Birth Name: April Harper Grey

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 21, 2000

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Filipino [Pangasinan]

underscores is an American singer and songwriter. She has released two albums, “Fishmonger” and “Wallsocket.” She is also known as Milkfish.

Her father is musician and audio engineer Ryan Downe. underscores is a trans woman.

underscores’ paternal grandfather was Merrill Karpf (the son of Stuart Jerome Karpf and Mary Rosenfeld). Stuart was born in Bronx, New York, and was a film editor. He was of German Jewish descent, the son of Jacob Jerome Karpf, whose parents were from Baden and Bavaria, respectively; and of Ada Gampel. Mary was born to Abraham Rosenfeld and Dina Hausman, Jewish parents from Rzeszów, Poland and Bardejov, Slovakia, respectively.

underscores’ paternal grandmother was Susan Geffen (the daughter of Harold David Geffen and Elaine Lenore Goldberg). Susan was from a Jewish family. Harold was born in Los Angeles, the son of Louis Geffen and Sophia Singer, who were from Ukmergė, Lithuania and Russia, respectively. Elaine was in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Edward Goldberg and Elizabeth Weston; her family was from Ukraine and Germany.

underscores’ maternal grandfather was Demetrio Untalan Guarin (the son of Jose Guarin and Adriana Untalan). Demetrio was born in Dagupan, Pangasinan, Philippines, and was in the U.S. Navy.

underscores’ maternal grandmother was Eileen/Elpedia deVera (the daughter of Eugenio deVera and Priscilla Layno). Eileen was born in Calasio, Pangasinan, Philippines.

Sources: Genealogies of underscores’ paternal great-grandparents, Stuart Jerome Karpf and Mary Rosenfeld – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogies of underscores’ paternal great-grandparents, Harold David Geffen and Elaine Lenore Goldberg – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of underscores’ maternal grandfather, Demetrio Untalan Guarin – https://www.legacy.com

Obituary of underscores’ maternal grandmother, Eileen/Elpedia (deVera) Guarin – https://www.dignitymemorial.com

1 Response

  1. suburbanwinemom2020 says:

    Add Pangasinan to the mother’s ethnicity.

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