Ian Somerhalder

by ethnic on June 23, 2009

Birth Name: Ian Joseph Somerhalder

Place of Birth: Covington, Louisiana, United States

Date of Birth: December 8, 1978

Ethnicity: English, 1/4 Cajun (French), as well as smaller amounts of Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), Scottish, Welsh

Ian Somerhalder is an American actor, model, and director. He is famous for his role as Boone Carlyle on the series Lost. Ian is married to actress and writer Nikki Reed

Ian has English, one quarter Cajun (French), as well as smaller amounts of Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Ian has said that the surname “Somerhalder” was that of his grandfather’s stepfather, Jacob Emile Somerhalder. Ian has said that his mother has Choctaw Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Choctaw Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Ian’s paternal grandfather was Robert Emile Somerhalder (the son of Nancy Eveline Wood and of a man whose surname was said to be “Hull”). According to Ian, his great-grandfather Robert received his surname from Jacob Emile Somerhalder, who was evidently his stepfather and not his biological father.

Ian’s paternal grandmother was Carmel Blanchard (the daughter of Augustin/August “Gus” Blanchard and Jeanne Marguerite Guillot). Carmel was of Cajun (French) descent. Augustin was the son of Arthur Desire Blanchard and Celiana Cecile Templet. Jeanne was the daughter of Ursin Edouard Guillot and Julie Carmelite Girouard.

Ian’s maternal grandfather was Carlie Barton Israel, Sr. (the son of John Randolph Dowdy Israel and Johnnie Victoria Brumfield). John was the son of John Jacob Dowdy, who had changed his name to John Jacob Israel, while living in Arkansas, and of Rebecca Jane Vaughn. Johnnie was the daughter of James Wesley Brumfield and Mary Jane Allen.

Ian’s maternal grandmother was Ruby Lucille Cooper (the daughter of Ethod Ocie Cooper and Pearline “Pearly” Rushing). Ethod was the son of William C. Cooper and Pearlie O. Smith. Pearline was the daughter of Jasper Wilber Rushing and Mary Elizabeth Breeland.

Sources: Ian’s maternal grandfather, Carlie Barton Israel, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Ian’s maternal grandfather, Carlie Barton Israel, Sr. – http://www.obryantokeefe.com

Genealogy of Ian’s maternal great-grandfather, John Randolph Dowdy Israel – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Ian’s maternal great-grandmother, Johnnie Victoria Brumfield – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Ian’s maternal great-grandmother, Johnnie Victoria Brumfield, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Ian’s maternal grandmother, Ruby Lucille (Cooper) Israel – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Ian’s maternal great-grandparents, Ethod Ocie Cooper and Pearline “Pearly” Rushing – http://www.findagrave.com

Ian’s maternal great-grandparents, Ethod Ocie Cooper and Pearline “Pearly” Rushing, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Ian’s maternal great-grandmother, Pearline “Pearly” Rushing (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Ian’s maternal great-grandmother, Pearline “Pearly” Rushing, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Ian’s matrilineal great-great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Breeland (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

musicfangirl January 1, 2016 at 12:46 pm

he looks British

Affellay April 30, 2013 at 10:59 am

Brumfield also sounds very Jewish btw

andrew April 30, 2013 at 8:15 pm

maybe Brumfeld

nnnnn April 30, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I thouht it, too

JohnC May 10, 2014 at 11:59 am

Brumfield (can also be Bromfield or Broomfield), is an Anglo-Saxon surname.

Check7t October 6, 2014 at 12:16 pm

You know most of those Ashkenazi names are initially German, right?

Just common amongst them.

nnnnn April 29, 2013 at 12:08 am

“Changed his name to Jacob Israel” Why?

shobohunter April 3, 2015 at 12:38 pm

whoo?? what?? why???

andrew April 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm

from imdb.com

“The surname “Somerhalder” originates from his adoptive great-grandfather. His biological great-grandfather, a wealthy English landowner, got one of his mistresses pregnant and paid an immigrant worker of his to marry this woman and give the baby a name, which was Somerhalder (probably of Germanic origin). The biological great-grandfather’s name was Hull.”

BellaTrainer April 28, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Not the best pic of him but IMO he is gorgeous, especially facially

me March 8, 2012 at 6:32 am

i like his slanted eyes and he is hot

dana November 10, 2011 at 9:16 am

he has those good looks from being white of northern european descent and that coloured skin and hair and eyes from the miscegnation.

alex September 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Wow, just like Megan Fox Ian has some native american blood. I would never suggest that hehe.

BellaTrainer April 28, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Jessica Biel is also part Choctaw…very stunning

nnnnn April 29, 2013 at 12:01 am

I would never suggest, that 99% Hollywood “have some
native blood”

amber April 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm

choctaw? I never heard of that before in my life haha, but sounds nice.

amber April 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm

oh sorry I just googled it!

iwas April 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm

@amber

you never heard of it because your DUMB

Ava May 30, 2011 at 8:42 am

i think ur the one thats dumb
so everyone is supposed to know the name of every Native tribe going?
Do you know how many there are?
if you could name them, i would take my hat off to you.

RJ September 30, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Iwas…. Before calling someone DUMB, you should probably check your own spelling. It’s YOU’RE (as in YOU ARE). Nice.

Latoya November 27, 2010 at 4:29 am

He looks a bit homosexual.

kate December 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm

ur homo bitch

Key April 11, 2011 at 11:49 pm

He really is homo…..you know…

alex September 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm

NO he is not)

clark kent August 21, 2010 at 9:37 pm

id love to see his eyes in real life, because they look amazing on tv, and i bet they look better in person.

SafestBitchInTown February 23, 2011 at 7:25 am

they do. I met him last year and they really do <3

Kelly August 21, 2010 at 8:10 pm

yes he is =)

LovesDamon July 20, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Ian is so HAWT. :333

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