Sophia Bush

by ethnic on August 28, 2010

Birth Name: Jennifer Anna Bush

Place of Birth: Pasadena, Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 8, 1982

Ethnicity: English, Irish, Scottish, Italian, Northern Irish

Sophia Bush is an American actress, director, spokesperson, and activist.

Sophia is the daughter of Maureen (Searson), a photography studio manager, and Charles William Bush, an advertising and celebrity photographer. She attended Westridge School for Girls (Pasadena), as well as the University of Southern California. Sophia was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, where she served as Social Chair.

Sophia’s ancestry includes English, Irish, Scottish, Italian, and Northern Irish. She has stated that she is an Italian at heart, and that she loves italian food.

Sophia’s paternal grandfather was Maxwell Charles Bush (the son of William Charles Bush and Helen Mary Nicholson). Maxwell was born in Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada. William and Helen were born in Ontario, Canada. William was the son of William Marquis Bush and Mary Ellen Atcheson. Helen was the daughter of Irish parents, James Hamilton Nicholson and Annie/Ann Elizabeth McNally.

Sophia’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Jean Allison (the daughter of William Percival “Percy” Allison and Estella May Rose). Margaret was from Ontario, Canada. William was the son of Jesse Rose Allison, whose parents were from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and of Phoebe Ann Johnston, whose parents were from Ireland. Estella was the daughter of Ezekiel Ora Alsin Benson Rose and Mary Ford.

Sophia’s maternal grandfather was likely the son of James Searson and Loretta/Lorette Sheahey/Sheehy. James was the son of Irish parents, Thomas Searson and Maggie.

Sources: Genealogy of Sophia Bush (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Sophia’s paternal grandmother, Margaret Jean (Allison) Bush (focusing on her own father’s side) –

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ashash June 14, 2018 at 12:22 am

Here she mentions it is her mother who is Italian:

“Look, my mom is a crazy Italian lady from New Jersey, the first time Mark Schwahn grabbed my ass I hit him in front of six other producers, and I hit him f—cking hard,”

It must be her maternal grandmother who is Italian since we know the ancestry of her paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.

ashash January 7, 2018 at 11:39 am

On another note, I just noticed that her real name is Jennifer Anna Bush! This whole time I thought Sophia was her birth name! My mind is blown.

passingtime85 January 7, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Wait a minute, what’s the reference for her birth name? Google, wikipedia and imdb just claim it’s Sophia.

ashash January 7, 2018 at 2:05 pm
passingtime85 January 8, 2018 at 6:35 am


andrew October 27, 2013 at 8:01 am

is there any evidence of Italian ancestry?

follers October 27, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I would guess one of her grandmothers was of Italian descent. Sophia has certainly talked about being Italian enough times for it to clearly be true.

ashash January 7, 2018 at 11:29 am

It has to be her maternal grandmother that is Italian now that we know the ancestry of her father via his father and mother.

MettaWorkPlease October 27, 2013 at 4:51 am

She has some Italian features.

smiley November 18, 2012 at 9:30 am

None of the names sound Scottish, they all sound English to me (Nicholson, Searson, Bush).

smiley November 18, 2012 at 9:39 am

There’s one Scottish name McNally her great-great-grandmother. Before it said she had French-Canadian on here. Her great-great grandfather had a French middle name but I don’t know if that means anything.

Alice November 18, 2012 at 6:37 pm

McNally is Irish. I’ve put in a couple of comments with links but they haven’t appeared as yet.

Alice November 18, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Follers in the link you have posted above one of her ancestors Nicholson was born in Ireland and he married Annie McNally.

Sweetpea November 20, 2012 at 1:56 am

@Alice yes that’s funny how this ancestor was not mentioned when the ancestry was posted.And it clearly says.
James H Nicholson
b. 25 Apr 1852 Ireland

So CORRECTION please to add Irish.

Alice November 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm

It is very difficult to tell by surnames where someone originates in the British Isles especially if the name sounds English. Alot of the celtic countries had English migration going way back and also alot of names in Ireland and Scotland were anglicised from the Gaelic. Eg there are a lot of Smiths in Ireland as the name McGowan (son of the Smith) was anglicised to Smith. Also Scotland has a lot of names ending in son e.g. Johnson. Scotland is not all Gaelic there are alot of people in the lowlands that were of the same origin as the English.

Me myself and I August 15, 2012 at 6:12 am

Bush is actually a German surname! maybe it’s English/Scottish too but that means she could be part German

Yousra Slaoui March 9, 2012 at 7:50 am

CANADIANS R SOOOO HOT !!! plus shes italian that makes her hotter i love her to death!!! oi wish i was her becoze she’s american and SOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!

levangelista36 July 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm

She’s pretty cool.

COMMONSENSE January 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

she has a raspy voice. I love it!

Andreea January 28, 2011 at 7:20 pm

She’s gorgeous :)

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