Cindy Crawford

by andrew on July 4, 2013

2012 International Press Academy of Beverly Hills' Satellite Awards

Birth Name: Cynthia Ann Crawford

Place of Birth: DeKalb, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 20, 1966

Ethnicity: English, 1/8th Danish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, German, distant French, Irish, and Welsh

Cindy Crawford is an American supermodel and actress. She is the daughter of Jennifer Sue (née Walker; re-marriage surname “Moluf”) and John Dan Crawford. Cindy is married to businessperson and model Rande Gerber, who is Jewish; their children are Presley Gerber and Kaia Gerber, both of whom have also modeled.

Cindy has English, 1/8th Danish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, German, and distant French, Irish, and Welsh, ancestry. Some of her family lines have lived in the United States since the 1600s.

Cindy, along with her then-husband, actor Richard Gere, were selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Couple Alive” in 1993 (instead of the annual “Sexiest Man Alive”).

Cindy’s paternal grandfather was Kenneth Leroy Crawford (the son of David Paul Crawford and Amelia Christine Marie Hansen/Hanson). Kenneth was born in Wisconsin. David was in Ballymoney, co. Arntrim, Ulster, Ireland, the son of James Paul Crawford and Isabella McCaughey. Amelia was born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Danish parents, Ebbe Hansen and Agathe Marie/Mary Christine Christenvisen/Christensen.

Cindy’s paternal grandmother was Ramona Eileen Hemingway (the daughter of Frank Randall Hemingway and Hazel Mae Brown). Ramona was born in Minnesota. Frank was the son of Louis Randall Hemingway and Carrie Mae/May Salisbury. Hazel was the daughter of Thomas William Brown and Mary Jane Marsh.

Cindy’s maternal grandfather was James Richard Walker (the son of James Dudley Walker and Leola Margaret Wheeler). Cindy’s grandfather James was born in Tennessee. Cindy’s great-grandfather James was the son of William Samuel Grundy Walker and Mary Williams Sneed. Leola was the daughter of Samuel Simeon Wheeler and Rachel/Rachael Jane “Jennie” Carman.

Cindy’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy May/Mae Montgomery (the daughter of Almon Montgomery and Ada Belle Kallembach). Dorothy was born in Illinois. Almon was the son of Thomas Jefferson Montgomery and Rachel Ann Le Master/LeMaster. Ada was the daughter of Frederick/Fred J. Kallembach and Sarah/Sally/Sallie C. Pardon.

Sources: Twitter comment about her ancestry –

Genealogies of Cindy Crawford –

Genealogies of Cindy’s paternal grandparents, Kenneth Leroy Crawford and Ramona Eileen Hemingway –

Genealogy of Cindy Crawford (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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neiltennant December 30, 2017 at 4:36 am

SHE looks like yugoslawian(bosniak) or arab women

andrew December 28, 2017 at 5:47 am

President Nixon and Cindy Crawford are 7th cousins, twice removed, through Joshua Hemingway, Sr, and Joanna Evans

andrew August 31, 2017 at 1:26 pm

Cindy’s 9th great-grandparents, Ralph Hemingway and Elizabeth Hewes, were also Ernest Hemingway’s 7th great-grandparents. Ernest descends twice from them, because his great-grandafather Allen Hemingway’s parents were first cousins.

andrew December 28, 2017 at 5:42 am

This makes Cindy and Ernest Hemingway 8th cousins, twice removed.

Through Ralph Hemingway and Elizabeth Hewes, President Nixon and Ernest Hemingway are 8th cousins, once removed.

andrew August 31, 2017 at 1:09 pm
ses101 July 31, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Scottish surname.

andrew January 26, 2017 at 12:59 pm
andrew October 26, 2016 at 3:57 pm
luckystar September 26, 2016 at 2:09 pm

She looks like Tülin Şahin who is from Denmark. Nothing exotic in her, god bless white beauty.

gel September 27, 2016 at 5:35 am

Don’t think you’re right – shes of Scottish descent and the Scottish are mixed:

gel September 27, 2016 at 5:39 am
ashash June 23, 2018 at 7:31 am

Old articles. 23andme is the most accurate and most Scottish people come up as European unless they are an immigrant or have a parent that is one. Scottish people also overlap genetically with the Irish, English, and Welsh. Southern Europeans have more diversity in their DNA. They are all white, though.

neiltennant June 23, 2018 at 4:12 am

TÜLIN SAHIN is of turkish descent and proves very good that she has something exotic

Crawford looks like many bosniak women i know( who are of arab and european descent )

andrew June 23, 2018 at 7:33 am

Bosniaks are South Slavs converted to Islam by Ottoman Turks.

Have you finished high school?

neiltennant June 23, 2018 at 11:09 am


i know that but some of them have also arab +turkish roots

andrew June 24, 2018 at 5:18 am

Turks and Arabs are different people. Arabs hail from Arabian Peninsula. Bosniaks does not have Arab roots.

phaedra May 14, 2016 at 7:14 pm

She probably makes herself look darker than what she is so she’d appear “exotic”. Yes, that look she has isn’t typically English. She looks Jewish, Turkish or Italian.

