Leighton Meester

by ethnic on January 23, 2010

Birth Name: Leighton Marissa Meester

Place of Birth: Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 9, 1986

Ethnicity: German, Dutch, English, Irish, along with Scottish and Welsh

Leighton Meester is an American actress, singer, songwriter, and fashion model. She is known for her role as Blair Waldorf in the series Gossip Girl. She is married to actor Adam Brody, with whom she has a daughter.

Her surname, Meester, means master or teacher in Dutch. Her father is of approximately one quarter German, one quarter Dutch, one quarter Irish, and one quarter English, ancestry. Her mother is of half German descent, with her other roots being English, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh.

Leighton’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to Jacob Harms Meester, who was born, c. 1788, in Ostfriesland, Germany, to Harmen Roelfs Janssen Meester and Sophie Jacobs. It is possible that the Meester family in Germany has Dutch ancestry of some kind.

Leighton’s paternal grandfather was Jacob Meester, Jr., later Jay Meester (the son of Jacob/Jake Aneus/Ernest Meester and Mae Kathryn Jacobs). Jacob, Jr. was born in Bannon, Arizona. Jacob was born in Iowa, to Harm M. Meester, who was born in Illinois, of German descent, and Maria Koenig, who was a German immigrant. Mae was born in Iowa, to Abraham Jacobs and Wilhelmina “Minnie” Van Neuren, who were both Dutch immigrants.

Leighton’s paternal grandmother was Helen Joy Morrissey (the daughter of Leonidas “Lee” Francis Morrissey and Olive Frances Stone). Helen was born in Long Beach, California. Lee was born in Nebraska, to Edward Francis Morrissey, who had Irish ancestry, and Louise Genevieve Fahey, whose parents were Irish immigrants. Olive was born in Vernal, Utah, to Henry John Stone, who was born in England, and Susan Louisa Stratton, who was born in Utah, to English parents, James E. Stratton, from Hertfordshire, and Frances Clark, from Cambridgeshire.

Leighton’s maternal grandfather was Robert Henry Haas (the son of Michael Haas and Marie/Mary Helen Niebling). Robert was born in Arizona. Michael and Marie were both German.

Leighton’s maternal grandmother was Violet Marie Reed (the daughter of John Logan Reed and Daucie “Dossie” Katherine Kerley). Violet came from a family from the Southern United States. Violet’s ancestry included English, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh. Many branches of Violet’s family tree had lived in the United States since the 1600s. John was the son of James Reed and Martha. Daucie was the daughter of Green Berry Kerley and Margaret Ann Sherrell/Sherrill.

Sources: Genealogies of Leighton Meester – http://gw.geneanet.org

Genealogy of Leighton’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Leighton’s paternal grandfather, Jacob Meester, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Leighton’s paternal great-grandmother, Mae Kathryn Jacobs, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Leighton’s paternal grandmother, Helen Joy Morrissey, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Leighton’s paternal great-grandfather, Leonidas “Lee” Francis Morrissey, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Leighton’s paternal great-grandmother, Olive Frances Stone (through her brother, James Fredrick Stone) (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Leighton’s paternal great-grandmother, Olive Frances Stone, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Leighton’s maternal grandfather, Robert Henry Haas, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Leighton’s maternal great-grandparents, Michael Haas and Marie/Mary Helen Niebling, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Leighton’s maternal grandmother, Violet Marie Reed – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Leighton’s maternal great-grandmother, Daucie “Dossie” Katherine (Kerley) Reed (focusing on her own father’s side) – https://findagrave.com

Genealogy of Leighton’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Jemima (Oxsheer) Kerley – https://www.geni.com

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andrew September 17, 2017 at 3:41 pm
luckystar September 12, 2016 at 10:15 am

She doesnt look southern european
She looks a bit Charlotte Crosby who is british. And, She is tanned gere.

luckystar September 12, 2016 at 5:07 pm
neiltennant May 24, 2016 at 9:34 am

Looks good

looks like mINKA KELLY

but where she got her dark eyes?

luckystar June 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm

She got dark eyes from caucasian race and she looks european.

neiltennant February 25, 2018 at 8:41 am

thats not correct

only Jews, Italians and Med people do have that brown eyes

ashash February 25, 2018 at 9:08 am

Um, they are also Caucasian. However, Leighton is does not have any of those ethnicities and they are not the only ones with brown eyes.

phaedra May 24, 2016 at 4:17 am

Looks like a typical Balkan woman.

slowdive February 2, 2016 at 6:53 pm

She looks like Natalie Portman who in turn looks like Keira Knightly. However she has very dark eyes.

pookerella January 29, 2016 at 10:03 pm

I read somewhere she was interviewed and said her mother’s family has Spanish ancestry.

athelya November 19, 2015 at 2:54 pm

i thought she was italian or portuguese. either way she’s super pretty in my opinion.

