Kris Jenner

by ethnic on February 16, 2010

Birth Name: Kristen Mary Houghton

Place of Birth: San Diego, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 5, 1955

Ethnicity: English, with some Scottish, Irish, German, and Dutch

Kris Jenner is an American socialite and television personality. Kris is from a family that has lived in the United States for many generations. She has English, as well as smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Scottish, Irish, German, and Dutch, ancestry.

Kris is the daughter of Mary Gorden/Jo (Campbell) and Robert True Houghton. With her first husband, Robert Kardashian, a lawyer, she is the mother of socialites Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, and Rob Kardashian. With her second spouse, Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner (born William Bruce Jenner), she is the mother of socialites Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner. Her stepsons are musician Brandon Jenner and socialite Brody Jenner. Among Kris’s grandchildren are Penelope Disick and North West.

Kris’s paternal grandfather was True Otis Houghton (the son of Otis Sewall Houghton and Lula Laura Bernard/Barnard). True was born in Oklahoma. Kris’s great-grandfather Otis was the son of Reuben Albert Houghton and Sarah Elizabeth Mantor. Lula was the daughter of William B. Barnard/Bernard and Elizabeth Gililland/Gililand.

Kris’s paternal grandmother was Mary Lee Pickens (the daughter of Charles/Charlie Luran A. Pickens and Lizzie/Elizabeth Mae/Mary A. Douglas/Douglass). Kris’s grandmother Mary Lee was born in Texas. Charles was the son of Andrew Jackson Pickens and Sarah Hines Merrit/Meritt. Lizzie was the daughter of Eugene Murphy Douglas and Martha Jane Wilson.

Kris’s maternal grandfather was Gorden/Gordon Lowe Campbell (the son of Jefferson Davis Campbell and Freedonia/Fredonia/Fredom May Teaney). Gorden was born in Oklahoma. Jefferson was the son of Morton Campbell and Mary Elizabeth Northern. Freedonia was the daughter of James Daniel Teaney and Martha J. Lambert.

Kris’s maternal grandmother was Lou Ethel Wyatt (the daughter of Walter Alba Wyatt and Mary Tiny VanZandt/Van Zandt). Lou was born in Mississippi. Walter was the son of John E. Wyatt and Margaret A. “Maggie” Bradley. Mary was the daughter of Jacob James VanZandt/Van Zandt and Margaret Elizabeth Magee.

Kris’s matrilineal great-great-great-grandmother, S. Margaret “Maggie” Gray, was born, c. 1833, in Mississippi.

Sources: Genealogy of Kris Jenner –

Genealogies of Kris Jenner (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Kris Jenner (focusing on her father’s side) (through Kris’s daughter, Kim Kardashian) –

Kris’s maternal grandmother, Lou Ethel Wyatt, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Kris’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Tiny VanZandt –

Genealogies of Kris’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Jacob James VanZandt/Van Zandt and Margaret Elizabeth Magee –


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Black British January 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm

DEENA: Spaniards from Spain are considered to be white but not Mexicans, they are of Aztec or Mayan Indian ancestry, with some African and European blood. They speak Spanish because they were conquered and enslaved by the European Spanish some 400 years ago.

Misaaaaaa January 14, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Kris is not Mexican. So why are you even speaking about them?

I am also sure you would say Catherine Zeta Jones, Sean Connery, Cheryl Cole, Colin Farrell, Russell Brand, Frankie Sandford, and Lily Allen would look foreign to the Brits if it were not for the fact that they are white British folks.

You are not fooling anyone. I bet you are not even European.

