Nikki Reed

by ethnic on April 27, 2009

Birth Name: Nicole Houston Reed

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: May 17, 1988

Ethnicity:
*3/4 Ashkenazi Jewish, 1/4 German (father)
*English, 1/4 Italian, Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), German, Swiss-German, distant Welsh and French (mother)

Nikki Reed is an American actress, musician, model, and writer. She is famous for starring in, and co-writing, the 2003 film Thirteen. Nikki is married to actor and model Ian Somerhalder.

Nikki’s father, Seth Reed (Seth August Reed), is of three quarters Ashkenazi Jewish (from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Russia), and one quarter German, descent. Nikki’s mother, Cheryl (Houston), is of one quarter Italian descent, with her other roots being English, Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), German, Swiss-German, and distant Welsh and French. While she is not religious, Nikki has described herself as Jewish (her brother was Bar Mitzvah).

Nikki has stated that her mother has Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Cherokee Native American ancestry has been documented/verified. No Native American ancestors appear on family trees of Nikki Reed, and all of Nikki’s maternal grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents are listed as “White” on United States Censuses.

Nikki’s paternal grandfather is John August Reed (the son of Orrel Phillipius/Philip Reed and Frieda/Freida Kristina Biehle). Orrel was born in Ohio, to David Fredrick Reed and Molly/Mollie Sampliner, who were Jewish immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Freida was also born in Ohio, the daughter of August Frederick Biehle and Christina Fredricka Mussler, immigrants from Alsace and Germany (who were of non-Jewish background). Freida’s brother was modernist painter August Biehle (August Frederick Biehle, Jr.).

Nikki’s paternal grandmother was Laurel “Laurie” Rose Mattlin (the daughter of Moses Oscar Mattlin and Fayette Yelsky). Laurel was born in Ohio. Moses and Fayette was Russian Jewish immigrants. Moses was the son of Harris Mattlin and Ida Malinoff. Fayette was the daughter of Jacob Yelsky and Anna Getzlovitz.

Nikki’s maternal grandfather was Newton Stewart Houston, Jr. (the son of Newton Stewart Houston, Sr. and Lilian Sellarole). Nikki’s great-grandfather Newton was the son of Newton Franklin Houston and Josephine May Forsythe. Lilian was the daughter of Italian parents, Domenicol Sellarole and Assunta Mary Sanzari, who was born in Benevento.

Nikki’s maternal grandmother was Jacqueline Lee Wilcox (the daughter of William Mitchell Wilcox and Merle Mildred Hall). William was the son of George William Wilcox and Lessie Gay Foster. Merle was the daughter of Irvine Bertie Hall and Della Margaret Clodfelter.

Sources: Nikki’s paternal grandfather, John August Reed, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Nikki’s paternal great-grandfather, Orrel Phillipius/Philip Reed, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Nikki’s paternal grandmother, Laurel “Laurie” Rose Mattlin, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Nikki’s mother (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Nikki’s maternal great-grandfather, Newton Stewart Houston, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Nikki’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Newton Franklin Houston and Josephine May Forsythe, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Nikki’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Newton Franklin Houston (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Nikki’s maternal great-grandmother, Lilian Sellarole, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Nikki’s maternal grandmother, Jacqueline Lee Wilcox, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Nikki’s maternal great-grandfather, William Mitchell Wilcox, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
William Mitchell Wilcox on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Nikki’s maternal great-grandmother, Merle Mildred Hall, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Merle Mildred Hall on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

lelo4 December 5, 2016 at 10:17 pm

Very Mediterranean/Jewish indeed.

ethnicitiies April 3, 2016 at 6:48 pm

Hi, I was wondering what the origin of Reed is. Did her paternal side change it? I believe she is Jewish, but i am curious about the surname.

follers April 3, 2016 at 7:03 pm

“Orrel was born in Ohio, to David Fredrick Reed and Molly/Mollie Sampliner, who were Jewish immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire”.

Whether the name was “Reed” in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, I don’t know.

romanticcelt February 13, 2016 at 7:05 am

Typical rich white Californian.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 4:34 am

She looks Turkish.

Manila April 28, 2015 at 5:20 am

Seth’s middle name is August.

Cheryl’s birth surname is actually Beach since Cheryl Beach and Cheryl Houston share the same date of birth. So, her full birth name is Cheryl Joyce Beach. She married Seth twice.

I am not sure if her maternal grandparents are Newton Stewart Houston Jr. (the son of Newton Stewart Houston, Sr. and Lilian Sellarole) and Jacqueline Lee Wilcox (the daughter of William Mitchell Wilcox and Merle Mildred Hall). Kindly verify her maternal grandparents’ ancestries.

Sources:
* Cheryl’s birth record: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VGC9-68G
* (likely) Newton, Jr. and Jacqueline’s marriage record: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-29950-16078-96

follers April 28, 2015 at 1:39 pm

Thank you! You’re a treasure.

It looks like Nikki’s mother’s last name was changed from “Houston” to “Beach” after her mother re-married.

Nikki May 1, 2014 at 5:10 pm

She is italian, native american (cherokkee), english, italian, irish, welsh, and german

nathaliemk July 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Jewush, Italian and Cherokee. What a beautiful mix! ;)

nathaliemk July 25, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Jewish*

Me January 24, 2012 at 11:35 pm

She looks like a Sephardic Jew.

Love you 2 bc November 22, 2011 at 12:27 am

How cool, I figured she was Italian or native and she’s part both. She’s super pretty!

NANAN November 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

she does look a little native american

Hayley July 27, 2010 at 1:50 am

Thats weird but supaa cool

ethnic July 27, 2010 at 9:39 am

Why weird?

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