John Cusack

by ethnic on August 10, 2009

Birth Name: John Paul Cusack

Place of Birth: Evanston, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 28, 1966

Ethnicity: Irish

John Cusack is an American actor, screenwriter, and producer. He is the son of Ann Paula “Nancy” (Carolan), a teacher and political activist, and Richard John “Dick” Cusack, an actor and filmmaker. His sister is actress Joan Cusack. He was raised in a Catholic family, of Irish descent. He has starred in numerous films, including One Crazy Summer, Con Air, and High Fidelity.

John’s paternal grandfather was Dennis Joseph Cusack (the son of Dennis F. Cusack and Catherine Brennan). John’s grandfather Dennis was born in New York, to Irish parents. John’s great-grandfather Dennis was the son of Francis Cusack and Margaret.

John’s paternal grandmother was Margaret McFeeley (the daughter of Thomas McFeeley and Ann McGowan). Margaret was born in New York, to Irish parents.

John’s maternal grandfather was William Bartholomew Carolan (the son of Patrick Carolan and Ellen Murphy). William was born in Massachusetts, to Irish parents, with his father having been born in Ardlow, Cavan. Patrick was the son of James Carolan and Catherine Ann Geoghegan. Ellen was the daughter of Dennis B. Murphy and Catherine Golden.

John’s maternal grandmother was Mary Agatha McGillen (the daughter of Owen McGillen and Annie Esther Fitzpatrick). Mary was born in Massachusetts. Owen was Irish, the son of Jamnes McGillen and Margaret. Annie was born in Massachusetts, to Irish parents, John Fitzpatrick and Mary Murray.

Sources: Genealogy of John Cusack –

Genealogy of John’s paternal grandparents, Dennis Joseph Cusack and Margaret McFeeley –

John’s paternal grandfather, Dennis Joseph Cusack, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

John’s paternal grandmother, Margaret McFeeley, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

John’s maternal grandfather, William Bartholomew Carolan, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

John’s maternal grandmother, Mary Agatha McGillen, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

John’s maternal great-grandmother, Annie Esther Fitzpatrick, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

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Capricious April 1, 2015 at 6:45 pm

He can pass as someone with a distant Asian ancestry.

roman2886 October 18, 2014 at 9:46 am

Is it possible for British people too have no British ancestry most British people have British ancestry and Irish ancestry I can’t think of any British people who born in Britain who have Irish ancestry who hasn’t got a drop of British ancestry there is not many British people who havent got a drop of British ancestry i have British ancestry I’m not lying can’t be British without it I’m half British half Filipino I have Irish ancestry but not enough too consider myself Irish since I’m only 5th generation Irish my ancestry is mostly English Irish Scottish and Welsh lots of British people have Irish ancestry but their Irish families have been British for many generations my dad had 7 ethnicities but he ethnic background was mostly English Irish Scottish Welsh Austrian and German his mother my grandmother had Southern European ancestry a long way back his father my grandfather his ethnic background was English Irish Scottish and Welsh which is very common ethnic background for British people.

roman2886 June 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm

How many Americans are 100% Irish

roman2886 March 23, 2014 at 9:20 am

He is 100% Irish he has no British in him most Americans have Irish blood and British blood in them i would surprised if there is any Americans who have and Irish blood who haven’t got any British blood in them i would also be surprised if there is any Americans that are Euromutts who haven’t got a drop of Irish blood and British bood most Americans have Irish blood and British blood Americans think it’s cool too have Irish blood there is not Americans who have pure Irish blood most Americans of Irish blood are Euromutts Americans of Irish blood are not Irish they are Americans too be Irish you have too be born in Ireland my dad had Irish blood but he was British not Irish he had both Irish blood and British blood which includes English Scottish and Welsh blood.

J.J. June 22, 2014 at 2:20 am

i’m sure there are americans of full irish descent, however they wouldn’t be more than 2nd or 3rd generation american, most white americans are of 6+ generations and have numerous european ethnicities however the most common ethnicity in the USA is not irish nor british, it’s german, it’s odd to find an american of several generations with no german blood.

roman2886 June 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm

I have Irish blood but i’m not full Irish i also have English blood Scottish blood Welsh blood and Filipino blood my ethnic background is mostly English Irish Scottish Welsh and Filipino i found out my great grandfathers day was St Andrews so that means i have Scottish blood maybe even Welsh blood my great grandfather had Irish blood but he wasn’t pure Irish he was mixed with Scottish.

ihatemostpeople July 24, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Damn bro, no one cares what you’re mixed with. Stop spamming!

roman2886 June 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm

I’m of Irish descent but i’m full Irish i’m not full English either i’m of mixed blood i have 13 nationalities 13 is too many.

roman2886 June 27, 2014 at 4:00 pm

I have German blood but i also Italian blood and Austrian blood.

roman2886 June 27, 2014 at 4:05 pm

My ethnic background all together is

JohnC June 28, 2014 at 8:44 am

That’s not true at all. Most Americans are actually far more British than German.

