Blake Lively

by ethnic on January 23, 2010

Birth Name: Blake Ellender Brown

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 25, 1987

Ethnicity: English, smaller amounts of Scottish, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Welsh

Blake Lively is an American actress, model, and homemaking expert. She is known for starring in the television series Gossip Girl, as Serena van der Woodsen.

Blake is the daughter of actor Ernest Lively (born Ernest Wilson Brown, Jr.) and acting teacher Elaine Lively (born Willie Elain McAlpin). Lively is the surname of her mother’s previous husband, Ronnie Lively. Among Blake’s siblings are actors Jason Lively (Ronald Jason Lively) and Robyn Lively, who are her half-siblings. Blake is married to Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds, with whom she has two children.

Blake has English, with a smaller amount of Scottish, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Welsh, ancestry.

Several L’Oréal commercials featuring Blake describe her ancestry as being partially Cherokee (Native American). It is not clear if this Cherokee Native American ancestry has been verified/documented. No Cherokee Native Americans appear among Blake’s recent and relatively recent ancestors.

Blake’s paternal grandfather was Ernest Wilson Brown, Sr. (the son of Harry Thomas Brown and Sister Tiny/Tina Clark). Sister was the daughter of James Granville Clark and Lucy Nicely.

Blake’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice Gray/Grey Walton (the daughter of Eric Ivan Walton and Myrtle Ellen Rigsby). Eric was the son of John Henry Walton and Phoebe/Pheobe Luemma Gumm/Gum. Myrtle was the daughter of James Rigsby and Mattie Ethel Sparks.

Blake’s maternal grandfather was James Olin McAlpin (the son of Robert Alexander McAlpin and Laura Smith). Robert was the son of Thomas Jefferson McAlpin and Elizabeth Jane/Louisa Brown. Laura was the daughter of William Harvey Smith and Sarah Evelyn Sewell. Robert McAlpin’s great-grandfather, Blake’s great-great-great-great-grandfather Alexander McAlpin, was born in Strathblane, Stirlingshire, Scotland.

Blake’s maternal grandmother was Willie Inez Thrash (the daughter of Isaac Farmer Thrash and Mattie Lee Smith). Isaac was the son of John Allen Thrash and Celia Blake. Mattie was the daughter of Javan Jefferson Smith and Eliza Jane Owens.

Sources: Genealogies of Blake Lively –

Genealogy of Blake Lively (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Blake’s paternal grandfather, Ernest Wilson Brown, Sr. (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Blake Lively (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Blake’s mother –

Genealogy of Blake’s maternal great-grandfather, Robert Alexander McAlpin (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Blake’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Eliza Jane Owens (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew December 9, 2017 at 4:32 pm

she has also one distant Scots-Irish ancestor, Richard Skaggs (1674-1766)

Pegzi July 28, 2017 at 1:04 pm
andrew June 14, 2016 at 5:55 pm

Robert Alexander McAlpin’s great-grandfather, Alexander McAlpin, was born in Strathblane, Stirlingshire, Scotland.

cwm85 August 6, 2015 at 5:25 am

She looks British…

xoxo August 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

She’s pretty but can’t act worth a shit.

cwm85 July 31, 2015 at 7:40 am

She looks very english… is she a natural blonde?

Bow Down Bitches July 25, 2015 at 7:39 pm

she’s gorgeous

Capricious April 2, 2015 at 5:23 am

She looks Slavic with those hooded eyes.

andrew October 18, 2014 at 11:52 am

she’s married to Ryan Reynolds

Trincee November 17, 2013 at 2:22 am

To be frank it’s hard to judge her race based on her looks because she’s had multiple surgeries and dental implants.

follers December 10, 2014 at 11:34 pm

You will simply have to judge her race based on her genealogy then.

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