Hilary Swank

by ethnic on July 30, 2010

Birth Name: Hilary Ann Swank

Place of Birth: Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 30, 1974

Ethnicity: one quarter Mexican [Spanish and Indigenous], as well as English and German, and smaller amounts of Swiss-German, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, and Dutch

Hilary Swank is an American actress and producer. She has twice won the Academy Award for Best Actress, for Boys Don’t Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004).

Hilary’s maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Dominguez, was born in El Centro, California, to a family of Mexican origin; some of her ancestors had lived in California for several generations, while others had moved from Mexico more recently. While on Inside the Actors Studio in 2009, Hilary stated that her maternal grandmother was of “80% Spanish and 20% Shoshone Native American descent.” In the sense of many Mexicans being of mixed Spanish and Native American (Indigenous Mexican) ancestry, Hilary’s statement is somewhat correct, though it is not clear if she has verified/documented Shoshone ancestry, specifically.

Hilary’s three other grandparents were not Hispanic. Hilary’s other ancestry includes English, German, with smaller amounts of Swiss-German, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, and Dutch. Hilary’s paternal grandmother was born in England.

Hilary’s surname, Swank, originates with Balthasar Swank, who was born, c. 1716, in Wuerttemberg, Germany.

Hilary’s paternal grandfather was Glen Ellsworth Swank (the son of Lewis Ellsworth Swank and Lottie Tedrow). Glen was born in Iowa. Lewis was the son of William Henry Harrison Swank and Josephine Amanda Phillips. Lottie was the daughter of Grant Tedrow and Alice Lavada Gilmore.

Hilary’s paternal grandmother is Marion Elaine Allenspach (the daughter of Walter Charles Allenspach and Lucy Creek). Marion was born in Barnstaple, Devon, England. Walter’s father, Isaac Allenspach, was Swiss, of Swiss-German descent. Walter’s mother, Annie Sarah Noyes, was English.

Hilary’s maternal grandfather was James Kenneth Clough (the son of Harold Frederick Clough and Dora Annabelle/Ann McMillin/McMillan). James was born in Iowa. Harold was the son of John Clough and Carrie Dell Martin. Dora was the daughter of William P. McMillin and Sarah A.

Hilary’s maternal grandmother was Frances Martha Dominguez (the daughter of Frank Ray/Raymond Dominguez and Martha Beatrice Rodriguez). Frances was born in California. Frank was the son of Juan Pedro Dominguez and Maria Andrea Grajeda. Hilary’s great-grandmother Martha was the daughter of Ramona/Romana Yberra Reyes/Coronada.

Sources: Genealogies of Hilary Swank – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Interview with Hilary Swank on Inside the Actors Studio (2009) – http://www.youtube.com

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madman August 27, 2017 at 10:15 am

Come on… just remove “with the rest of Hilary’s ancestry being”.

follers August 27, 2017 at 11:04 am

Then I’d have to add it to Zac Efron’s page.

madman August 27, 2017 at 12:15 pm

Or compromise and add it to Bradley Cooper’s page.

neiltennant May 27, 2016 at 8:25 am

In PERU, HONDURAS etc. one can find a lot of people with that face

fuzzybear44 April 30, 2016 at 12:45 am

So the Shoshone ancestry hasn’t been proven. Actually didn’t think the Shoshone tribe made it to mexico. However if Taboo from the Blackeye Peas, can be Shoshone, then why not her

phaedra April 28, 2016 at 6:43 pm

Mexican? Kinda shocked, thought that she’s easily a full Anglo-American. But hey, at least (unlike others) she’s honest about her ethnic makeup.

I mean, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Julia Roberts and many of those suspicious looking ones should also come out and say that they have these “exotic” ethnicities in them too.

andrew April 29, 2016 at 5:05 am

Would you believe it or not, their ancestries are well documented and they’re 100% Europeans.

