Matthew McConaughey

by ethnic on May 29, 2014

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
http://easttexasgenealogy.blogspot.ca
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

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew June 17, 2015 at 2:47 pm
follers June 17, 2015 at 4:33 pm

They managed to get the wrong names for all four of Matthew’s grandparents.

Rekta April 17, 2015 at 2:47 pm

he has a bit of italian in him.

follers April 17, 2015 at 3:54 pm

How do you know that?

Check7t July 31, 2014 at 8:30 am

Comes off as dim-witted.

ShawntheGod July 27, 2014 at 3:58 am

He annoys me…

andrew March 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm
andrew March 19, 2014 at 4:33 pm
andrew June 13, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Killer Joe

Khail Jo January 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm

This guy is definitely Irish, because his last name sounds Irish.

scott February 7, 2014 at 9:02 am
scott February 7, 2014 at 9:03 am
follers March 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Yes, it probably comes from a Scottish ancestor way back in the day. That line has been in the U.S. for a while.

scott May 4, 2014 at 9:08 am

It is quiet clear to most ppl that he is mostly Scottish even the McCabe line is Scottish yet you call it Irish

follers May 4, 2014 at 11:18 am

WTF are you on about? He isn’t “mostly” Scottish because he definitely isn’t over 50% Scottish. His paternal grandmother was half Scottish, and his paternal grandfather had some degree of Scottish ancestry, but, like most many-generations Americans, not that much.

As for Matthew’s mother, it appears that she’s from an Irish-German Catholic family from New Jersey. The McCabe line is hard to trace that far back, but Matthew’s great-great-grandfather, Charles McCabe, was the son of American-born parents. When I go to Rootsweb, I find 1543 Ireland-born “McCabe”s, and 304 Scotland-born “McCabe”s (which isn’t proof of anything, of course).
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MN8J-VZP?cc=1417683

So to put it in numbers, he’s a little over 1/8th Scottish.

ashash May 4, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Can you please make a page for Nic Pizzolatto, the creator of True Detective, follers?

follers May 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

I put it up.

Alice May 4, 2014 at 7:04 pm

McCabe is definitely Irish as well. The McCabes are a Gallowglass family who came to Ireland from the Western Isles in the 13th century. They were a Norse-Gael clan. The same for other Gallowglass families in Ireland like the McSweeneys and McDonnells. They would be heavily Irish now. A lot of Scottish and Irish names have a shared and intertwined history.

Jasmine November 23, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Both of his parents surnames (McCabe & McConoughey) are Scottish. There is a lot of connection between the Scots and the Irish though (I’m Scottish but my mother is half-irish on her dad’s side. Her dad has a name shared between scotland and ireland). I think he must be part scottish.

LIL VACHA November 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm

YEAH I SEE YOUR POINT…, BUT McCABE CAN BE AN IRISH SURNAME ALSO.

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