Jessica Biel

by ethnic on June 16, 2008

Birth Name: Jessica Claire Biel

Place of Birth: Ely, Saint Louis, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: March 3, 1982

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (great-grandfather), Danish (great-grandmother), English, along with German, Swiss-German, Scottish, distant Welsh, Swedish, and French

Jessica Biel is an American actress, model, producer, and singer. She is known for her roles in the television drama 7th Heaven, and the films The Illusionist and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, among many others. Jessica is married to singer and actor Justin Timberlake, with whom she has a son.

Jessica has Hungarian Jewish (from her patrilineal great-grandfather), Danish (from a great-grandmother), English, as well as some German, Swiss-German, and Scottish, and remote Welsh, Swedish (from the early 1700s), and French, ancestry. Jessica did not know of her Hungarian Jewish background until her appearance on the show Who Do You Think You Are?, in a 2017 episode. She stated:

I never heard any of this before. I’m really surprised… I can’t wait to share this with my dad… [I] never had any sort of religious community at all… [I’m] going to learn a lot more about the Hungarian Jews.

Jessica had believed that she has some degree of Native American ancestry on her mother’s side (sometimes stated as Choctaw Native American). A DNA test (AncestryDNA) whose results were displayed during Jessica’s appearance on Who Do You Think You Are? did not detect any Native American ancestry.

The DNA test stated that Jessica’s genetic ancestry is:

*99% Europe
——–*30% Great Britain
——–*26% Europe West
——–*16% Italy/Greece
——–*12% Scandinavia
——–*8% European Jewish
——–*3% Iberian Peninsula
——–*2% Ireland
——–*2% Europe East [possibly Jewish]
*<1% Africa
——–*<1% Africa

Jessica’s paternal grandfather was Donald Arthur Biel (the son of Edward Lincoln Biel and Carrie L. Rasmussen). Donald was born in Illinois. Edward was born in Illinois, the son of Moritz/Morris Biel and Otillie/Ottilia Morskovitz, who were Jewish emigrants from Žilina (then in the Kingdom of Hungary, now in Slovakia). Carrie was born in Illinois, the daughter of Mikael Frederik Rasmussen and Eleonora Katrine Lund, who were Danish immigrants.

Jessica’s paternal grandmother is Claire Porter (the daughter of Howard Carlisle/Carlyle Porter and Marie/Mary Celeste Weber). Claire was born in Illinois. Howard was born in North Dakota, the son of Charles William Porter and Anna E. Bryant, who had roots in the U.S. going back to the 1600s. Marie/Mary Celeste was born in Illinois, the daughter of George Theodore Weber and Elizabeth Hausner, who were of German descent.

Jessica’s maternal grandfather was Garth Lon Conroe (the son of Clifford Albert Conroe and Mary Frances Eloise Newkirk). Garth was born in Colorado, to a father from Kansas and a mother from Illinois. Clifford was the son of Vernon Eugene Conroe and Ada Butsch. Mary was the daughter of Henry Milo Newkirk and Lillian Lee Cannon.

Jessica’s maternal grandmother is Norma J. Roberts (the daughter of James Conaway/Conway Roberts and Flora Zobeda Brasier/Brazier). Norma was born in Colorado, to parents from Missouri. James was the son of William David Roberts and Hannah Jane Miller. Flora was the daughter of William Brazier/Brasier and Eliza Belle Pearson.

