Birth Name: Nicole Houston Reed
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: May 17, 1988
*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
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