Birth Name: Leati Joseph Anoa’i
Place of Birth: Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
Date of Birth: May 25, 1985
*father – Samoan, as well as one sixteenth English
*mother – English, Italian/Sicilian
Roman Reigns is an American professional wrestler, actor, and professional gridiron football player. He is also known as Leakee and Roman Leakee.
Roman is a member of the Anoa’i family of professional wrestlers. His father, Sika Anoa’i, is a Samoan professional wrestler, born in Leone, American Samoa. His brother, Rosey (Matthew Anoa’i), his uncle, Afa Anoa’i, and his cousins, Yokozuna, Rikishi, Umaga, and The Tonga Kid, and first cousins, once removed, The Usos, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso, were/are also professional wrestlers. His Samoan family comes from Tutuila Island, American Samoa.
Roman is married to Galina Becker, with whom he has five children.
Roman’s paternal grandfather was Amituana’i Anoa’i, also known as The Rev. Anoa’i Amituana’i (the son of Ifopo F. Amituana’i and Puaaelo Faagata). The Rev. Anoa’i was born in Fagaalo, Mauputasi, American Samoa. He was a pastor in the village of Utulei before moving to San Francisco. Ifopo was the adoptive father of professional wrestler Peter Maivia, who is himself the adoptive grandfather of professional wrestler and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Roman’s paternal grandmother was Tovaleomanaia “Tovale” Florence Leoso Ripley (the daughter of Edward Fepulea’i Leoso “Ned” Ripley, aka Ned Ripley, Jr., and of Tagi’ilima “Tagi” Tisa Li’o). Tovaleomanaia was from Leone, Tutuila, American Samoa. Ned was the son of Edward Leoso “Ned” Ripley II and Saitaua/Saitava “Sa” Fepulea’i Papu. Roman’s great-great-grandfather Ned’s own father, Edward V. P. “Ned” Ripley, was an American from Boston, Massachusetts, and was a secretary to the governor of Tutuila. He was of Colonial American (English) descent. Roman’s great-grandmother Tagi’ilima was the daughter of Tisa Fulu’ena Li’o and Fiapa’ipa’i Taeleifi.
Roman’s maternal grandfather was Argie Lee Hooker (the son of Dean Stanley Hooker and Mary Josephine Hollingsworth). Argie was born in Oklahoma. Dean was the son of William Penn Hooker and Elizabeth. Mary was the daughter of Jesse Watson Hollingsworth and Nancy Isabella Moore.
Roman’s maternal grandmother was Josephine Theresa Bagesse (the daughter of Carlo Bagesse and Genevieve Annette Albanese). Josephine was born in Louisiana. Carlo was born in Salaparuta, Trapani, Sicily, the son of Francesco Baggese and Giuseppa Calamia. Genevieve was also born in Italy, the daughter of Joseph Albanese and Rosa Girratano. She is said to have been of Arbëreshë descent. It is not clear if this is accurate.
Genealogy of Roman Reigns (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Roman’s paternal grandmother, Tovaleomanaia “Tovale” Florence Leoso Ripley, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Roman’s maternal grandfather, Argie Lee Hooker – https://www.findagrave.com
His great grandmother Genevieve is said to be of Albanian/Arbereshe descent. The name Albanese is common among arbereshes
None of the references Wikipedia uses actually mentions his ancestor Genevieve Annette Albanese being Arbëreshë. Arbëreshë origins seems to attributed to a lot of people without a source.
There is an Albanian dude, or more, who love to edit Wikipedia claiming as Arbëreshë anyone having “Albanese” surname (among other various claiming, from DeNiro to Bullock), as the current Australian PM.
The surname Albanese can mean either “Albanian” or “from Albano” (various towns in Italy), but does not imply recent Arbëreshë ancestry in general.
His paternal grandfather was Amituana’i Anoa’i (aka Rev. Anoa’i Amituana’i) from Fagotago, American Samoa. He was a pastor in the village of Utulei before moving to San Francisco. He was the son of Ifopo F. Amituana’i and Puaaelo Faagata.
His paternal grandmother was Tovaleomanaia (Tovale) Florence Leoso Ripley from Leone, Tutuila, American Samoa. She was daughter of Edward Fepulea’i (Ned) Leoso Ripley (aka Ned Ripley, Jr) and Tagi’ilima (Tagi) Tisa Li’o (daughter of Tisa Fulu’ena Li’o and Fiapa’ipa’i Taeleifi)
Ned Ripley, Jr was the son of Edward (Ned) Leoso Ripley II and Saitaua/Saitava (Sa) Fepulea’i Papu. Edward (Ned) Leoso Ripley II was the son of Edward (Ned) V. P. Ripley and Selai Avalogo.
Edward (Ned) V. P. Ripley was an American from Boston, Massachusetts. He was a secretary to the governor of Tutuila.
This makes his father 1/16th colonial American.
Tovale Ripley and her parents on the 1930 census:
Marriage of Ned and Sa Ripley: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:ZDJQ-1XPZ
His Samoan family comes from Tutuila Island, American Samoa. His mother is named Patricia A. Hooker. If she’s Italian then she’s likely also part English considering her maiden name Hooker.
Roman’s maternal grandmother was named Josephine Theresa Bagesse (the daughter of Carlo Bagesse and Genevieve Annette Albanese). Josephine was born in Louisiana, and had Italian ancestry. Carlo was born in Salaparuta, Trapani, Sicily, to Francesco Baggese and Giuseppa Calamia. Genevieve was born in Italy, to Joseph Albanese and Rosa Girratano.
He’s hot. Kinda gives off Jason Momoa vibes also.