Henry Cavill

by ethnic on September 7, 2010

"Man of Steel" UK Premiere - Arrivals

Birth Name: Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill

Place of Birth: St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands

Date of Birth: 5 May, 1983

Ethnicity: English, Irish, some Scottish

Henry Cavill is an English actor, known for playing Clark Kent / Superman. His father, Colin Cavill, is English-born, and of English descent. His mother, Marianne (Dalgliesh), is from Jersey, in the Channel Islands (where Henry was born and raised). Henry’s maternal grandfather had English and Scottish ancestry, while Henry’s maternal grandmother was Irish.

Henry’s paternal grandfather was Richard Cavill (the son of John William Cavill and Ellen Agnes Saunders). John was born in Yorkshire, the son of William Cavill and Margaret Lydia Crampton; Margaret was born in Malta, to English parents, George Crampton and Ann Cronk. Henry’s great-grandmother Ellen was the daughter of Richard Saunders and Mary Ann Minards.

Henry’s paternal grandmother was Gladys Jesse May Smith (the daughter of Henry Smith and Julia Simmonds or Western). Henry’s great-grandfather Henry Smith was the son of William Smith and Sarah.

Henry’s maternal grandfather was Alan Gardner Dalgliesh (the son of Percy Dalgliesh and Marianne Pringle Gardner). Henry’s grandfather Alan was born in Guatemala, to an English-born father and a Scottish-born mother (both of Alan’s parents were of mixed Scottish and English ancestry). Percy was the son of James Dalgliesh and Lucy Booth Hadfield. Marianne was the daughter of John Neilson Gardner and Marianne Pringle.

Henry’s maternal grandmother was Mary Kathleen O’Donnell (the daughter of John O’Donnell and Elizabeth “Lizzie” McPhillips). Henry’s grandmother Mary Kathleen was Irish, born in County Monaghan. John was the son of James O’Donnell and Mary Cullen. Elizabeth was the daughter of Patrick McPhillips and Anne Coyle.

Sources: Genealogy of Henry Cavill – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Henry’s maternal grandfather, Alan Gardner Dalgliesh (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://www.dalgleishstudy.info

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

donelli October 17, 2015 at 8:02 am

He is not Channel Islander ??

Pegzi May 28, 2017 at 8:29 am

I don’t think that’s an ethnicity

follers May 28, 2017 at 11:24 am

It is an ethnicity, kind of like French. Cavill isn’t of Islander descent, though.

cwm85 August 14, 2015 at 7:27 pm

Definitely United Kingdom background.

Adamina February 18, 2015 at 6:19 pm

He was so handsome in The Tudors….still is

aroxysimon December 27, 2014 at 12:08 am

He is the epitome of masculinity

ethnic August 13, 2014 at 9:17 am

Check7t, unfortunately the pics are not free so i do have to pay for each of them. Also this website is less about photogenic shots and more about facial features where possible.

Gurrl August 7, 2014 at 2:03 am

He looks similar to Matt Bomer in this picture angle.

musicfangirl December 3, 2015 at 4:24 pm

they look a lot of like

Harriet December 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm

CORRECTION: ‘Channel Islands’ should be changed to ‘Channel Islander’.

notional November 6, 2013 at 6:40 pm

you could have used a better pic

andrew March 7, 2013 at 8:31 pm

also Cavill is similar to Cahill that is Irish

notional November 6, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Cavill is English though

HarrietmJones March 7, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Judging by Henry being from the Channel Islands and being at least half ‘Channel Islander’, there will be at least a bit of French blood I would think in his family tree. I might be wrong however, it’s just that my Great Grandmother and her ancestors all hail from Guernsey and with a bit of digging found both English and French blood there. Also, he seems to have the charm of a Frenchman, so I’m convinced he’s partly French! ;)

AW September 9, 2015 at 6:36 pm

You know, I wondered the same thing too. The Channel Islands are in such an interesting spot between England and France that I wondered if he had any possible French background being that close to northern France.

Stefania November 9, 2011 at 10:48 am

OMG he is like the most sexy drop dead handsome man I have ever seen in my life. The things I would do to him lol.

cwm85 September 9, 2015 at 6:55 pm

Seems you need a new toy…

Holly88 September 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I’d guess with a surname like ‘Cavill’, which sounds French to me and the fact he’s from Jersey, which is an English owned island just a few miles off the coast of France and a lot of people born there have French heritage that he also has some French descent too?! But I could be wrong?!

Maria April 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm

he’s simply beautiful

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