Blake Lively

by ethnic on January 23, 2015

Birth Name: Blake Ellender Brown

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 25, 1987

Ethnicity: English, smaller amounts of Scottish, German, and Welsh

Blake Lively is an American actress, model, and homemaking expert. She is known for starring in the TV series Gossip Girl, as Serena van der Woodsen.

Blake is the daughter of actor Ernest Lively (born Ernest Wilson Brown, Jr.) and acting teacher Elaine Lively (born Willie Elain McAlpin). “Lively” is the surname of her mother’s previous husband, Ronnie Lively. Among Blake’s siblings is actor Jason Lively (Ronald Jason Lively), who is her half-brother. Blake is married to Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds.

Blake has English, with a smaller amount of Scottish, German, and Welsh, ancestry.

Blake’s L’Oréal commercial describes her ancestry as being partially Cherokee (Native American). It is not clear if this Cherokee Native American ancestry has been verified/documented. No Cherokee Native Americans appear among Blake’s recent ancestors.

Blake’s paternal grandfather was Ernest Wilson Brown, Sr. (the son of Harry Thomas Brown and Sister Tiny/Tina Clark). Sister was the daughter of James Granville Clark and Lucy Nicely.

Blake’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice Gray/Grey Walton (the daughter of Eric Ivan Walton and Myrtle Ellen Rigsby). Eric was the son of John Henry Walton and Phoebe Luemma Gumm. Myrtle was the daughter of James Rigsby and Mattie Ethel Sparks.

Blake’s maternal grandfather was James Olin McAlpin (the son of Robert Alexander McAlpin and Laura Smith). Robert was the son of Thomas Jefferson McAlpin and Elizabeth Jane/Louisa Brown. Laura was the daughter of William Harvey Smith and Sarah Evelyn Sewell. Robert McAlpin’s great-grandfather, Blake’s great-great-great-great-grandfather Alexander McAlpin, was born in Strathblane, Stirlingshire, Scotland.

Blake’s maternal grandmother was Willie Inez Thrash (the daughter of Isaac Farmer Thrash and Mattie Lee Smith). Isaac was the son of John Allen Thrash and Celia Blake. Mattie was the daughter of Javan Jefferson Smith and Eliza Jane Owens.

Sources: Genealogies of Blake Lively –

Genealogy of Blake Lively (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Blake’s paternal grandfather, Ernest Wilson Brown, Sr. (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Blake Lively (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Blake’s mother –

Genealogy of Blake’s maternal great-grandfather, Robert Alexander McAlpin (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Blake’s matrilineal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Jane Armstrong (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

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Matthew McConaughey

by ethnic on January 29, 2014

Birth Name: Matthew David McConaughey

Place of Birth: Uvalde, Texas, United States

Date of Birth: November 4, 1969

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Irish, 1/8th German, 1/16th Swedish

Matthew McConaughey is an American actor and producer. He is famous for his film starring roles, including The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Fool’s Gold, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and more recently The Lincoln Lawyer, Bernie, Magic Mike, Killer Joe, and his Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club. He is married to model Camilla Alves.

Matthew’s father had Scottish, English, Swedish, and Irish ancestry. Matthew’s mother has Irish, German, and possibly other, ancestry.

Matthew was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2005.

Matthew’s paternal grandfather was Hugh Richard McConaughey (the son of James Donald McConaughey and Frances Louise King). Hugh was born in New Mexico, and had Scottish and English ancestry. James was the son of James W. McConaughey and Albina Dandridge McRae. Frances was the daughter of John Patrick King and Sarah H. Hazlett/Harlat.

Matthew’s paternal grandmother was Barbara Claire Maitland (the daughter of Robert Smith Maitland and Julia Barbara Westerling). Barbara was born in Louisiana. Robert was a Scottish immigrant, born in Aberdeen, to Robert Maitland and Jane McDonald. Julia’s father, Charles Westerling, was a Swedish immigrant, and Julia’s mother, Anna Maria Nugent, was an Irish immigrant.

Matthew’s maternal grandfather was Walter John McCabe (the son of Walter McCabe and Adele Selma Pack). Matthew’s great-grandfather Walter was the son of Charles McCabe and Elizabeth McClure. The surname “McCabe” can be both Irish and Scottish. Adele was a German immigrant; she was born in Elberfeld, Westphalia, Prussia, to Wilhelm Gustav Pack and Johanne Friederike Wilhelmine Fasbender.

Matthew’s maternal grandmother was Gertrude M. Maher. The surname “Maher” is Irish.

