee Dvorak (the daughter of Herbert Michael Dvorak and Margaret Theresa Danchuk/Danchek). Carol was born in Covington, Kentucky. Herbert was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Michael Dvorak, who was Bohemian Czech; and of Jeanette/Jeannette S. Peurala, who was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, to immigrants of Finnish and Finland-Swedish descent. Natalia’s great-grandmother Margaret was born in Erie County, Ohio, the daughter of Samuel/Sam Mitchell Danchuk, who was born in Volhynia, Russian Empire, and likely had Ukrainian ancestry; and of Ella K. Anthony/Antonick, who was born in Indiana, to a Russian-born father and a German-born mother. She was also likely of Ukrainian descent.

Sources: Obituary of Natalia’s paternal grandfather, David Patterson Dyer – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Natalia’s paternal great-grandparents, Gus/Gustavus Walker Dyer and Isabel Temple Shackford – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Natalia’s maternal grandfather, Charles Alfred Root III – https://www.tributearchive.com

Natalia’s maternal grandmother, Carol Lee Dvorak, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Natalia’s maternal great-grandfather, Herbert Michael Dvorak, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Herbert Michael Dvorak on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Natalia’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Jeanette/Jeannette S. Peurala – https://www.wikitree.com

Natalia’s maternal great-grandmother, Margaret Theresa Danchuk/Danchek, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Margaret Theresa Danchuk/Danchek on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

11 Responses

  1. jonasbsjr says:

    Interesting, surprising to see a southern with no traceble scots-irish ancestry, perhaps deep down in her paternal family theres another british isles ”ethnicity”, most likely scottish. I can also see the eastern european part in some of her traits but i cant see the nordic, especially since she is kinda short.

    • italiano90 says:

      That’s because not all nordics are tall…obviously. Danes are the tallest people in Scandinavia but I’ve also met seen men from that country who couldn’t grow past 5’5″.

  2. bablah says:

    https://www.tributearchive.com/obituaries/21102156/Charles-Alfred-Root-III/Nashville/Tennessee/Nashville-Funeral-and-Cremation

    Natalia’s maternal grandfather was Charles Alfred Root III (the son of Charles A. Root, Jr. and Gertrude Carver). Natalia’s grandfather Charles was born in North Carolina. Natalia’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Charles Alfred Root, Sr. and Marjorie Gardner. Gertrude was the daughter of Ellicott Ross Carver and Marie Emory.

  3. leojainen says:

    Her father appears to be named Allen Miles Dyer:
    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/33938322/natalia-danielle-dyer-birth-notice/
    He appears to be the son of this man:
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89N9-4CLP?i=1346&cc=2215693
    It mentions that David Patterson Dyer had a son named Allen Miles Dyer of Nashville, Tennessee (where Natalia was born).

  4. suburbanwinemom2020 says:

    She is 1/16th Czech,1/16th Finland-Swedish, 3/32ths Polish and 1/32th German.

    Dvorak (Dvořák) is a Czech (not Slovak) last name:
    https://forebears.io/surnames/dvorak
    https://forebears.io/surnames/dvo%C5%99%C3%A1k

    According to Carol’s obituary, she was born in Covington, Kentucky instead of Ohio.
    https://www.hamlettdobson.com/obituary/Carole-Root

    Natalia’s matrilineal line can be traced bac to her 5th great-grandmother, a woman named Theodora from Germany.

    Natalia’s maternal grandmother was named Carol Lee Dvorak (the daughter of Herbert Michael Dvorak and Margaret Theresa Danchek). Carol was born in Covington, Kentucky. Natalia’s great-grandfather Hebert was the son of Michael Dvorak and Jeanette S. Peurala and was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Michael was born in Bohemia and was Czech. Jeannette was born in Ashtabula, Ohio and was the daughter of Finland-Swedish immigrants. Natalia’s great-grandmother Margaret was the daughter of Samuel Mitchell Danchuk and Alexandra K. “Ella” Anthony/Authonick and was born in Erie County, Ohio. Samuel was born in Cherskaya, Pskov, Russia and was Polish. Ella was born in Indiana and was half Polish and half German.

    Sources:
    Genealogy of Jeanette S. Peurala (Natalia’s second great-grandmother): https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Peurala-8

    • madman says:

      I don’t think Jeanette Peurala was ethnically Swedish. I know the census says her parents spoke Swedish, but all the names and birthplaces in the genealogy speak against it. Based on it, I would say she was possibly three quarters Finnish and one quarter Finland-Swedish (from her paternal grandmother).

      Both of Margaret’s parents’ birth places are wrong. Samuel Mitchell Danchuk wasn’t born in Cherskaya, Russia. He was born in Volhynia (a region in modern-day Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus) which it says on the 1920 census. Ella Anthony wasn’t born in Dzierzno, Poland, but in Indiana, U.S.

      Interestingly, on the 1920 census, Samuel, his parents, and Ella’s parents, all have “Rus” written after their birth places. Normally I would see this as a clue that they were all Rusyn, but I’m not sure in this case; Volhynia for one thing doesn’t include any traditionally Rusyn areas. They could’ve also been Ukrainian, Belarusian, or something (or a mix).

      I haven’t seen any record where Ella’s name is Alexandra K. “Ella” Antoniak/Authonick/Anthony. I would just change it to Ella K. Anthony/Antonick. I’m also not sure about the parents that familysearch lists in their tree, especially her mother. I suspect they’ve mixed up two couples. Until something else is proven, I will assume Ella’s ancestry wasn’t partly German, but only Ukrainian or something. And if she had German ancestry, it’s definitely from Russia and not from Germany, as the text implies now.

      https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDP1-G3Y
      https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X43Q-YNY
      https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KW5W-YBK

      • bablah says:

        I think the Rus is just because it was part of Russia. Nothing more.

      • pug says:

        Her ancestors were probably “Swedish Finns”, a minority community that lives in Swedish speaking areas of Finland and are remnants of the Swedish colonization of Finland that lasted 600 years. My family is full of Swedish Finns, and although their birthplaces state Finland, they are indeed ethnically Swedish, and view themselves as distinct from the Finnish population.

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