Drew Barrymore

by ethnic on September 12, 2008

Birth Name: Drew Blyth Barrymore

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 22, 1975

*English, Irish, German (father)
*Hungarian (mother)

Drew Barrymore is an American actress, writer, director, producer, and model. She is the daughter of actor John Drew Barrymore and model and actress Ildikó Jaid Makó. She first became famous for her role in the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Drew’s father was of English, Irish, and German ancestry. Drew’s mother was born in a displaced persons camp in Brannenburg, West Germany, the daughter of Hungarian parents.

Drew has two children with her former husband, art consultant Will Kopelman.

Drew’s paternal grandfather was John Barrymore, an actor (born John Sidney Blyth, the son of actors Maurice Herbert Barrymore, born Herbert Arthur Chamberlayne Blythe, and Georgiana Drew, born Georgiana Emma Drew). John was born in Pennsylvania. John’s siblings were actors Lionel Barrymore (born Lionel Herbert Blythe) and Ethel Barrymore (born Ethel Mae Blythe). John had English and Irish ancestry (some of his family were English people who were born and lived in India). Drew’s great-grandfather Maurice was the son of William Edward Blythe, who was born in Calcutta, India, and of Charlotte Matilda Chamberlayne/Chamberlain, who was born in West Bengal, India. Drew’s great-grandmother Georgianna was the daughter of actors John Drew (born Jonathan Henry Drewland, in Dublin, Ireland) and Louisa Lane Drew (born Louisa Lane, in London, England).

Drew’s paternal grandmother was actress Dolores Costello (the daughter of actors Maurice Costello, born Maurice George Costello, and Mae Costello, born Mae Altschuk). Dolores was born in Pennsylvania. Maurice was the son of Irish parents, Thomas Costello and Ellen Fitzgerald. Mae was the daughter of Lewis/Louis Altschuk, who was German, and of Catherine Callender. It is not clear if Catherine was also of German descent.

Drew’s maternal grandfather was Antal/Anthony A. Mako, a designer who worked with stained glass. Drew’s maternal grandmother was likely named Valeria.

Sources: Genealogy of Drew Barrymore – https://www.geni.com

Genealogies of Drew Barrymore (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Drew’s father – http://www.findagrave.com

Drew’s paternal grandmother, Dolores Costello, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Drew’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Lewis/Louis Altschuk, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Immigration record of Drew’s mother – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Drew’s maternal grandfather, Antal/Anthony A. Mako – http://articles.philly.com

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

bablah April 18, 2017 at 9:00 am

Names on the passenger list traveling with Ildiko are Antal and Valeria.

neiltennant April 18, 2017 at 7:16 am

SHE has Jewish roots

her mother JAID was born as the daughter of at least one Jewish parent in 1946

she was born in the near of BERLIN =brandenburg in a place for DISPLACED PERSONS

andrew December 22, 2016 at 5:18 pm
andrew June 10, 2016 at 5:43 pm
ann March 3, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Drew’s maternal grandparents were Anthony A. Mako and Margaret Fekete.

follers March 3, 2016 at 2:20 pm

Good find. This obituary says that Anthony was married to Margaret for 37 years, so I’m not sure if Margaret was Drew’s biological grandmother, since Drew’s mother was born in 1946.

sparkles180 August 20, 2015 at 1:48 am

Love her!

xoxo August 6, 2015 at 6:21 am

She’s still pretty, even at her age.

theropod April 1, 2015 at 6:43 am

I love her face. xx

andrew December 8, 2014 at 5:53 am

she’s average and can pass anywhere in Europe. I barely recognized her in this pic, she used to be chubby

WTF December 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm

As if Hungarians look different from all the other white people. She could easily pass in any European country.

Check7t December 7, 2014 at 12:35 am

She doesn’t look Hungarian and most Hungarians are quite dark looking.

Freerk December 8, 2014 at 11:11 am

As in all ethnic groups, there ARE typical Hungarian faces. But she doesn’t have one.

And blonde Hungarians are quite sure of German(ic) descent. Don’t forget the Visigoths once lived there, Celts, and more recently Germans and Austrians.

beyfox January 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm

She is cute

DarellDianne April 6, 2012 at 7:00 am

im jealous of her beauty…I love you drew

aps January 1, 2012 at 9:40 am

Her great-grandmother on father side was half German. https://pt.sjtu.edu.cn/imdbphp2/person.php?mid=0182597&engine=

Worldgrl November 11, 2011 at 6:57 pm

That’s why I searched her name her cause I always though she was something mixed with German and Jewish or something cause of her facial features and heavy bonestructure etc.

neiltennant April 18, 2017 at 7:18 am

her mother is indeed at least 50 percent Jewish

her mother was born 1946 in Germany while her parents were slave workers for the Germans

mila July 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm


Last name origin & meaning:

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Oisdealbhaigh ‘son of Oisdealbhach’, a personal name composed of the elements os ‘deer’, ‘fawn’ + dealbhach ‘in the form of’, ‘resembling’.

Alice January 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Just to add to the above
The surname has been borne by a notable Irish family who claimed descent from Jocelyn de Angulo (fl. 1172), an Anglo-Norman knight. The family first appears on record in Ireland in 1193, known as the sons of Oistealb. This particular Oistealb was the son of Gilbert de Nangle, and from him the family’s Irish surnames Mac Oisdealbh and Mac Oisdealbhaigh are derived. The family has also been given the Irish surname Mac Goisdelbh, in reference to the founder Jocelyn.[3] The barony of Costello in east Mayo is named from this family.

amber April 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm

if one of her great grand parents last name is costello, doesn’t that make her at least a tiny bit italian? Costello is an italian surname, it doesn’t sound very irish to me at least , maybe it’s both?

iwas April 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm


Surnames don’t really mean anything dummy.The family could have had another name and then change it to that one.There are lots of different reason she could have that name,but your to dumb to see that.You say other peoples comments are stupid,WOW!!!

Alice July 21, 2011 at 5:34 am

A lot of people make that mistake but Costello is Irish. It is one of the many names that the Normans bought to Ireland.

jim.s, February 25, 2010 at 12:57 pm

drew barrymore is a verry sexy and gorgerous women.

ethnic October 4, 2009 at 7:09 pm

anon, I think Drew looks gorgeous here, I like the photo.

anon October 4, 2009 at 7:51 am

you need a more recent photo, not one from 1986. I thought she was part German, so Hungarian explains it.

what? September 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm

German and Hungarian are two completely different things.

great May 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Yes, but Hungarians are predominately of German and Slavic decent. So I get where anon is coming from.

ethnic April 11, 2009 at 9:23 pm

agreed, English from her great grandfather.

mzpreciousz April 11, 2009 at 4:39 am

You should put Anglo because of her father not knowing his dad cause he is Irish but could be more European stuff (mixed european) like that

mzpreciousz April 7, 2009 at 8:37 am

Her dad is only half Irish because he didn’t know who his dad is

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