Sources: Genealogies of Jessica Biel – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
http://www.geni.com

Jessica’s paternal grandfather, Donald Arthur Biel, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jessica’s paternal grandmother, Claire Porter, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Jessica’s paternal great-grandmother, Marie/Mary Celeste (Weber) Porter – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Jessica Biel (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com

Jessica’s maternal grandfather, Garth Lon Conroe, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jessica’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Vernon Eugene Conroe and Ada Butsch, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jessica’s maternal grandmother, Norma J. Roberts, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogies of Jessica’s maternal great-grandparents, James Conaway/Conway Roberts and Flora Zobeda Brasier/Brazier – https://www.findagrave.com

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andrew August 28, 2017 at 8:03 am
bearboy April 4, 2017 at 11:17 am

I don’t know much about Jessica Biel but I don’t think the Europe East category on ancestry DNA can be “possibly Jewish.” European Jewish on ancestry DNA is equivalent to Ashkenazi Jewish and if that was Jewish it would go into the European Jewish category. In fact I believe she is less likely to have Jewish ancestry with the 2% European East than the 3% Iberian Peninsula ancestry or <1% African ancestry (assuming it's Africa North).

andrew April 4, 2017 at 12:12 pm

These are just trivia. The most important thing is that she has no Native American ancestry.

fuzzybear44 April 7, 2017 at 11:05 pm

What, no Choctaw ? Here I am thinking we could have a native ancestor in common. Oh well another celebrity wannabe native bites the dust

follers March 21, 2017 at 3:17 pm
bearboy March 23, 2017 at 7:38 am

I find it kind of surprising that her father had no idea he had a Jewish grandfather.

bearboy March 23, 2017 at 7:46 am

But then again look at Bill Maher, Madeline Albright, and John Kerry.

follers March 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm

Maher has known that his mother is Jewish since he was about thirteen, so it’s not really the same thing.

andrew February 23, 2017 at 5:04 pm
andrew February 23, 2017 at 4:59 pm
follers February 23, 2017 at 9:20 pm

Sarah Keaton isn’t an ancestor of Jessica’s, but of Jessica’s great-great-great-grandfather, Sherwood William Pearson’s, other wife, Nancy Jane Keaton Pearson.

andrew February 24, 2017 at 3:11 pm
andrew February 23, 2017 at 4:46 pm
andrew October 22, 2017 at 2:36 pm
anen87 March 27, 2016 at 8:20 pm

She resembles Christy Turlington a lot. The nose, eye color, smile/teeth. The only common ethnicity they share is English.

labird August 18, 2015 at 9:35 am

Where does exactly says that she has Swedish ancestry?
I don´t find it in all the sources posted.

follers August 18, 2015 at 4:57 pm
passingtime85 April 17, 2015 at 1:35 am

Correction.

I don’t think Morris Biel was Jewish. Each of the censuses he was listed on, he always listed Austrian/Hungarian as his nationality and Hungarian as his language. Are you sure you aren’t mixing her grandfather up with another Morris Biel?

Could you cite which document led to the assumption?

follers April 17, 2015 at 8:10 am

His language being listed as “Hungarian” doesn’t mean much (most Hungarian Jews did not speak Yiddish). Census language or “race” can prove someone is Jewish, but usually can’t rule it out.

“Biel” and “Morskovitz” are clearly not ethnic Hungarian surnames.

The family has two “boarder”s listed as living with them over the years. Louis Silver, in 1900, born in Austria, and Herman Schlesinger, in 1920, born in Hungary (likely Jewish).

Moreover, at least two of the Biel children married Jewish spouses in the United States. Alexander Biel married Anna Weinberger (whose parents were also Hungarian Jews). Julius Biel married Ella Berman (whose parents were Russian Jews). While several of the other siblings married non-Jews, none of them married non-Jewish Austrians or Hungarians.

One child marrying a Jewish spouse doesn’t mean much. But given the time period and everything else, it’s unlikely two children would (if they weren’t Jewish themselves), especially considering none of the other siblings married non-Jewish Austrians or Hungarians.

Alexander’s wife, Anna Weinberger, is a pretty good example of someone from a typical Hungarian Jewish immigrant family. Her parents, Rosa (Neumann) and Abraham Weinberger, are listed as speaking Hungarian on the census as well. But all or most of their children married Jewish spouses.

