Katie Holmes

by ethnic on May 11, 2010

Birth Name: Kate Noelle Holmes

Place of Birth: Toledo, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 18, 1978

Ethnicity: German, Irish, English

Katie Holmes is an American actress, model, and filmmaker. She is known for her role as Joey Potter on the teen drama series Dawson’s Creek.

Katie’s father is of three quarters German and one quarter Irish descent. Katie’s mother has Irish and English ancestry. Katie’s family’s surname was originally Holm.

She has a daughter with her former husband, actor Tom Cruise.

Katie’s paternal grandfather was Frederick Carl Holmes (the son of Herman Holmes/Holm and Anna Palm). Frederick was born in Ohio, to German parents. Herman was the son of Charles A. Holm and Mary Young.

Katie’s paternal grandmother was Helen Marie Maher (the daughter of Martin J. Maher and Mary Acker). Helen was born in Ohio. Martin was Irish, from Tipperary, the son of John Maher and Mary Cormack. Katie’s great-grandmother Mary was born in Ohio, of German descent, the daughter of Antonius/Anton/Anthony F. Acker and Elizabeth Weaver.

Katie’s maternal grandfather was Charles Edward Craft (the son of James Henry Craft and Annie/Anna O’Bryan). Charles was born in Kentucky, and had English and Irish ancestry. James was the son of Campbell Clay Craft and Nancy Ritter Webb. Annie was the daughter of Charles O’Bryan and Annie Lee Faubush.

Katie’s maternal grandmother was Jacqulyn A. Chambers (the daughter of Thomas Chambers and Margaret Meretta/Rita Walsh). Jacqulyn was born in Ohio. Thomas was born in Nottinghamshire, England, the son of John Chambers and Emma A. Ford. Margaret was born in Ohio, the daughter of George Edward Walsh and Mary Ann Mullen, and had Irish ancestry.

Sources: Genealogy of Katie Holmes – http://www.geni.com

Katie’s paternal grandfather, Frederick Carl Holmes, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Katie’s paternal grandmother, Helen Marie Maher, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Katie’s maternal grandfather, Charles Edward Craft – http://news.google.com

Genealogies of Katie’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Campbell Clay Craft and Nancy Ritter Webb – https://www.ancestry.com

Katie’s maternal grandmother, Jacqulyn A. Chambers, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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andrew August 24, 2017 at 1:35 pm
alexgxo April 12, 2017 at 6:08 pm

She looks your average white American to me. As in, german plus British ancestry. She has a pan euro look imo.

SpaniardIam December 14, 2015 at 11:11 pm

Katie could easily pass as a girl Spaniard or Italian.

Daron December 9, 2016 at 9:43 pm

She could past as a Spaniard but I dont see any Italian features.

labird August 29, 2015 at 4:26 am

And Palm is a Swedish surname

follers August 29, 2015 at 5:43 am
labird August 29, 2015 at 4:25 am

Holm is a very common surname in Nordic countries.

athelya December 15, 2015 at 7:29 am

yes Hölm is a swedish surname

sparkles180 August 20, 2015 at 1:32 am

I thought she was east european.

M June 5, 2015 at 8:45 pm

She was always average looking to me. She seems like a pushover and doesn’t seem to have a backbone since she let Tom Cruise screw her over like that.

cwm85 August 17, 2015 at 7:37 am

Leaving her was the first step of her freedom… so what are you talking about?

Rekta April 8, 2015 at 4:53 am

She looks Southern German (Bavarian) or Hungarian.

follers November 5, 2014 at 2:49 pm

It is interesting that Katie Holmes is 3/8ths German, 3/8ths Irish, and 1/4th English, while Tom Cruise is 7/16ths German, 7/16ths Irish, 1/8th English.

BTW, all the previous information on her genealogy up here was completely wrong… it was from that blame grandma blog and other online genealogies of Katie, who totally misidentified her mother’s maiden name (it’s “Craft”, not “Stothers”) and all of her grandparents’ names.

Her parents aren’t cousins or second cousins, either, like in that Holmes-Stothers genealogy.

Freerk December 4, 2014 at 2:10 am

“It is interesting that Katie Holmes is 3/8ths German, 3/8ths Irish, and 1/4th English, while Tom Cruise is 7/16ths German, 7/16ths Irish, 1/8th English.”

If I’m informed rightly, these are three of the largest ethnic groups of the US, perhaps the largest, all three with similar cultural background, so I think it’s quite natural … ? Very many people on these sides have similar ancestry.

follers December 4, 2014 at 5:42 am

I meant the arrangement of their exact fractions is similar in a way.

