Gerard Butler

by ethnic on March 30, 2010

Birth Name: Gerard James Butler

Place of Birth: Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Date of Birth: 13 November, 1969

Ethnicity: Irish, possibly Scottish

Gerard Butler is a Scottish actor. He has starred in the films Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, 300, The Bounty Hunter, and Olympus Has Fallen, among many others.

Gerard was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. He is either of entirely or partially Irish ancestry. It is not clear if he is also of Scottish descent. His mother’s maiden name is “Hanton”, which can be Scottish or Irish. Gerard has said that he is “a little Scots boy whose whole family are Irish. They really are – my family is from all over Ireland.”

Gerard’s family moved to Montreal, Québec, when he was several months old. He returned with his mother to Scotland not long after, and was raised there.

Gerard’s paternal grandfather was Johnny Butler (the son of Edward Butler and Mary Brennan). Edward and Mary were from Myshall, County Carlow, Ireland.

Source: Some of Gerard’s family history –

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AdamMartin September 27, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Most of the best looking and talented Scots have an Irish background for some reason.

crunty March 24, 2016 at 2:45 pm
fuzzybear44 November 27, 2015 at 12:13 am

Wow he goes from a Irish talking Spartan king, to a Irish talking Egyptian God. That’s quite a step up

maestro November 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm

He looks very Greek and Ancient Egyptian.

(obvious sarcasm)

follers November 27, 2015 at 6:06 pm

I’m sure there were Greeks who looked like him. It wouldn’t be too unusual.

maestro November 27, 2015 at 6:12 pm

I mean with his natural appearance he doesn’t look too Greek, although I guess he didn’t look odd in 300.

The.geneal.guy December 5, 2014 at 3:26 am

He must have English heritage too (although most Scots and Irish don’t like to admit it!!) as Butler is an Old English surname.

Alice December 6, 2014 at 1:55 am

It’s actually a Norman name. I’ve even got it in my family tree.

J.J. December 6, 2014 at 4:21 am

butler is a norman surname which can be english, french or german

Alice December 8, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Butler is very common in Ireland. I’ve got a great grandmother who was a Butler and the Butler side of Gerard’s family came from Ireland. It is very much a part of Irish history.

Girll November 26, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Whaat? This Scottish actor is Irish?

Not a single Scottish ancestor??

follers November 26, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Not sure. He has said he is of Irish descent. His family is Catholic.

Freerk November 27, 2014 at 4:16 am

Yes, that sounds a bit crazy … :D

But that’s what “ethnicity” means – he is Scottish, of course, but his ancestors not so far away were Irish, so his ethnic roots are Irish. (What’s not so different …) It’s the difference between nationality and ethnicity. (Otherwise there were no “Americans” apart from Native Americans.) But at a point his descendants will be Scottish according to ethnic criteria, and only genetics will give a hint to Irish roots.

Check7t November 27, 2014 at 2:09 pm

He’s an Irish lad by all accounts.

phaedra April 24, 2016 at 12:04 am

Not surprised. He’s too attractive to be Scottish. Many good looking men in the British Isles are either Irish or English.

notional October 30, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Here’s a better pic Ethnic, update it please

ethnic October 30, 2013 at 8:28 pm

is that pic on bigstock or prphotos? If not I cant use it due to copyright issues.

notional October 31, 2013 at 9:56 am

No sorry, I just found it on google. I checked big stock and prphotos but all of them are charging for license rights, do you have to pay for all the pictures you upload?

follers July 4, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Are we sure all of his ancestry is Irish? His parents were not Irish immigrants. They were both born in Scotland.

Here is some info on his father’s side:

Gerard’s paternal grandfather was Johnny Butler (the son of Edward Butler and Mary Brennan). Edward and Mary were both from Myshall, County Carlow, Ireland.

Some of Gerard’s family history –


andrew July 5, 2013 at 6:57 am

Brennan is super Irish (the singer Enya has that last name)..but what’s with the fake curly hair in the photo? they’re incredible

fuzzybear44 July 5, 2013 at 8:44 am


How do you know it’s fake?what if he flat irons his hair normally?

andrew July 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm

they’re made with curlers

follers July 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I never doubted his Brennan great-grandmother (and her husband) were Irish. What are you implying?

Alice March 21, 2012 at 4:48 am
Dropit! March 18, 2012 at 4:52 am

As far as I understand he’s Scottish and has confirmed it on the Ellen DeGeneres show.

