Reese Witherspoon

by ethnic on June 1, 2010

Birth Name: Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon

Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 22, 1976

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

Reese Witherspoon is an American actress, producer, and businessperson. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Walk the Line (2005).

Reese is married to agent Jim Toth. She has two children with her former husband, actor Ryan Phillippe, and a son with Jim.

Reese has stated that a DNA test showed her to be of “63% Irish” descent. Reese does not appear to have that much Irish ancestry in her genealogy. It is possible that she took a 23andMe test, which may have listed her DNA as being 63% of the more general “British & Irish” category.

Reese’s paternal grandfather was William James Witherspoon (the son of Mack Alford/Alfred Witherspoon and Lula Mabel Curtis). William was born in Texas. Mack was the son of Thomas Arrington Witherspoon and Margaret Ann Sullivan. Lula was the daughter of William James Curtis and Lillie Abe Pennington.

Reese’s paternal grandmother was Dorothea Anne Draper (the daughter of William Gilbert Draper and Carrie Mable Byrne). Dorothea was born in Tennessee. William was the son of Oliver Newton Draper and Mary Olive Cummins. Carrie was the daughter of Bascomb B. Byrne and Darthula T. Watts.

Reese’s maternal grandfather was Emmett Tom Reese (the son of Benjamin Thornwell Reese and Elizabeth “Lizzie” James). Emmett was born in Alabama. Benjamin was the son of William J. Reese and Mary Elizabeth Brown. Elizabeth was the daughter of Bryant James.

Reese’s maternal grandmother was Laura Jeanne Evans (the daughter of Thomas Renfroe Evans and Mary Arminda Joyner). Laura was born in Kentucky. Thomas was the son of Arthur Wiley Evans and Emily/Emmy Gertrude Renfroe. Mary Arminda was the daughter of Samuel Mitchell Joyner and Nellie Crow.

Sources: Genealogies of Reese Witherspoon –

Genealogy of Reese Witherspoon (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Reese’s paternal grandfather, William James Witherspoon –

Genealogy of Reese’s paternal grandmother, Dorothea Anne Draper (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Reese Witherspoon (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Reese’s maternal great-grandfather, Benjamin Thornwell Reese (focusing on his father’s side) –

Family history information on Reese Witherspoon –

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andrew December 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm
DarrellHansen March 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm

She was just on Conan and she revealed that she’s 63% Irish.

A user March 22, 2017 at 7:32 am

By DNA test?

follers March 22, 2017 at 3:25 pm

Her DNA test must have said “63% British & Irish”.

A user March 22, 2017 at 5:28 pm

You’d have to know where she got her genetic test from because some of them seperate british and irish and some of them dont.

Alice June 14, 2017 at 6:03 am

She could have used Ancestry which has an Ireland category.

Alice July 31, 2017 at 9:34 pm

She obviously took an Ancestry test and not 23andMe. Ancestry have an Ireland category and 23andMe have a British/Irish category.

andrew June 12, 2016 at 3:22 pm
cwm85 July 27, 2015 at 3:30 pm

She isn’t naturally Blonde is she?

undashing June 22, 2015 at 7:21 am

Looks very British.

ses101 August 26, 2014 at 6:22 pm

She was in a newspaper quoted as saying her dad’s side originated from near where I live in East Lothian, Scotland. Witherspoon is very much a Scottish name.

DarrellHansen August 13, 2013 at 7:03 am


Witherspoon has no English ancestry. Some are Irish, but all of her descendants come from Scotland. There is no record of her being from English descent.

nnnnn November 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm

She’s really british

Angel Syrene January 14, 2012 at 1:26 am

he is very very english

Angel Syrene January 14, 2012 at 1:27 am

sorry she’s

Lauren October 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm

She’s really pretty, i can definitely see Scootish in her! <3

Jo June 17, 2011 at 10:01 am

wow, no one else has commented yet?! she’s very popular!

anyway I can see her as Scottish… her voice would sound good with that accent =) and I believe she’s in an animated movie as a Scottish princess too!

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