Nicole Kidman

by ethnic on February 9, 2010

Birth Name: Nicole Mary Kidman

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: 20 June, 1967

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Irish

Nicole Kidman is an Australian actress, film producer, and singer. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Hours (2002).

Nicole is married to singer Keith Urban, with whom she has two children. With her former husband, actor Tom Cruise, she also has two children, including actor Connor Cruise.

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.

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 See). Nicole’s grandfather Arthur 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 Matthews. Victoria was the daughter of David See, 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). 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 grandparents were Arnold Eric Stuart Glenny and Gertrude Joyce Hurst.

Sources: Genealogies of Nicole Kidman –

Genealogy of Nicole Kidman (focusing on her father’s side) –

Obituary of Nicole’s paternal great-grandfather, Arthur Kidman –

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew June 11, 2016 at 6:09 am
andrew June 11, 2016 at 6:07 am
cwm85 October 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Her best role probably isn’t a movie most know about. “To die for” She was really good in that role and made you fall for her and dislike her. I figured she was of untied kingdom ancestry, as most Australians are.

gel December 31, 2015 at 11:33 am

Oh you’re the Australian!

Ever heard of the Irish? – they look like that. Find me an Englishwoman who does.

GeorgeJeanPierre February 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Why are there do many arguments in white celebs ethnicities when all they are is white? This makes no sense. There’s no difference between Germans and Irish or Scottish, thy are ALL CAUCASIAN!

lelo4 September 3, 2015 at 2:21 pm

they are all WHITE, even saudi arabs are caucasian.

andrew September 3, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Saudis often show East African admixture: not white.

the_Sultan October 3, 2015 at 12:49 am

Andrew. You are aware that he is referring to the pure Saudi Arabians as being Caucasian. Not the mixed ones. Because if thats the case than I am sure a lot of white Americans and Europeans could show traces of African ancestry as well because of slavery.
All Arabs are of the Caucasian, Semitic branch.

phaedra May 15, 2016 at 12:32 am

For the first time I’m agreeing with Andrew.

No, many Saudi Arabians and Gulf Arabs do have a reasonable amount of East African admixture. That “pure Saudi Arabian” has African ancestry.

If you want full Caucasian folks, then go to the north of the Middle East.

IGK 3 April 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm

isn’t Kidman a Jewish name

nnnnn November 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Some people claim, she’s Jewish.

nnnnn November 20, 2012 at 12:40 am

Funny, I always thought, Mark Wahlberg is Jewish, and was very surprised, that he’s Catholic, and
his name is from Swedish ancestors.

alice April 3, 2012 at 1:17 am

Here’s some information on Nicole’s ancestry.
Nicole Kidman is descended from assisted Irish settlers Bridget and James Callachar, who arrived in Sydney in January, 1842 (on board the Agnes Ewing). Listed as agricultural labourers, they settled in Port Macquarie where they had a son, Nicole’s 2x great-grandfather. Thousands of Irish refugees arrived on Australian soil during the 1840s, many coming over in ‘coffin ships’, fleeing the Irish potato famine. By 1871, Irish immigrants accounted for one quarter of all foreign born citizens.
I’d love to find out something about Nicole’s Scottish family but haven’t been able to find a source yet.

Natasha October 30, 2010 at 5:20 am

Her surname is English.

Haley January 29, 2012 at 8:44 pm

A lot of British people settled in Australia. Kidman could be Irish or Scottish surname. She is very goregous! But your right Kidman is a English surname.

Anonymous February 14, 2010 at 1:28 am

She’s definitely beautiful! :)
And she looks irish.

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