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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