Jennifer Lawrence

by ethnic on April 1, 2012

Birth Name: Jennifer Shrader Lawrence

Place of Birth: Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States

Date of Birth: August 15, 1990

Ethnicity: English, German, Irish, Scottish, remote French

Jennifer Lawrence is an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook (2012). She is the first, and thus far only, person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar.

Her family has lived in the United States for many generations. Her ancestry includes English, German, Irish, Scottish, and remote French, roots.

Jennifer is a fifth cousin, once removed, of actor Jeremy Renner. Jennifer’s five times great-grandparents, Robert Tague and Sarah/Sallie Caplinger, were also Jeremy’s four times great-grandparents.

Jennifer’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Robert Lawrence, who was born, c. 1589, in Chelsea, Middlesex, England, and who died, c. 1682, in Nansemond, Virginia.

Jennifer’s paternal grandfather was David Vernon Lawrence (the son of Francis Marion Lawrence and Bessie Steger). Francis was the son of James Ogden Lawrence and Penelope Nellie Burroughs. Bessie was the daughter of Samuel Jefferson Steger and Ida Louisa O’Banion.

Jennifer’s paternal grandmother was Doris Shrader (the daughter of William Martin Shrader and Reva Mae Adams). William was the son of John William Shrader and Permelia Alice/Allie Martin. Reva was the daughter of John Thadius Adams and Lena Rivers Tague.

Jennifer’s maternal grandfather is Charles J. Koch (the son of Charles A. Koch and Mary P. Sheehan). Jennifer’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Charles Koch and Anna/Annie Kleinhens/Kleinhenz, and was of German descent. Mary P. was the daughter of Martin J. Sheehan and Mary Elizabeth Broderick, and was of Irish ancestry.

Jennifer’s maternal grandmother is Carolyn M. Mongtomery (the daughter of Robert C. Montgomery and Esta M. White). Robert was the son of Charles Arthur Montgomery and Leona/Leana M. Blocher. Esta was the daughter of Hiram M. White and Viola Agnes Gregory.

Sources: Jennifer Lawrence’s and Jeremy Renner’s genealogical relation –

Genealogies of Jennifer Lawrence –

Genealogy of Jennifer Lawrence (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Jennifer’s paternal grandfather, David Vernon Lawrence –

Genealogy of Jennifer’s paternal grandfather, David Vernon Lawrence (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Picture of, and some information on, Jennifer’s paternal grandfather, David Vernon Lawrence –

Genealogy, and obituary, of Jennifer’s paternal grandmother, Doris (Shrader) Lawrence –

Marriage record of Jennifer’s maternal great-grandparents, Robert C. Montgomery and Esta M. White –

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Freerk July 9, 2014 at 11:59 am

Ste(e)ger and S(c)hrader are German surnames like Koch, so she has much more German ancestry than the text says … anyway, she’s a good mixture. But the pic is awful.

follers July 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Both the Steger and Shrader lines are pretty distantly German.

Nikki May 7, 2014 at 7:12 pm



Nikki May 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Sorry, she is german, with english, irish, welsh, scottish and remote french anscestry

ihatemostpeople March 1, 2014 at 7:14 pm

I honestly don’t get the hype surrounding her. She’s an average actress. She didn’t even deserve an Oscar. There were way more talented actresses that deserved the award (Emmanuelle Riva for example) instead of her. I’m not hating, she’s an ok actress, but not astounding enough to win an Oscar.

Nikki April 12, 2014 at 1:51 pm

I think Jennifer is great, but I think that people are too upsessed with her and barely anyone knows the classics like Audrey Hepburn or Olivia De Havilland so I agree

Nikki May 7, 2014 at 7:11 pm

But she is fantastic and amazing and she is defentiley in my top ten

ExoticNorway May 17, 2014 at 11:24 am

Agreed. Below average looks, bad acting, bigmouth who enjoys running it and slamming others because that’s the way she knows she’ll get the most attention. the only reason she’s popular is because like other stars, she tells people what they want to hear.

der40 March 1, 2014 at 12:37 pm

The most popular actress in America?

Aleera Norton-Ferris February 15, 2014 at 3:44 pm

To be honest she looks very Slavic for me…
Anyway, she is cute American girl and good actress. Love her

Humanid January 13, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Ignorants and dumb people will never understand various phenotype/facial-type of pure Whites.
These dumb/ignorant people believe any face feature which is not average (but not uncommon) among Whites is due to some non-White (like Asian) admixture.

I am sorry to see some Trolls spamming this site.

Alice January 13, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Yes she is completely European looking. She looks what her ancestry says she is.

pookerella January 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm
pookerella January 19, 2014 at 5:54 pm

And btw, you’re the troll, you’re the ignorant one, you’re the “dumb” one … your words.

