David Arquette

by ethnic on June 14, 2009

Place of Birth: Winchester, Virginia, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 8, 1971

*English, French-Canadian, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, Irish, Welsh (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

David Arquette is an American actor, professional wrestler, director, producer, screenwriter, and fashion designer. He is known for his role in the four Scream films.

David’s family surname was spelled Arcouet many generations back. David’s father, actor Lewis Arquette (Lewis Michael Arquette), had English, French-Canadian, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. David’s mother, Brenda Olivia (Nowak), was also involved in the arts, and was Jewish (of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent). As an adult, David had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony by the Western Wall in Israel.

David is the brother of actors Rosanna Arquette, Richmond Arquette, Patricia Arquette, and Alexis Arquette. David has two children with his wife, entertainment reporter Christina McLarty, and a daughter with his former wife, actress Courteney Cox.

There is a claim on the internet that David’s father was a descendant of explorer Meriwether Lewis. Meriwether Lewis had no children. It is possible that David’s father was related to Meriwether Lewis in some other way.

A DNA test of Patricia Arquette whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) stated that Patricia’s genetic ancestry is:

*48.5% Ashkenazi [Jewish]
*36.6% British & Irish
*0.2% French & German
*0.1% Finnish
*11.3% Broadly Northern European
*1.0% Broadly Southern European
*2.1% Broadly European
*0.1% Sub-Saharan African
*<0.1% East Asian & Native American

David’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Jean Arcouet dit Lajeunesse, who was born, c. 1646, in Marennes, Rochefort, Saintonge, France.

David’s paternal grandfather was Clifford Charles “Cliff” Arquette (the son of Charles Augustus Arquette, Jr. and Winifred/Wynne/Minnie Ethel Clark). Clifford was a famous comedian under the name “Charlie Weaver”, and was known for his appearances on the Hollywood Squares television show; he was also a Civil War expert. David’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Charles Arquette (who was born in Michigan, to parents of French-Canadian descent, Peter Daniel Arcouette/Arquette, who was from Sandwich, Ontario, and Marie Anne Valade Viliquette), and of Philomina Josephine “Minnie” Fritsche, who was Swiss, of Swiss-German descent. David’s great-grandmother Winifred was the daughter of Charles Cicero Clark and Emma E. Kear.

David’s paternal grandmother was Mildred Nesbitt LeMay (born Mildred Speight, the daughter of Shirley Sidney Speight and Willie Sue Barr). Mildred took on the surname of her stepfather, David John LeMay. Shirley was the son of Jessie Bryan Speight and Ellen Martha Williams. Willie was the daughter of Thomas Alexander Barr and Mary Emma Hill.

David’s maternal grandfather was Yusseff “Joseph” Nowack/Nowak (the son of Wolff “Zev” Nowak and a mother whose maiden name was Yasnor). Yusseff was a Jewish emigrant, who was born in Belaja Zerkovy/Bila Tserkva, Kiev, Ukraine, then in the Russian Empire.

David’s maternal grandmother was Claire Hibel/Hibbel (the daughter of Harry Hibel and Fannie Zacharek). Claire was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Harry was the son of Louis Hibel and Jennie Ita Osterer, who was born in Przasnysz, Poland. Fannie was the daughter of Moshe Zacharek and Rochel Fannie Schnitzler/Znizer.

Sources: Genealogies of David Arquette – http://www.geni.com

Genealogies of David Arquette (focusing on his father’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of David Arquette (through his sister, Alexis Arquette) (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com

Patrilineal genealogy of the Arquette family – http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com

David’s paternal grandfather, Clifford Charles Arquette, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

David’s paternal great-grandfather, Charles Augustus Arquette, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

David’s paternal grandmother, Mildred Speight, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

David’s maternal grandmother, Claire Hibel/Hibbel, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Claire Hibel/Hibbel on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Capricious April 4, 2015 at 3:16 am

He was so handsome back in the day. Still is fine nowadays though…

pookerella July 4, 2014 at 10:39 pm

Cliff Arquette was a famous personality named “Charlie Weaver.” He was a Civil War expert and a comedian. He was known to most people from the Hollywood Squares TV show. http://travsd.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/6mgcharlieweaver.jpg

Knowledgeable August 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm

If his mother’s maiden name is Nowak, David must be Polish Jewish on his mother’s side. In 1998 there were 220,217 Poles in Poland going by that name, making it by far the most common Polish last name.

Denai July 21, 2010 at 4:41 pm

His last name is Arquette, he has to have some French in him unless there is adoption or name change in his heritage

Fuzzybear July 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I read something about that to,that the family had creole and Cajun lineage;this site I go to is pretty trustworthy

total23 July 21, 2010 at 5:47 pm

To FuzzyBear

How Dare U Not Tell Me U Were Going On A Break…Lol!

Ur A Big Part Of This Site….Along With Ethnic!

I Was Starting To Worry!

Fuzzybear July 21, 2010 at 6:03 pm

To total23

Oh you were worry HUH? I saw what you wrote(this is not necessary,he hasn’t been gone long)that’s what you call worried.How about you give me a paper cut and pour lemon juice all over it,LOL.Well anyhow I did not know I would be gone this long,computers are a trip.Oh I lost all that stuff I had for you,sorry,my computer is still mess up

It’s good to hear from you to,I mean that in a (NO HOMO)way

total23 July 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm

That Comment I Wrote On The Mariah Carey Page Was Written On July 13th And U Haven’t Been Commenting On This Site Six Days Before My Comment. And That Person Was Saying Comeback Wen U Haven’t Been Gone For Long It Was Like Only Five Days U Haven’t Comment Which Is Why I Said Don’t Worry…But Its Been Almost Two Weeks And This Is Not Like U…Lol!

No Homo!

aps June 24, 2010 at 11:55 pm

He’s also Scottish and English. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=dowfam3&id=I53341 p.s Check ancestors Winifred CLARK

LiL V4CH4 April 12, 2010 at 6:23 am

He is Jewish and Welsh.

Fuzzybear July 21, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Ok we all good,later man

ethnic July 22, 2010 at 9:20 am

Total23 and Fuzzybear and others all are a big part of this site. theres no “head honcho” :p

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