Place of Birth: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Date of Birth: July 10, 1976
*English, Irish, Scottish, German (father)
*Mexican, including Spanish and Indigenous Mexican, as well as possibly 1/8th French (mother)
Adrian Grenier is an American actor, producer, director, and musician. He is known for his role as Vincent Chase on HBO’s series Entourage, and for appearing in the film The Devil Wears Prada.
Adrian’s father, John Miles Dunbar, from Ohio, has English, Irish, Scottish, and German ancestry.
Adrian’s mother, Karesse Grenier, was born in New Mexico, of approximately 7/8ths Mexican descent (including Spanish and Indigenous Mexican roots). Many of Adrian’s mother’s ancestors had lived in New Mexico for many generations, since before it became a state. Her other great-grandparent was possibly of French origin. Adrian was not raised around his Mexican/Latino heritage.
A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) stated that Adrian’s genetic ancestry is:
*8.44% Native American
Adrian’s Native American ancestry most probably comes from Indigenous Mexican roots. Adrian’s matrilineal line is Indigenous. Adrian previously incorrectly believed that he has Apache Native American ancestry.
Adrian’s paternal grandfather was Carl Sanford Dunbar (the son of John I. Dunbar and Lydia Martha Phelps). John was the son of George Wesley Dunbar and Mary Elizabeth Sanford. Lydia was the daughter of Theodore Austin Phelps and Mary Ellen McCarty.
Adrian’s paternal grandmother was Esther R. Messenger (the daughter of Miles Claude Messenger and Geneva Rice). Miles was the son of Riverius Messenger and Catherine Warrington. Geneva was the daughter of George M. Rice and Louisa Schlecht.
Adrian’s maternal grandfather was Junio López (the son of Elauterio López and Josefina/Josephita Ester Blea). Josefina was the daughter of Norberto Blea and Maria Cesaria Barceló.
Adrian’s maternal grandmother was Priscilla Grenier (originally “Greenier”, the daughter of Robert Emmit Greenier and Lucaria Ortiz). Robert was the son of Frederick William Grenier, who was almost certainly not Hispanic (he may have had French ancestry), and of Isabel Marcial. Lucaria was the daughter of Rufino Ortiz and Sarita/Sara Maria Gonzales y Ramirez.
Sources: Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) – http://www.pbs.org
Genealogy of Adrian Grenier – http://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Adrian’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Obituary of Adrian’s paternal grandfather, Carl Sanford Dunbar – http://www.findagrave.com
Genealogy of Adrian’s paternal grandmother, Esther R. Messenger (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Adrian’s maternal grandmother, Priscilla Greenier/Grenier, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Profile by: Lexi
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