Based on some evidence, I think the family converted to Christian Science in the United States. That would explain why some of the children married Jews (who probably also practiced Christian Science) while some married WASPs (but none married people of non-Jewish Central European background).

passingtime85 April 18, 2015 at 4:03 pm

Wouldn’t that all be considered circumstantial evidence? Either way I’ll just leave it be.

follers February 23, 2017 at 4:06 pm
cdonorab April 7, 2017 at 1:02 pm

In the episode it shows a census from the town in Hungry were the Biels lived and it was all Jewish people. The person who showed Jessica the entry for her family said that if a non Jewish person was in it they would have marked them as non Jewish. Not only that the Jewish dna is consistent with great grandparents being Jewish.

midori29 February 10, 2015 at 10:39 am

Actually I did read in reports that she had Native American dna and she looks it.

follers February 10, 2015 at 11:05 am

What was the name of Jessica Biel’s last Native American ancestor?

ashash April 1, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Well, Jessica is part Ashkenazi Jewish mixed in with Northern European and therefore looks Turkish. Perhaps you are confusing her appearance with that of a Native American.

WTF January 29, 2015 at 5:06 am

This bitch is so overrated and ugly. She looks like a man and her husband is ugly af too.

ashash December 20, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Thought she was Native American. She looks Native American, though.

J420 August 14, 2015 at 8:15 am

Lol no. No she doesn’t.

WTF June 26, 2014 at 4:44 am

she has a michael jackson nose

gonzo January 13, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Бил – bił in polish is as u said past tense from your english “to beat” (bić in polish), pronunciation is not similar to biel (maybe only in USA where people often pronounce their immigrant names in all kinds of wrong ways – in this case yes Бил can sound like biel lol). Biel in polish means “whiteness” not “white” which is biały.

biel=white=polishsurname December 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm

“immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire” it means they were polish jews after partition of Poland… Biel means White in polish, it is polish surname.

biel=white=polishsurname&word January 4, 2014 at 3:06 am

You forgot one thing. There was no Poland that time [ 3 partitions of Poland in 18 century]and 1/3 of Rzeczpospolita/Poland/Polish land became part of Austro-Hungarian Empire. BTW, “Biel” is polish surname/word and means “white” in Polish language and there is no such word in hungarian language…Make some research in polish and hungarian vocabulary or in google translator and you will see i am right.

Marc 2 January 5, 2014 at 8:15 am

Looks like you’re from Poland. Don’t you think that this surname concentrates around southern Poland, about Carpathian area.
And second question, what do you think about pronunciation of name “Biel” which is very similar to Eastern Slavic word “Бил” or “to beat” in English???

Marc 2 January 5, 2014 at 8:21 am

“Бил” or “To beat” in the past tension, surely

AnonymousPerson December 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm

She looks like she has some Native American in her.

andrew December 24, 2013 at 5:42 am

for humanid

Jewish is placed first coz it’s her paternal direct lineage, maternal is alwais put after. I think Jessica is unaware to have some Jewish in her, as many Americans about any ethnicity btw

Marc 2 November 3, 2013 at 7:47 am

To people don’t get confused reading about Biel’s ethnicity, there’s a sense to express it as a percentage.

British/French – 68,75 %
Danish -12.5 %
Austrian or possibly Ashkenazi (never mind) -12.5 %
Swiss -6.25 %

So she’s predominantly Western European

follers November 3, 2013 at 10:17 am

French and British are not the same (and Biel’s French ancestry is much smaller than her English), there is also Swedish and German, and we’re down to “possibly” Ashkenazi now?

