Rachel McAdams

by Wendy on March 1, 2011

Birth Name: Rachel Anne McAdams

Place of Birth: London, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: November 17, 1978

Ethnicity: English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, distant Dutch

Rachel McAdams is a Canadian actress. Her film breakthrough occurred in 2004, when she starred as popular queen bee Regina George in Mean Girls and heiress Allie Hamilton in The Notebook.

Rachel has English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, and distant Dutch, ancestry. Some of her forebears were American-born. Her sister, Kayleen, is a celebrity make-up artist. Rachel has a son with her partner, American screenwriter Jamie Linden.

Rachel’s patrilineal line can be traced back to David McAdam, who was born, c. 1824, in Ireland, and to his wife, Sarah Jane Cross, who was born, c. 1828, in County Limerick, Ireland.

Rachel’s paternal grandfather was Cecil Leslie McAdams (the son of Christopher Henry Brown McAdam/McAdams and Alice Etta Alfreda Daniels). Cecil was born in Ontario. Christopher was the son of Frederick McAdam and Eliza Ellen Crowe. Alice was the daughter of William Edward Daniels and Susannah Hubble.

Rachel’s paternal grandmother was Florence June Williams (the daughter of Joseph Milton Williams and Florence Olive Ketcheson). Rachel’s grandmother Florence was born in Hastings County, Ontario. Joseph was born in Wales, the son of William Williams and Anne Roberts. Rachel’s great-grandmother Florence was the daughter of Tobias Bleecker/Blake Ketcheson and Catherine/Katie Theresa/Garrison Hollinger.

Rachel’s maternal grandfather was Harold Gowan Gale (the son of William Henry Gale and Beatrice Maud Sedgemore/Sedgmore). Harold was born in Plymouth, Devon, England, to an English father, from Plymouth, and a Scottish mother. William was the son of William Henry Creber Gale and Elizabeth Ann Jasper. Beatrice was the daughter of Arthur Edward Sedgmore.

Rachel’s maternal grandmother was Eileen Maude Bell (the daughter of Andrew Harvey Bell and Josephine Ethel Foote). Eileen was born in Pincher Creek, Alberta. Josephine was the daughter of William Alexander Foote and Carmina Maude McDonald.

Sources: Genealogies of Rachel McAdams – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Rachel McAdams (focusing on her father’s side) – http://humphrysfamilytree.com

Rachel’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Frederick McAdam, on the 1881 Canadian Census – https://familysearch.org

Rachel mentions her Welsh ancestry – http://metro.co.uk

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew September 20, 2016 at 4:47 pm

Rachel’s “McAdams” line can be traced back to David McAdam, born c. 1824, in Ireland, and to his wife, Sarah Jane Cross, born c. 1828, in County Limerick, Ireland.


Detective December 2, 2011 at 2:55 pm

If one were to go by the U.S.’s one percent rule, Rachel would be considered a black woman. ‘Lestatt’ should know what I am talking about…

Holly12 June 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm

First of all I don’t think Rachel could look any less like a person of African descent and secondly what are you talking about?!

cwm85 August 10, 2015 at 6:03 pm


Lestatt August 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I am related to her mom, i know for a fact that she is also of English too. ;)

danaeSUCKS March 7, 2011 at 9:05 pm

her imdb page said she had scottish blood, or maybe I’m just hallucinating

Paul. May 17, 2011 at 11:08 am

No, it says she’s of Irish descent.

ses101 March 27, 2018 at 6:33 am

The name McAdam comes form the South of Scotland.

ses101 March 27, 2018 at 6:33 am

The name McAdam comes from the South of Scotland.

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