Sources: Matthew’s parents’ marriage record –

Genealogies of Matthew McConaughey –
The following genealogy incorrectly identifies Matthew’s maternal grandparents as George Glynn McCabe and Maxine Corrick –

Partial family history of Matthew McConaughey –

Matthew’s paternal grandmother, Barbara Claire Maitland, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Matthew’s mother’s sister, Barbara I. McCabe, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Matthew’s maternal grandfather, Walter John McCabe, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Matthew’s maternal great-grandmother, Adele Selma Pack –

Matthew mentions his Irish ancestry –

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David Cameron

by andrew on August 7, 2013

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Birth Name: David William Donald Cameron

Place of Birth: St. Marylebone, London, England, UK

Date of Birth: 9 October, 1966

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, 3/32 Ashkenazi Jewish, small amounts of Welsh and Irish

David Cameron is a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he has served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, since 11 May, 2010. He has been a Member of Parliament for Witney, since 7 June, 2001. He has said that he will leave office by October 2016.

His father, Ian Donald Cameron, a stockbroker, was born at Blairmore House, near Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. His mother, Mary Fleur (Mount), is the daughter of Sir William Mount, 2nd Baronet. Prime Minister Cameron has English, Scottish, 3/32 Ashkenazi Jewish, and small amounts of Welsh and Irish, ancestry. His religion is Anglican.

Prime Minister Cameron’s paternal grandfather was Ewen Donald Cameron (the son of Ewen Allan Cameron and Rachel Margaret Geddes). Prime Minister Cameron’s great-grandfather Ewen was born in Shanghai, China, the son of Sir Ewen Cameron, from Invernessshire, Scotland, and of Josephine Elizabeth Houchen, from Shotford, Norfolk, England. Rachel was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States, to a Scottish father, Alexander Geddes, and Frances R. Sharp.

Prime Minister Cameron’s paternal grandmother was Enid Agnes Maud Levita (the daughter of Arthur Francis Levita and Stephanie Agnes Cooper). Arthur was born in Manchester, England. Arthur’s father, Emile George Charles Levita, was a German Jewish financier, from Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, who obtained British citizenship in 1871, and was a banker; Arthur’s mother, Katherine/Chatrine Plumridge Rée, was born in Rusholme, Manchester, of Danish Jewish and English descent. Prime Minister Cameron’s great-grandmother Stephanie was the daughter of Sir Alfred Cooper and Lady Agnes Cecil Emmeline Duff.

Prime Minister Cameron’s maternal grandfather was Sir Willam Malcolm Mount, 2nd Bart (the son of Sir William Arthur Mount, 1st Bart, and of Hilda Lucy Adelaide Low). Prime Minister Cameron’s great-grandfather William was the son of William George Mount and Marianne Emily Clutterbuck. Hilda was the daughter of William Malcolm Low, who was born in Lucknow, India, and of Lady Ida Matilda Alice Feilding.

Prime Minister Cameron’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Nance Llewellyn (the daughter of Owen John Llewellyn and Anna Elizabeth Mann). Owen was the son of Evan Henry Llewellyn, from Llangyfelach, Wales, and of Mary Blanche Somers. Anna was the daughter of William John Mann and Julia Brown.

Through his paternal grandmother, Enid Agnes Maud Levita, Prime Minister Cameron is a lineal descendant of King William IV by his mistress Dorothea Bland, an Irish actress known on stage as Mrs. Jordan. It is through this union that Prime Minister Cameron is related to the royal family; he is a fifth cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth.

Sources: Genealogies of David Cameron –

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Patrick Wilson

by follers on June 15, 2011

Patrick Wilson at "The Conjuring" Los Angeles Premiere, Cinerama

Birth Name: Patrick Joseph Wilson

Place of Birth: Norfolk, Virginia

Date of Birth: July 3, 1973

Ethnicity: English, along with Scottish and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), distant Welsh and German

Patrick Wilson is an American actor and singer. He is married to actress Dagmara Domińczyk.

Patrick’s paternal grandfather was Paul Jefferson Wilson (the son of Joseph Franklin Wilson and Mary Jane Robinette/Robinett). Joseph was the son of Alfred G. Wilson and Nancy Jane Bartley. Mary Jane was the daughter of William Monroe/Morgan Robinette and Malissa/Melissa Prudence Holbrook.

Patrick’s paternal grandmother was Carol Elizabeth Williams (the daughter of John Dulaney/Delaney Williams and Bessie Baker “Bess” Tate). John was the son of George Washington Williams and Frances “Fannie” A. Malone. Bessie was the daughter of William David Tate and Cornelia Virginia Smart.

Patrick’s maternal grandfather was Robert Stringfellow Burton (the son of Robert Stringfellow Burton, Sr. and Bertha Leonia Miller). Patrick’s great-grandfather Robert was the son of Robert Thomas Burton and Virginia Belle Adams. Bertha was the daughter of William Marshall Miller and Sarah Alice Weston.

Patrick’s maternal grandmother was Mary Kathryn McCarrell (the daughter of Joseph Duckworth McCarrell and Kate Campbell). Joseph was the son of Frank Pierce McCarrell and Adriana “Addie” Levonia Duckworth.

