People are Googling "Is Mike Pompeo related to Ellen Pompeo," and allow us to clear things up

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This past week, President Donald Trump made some huge decisions regarding his administration. Namely, he fired his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA director and former Tea Party congressman Mike Pompeo.

The decision has brought up a lot of questions, many of which are valid… and one of which is totally random. As in, people are Googling, “Is Mike Pompeo related to Ellen Pompeo?” That’s right.  Ellen Pompeo, star of Grey’s Anatomy.

Twitter is incredibly interested at the moment:

Some are even “confusing” the two:

Of course, we can see why people might wonder; they share the same, not super common, last name. So, is Mike Pompeo related to Ellen Pompeo?

A quick search of our own revealed no concrete connection (though it’s of course always possible that they share a distant cousin or something, though we have no way of knowing for sure). According to, Pompeo is about the 33,000 most popular name in the U.S…meaning it’s not actually popular at all. So again, the distant cousin theory isn’t crazy, just totally unconfirmed.

If these two are related, it might come out some day. For now, we’re just going to go ahead and chalk this one up to coincident.

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