Freerk December 4, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Yes, I realized that after I posted … It’s nearly identical.

But that hadn’t helped to save their relation. ;-)

angiemorton September 3, 2014 at 8:06 am

She looks very French. Anyway also wears its other ethnicities, since one sees it and says, for example: she has German ancestry.

Check7t December 7, 2014 at 12:38 am

Agreed, that would have been my first guess.

roman2886 April 26, 2014 at 3:58 pm

She has no French Canadian and Scottish in her she is primarily English Irish German and Russian it’s proven on ethnic celebs she has Russian ancestry.

theropod June 28, 2013 at 7:32 am

Exotic…not Spanish or Italian in her?

andrew June 28, 2013 at 8:10 am

the only Spanish thing she has is the name of her hometown, Toledo, a beautiful city in Spain

WTF December 27, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Exotic?????? How? She looks white as hell.

jokin March 2, 2015 at 11:49 am

So you think italians or spaniards from spain (both originally White european) are exotic?? sorryyyyy???

Capricious April 2, 2015 at 5:52 am

Just the people that we’re not used to a lot.

I also include Scandinavians as “exotic”.

A typical white person like Tom Cruise and Gwyeneth Paltrow are not “exotic” in my eyes.

bleachsoda April 23, 2016 at 1:01 pm

well sicilian italians do look exotic

andrew April 23, 2016 at 5:03 pm

that is just a stereotype. They just look like the other Southern Europeans. Many Sicilians don’t even look Mediterranean.

jokin March 2, 2015 at 11:58 am

she has some french ancestry and as you should know, Italian, spaniard or french people are ver very similar, a they all have latin origins….

follers March 2, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Katie Holmes has no French ancestry.

Rekta April 8, 2015 at 4:50 am

“Latin” is not an origin. Latin peoples were mostly multi-ethnic descendants of various ethnic groups who speaks a Romance language.

Islander_Miss January 22, 2013 at 11:06 pm

[email protected] your relative…wtf!? =\

fuzzybear44 January 23, 2013 at 12:30 am

How else could they make sure the money and the property stay in the family,except to marry your cousin

fuzzybear44 January 23, 2013 at 1:25 am

thumbing it down,want make it untrue.Pretty much every culture has done it

Athena45 December 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm

What happened to this girl?

nnnnn November 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Thanks. I wondered, that smb. with name “Holmes”
is “german” and “russian”. One should add english and
scottish heritage, actually predominate by him. He’s
partly german (like 30% americans), but not (ethic)
russian at all.

ONLY ANGLO-SAXONS ARE WHITE March 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Russians are communist mongrels. She is not white.

nnnnn September 28, 2012 at 12:59 am

I’m surprised. I thought american white celebrities are
anglo-saxon, they are all, but not anglo-saxon, they
have fake english names, and some of them are even
“communist mongrels”, P.Anderson, too

nnnnn November 17, 2012 at 12:03 am

Has smb. detailed information about her father’s
heritage?

RazzlyFaerie August 27, 2013 at 8:33 am

There is no such thing as race. There is no such thing as black, white or anything else. They’re just made up labels to categorize people. Everyone has individual ancestries based on who specifically they are related to. We are all individuals, and that means we are all the same too.

ONLY ANGLO-SAXONS ARE WHITE March 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm
worldgirl October 22, 2011 at 11:39 am

ANND yet again I knew she was mix with also some native american and eastern europe yess XD,..because of the eyes, the kinda cubby nose , chubby cheeks, wide face and the kinda course hair when it’s natural ,.. mandy moore the same all of them with the cheeks and noses mixed haa

HighwayStarryNight March 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm

so why her name is Holmes… holmes is quite typical english… i mean her father is German and Russian so she should have a typical name of those countries… but i guess that for a career she choose that one…
Hollywood industries should let the natural names of actor… and not push them to change their names…
It’s disrespectful

Marc April 16, 2011 at 6:36 am

Katie have not changed her surname.i think there were an english (british) ancestors from her father side,but nobody make mention of them cause it’s not interesting…..unlike german or russian origin.If some famous person has any german or russian origin so that’s COOL!!!….but if he’s of english or scottish ancestors-it’s bore

Alice March 30, 2012 at 4:30 am

From what I’ve read there are more Americans of German descent than other European groups and not so many Scottish so it would be more exotic to be of Scottish descent or Welsh than German. I’m sure people are proud of whatever heritage they have. Every country is cool if you know the history.

E January 14, 2011 at 11:10 am

Katie Holmes has stated she is also of Native American decent.

Olé Olé November 6, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Why isn’t there a picture?

Anonymous May 16, 2010 at 1:49 am

Nice mix.

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