Birth Name: William Bradley Pitt
Place of Birth: Shawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.
Date of Birth: December 18, 1963
Ethnicity: English (mostly), along with small amounts of German, Scottish, Welsh, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Irish, remote Dutch and French
Brad Pitt is an American actor and producer. He was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, to Jane Etta (Hillhouse) and William Alvin Pitt, and was raised in Springfield, Missouri. He was raised a Baptist, but no longer practices the religion. Brad is married to actress Angelina Jolie. His brother is businessperson and philanthropist Douglas Pitt. Brad was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1995, and again in 2000.
Brad’s family has lived in the United States for many generations. Most of Brad’s documented ancestors are English, with smaller amounts (to varying degrees) who were German, Scottish, Welsh, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Irish, Dutch, and French.
During an interview on Inside the Actors Studio (2012), Brad stated that his ancestry is:
…probably… Irish-Scots, Germans who settled in the area… Native American Indian… I know we have some Seminole, and some Cherokee Indian, in us.
No Cherokee or Seminole Native American ancestors have been documented in publicly available family trees of Brad Pitt. While he did not mention English ancestry, English comprises much or most of Brad’s lineage.
Brad’s paternal grandfather was Alvin Monroe Pitt (the son of Oliver Brown Pitt and Rosa Lee Dorris). Oliver was the son of Thomas Monroe Pitt and Mary Isabella/Belle Armor. Rosa was the daughter of George Washington Dorris and Nanny Rosalene/Rosaleen Smith.
Brad’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Jean Brown (the daughter of Lester Benny Brown and Una Valerie Coker). Lester was the son of William Henry Brown and Minnie Martha Moore. Una was the daughter of Richard Ogle Coker and Laura Tryphena Trotter.
Brad’s maternal grandfather was Hal Knox Hillhouse (the son of Emory/Emery A. Hillhouse and Etta Colemon/Colman Williams). Emory was the son of Elijah Boyd Hillhouse, Jr. and Malinda/Melinda Burrel/Burrell Morris. Etta was the daughter of Henry Thomas Williams and Ida Mae Isbell.
Brad’s maternal grandmother was Clara Maurine/Mae Bell (the daughter of Finis Alonzo/Alonza Bell and Lenora Jane Hammer). Finis was the son of William Saterfield Bell and Sarah Elizabeth Neece. Lenora was the daughter of Felix Emery Hammer and Sarah Angeline Parker. Brad’s seven times great-grandfather, John Johannes Hammer, was born, c. 1683, in Palatimate, Germany.
Genealogy of Brad’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com
Genealogy of Brad Pitt (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogies of Brad’s maternal grandparents, Hal Knox Hillhouse and Clara Maurine/Mae Bell – http://www.findagrave.com
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