Marc 2 November 3, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Her German ancestry among the Swiss branch. And i did not find Swedish.
European trend: Western-Central-Eastern is not less important than trend: North-South, both culturally and ethnically.

andrew November 4, 2013 at 5:21 am

The main difference is Eastern European/Western European. I can distinguish Eastern Europeans from Western ones (it doesnt matter if Northern/Central or Southerners) by a mile, and it’s not about the hair/eyes type/colour. They have a different head shape

Marc 2 November 27, 2013 at 4:13 am

Agree. It is very easy to distinguish Eastern Europeans from Western in general.If we’re talking about these two areas It is possible to guess where are some people from with 90-95% possibility. And you’re right, level of pigmentation doesn’t have to do with this. Central Europe is between this two areas and it’s population is the result of two head tides, from West and from East. This zone streches from Italy through Germany to Scandinavia, and is the most mixed in Europe.

Marc 2 April 25, 2013 at 12:54 am

So you have to add to ethnicity, Irish also, because of Conroe and Miller

Marc 2 April 25, 2013 at 1:42 am

It is discrimination! Miller and Conroe against Butsch :)

two vs one. If there’s “German” so “Irish” should be also added for the same reason. Or “German” must be removed

Marc 2 April 25, 2013 at 2:40 am

Are you kiddin me?!

She is married to Vernon Conroe. That’s not her name.

nnnnn April 28, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Follers: you like to discriminate, but not to be
discriminated

nnnnn April 29, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I ment you comment “I like to discriminate”
Witty, but a bit offensive

Marc 2 April 29, 2013 at 9:15 pm

“I ment you comment “I like to discriminate”
Witty, but a bit offensive”

It is the problem of methodology, rather than discrimination

Marc 2 April 29, 2013 at 9:43 pm

“Yes Marc, because Jessica having an ancestor with a German last name and Swiss- and German- born parents doesn’t mean that she has Swiss and German ancestry,”

Unknown family tree,even unknown name, but you detected her ancestry, just by place of birth.

Marc 2 April 29, 2013 at 10:03 pm

“What do you mean? If she had an ancestor named “Murphy” who was born in Ireland, I would say she has Irish ancestry. I think that’s fair. So having an ancestor named “Butsch” from Switzerland sounds fair to say Swiss (or Swiss-German).”

Just guesses, like my, about Americans and Britons with Irish names.

Marc 2 April 29, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Swiss and German are synonyms for you?

Marc 2 April 29, 2013 at 10:37 pm

“They’re not the same, but Swiss-German is one group, and, Ada’s mother was born in Germany.”

Which roots are unknown yet

Marc 2 April 25, 2013 at 2:42 am

“And Miller can be Jewish, German, English, Scottish, etc. We should add all that.”

Yeah! And Butsch could be Escimo also

Marc 2 April 25, 2013 at 2:49 am

“Vernon Conroe and Ada Butsch were Jessica’s great-great-grandparents. What is the issue?”

Jeeez, this is not evidence!!! This site defined ETHNICITY, not place of birth without name)))) or not?

nnnnn April 27, 2013 at 12:00 am

Actually, there’s no german name “Miller”, but
“Müller”.

nnnnn April 25, 2013 at 12:35 am

Find at least one american celebrity, who doesn’t claim, he/she
is “partly native”?

andrew April 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm

George Clooney

beyfox April 26, 2013 at 5:15 pm

She don’t needs claim being part native,is kinda obvious that she is.

Marc 2 October 11, 2013 at 2:25 am

By family legend, Jessica’s “exotic appearance” goes from her grand mother by mother side. So take a look at her French-British ancestors

http://www.geni.com/people/William-Brazier/6000000018096454391

Her facial features are just some paleo-european influence

ashash October 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm

How is it obvious that she is Native American? She isn’t.

leslie2 October 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Thank you!!!

gottlob February 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

Typical Multi-Racial American MIXED

rickyflo April 24, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Not mixed..

