Charisma Carpenter

by ethnic on September 26, 2008

Birth Name: Charisma Lee Carpenter

Place of Birth: Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 23, 1970

Ethnicity: Spanish (maternal grandfather), English, Scottish, as well as evidently French, German, Irish

Charisma Carpenter is an American actress. She is known for her role on the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Charisma’s maternal grandfather was a Spanish immigrant who was adopted by an American family. Charisma also has English, Scottish, and evidently French, German, and Irish, ancestry. Charisma’s maternal grandmother was said to be of one quarter Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Cherokee Native American ancestry has been verified/documented. No Cherokee ancestry appears in genealogies of Charisma’s maternal grandmother, and Charisma’s maternal grandmother, as well as her own parents and grandparents, were all listed as “White” on United States Censuses.

Charisma lived in Mexico in her youth, but does not speak Spanish fluently.

Charisma’s maternal grandparents were William “Bill” P. Whidden and Frances Mae Kirkland (the daughter of Reece/Reese Costello Kirkland and Emma Adina Goodman). Reece was the son of Radford Reece/Reese Kirkland and Dyce Caroline Wiggs/Riggs. Emma was the daughter of Henry Goodman and Mary Ann Harvey.

Sources: Genealogy of Charisma Carpenter (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogies of Charisma’s maternal grandmother, Frances Mae Kirkland –

Charisma’s maternal great-grandfather, Reece Costello Kirkland, on the 1880 U.S. Census –
Reece Costello Kirkland on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Charisma’s maternal great-grandmother, Emma Adina Goodwin, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Man from Leblon October 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm

LOL, every American or European with “olive” skin, brown eyes and dark hair are Spanish or Portuguese.

Europeans are not cookie cutter and never have been. There are Swedes that look like her, same for Germans, Swiss, French, etc.

And Germanic tribes also invaded Portugal and Spain, which were in themselves Celtic countries conquered by the Romans (Celtics were not a race by the way).

Hill July 7, 2017 at 4:50 am

Olive as in fake tan? Nice iq…

Devotion October 16, 2015 at 8:46 pm

She looks full Spanish to me.

Daron September 6, 2015 at 5:31 pm

She looks Puerto Rican.

ashash April 28, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Charisma is not part Cherokee. She does have a grandfather who was an immigrant from Spain, though. He was adopted by an Anglo family and had his surname changed.

J.J. September 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

correction; her eyes are forest green (green+brown) and her hair is dark brown (brunette) I think it should be listed

laststop August 29, 2013 at 2:05 am

She’s definitely part native. look at her playboy pics she has dark brown nips

neiltennant May 14, 2013 at 4:11 am

heidi klum with tan !!!

I love you, Roger Scientist March 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm

She is really beautiful. She has strong Native features.

smiley December 31, 2012 at 4:38 pm

No, she dosen’t. If she were blonde and light skinned you would think she looked totally European.

Ricksterflo22 February 3, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Dude, you are completely wrong because Looking European is actually not only blonde hair and blue eyes, but brown eyes and brunette hairs.. There is a theory proven on the Caucasian race about the whole race that more caucasians will have brown rather than blonde. Blonde hair and blue eyes is an Aryan thing and if you are not Aryan only, no justified right!

smiley February 3, 2013 at 7:21 pm

“Dude,” that was my point. Most caucasians aren’t blond haired and blue eyed. Yet whenever there is a caucasian with who is tan, with dark hair and eyes, people say they have to have something else in them.

neiltennant May 14, 2013 at 4:11 am

what she was born 1970 ??????????????????

Ryan January 18, 2013 at 6:16 am

Yes, she does have strong Native features.

rickyflo April 14, 2013 at 8:57 am

The only Amerindian feature is the skin silly because her features have Caucasian and what the hell she is, not native. There is not any strong native features except the skin.

andrew April 14, 2013 at 4:26 pm

this MILF appears just Caucasian to me. You wouldn’t guess she has Native American heritage until you read in her profile

Amanda December 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm

She also was on a few Charmed episodes.

worldgirl October 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

almost all those beautifull actricess with the wide faces ,piercing eyes ,amazing facial bones structure and strong majestic tresses *jealousss-ness* have native-indian roots ,..from somewhere in the world … my friend she looks like pocahontas , but with half dutch mix,.. so a somewhat pointier nose etc. *double -jealousss* haha

Dave August 25, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Carpenter yet again English but classed as something else

SparkleTime January 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Dave, a lot of people in America have an English surname but are not English. For example, Janice Dickinson’s father, Ray Dickinson, emigrated from Belarus. However, his family changed their last name to Dickinson to avoid discrimination. Her mother, Jenie Pietrzykoski, was a immigrant from Poland and eventually changed her name as well. The same can be said for Natalie Wood, who was originally Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko, and Tony Curtis, who was originally Bernard Schwartz.

Azafrantoo June 5, 2010 at 11:34 am

Great looking actress. Though my enjoyment of her (on Buffy) was somewhat dampened by my desire for her to move out of the way so I could get a better view of Willow. (Willow…)
When she went to Angel it was much better. No conflict (til Fred anyway. Fred…) That and they wrote her character as less shallow. Eventually.

ethnic October 27, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Wikipedia’s source is not very reliable either. A majority of sites on the web say that she is Cherokee, Spanish, Scottish, French, German and Irish.

charli October 25, 2008 at 8:31 am

You can’t really trust/rely on because anyone can edit it. Same as wikipedia, but wikipedia has sources. She really is Irish, Cherokee, and Spanish. references at

leevitbee January 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm

You definitely, should not trust this site!

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