Norman Reedus

2013 Tribeca Film Festival - "Sunlight Jr." - Arrivals

Reedus in 2013, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Norman Mark Reedus

Place of Birth: Hollywood, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 6, 1969

Ethnicity: Italian/Sicilian (paternal grandmother), English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish

Norman Reedus is an American actor, model, writer, and director. He was born in Hollywood, Florida, the son of Marianne (Yarber) and Ira Norman Reedus. He was raised in Los Angeles, California. He has one sister, Leslie Renee Reedus. Norman has a son with his former partner, Danish model Helena Christensen; and a daughter with his partner, German actress and model Diane Kruger.

Norman’s paternal grandfather had English ancestry, and Norman’s paternal grandmother was of Italian/Sicilian descent. Norman’s mother’s family has lived in the United States for many generations, and her ancestry includes English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Scottish.

Norman’s patrilineal line can be traced to his six times great-grandfather, Norman Redus, who was born, c. 1710, in England.

Norman’s paternal grandfather was James David Reedus (the son of Isaac Newton Redus and Bethelia/Betheala Wray). James was born in Texas. Isaac was the son of James Adams Redus and Lundah/Lunda/Londa/Lundy Bailey/Baily. Bethelia was the daughter of David Madison Wray and Mary Ann Elizabeth Myrick. Norman stated in an interview that his paternal grandfather was once married to a woman from Hawaii. Norman’s grandfather was in the navy, and supposedly, in one of the museums on the big island, there is a hand-woven tapestry of his grandfather in his sailor’s outfit, covered in tattoos, during the wedding ceremony. Norman’s grandfather’s second wife was Norman’s grandmother.

Norman’s paternal grandmother was Crocefissa/Cracefissa “Helen”/”Hellen”/”Nellie” Butera (the daughter of Giuseppe “Joseph” Butera and Teresa/Theresa Giambarresi). Crocefissa was born in Massachusetts, to Italian parents. Giuseppe was the son of Giuseppe Butera and Francesca Di Gregorio. Teresa was born in Riesi, Province of Caltanissetta, Sicily, the daughter of Francesco Giambarresi and Crocifissa/Cracefissa Di Termini.

Norman’s maternal grandfather was Robert Vardell Yarber (the son of John Findley/Finney Yarber and Beulah Viola/Victoria Badgett/Badger). Robert was born in Texas. John was the son of John Findley Yarber, Jr. and Nancy Daniel. Beulah was the daughter of James Mattison Badgett and Mary Emma Reese.

Norman’s maternal grandmother was Bessie Marie Carroll (the daughter of Jimmy/James Warren Carroll and Inda Camella Freeman). Bessie was born in Texas. Jimmy was the son of James/Jimmie Warren Carroll and Pink Owens. India was the daughter of Thomas Monroe Freeman and Frances Cornelia “Fannie” McGill.

Sources: Interview where Norman talks about his paternal grandfather –

Genealogy of Norman Reedus –

Genealogy of Norman Reedus (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Norman’s paternal grandfather, James David Reedus –

Genealogy of Norman’s paternal grandmother, Crocefissa/Cracefissa “Helen”/”Hellen”/”Nellie” Butera –

Birth record of Norman’s paternal grandmother, Crocefissa/Cracefissa “Helen”/”Hellen”/”Nellie” Butera –

Norman’s paternal grandmother, Crocefissa/Cracefissa “Helen”/”Hellen”/”Nellie” Butera, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Norman’s paternal great-grandmother, Teresa/Theresa Giambarresi –

Genealogy of Norman Reedus (focusing on his mother’s side) –

4 Responses

  1. andrew says:


    Crocefissa Butera’s mother was born in Riesi, Province of Caltanissetta, Sicily

  2. savanna says:

    should say “Italian (paternal grandmother)”

  3. andrew says:

    this guy and De Niro have the same amount of Italian ancestry

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