Adam Driver

by follers on May 23, 2013

adam driver

Birth Name: Adam Douglas Driver

Place of Birth: San Bernardino, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 19, 1983

Ethnicity: English, one eighth Dutch, German, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, more distant Welsh, remote Swedish

Adam Driver is an American actor. He is the son of Nancy (Needham) and Joe Douglas Driver. His father has English, German, Scottish, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant Welsh, and remote Swedish, ancestry. His mother has English, one fourth Dutch, and some German and Irish, ancestry. His father’s family is from Arkansas and his mother’s family is from Indiana, where Adam was raised, in Mishawaka. His stepfather is a Baptist minister, and Adam had a religious Baptist upbringing. He is married to actress Joanne Tucker.

After 9/11, Adam joined the United States Marine Corps, and served in Afghanistan. He later founded Arts in the Armed Forces, a non-profit foundation, which stages theatrical performances for military personnel.

While Adam was cast as a Jewish character in This Is Where I Leave You (2014) and BlacKkKlansman (2018), he is not himself of Jewish heritage.

Adam’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to John Driver, who was born, c. 1675, in Avening, England, to Giles Driver and Olive Hardy.

Adam’s paternal grandfather was Kelly Potter Driver, Jr. (the son of Kelly Potter Driver, Sr. and Rosa/Rosie/Rose Bell Whiteside). Adam’s grandfather Kelly was born in Arkansas. Adam’s great-grandfather Kelly was the son of Miles/Milas Washington Driver and Sarah Elizabeth Johnson. Rosa was the daughter of Jacob Davis Whiteside and Eliza Ann Withers.

Adam’s paternal grandmother was Edith Mae Fisher (the daughter of Joe Guy Fisher, Sr. and Belva/Belvia/Belvie Yeager). Edith was born in Arkansas. Joe was the son of Walter S./W. Fisher and Mary Jane Quattlebaum. Belva was the daughter of Charles O. Yeager and Irene Almeda Favors.

Adam’s maternal grandfather was Ira Lee Needham (the son of Lester G. Needham and Gertrude Dykstra/Dexter). Ira Lee was born in Indiana. Lester was the son of Ira H. Needham and Flora Anna Harrington. Gertrude was born in Indiana, to Dutch parents, John H. Dykstra/Dexter and Jantje/Jennie F. Kuypers/Kipers.

Adam’s maternal grandmother is Dolores Lavone Pettit (the daughter of Theodore G. Pettit and Florence Geneve Ullrich). Dolores was born in Indiana. Florence’s parents were Jacob Ullrich and Nellie Blanche Carpenter. Jacob was the son of a German father and an Irish mother.

Sources: Genealogy of Adam Driver –

Genealogy of Adam Driver (focusing on his father’s side) –

Adam’s paternal grandfather, Kelly Potter Driver, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Adam’s paternal grandfather, Kelly Potter Driver, Jr. –

Genealogies of Adam’s paternal great-grandfather, Kelly Potter Driver –

Genealogy of Adam’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Jacob Davis Whiteside –

Adam’s paternal grandmother, Edith Mae Fisher, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Adam’s paternal grandmother, Edith Mae (Fisher) Driver –

Genealogy of Adam’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Jane Quattlebaum (focusing on her father’s side) –

Obituary of Adam’s aunt (mother’s sister), Debra L. (Needham) Camren –

Genealogy of Adam’s maternal grandfather, Ira Lee Needham (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Adam’s maternal grandfather, Ira Lee Needham, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Adam’s maternal great-grandmother, Gertrude Dexter/Dykstra (focusing on her father’s side) –

Adam’s maternal grandmother, Dolores Lavone Pettit, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Adam’s maternal great-grandmother, Florence Geneve Ullrich, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Photo by kathclick/

{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew December 18, 2017 at 2:44 pm

he descends from several Mayflower passengers: Francis Cooke, Stephen Hopkins, Elizabeth Fisher, Peter Browne

ashash December 21, 2017 at 11:38 am

What exactly do people find “exotic” about him? He looks white to me.

andrew December 21, 2017 at 12:03 pm

LOL, really?

ashash December 21, 2017 at 12:07 pm

Yeah, he just has funny-looking features.

follers November 7, 2017 at 4:11 pm

Why is this web site turning into a link farm?

bearboy November 7, 2017 at 4:38 pm

I think Inge is still upset we took down her profile. but anyway mind adding Cindy Phillips the body builder? Also, what type of surname is Valedon? I always thought it was Spanish but my friend thinks it isn’t???

ashash November 7, 2017 at 10:13 pm

Please also add Ralph Northam and Phil Murphy.

