Christina Ricci

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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Curious about ethnicity

28 Responses

  1. The.geneal.guy says:

    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 says:

      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. says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

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

  2. Check7t says:

    Alpinid (predominately).

  3. Daisuke says:

    She should embrace and identify with her Italian heritage

  4. Wow says:

    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.

  5. Kimber69 says:

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

    • Freerk says:

      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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