Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

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

Date of Birth: May 14, 1989

Ethnicity: Polish, some German and Swedish, possibly other

Rob Gronkowski is an American football player. He is the son of Diane (re-marrage surname Walters) and Gordon Gronkowski.

His father is of three quarters Polish descent.

Rob’s paternal grandfather is Ignatius Thomas Gronkowski (the son of Ignatius J. “Iggy” Gronkowski and Helen Majshak/Majchrzak). Rob’s great-grandfather Ignatius was an Olympic cyclist, whose parents, Franciszek Gronkowski and Mary Bayger, were Polish. Helen was also of Polish origin, the daughter of Ludwig Majchrzak and Catharina Kasior.

Rob’s paternal grandmother was Irene L. Popiela/Papiela (the daughter of Stanislaus/Stanley Popiela/Papiela and Clara G. Anderson). Stanislaus was born in New York, the son of Polish parents, Michael/Michal Popiela and Josephine Nowak. Clara was the daughter of Charles F. Anderson, who was of Swedish origin, and of Elizabeth, who was German.

Sources: Genealogy of Rob Gronkowski (focusing on his father’s side) –

Rob’s paternal great-grandfather, Stanislaus/Stanley Popiela/Papiela, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Rob’s paternal great-grandmother, Clara G. Anderson, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Clara G. Anderson on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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5 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    His paternal grandparents were Ignatius T. Gronkowski and Irene L.

    • follers says:

      Thank you. That helps fill out his background.

      • bablah says:

        Follers, did you receive my submision for Danielle Savre? I noticed that the other submisions I posted that day have been published, but not that one.

        • follers says:

          No submission for Savre was received.

          • bablah says:

            Damn, I now wish I saved it to my computer. I’ll go digging for links in browser history.
            I did save links for Sam Querrey, but I haven’t wrote it out yet. I was hoping to find out more about his Pinto line. They were Jews from Germany, but their last name is Sephardic. I don’t know much about Sephardim in Germany.

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