Anna Paquin

by ethnic on September 7, 2010

Anna Paquin

Birth Name: Anna Helene Paquin

Place of Birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Date of Birth: July 24, 1982

Ethnicity: German, Irish, French-Canadian, Dutch

Anna Paquin is a Canadian/New Zealand actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Piano (1993).

Anna was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and was raised in Wellington, New Zealand. She is the daughter of Mary (Brophy) and Brian Paquin. Her father is Canadian and her mother is from New Zealand. She has said that she is of Irish, French, and Dutch descent. She also has German ancestry. Anna is married to English actor Stephen Moyer, with whom she has two children.

Anna is the first millennial, and the first person born in the 1980s, to have been nominated for an Academy Award for acting, and is also the first person fitting either and both descriptions to win (with her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 1993).

Anna’s paternal grandmother is Agnes Tuckwell (born Agnes Janzen, the daughter of Johann J. “John” Janzen and Helena Unrau). Agnes is the daughter of ethnic German parents whose families had lived in Russia. Johann was the son of Johann Janzen, who was born in Mariapol, and of Anna J. Toews, who was born in Schoenfeld, Bergthal. Helena was the daughter of Albert Unrau/Unruh and Margaretha/Margareta Schellenberg, who was from Molotschna/Molochna, a Mennonite settlement in Russia, in what is now Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine.

Sources: Genealogies of Anna Paquin –

Genealogy of Anna Paquin (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Anna’s paternal grandmother, Agnes Janzen (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Anna’s paternal grandmother, Agnes Janzen (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Genealogies of Anna’s paternal great-grandparents, Johann J. “John” Janzen and Helena Unrau –

Obituary of Anna’s paternal great-grandfather, Johann J. “John” Janzen –

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Melanie November 19, 2013 at 9:20 pm

For some reason my comment does not go through when I post a link from the website “genforum”. Anna Paquin is 1/256th English through Albert Paquin, who is a descendant of Matthias Farnsworth. If you google “Anna Paquin Matthias Farnsworth” there are many discussions on forums among people who have traced her ancestry to Farnsworth. The story of how Farnsworth wound up in Quebec is also available online.

follers November 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I was going by this family tree, obviously partially incorrect, which lists her maternal grandmother as a “Turkwell”.

Thank you for the corrections! If you know anything else about Anna’s ancestry (or that of anyone else), please drop a line in.

Melanie November 20, 2013 at 7:15 am

No problem, I’m happy I could help. I think you can still list her as Dutch though because her grandmother’s maiden name is Jansen.

follers August 29, 2018 at 11:00 am

As it turns out, her paternal grandmother’s Jansen family isn’t of Dutch descent. Maybe Paquin doesn’t have Dutch ancestry at all, despite saying she does.

madman August 30, 2018 at 12:48 am

Why isn’t her paternal grandfather, Albert Joseph Paquin, listed?

follers August 30, 2018 at 1:34 am

Is he her paternal grandfather? All these family trees list him as having been born around 1889.

Maybe I could believe it (60 year-old men have children, sure), except these trees list Agnes Jansen as born in the 1800s as well, and if so that’s not the right woman, who is the one I have listed.

Melanie November 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Her maternal grandmother’s surname is not Turkwell. That is not an official surname. Her paternal grandmother Agnes Jansen remarried and became Agnes Tuckwell. This can be seen here:
as well as here:

Clarisse Foxx November 17, 2013 at 4:17 pm

lol soookie !!!

AliceA October 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm

correstion; Her eyes are a honey or amber colour hazel eyes means she would have specs or gold and green in her eyes but she just has light brown eyes.

J.J. October 23, 2013 at 8:40 pm

correction; Her eyes are hazel and hazel eyes are just a light brown!
Hazel eyes are the most misunderstood eye color, true hazel eyes are eyes that are a light golden brown colour resembling that of a hazelnut (hence the word hazel), they can contain minimal green when observed in good lighting however green is by no means a requirement. There is a modern North American misconception that hazel eyes are any eye that’s green and brown or multi-coloured that appears to shift in colour (blue, grey or green with brown around the pupil) however this does not make sense due to a hazelnut not presenting any green, blue or grey whatsoever. In Europe (the origin of light eyes and hazelnuts) the true/original meaning is still used; hazel eyes = eyes that resemble the colour of a hazelnut.

smiley January 11, 2014 at 11:33 pm
smiley January 11, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Even in bright light her eyes are almost black. I don’t understand how somebody could possibly say her eyes are hazel! The poster I replied to says all brown eyes are hazel and all blue eyes are grey or green/grey. More pics of Paquin:

J.J. January 12, 2014 at 12:09 am

correction; seriously are stupid or just ignorant? posting very small and unclear pictures as proof of her eyes not being hazel? her eyes are clearly a light golden brown

smiley January 17, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Being rude isn’t going to make you correct. The pictures I posted aren’t unclear. If you’ve seen any of Anna Paquin’s work you’d know the pictures you posted are the lightest Anna’s eyes can get and are at least medium brown. THIS is light golden brown

J.J. January 17, 2014 at 6:03 pm

no, that’s a green-ish brown, golden brown is light brown with yellow/orange tones, green is not a requirement for true hazel eyes, seriously this website needs to stop listening to corrections by sceptics who choose too contest nearly every single correction. Hazel is a light honey brown and green with brown around the pupil is forest green, why don’t the people on this website examine pictures themselves so they don’t have to listen to ignoramus’s like smiley who choose not to believe something right in front of them

J.J. September 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

correction; her eyes are hazel (light brown) and her hair is dark brown (brunette) I think it should be listed

ethnic January 27, 2013 at 9:30 pm

according to wiki Jansen is one of the most popular names in Holland. the near homonyms “Jensen” and “Jansson” are its Danish, Norwegian and Swedish counterparts.

lilly January 22, 2012 at 9:31 am

Brophy does indicate Irish ancestry as Paul said. She also has to have English ancestry almost all New Zealanders do. Her mother is of Irish and English ancestry. Her father is of French Canadian heritage.

rafael June 23, 2011 at 6:44 pm

i always thought she was from new zealand

Paul. April 2, 2011 at 11:56 am

Her mother’s surname is Brophy so that may indicate Irish ancestry.

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