Devotion October 25, 2015 at 7:08 pm

Typical German looking woman with that big mouth.

xoxo August 27, 2015 at 12:18 am

She looks like a man.

cwm85 July 16, 2015 at 3:40 pm

I see a little Asian that’s it… In her eyes…

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 11:09 pm

Er no….just because you have small squinty eyes eyes don’t mean that you have Asian in you lol

neiltennant July 13, 2015 at 11:02 am

she could pass for a german woman but if i look closer at her exotic eyes ….hmm i do have doubts

neiltennant July 13, 2015 at 11:01 am

i do live in germany and without any doubt she can pass for a full german woman

she looks good

me February 4, 2015 at 5:07 pm

She looks mostly german with creole.

Capricious April 1, 2015 at 7:01 pm

German and Irish for me.

shobohunter June 3, 2014 at 3:26 pm

are you nuts??
re-read his comments. Mexico’s population is more then Ireland or Norway. what your talking about percentage ..
percentage wise Ireland and Norway have more white people . like 95% but Mexico is populous country so their minorities population is going to be big in number then percentage compare to others country s population. or even with country that the they same and most percentage of the same minorities.
so there are going to more white people in number.
another example
Indian catholic population is 2%. Portugal is majority 90% catholic. now Indian being the populous country , and have 1.5 billions population. so Indian catholic is going to be big in number then compare to portugueses catholic. but in percentage wise they are minorities.

shobohunter June 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm

typos = Portugues

ihatemostpeople May 10, 2014 at 8:27 pm

BTW, she looks like a horse in this picture…

ihatemostpeople May 10, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Mexican my fu*king ass. She is white as snow.

Dogg December 23, 2014 at 3:37 am

Because she is only 1/4 Mexican and there are white Mexicans too, DUHH!!

Nikki April 9, 2014 at 5:48 pm

She isn’t mexican or spanish and i know for sure. Hilary Swank, is not mexican or mexican-spanish

Dogg December 23, 2014 at 3:38 am

O RLY? How do you know?

Mexican are mestizos January 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm

All Mexican are mestizos, and the few the white Mexicans are just of Spanish descent and in the TV, they are not of other Nations, so then they would not be Mexicans ri8, those born in Mexico who don’t have native american or Spanish descent are not Mexicans then… ughh well the few rest are of American and Irish descent I think…

andrew January 23, 2014 at 6:10 am

most, not all. Being a populous country, there are more white people in Mexico than in countries like Ireland, Norway or Finland

Ludwika February 18, 2014 at 1:25 pm

are u nuts? i`ve been in Mexico and most of the population is indigenous or mixed. Whites very few and most of them might look”white” but are mestizos.

marjanel August 16, 2014 at 8:29 pm

did you visit ALL Mexico?

Rip November 16, 2014 at 5:53 am

You’re obviously clueless about the topic. Mexicans can be of any race, and even among Mestizos there can be a broad range with some being predominantly European like Hillary’s grandmother. Also, even if someone had a grandparent who was an exactly half White/half Indigenous Mestizo with the rest of their heritage being White, they’d pass simply as White the majority of the time.

J.J. October 2, 2013 at 3:49 am

correction; her eyes are hazel and her hair is dark brown (brunette) I think it should be listed

spaceyaquarius August 7, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Now I see, the Mexican part of her took over and she lost her looks after “The Next Karate Kid” 1994. She used to be hot.

fuzzybear44 August 8, 2013 at 4:58 am


She looks the same as she did in 94,just older

Alice November 27, 2012 at 8:08 am

Aren’t Mexicans of other ethnicities like Spanish & other European nationalities and Native Indian? Mexicans are like Americans and have varied ancestries.

fuzzybear44 November 27, 2012 at 8:50 am

To Alice

Yes(German.French,Irish,Hindu,Chinese,Filipino,African, Syrian etc).You pretty much named it,all in Mexico

fuzzybear44 November 27, 2012 at 8:53 am

To follers

( Well, they are, but I think on this site, people of Spanish/Native Mexican descent are usually described as of Mexican descent.)

Well that’s because on this site,that’s the only ethnicity they will except

rickyflo June 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Nahhh, Follers the Spanish meant spaniard. Think of it this way, she isas cameron diaz in a way,Caucasian again. Gosh I hate this site now.

