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, and Welsh
Blake Lively is an American actress, model, and homemaking expert. She is known for starring in the TV 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.
Blake has English, with a smaller amount of Scottish, German, 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.
Genealogy of Blake Lively (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Blake’s paternal grandfather, Ernest Wilson Brown, Sr. (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://records.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Blake Lively (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.familycentral.net
Genealogy of Blake’s mother – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Blake’s maternal great-grandfather, Robert Alexander McAlpin (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Blake’s matrilineal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Jane Armstrong (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
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