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 12:52 am

She looks full European/Caucasian (not mixed with Native!). But I thought she would’ve been Serbian or Macedonian. Their women tend to look like that.

stlucas November 19, 2015 at 4:26 pm

I disagree. I think she has obvious germanic features.

M July 23, 2015 at 8:34 pm

In some pictures she looks like a mixed race Mexican. I don’t think she’s 100% white. That’s probably why she’s pretty, I don’t think white people are attractive.

Blerman August 17, 2015 at 12:19 pm

your racist look at yourself just bcause your not attractive doesn’t mean 1 race isn’t attractive

Ajaxfan October 24, 2015 at 9:03 am

White not attractive? haha

stlucas June 7, 2015 at 9:04 am

She’s gorgeous. Her brown eyes match her brown hair perfectly.

M May 31, 2015 at 8:49 am

She is beautiful and looks like a female version of Johnny Depp.

neiltennant June 7, 2015 at 2:43 am

thats true

Princess June 9, 2015 at 5:47 am

Excuse my french, but fuck no. How dare you insult Johnny Depp. The only female who even comes close to resembling Johnny is Helena Bonham Carter. Leighton is nothing special, no one would look twice at her if she weren’t famous. Of course anyone looks better with makeup and trendy clothes. Google pictures of her without makeup and wearing “normal” clothes, she’s a plain Jane.

ihatemostpeople July 24, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Are you joking? I fail to see the resemblance. She looks like Minka Kelly, just less pretty.

PopAndRock February 13, 2015 at 3:04 am

Her natural hair color is blonde.
But she’s not only German, Dutch…. She has definitly Jewish ancestry.
Oh and Koenig and Haas are Ashkenazi Jewish names. Niebling sometimes.

follers February 13, 2015 at 6:57 am

There are many people named “Koenig” and “Haas” who are not of Jewish heritage. I couldn’t find any Jewish ancestors of Leighton’s.

It’s only her husband who is Jewish.

Freerk June 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm

“Meester” is not only Dutch, but also Low Saxon and Frisian (Ostfriesland = East Frisia). So just the name without any other evidence doesn’t give a hint to Dutch ancestry. “Harm” is a typical Frisian forename (“Herman” in English, “Her(r)mann” in German). So to me the Meester lineage on first sight shows Frisian ancestry.

What makes Dutch (or other North German) ancestry more possible is that the Frisian had their own system of surnames until the 19th century, in which the surname derives from the father’s forename.

Following this system, the father of Harmen Roelfs Janssen (Meester) must have been Jan X “; his son must have been named X Harm(an)sen, and so on. And there were no place for “Meester” …

Freerk June 16, 2014 at 2:34 pm

On the other hand: who cares? She looks nice.

Ajaxfan November 28, 2015 at 5:02 am

Frisian is Dutch, smartass

dawei April 7, 2014 at 1:28 pm

she looks 100% white like french alizee or spanish(real spanish cuz when i say spanish many americans think in a latin american person)

J.J. October 13, 2014 at 4:29 am

most latin americans are of full spanish blood, but many are mixed with the natives (mestizo)

andrew October 23, 2014 at 5:09 am

and you’re wrong again, most latin americans are NOT of “full” spanish blood, unless they’re recent immigrants.

J.J. October 23, 2014 at 6:41 am

debatable, depends on what country we’re talking about

sudeuro January 7, 2015 at 4:31 am

Most Latin Americans are mestizo or mulatto (or triracial).


ihatemostpeople January 18, 2014 at 12:34 am

& this site chooses the ugliest picture of her of course.

AnonymousPerson January 9, 2014 at 4:06 am

She’s pretty. She was my favorite character on Gossip Girl.

indo December 19, 2013 at 6:36 pm

she looks like she could have native american in her.

WTF December 27, 2014 at 10:58 pm

She looks like she could be a Castiza.

billErobreren November 24, 2013 at 9:29 am

How is she exotic again?! Non-narrow face & a big forehead?! Oh my! I wonder who’ll have the heart to tell & Malin Ackerman she’s a quadroon now…Big foreheads & square faces are common in the Netherlands, England, Scotland & Scandinavia(namely Denmark, Netherlands & Norway) & Heinrich Kiepert’s face was anything but narrow

J.J. October 7, 2013 at 6:14 am

correction; while she does look white of euro ancestry she has dark hair, very dark eyes (too dark to be full Caucasian), her face isn’t narrow and she has a rather large forehead, she definitely looks like she’d have part mongoloid or negroid in her, I highly doubt she is 100% german and dutch

follers October 7, 2013 at 10:54 am

What is the “correction” part? Adding “mongoloid” or “negroid”? Did one of her great-grandparents come to the U.S. from Mongoloidia or Negroidia?

I have added more on her ancestry.

andrew October 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm

she is quite average looking I dont see any “exotic” element in her

J.J. November 26, 2013 at 7:40 am

the word exotic means foreign, I fail to see how she doesn’t look exotic considering she’s an American of European ancestry and isn’t native

andrew November 26, 2013 at 9:56 am
ihatemostpeople February 14, 2014 at 5:37 pm

She doesn’t look exotic at all. She looks like your average white girl.