What another poster said is true. Because she is of Anglo-Celtic descent people would call her “exotic”. If she were Spanish or Middle Eastern, they’d be calling her a “woman of colour” in an instant.

ectag November 17, 2015 at 6:34 pm

I think a lot of the people drawn to sites like this are the sort who are obsessed with ethnicity. Such people tend to be extremely naive about phenotype and can’t imagine how someone can be completely Northwestern Eutopean yet have dark hair and eyes and an ‘olive’ complexion.

It’s really stupid. They think anyone who doesn’t look stereotypically Germanic MUST be part Arab or some such.

It’s really ignorant and really weird.

Cindy is just an example of an Celtic/Anglo-Saxon who has a phenotype more typically found in Southern Europe. Now if they were to speculate she were perhaps part Italian or Greek it might be not altogether unreasonable (though she is definitely all Northwestern Euro). But people on here immediately leap to wacko assumptions like “she must be Native-American (free clue: Native-Americans look nothing – NOTHING – like southern Europeans or even Middle Easterners for that matter).

The crazy part is, the only sense someone like Crawford looks Middle Eastern is if it’s one of those Middle Eastern types who look European (as many Levant types do).

Duke February 14, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Your post is extremely verbose and contains a superfluous amount of textual. Over-examination that you’re partaking is quite laughable.

Cindy Crawford’s phenotype is Atlantid + Alpine a typical English & Southern German look. She doesn’t look Southern European to me (distinctly) that would be someone like Catherine Zeta Jones.

cwm85 July 29, 2015 at 2:11 pm

I have never thought as I looked at Cindy Crawford that she was anything but a Caucasian, European etc… I think people who want badly for someone to be mix are just desperate to claim someone. Cindy is all Caucasian, sorry. She would blend in in untied Kingdom, France, Denmark… etc.

neiltennant July 29, 2015 at 4:14 am


people think she might have some arab or southern european but she has not


but she is very good looking ohhhh

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 10:54 pm

“George Clooney effect”

Haha good one. I like that. I hope that term becomes popular since everyone is saying these things.

ectag November 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm

I think it’s more an effect of the medias preoccupation with race and ethnicity and in particular the tendency in recent years for white Latins to be called “people of color!”

40 years ago only a lunatic or ignoramus would think someone who looked like Cindy Crawford or George Clooney looked “exotic”. Its crazy. But when we’re conditioned to view people like Penelope Cruz or Andy Garcia or Antonio Banderas as “people of color!” they start to think an Irishman with dark eyes or a mostly Anglo woman with dark eyes and hair looks “exotic!” and MUST be part Lebanese or Cherokee, lol.

People are getting soooo dumb.

PB1897 November 23, 2015 at 8:17 am

Looking around this site it seems like a lot of people (mostly Americans) don’t really understand how phenotypically diverse white people are. I facepalm everytime I see someone being called ‘exotic’ for having dark hair/eyes, or that someone looks ‘part this, part that’ – it’s absurd. I think these people need to visit Europe.

neiltennant July 18, 2015 at 11:52 am

she looks like a brown eyed lana del rei

ihatemostpeople July 24, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Please don’t ever compare Cindy to Lana. Cindy is one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen. Lana looks like every woman at WalMart.

athelya November 18, 2015 at 6:35 am

no she doesn’t.. + lana has hazel eyes

andrew July 18, 2015 at 1:11 am
neiltennant July 17, 2015 at 11:19 am

she could also pass for a bosnian or croat woman

but i thought there was somebody with the name MOLOF in her family ?

Thats arabic name of lebanese

andrew July 17, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Moluf is possibly the re-marriage surname of her mother.

andrew July 18, 2015 at 1:12 am
Fatmonkey March 19, 2017 at 8:27 am

On an old forum about Cindy’s ancestry, a member wrote he had heard she is of “part Yugoslav ancestry”. I never found any Yugoslav-sounding surname in her family tree, so I’m guessing the guy likely mixed her up with Catherine Oxenberg (Serbian) or Stephanie Seymour (Croatian).

midori29 June 4, 2015 at 7:08 am

Yes, Cindy Crawford most definitely looks like she has an exotic non white admixture in her, like Kim Kardashian, there has to be an Arab, Middle Eastern or native American in her DNA. Its not just because everything on her is brown, she looks ethnic and foriegn, outside of America and Europe. She should take a dna test. I also thought I heard she was native american too.

thomas1987 June 4, 2015 at 12:10 pm

She looks just white, i don’t know what you are taking about.She was on a show where she tracked her roots and it went back millions of years and stayed in England.So yeah, she’s just white.

M June 4, 2015 at 3:43 pm

No she does not. She looks mixed with some ethnic race.