Marc 2 November 27, 2012 at 10:00 am

You’re absolutely right! Many people think for some reason, that “Mexican” automatically means mixed Native Americans/ Europeans. or fool-blooded Native. This is necessary to understand as well as in the case of Northern America, Southern Africa or Austarlia

leslie2 October 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Thank you!!!!1

leslie2 October 17, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Not all Mexicans are half Native. There are white Mexicans, mestizo Mexicans (mixed with Indigenous Mexican tribe full blooded Indigenous Mexicans, and white/Spanish blood) Mulatto ( Black, white, and Indigenous) Arab Mexicans, Asian-Mexicans,and European/white Mexicans(who have no ancestry in Mexico/are only recent immigrants). It’s tough to generalize,
because apparently Jessica Alba (although she is half Mexican, is only like 6% Indigenous Mexican)

How can she be Mexican is her grandmother was 80% Spanish and 20% Shoshone? When most of their territory was in the USA above all?

Not saying she is lying, but really though she looks mostly if not completely white.

I don’t get it.

leslie2 October 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

there are also full blood-indigenous tribes in Mexico/Central America. It really varies from the person and their family. I’ve seen fully white/Spanish mexicans before, who look no different then most European Spaniards.

follers October 17, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I don’t know why she said “80%” and “20%” or where she got this information from. Her grandmother was from a Mexican family. I doubt they would have identified specifically with a Native American tribe.

Dogg December 23, 2014 at 3:40 am


hanna December 1, 2013 at 1:59 am

Yes. My grandparents were born in Mexico they are both blue eyed and light skin and dark hair. There are tons of different people from all over the word in mexico. stupid american tv makes mexicans look ugly

Mexican are mestizos January 22, 2014 at 9:58 pm

No, Mexicans are Mexicans : Mix Spanish and NA mostly native look. The few white that u know are in the TV n are of Spanish descent

Dogg December 27, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Eva Longoria and Jessica Alba are part Native American, and not just Spanish. There’s also Danny Trejo.

hunnykinsgirl November 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I knew she was multi-racial, the lips don’t lie :D.

Roger Is My Lover March 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm
christian March 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

the german genes dominate

some of you had been in germany ?

especially in southern germany you can find millions who look like her

Roger Is My Lover March 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm

You are deluded.

nnnnn May 12, 2012 at 3:43 am

He’s a little bit crazy

Roger Is My Lover March 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm

You said you are an Afghan?

Seth Green is hot.

J March 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I’ve said this elsewhere, but I’ll say it here as well. Spanish people are white. They have no more non-white ancestry than other European nations.

SparkleTime December 3, 2011 at 2:32 am

Oh! Hilary has a Native ancestor of the Shoshone tribe. Where are all the people claiming that she is mixed race? Is Hilary not pretty enough for you guys? You guys surely claim Megan Fox is mixed race, even though she is less than 5% Native.

Please . . .

storm January 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm

If her maternal grandmother is 20% Shoshone Native American, that means her mother is 10% and she is 5%

storm January 29, 2012 at 11:49 pm

For Hilary Swank, i mean. Up top it says hilary’s maternal grandma is 80% Spanish and 20% Shoshone Native American

Anonymous July 31, 2010 at 2:59 pm

her german side is mad strong then!

ethnic August 1, 2010 at 10:07 am

well her grandmother was Spanish and Native. I assume the rest is German heritage. but I have a sneaking suspicion she may have some English or Irish descent.

Dave August 1, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Your suspicion is correct. Much of the “Swank” ancestry is traced here

Hilary is listed under “Generation 8”. If you go up from “60 ii. HILARY ANN SWANK born in LINCOLN, NE., 7-30-1974” you’ll find some English names in the previous generations. Her paternal ancestors’ last names include Ellsworth, Phillips, Tedrow, Westfall, Harrison, and Summitt. “Generation 1” was a German immigrant named BALTHASAR SCHWENK, born 1716.

Dave August 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Yes, she does have a lot of British Isles roots.
Here is a tree of her father’s side. “Generation 1” is her German ancestor. Hilary herself is listed in “Generation 8”. A lot of English names in between.

These are her maternal grandparents – more Anglo names on the grandfather’s side

ethnic August 13, 2010 at 9:07 am

thanks Dave!

total23 July 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I Always Thought She Was Related To Jennifer Garner!

fuzzybear July 30, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Why,because you think they look alike?

total23 July 31, 2010 at 9:51 am

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