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, smaller amount of German [including Alsatian German], distant Scottish and Swiss-German

Ryan Phillippe is an American actor, director, and writer.

Ryan has two children with his former wife, actress and producer Reese Witherspoon; and a daughter with his former partner, actress and singer Alexis Knapp.

While some may assume that the surname Phillippe is of French origin, in Ryan’s case, the surname was spelled Phillippi several generations back. Ryan’s patrilineal great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Johannes/Johann Adam Phillippi, was an ethnic German emigrant, from Volksberg, Alsace, and the surname traces back to Switzerland before that. Johannes was the son of Johannes Georg Phillippi and Maria Christina Cleiss; 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 Phillippi/Phillippe (the son of Samuel David Phillippi and Pearl Loretta Gentry). Furman was born in Tennessee. 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/Poole). Eunettia was born in Pennsylvania. Carl was the son of Orville H. 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). Robert was born in Delaware. 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). Eva was born in Delaware. George was born in Staffordshire, England, the son of 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 – https://www.wikitree.com

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

Ryan’s paternal grandfather, Furman Dale Phillippi/Phillippe, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Ryan’s paternal grandmother, Eunettia Amelia Hash, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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

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

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Mixed Kidd July 17, 2018 at 7:47 pm

Accoriding to here, he also said in an interview with Parade magazine he’s part French also. “We have French origins but ended up in Tennessee,” Ryan explained. “So we pronounce it fill-uh-pee.” https://web.archive.org/web/20080418073155/http://www.parade.com/articles/editions/2008/edition_03-23-2008/In_Step_With…Ryan_Phillippe

follers July 17, 2018 at 9:58 pm

He’s wrong.

Mixed Kidd July 18, 2018 at 1:15 pm

So there’s no French at all in him?

follers July 18, 2018 at 2:04 pm

Ryan probably has distant or remote French ancestry somewhere on his family tree, like most people whose ancestry goes back to the 1600s in the U.S. But I think he was talking about the Phillippe line. The surname Phillippe wasn’t originally ethnically French in this case, it just sounds French.

Mixed Kidd July 18, 2018 at 3:47 pm

I see, in his wiki it says he’s part French with that link. I guess he must be like 1/16 French or less.

andrew February 12, 2018 at 3:50 pm
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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