Of course, most Americans are a mixture of both, but English and Scottish are heavily downplayed.

The Census may show German ahead of British, but that’s only because:

1) A huge amount British-Americans just identify as “American”

2) People choose to identify as German/Irish/Anything else then as a British American — even if the majority of their heritage is British.

christian March 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm

he looks very irish with his dark hair and light eyes, very typical irish

but CUSACK is indeed an eastern european name

this name is often in czechoslowakia, poland and even jugoslawia

kaYla March 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Show me you information stating Cusack is an used in Poland Czechoslovakia or even Yugoslavia because it is not an Eastern European name but Irish.
Wiki says Cusack is a Irish family name of Norman origin originally Cussac of France.The surname died out in England but is now most common in Ireland where it was imported by the Norman invasion of Ireland in the 12th century it dont say anything about Eastern Europe and sound nothing like any Polish or Eastern surname i have heard.I would love the information about it being an Eastern European name to prove me wrong and ease my mind.

Alice January 23, 2014 at 9:22 pm

It is definitely a Norman-Irish name. It is not from Eastern Europe.

kaYla March 25, 2012 at 3:03 am

Marc B and Cusack Girl. C-U-S-A-C-K does not sound a bit like any Eastern European Polish last name you two are tripping.
These are the most Common Polish surnames Nowak,Tomaszewski,Michalski,Jablonski,Adanski,Pawlak,sobczak
Nowicki,Sawicki, .I am sorry but i have a lot of Polish friends and they would laugh at you saying Cusack was. a Polish name.

Khail Jo January 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm

He’s Irish.

Khail Jo January 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Know that John Cusack is an American of pure blood Irish ancestry. But his hair and eyes are brunette, and he doesn’t seem to take any pigments from his Irish relatives. his sister, Joan looks like she Irish, because of her red hair. And that’s because most Irish people have reddish hair, green eyes, and pale skin.

Jordan March 24, 2012 at 11:11 pm

No they don’t! only 10 percent of Irish people have red hair mate! I a’m Irish my hair is pitch black and i’ve hazel eyes. Most of the population have brown and black hair. You know nothing about irish people.

Alakina November 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I thought,he had Chinese or Japanese ancestry too…Anyway…He is one of the sexiest actors ever.Him and Ed Norton.I don’t know what their personalities are like but they seem like down-to-earth people…Brad Pitt and alike…Take a note please.

Alice July 21, 2011 at 5:16 am

Cusack is Irish just like Costello. They are Norman names. A lot of Irish people have names that are Norman origin. Some more examples are Fitzgerald, Burke. There are many.

Shamrock August 25, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I’m Irish and the place is full of Cusacks.

ethnic September 12, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Great link Jessica. thanks


jessica September 12, 2009 at 1:38 pm

His last name sounds Polish or Slavic, BUT, according to, it’s actually Irish.

kaYla March 25, 2012 at 2:54 am

It does not sound Polish i know a lot of Polish people none of there names sound like Cusack.It sounds and is a 100% Irish.

Marc B August 12, 2009 at 4:33 am

He is also Eastern European, Slavic, or Russian. Cusack is not an Irish last name.

ethnic August 12, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Thanks for the comment Marc B, Do you have a link to that info? I searched the net but didnt find anything.

Cusack Girl August 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Actually, Cusack is Irish. Records of Meath Archaeological & Histotical Society”, Vol.IV, No.5, 1971,p.76 also “The Cusacks of Killeen, Co Meath” by Fr.P.Cusack, O.Cist. 1980-81. p.7

One of my Irish ancestors is a Cusack. I’m also part Easter European – no Cusacks there.

Cusack Girl August 25, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I’m also part Eastern European. Cusack sounds Eastern European but I’ve never heard of it being an Eastern European name.

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