Birth Name: Rory Hugh Culkin
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: July 21, 1989
*56.25% German [with smaller amounts of English and Swiss-German]
*6.25% Swiss-French (approximately)
Rory Culkin is an American actor. He is the son of Patricia Brentrup and actor Kit Culkin (Christopher Cornelius Culkin). Among his siblings are actors Macaulay Culkin and Kieran Culkin. His aunt (father’s sister) is actress Bonnie Bedelia (Bonnie Bedelia Culkin). Rory is married to cinematographer Sarah Scrivener.
Rory’s father has German and one quarter Irish ancestry, with smaller amounts of English, Swiss-German, and Swiss-French. Rory’s mother is of half German and half Norwegian descent.
Rory’s paternal grandfather was Philip Harley Culkin (the son of Philip Joseph Culkin and Amanda Juliette Ferrier). Rory’s grandfather Philip was born in New York. Rory’s great-grandfather Philip was born in Michigan, the son of Irish parents, Philip Clemens Culkin and Margaret Ann Doyle. Amanda was born in Switzerland, the daughter of Henri/Henry Ferrier and Rosine/Rosina Loeffel. Given the surnames Ferrier and Loeffel, it is likely that Amanda had Swiss-French and Swiss-German ancestry.
Rory’s paternal grandmother was Marian Ethel Wagner (the daughter of Joseph Franklin Wagner and Ethel Lula Herrold). Marian was born in Indiana, and had German, including Alsatian German, and some English and Swiss-German, ancestry. Some of her family had lived in the United States since the 1600s. Joseph was the son of John Merritt Wagner and Rebecca Shellhammer/Shellhamer. Rory’s great-grandmother Ethel was the daughter of Matthew Henry Herrold and Rosella/Rose Elizabeth Lusher.
Rory’s maternal grandfather was Hubert M. Brentrup (the son of John M. Brentrup and Kathryn/Catherine A. “Katie” Kirchen). Hubert was born in North Dakota. John was German. Katie was born in Minnesota, to a German-born father, Mathias/Matthias Kirchen, from Philippsheim, Bitburg-Prumer Landkreis, Rheinland-Pfalz, and to a mother, Grace Wadenspanner, who was either born in Bavaria (Bayern), Germany, or in the U.S., of German descent.
Rory’s maternal grandmother was Mildred D. “Millie” Narum (the daughter of Julius Olaf Narum and Inga Christine Jordet). Mildred was born in North Dakota. Julius was born in Minnesota, to Norwegian parents, Johan Christiansen Narum and Eli Karine Hansdatter Teterud. Inga was born in North Dakota, also to Norwegian parents, Ole Jordet and Mary.
Sources: Genealogy of Rory Culkin – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Rory Culkin (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Genealogies and obituaries of Rory’s maternal grandparents, Hubert M. Brentrup and Mildred D. “Millie” (Narum) Brentrup – https://www.findagrave.com
Rory’s maternal grandmother, Mildred D. “Millie” Narum, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Photo by Prphotos