Blake Lively

by ethnic on January 23, 2008

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/F. Brown and Sister Tiny/Tina Clark). Ernest was born in Virginia. 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). Beatrice was born in West Virginia. 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/Lara Smith). James was born in Georgia. 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). Willie was born in Alabama. 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) –

Blake’s paternal grandfather, Ernest Wilson Brown, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Blake’s paternal grandmother, Beatrice Gray/Grey Walton, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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) –

Blake’s maternal grandmother, Willie Inez Thrash, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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

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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.

smiley December 31, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Maybe this “W. McAlphin” is her mother because she did marry a Ronnie Lively (listed in the second link as R.Lively) and had 3 children (Blake’s half siblings). One of these siblings (Robyn Lively) did marry actor Bart Johnson.

smiley December 31, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Do you have a subsciption to Is that how you find all these trees so easily? Her father’s name is Ernest W. Brown from Baltimore, Maryland, if that helps.

smiley December 31, 2012 at 7:49 pm

My comments keep getting stuck in moderation. Her birth name is Blake Ellender Brown not Blake Christina Lively, born to Ernest W. Brown and Elaine Lively (nee McAlphin).

smiley December 31, 2012 at 7:57 pm

The name Lively comes from Blake’s mother’s first husband. I posted links but they are stuck in moderation.

smiley December 31, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Are you sure this is the right family. For instance the first link only says “Living” McAlphin and male. Where is the proof he is connected to Elaine McAlphin (Blake’s mother). The second link says that W. McAlphin (whose parents are the same as this “Living” McAlphin) married an R.Lively. Again no mention of Elaine McAlphin.

smiley December 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm

According to wikipedia her mother’s maiden name is McAlphin. It also says she was raised as a Southern Baptist. The links listed on wiki are expired though.

smiley December 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm

If this is true Brown+McAlphin+Southern Baptist makes me think that her parents have a Southern background though Blake was born in raised in California since both her parents are actors. Although neither surname is German I think Blake looks British Isles/German mixture. English/Scottish/German is a common background for Southerners.

smiley December 31, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Though it depends where they are from in the South. Apparently her father is from Baltimore, Maryland. Again, according to wikipedia, which isn’t always reliable.

Monkey Boys January 1, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Surely she’d be 1/8 Scottish going by that link. Not to mention the fact that names like Smith and Ingram are dual English/Scottish names.

Also the W may come from her Dads real name which is Ernest W. Brown.

Her half sister looks quite Scottish to me:

Pale skin red hair.

There’s a picture here of her with both her half sisters and there both Red Heads:

mm March 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised if she was German. Probably mixed with English because her father was born with the last name Brown. Maybe some Swedish too but she definitely looks German/English mix to me.

Rob September 17, 2011 at 2:16 am

good nose job anyways

Blake Fan July 4, 2011 at 6:23 am

that’s kinda urm..

MrZ June 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm

@Lil Vacha: She is English[1], Indian, Italian[2], Irish, German, Scottish.

Her mother is English, German, Indian.
Her father is Irish, Italian, Scottish.

She has a bit of Rican to her which I’m not sure about.

[1] Blake is an English first name.
[2] Lively is an Italian last name.

MrZ June 30, 2011 at 8:35 am

Ethnic, remove this plz. Thnx.

Lil Vacha June 28, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I agree. I’m sorry ethnic, but I think you’ve been ignoring me also. Hey “MrZ” what is she? what ethnicity did you find out she is?

MrZ June 30, 2011 at 6:06 am

I’m sorry for being rude. You can remove my other comments.

MrZ June 28, 2011 at 1:51 am

Blake Christina Lively is English[1], German, Indian, Scottish, Irish, and Italian[2].

Her father is Irish, Scottish, Italian[3][6].
Her mother is English, German, Indian[4][6].

She has a Rican element in her, I’m guessing from her mothers side, which I’m not sure about.


lil vacha June 29, 2011 at 8:33 am

What do you mean she has a “Rican” element?

dee June 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm

What is this guy even talking about? None of the links mention Blake herself having any of these backgrounds.

Lil Vacha June 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I agree “Dee”, I don’t see anything about her tht mentions her ethnicity…. O_o

MrZ June 30, 2011 at 7:01 am

I have provided enough evidence to confirm the name of her parents, and their genetic facial structure to be able to tell her ethnicity.

However, if this appears confusing to you, you can get a degree in anthropology and talk to me in a couple of years when all of this will make sense.

@dee There are no links that mention that she is not English, Indian, Italian, Irish, German, Scottish.

@lilvacha What am I, a DNA test?

rafael June 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm

what exactly is that element?

James August 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Are u effing kidding me with this crap?!!? U looked at her bone structure, ur ridiculous dude, she looks English and Scottish and guess what she is. Idiot.

asdfghjkl April 19, 2011 at 7:14 am

she’s so beautiful! i thought she was dutch and swedish….

Jana July 29, 2010 at 8:42 am

I like Blake, but she got a heavy nose job….and she’s uniquely pretty, but not beautiful.

drexxx May 25, 2010 at 3:30 am

i don’t know why i always thought she was Jewish! lol

Anonymous May 24, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Lively is not her biologically surname. Her father took on the name Lively from his wife (Blake’s mother), who got the last name from her first husband.

Ricky van Maastricht February 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm

She’s down to earth

Anonymous February 7, 2010 at 7:15 am
Nathan Teasdale Mottram February 7, 2010 at 6:43 am

she is beautiful

Blake Lively January 24, 2010 at 2:24 am

Blake is so hot !

ethnic January 24, 2010 at 12:05 am

lively is lovely!

Anonymous January 23, 2010 at 11:58 pm

I love her!

Lil Vacha June 30, 2011 at 8:50 am

You are just guessing… You can’t do that. You are going by how she looks and her facial structure which doesn’t make sense… Looks can be deceiving…

MrZ June 30, 2011 at 11:41 am

Genetic signatures are identical in every race. Who are you to question my expertise?

MrZ June 30, 2011 at 11:43 am

I don’t see why Gossip Girl’s ethnicity should turn into a 3 day argument. Yes, I could be wrong, but the following are your best bet to her race.

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