AfroRussianMixed January 11, 2014 at 10:06 am

She looks part Native American. Sorry, there’s no way she’s just those ethnicities LOL!

pookerella January 19, 2014 at 6:02 pm

She does. But that may go way back. Remember, people who are descended from Vikings have lots of Asian heritage. But when we say “Asian,” think less “Chinese” and more “Eskimo,” or Inuit/Yupik–peoples from the area closest to the Arctic circle. Icelanders, as with most northern Europeans, have a lot of this type of heritage. She would need to do a DNA test, and at her tender age, she’s not ready or even thinking about that.

AnonymousPerson January 4, 2014 at 6:32 am

In some pictures her eyes look kind of Asian.

Chris K December 29, 2013 at 3:46 am

lol she is clearly just a white girl, maybe with some hidden long lost asian blood(chinese/mongol)?

Check out Jennifer Lawrence pictures at:

the punisher November 22, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I never said ed westwick wasn’t white I just said he was hidding is Asian side

ew December 25, 2013 at 11:05 pm

If he was part Asian, then he wouldn’t be White. He looks Jewish like Jennifer Lawrence does. They are not White.

pookerella January 19, 2014 at 6:05 pm

OMG, I’m sorry, but I have to report your post! You just said a racist thing. JEWS AREN’T WHITE?? I have DNA PROOF to prove I am 100% Caucasian. MF.

the punisher November 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm

By the way rowan Atkinson is Jewish that’s why he looks different than Paul Bettany

follers November 22, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Rowan Atkinson is not Jewish at all. He is of non-Jewish English ancestry going back many generations.

the punisher November 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm

one thing is for sure rowan Atkinson isn’t pure English he has other ethnicity hidden that isn’t English maybe gypsy or something

follers November 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Well, you already said that about Ed Westwick.

the punisher November 22, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Yes, but your comparing two English guy paul bettany and rowan, Ariana is southern European therefore not only she looks non-white but the majority of Italians look non-white that means there is a difference between north and south

andrew November 23, 2013 at 4:55 am

@ the punisher

I’m sure u never put your ass out of your country so dont talk about things u have no clue. You’re obsessed with the word “white”. Nobody gives a damn in Europe about “white”/caucasian/hispanic/latino categories since nobody asks you, UK is the only country with a racial classification in the Census. How old are you?

the punisher November 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm

They act like they don’t care about the word white in reality they do, white is what defines them and what they think is beautiful and superior they just don’t brag about it

andrew November 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm

there are some white supremacy groups in Europe, in Italy and Greece too, that u dont consider white. They really care about the “white” concept, all the rest of the people dont give a f**k

the punisher November 22, 2013 at 6:27 pm

There is a huge difference between her and Ariana Grande and everybody calls Ariana Grande white, well this is real white

follers November 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm

There is a large physical difference between Paul Bettany and Rowan Atkinson, yet they are of the exact same ethnicity (never mind different ethnicities within the same race).

the punisher November 22, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Selena Gomez looks more white than ariana and she’s half Mexican so your theory blows

follers November 22, 2013 at 9:23 pm

I’m not sure what you mean? I’m just saying white people have many different looks, even within one specific ethnic group.

the punisher November 22, 2013 at 9:34 pm

So in that case star calling Latinos, Arabs, and half Asians, White because many of them look more white than ariana I’ve seen Cubans in Miami that look more white than Italians and they are label as Hispanic just because they are from cuba

follers November 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Well, there might be a half Latino, a half Arab, or a half Asian, who looks more “white” than Ed Westwick. That doesn’t mean Ed isn’t white.

theropod October 12, 2013 at 12:38 am

If you’re describing the women then yes….fair skinned Celtic/Germanic looking women seem to be favored by a lot of men.

But Germanic looking men certainly don’t win with sexy body, face and such. Many women, in fact, prefer darker men with dark hair – think Mediterranean and even French.

spaceyaquarius August 8, 2013 at 1:44 am

Once again the English/German/Scotch-Irish mix that produces the hottest American celebrities in existence. Wow-ee!!! We all know her from “The Hunger Games” 2012, but let’s not forget that she is still a young and tight 22 yo who is not completely full of herself. We look forward to more movies honey.

andrew June 8, 2013 at 10:46 am

aren’t Vernon and Montgomery Scottish surnames?

saarb737 February 28, 2013 at 7:10 am

B- E- U- T full!!!!!!!!!!

gottlob February 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm

based on this picture she is normal, she is pretty Southern girl otherwise….

nnnnn February 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm

She’s actually not pretty (but talented) Hovewer, this pic
is pretty

Former MySpace Celebrity April 10, 2012 at 8:08 am

I remember her when she was in a Cold Case episode and The Bill Engvall Show. Very naturally pretty.

DarellDianne April 8, 2012 at 5:47 am

she’s pretty

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