Marc 2 April 28, 2013 at 7:25 am

Of course, not mixed!

nnnnn April 26, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Princess? Her marriage made her to white trash

gwendolly27 February 11, 2013 at 9:24 am

“Biel” in polish means whiteness

biraciallexi June 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm

had no idea that jessica biel was biracial, but she’s gorgeous

levangelista36 June 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm

uh….she’s not biracial

biraciallexi June 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Actually yes, her mother is Native-American, and native-american isn’t white. For example if you are Asian and European your biracial, if your African and European your biracial, if your Native and Asian your biracial, if your Native and African your biracial, if your African and Asian your biracial. God created 4 races(European, African, Native, and Asian). Jessica Biel is half Native and half European meaning biracial.

levangelista36 July 1, 2012 at 4:49 am

Jessica Biel is not half European and half Native American.

Her mother, Kimberly Conroe, has Native American ancestry. She is nowhere near full-blooded Native American. She’s not even a half.

Therefore, Jessica is not biracial.

levangelista36 July 1, 2012 at 5:09 am

I can see Jessica has some Native features, though.

rickyflo April 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Barely, can see Native American in her features. Just chin and eyes a bit, but one thing is BiracialLexi. How is one race made at all? by admixture or just created the first race in the beginning? Simple answer admixture, that is how the 5 races were made, not 4. 5 races: Asian, Negroid (good speaking terms because I refuse to degrade race), Caucasian, Arab, and Aborginal (Native) are created such, and yes, created such by God or can be disputed for religions, but doesn’t religion of God show acceptance for a dominant race, and not to take supremacist ways? definitely. However, someone half and half is half of both and should be accredited for such, but also people that are that dominant race are that race no matter. To be non-prejudice, she is Caucasian and it shows in the database as such, and to be prejudice, she is not, but not one person or certain ideals that do not prove anything can go against a person’s race. Anyhow, who cares, she is caucasian in census and that is whatever.

Marc April 28, 2012 at 6:09 am

hm….very interesting! nowhere in sources did not confirmed her german heritage.It means,conclusion that Jess is German was reached just because of her last name? So why Irish have not added to other her ancestry backgrounds yet? Her mother’s last name is Conroe

inkognito March 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Biel is a common German name and she’s from Minnesota where 40% have German ancestors 1+1=2 ;)

Marc 2 April 24, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Morris Biel is from Austria and Edward Biel from Illinois.

1-1=0 ;)

Correction: There’s no evidence about German ancestry of Jessica

BIG PAC March 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm

she looks central american.

ricoh March 3, 2012 at 9:46 am

She is a melungeon from the Tenn area,all of the people of this group are tri racial ,they have three racial components,Africa,Indian,and White blood,

reginald chesterfield February 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

she has an enchanting gluteus maximus.

Alice January 22, 2012 at 7:38 am

http://people.famouswhy.com/jessica_biel/
Could you please include Jessica’s Irish ancestry. Numerous site list this. Her mother’s name was Conroe which is Irish.

Alice January 22, 2012 at 10:11 pm
out of africa February 11, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Everyone sees it… but, this site sucks

DoctorBob January 13, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Jessica Biel definitely does it for me! She’s breathtakingly gorgeous in my book! Wish she was mine!

Leigh January 5, 2012 at 8:22 am

its amazing 2 c what having 0 English heritage can do 4 a girl’s appearance

! January 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Umm . . . she does have English heritage. It says so.

Marc November 15, 2011 at 10:51 am

i agree,she looks some extra,but i don’t think because of Choctaw ancestry

by the way,Conroe is Irish surname,not English

Loveshowers October 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I like Jess . I knew she had something extra . I’m part Native . She’s Choctow. So far I’m Cherokee mix. She’s adorable.

worldgirl October 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm

almost all those beautifull actricess with the wide faces ,piercing eyes ,amazing facial bones structure and strong majestic tresses *jealousss-ness* have native-indian roots ,..from somewhere in the world …..like my friend she looks like pocahontas , but with half dutch mix,.. so a somewhat pointier nose etc. *double -jealousss* haha

worldgirl October 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm
Native Pride October 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm

everyone is mixed with something and 10% of european americans aka white people have native blood and 3% of african americans have native blood ! im considere white but both my granmas are half ottawa, Potawatomi, cherokee and european and my gpas are european !!

gurl October 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Its cool that u relate to your native side even though your a fourth basically. i never knew jessica biel was part native american.

