Chris Evans

by ethnic on August 1, 2010

Birth Name: Christopher Robert Evans

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 13, 1981

*25% German
*25% Irish
*25% Italian
*25% mix of Welsh, English, and Scottish

Chris Evans is an American actor and director/filmmaker. Often recognized for appearing in films adapted from comic books, he is perhaps best known for his roles in the film Not Another Teen Movie (2001), as the Human Torch in two Fantastic Four films, and for portraying Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

He is the son of Lisa (Capuano) and George Robert “Bob” Evans III. His uncle (mother’s brother) is congressman Mike Capuano (D) of Massachusetts. His brother, Scott Evans, is also an actor.

Chris’s paternal grandfather was of Welsh, English, and Scottish descent, while Chris’s paternal grandmother was of German ancestry. Chris’s mother is of half Italian and half Irish descent.

Chris’s paternal grandfather is George Robert Evans, Jr. (the son of George Robert Evans and Maude/Maud Ellen Davis, born Maude/Maud Ellen Cryer). Chris’s grandfather George was born in Texas, and is a prominent graphic arts executive. Chris’s great-grandfather George was the son of Mathew James Evans, who was Welsh, and of Mary Anne “Annie” Morlee, who was born in Illinois, to English parents; Matthew’s own father was named John M. Evans. Chris’s great-grandmother Maude was the daughter of Thomas Leo Cryer and Lola Ellen McCollom; she later took on the surname of her stepfather, John Mitchell Davis.

Chris’s paternal grandmother was Alma Emma Behling (the daughter of John Frank Behling and Ruth Annette Marold). Alma was born in Pennsylvania. John was the son of Johann Dietrich/Detrich Behling and Johanna Marschhausen/Marchhausen, who were German. Ruth was the daughter of John C. Marold and Emma Louise Schneider, who were both also of German descent.

Chris’s maternal grandfather was Andrew Capuano (the son of Michele “Michael” Capuano and Sabina Solimina/Solimene/Solimele). Andrew was born in Massachusetts, to parents who were born in Candida, Province of Avellino, Campania, Italy. Michele was the son of Ignato Capuano. Sabina was the daughter of Sabbato Solimele and Luigia/Louise Rullo.

Chris’s maternal grandmother was Rita Marie Garvey (the daughter of Earl Everett Garvey and Grace Agnes Shaughnessy). Rita was born in Massachusetts. Earl was the son of Thomas F. Garvey, whose parents were Irish, and of Mary Coggin/Coggins, who was Irish. Grace was the daughter of Irish-born parents, Martin Shaughnessy and Margaret “Maggie” Burke.

Chris’s matrilineal line can be traced back to Honora Morgan, who was born in Ireland.

Sources: Notes on Chris’s ancestry –

Genealogies of Chris Evans –

Chris’s paternal great-grandfather, George Robert Evans, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
George Robert Evans on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Chris’s paternal great-grandfather, George Robert Evans –

Genealogy of Chris’s paternal great-grandmother, Maude/Maud Ellen Cryer/Davis (focusing on her stepfather, John Mitchell Davis) –

Chris’s paternal great-grandmother, Maude/Maud Ellen Cryer/Davis, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary and genealogy of Chris’s paternal grandmother, Alma Emma (Behling) Evans –

Genealogy of Chris’s mother (through her own brother, Michael Everett Capuano) –

Chris’s maternal grandfather, Andrew Capuano, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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andrew September 2, 2017 at 8:18 pm
MettaWorkPlease November 11, 2016 at 4:52 am

He really is Captain America. He’s got top 4 ethnicities most white Americans have

andrew June 27, 2016 at 7:06 pm
andrew September 2, 2017 at 8:15 pm
andrew May 7, 2016 at 3:05 pm

His brother Scott Evans is an actor.

crunty May 7, 2016 at 11:06 am

With a surname like Evans, he’s definitely got some Welsh boyo in him.

caligurl2 April 18, 2016 at 8:26 pm

I can see the Italian, some expressions he makes he looks like Paolo Cannavaro

andrew October 9, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Candida, Province of Avellino, Campania, Italy.

klsoukup June 25, 2015 at 6:27 pm

*possible* correction re: findagrave links

I found this article in regards to whom I believe to be Chris’s great grandfather. Says he is buried in West Point Military Cemetery, and is linked to a Mary Ellen Davis Evans

Your link to Maud has a different Maud Davis Evans.

Interested to see what you think

follers June 25, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Chris’s great-grandmother, Maude Ellen Davis, was born around 1911 according to the 1940 census, and is listed by birth name in books like “Who’s Who in California” and on the Texas Birth Records.

I think it’s possible that Chris’s great-grandfather re-married. Notice that Mary Ellen Evans is listed as having been born in 1917, which means she was very unlikely to have been the mother of someone who was born in 1931, Chris’s grandfather. Chris’s great-grandparents George and Maude were still married in 1940, so the re-marriage would have had to have happened later.

klsoukup June 25, 2015 at 10:16 pm

i think you are correct. thanks for following up!

Capricious April 2, 2015 at 6:19 am

25% Italian

No wonder I kinda found him attractive even though he was never my type. There was something Italian about him that I can’t put my finger on…

GLXY October 26, 2014 at 3:13 am

I knew he wasn’t just Irish and Italian

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