follers November 8, 2017 at 10:25 am

I had already submitted Northam, actually. Can’t speak for Murphy.

bearboy November 8, 2017 at 11:08 am

Is Cindy Phillips on ethnic celebs?

andrew November 10, 2017 at 11:32 am


It does not seem so for Suzanne Malveaux

andrew November 7, 2017 at 12:53 pm

Genealogy of Adam’s paternal great-grandfather, Kelly Potter Driver –

andrew November 7, 2017 at 12:44 pm

genealogy of Adam’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Jacob Davis Whiteside –

there’s Scots-Irish, Irish and Colonial American (English) ancestry on this side

andrew November 7, 2017 at 12:32 pm

genealogy of Adam’s paternal great-grandmother, Rosa/Rosie Bell Whiteside (focusing on her father’s side) –

andrew November 19, 2017 at 3:05 pm

Through this line, Adam and Patrick Swayze are 6th cousins twice removed

Adam’s paternal 7th great-grandparents, Samuel Swazey, Jr. and Phebe Hannah Horton, were also Patrick’s paternal 5th great-grandparents

andrew November 6, 2017 at 4:40 pm

I’ve found Native American ancestry. Nicketti (Powhatan) Hughes was Adam’s 11th great-grandmother
(Click Rachel Shelby’s line)

He also descends from this Swedish man:

follers November 6, 2017 at 5:25 pm

Can we stop talking about Nicketti Powhatan? This isn’t the first time you’ve brought her up.

andrew December 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm

Why do you have a problem with her? Even though there are no official records, we have some trustable oral traditions.

andrew August 20, 2017 at 5:18 pm
anen87 July 29, 2016 at 1:13 pm

Ugly handsome? A lot of girls find him sexy & hot… I believe its his height, deep voice, & nice hair that helps offset the ugly

Greyface April 24, 2016 at 9:29 am

they still haven’t changed the picture? this site must hate Adam driver

phaedra January 12, 2016 at 12:13 am

he’s gotta have native or islander blood

bleachsoda August 1, 2016 at 1:43 pm

native? yeah sure but pacific islander??? absolutely not lol doesnt look pacific islander in any way and this is coming from a polynesian..

Greyface December 24, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Who is the scary monster on the right of him?

He should have his own photo

b December 22, 2015 at 7:34 pm

I read the above supposed ancestry of Mr a Driver but I have to believe someone in his family not far down the line slept with the postman because there is no way in hell those features are strictly European. I mean had I not seen this I’d think his grandmother or grandfather was either Asian or Native American. No I may not have even gone that far back… I might half thought he was held one of those and Caucasian.

If one of the people in his bloodline is not lying, then I guess the recessive gene of some distant ethnic relative sprung to prominence in him.

My last thought… If none of the above is Neandrathal genes are coming out in him. LOL. Seriously though… He does look like those casts scientists make based on found remains of Neandrathals.

Ajaxfan December 17, 2015 at 5:06 am

This photo is absolute ridiculous, I have seen in him in a couple of films inlcuding in Star wars the force awakens, and he isn’t as ugly some people seem to think.

phaedra April 24, 2016 at 12:22 am

I know!

He is actually sorta cute. This photo was taken at a bad angle and at the wrong time.

maestro November 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm

He is certainly an unsightly man. My goodness he is ugly!

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 6:23 am

Looks Mestizo. He has played a Jewish character.

andrew December 7, 2014 at 9:44 am
andrew May 23, 2016 at 4:40 pm

@ follers

is this man a Wasp?

follers May 23, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Of course. He was even in the marines. This guy is as All-American as it gets.

andrew May 23, 2016 at 4:48 pm
andrew June 21, 2016 at 4:42 pm

do you have pics of his relatives?

follers June 21, 2016 at 4:52 pm
andrew June 21, 2016 at 4:54 pm

ahaha Loool

andrew April 20, 2017 at 3:48 pm


I’m still waiting. I am sure you can manage to find something.

follers April 20, 2017 at 4:20 pm
andrew April 21, 2017 at 2:26 am


ashash September 20, 2014 at 10:04 pm

He’s unattractive.

WTF December 21, 2014 at 10:58 am

Yes, he is a very hideous man.

J.J. January 21, 2014 at 8:23 pm

correction; his eyes are forest green (green w brown) and his hair is virtually black (noiret)

J.J. January 16, 2014 at 4:24 pm

correction; his eyes are forest green (green + brown) and his hair is virtually black (noiret)

fuzzybear44 June 3, 2013 at 2:22 am

Why does his head look like that?Looks like Tommy lee jones blew it off,and it’s just now growing back

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