Courteney Cox

by ethnic on October 28, 2010

Birth Name: Courteney Bass Cox

Place of Birth: Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 15, 1964

Ethnicity: English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, German, distant Swedish and French

Courteney Cox is an American actress, producer, and director. She has a daughter with her former husband, actor and filmmaker David Arquette. She was previously credited as Courteney Cox Arquette.

Courteney’s paternal grandfather was Wilmore Pearson Cox (the son of William Thomas Cox and Irene Oliver). Wilmore was born in Georgia. William was the son of William Thomas Cox and Narcissa Pearson. Irene was the daughter of William Oliver and Sallie Collier.

Courteney’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Ann Lewis (the daughter of Joseph Washington Lewis and Mary Margaret Naulty). Elizabeth was born in Pennsylvania. Joseph was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Irish parents, Joseph W. Lewis and Esther M. Hackett. Mary Margaret was the daughter of Edward Sourin Naulty and Sarah Elizabeth Harbison/Harbeson.

Courteney’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Bruce Bass (the son of Samuel Bruce Bass and Florence Mary/May Betts). Courteney’s grandfather Samuel was born in Virginia. Courteney’s great-grandfather Samuel was the son of Robert Emmett Bass and Martha Susan Bruce. Florence was the daughter of William Obadiah Betts and Ella Middleton Bruce.

Courteney’s maternal grandmother was Nina Dorothy Godwin (the daughter of Emerson Soulet Godwin and Nina May Noff). Courteney’s grandmother Nina was born in Alabama. Emerson was the son of William Wiley Alexander Godwin and Mary Lou Cotton.

Sources: Genealogies of Courteney Cox –

Genealogies of Courteney Cox (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Courteney’s maternal grandfather, Samuel Bruce Bass, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Courteney’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Elsie Jane Vardeman –

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andrew December 4, 2017 at 3:53 am

On her maternal grandfather’s line, She has 1/1024 Native American ancestry through Elizabeth Nansemond, the princess of the Nansemond tribe. I think she could descends twice from Elizabeth. Also another ancestor of her, Amy Bunch Winigum, might have been Native American

genealogy of Courtney’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Thomas Bass (through her sister, Mary Bass) –

bablah December 4, 2017 at 5:17 am

Oooh, a princess! And a Native one at that! How interesting!

follers December 4, 2017 at 11:20 am

It also explains Cox’s exotic looks, high cheekbones, and (now it seems obvious) straight black hair.

madman December 4, 2017 at 12:11 pm

Her Swedish heritage probably explains her blue eyes.

follers December 4, 2017 at 12:29 pm

No, blue eyes originated around the Black Sea somewhere. She must have a little Bulgarian in her.

andrew December 4, 2017 at 12:04 pm


Yes, she was the daughter of the King of the Nansemond Nation. She married John Basse (Courtney’s 7th great-grandfather), an early settler in Virginia, on August 14, 1638 –

andrew December 4, 2017 at 12:22 pm

Same ancestor of Tommy Lee (1/2048) and Clint Dempsey (1/8192)

follers December 4, 2017 at 12:47 pm

Whether that Nansemond ancestry is real or not is totally irrelevant, because it doesn’t appear that Courteney Cox is even descended from those people.

Her ancestor Thomas Bass (born c. 1752), who was married to Mary Mosley, was the son of Thomas Bass and Judith Watkins. He wasn’t the son of a different couple, Thomas Bass and Thomasine Bunch (who are related through their common ancestor, Nathaniel Basse, who was born in 1589, in England).

See the book “The descendants of William Moseley, 1605/1606-1655 of Norfolk, Va, Volume 1” (Leila Eldridge D’Aiutolo, Warren Louis Forsythe), 2000:
“Mary MOSELEY {4536}, born about 1760 at Summerville, Cumberland Co., VA Powhatan now. She married Thomas BASS {4543} 19 Nov 1778 at Powhatan Co., VA, bond. He was born 1751/1752 at Goodes/Middle Creek?, Chesterfield Co., VA. He was the son of Thomas BASS {4692} and Judith WATKINS {3038}.”

Now enough with this nonsense already. Get a new hobby for 2018. Your current one can only be seen as trolling from this point forward.

And it’s time to start removing all Wikitree spam links from this website. The Courteney Cox tree stupidly links Thomas Bass (born c. 1745) as the son of Thomasine Bunch (born c. 1735).

And before passingtime85 corrects me, yes, I know some girls have given birth at ten years old.

andrew December 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm

I am not the editor of those family trees, so if there’s someone to blame it’s not me. Bye.

follers December 4, 2017 at 1:07 pm

Wrong, it is you, and only you, to the decimal of exclusivity.

andrew November 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm
M-oneill-14 April 19, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Her Irish fiancee is from north-west Ireland, judging by her great grandmothers surname (Naulty) her ancestors were also from this north west area.

Capricious April 4, 2015 at 3:17 am

Cut her her short and dye it blonde, she will be Ellen’s twin.

scott December 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm

correction: her eyes are “blue” and her hair is a “Reddish brown (dyed black)” if you want to add that

neiltennant October 24, 2014 at 7:37 am

no no

she has dark brown or nearly black hair

i saw her in several commercials when she was a child and did you see her on the DANCING IN THE DARK video of Bruce springsteen video ?

it would crazy if a 6 year old girl would have died her hair back then :-)
and in the bruce music-video she was 19 or so

theropod June 24, 2013 at 2:24 am

No Italian, Jewish or Turkish?

She’s a bit, well, ‘exotic’

JasonBaker February 12, 2014 at 11:20 am

Being dark-haired makes someone ” exotic ´´?

Europa May 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Yet another anti-white on this site

Capricious April 4, 2015 at 3:18 am

Jews, Italians and Turks are more “Caucasian” (or “white”) than Germans, Swedes and Brits.

Nice try.

If anything, “anti-white” would be suggesting that they’re “part black” or “Mestizo”.

ses101 April 10, 2017 at 5:04 am

Anti-Britsh would be more accurate. There is a hell of a lot of hate aimed at British people here, as if we can’t produce anyone good looking without there being some German/Italian/Hispanic/Jewish, etc blood in there.

neiltennant May 4, 2017 at 12:01 pm

blue eyes exotic ?

none April 29, 2013 at 11:19 pm

what the hell did she do to her face? she looks like a muppet

andrew June 8, 2013 at 10:54 am

she’s ok

Dan December 8, 2013 at 2:57 am

Post of a picture of yourself and let us judge you. You must be a “10”, right? Yea, you’re probably a jealous “2.” She looks gorgeous.

christian March 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm

wonderful blue eyes and awesome hair

her natural hair color ?

billErobreren December 15, 2013 at 3:59 am

nah, It was more like a medium to dark brown, not exactly unusual for at Brit

andrew December 15, 2013 at 7:52 am

somewhat reddish too

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