Ben Affleck

by ethnic on February 22, 2014

Birth Name: Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt

Place of Birth: Berkeley, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 15, 1972

Ethnicity: English, Irish, German, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant French and Swiss-German, remote Swedish and Welsh

Ben Affleck is an American actor, writer, director, and producer. He is the son of Chris Anne (Boldt) and Timothy Byers Affleck. His brother is actor Casey Affleck. He is married to actress Jennifer Garner, with whom he has three children.

Ben was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2002.

Ben’s maternal grandfather was of half German and half Irish ancestry. Much of the rest of Ben’s ancestry is English, along with some Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, other German, distant French and Swiss-German, and remote Swedish and Welsh. Ben’s maternal grandmother was from a family with roots in the American South.

Ben’s middle name, Géza, a Hungarian name, was given to him after a Hungarian friend of his parents, who was a Holocaust survivor. This was mentioned in an interview on Inside the Actors Studio (2001).

Ben is a tenth cousin, once removed, of his friend, actor Matt Damon. Ben’s paternal nine times great-grandparents, Elizabeth and William Knowlton, of England, were also Matt’s paternal ten times great-grandparents. It appears that, until 2014, Ben and Matt were not aware of this genealogical relationship (common for two people of New England, English, ancestry).

Ben’s patrilineal line can be traced back to his great-great-great-grandfather, William F. Affleck, who was born, c. 1825, in Kirkpatrick Durham, Kirkcudbright, Scotland.

Ben’s paternal grandfather was Myron Hopkins Strong Affleck, Jr. (the son of Myron Hopkins Strong Affleck and Frances Lucretia Perkins). Ben’s grandfather Myron was born in Rhode Island. Ben’s great-grandfather Myron was the son of William Robert Affleck and Mary Hoyt Strong. Frances was the daughter of Willard Clifford Perkins and Rachel/Rachael Harris Rathburn Cross.

Ben’s paternal grandmother is Nancy Louise Byers (the daughter of Allen Dewey Byers and Dorothy Elizabeth McGuire). Nancy was born in Michigan. Allen was the son of Allen C. Byers and Lulu Lee/Lori French. Dorothy was the daughter of George Woolverton McGuire and Viola M. Naylor.

Ben’s maternal grandfather was William O’Brien Boldt (the son of Joseph Raymond Boldt and Anne Rita Lenihan). William was born in New Jersey. Joseph was born in Rhode Island, the son of German immigrants, Heinrich/Henry Boldt and Eliza/Ida Luttuch/Lettich/Hanckal; Heinrich is known for discovering the Curmsun Disc. Anna was born in County Down, Ireland, the daughter of Edward Lenihan and Anne/Annie Smyth.

Ben’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth N. Roberts (the daughter of Lawrence Lester Roberts and Margaret McLain). Elizabeth was born in New York. Lawrence was born in the District of Columbia, the son of parents from the state of Georgia, Flournoy Carter Roberts and Margaret V. Cole. Ben’s great-grandmother Margaret McLain was born in Mississippi, the daughter of parents who were also born there, Gordentia Waite McClain and Harriet M. Roberts. One of Ben’s maternal great-great-great-great-great-grandfathers was Adam Rankin Alexander, a U.S. Congressman, of the Jacksonian Republican party, from Tennessee (from 1823 to 1827).

A DNA test taken by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Ben’s genetic ancestry is:

*99.7% European
——–*46% British & Irish
*0.2% Middle Eastern and North African
*0.1% Sub-Saharan African

In his 2016 book about the show, Finding Your Roots, Season 2: The Official Companion to the PBS Series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote that among Ben’s genetic ancestry was a “small amount” of Ashkenazi Jewish.

Sources: Genealogies of Ben Affleck –

Family history of Ben Affleck –

Genealogies of Ben Affleck (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Ben’s paternal great-grandmother, Dorothy Elizabeth McGuire (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Obituary of Ben’s maternal great-grandfather, Joseph Raymond Boldt –

Ben’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth N. Roberts, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Ben’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth N. (Roberts) Boldt Shaw –

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andrew September 29, 2017 at 5:33 am
andrew September 29, 2017 at 5:58 am

so, both Ben and his famous tenth cousin, once removed, have Finnish ancestry. Even though it’s very remote in this case (Martti Marttinen, 1607-1706), being around 1/4096.

andrew October 17, 2016 at 4:35 pm link does not work (as the one in Jon Bon Jovi profile)

andrew October 17, 2016 at 3:33 pm
fuzzybear44 October 15, 2016 at 2:30 am

Ben was silly. Okay your ancestors had slaves, that doesn’t mean you think like that. The way he acted, was like he still had some hidden in the basement

fuzzybear44 October 15, 2016 at 1:51 am

So he picked up that African ancestry from a England relative?

andrew June 10, 2016 at 5:16 pm
neiltennant May 23, 2016 at 5:59 am

matt damon, ben affleck and a few more are the SUPER WHITE AND SUPER WASP ACTORS who play the white man from next door

andrew March 14, 2016 at 5:49 am

Ben’s patrilineal line can be traced back to his great-great-great-grandfather William F. Affleck, born, c.1826, in Kirkpatrick Durham, Kirkcudbright, Scotland

bearboy December 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm

According to Jew or not a Jew there was a rumor going around that Ben Affleck had an Israeli father? If that actually was a false rumor mind mentioning that in the profile.

