Gavin Newsom

Gavin Newsom – 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards – Arrivals – Santa Monica Beach – Santa Monica, CA, USA -Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Gavin Christopher Newsom

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 10, 1967

Ethnicity: Irish, English, Scottish, as well as distant French Huguenot

Gavin Newsom is an American politician and businessperson. A member of the Democratic Party, he has been Governor of California, since January 7, 2019. He was previously a Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, from January 8, 1997 to January 8, 2004, Mayor of San Francisco, from January 8, 2004 to January 10, 2011, and Lieutenant Governor of California, from January 10, 2011 to January 7, 2019. He has also co-founded boutique PlumpJack Group, which includes wineries, restaurants, and hotels, and has hosted The Gavin Newsom Show.

Gavin is the son of Tessa Thomas (Menzies) and William Alfred Newsom III, who was a state appeals court judge and administrator of the Getty family trust. His maternal great-grandfather, Thomas Addis, was a physician and scientist, who made important contributions to studying blood clots. Gavin’s father was of at least seven eighths Irish descent, with the rest being mostly English. Gavin’s mother had English, Scottish, and distant French Huguenot, ancestry. Both of Gavin’s maternal great-grandfathers had been born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Gavin is married to documentary filmmaker and actress Jennifer Siebel Newsom, with whom he has four children.

He is a second cousin, once removed, of harpist, keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter, and actress Joanna Newsom.

Gavin’s patrilineal line can be traced to William Newsom, who was born, c. 1614, likely in England. He moved to Virginia in 1635, aboard the George.

Gavin’s paternal grandfather was William Alfred Newsom (the son of William Alfred Newsom and Belinda D. Collins). Gavin’s grandfather William was born in San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California. Gavin’s great-grandfather William was the son of Alfred Cane Newsom, whose paternal grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War; and of Elizabeth S. Egan, who was born in Seven Churches, Kings, now Offaly County, Ireland. Gavin’s great-grandmother Belinda was born in New York, to Irish parents, Patrick Collins and Annie E. Hanley.

Gavin’s paternal grandmother was Christine Anne Brennan (the daughter of John Brennan and Anna Burke). Christine was born in California, to Irish parents. Anna was the daughter of John Burke and Nancy Marron.

Gavin’s maternal grandfather was Arthur Liddell Menzies (the son of Kenneth Menzies and Maude Victoria Waithman). Arthur was born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California. Kenneth was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of Thomas Menzies, who was Scottish, and of Agnes Emily Hewitt, who was English. Maude was born in Pinos Altos, Chihuahua, Mexico, the daughter of Hubert Waithman de Lindeth Waithman, who was English, from Manchester, Lancashire; and of Grace Gertrude Winton, who was born in Sonora, Tuolumne, California, to parents from New York.

Gavin’s maternal grandmother was Jean Thorburn Addis (the daughter of Thomas Addis and Elesa Bolton Partridge). Jean was born in San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California, and had acted as Trigger Addis, appearing in San Francisco Actor’s Workshop. Gavin’s great-grandfather Thomas was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of Thomas Chalmers Addis, who was of half English and half Scottish descent, and of Cornelia Beers Campbell, who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Gavin’s great-grandmother Elesa was the daughter of John Partridge, who was Canadian, and of Emily Bolton, who was Californian.

Sources: Genealogies of Gavin Newsom –

14 Responses

  1. passingtime85 says:

    Imdb claims both he and his wife Jennifer have Jewish heritage. Anyone know if there’s any merit to that, or is it just another classic imdb mistake that hasn’t been corrected yet?

  2. jonasbttencourt says:

    If this guy runs for president, really dont doubt that he could win, given the fact that elections are more of a popularity(and often times, beauty) contest, something similar happened here in Brazil, where former Alagoas governor Fernando Collor won the presidential election largely due to his looks, despite him being an absolutely mediocre politician. btw surprised to see a full northwestern european californian, from what i know most whites there are heavily southern euro…

    • Oaken05 says:

      Then that’s your own misconception, then. White Californians are pretty representative of U.S. whites as a whole, since they moved there from everywhere east of there, largely German and British Isles like the rest of the country.

      • andrew says:

        Exacty, largely German and British Isles.

        • Oaken05 says:

          Yes, California’s Anglos mainly came from the (British) South and the (German) Midwest, just old Colonial American stock, not many recent “ethnic” Europeans mostly because of how far away it was from the East.

          • bablah says:

            I agree most are British-German, but there are also many Portuguese (just like in Hawaii), Croats, Danes (mostly Mormons), and let’s not forget that Spanish-Americans mostly live in California. Also a lot of Italian Americans, but they skew more towards Lombardy and other northern provinces, as opposed to mostly Southern Italians on the east coast and in Louisiana.

            Romany immigrants from Eastern Europe also prefered west coast (CA, WA, OR).

          • Oaken05 says:

            Top 4 European ancesries in California are German, Irish, English and Italian. Yes, they have some of everything, but that’s true of a lot of American states. The fact is that the bulk of the European descended population is very similar to the rest of the country.

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