Josh Hartnett

by ethnic on August 14, 2009

Josh Hartnett Ethnicity ancestryphoto by Prphotos

Birth Name: Joshua Daniel Hartnett

Place of Birth: St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. [unconfirmed]

Date of Birth: July 21, 1978

*31.25% Swedish
*25% Irish
*25% German
*18.75% Norwegian

Josh Hartnett is an American actor and producer. He is known for his roles in the films The Faculty, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, 40 Days and 40 Nights, and Frank Miller’s Sin City, among many others.

Josh’s father is of half Irish and half German ancestry. Josh’s mother is of five eighths Swedish and three eighths Norwegian descent. Josh has stated that he has visited a peninsula in Ireland where his Irish ancestors are from, and where he found a Hartnett Laundromat.

Josh has two children with his partner, English actress and model Tamsin Egerton.

Josh’s paternal grandfather was Daniel Lawrence Hartnett (the son of Daniel Lawrence Hartnett and Anastatia “Statia” McGovern). Josh’s grandfather Daniel was born in Minnesota. Josh’s great-grandfather Daniel was born in Minnesota, to Irish parents, Maurice Hartnett and Ellen Savage, who was born in Kerry. Anastatia was born in Iowa, the daughter of Martin A. McGovern and Mary Ann McGarrity, who were of Irish descent.

Josh’s paternal grandmother was Irene Clare Huch (the daughter of William John Huch and Irene Caroline Scherer). Irene was born in Minnesota. William was the son of Ignastius/Ignaz Huch, who was German, and of Mary Barbara Weinard, who was born in Minnesota, to German parents. Josh’s great-grandmother Irene was the daughter of John Adam Scherer and Clara M. Weiss, who were also of German origin.

Josh’s maternal grandfather was Adolph Gustav “Jack” Kronstedt, Jr. (the son of Adolph Gustav Kronstedt, Sr. and Verna Dell Hovde). Josh’s grandfather Adolph was born in Minnesota. Josh’s great-grandfather Adolph was the son of Peter Gustaf Kronstedt, who was Swedish, and of Marie/Mary Randena Andriansen, who was Norwegian. Verna was the daughter of Norwegian parents, Mikkel Johanenson Hovde and Petra Amelia Anderson.

Josh’s maternal grandmother was Isabelle Maxine Anderson (the daughter of Leonard Oscar Anderson and Jennie Walstrom). Isabelle was born in Wisconsin. Leonard was born in Minnesota, to Swedish parents. Jennie was born in Wisconsin, to Swedish parents, Eli Walstrom and Annie.

Sources: Genealogy of Josh Hartnett –

Josh’s paternal grandfather, Daniel Lawrence Hartnett, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Josh’s paternal great-grandfather, Daniel Lawrence Hartnett, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Josh’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Josh’s maternal grandmother, Isabelle Maxine Anderson, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Josh’s maternal grandmother, Isabelle Maxine (Anderson) Kronstedt –

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visokozen April 5, 2015 at 8:38 am

Looks a bit like Rafa nadal;)

theropod April 1, 2015 at 5:52 am

He looks 100% Caucasian/European.

Eye shape doesn’t always determine your race. I’ve seen a lot of Middle Eastern people and North Africans with such small eyes (like his), now what, do they also have “Sami” or “Mongoloid” ancestry? -_-

FYI, Sami people have epicanthal folds or slants, atypical to Asians. He DOES NOT.

alberto.r7 February 18, 2015 at 7:04 am

He is white but by his facial features he probably has some Sami ancestry on his Norwegian-Swedish side.

Jordan April 1, 2015 at 5:46 am

Erhm no, nothing sami about his face.

shobohunter April 3, 2015 at 12:27 pm

what is sami????

byyong83 November 13, 2015 at 9:24 am

Sami, or Laplanders are the indigenous people of what are now parts of Northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and par of Russia.

bleachsoda December 29, 2015 at 12:55 am

sami’s are indigenous to norway and sweden and are genetically related with siberians

velvetvelour March 2, 2016 at 11:31 am

No, he doesn’t really look Sami. He looks Celtic to me. The original Britons were all dark-haired, dark-eyed and pale skinned people before they intermixed with Saxons and Norse people.

alberto.r7 February 18, 2015 at 7:01 am

He is white but by his facial features he very probably has some Sami blood (that means mongoloid-asian blood in his Norweigan -Swedish side).

shobohunter May 29, 2014 at 3:01 pm

if you can take picture or used more pictures of celebrity early morning waking up or half sleep. sleepy.
we can see and claim and have more Asian in them..

shobohunter May 29, 2014 at 3:04 pm

we can have more opportunity for Asian or native American ancestry.

just use more sleepy eyes pic of them ..

AnonymousPerson December 25, 2013 at 7:25 am

Wtf, I read online where it said his mother was half Japanese and half white and his dad was fully white…….

follers December 25, 2013 at 9:32 am

He isn’t of Japanese descent.

AnonymousPerson January 4, 2014 at 1:57 am


AnonymousPerson January 4, 2014 at 1:57 am

Oops I didn’t mean to type that in all caps. My phone likes to be a b1tch!

J.J. September 16, 2013 at 8:56 am

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

andrew September 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm

dark brown where

shreela November 15, 2011 at 8:46 am

he has asian eyes….

nnnnn April 29, 2013 at 11:59 pm

A good opportunity to claim about “native ancestry”.(D)
I suppose, there were some inuits under his scandinavian

billErobreren December 15, 2013 at 3:25 am

sami would probably be his best bet

Michael Rice January 4, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Could have sami ancestry from northern sweden, norway or finland

THE SWEDISH GIRl July 2, 2011 at 9:35 am

omg omg omg omg, HES SWEDISH:D:D:D
i really wonder why he is so hot, but now i know.. he swedish:D
iim swdeish too:D

Courtney August 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm

He’s a cutie!

Amala August 11, 2010 at 12:15 am

Candice – me too. In my opinion Irish isn’t appealing, too common… No offence.

Eric August 11, 2010 at 6:43 am

You will probably end up marrying an Irish man.

Tom March 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Well deal with it, Josh Hartnett is American and you will see Irish and or German among most Caucasian Americans a lot as thet are the 2nd largest caucasian race in the states only second to Germans with English being 3rd and Italians being 4th.

German Americans – 51 million
Irish Americans – 36 million

If its not that appealing to you then i suggest you leave America because you will not stop seeing these races pop up among the Caucasian actors, singers, directors etc as most of the whites in the states are full or part. I don’t know why you would be mad though :P The Irish along with possibly the Italians and some Germans made American men and women hot :)

Alice January 26, 2012 at 1:21 am

In world terms Irish would be very uncommon. Chinese and Indians on the other hand are the most numerous nationalities and amount to nearly half the population of the world at approx 3 billion people. The Irish approx 5 million. The US, Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand have a lot of people of Irish descent but if you go to other countries Irish would be quite exotic. It just depends on where you live.

candice May 21, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I’m starting to believe that these people are just making crap up because it sounds appealing . . .(I’d do the same..I think) lol

Marie August 11, 2010 at 6:42 am

Don’t be jealous.

hotishot March 6, 2010 at 8:54 am

i thought he was part asian because of his eyes. i love asian eyes :p

Me March 4, 2010 at 5:42 am

So……he’s white….

aps March 4, 2010 at 3:53 am
dude December 31, 2009 at 10:46 am

he’s swedish……interesting

ethnic September 12, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Jessica thanks for the info.


jessica September 12, 2009 at 1:11 pm

He’s also Swedish.

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