Alexis Bledel

by ethnic on July 3, 2008

Birth Name: Kimberly Alexis Bledel

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 16, 1981

Ethnicity: Danish, Scottish, English, Irish, Welsh, distant French and German

Alexis Bledel is an American actress and model. She is known for her roles in the movies Tuck Everlasting and Frank Miller’s Sin City, and the television series Gilmore Girls (one of Alexis’s paternal great-great-grandmothers was surnamed Gilmore). Alexis is married to actor Vincent Kartheiser, with whom she has a son.

Alexis’s father, Martin Bledel, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he was raised. Alexis’s paternal grandfather was Argentinian-born (and was of Danish, and distant German, ancestry), and Alexis’s paternal grandmother was American-born (and had Scottish, English, and Irish ancestry).

Alexis’s mother, Nanette (Dozier), was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and moved to Mexico at the age of eight. Alexis’s maternal grandfather was a rancher in Arizona, Mexico, and Costa Rica. According to interviews, Alexis’s mother considers herself to be Mexican; she is not of Hispanic descent. Alexis’s mother’s Dozier line traces back to Leonard Dozier, who was born, c. 1643, in France. Alexis’s mother also has Welsh, English, Scottish, Irish, and German ancestry. A picture of Alexis with her parents and brother can be seen here. A picture of Alexis with her mother can be seen here.

Alexis is fluent in Spanish, and has described herself as a Latina. She did not start speaking English until she began school.

Alexis’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, John Hall Morgan, was Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, from 1837 to 1838.

Alexis’s paternal grandfather was Enrique Einar Bledel Huus (the son of Einar Rudolf Dons-Blaedel Heise and Elena Maria Huus). Enrique was born in 1917, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and died in 2003. The surname “Bledel” originates from Paulus Blaedel, Alexis’s distant ancestor, a German who moved to Denmark (making Alexis of at least 1/128th German ancestry, at least from that line). Alexis’s great-grandfather Einar was born in Denmark, to Poul Dons-Blaedel and Charlotte Christine Heise. Alexis’s great-grandmother Elena was born in Argentina, to Danish parents, Frits Johannes Raahauge Huus and Inger Marie Andersen.

Alexis’s paternal grandmother is Jean Campbell (the daughter of Norman Walter Campbell and Irene Slater). Jean was born in Troy, New York, and has English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Jean moved to Argentina after meeting Alexis’s paternal grandfather. Norman was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, the son of Robert Archibald Campbell and Evelyn Smith. Irene was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, the daughter of Warren H. Slater and Rebecca Richardson Gilmore; Rebecca’s maternal grandparents were Irish.

Alexis’s maternal grandfather was Lewis David Dozier III (the son of Lewis David Dozier, Jr. and Elizabeth Overton). Alexis’s grandfather Lewis was born in Missouri. Alexis’s great-grandfather Lewis was the son of Lewis David Dozier and Rebecca E. Lewis. Elizabeth was the daughter of John W. Overton and Mary Oliver “Mamie” Goodbar. Alexis’s great-grandmother Elizabeth re-married to Gussie Busch, the prominent brewing magnate who built the Anheuser-Busch Companies into the largest brewery in the world.

Alexis’s maternal grandmother’s surname is Slater.

Sources: Genealogy of Alexis Bledel (focusing on her father’s side) –

Obituary of Alexis’s paternal grandfather, Enrique Einar Bledel Huus –

Genealogy of the Bledel family, mentions Alexis’s father and paternal grandparents –

Alexis’s paternal great-grandmother, Irene Slater, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Alexis’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Rebecca Richardson Gilmore, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Alexis’s maternal grandfather, Lewis David Dozier III (focusing on his father’s side) –

Alexis’s maternal grandfather, Lewis David Dozier III, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Lewis David Dozier III on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Alexis’s maternal grandfather, Lewis David Dozier III –

Genealogies of Alexis’s maternal great-grandparents, Lewis David Dozier, Jr. and Elizabeth Overton –

Genealogy of Alexis’s maternal great-grandfather, Lewis David Dozier, Jr. (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Alexis’s maternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth Overton (focusing on her own father’s side) –

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ashash September 21, 2017 at 4:58 am
ashash September 19, 2017 at 7:37 pm

Could someone please assist me in finding Alexis’s maternal grandmother? I’m having a hard time.

ashash September 19, 2017 at 4:49 am

Her maternal grandfather is Lewis David Dozier III. Her maternal great-grandparents are Lewis David Dozier Jr. and Elizabeth Overton of Memphis, Tennessee. Her maternal great-great grandparents are Lewis David Dozier and Rachel Lewis.

