Ryan Phillippe

by ethnic on August 1, 2010

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Birth Name: Matthew Ryan Phillippe

Place of Birth: New Castle, Delaware, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 10, 1974

Ethnicity: English, small amount of German

Ryan Phillippe is an American actor, director, and writer. He is of mostly English, and a small amount of German, ancestry. Ryan was married to actress Reese Witherspoon, with whom he has two children. He also has a child with actress Alexis Knapp.

The surname “Phillippe” was spelled “Phillippi” several generations back. Ryan’s patrilineal great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Johannes Adam Phillippi, was an ethnic German immigrant from Volksberg, Alsace. Johannes’s parents were Johannes Phillippi and Maria Christina Cleiss, and his wife, Ryan’s five times great-grandmother, was Maria Eva Barbara Eichelberger, who was also of German descent.

Ryan’s paternal grandfather was Furman Dale Phillippe (the son of Samuel David Phillippi and Pearl Loretta Gentry). Samuel was the son of Andrew James Phillippi and Sophia C. Cress. Pearl was the daughter of Robert Phillip Gentry and Mary Loretta Cress.

Ryan’s paternal grandmother was Eunettia Amelia Hash (the daughter of Carl Hash and Rose A. Dool/Pool). Carl was the son of Orville Hash and Amelia Rutherford. Rose was the daughter of George Powell Pool/Poole and Almeda Jeannette/Nettie Carico. Almeda may have had distant French Huguenot ancestry, as the Carrico/Carricoe family in the United States is said to originate with French Huguenot ancestors in the 1600s.

Ryan’s maternal grandfather was Robert B. Thomas, Sr. (the son of Joseph Francis Thomas and Jennie Smith). Joseph was the son of John Thomas and Mary. Jennie was the daughter of Thomas Smith.

Ryan’s maternal grandmother was Eva Selina Cockerill (the daughter of George Cockerill and Clara Stevens). George was born in Staffordshire, England, to William Cockerill and Jane Thomas. Clara was the daughter of parents who were born in Susexx, England, George W. Stevens and Ada Ann Warnett. Ada was the daughter of Phillip Warnett and Jane Fausett.

Sources: Genealogy of Ryan Phillippe (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Ryan’s maternal grandfather, Robert B. Thomas, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Ryan’s maternal grandmother, Eva S. (Cockerill) Thomas – http://www.mccreryandharra.com

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant May 23, 2016 at 1:13 pm

Where the name PHILIPPI does come ?

Philippe or philippi

interesting and awesome surname.I have met germans, greek and italians with that name

jmueller April 21, 2015 at 8:10 pm

I read on Wikipedia that he also has French heritage.

Petrarca August 13, 2014 at 9:25 pm

He looks half or quarter Jewish.

frankine January 5, 2015 at 10:20 am

Jews Come In All Types


Bobatu March 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm


Myspace Celebrity April 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Beautiful French lips :)

Anonymous April 22, 2011 at 2:38 am

I always wondered what his ethnicity is. He is so beautiful.

follers August 6, 2014 at 5:20 pm

At least 80% English I would say.

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