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 1:09 am

He’s got to have Jewish or Italian in him…

athelya November 17, 2015 at 1:26 pm
bearboy March 26, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Follers mind sending a link to where the DNA test says Ben Affleck has a “small amount” of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry?

follers March 26, 2016 at 3:41 pm
bearboy March 26, 2016 at 4:18 pm

Thank you I was able to read the google book you sent! When John McCain took the DNA test which said 99.4% European was there any specification on that as well?

follers March 26, 2016 at 4:31 pm

McCain’s full result will presumably be discussed in a yet-to-be-released companion book. But all that was shown on the show were the main fractions.

passingtime85 March 29, 2016 at 11:39 pm

So what about the Flemish roots? Are they too distant or uncertain to mention?

follers March 30, 2016 at 2:23 am

Flemish roots? You mean the idea that “the ancient Scottish name of Affleck” may or may not have had some kind of Flemish origin at some remote point in time? Wheesh.

passingtime85 March 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Well the genetic trail of his Y haplogroup seems to be pretty concrete from a scientific standpoint, doesn’t it?

follers March 30, 2016 at 3:29 pm

Doesn’t it say “”from along the Mediterranean and North African to Belgium”? (by the way, who cares about Ben Affleck’s ancestors from 1000 years ago? I definitely don’t, and if he’s descended from ancient Belgians, then so is every other Scotsman by now).

passingtime85 March 30, 2016 at 4:54 pm

Right, going back that far or further doesn’t really matter, it all leads to Africa anyway. But in this particular case maybe it’s worth mentioning because while the Affleck surname is generally accepted as Scottish in origin, Ben’s particular family line might actually have it’s origins rooted in the Afflighen surname, his paternal haplogroup does indeed share the unique genetic signature of modern Belgians that are ultimately rooted in North Africa.

It was just a question, I guess it’s not worth mentioning.

theropod April 1, 2015 at 12:31 am

In that pic especially, he looks like that hot Lebanese or Turkish man that I go for. He looks very exotic.

Nino February 17, 2015 at 3:48 pm

It’s over kill, I notice with certain celebs, the heritage is repeated several times, why? Why mention Irish four times for one person and other certain celebs it appear you’re trying to say as least as possible?

Anyway, to repeat ones same heritage 3x over, that’s over kill.., he’s part Irish one time is enough Irish is Irish, Scottish is scottish..3x scottish? Its over kill and biased on this site.

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 1:09 am

Loool so true man!

Check7t November 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Looks like British Actor Scott Adkins.

passingtime85 October 20, 2014 at 10:41 am


Not that it’s a major point of importance, but shouldn’t it be noted that Ben is Matt Damon’s 10th cousin once removed? It’s a pretty fun piece of trivia.

angiemorton September 3, 2014 at 9:14 am

Very European!!!!!!

andrew June 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm

casey affleck birth name is Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt

Rokai March 28, 2014 at 1:19 pm

He has alot of european in him just like Brendan Fraser

roman2886 June 28, 2014 at 5:42 pm

So do i have a lot of European and a lot of Asian in me i’m a Eurasian mutt.

Check7t March 21, 2014 at 6:04 am

Looks very Western European (British Isles, French, Iberian) couldn’t see him anywhere east of France fitting in.

Check7t February 25, 2014 at 11:24 pm

He looks very Irish.

Alice March 21, 2014 at 8:10 am

No not really. He looks more continental. He has obvious mixed European ancestry. His Irish ancestry on only from one Great Grandparent.

archer December 22, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Why do people seem to have this weird belief that all people of the British Isles and Ireland are blue eyed blondes or redheads? The vast majority have some shade of brown hair from light to dark. And between 30-49% have non-blue eyes (green,hazel,brown) depending on region. He would not look out of place in Britain/Ireland at all!

J.J. December 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm

hazel is brown

f January 5, 2014 at 7:38 am

No it isn’t. Otherwise there wouldn’t be two different words for it.

