Penn Badgley

by ethnic on September 9, 2010

2010 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Penn Dayton Badgley

Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 1, 1986

Ethnicity: English, Irish, with likely around 1/16 or 1/32 Afro-Jamaican, as well as German and Scottish, and remote Dutch, Welsh, and French Huguenot

Penn Badgley is an American actor and musician.

Penn’s father has a lot of English ancestry. One of Penn’s paternal great-grandfathers was a Jamaican immigrant, and was almost certainly of at least part Afro-Jamaican descent. Penn’s father also has a small amount of German and Scottish ancestry, and remote Dutch, Welsh, and French Huguenot, roots. Penn’s mother’s maiden name appears to be Murphy, indicating Irish ancestry.

Penn is married to singer Domino Kirke. Domino is the sister of actress and artist Jemima Kirke and actress Lola Kirke.

Penn’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to George Badgley, who was born, c. 1616, in Bakewell, Derby, England.

Penn’s paternal grandfather was Eugene Doty Badgley (the son of William Gervaise Badgley and Florence LeRoy Mulford). Eugene was born in New Jersey. William was also born in New Jersey, to Eugene Doty Badgley and Anna J. Johnson. Florence was born in New Jersey as well, to William V. Mulford and Emma Susan Morehouse.

Penn’s paternal grandmother was Janet Adair Duff (the daughter of Howard Duff and Edna May Murphey). Janet was born in New York. Howard was born in Saint Ann, Jamaica, to John Duff and Emily James Facey. Emily’s parents were James Malcolm Facey and Emily. A James Malcolm Facey is listed as having been born into slavery, in 1815, in St. Catherine, Jamaica, the son of George Samuel Facey and Eleanor Halkett/Hackett. Thus, Penn’s great-grandfather, Howard Duff, was almost certainly of at least part Afro-Jamaican ancestry, though Howard listed himself as “white” in United States records. Penn’s great-grandmother, Edna May Murphey, was born in Pennsylvania, to Edward Biddle Murphey (the son of The Rev. Thomas Charles Murphey and Emily Renshaw Rhoads) and Mary Louisa Perry (the daughter of Charles P. Perry and Louisa Supplee).

Sources: Genealogy of Penn’s paternal grandfather, Eugene Doty Badgley (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Penn’s paternal grandfather, Eugene Doty Badgley, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Penn’s paternal grandmother, Janet Adair Duff, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Penn’s paternal great-grandparents, Howard Duff and Edna May Murphey, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Penn’s paternal great-grandfather, Howard Duff –

Christening record of Penn’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, James Malcolm Facey –

Genealogy of Penn’s paternal great-grandmother, Edna May Murphey –

Penn’s paternal great-grandmother, Edna May Murphey, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

bablah May 9, 2017 at 11:06 am

Brother-in-law of Jemima and Lola Kirke.

andrew December 31, 2016 at 7:14 am

he has also remote French Huguenot ancestry. He descends twice, or more, from Andris “Supplee” Souplis, born in France in the 1600s.

andrew June 24, 2016 at 5:17 pm
phaedra May 11, 2016 at 9:03 pm

His Afro-Jamaican side must be a bit strong, cos he still looks a bit swarthy.

Initially, I thought he was Southern European with some Middle Eastern ancestry.

Hill June 16, 2017 at 2:07 pm
xoxo November 19, 2015 at 8:11 pm

I thought he was Jewish………..

andrew August 29, 2015 at 12:42 pm

there were also white slaves (usually Irish) in all the Caribbean Islands, so that James Malcolm Facey wasn’t necessarily a person of color.

follers August 29, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Irish slaves in Jamaica were indentured servants, not life-long slaves like Penn’s ancestor (who was freed). I don’t think the Irish were born into slavery, either.

Facey was clearly black based on this. If he’s Penn’s ancestor then Penn has some African.

andrew May 10, 2017 at 11:49 am

This link does not work anymore, as his Christening record. Btw James Malcolm Facey was the son of George Samuel Facey and Eleanor Hackett/Halkett

legez August 29, 2015 at 7:56 am

he ain’t of us, i’ma keep it trill

Wolfman August 29, 2015 at 8:15 am

Are you a drunk idiot? Can’t you write in English? LOL

cwm85 August 29, 2015 at 10:34 am

What is one of us?

andrew August 29, 2015 at 12:44 pm
xoxo November 19, 2015 at 8:10 pm


California July 24, 2015 at 9:19 pm

He looks Spanish.

cwm85 July 17, 2015 at 10:53 am

He’s black… one drop rule… :-D

neiltennant July 17, 2015 at 11:05 am

what a *****

please don’t repeat the ridiculous thing

MARIAH CAREY, PETE WENTZ, CAROL CHANNING, MARTIN GORE of DEPECHE MODE all do have african american fathers or roots and every of them can pass for white

and if you don’t believe me please ask people who bought mariah careys albums circa 1991 all of them thought she were the black sounding white girl

M July 23, 2015 at 9:06 pm

Black people don’t want his busted ass, trust me. He’s ugly so the whites can claim him.

theropod April 1, 2015 at 6:49 am

Yummy little man. :)

Unexpected mix of ethnicities up there…

I thought he was either simply an:

1. Ashkenazi Jew
2. Italian
3. Irish

shobohunter April 3, 2015 at 1:01 pm

white dude

M May 30, 2015 at 6:38 pm

I don’t think he’s attractive at all. In fact he’s a bit weird looking.

Tux July 14, 2015 at 6:35 am

British people have the palest skin in Europe but at the same time they’re also the darkest people of norther europe especially when it comes to hair. There’s quite a few who coulld pass as French, Jewish, etc. You haven’t seen anything yet, they can get even darker than Penn especially the Welsh.

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