McWard April 7, 2011 at 11:27 am

Ethnicly we tend to seperate Europeans alot more than we would say Africans or Asians don’t you think?

Butler is Celtic, leave it at that. Both Scots and Irish share Celtic-Gaelic roots.

Irish-Scots, an uncommon name but a very common people, are found throught lowland Scotland. Connery, Connolly, Butler, Cox, Doyle, Boyle… proud to call myself one as well.

Chad MacGregor February 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

You’ll find that it’s only on Gerard’s father side that he is Irish whereas his mother is of 100% Scottish roots.

GLENCOE May 14, 2011 at 9:55 am

Hi. Just wondering how you know about this?

To Ethnic September 6, 2010 at 3:54 am

I think the above needs changing

NIAPOI August 30, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Have no idea who sent a reply about Connery and a link to what appears to be his paternal Irish roots.

However, his mother’s family came from Uig and Fife, on the Isle of Skye, and were native Scottish Gaelic speakers. The maternal side evidently rated large in this family.

Just let Butler and Connery be Scots, for heaven’s sake. That’s where they were born and that’s how they ethnically identify.

Alice March 21, 2012 at 4:57 am

It is true that they are Scots but their ethnicity is Irish also and the ancestry is fairly recent as well. This site is about a person’s ethnicity and if they were half Italian and Scottish by birth that would be listed. Rod Stewart is English by birth but sees himself as a Scot due to his ancestry.

notional October 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm

is this true? Can someone update his ancestry

Alice October 29, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Yes he is Irish on his father’s side but Scottish on his mother’s.

He even made this quote about acting as a Leprechaun

“At least it’ll make the Irish part of me proud. It doesn’t get more patriotic than playing a leprechaun.”

Alice October 29, 2013 at 8:53 pm

He definitely should be listed as Scottish as well.

follers October 29, 2013 at 9:03 pm

How do you know that he is Scottish on his mother’s side? Her maiden name is “Hanton”.

I think I remember one interview where Gerard said something like “my whole family is Irish”.

NIAPOI August 30, 2010 at 11:31 am

Gerard Butler never mentions himself as anything but Scots – nor does Sean Connery (a true champion of Scottish nationalism who put a lot of his money where his mouth is about that).

Scotland the Brave!

Aiden McGeady August 30, 2010 at 11:57 am

Connery – Co. Wexford
Butler – Co.Carlow

Éire go Brách

Mairead August 26, 2010 at 9:14 am

”The lineage of heart-throb Gerard Butler, the star of hit movie PS I Love You, begins in county Carlow with his great grandmother Mary (nee Brennan) and great grandfather Edward Butler, who both hailed from Myshall.

The Butler family emigrated to Scotland and lo and behold, three generations later a young Gerard is born in bonny Glasgow and subsequently becomes a Hollywood hunk!

Gerard’s great grandmother, Mary Brennan, was the sister of well-known Ned Brennan, a postman in Myshall for years, while Gerard’s grandfather on his father’s side, Johnny Butler, is buried in Myshall.

Nowadays Gerard has many relatives still living in Carlow, including Michael Dawson of Maple Lawn, Ballon, who is a cousin on the Brennan side, cousins include Tom Nolan of Carlow Electrical, Dick Nolan of Altamont, Kilbride, and Tom Nolan of Casteltown, Carlow.”

Ethnic you should change his ethnicity.

H. August 27, 2010 at 7:34 am

I think ”Ethnic” should change the ethnicity above

GLENCOE May 14, 2011 at 9:57 am

How did you find all this out? Fascinating! I am American, but of Scottish descent on my Dad’s side.

myspace celebrity July 21, 2010 at 5:38 am

Yeah, he has a touch of Irish in him.

Elvis July 21, 2010 at 7:32 am

He has more than a touch.

edd123 June 26, 2010 at 9:42 am

hi ethnic,

i found out that gerard butler has irish roots….the weblink below will tell you!…..

Yum Yum August 26, 2010 at 10:15 am

Ya, from County Carlow. Time to change the above ethnic.

123 June 5, 2010 at 8:19 pm

He definitely has Irish roots. His name alone should tell you that.

LiL V4CH4 April 3, 2010 at 1:28 am

I think he’s also mixed w/ Irish. That’s what some websites say.

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