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Notable People of Orange County, California

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  • Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (1890 - 1968)
    Olympic Games Gold Medalist Athlete, Actor. An outstanding swimmer who later in his life popularized the sport of surfing, he participated in the 1912, 1920, 1924, 1928 and 1932 Summer Olympics Games a...
  • Mabel L. Pendleton (1898 - 1987)
    Residence : Civil District 9, Watterson, Hawkins, Tennessee, United States - 1900* Residence : Konawa, Seminole, Oklahoma, United States - 1910** Reference: FamilySearch Genealogy - SmartCopy : Feb 26 ...
  • Don José de Jesús Pico (1806 - 1892)
    From Wikizero : José de Jesús Pico (1806-1892), a member of the Pico family of California (a prominent Californio family), was the son of Jose Dolores Pico and Isabel Cota. He was born in Monterey in ...
  • Vernon Chester Heil (1895 - 1951)
  • Ashley Victoria Benson
    Ashley Victoria Benson (born December 18, 1989) is an American actress and model, known for her role as Hanna Marin on the mystery-thriller television series Pretty Little Liars. She has also portrayed...

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Mexican and Spaniard Pioneers

  • Don Juan Pablo Grijalva - original petitioner for Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana
  • José Antonio Yorba - awarded by the Spanish Empire the 63,414-acre (256.63 km2) Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana land grant. Covering some 15 Spanish leagues, Yorba's land comprised a significant portion of today's Orange County including where the cities of Olive, Orange, Villa Park, Santa Ana, Tustin, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach stand today.
  • John "Don Juan" Forster - born in England, became a Mexican citizen of early California and was one of the largest landowners in California. He lived in what is now Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.
  • Juan José de Sepulveda - Francisco Xavier Sepulveda (1742 – 1788) was a Mexican colonial soldier and patriarch of the prominent Spanish Mexican Sepulveda family in the early days of Las Californias and Alta California in present day Southern California, United States. Sepulveda's eldest son, Juan José Sepulveda (1764–1808), and his fifth son, Francisco Sepulveda (1775–1853), became progenitors of two distinguished branches of the family.
  • Don Jose de Jesus Pico (1806-1892), a member of the Pico family of California (a prominent Californio family), was the son of Jose Dolores Pico and Isabel Cota. He was born in Monterey in 1806. His brother, Antonio Maria Pico, was the grantee of Rancho Pescadero. Another brother was the bandit Salomon Pico. José de Jesús Pico was a soldier, and married Francisca Zaviera Trinidad Antonia Gabriela Villavicencio (b. 1813) in 1832. Originally part of the Mission San Miguel coastal grazing land, the eleven square league Rancho Piedra Blanca was granted to Pico in 1840. In 1841 Pico was appointed administrator of Mission San Miguel.

California's Only Pirate

  • Hippolyte de Bouchard - Raided San Juan Capistrano, taking food and ammunition as well as running amok.


  • Lewis Ainsworth - notable lumber businessman of Orange County
  • Charles Artz - former grocer in Tustin, CA. His former grocery store is a historic Tustin building, still in standing.
  • Jan Berry - part of music duo Jan & Dean who made popular "Surf City," what Huntington Beach is nicknamed.
  • Susanna Bryant (Bixby) - founded Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
  • George Freeth - brought surfing to the mainland by Henry Huntington; surfed at the opening of the first Huntington Beach Pier.
  • Erolinda Yorba (Cota) - one of the last survivors of the "Old Rancho Life" of SoCal. Lived on the Yorba ranch for many years before her death.