Kate Hudson

by ethnic on May 18, 2009

Birth Name: Kate Garry Hudson

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 19, 1979

Ethnicity: Italian/Sicilian (paternal grandmother), Ashkenazi Jewish (maternal grandmother), English, 1/16th German, remote French

Kate Hudson is an American actress. She has starred in the films Almost Famous, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Le Divorce, among many others.

She is the daughter of musician and actor Bill Hudson and actress, director, singer, and producer Goldie Hawn. She was raised by her mother and her mother’s partner, actor Kurt Russell. Her brother, Oliver Hudson, is also an actor, as is her half-brother, Wyatt Russell, who is also a professional hockey player. Kate has a son with her former husband, musician Chris Robinson, and a son with her former partner, musician Matthew Bellamy.

Kate’s paternal grandmother was of Italian/Sicilian descent, and Kate’s maternal grandmother was from a Hungarian Jewish family. Kate’s grandfathers both had English ancestry, with her paternal grandfather also having remote French roots (from an ancestor named Hester le Mahieu, born, c. 1585, in Leiden, Holland, Netherlands) and her maternal grandfather also having one quarter German ancestry.

Kate has stated that she was raised in her maternal grandmother’s Jewish religion. Her family has also practiced Buddhism.

Kate’s paternal grandfather was William Louis Hudson (the son of John L./Dixon Hudson and Blanche Viola Babcock). William was born in California. Blanche was the daughter of Samuel Alonzo Babcock and Sessie Anna Holmes.

Kate’s paternal grandmother was Eleanor Salerno (the daughter of Giuseppe/Joseph L. Salerno and Theresa Maruco). Eleanor was born in Washington. Giuseppe was from Carlentini, Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy. Theresa was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents.

Kate’s maternal grandfather was Edward Rutledge Hawn (the son of Otto Delphia Hawn and Claire Estelle Johnson). Edward was born in Arkansas. Otto was the son of Aaron Madison Hawn, who was of German descent, and of Nannie Ada Hevrin. Claire was the daughter of Henry Spencer Johnson and Mary Frances Hall.

Kate’s maternal grandmother was Laura Steinhoff (the daughter of Michael/Max B. Steinhoff and Frances “Fanny/Fannie” Weiss). Laura was born in Pennsylvania, to Hungarian Jewish parents. Frances was the daughter of Menachem Mendel Weiss and Esther Schwartz; Esther was the daughter of Ignatz Schwartz and Goldie.

Sources: Genealogy of Kate Hudson – http://gw.geneanet.org

Kate’s paternal grandfather, William Louis Hudson, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Kate’s paternal grandmother, Eleanor Salerno, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogies of Kate Hudson (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Kate’s maternal grandmother, Laura Steinhoff, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Laura Steinhoff on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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andrew November 7, 2017 at 3:18 pm
andrew November 7, 2017 at 3:13 pm
madman June 12, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Italian/Sicilian (paternal grandmother), Ashkenazi Jewish (maternal grandmother), English, 1/16th German, distant Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) and French

follers June 12, 2016 at 2:26 pm


madman June 12, 2016 at 2:38 pm
follers June 12, 2016 at 2:47 pm

That’s not her ancestor, is it? She’s descended from Joseph Rutledge (b. 1743), son of James and Sarah.

madman June 12, 2016 at 11:43 pm

According to geni.com, this is her ancestor. More than that I don’t know.

follers June 13, 2016 at 1:09 am

I don’t think that’s right. Public member trees usually list her ancestor as the son of James Rutledge (born 1711 in the U.S.).

labird August 29, 2015 at 4:15 am

She has Dutch roots as well.Correct it

follers August 29, 2015 at 5:39 am

From which ancestor?

Fatmonkey November 18, 2014 at 10:17 am

Le Mahieu is a French surname, not Dutch, whoever writes these biographies?

follers November 18, 2014 at 11:00 am

I do.

Her ancestor was born in the Netherlands. It looks like her father was French. Not sure about her mother.

andrew April 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Kate about his father


andrew April 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I’ve read the original surname of the Hudsons was Salerno, probably it was the last name of their mom

andrew October 11, 2015 at 8:24 pm

Kate’s paternal grandmother was Eileen Salerno. Eileen’s father was from Carlentini, Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy.

andrew October 11, 2015 at 8:24 pm

*Eleanor Salerno

COOLGUY2012 July 24, 2012 at 11:10 pm

i didnt get it. If she is italian, she is white. Why isnt she white?

levangelista36 August 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Because she’s Jewish like Bar Refaeli and Esti Ginzburg. Duh.

nnnnn December 13, 2012 at 1:05 am

Ha-ha-ha, “she’s Jewish like Bar Rafaeli”
In your Universum is 25%=100%?

sarahle August 13, 2014 at 9:24 am

kate hudson is jewish. her mothers mother is, her mother is and so is she…

and @levangelista being jewish doesn’t mean being white automatically… there are also black jews! visit Israel and you will see, that your way of thinking is totally bullish*t (sorry to say that)!

ignorant killer 2 March 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I have a stupid screen name.

livia March 14, 2012 at 12:15 am

I will be given a low rating but whatever. I consider Jews as well as the Italians, Greeks, and Portuguese “white.” Kate Hudson, Dianna Agron, Gwenyth Paltrow, Lisa Kudrow, Chelsea Handler, Kelly Rippa, Leelee Sobieski, Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Aniston, Lindsay Lohan, Katy Perry, Brooke Mueller, Britney Spears, Hayden Panettiere, Goldie Hawn, etc. just look like plain old white women to me, and there’s not a person in the world who can convince me that they aren’t white.