Black British January 14, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Hispanics, Mexicans are not white, they are descendants of Aztec and Mayan indians , some have both African and European ancestry. They speak Spanish because the Spanish from Europe conquered them enslave them and forced their culture on to some 400 years ago. Pure blood Spanish people look like Italians where as American latinos do not look like that, ie Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba look hispanic and nothing like Penelope Cruz who is pure Spanish, I can always see the differences.
Kris Jenner doesn’t look like a typical Scots or Dutch person, she is mixed with something else. Scottish people have very pale skins and much lighter hair and so do the Dutch, I know this because I live in Britain and seen lots of Scots and they do not look like her. I do find that a lot of white Americans are not honest about their ethnic background, or maybe they are just unaware of it, they tend to look like a white person that is mixed with a little
something. I was born in England and I can you that pure white English people and other Northern Europeans have a different look. If Chris Jenner lived in England she would be described as foreign looking by British whites.

rose January 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm

The whole family are gold diggers. smh

Michael January 11, 2012 at 11:06 pm

She is Amerindian mix, her daughters had DNA test and it shows they are Native American blood from mother’s side

Acadiana January 11, 2012 at 11:44 pm

It was a one digit percentage of Native blood they had. I doubt that small of an amount is going to change her appearance drastically.

K January 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Wasn’t it mentioned she had Native American ancestry in her? I recall reading that on Wikipedia but it’s not there anymore.

reiver January 4, 2012 at 10:17 am

Just because she’s tanned with dark hair and eyes does not mean she must have some latino or middle eastern roots.
My mum is of Scottish/Irish decent and has a smiliar colouring to Kris, black hair, hazel eyes and olive skin.

storm January 28, 2012 at 10:33 pm

her kids took a DNA test. pretty sure this bitch is white. however white encompasses lots of thing so she could still be lying about her ethnicity. looks like she has some mediterranean or middle eastern roots

Pasqal April 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Not mideterranean not mid eastern but native American… Kim said that many times.. That’s why Kris is too dark for a Dutch person and that’s why Kourtney looks like a Cherokee girl.

storm January 28, 2012 at 10:34 pm

her kids took a DNA test. pretty sure this bitch is white. however white encompasses lots of thing so she could still be lying about her ethnicity.

jena December 26, 2011 at 7:38 am

She isn’t 100 percent english or dutch,
maybe she has middle east roots but I think more jewish.

j December 23, 2011 at 12:47 am

Mexicans aren’t considered caucasion ! theyre considered mixed just like all the other Hispanic cultures

storm January 28, 2012 at 10:34 pm

mexicans are mestizos

Dena December 18, 2011 at 12:25 am

Mexicans and Spaniards are considered Caucasian or “white”. Ethnicity is Hispanic or Latino, race is Caucasian/ white. I believe Kris Jenner probably has some Mexican in her lineage. She almost admitted it to Scott recently. Its a shame she won’t admit it, likely due to all so much bigotry out there. She should be proud, so many beautiful actresses and singers are full or part Mexican. Also, Mike, maybe Gigi’s British – the ones I’ve known refer to middle easterners as ” black”.

Dena December 18, 2011 at 12:13 am

Mexicans and Spaniards are considered Caucasian or “white”. Ethnicity is Hispanic or Latino, race is Caucasian/ white. I believe Kris Jenner probably has some Mexican in her lineage. She almost admitted it to Scott recently. Its a shame she won’t admit it, likely due to all so much bigotry out there. She should be proud, so many beautiful actresses and singers are full or part Mexican.

mike December 17, 2011 at 12:45 am

@ Gigi: you sound like such a racist. your hatred and jealousy is so evident. you must be an ugly poor girl, right? Middle eastern people and those from North Africa are recognized by the U.S. Federal gov’t as caucasians/white. Even the whitest hispanic is not considered a caucasian. With a name like Gigi, it can be argued that you are a latina or a French girl–the first isn’t white, the latter has dark Frenchmen and Frenchwomen. Speak with the facts because Kris Jenner is half scottish and half dutch. You seem to think that all white people are pale faced blue eyed blondes or have brown or red hair–which is absurd. There are darker or olive skinned whites like Italians and Southern French and even Yugoslavians or Romanians. You just pump hate speech and sound so ignorant!

