Josh Hutcherson

by ethnic on April 1, 2012

Birth Name: Joshua Ryan Hutcherson

Place of Birth: Union, Boone, Kentucky, United States

Date of Birth: October 12, 1992

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

Josh Hutcherson is an American actor and producer. He is the son of Christina Michelle (Fightmaster) and Christopher Lee Hutcherson. His brother, Connor Hutcherson, has also acted.

Much of his ancestry is English, with some Scottish. His mother’s maiden name, “Fightmaster”, is an English transcription of the identically-pronounced German surname “Veith”, and Josh has fairly distant German ancestry from that line, as well as some other German ancestry on both sides of his family. Josh also has some remote Irish and French ancestry. Most of his recent forebears have lived in the American South for many generations, especially in Kentucky.

Josh’s paternal grandfather was Howard Dennis Hutcherson (the son of John Overton Hutcherson and Mary Katherine/Kathern Johnson). Howard was born in Kentucky. John was the son of Ben/Benjamin F. Hutcherson and Laura Thomas Ferrell.

Josh’s paternal grandmother is Donna Sue Kearns (the daughter of Charles W. “Bobby” Kearns and Doris B. Chipman). Donna was born in Kentucky. Charles was the son of Thomas Henry Kearns and Virginia/Virgie Wright. Doris was the daughter of Omer Sales Chipman and Anna Belle Mulllins.

Josh’s maternal grandfather is William Michael Fightmaster (the son of Jack Donald Fightmaster and Helen Marie Donaldson). William was born in Kentucky. Jack was the son of John Weber Lee Fightmaster and Garnet F. Ramsey. Helen was the daughter of James Millard Donaldson and Julia May Hedrick.

Josh’s maternal grandmother is Faye B. Floyd (the daughter of James Albert Floyd and Alpha Parrett/Parrott/Parrot). Faye was born in Kentucky. James was the son of William Bradford Floyd and Lucy L. Setser. Alpha was the daughter of George W. Parrett and Nancy Dianna Branstetter; Nancy was the daughter of Matilda Parker, who was the daughter of Margaret “Peggy” Forbes/Faubus (Josh’s matrilineal great-great-great-great-grandmother).

Sources: Obituary of Josh’s paternal grandfather, Howard Dennis Hutcherson –

Genealogy of Josh’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Omer Sales Chipman –

Genealogy of Josh’s maternal great-grandfather, Jack Donald Fightmaster –

Genealogy of Josh’s maternal great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, William Fightmaster –

Josh’s maternal great-great-grandparents, George W. Parrett and Nancy Dianna Branstetter, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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celebfan February 12, 2017 at 10:53 am

The surname Hutcherson is Scottish and his Scottish ancestry comes from his paternal grandfather.

cwm85 September 7, 2015 at 4:51 pm

He’s a cutie pie.

Nikki April 19, 2015 at 7:42 pm

he is ashkenazi jewish i think. i read it on multiple sites and on wikipedia. he does look very polish and russian

bearboy April 19, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Mind quoting where it says it on wikipedia I can’t seem to see it anywhere?

follers April 20, 2015 at 9:51 am

Well, Josh’s mother does look like Rachel Maddow.

Freerk November 27, 2014 at 9:23 am

Correction: The wording “His mother’s maiden name, “Fightmaster”, is German” is not quite correct.

“Fightmaster” is, of course, English; the German translation would be “Kampfmeister” or “Fechtmeister” (for a fight with swords). But in fact, the last German-born maternal ancestor is surnamed “Veith”, what is pronounced identically, but comes from the Latin “Vitus” with completely different meanings ( He obviously transcribed his name into the identically pronounced English “fight”.

(That’s a common method, see actor Kevin Kline from the identically pronounced German “Klein” with the meaning of “small”; another method is translation: see Rabbi Small by author Harry Kemelman ;-) )

It’s not clear where the “master” suddenly comes from, but it makes more impression, of course … :D

Suggestion: His mother’s maiden name, “Fightmaster”, is mainly an English transcription of the identically pronounced German surname “Veith”.

ShawntheGod August 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Dat fucking Jaw!

ihatemostpeople June 8, 2014 at 8:21 pm

He is ugly (IMO)

Nikki April 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm

he is jewish

Nikki April 16, 2014 at 7:21 pm

I read on a publicity documented report that Josh Hutcherson had jewish ethnicity

ihatemostpeople February 16, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Damn his jaw looks weird as hell.

Harriet December 1, 2013 at 9:25 am

Where it says ‘On his father’s side, Josh is the grandson of William Michael Fightmaster…’ ‘father’ should be changed to ‘mother’ as his mother’s maiden name is ‘Fightmaster’ and his bio already listed his father’s parents in the paragraph before. I thought this should be pointed out. :)

follers December 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Correct! Thank you.

Susan December 1, 2013 at 5:36 am

He and Jennifer Lawrence have the same heritage! Is that a coincidence??

follers December 1, 2013 at 6:11 am

It’s not really a coincidence. A majority of white Americans are of English, with some Scottish and German, ancestry. I imagine this is true of probably 75% of white Americans in the state of Kentucky, where Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are both from.

nnnnn May 14, 2013 at 12:26 am

Fightmaster is a german name?

andrew May 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm

sounds like a videogame

Lotus January 9, 2013 at 11:28 pm

He mostly looks Irish I think?

Alice January 10, 2013 at 11:06 pm

What looks Irish about him? I really can’t see anything particularly Irish looking about him.

Alice January 11, 2013 at 7:55 am

He is mostly English and Scottish. His Irish ancestry is very small. Honestly do English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish have a very distinctive look? I always thought that Patrick Dempsey looks quite Irish but he apparently doesn’t have Irish ancestry. If a lot of people didn’t have accents it would be very hard to place where they are from just by looking at them.

phaedra May 3, 2016 at 1:29 am

Dude, Irish people aren’t a race. Any people can be Irish. They don’t have a specific look. *sigh*

Look at friggin Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy. They look races apart and yet both are Irish.

Gee…you people…

Lotus January 11, 2013 at 7:15 pm

@follers lol judging by the mark downs people disagree and agree with me

Alice January 12, 2013 at 1:35 am

@Lotus I used to take notice of that but not anymore. They will mark you down even if your information is accurate as follers is. I would rather someone give their opinion on why they disagree or agree with you. It would make it much more interesting.

me April 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm

omfg hes so sexy

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