Tom DeLonge

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DeLonge in 2012, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Thomas Matthew Delonge

Place of Birth: Poway, San Diego, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 13, 1975

Ethnicity: German, one quarter Mexican, English

Tom DeLonge is an American musician, singer, songwriter, author, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He is the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Angels & Airwaves, and was previously the guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the pop punk band Blink-182. Blink-182’s members also include/have included Travis Barker, Mark Hoppus, and Matt Skiba.

Tom is the son of Constance and Thomas DeLonge, an oil company executive. He is married to entrepreneur Jennifer DeLonge, with whom he has two children.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was Robert E. DeLong/DeLonge (the son of Walter G. DeLong and Rosa Alavester Shoemaker). Robert was born in Pennsylvania. Walter was the son of Elias DeLong and Catharine. Rosa was the daughter of Joshua Shoemaker and Mary.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Theda Frances Lyon (the daughter of James Harrison/Harry Lyon and Nora B. Conkle). Theda was born in Nebraska.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was Richard Joseph Lovell (the son of Joseph Snively Lovell and Hazel Catherine Benchoff). Richard Joseph was born in Pennsylvania. Joseph was the son of Joseph E. Lovell and Sarah/Sadie Catherine Spangler. Hazel was the daughter of Samuel Harrison Benchoff and Clara/Cora Idella Baker.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Manuela B. “Nellie” Atayde (the daughter of Rodolfo/Rudolpho Atayde and Concepcion/Conception Porras). Manuela was born in California, to Mexican parents. Rodolfo’s parents’ surnames were Atayde and Silerio. Concepcion’s parents’ surnames were Porras and Rey.

Sources: Information about some of Tom’s ancestors –

Obituary of Tom’s father –

8 Responses

  1. Thenabster says:

    Where does the name Benchoff come from? Further research please

  2. Thenabster says:

    He’s Mexican?!

  3. madman says:

    Seems like his paternal grandparents were actually Robert E. DeLonge and Theda.

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