Olivia Wilde

by ethnic on May 14, 2009

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, 1/64th Sephardi Jewish

Olivia Wilde is an American-born actress, model, producer, and activist. She has dual citizenship with the United States and Ireland. She is the daughter of journalists Andrew Cockburn (Andrew Myles Cockburn) and Leslie Cockburn (born Leslie Corkill Redlich). Olivia has two children with her partner, actor Jason Sudeikis.

Her father’s ancestry includes English, Scottish, and Northern Irish (Irish Protestant); one of her father’s great-great-great-grandfathers, Ralph Bernal, was a Sephardi Jew who converted to Christianity (thus making Olivia of 1/64th Sephardi Jewish ancestry). Ralph Bernal was an actor and a politician in England.

Her mother’s ancestry is German, English, Irish, and from the Isle of Man.

She mentioned 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). 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). 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

Q&A with Olivia Wilde – http://www.thescifiworld.net

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


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Drea K February 27, 2016 at 7:50 am

She looks mostly Irish.

babyjesu November 28, 2015 at 1:38 pm

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

noneofyourbusiness February 2, 2015 at 6:08 am

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

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 12:13 am

Just no.

xoxo November 4, 2015 at 7:30 am

She looks Asian to me too, like one of her parents could be half.

ethnicitiies February 13, 2016 at 1:22 pm

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/12/18/article-2525914-1A2F46E400000578-952_634x961.jpg Here are her parents. They don’t look half Asian. Maybe she had a super small amount that contributed to her appearance? I don’t think she has any Asian ancestry.

Hill April 13, 2017 at 3:26 pm

what is wrong with these people. you can see her ethnicity below the picture.

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