Here is her grandfather’s Princeton alumni page, which lists his daughter as Nanette Dozier Bledsel (typo):

Here is the genealogy of Lewis David Dozier III:

Here is a court case in Costa Rica that confirms Lewis David Dozier III’s mother is Elizabeth Overton of Memphis:

From this court case, you will find that Lewis David Dozier III was married 3 times.

1. He was married to a woman with the last time Slater. This woman is Alexis’s maternal grandmother. She gave birth to Alexis’s mother Nanette Dozier in Arizona and Alexis’s aunt Eleanor Dozier.

2. Lewis was married to Carol Marie Zahner in Mexico. She gave birth to Thomas and Marshall Dozier. They are Nanette’s half-brothers and Alexis’s uncles.

3. Lewis finally married Cecilia Espinoza Murillo. It doesn’t look like they had children together.

ashash September 19, 2017 at 4:56 am
ashash September 19, 2017 at 5:33 am

Also, Lewis was a rancher in Arizona, where Nanette was born, Mexico, where Nanette was raised, and Costa Rica. It says so in that obituary listed for Lewis in the Princeton alumni book.

follers September 19, 2017 at 6:09 am

Thank you very much, ashash.

Pegzi May 22, 2017 at 12:57 am

Correction: Anybody who was born or raised in Latin America is Hispanic. Her mother is hispanic. She’s just white hispanic. So you don’t need to put that she isn’t of hispanic ancestry, just that she isn’t of spanish or mestizo ancestry.

follers May 22, 2017 at 3:45 am

I think writing “She was born in the U.S., and is not of Hispanic ancestry” makes sense. Being Hispanic by culture or naturalization is a separate issue.

ashash September 19, 2017 at 5:52 am

Her mother is a white American who was raised in Hispanic culture.

follers September 19, 2017 at 9:45 pm

Once DACA expires, Alexis will have to return home. That’s sad.

ashash January 20, 2018 at 7:33 pm

Technically, Alexis is not white because she speaks Spanish and was raised in Latin American culture.

follers January 21, 2018 at 9:35 am

I’ve never thought of her as white. Also have never met anyone who does.

Pegzi May 14, 2017 at 8:19 am

Hispanic isn’t a race

Daron May 10, 2017 at 11:09 am

I am surprise she isnt Latino! I read everywhere saying that she was half mexican.

AW March 18, 2017 at 10:22 pm

I definitely see the Irish and French ancestry in her features…

Adrian1Cram February 26, 2016 at 11:53 pm

she’s aged

Morrigan Ni Boii November 17, 2015 at 1:46 am

She is of Teutonic, Germanic, Celtic, and Slavic (from her father).

She is of Celtic (Gaulois) (from her mother).

Morrigan Ni Boii November 17, 2015 at 1:41 am

These Argentinians are mix-Europeans.

J420 December 3, 2015 at 1:26 am

Lol Hispanic and Latino is not a race. I’m guessing that’s what you’re getting confused about. They’re not mixed.

undashing February 21, 2016 at 11:04 pm

Most o the South Americans are mixed race. But she does look white.

cwm85 July 19, 2015 at 9:29 am

She identifies with Spanish culture and father is from south america in a country where they speak Spanish. So I can understand her Alliance to the latin culture. She personally is not of Spanish orgin or native ethnicity tho. She was basically raise that way with the spanish language in all. Latino is a culture from central, south america. It is not a race but a culture that america has labeled a race. Politicians are so ignorant on those facts.

marjanel October 9, 2015 at 2:45 pm

No it is a culture from Europe that Mexico and great part of Central and South American countries have.

Me myself and I January 29, 2016 at 4:21 pm

honey, the original race of the Spanish language and culture is white, since you know… Spain and stuff… common sense. So, why is it weird that she relates to it? I mean yes, she isn’t even Spanish (European) but still, stop making it a Mestizo or South American thing by origin… you are blaming Americans for labeling it a race, while you yourself had to add how she isn’t truly Latino, even beside the fact that the majority of Hispanics/Latinos are white by race

AW March 18, 2017 at 10:20 pm

There are lots of people from South America that are not of Spanish descent. There are some who are of other European ancestral backgrounds (German, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, etc.) but they are still Hispanic people because they were born and raised in a South American country, and speak the language. The fact that they are only or mostly of European descent doesn’t make them any less Hispanic. There are white Jamaicans of Irish descent but it doesn’t make them any less Jamaican.

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