Adam December 9, 2013 at 10:05 am

There’s a lot of Caucasian people with dark eyes and dark hair, also I don’t see how the shape of her face indicates anything about her race or ethnicity.

smiley January 11, 2014 at 9:48 pm

She’s a natural blond. She dyed her hair for her role on gossip girl.

Me myself and I February 14, 2014 at 10:53 am

J.J you are a racist idiot. I mean, do you ignorant stupid pathetic bastards still exist in the 21st century, where you believe that whites are blonde/blue eyed human beings? My father is white ‘100%’ as you put it, and he has black hair and dark brown eyes and pale skin and all traits of his race – white. Because, I’m sorry to break it to you, but the white race is the only human race whose members come in different eye/hair colours (where it’s normal, while non whites with these traits are strange and uncommon – so obviously: Asians and blacks come only in the black/black combinations, but whites have all eye colours from blue to black and all hair colours from blond/e to black). And Leighton has blonde hair just fyi.

nina May 18, 2015 at 9:04 am

Not all europeans are blonde and blue eyed same as not every african person is black you’re probably an american who has never been in europe stfu if you don’t know what you’re talking zbout

cecile September 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm

she looks like a dutch women with brown hair I am dutch and I see many girls kind of looking like her face shape, eye shape, nose shape.

smiley June 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Wikipedia dosen’t list her as Irish anymore. All I know is she definitely dutch because “meester” is dutch. Her mother’s maiden name “Haas” is German. http://www.houseofnames.com/haas-family-crest

Acadiana January 11, 2012 at 12:48 am

Very pretty. She and Minka Kelly look like sisters.

Yaritza February 14, 2012 at 9:36 am

Yes i way thinking the same think Minka look like a her older sister this picture of them side by side is funny how much alike they look

Wenzi Zhang August 23, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I think she is so good.
I like her.
I hope she will be better.

Ariana decir-gracias! August 14, 2011 at 10:31 am

She is soo pretty, so is minka kelly!

Hannibal July 4, 2011 at 7:44 am

I think she is so much hotter as a brunette than a blond

joan June 10, 2011 at 8:57 am

I first thought she’s dutch, italian some other, I was wrong lol

asdfghjkl April 19, 2011 at 7:16 am

I’ve always knew she was dutch,Meester means Master or Teacher in Dutch… :)

Anna August 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm

She is soo pretty and genuine and talented, it’s rlly good to see that in any celeb these days. I thought she was Italian for some reason, she doesn’t look very Italian but I read it somewhere….w/e, I wish her the best!

amy March 21, 2010 at 11:14 am

Leighton Meester is actually a natural blonde but she had to dye her hair brown for the role of Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl.

Anonymous January 31, 2010 at 11:31 am

Hi leighton i love u ur so sexy

Anonymous January 31, 2010 at 10:15 am

She’s mixed with something else, for sure.

Paul(: January 25, 2010 at 6:03 am

According to wikipedia, she’s Irish-American too.
Look in the 1980’s section. (:

Anonymous January 25, 2010 at 3:01 am

Leighton’s natural hair is light brown, she was blonde when she was a kid.

LuckyL January 24, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I’m not totally surprised that she’s dutch. Kris Jenner is also Dutch and has the same complexion and dark hair as well as an owner of a former job of mine. The lady was the daughters of one of the flying dutchmen during wwII and also had that same complexion and dark hair! Anywho Leighton’s beautiful

worldgirl October 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm

dutch people don’t originally have dark hair mostly they’re born blond and stay blond or get dark blond hair … I live there and even on my preschool picture i’m the only girl there with dark hair and i’m mixed haha

worldgirl October 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm

o yeah and the eyes are definitly not dutch, no real plain dutch kid has deep (dark) brown piercing eyes they all have blue or green or grayblue or lightttt brown,. and not that eye shape she has …cause that’s nOt dutch either whaha

Shinny October 14, 2011 at 8:56 am

That’s her Irish heritage. I’m dark (darker hair actually than Leighton) and have very dark brown eyes, but I’d be paler.

Anonymous January 24, 2010 at 11:09 am

She looks definitely dutch + french.

Anonymous January 24, 2010 at 11:09 am

I fucking love that girl!

VeRoni January 24, 2010 at 9:23 am

i thought she might have something else i mean she has dark looks i know she has a tan most of the time but…

AnonymousPerson January 9, 2014 at 4:34 am

It’s called a spray tan, lmfaooo.

Me myself and I February 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Hihohuhahe, grow the fuck up.

Cory January 23, 2010 at 7:40 am

The most beautiful woman in the entire world!
She’s perfect.

rockstarrr. January 23, 2010 at 5:48 am

Hahaha, i knew that she was Dutch.
I’m Dutch myself. :)

Anonymous January 23, 2010 at 4:29 am

I love her. She’s so damn sexy!

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