Sources: Genealogy of Patrick Wilson (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Patrick’s paternal great-grandmother, Mary Jane Robinette/Robinett –

Obituary of Patrick’s paternal grandmother, Carol Elizabeth (Williams) Wilson –

Genealogy of Patrick’s maternal grandfather, Robert Stringfellow Burton (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Patrick’s maternal grandmother, Mary Kathryn McCarrell, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Patrick’s maternal grandmother, Mary Kathryn (McCarrell) Burton –

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Ben Foster

by follers on August 11, 2010

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Birth Name: Benjamin A. Foster

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth: October 29, 1980

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, French, Irish, distant Welsh and Scottish (mother; who may have converted to Judaism)

Ben Foster is an American actor. He is the brother of actor Jon Foster.

Ben’s father is from a Jewish family that immigrated from Russia. Ben’s mother has English, French, Irish, and distant Welsh and Scottish, ancestry; it is possible that Ben’s mother converted to Judaism. Ben was raised Jewish, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.

Ben’s paternal grandparents were Abraham Frank Foster (the son of Samuel Foster and Bessie) and Celia “Lucille” Segal (the daughter of Barney Segal and Mary Seltzer). Abraham was born in Massachusetts, to Russian Jewish parents. He was a prominent judge in Boston. Celia was a Russian Jewish immigrant, who came to the United States in the 1920s.

Ben’s maternal grandfather was Paul F. Jackson (the son of William Alfonso Jackson and Adele T. Carmody). William was the son of Michael J. Jackson, whose parents were Irish, and of Alice M. Birmingham. Adele was the daughter of William Timothy Carmody, who was born in England, and of Victorine Bartelle, who was French, from Normandy.

Ben’s maternal grandmother is Sophie Louise Jones (the daughter of Arthur Donald Jones and Sophie Louise Kirwan). Arthur was the son of James Radcliffe Jones and Miriam Estelle Navy. Ben’s great-grandmother Sophie was the daughter of Solomon Franklin Kirwan, Jr. and Addie Travers Robinson.

Sources: Ben’s paternal grandfather, Abraham Frank Foster, on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Abraham Frank Foster on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Ben’s paternal grandfather, Abraham Frank Foster –

Ben’s paternal grandmother, Celia Segal, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Ben’s paternal grandmother, Celia (Segal) Foster –

Marriage announcement of Ben’s maternal grandparents, Paul F. Jackson and Sophie Louise Jones-

Ben’s maternal great-grandparents, William Alfonso Jackson and Adele T. Carmody, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Ben’s maternal great-grandfather, William Alfonso Jackson, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Ben’s maternal great-grandmother, Adele T. Carmody, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Ben’s maternal grandmother, Sophie Louise Jones, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Ben’s maternal great-grandfather, Arthur Donald Jones (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Ben’s maternal great-grandmother, Sophie Louise Kirwan (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

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China Chow

June 23, 2016

Birth Name: China Eiko Chow Place of Birth: Southwark, London, England Date of Birth: April 15, 1974 Ethnicity: *50% Chinese *25% German *25% Japanese China Chow is a British actress and model. She is the daughter of Tina Chow (born Bettina Louise Lutz) and Michael Chow. Her father is well known as the owner of […]

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Daniella Sarahyba

June 23, 2016

Birth Name: Daniella Sarahyba Fernandes Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Date of Birth: July 8, 1984 Ethnicity: Brazilian (Lebanese, Galician Spanish, possibly other) Daniella Sarahyba is a Brazilian model. Her parents are Maria Lúcia Sarahyba, a retired model, and Orlando Fernandes Neto, a lawyer, who are both Brazilian. Her mother has Lebanese […]

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Didier Deschamps

June 23, 2016

Birth Name: Didier Claude Deschamps Place of Birth: Bayonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France Date of Birth: 15 October 1968 Ethnicity: French Basque Didier Deschamps is a retired French footballer. He manages the France national team. As an international player, he captained France to victories in the 1998 World Cup and the Euro 2000. Didier has said that […]

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Abraham Attah

June 23, 2016

Place of Birth: Ghana Date of Birth: July 2, 2001 Ethnicity: Ghanaian Abraham Atta is a Ghanaian actor. He made his film debut starring in the war drama Beasts of No Nation (2015), about child soldiers. Photo by Prphotos

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Lexa Doig

June 22, 2016

Birth Name: Alexandra Lecciones Doig Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Date of Birth: June 8, 1973 Ethnicity: *Scottish, Irish (father) *Filipino (mother) Lexa Doig is a Canadian television and film actress. She is the daughter of Gloria B. (Lecciones) and David W. Doig. Her father is of Scottish and Irish ancestry. Her mother is Filipino, […]

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