Birth Name: Russell Ira Crowe
Place of Birth: Wellington, New Zealand
Date of Birth: April 7, 1964
Ethnicity: Welsh, English, Scottish, Irish, 1/8 Maori, 1/16 Norwegian, 1/16 Swedish, 1/32 German, possibly distant Italian
Russell Crowe is an actor, musician, and producer. He was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to New Zealand parents, Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, who were film set caterers. He was raised in Sydney, Australia from the age of four. Russell’s maternal grandfather, Stan Wemyss, was a prominent cinematographer.
Russell’s father is of Welsh, Scottish, Norwegian, Swedish, and probably English and Irish, descent. Russell’s maternal grandfather was born to a father of Scottish, English, and German descent, and to a Maori mother, Erana Putiputi Hayes Heihi, making Russell Crowe of 1/8th Maori ancestry. Russell’s maternal grandmother had Scottish and English ancestry.
Russell has also stated that he is of part Italian ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been documented. No (relatively recent) Italian ancestry appears in any publicly available family trees of Russell Crowe.
Russell’s paternal grandfather was John Doubleday Crowe (the son of William Frederick Crowe and Keziah Marie Davies). John was Welsh, born in Wrexham, Wales, and later moved to New Zealand. John likely had some English and Irish ancestry, along with Welsh. Russell’s great-grandfather William was the son of Henry Richard Crowe and Sarah Ellen Luggar. Russell’s great-grandmother Keziah was the daughter of Francis Davies and Elizabeth Hannah Doubleday.
Russell’s paternal grandmother was Lois Catherine Jean Cunningham (the daughter of James Cunningham and Maria “Gangy” Kristie Johaneson). James was the son of Alex Cunningham and Johanna Fraser, and had Scottish, and probably, Irish ancestry. Maria’s father, Johannes Johansen, was Norwegian, and Maria’s mother, Martha Olofsdotter, was Swedish.
Russell’s maternal grandfather was Stanley James Taihoa Iria Wemyss (the son of Athol Stanley Wemyss and Erana Putiputi Hayes Heihi). Athol’s father, Stanley James Wemyss, was born in Ladhope, Roxburgh, Scotland. Athol’s mother, Hannah Elizabeth Crowe, was born in Yarmouth, England, to an English father, Robert Crowe, and a German mother, Katerine Harriette Fried, from Kirn, Prussia. Russell’s great-grandmother Erana was Maori, the daughter of Hone Hayes Heihi and Harata Poiwa Temoko.
Russell’s maternal grandmother was Esmee Jocelyn Burns (the daughter of John Burns and Rhoda Major). John was the son of a Scottish father, John Burns, and an English mother, Clara Jane Henley. Rhoda was born in Wellington, New Zealand.
Sources: Genealogy of Russell Crowe – http://www.geni.com
Notes on Russell’s Welsh ancestry – http://news.bbc.co.uk
Genealogy of Russell Crowe (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Russell Crowe (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Russell’s maternal grandfather, Stanley James Taihoa Iria Wemyss – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Notes on Russell’s German maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Katerine Harriette Fried – http://www.ancestryeurope.ie
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by Ethnic and Mooki