Rosanna Arquette

by ethnic on July 20, 2010

37th Annual Saturn Awards - Arrivals

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 10, 1959

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

Rosanna Arquette is an American actress, director, and producer. She is the sister of actors Richmond Arquette, Patricia Arquette, Alexis Arquette, and David Arquette. Her family surname was spelled Arcouet many generations back. Rosanna is married to investment banker Todd Morgan. She has a daughter with her former husband, restaurateur John Sidel.

Rosanna’s father, actor Lewis Arquette (Lewis Michael Arquette), had English, French-Canadian, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ancestry.

Rosanna’s mother, Brenda Olivia (Nowak), was Jewish (of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent).

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

A DNA test of Patricia Arquette 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

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

Rosanna’s paternal grandfather was Clifford “Cliff” Charles Arquette (the son of Charles Augustus Arquette, Jr. and Winifred/Wynne/Minnie Ethel Clark). Clifford was a famous comedian under the name “Charlie Weaver”, and was known for his appearances on the Hollywood Squares TV show; he was also a Civil War expert. Rosanna’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 “Minnie” Josephine Fritsche, who was Swiss, of Swiss-German descent. Rosanna’s great-grandmother Winifred was the daughter of Charles Cicero Clark and Emma E. Kear.

Rosanna’s paternal grandmother was Mildred Nesbitt LeMay (born Mildred Speight, the daughter of Shirley Sidney Speight and Willie Sue Barr). Mildred 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.

Rosanna’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 immigrant, who was born in Belaja Zerkovy/Bila Tserkva, Kiev, Ukraine, then in the Russian Empire.

Rosanna’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’s parents were Moshe Zacharek and Rochel Fannie Schnitzler/Znizer.

Sources: Genealogies of Rosanna Arquette –

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

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

Patrilineal genealogy of the Arquette family –

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

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

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

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

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pookerella July 4, 2014 at 10:38 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.

follers July 4, 2014 at 11:50 pm

Thanks. Added.

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