Christina Ricci

by ethnic on January 3, 2008

Place of Birth: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 12, 1980

Ethnicity: Italian (paternal grandfather), Irish, Scots-Irish

Christina Ricci is an American actress. She played Wednesday Addams in the 1991 film The Addams Family, and has also starred in Casper (1995) and Sleepy Hollow (1999), among many other roles.

Christina has stated:

The Italian blood has been bred out of me. There’s an Italian four or five generations back who married an Irish woman and they all had sons. So they married more Irish women, there were more sons, and more Irish women. Now I’m basically Scots-Irish.

In fact, Christina’s father is of half Italian and half Irish ancestry. Christina’s mother has Scots-Irish, and possibly other, ancestry.

Christina is married to dolly grip James Heerdegen, with whom she has a son.

Christina’s paternal grandfather was Victor Edward Ricci (the son of Henry Ricci and Valentina Fiorentino). Victor was born in New York, to Italian parents.

Christina’s paternal grandmother was Charlotte Mae Ryan (the daughter of Patrick James Ryan and Helena J. Shay). Charlotte was born in New York. Patrick was born in Ireland, the son of Bernard Ryan and Catherine McDonald. Helena was born in New York, of Irish descent, and was the daughter of Timothy Shay and Mary Brennan.

Source: Christina’s paternal grandmother, Charlotte Mae Ryan, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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madman March 21, 2018 at 12:33 pm

*Italian, Irish (father)
*Scottish, possibly other (mother)

We don’t know her mother’s ancestry, only her surname.

Adrian1Cram February 27, 2016 at 12:36 am
bakchoyhurl February 6, 2016 at 11:13 am
Alex234 October 25, 2015 at 12:09 pm

That forehead.

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 6:08 pm

She should’ve Anglicized her surname to Richie. She would’ve gotten more roles and famous.

hesh123 November 7, 2015 at 6:21 am


neiltennant July 20, 2018 at 12:28 pm

its too late but those things helped some asian americans and some not

if she would have changed her name hollywood would have cast her as CRUZ, FERNANDEZ or other latina

neiltennant August 7, 2015 at 7:45 am

did she really say that she is ****** off, that people consider her only italian american ?

thats the curse of italian names

if somebody has the name o brian or Thomas or jones and are celebs they are just known as white american celebs and if the o brian has red hair maybe at least IRISH AMERICAN :-)

but if someone has the name PRONUCCI, RICCI, TRAVOLTA or DICAprio they are seen as Italian americans

cwm85 July 23, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Her Italian roots Definitely shows through…

Hazeleyes March 26, 2015 at 6:46 am

She is not Scots-Irish, that term I think is only reserved for people in in the Appalachian area in the south. She is Irish Italian and Scottish on her mother’s side, that does not make her Scots-Irish.

WTF January 16, 2015 at 9:12 pm

I find her so weird looking and pretty at the same time. She’s not classically beautiful and she kind of looks like an alien, but she’s still pretty.

andrew January 17, 2015 at 4:52 am

it’s the forehead

black plague December 19, 2014 at 8:05 pm

I think there’s many americans trying to claim irish roots.I don’t know why.For more than two thousand years,irish people has been crushed and conquered in europe.Once they dominated most western europe,now celtics are only in Ireland,Wales and Scotland.Not mentioning poverty and hunger.
Stupid ‘white’ americans.
For example,Caesar with six legions killed 250000 celtics in Alesia.Not very smart people.

neiltennant December 20, 2014 at 1:07 pm

There are a lot of people claiming to have irish roots, but on the other side there are also a lot of people claiming to have african merican oder native roots. (For example many celebrities)

Its obviously that she has definitively italian roots,

It looks like that she hates the fact, that she has italian roots.

GeorgeFrench February 27, 2015 at 8:02 am

Why is she claiming Irish roots? Uh… maybe because her family tree has names like Ryan,Brennan,McDonald,Shay?
The Irish never dominated most of Western Europe because the Irish were never actually Celts.The war in Alesia had nothing to do with Irish people,that was with what are now modern day French people.
Irish people left for America for the same reasons that all other Euro ethnic groups did.To escape religious,ethnic or economic persecution.Including Italians.

neiltennant December 19, 2014 at 7:33 am


its obviously that she is an italian-rooted girl

she cannot deny this and trys to be not italian-rooted

Check7t December 16, 2014 at 4:55 am

*then claimed, as necessarily hasn’t been all bred out of her.

Check7t December 16, 2014 at 4:54 am

She has more Italian blood they claimed.

The.geneal.guy December 5, 2014 at 3:31 am

What fascinates me are all these Americans that claim to have Irish ancestry just because an ancestor was born there! Irish people are a huge mix of celt, Scot, Spanish and mostly English blood.

Alice December 6, 2014 at 2:12 am

Irish don’t have any Spanish. There is Scots, Welsh and English but that is the same for Scotland, Wales and England as well. There is a lot of Irish blood in those places.

J.J. December 6, 2014 at 4:18 am

i think he means many celtic places in the british isles carry a mediterranean component which is thought to have been brought over from the spanish armada invasions, which i personally don’t believe. Spanish and portuguese were initially celtic peoples whom were also invaded by germanics much like the british isles but the iberian peninsula was then more recently invaded heavily by the moors from north africa whom carried arabid and negroid blood so that would be the main reason why they vary in appearance to the brits and other parts of europe which are inhabited by fair people

rafe September 25, 2016 at 1:29 pm

There’s no evidence of that. In genetic testing, it doesn’t look like the British and the Irish have any more Iberian ancestry than your typical Northwestern European. The fact some of them have dark hair doesn’t prove a thing. A single people may have more than just one phenotype, even if they’re not mixed.

GeorgeFrench February 27, 2015 at 8:04 am

Utter nonsense.Where do people like you get this bogus info from?

Check7t October 14, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Alpinid (predominately).

Daisuke November 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

She should embrace and identify with her Italian heritage

Wow March 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

So she should embrace her great great grandfather that had nothing to do with her day to day upbringing because she has dark hair? Interesting.

Kimber69 January 7, 2012 at 5:37 am

She should still embrace her Italian heritage. Obviously those Italian roots were strong she still looks more Italian than anything.

Freerk November 20, 2014 at 11:37 am

There’s one point how one looks and another, what surrounding forms one’s personality. When all people around her were Irish, then her Italian “heritage” may be just the surface – her looks, and she may think and feel completely like an Irish.

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