Olivia Wilde

Wilde in 2011, kathclick/bigstock.com

Birth Name: Olivia Jane Cockburn

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 10, 1984

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Northern Irish, Irish, German, Manx, as well as 1/64th Sephardi Jewish

Olivia Wilde is an American actress, model, producer, director, and activist. She has dual citizenship with the U.S. and Ireland.

She is the daughter of journalists and writers Andrew Cockburn (Andrew Myles Cockburn) and Leslie Cockburn (born Leslie Corkill Redlich). Olivia’s father was born in London, England, and was raised in County Cork, Ireland. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, and Northern Irish/Irish Protestant; one of Olivia’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfathers, Ralph Bernal, was a Sephardi Jew who converted to Christianity; making Olivia of 1/64th Sephardi Jewish ancestry. Ralph Bernal was an actor and a politician in England. Olivia’s mother is American; her ancestry is German, English, Irish, and from the Isle of Man. Her mother is also a politician.

She took on the surname Wilde in high school, as a tribute to author Oscar Wilde, and to the authors in her family. Olivia has two children with her former partner, comedian and actor Jason Sudeikis.

Olivia stated in an interview in Media World that, as a young child, she lived in a small country town in the south east of Ireland, where she learned strong Irish family values.

Olivia’s paternal grandfather was Francis Claud Cockburn (the son of Henry Cockburn and Elizabeth Gordon Stevenson). Francis, a journalist, was born in Beijing, China. Henry, a diplomat, was born in Calcutta, India, the son of Francis Jeffrey Cockburn and Elizabeth/Eliza Ann Pitcairn, from Tasmania, Australia. Olivia’s great-grandmother Elizabeth Stevenson was the daughter of James Francis John Stevenson, from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, and of Louisa Cameron Ross, from Kilmonivaig, Scotland.

Olivia’s paternal grandmother was Patricia Evangeline Anne Arbuthnot (the daughter of John Bernard Arbuthnot and Olive Blake). John was a soldier, banker, and journalist, the son of George Arbuthnot, a politician, and of Caroline Emma Nepean Aitchison. Olive was born in Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland. Olive was the daughter of Henry Arthur Blake, from Limerick, Ireland, who was Governor of Hong Kong (1898-1903) and Governor of British Ceylon (1903-1907), and of Edith Blake (born Edith Bernal-Osborne), a botanical illustrator and writer.

Olivia’s maternal grandfather was Christopher Rudolph Redlich (the son of Edgar Rudolph Redlich and Margaret Ellen “Nellie” Moore). Christopher was born in Washington, and was a shipping magnate. Edgar was the son of Oscar Rudolph Redlich and Mary “Mamie” McClain. Margaret’s parents were Irish; her father, Christopher Moore, was from Bohola, and her mother, Ellen Benson, was from Cork.

Olivia’s maternal grandmother was Jeanne Louise Fulcher (the daughter of Albert Phillip/Phil Fulcher and Mabel Josephine Corkill). Jeanne was born in New York. Albert’s parents, James Fulcher and Ann Bearpark, were English. Mabel’s father, Frederick Corkill, was from Lonan, Isle of Man. Mabel’s mother, Josephine or Amy Tomblin, was born in Virginia or California.

Sources: Genealogies of Olivia Wilde – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Biography of Olivia’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Ralph Bernal – http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org

Article about Olivia’s relatives – https://www.dailymail.co.uk


Curious about ethnicity

120 Responses

  1. FLASHP01NT says:

    Olivia Wilde appears mostly Irish; which means she’s likely to be over 51% Irish.

  2. Drea K says:

    She looks mostly Irish.

  3. babyjesu says:

    She has the same kind of look like Emma Stone. She’d pass as any Eastern / Western / Northern, maybe even Southern European.

  4. noneofyourbusiness says:

    She’s exotic looking. She looks like she could have Asian genes.

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