Julia Stiles

by ethnic on June 1, 2010

Birth Name: Julia O’Hara Stiles

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 28, 1981

Ethnicity: Irish, English, German

Julia Stiles is an American actress.

She is the daughter of Judith Newcomb Stiles and John O’Hara. Julia’s father has Irish ancestry and Julia’s mother has English and German roots. Julia is married to camera assistant Preston J. Cook, with whom she has a son.

Julia is sometimes described in internet, and other, sources, as having Italian ancestry on her mother’s side. It is pretty clear that Julia’s mother is not of Italian descent. It is not as clear if Julia has any Italian ancestry on her father’s side.

Julia’s paternal grandparents likely were John J. O’Hara and Ethel H.

Julia’s maternal grandfather was Meredith Newcomb Stiles, Jr. (the son of Meredith Newcomb Stiles and Katherine Elizabeth Toof). Julia’s grandfather Meredith was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to American parents, of Colonial American (English) ancestry. Julia’s great-grandfather Meredith was a journalist, and was the son of William Curtis Stiles and Mary Allen Arey Newcomb. Katherine was the daughter of Franklin Pierce Toof and Mary Isabelle White.

Julia’s maternal grandmother was Ruth “Randy” Hunsaker (the daughter of Albert Hunsaker and Dorothea/Dorothy E. Deroner). Ruth had German and English ancestry. The Hunsaker and Deroner families in Pennsylvania originate in Germany. Ruth’s parents, as well as her maternal grandparents, William E. Deroner and Katie E. Seagreaves, were all born in Pennsylvania. William’s parents were Moses U. Deroner and Amanda Fink. Katie’s parents were William Hamilton Seagreaves and Annie E. Weaver.

Sources: Likely Julia’s paternal grandparents, John J. O’Hara and Ethel H., on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Julia Stiles (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://gw.geneanet.org

Genealogy of Julia’s maternal grandfather, Meredith Newcomb Stiles – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Julia’s maternal grandmother, Ruth “Randy” (Hunsaker) Stiles – http://thevillager.com

Marriage record of Julia’s maternal great-great-grandparents, William E. Deroner and Katie E. Seagreaves – https://familysearch.org

Julia’s maternal great-grandmother, Dorothea E. Deroner, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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madman February 20, 2017 at 1:18 pm

Julia’s paternal grandparents were John J. O’Hara and Ethel H.

This is them:

follers February 21, 2017 at 3:20 am

How did you find them?

madman February 21, 2017 at 7:00 am
Alex234 October 25, 2015 at 12:07 pm


labird August 23, 2015 at 3:29 am

It’s so curious that she has mother’s surname as first. In the United States can put the mother’s surname as first too?

xoxo August 6, 2015 at 4:43 am

I thought she had some Asian

cwm85 August 1, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Always thought she was Swedish. The blonde her. There is some German tho…

Seger August 23, 2015 at 10:52 am

There are lots of Blond haired British/Irish people. Why is this so difficult for some people to understand?

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 6:13 pm

Um, you can tell that she dyes her hair. Look at her dark roots. She is a natural brunette.

In fact, many “blondes”, even those of Nordic ancestry, are not even natural blondes.

athelya November 18, 2015 at 11:39 am

true a lot of scandinavians have dark blonde hair naturally

neiltennant August 30, 2016 at 11:39 am

look at her dark brown eyes

she is definitely not a swede
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