Serpent November 15, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Did you literally just say someone’s race makes them cooler?

This website is filled with ignorant, racist trash like yourself. You honestly believe that you are better than others because of your race and that these celebrities are better than everyone else because their great great great grandmother was a Cherokee or Choctaw princess? LMAO! I guess all “white” Americans are special and cool.

Mike June 24, 2011 at 3:25 pm

cool heritage

danny February 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I ALWAYS thought she was native american. And I wasn’t wrong

Jeanna September 14, 2010 at 2:14 pm

She was naturally beautiful even before she had work done, but she did have work done.

fuzzybear September 14, 2010 at 11:05 pm

To jeanna:what did she have done?

Dude September 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Fuzz, you need to spend more time at Awful Plastic Surgery.com. Nosejob! And a bad one at that.

laura January 22, 2012 at 12:09 am

She did have work done.

izzy August 1, 2010 at 12:13 am

this girl is soooo beautiful she is a real beauty unlike most celebs

ethnic March 20, 2010 at 1:15 am

Kira, I dont have a source that confirms how far the Native heritage goes back. but she does look quite Native American.

kira March 20, 2010 at 1:12 am

haha i forgot to add my name that was me lol:)

Anonymous March 20, 2010 at 12:46 am

Her mother’s side of the family is part Native American, so does that mean she’s like 1/8 Native American?

LiL V4CH4 March 19, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Biel is also a German last name! LOL.

zuzanna July 21, 2010 at 12:41 pm

my friend’s surname is Biel and that’s just Biel not how people in america are reading that as “Bil”

zuzanna March 19, 2010 at 8:02 pm

but Biel is Polish surname… this is strange

ethnic January 31, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Great link, thanks Kira.

kira January 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm

http://www.vogue.com/feature/Jessica_Biel_Vogue_Cover_Girl_February_Issue/

mentions her being part native american on her mothers side:)

ethnic January 24, 2010 at 12:03 am

I wouldnt say ugly but in that photo she sure has manly shoulders.

Sirius Moore January 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm

she is so ugly. she looks so manly

izzy August 1, 2010 at 12:12 am

ya momma

im kira January 16, 2010 at 5:14 am

haha your welcome!:) She’s paler now dont you guys think? lol, but yea you can definantly see it:D

VeRoni January 16, 2010 at 3:25 am

thanks for the picture her looks where very Native American

Jen January 16, 2010 at 1:55 am

Thanks! Jessica looks very different…She looks a little native american, i agree!!

ethnic January 16, 2010 at 12:37 am

She looks quite different as a teen. thanks Kira

im kira January 15, 2010 at 9:01 pm

this is jessica biel as a child witha scarlett johanson i believe,

http://news.makemeheal.com/jessica-biel-plastic-surgery/194

VeRoni January 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm

yeah the Native American in her really shows

Jen January 8, 2010 at 1:40 am

have you got a pic of her as a kid? i’d like to see one….

*im*kira* January 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm

when she was a kid she looked REALLY native american.

some guy October 5, 2009 at 4:26 pm

She’s so fine

crytonite March 30, 2009 at 3:07 pm

You are gorgeous. I am sure you here this all the time but I will say it one more time. I grew up with that sqeaky clean family show seventh Heaven. I also saw you in Texas chainsaw massacre which just goes to show that the pretty girls never die. I like that you have kept your public image pretty clean and have given money to charitable places to help make our world a better place for every one. It feels good not to think about your self because thats the way god wanted us to be. He didn’t want us to be self centered. Any way keep up the good work and I hope to see more of your fantastic acting ability on screen.
I would really appreciate it if you wrote back to me.

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