GiGi December 3, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Kris is not white looking. She looks like she has black or subsaharan ancestry. None of her kids are fair, including her children with Jenner. If she were English and Dutch only, her children would have been lighter, especially the two younger girls. She must be either African or Middle Eastern with her coloring, which is not what could be called white. That is probably why her children only date black men, since they cannot relate to white people.

Lol December 4, 2011 at 1:31 am

That’s the most silly comment I’ve ever heard. They have two parents you know. Robert Kardashian (the father) was Turkish Armenian and Russian Armenian. Armenian’s are darker complected, they don’t look Black at all. Technically speaking they are white, but also Armenian. Two of the three sisters just seemingly happen to prefer to date black men. Tons of people everywhere date interracially now. Doesn’t mean they don’t identify with a certain race.

LAgal188 August 6, 2012 at 1:16 am

Are you blind? Can you not see properly? I feel really bad for people like you who see people weirdly. Kendall and Kylie are both REALLY fair and have white skin, as well as khloe. And Kim? Pshh she is white but she wears fake tan a lot. The only one out of the five girls I would say that isn’t white is kourtney.

farah August 20, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I just want to clarify something. Many asian ancestries will show up on a dna test as native american. Keep in mind that native americans were asians that crossed Bering Strait. Yes it probably came from their mother, but it isnt for sure.

mestiza. August 21, 2011 at 8:30 am

No many native american ancestries will show up as asian ;p

ale September 5, 2011 at 3:25 am

It is Kris who has native american(asian) roots, not R.Kardashian.

ukrainianguy July 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm

to the moderator this is so bias, you’ve assumed that white latin americans were mixed solely based on the fact that they’re from latin america (pitbull), while a genetic test has proven that the Kardashian sisters have native american ancestry (obviously not from their father who isn’t from the Americas originally) and you neglect to mention that and just write the mom off as plainly European? so many double standards on here..

also why are things like cuban or argentinian ethnicities but american is not?

Selene-The-Immortal August 2, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Cuban, Argentinian, and Brazilian are not ethnicities or races. They are nationalities much like American is one.

And yes, Kim Kardashian’s DNA test did prove that she has distant Native American ancestry, which must have come from her mother, considering that her father is not native to the Americas.

Midnight August 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Hey, don’t be too sure. Cher’s father was Armenian but he had Native Bloodlines. That nationality of folks are gypsies with mixedblood. Some can be anything from Greek, Spanish, Russian, Native or Indians from India.

Serpent October 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Double standards galore on this site!

Tru7h July 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm

If you actually take the time to research the family history, you will find that her mother is dutch and scottish , but that her grandmother is actually Jewish on her side, which of course makes her Jewish.

iNooooooooooowwww May 1, 2011 at 10:24 am

does some one know of what descent kendall end kylie are ….?

At Mother side :Dutch,Scottish
But on Father side :……?

alex February 11, 2011 at 3:29 am

I don’t know why they won’t mention about Kris’s native american roots.

Una August 13, 2010 at 9:05 am

Maybe she is a little bit Jewish because I have heard that she is also Dutch and lot of ”Dutch” people, who came to America were exually Jews. I am saying that because she is really dark, she cannot be just English or Sctotish ect.

Masashi16 August 13, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Some people are what’s referred to as “Black Dutch”. This is really generic because it can mean a lot of things, but it basically means someone with dark features who claims Dutch ancestry whether they truly have it or not. Everyone from Melungeons( don’t like that term) to Native Americans in the South to Italians who had dark features used that term “Black Dutch” for one reason or another. Usually to be free from racial persecution. But some Dutch actually do have dark features. Also, because of the DNA test Kim and Khloe took on Lopez Tonight, she is most likely about 6% Native American even thought thats an insignificant amount.

iplo September 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm

she doesnt have natural dark looks. she darkend her hair it was light brown and she also wears contacts, but ithink thats her natural color.

Anonymous August 12, 2010 at 2:06 am

Kim mentions her mom is English here
“My mother is English”

ethnic August 13, 2010 at 8:58 am

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