Birth Name: Matthew David McConaughey
Place of Birth: Uvalde, Texas, United States
Date of Birth: November 4, 1969
Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Irish, 1/8th German, 1/16th Swedish
Matthew McConaughey is an American actor and producer. He is famous for his film starring roles, including The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Fool’s Gold, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The Lincoln Lawyer, Bernie, Killer Joe, The Paperboy, Mud, Magic Mike, and Dallas Buyers Club, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. Matthew was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2005.
Matthew is married to Brazilian-born model Camilla Alves.
Matthew’s paternal grandfather was Hugh Richard McConaughey (the son of James Donald McConaughey and Frances Louise King). Hugh was born in New Mexico, and had Scottish and English ancestry. James was the son of James W. McConaughey and Albina Dandridge McRae. Frances was the daughter of John Patrick King and Sarah H. Hazlett/Harlat.
Matthew’s paternal grandmother was Barbara Claire Maitland (the daughter of Robert Smith Maitland and Julia Barbara Westerling). Matthew’s grandmother Barbara was born in Louisiana. Robert was a Scottish immigrant, born in Aberdeen, the son of Robert Maitland and Jane McDonald. Julia was the daughter of Charles Westerling, a Swedish immigrant, and of Anna Maria Nugent, an Irish immigrant.
Matthew’s maternal grandfather was Walter John McCabe (the son of Walter McCabe and Adele Selma Pack). Matthew’s great-grandfather Walter was the son of Charles McCabe and Elizabeth McClure. The surname “McCabe” can be both Irish and Scottish. Adele was a German immigrant; she was born in Elberfeld, Westphalia, Prussia, the daughter of Wilhelm Gustav Pack and Johanne Friederike Wilhelmine Fasbender.
Matthew’s maternal grandmother was Gertrude M. Maher. The surname “Maher” is Irish.
Sources: Genealogies of Matthew McConaughey – http://www.genealogywise.com
The following genealogy incorrectly identifies Matthew’s maternal grandparents as George Glynn McCabe and Maxine Corrick – http://genealogy.kathihill.com
Matthew’s parents’ marriage record – https://familysearch.org
Matthew’s paternal grandmother, Barbara Claire Maitland, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Matthew’s aunt (his mother’s sister), Barbara I. McCabe, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Matthew’s maternal grandfather, Walter John McCabe, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Matthew’s maternal great-grandmother, Adele Selma Pack – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Matthew mentions his Irish ancestry – http://www.metro.co.uk