And F.Y.I., in the REAL world, they are considered “white.” Yeah, I will be thumbed down, but whatever. It’s true.

I’m tired of seeing these pointless arguments. They’re boring and accomplish nothing. All you guys want to talk about it is who is white and who is not. Isn’t anything else on your mind?

I’m not going to go up to a Jewish or Italian chick in my class and tell her she’s not white because I read it on the Internet.

Paul March 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm

@livia your so right.I come on here for adult discussion and even to learn new things that i did not know.But since i came i have not learned anything new just pure stupidity and i now question how the new generations will turn out with people like these in the world.At the end of the day there is only so far when you stop getting mad and just laugh because the people become desperate and its quite sad and boring.When you get off the computer and go out in the real world these nonsensical do not come into play.So it is all good.

Mike June 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm

she looks exactly like Jennifer Lopez facially so why is Jennifer allowed to be called exotic looking when she isn’t but Kate isnt since she is white and blonde?

i m half e. european ,1/4 asian,1/4 russian4 December 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm

oh…yeah , you americans are nowadays much more racist to white people and discriminate white people more than black people or any other so called ”non white” people,latino,native ,asians,south asians,mixed and so on ..
all races in u.s.-except w.people of course- can be beautiful, exotic,gorgeous-even hidious native americans or black gorillas but white people cannot be ,no.. they are ordinary people ,not allowed to be called exotic ,beautiful, exotic,gorgeous

metusa December 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm

You know the drill if they white they plain and boring and if they think the person has Native of Black they gorgeous and exotic because even if they have like 2% Native like Megan Fox for example then according to some on this site Megan is not even white it`s that little bit of a stretch of Native that makes her so gorgeous,,, Even if a white person on this site like Angelina Jolie is European and no other heritage its no she has definatly something else her lips are too big or some shit,,Even a Latina girl of European heritage who is white it`s all oh ya she exotic and cute only because she has some Latina in her they don`t even know that you can be white ,asian ,black ,brown and Hispanic it not a race for god`s sake,,Some people are very rasict here and have very low iq`s.

nadge December 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Shut up you still will get picked for all of the jobs and promotions in the corporate world. You can’t have it both ways. Now that an inkling of people find ethnicity interesting. Oh please white women have bee the epitome of beauty for years. Now you are wining because a few ethnic women are considered beautiful. Spoiled, selfish and self-centered people. Shut up and go get some sun!

Selene-The-Immortal January 19, 2012 at 6:31 pm

@metusa I fully agree, and I am not even white. I love how they are anxious to say Megan Fox is not white, but disregard the several other “white” Hollywood women who claim distant Native heritage as well because they are not pretty enough for them.

Megan Fox is mixed because she is beautiful.

But Anne Hathaway, Hilary Swank, Carrie Underwood, Hillary Clinton, Rumer Willis, Ashlee Simpson, Miley Cyrus, Julia Roberts, and several other celebrities are just white because they are either ugly, not pretty enough, or too plain.


Hate Me January 19, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Of course this is true. They will never admit it, though.

Megan Fox is a biracial goddess because she is pretty.

But Anne Hathaway, Rumer Willis, Hilary Swank, Carrie Underwood, Julia Roberts, and Hillary Clinton are just white because they are too plain or ugly.

Racist site filled with racist people.

Anonymous October 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm

according to Wikipedia her Mother Goldie Hawn stated on actor’s studio that her through her father she is a descendant of John Rutledge who is of Scots-Irish and English descent
The wiki of his John Rutledge’s brother is the ones that states that Their father is Scots-Irish and their mother is English

ethnic October 17, 2010 at 8:18 pm

thanks for the links

Paul. October 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Looking over the link you provided us with, she says she ‘might’ have some English in her.. she also says she ‘might’ have some Irish in her, but that’s not listed..? But English is?

Shouldn’t she be listed as Italian and Hungarian and Jewish, then? If she doesn’t state “I’m definitely English.”

RrRr October 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Well said Paul.

Princesa January 12, 2010 at 6:03 am

I saw a baby pic of Kate Hudson and she had the biggest ears i’ve ever seen!! Well, she changed cuz she defiently looks much prettier!! PEACE OUT PPL!!!!! = )

ethnic January 4, 2010 at 12:48 am

how about this photo?

Nathan Teasdale Mottram January 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm

i know yes thats definatley not kate hudson

hm October 5, 2009 at 2:04 am

i don’t know who that woman in the photo is, but i do know that it is NOT kate hudson.

Anonymous September 3, 2010 at 8:21 pm

she had work done people

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