Patricia Arquette

by follers on June 25, 2014

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Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 8, 1968

*father – English, French-Canadian, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, Irish, Welsh
*mother – Ashkenazi Jewish

Patricia Arquette is an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood (2014).

Her family surname was spelled Arcouet many generations back. Patricia’s father, actor Lewis Arquette (Lewis Michael Arquette), had English, French-Canadian, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Patricia’s mother, Brenda Olivia (Nowak), was also involved in the arts, and was Jewish (of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent).

Patricia is the sister of actors Rosanna Arquette, Richmond Arquette, Alexis Arquette, and David Arquette. She has a son with her former partner, musician Paul Rossi, and a daughter with her former husband, actor Thomas Jane.

There is a claim on the internet that Patricia’s father was a descendant of explorer Meriwether Lewis. Meriwether Lewis had no children. It is possible that Patricia’s father was related to Meriwether Lewis in some other way.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) stated that Patricia’s genetic ancestry is:

*48.5% Ashkenazi [Jewish]
*36.6% British & Irish
*0.2% French & German
*0.1% Finnish
*11.3% Broadly Northern European
*1.0% Broadly Southern European
*2.1% Broadly European
*0.1% Sub-Saharan African
*<0.1% East Asian & Native American

Patricia’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Jean Arcouet dit Lajeunesse, who was born, c. 1646, in Marennes, Rochefort, Saintonge, France.

Patricia’s paternal grandfather was Clifford Charles “Cliff” Arquette (the son of Charles Augustus Arquette, Jr. and Winifred/Wynne/Minnie Ethel Clark). Clifford was born in Ohio, and was a famous comedian under the name “Charlie Weaver.” He was known for his appearances on the Hollywood Squares television show, and was also a Civil War expert. Patricia’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Charles Arquette (who was born in Michigan, to parents of French-Canadian descent, Peter Daniel Arcouette/Arquette, who was from Sandwich, Ontario, and Marie Anne Valade Viliquette), and of Philomina Josephine “Minnie” Fritsche, who was Swiss, of Swiss-German descent. Patricia’s great-grandmother Winifred was the daughter of Charles Cicero Clark and Emma E. Kear.

Patricia’s paternal grandmother was Mildred Nesbitt LeMay (born Mildred Speight, the daughter of Shirley Sidney Speight and Willie Sue Barr). Mildred was born in Texas, and took on the surname of her stepfather, David John LeMay. Shirley was the son of Jessie Bryan Speight and Ellen Martha Williams. Willie was the daughter of Thomas Alexander Barr and Mary Emma Hill.

Patricia’s maternal grandfather was Yusseff “Joseph” Nowack/Nowak (the son of Wolff “Zev” Nowak and a mother whose maiden name was Yasnor). Yusseff was a Jewish emigrant, who was born in Belaja Zerkovy/Bila Tserkva, Kiev, Ukraine, then in the Russian Empire.

Patricia’s maternal grandmother was Claire Hibel/Hibbel (the daughter of Harry Hibel and Fannie Zacharek). Claire was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Harry was the son of Louis Hibel and Jennie Ita Osterer, who was born in Przasnysz, Poland. Fannie was the daughter of Moshe Zacharek and Rochel Fannie Schnitzler/Znizer.

Sources: Genealogies of Patricia Arquette –

Genealogies of Patricia Arquette (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Patricia Arquette (through her sister, Alexis Arquette) (focusing on her father’s side) –

Patrilineal genealogy of the Arquette family –

Patricia’s paternal grandfather, Clifford Charles Arquette, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Patricia’s paternal great-grandfather, Charles Augustus Arquette, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Patricia’s paternal grandmother, Mildred Speight, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Mildred Speight on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Patricia’s maternal grandmother, Claire Hibel/Hibbel, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Claire Hibel/Hibbel on the 1920 U.S. Census –

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew June 11, 2016 at 5:43 am
follers February 9, 2016 at 9:02 pm

Her mother’s genealogy was whitewashed tonight on Finding Your Roots (same as Harry Connick, Jr. and Bill Maher before).

ashash February 9, 2016 at 10:12 pm

Well, it certainly debunks the ‘white feminist’ accusations against her. She’s Jewish, not white.

neiltennant July 11, 2018 at 1:54 pm

you idiot she is Ashkenazi Jewish

they often have blue eyes

ashash April 1, 2015 at 10:11 am

She’s very exotic. She looks Turkish. Nice bronze skin, blue eyes.

follers April 1, 2015 at 10:36 am

There are many Turks with light eyes actually. She could fit there.

ashash April 1, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Patricia could fit in Turkey.

andrew February 10, 2016 at 2:21 am

she would stick out like a sore thumb in Turkey LOL

Capricious April 2, 2015 at 6:21 am

Yep. She looks very Turkish. She is very exotic looking. Again, it’s her Jewish mixture within her English and French. The outcome is nice.

I don’t think I’ve seen an English or German with that look.

ashash April 2, 2015 at 9:26 am

I find it hard to believe that you have never seen a 100% French, German, or Jewish person with the same coloring and similar features as Patricia Arquette.

She is pale-skinned with blonde hair and blue (or are they hazel?) eyes. Her facial features are not exactly unique either, but they are somewhat attractive.

Since when is that “exotic” in her respective industry? Blonde hair and brown eyes is more uncommon.

Alas, I guess she only looks Turkish.

follers April 2, 2015 at 9:42 am

Where could she possibly fit outside of Turkey? Be honest.

Capricious April 2, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Eastern Europe – Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia and maybe even Georgia.

follers July 26, 2015 at 12:36 pm

I’m probably the least respected member, actually. I wasn’t trolling, by the way, I was mocking.

Capricious April 2, 2015 at 7:03 pm

I guess I should’ve been more specific. Yes, there are blond, brown and blue eyed people. And that wasn’t the point here.

I’m talking about her overall facial features and shape, like the contour of her eyes and mouth/lips. They look unique and distinctive in contrast to her pale skin and light eyes.

ashash March 25, 2015 at 11:53 am

It’s preposterous that this biracial woman was accused of ‘white feminism.’

pookerella July 4, 2014 at 10:40 pm

Cliff Arquette was a famous personality named “Charlie Weaver.” He was a Civil War expert and a comedian. He was known to most people from the Hollywood Squares TV show.

ashash March 31, 2015 at 10:54 am

Thank you.

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