Place of Birth: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Date of Birth: 11 August, 1983
Ethnicity: Dutch (maternal grandfather), Irish, English, as well as 1/16th German and 1/16th Scottish
Chris Hemsworth is an Australian actor.
Chris’s maternal grandfather was a Dutch immigrant. The rest of Chris’s ancestry is approximately 11/32 English, 9/32 Irish, 1/16th German, and 1/16th Scottish.
Chris’s uncle, by marriage, was bushman Rod Ansell, who inspired the character “Crocodile” Dundee. Rod was married to Chris’s aunt (Chris’s mother’s sister), Joanne van Os, an author.
Chris was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2014. He is the second Australian-born man to have been given this title by the magazine (Hugh Jackman, in 2008, is the first). Chris is also thus far the only man of significant Dutch heritage to have been given this title by the magazine (although Patrick Swayze, the 1991 title recipient, may have had a Dutch great-grandfather).
Chris’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to John Hemsworth, who was born, c. 1804, in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
Chris’s paternal grandfather was Keith Hemsworth (the son of William Hamilton Hemsworth and Frances Margaret Jobson). William was born in Footscray, Victoria, Australia, the son of John Richard Hemsworth, who was of English descent, and of Carroline/Caroline Sophie Fahle, who was the daughter of German emigrants, Heinrich Conrad Fahle, from Minden, Westphalia, then belonging to Prussia, and Carroline/Caroline Schwer, from Hannover. Chris’s great-grandmother Frances was the daughter of John/Jack Jobson, who was of English and Scottish descent, and of Janet Bibby; Janet’s father, Thomas John Bibby, was born in Argyle, Scotland, and Janet’s mother, Ann/Anne/Annie McKeown/McEwan, was born in Dublin, Ireland.
Chris’s paternal grandmother was Gladys Priscilla Outen (the daughter of Charles Whynam Outen and Priscilla Louise Dainton). Charles had English and Irish ancestry, and was the son of Charles George Outen and Bridget Cross. Chris’s great-grandmother Priscilla was the daughter of James Henry Dainton, who was born in Clifton, Gloucestershire, England, and of Elizabeth Victoria Parker, who was born in Devon, England.
Chris’s maternal grandfather is Martin van Os (the son of Johannes Has Van Os and Petronella Nel Verhoeven). Martin is a Dutch immigrant. Johannes was born in Veghel, Noord-Brabant, the son of Petrus Johannus Van Os and Theodora Van Der Heijden. Petronella was born in Vorstenbosch, Bernheze, Noord-Brabant, the daughter of Everardus Martinus Verhoeven and Maria Van Der Sanden.
Chris’s maternal grandmother is Therese O’Sullivan (the daughter of Thomas Augustus O’Sullivan and Mary Christina Denham). Thomas was the son of Irish parents, Daniel O’Sullivan, from Kerry, and Catherine Flynn, from Tipperary. Mary Christina was the daughter of Henry Albert Denham, who was English, from Somerset, and of Margaret Catherine O’Neill, who was of Irish origin; Margaret was the daughter of Samuel O’Neill and Mary Alicia Bryce.
Sources: Genealogy of Chris Hemsworth – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Chris Hemsworth (focusing on his father’s side) – http://records.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Chris’s paternal great-grandmother, Frances Margaret Jobson (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Chris’s maternal great-grandmother, Petronella Nel Verhoeven (through Petronella’s sister, Adriana Maria Verhoeven) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com