Birth Name: Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
Place of Birth: Syracuse, New York, USA
Date of Birth: July 3, 1962
Tom Cruise is an American actor and filmmaker.
Tom is the son of Mary Lee (Pfeiffer) and Thomas Cruise Mapother. Tom’s father was of one quarter Irish, one quarter English, and one half German ancestry. Tom’s mother was of three eighths German and five eighths Irish ancestry. All four of Tom’s grandparents were born in Kentucky, as were all eight of Tom’s great-grandparents. The English line of Tom’s ancestry goes back to Colonial American times.
He has been married to actresses Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes. Among his children is actor Connor Cruise. His cousin is actor William Maphoter.
Tom was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1990.
Tom’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Cruise Mapother II (the son of Thomas O’Mara, whose name was later changed to Thomas Cruise Mapother, and of Anna Stewart Bateman). Tom’s great-grandfather Thomas O’Mara’s parents, Thomas O’Mara and Mary Paulina Cruise, were both of Irish descent. Tom’s great-grandmother Anna’s parents, Thomas J. Bateman and Elvira Eva Tompkins, were of English descent.
Tom’s great-great-grandmother, Mary Cruise, married twice. Her first husband was Dillon Henry Mapother, by whom she had six children. After Dillon’s death, she remarried to Thomas O’Mara. Their son, who was born as Thomas O’Mara, was listed under that name in the 1880 Census. His name was later changed to Thomas Cruise Mapother. The reason(s) for him changing his name are not clear.
Tom’s paternal grandmother was Catherine Louise Reibert (the daughter of William Reibert and Charlotte Louise Voelker). William and Charlotte were both of German descent. William was the son of Adam Reibert and Francisca Boesser. Charlotte was the daughter of John Voelker and Louisa Steadle.
Tom’s maternal grandfather was Charles Conrad Pfeiffer (the son of Lee Norbert Pfeiffer and Anna M. Shea). Lee was the son of Charles Conrad Pfeiffer, who was of German descent, and of Mary Roselle Hawkins, who was of Irish ancestry. Tom’s great-grandmother Anna Shea’s parents were Irish immigrants, and her own mother’s name was Mary.
Tom’s maternal grandmother was Comala R. Ramser (the daughter of Joseph Charles Ramser and Susan A. Mackey). Joseph was the son of George Ramser, a German immigrant, from Elsass, and of Catherine Merkel, who was of German descent. Susan was the daughter of Gerald Jeremiah Mackey, an Irish immigrant, and of Bridget Quinn, who was of Irish ancestry.
Sources: Genealogy of Tom Cruise –
Genealogy of Tom Cruise (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Tom’s father – http://www.findagrave.com
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