Fatmonkey June 21, 2015 at 10:40 am

A distant maternal ancestress of hers, Theresa Thomca Widiom (wife of Daniel Kallembach) was born in Germany, but apparently has a non-German surname (her middle name “Thomca” also incites pondering). I speculated Theresa may have been German-Jewish… May have been (!), not “was”…

Another of her ancestors with unusual surnames is Sallie Pardon. Her family tree as well as surname origin are a mystery as well.

The majority of her ancestors are white Europeans, though, so I guess the “dubiously European” genes are barely present anyway.

ectag November 17, 2015 at 6:47 pm

I can never tell if people like “M” are neo-nazi types or super liberal politically correct types because they both have the same, very weird caricatured assumptions (i.e. all Anglos/North/Northwestern Europeans are pale, blue or green eyed and hair haired, or else they must be part (Arab, Latin, Native-American etc.)).

It’s really ignorant.

Free clue: There are many full blooded English/German/Dutch people who have dark hair and eyes and can tan well, and many full blooded Italians/Spaniards/Greeks who are fair haired and fair eyed with light complexion. Northern Europeans aren’t always pale blue eyed blondes and southern Europeans aren’t always swarthy brown eyed and raven haired.

A user July 18, 2015 at 4:41 am

I think I remember seeing something like that but it wasn’t millions of years right? It was to the 15th century or something.

midori29 July 29, 2015 at 6:36 am

@Thomas1987 , England has always had alot of Arabs and middle easterners in their population.

ectag November 17, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Nonsense. They don’t even have a significant amount of Southern European admixture. There is and have always been full blooded Brits with Cindy Crawford’s coloring.

Alice November 18, 2015 at 5:27 am

@midori29 – People that say things like that should link to something. England hasn’t always had a lot of Arabs and Middle Easterners in their population. I wish people wouldn’t talk nonsense and just stick to facts. There has even been a recent genetic study on Britain called the People of the British Isles (PoBI). I would recommend people to read it instead of saying things for which they have no evidence.

ectag November 17, 2015 at 6:38 pm

You really need to get out more. She must have “exotic non-white admixture” because she has brown eyes and hair?

Kardashian doesn’t have any “exotic non-white” ancestry btw. The most exotic thing in her background is Armenian (Armenians are Caucasian).

Boog May 21, 2015 at 6:41 am

what is this? 1/8th Danish, smaller amounts of Irish and French

This is beyond stupid: how do you measure “smaller” and “and”

you cannot pin point nationality or race this way

ectag November 17, 2015 at 6:53 pm

Actually you can with genetic markers (easier to do with race than ethnicity, especially when the ethnic groups are in a similar geographic location). But those fractions are based on the ethnic origin of her ancestors.

In any case she had her DNA examined on one of those TV shows where they look at the “DNA of the stars” and there were no exotic non-European DNA or even any southern European DNA.

She’s entirely Northern European.

Woogieboo April 28, 2015 at 1:07 pm

When I was little, I saw Claudia Schiffer and Linda Evangelista and I thought they were Europeans however with Helena Christensen, Cindy Crawford and Christine Turlington there was something exotic about them. Cindy looks a bit to Evan or viceversa. She has brown eyes, and her eyebrows something in her face scream a bit of native american because French and Arab could affect but the result is slightly different. I always thought it that way, in the past women lost their last names as they married maybe she has it but she doesn’t know it yet :)

Woogieboo April 28, 2015 at 1:08 pm

I meant Eva Mendes, they look alike…sory I ate my words :P

midori29 February 6, 2015 at 1:10 pm

I honestly read somewhere that Cindy had Native American Indian ancestry too. She had a different dad than the rest of her sisters and that he was estranged.

Sky January 7, 2014 at 11:00 am

What is with “Maluf”? Sounds like an Arab name to me. Not that I care of course. She is gorgeous but she needs to stop lecturing people how to look good while she clearly had botox treatment to begin with and I wish she stopped repeating how “all American” she is. Enough. Gorgeous though, that is another thing.

Fatmonkey November 4, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Her maternal ancestress, wife of Daniel Kallembach, was Theresa Widiom. I am kinda perplexed with her surname. On her scarce biographical records, it says she was born in Baden, Germany, yet the surname ‘Widiom’ doesn’t sound too German to me.

follers November 5, 2013 at 1:07 am

It could be a more English spelling of a German surname, or it could be a rare German surname.

J.J. November 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

correction; yes her eyes are hazel and yes her eyes are brown but saying hazel brown would be like saying amber yellow, it should be listed as hazel with light brown in brackets or just simply hazel

Alice January 8, 2014 at 3:23 am

Brown eyes have ceased to exist. Everyone now has hazel or forest green eyes :)

smiley February 6, 2014 at 1:16 am

Her eyes look brown to me.

J.J. February 6, 2014 at 2:27 am

how correct smiley brown eyes have suddenly ceased to exist along with people who obtain them like George Clooney. and alice her eyes are brown but they contain golden colouration around the edges making them hazel, the person who uploaded this did list her eyes as hazel-brown and I said it was best left at just hazel

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