J.J. January 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm

incorrect, hazel is a honey brown but its light brown, amber is also brown but it’s the lightest shade of brown, just like how grey comes under blue, realistically theres only 3 actual eye colours; blue, green and brown

GeorgeJeanPierre October 13, 2013 at 10:22 am

I wish someone could do my family tree. I have slot of interesting things in me. Of someone could help me that be great

J.J. September 16, 2013 at 8:55 am

correction; his eyes are hazel (light brown) and his hair is dark brown (brunette)

follers August 23, 2013 at 12:13 am


andrew August 23, 2013 at 5:39 am
kAyla March 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I like him,Jennifer and Ben make nice couple,

laura January 21, 2012 at 9:53 pm

He’s sexy

Malin Ljungstedt December 28, 2011 at 6:13 am

i thought he was spanish

rickyflo April 17, 2013 at 11:02 am

?? Which the mexican or the spaniard? He looks somewhat Spaniard, but definitely not the mexican side.

marjanel August 10, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Mexican arena not Spanish.The only Spanush are the people from Spain.

marjanel August 10, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Are not*

J.J. August 10, 2014 at 6:53 pm

many mexicans are of spanish descent and some are of complete spanish descent with no native blood, so therefore saying someone “Looks” spanish doesn’t mean they have to have direct ancestry from spain, you can’t look mexican

Mike June 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm

hes cool

Breanna73 February 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm

His German roots are most likely very strong. My husband looks very similar and he has Scottish/German ancestry. When figuring someone’s ethnicity you can consider things like height and teeth – you can look at Affeck’s teeth (his original teeth in “Good Will Hunting”, NOT his veneers). People with European ancestry often have smaller teeth. The height can come from his Scottish/German ancestry as well – they are a larger people than the Irish.

Eddie J February 17, 2011 at 10:00 am

Wow this is among the most ridiculous stereotypical bullshit I’ve heard on here yet, which takes some doing. I know some fully Irish guys that look like him too, knowing someone with similar looks isn’t exactly an argument winner , he could be a fully Irish guy from Ireland based solely on his looks, as for the height..

Average height of adult male

Germany 1.780 m (5 ft 10 in)

Ireland 1.774 m (5 ft 10 in)

Chris July 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Well you didn´t read the chart right. The 1,78m was for all German man, while the Irish was just for young men.

If you want to compare the proper age ranges, then it´s like that:

Germany 1.810 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)
Ireland 1.774 m (5 ft 10 in)

kay21 December 4, 2010 at 11:31 pm

I always thought he was Jewish

nnnnn April 19, 2013 at 12:01 am

Not only you

Anonymous June 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Ben Affleck has english ancestors that was born in the 1500s/1600s
you will seee them here

Dave May 17, 2010 at 6:16 pm

I can explain the “Geza” thing. Ben Affleck stated on his interview on Inside the Actors studio (which can be found on YouTube) that his parents gave him the middle name “Geza” after a friend of theirs, who was a Hungarian Jewish Holocaust refugee.

So, unless his mom had an affair with this guy Geza, there’s no actual genetic link… :-)

ethnic May 17, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Thanks Dave, Awesome link. that solves this question.


nnnnn April 19, 2013 at 12:01 am

I like it “his mom had an affair”, and her son was called
after him. His dad is very “tolerant”

Anonymous May 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm

EA and BGAB forever xoxoxo

Anonymous May 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I love Ben soooo much

Stephanie April 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Well whatever he is… To me he is the HOTTEST man alive

ethnic January 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Ryan thanks for the info. Ill definitely look into it more


Ryan January 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm

The surname, Affleck, is most certainly Scottish/Irish; however, this does not mean that all four of Ben Affleck’s grandparents were entirely Scottish or Irish–that isn’t usually the case. His mother’s name, Boldt, is most definitely of German derivation. It seems obvious from Ben Affleck’s middle name, Geza; and from his brother Casey’s middle name, Caleb, that there is some Eastern European and, most likely, some Jewish heritage somewhere their lineage–most likely through a grandmother. The fact that Ben Affleck identifies as “Irish and Scottish” in interviews is probably because the majority of his ancestors were of that ancestry. It’s equally possible that, like so many people these days, Ben Affleck doesn’t really know where all of his ancestors came from! I am three years younger than Ben Affleck, and I’ve known many people around my age who know absolutely NOTHING about their ancestors, so he’s actually well-informed by comparison!

Anonymous December 2, 2009 at 9:51 am

more like borafill

Me October 18, 2009 at 10:26 pm

He doesn’t look typically Scottish/Irish. He looks more like a typical Hungarian!!!!!

ethnic July 26, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Affleck could be Scottish too as Ben’s father’s is Scottish.

Irish July 26, 2009 at 10:46 am

It’s a Celtic name… not Geman. Not all Irish names begin with O or Mc. Even the name Costello is Irish.

I know my culture.

ethnic July 10, 2009 at 6:22 pm

good question. Ill look into it.

LiL V4CH4 C0MiN yUR W4yy July 10, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Why does his mom have a German last name though?

Anonymous August 11, 2009 at 8:16 am

not only is Boldt German but Geza is Hungarian………………… what is his real

ethnic August 11, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Affleck was named after his grandfather who was called Géza and could be of Hungarian descent.

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