Birth Name: Nicole Mary Kidman
Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Date of Birth: 20 June, 1967
Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Irish, distant German
Nicole Kidman is an Australian actress, film producer, and singer. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Hours (2002).
Nicole was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S., to Australian parents, Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony Kidman (Antony David Kidman), a psychologist, biochemist, and academic. She was raised in Sydney, Australia. She has dual citizenship in Australia and the United States. Her sister, Antonia Kidman, is a journalist and television presenter.
Nicole’s ancestry includes English, Scottish, and Irish. Her great-great-great-grandparents were among the many Irish that escaped the great famine in Ireland in the 1800s. Having been born in Hawaii, Nicole was given the Hawaiian name Hōkūlani. The name was inspired by a baby elephant born around that time at the Honolulu Zoo. Hokulani means “Heavenly Star” in Hawaiian.
In 2006, Nicole was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest civilian honour.
Nicole’s patrilineal ancestry traces back to Kitson Kidman, who was born, c. 1724, in Comberton, Cambridgeshire, England, to William Kidman and Ann Kitson.
Nicole’s paternal grandfather was Arthur David Kidman (the son of Arthur Kidman and Victoria Mary/Maryann See/Lee). Nicole’s grandfather Arthur was born in Randwick, New South Wales, and was of approximately three quarters English and one quarter Scottish ancestry. Nicole’s great-grandfather Arthur was the son of Charles Kidman, whose parents were English, from Cambridgeshire, and of Sarah Ann Matthews. Victoria was the daughter of David See/Lee, who was born in Huntingdonshire, England, and of Mary Ann Law, whose parents were Scottish, from Banffshire.
Nicole’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Emily Mary Callachor (the daughter of Austin Samuel Callachor and Julia Bertha Finn). Margaret was born in Randwick, New South Wales. Austin was the son of Phillip Joseph Callachor, whose parents were Irish, from Cavan, and of Teresa Mary Howley. Julia was the daughter of John Edward Finn, who was Irish, and of Mary McEdward McKenzie, whose parents were Scottish, her father from Ross-Shire and her mother from Inverness, Inverness-shire.
Nicole’s maternal grandfather was Arnold Eric Stuart Glenny (the son of Edward Robert Henry Glenny and Agnes Isabel Ladensack). Arnold was born in Kensington, New South Wales, to English parents. Edward was born in Barking, Essex, the son of Samuel Glenny and Emma May Gosling. Agnes was born in Bethnal Green, London, the daughter of Ernest Charles Ladensack and Rose Ann Thompson. Ernest’s grandfather, Johan Christoph Ladensack, who was Nicole’s great-great-great-great-grandfather, was likely German.
Nicole’s maternal grandmother was named Gertrude Joyce Hurst.
Genealogy of Nicole Kidman (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com
Obituary of Nicole’s paternal great-grandfather, Arthur Kidman – http://trove.nla.gov.au
Obituary of Nicole’s maternal grandfather, Arnold Eric Stuart Glenny – https://www.newspapers.com
Nicole’s maternal great-grandmother, Agnes Isabel Ladensack, on the 1901 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record of Nicole’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Ernest Charles Ladensack and Rose Ann Thompson – https://www.familysearch.org
Nicole’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Ernest Charles Ladensack, on the 1851 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org
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