Summer Glau

by ethnic on June 10, 2009

Birth Name: Summer Lyn Glau

Place of Birth: San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 24, 1981

Ethnicity: German/Alsatian German, Swiss-German, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, English

Summer Glau is an American actress. She is known for playing Cameron on the series Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles. Summer’s father is of German/Alsatian German, English, and 1/8th Swiss-German descent. Summer’s mother is of English, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh descent.

There are claims on the internet that Summer has Cherokee Native American ancestry, specifically from a great-grandparent. These claims do not appear to be accurate. While it is possible that Summer may have remote Cherokee ancestry, all of Summer’s great-grandparents are identified as “white” on United States censuses, and most or all of their recent ancestry has been documented as ”not” being Cherokee Native American.

Summer is married to actor Val Morrison, with whom she has a daughter.

Summer’s patrilineal line can be traced back to her great-great-great-grandparents, Detlef Wilhelm Christian Glau (b. c. 1825, in Flensburg, Schleswig, Germany) and Anna Friederike Basche (b. c. 1821, also in Flensburg, Schleswig, Germany).

Summer’s paternal grandfather was Raymond Rudolph/Rudolph Glau (the son of Julius Rudolf Glau, Jr. and Edith H. Jackson). Raymond was born in Texas. Julius was born in Iowa, the son of Julius Rudolf Glau, who was born in Gettorf, Schleswig-Hostein, Germany, and of Ana/Annie Maria Hurni, who was Swiss. Edith was born in Texas, the daughter of Crowfield Jackson and Susie Lavina West.

Summer’s paternal grandmother was Virginia Mae Mangold (the daughter of Walter Herman Mangold and Lorraine/Laraine Emalia Carle). Virginia was born in Texas, of German descent, including Alsatian German. Walter was the son of Valentine Mangold and Josephine Tschirhart. Lorraine was the daughter of Martin Ambrose Carle and Ida Haby.

Summer’s maternal grandfather was Albert Joe McFarlane (the son of Floyd Joseph McFarlane and Evalyn Rose Grace Morgan). Albert was born in Oregon. Floyd was the son of Joseph A. McFarlane and Cora A. Sheldon. Evalyn was the daughter of Fred Sylvester Morgan and Lora Bell Carpenter.

Summer’s maternal grandmother was Mary Freda Cooper (the daughter of Thomas A. Cooper and Vera Wooten). Mary Freda was born in Arkansas. Vera was the daughter of Monroe Wooten and Creola Milburn.

Sources: Genealogy of Summer Glau –

Summer’s paternal grandfather, Raymond Rudolph/Rudolph Glau, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Summer’s paternal great-grandparents, Julius Rudolf Glau, Jr. and Edith H. Jackson –

Summer’s paternal great-grandparents, Julius Rudolf Glau, Jr. and Edith H. Jackson , on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Summer’s paternal grandmother, Virginia Mae Mangold, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Summer’s paternal great-grandparents, Walter Herman Mangold and Lorraine/Laraine Emalia Carle –

Summer’s maternal grandfather, Albert Joe McFarlane, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Summer’s maternal grandmother, Mary Freda Cooper, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Interview where Summer mentions some of her ancestry –

photo by Joe Seer /

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neiltennant August 1, 2018 at 3:01 pm


Early life[edit]
Glau was born in San Antonio, Texas, where she grew up with her two younger sisters Kaitlin and Christie. She is of asian,Scots-Irish and German ancestry.[1] Her asian mother is a schoolteacher of thai descent, and her father a general contractor.[2]

Glau received a scholarship to a ballet company and was homeschooled from grades 3 to 12 to accommodate her ballet training.[3] Glau was classically trained as a ballet dancer and studied tango and flamenco. After a broken toe ended her dancing career,[3] Glau moved to Los Angeles in 2002 to pursue an acting career.

neiltennant August 1, 2018 at 2:25 pm

she is obviously asian …. really

neiltennant April 17, 2018 at 1:38 am

she is obviously Asian

neiltennant February 20, 2018 at 2:43 pm

every time I eat spring rolls I think of this cute 1/4 Chinese woman

neiltennant December 30, 2017 at 4:25 pm

so every day new informations about her ethnicity

now here is written ALSATIAN instead of GERMAN
ok but thats not enough
please search for asian roots

andrew August 27, 2017 at 5:41 pm
neiltennant December 25, 2017 at 10:32 am

really ?

this girl is not asian ?

bearboy August 27, 2017 at 12:42 pm

@Neil Tennant, Britney Spears looks way more Scandinavian then Maltese/Italian/Jewish or whatever you think she looks like being she is one 1/16th Maltese and 15/16th Northern European. Also I have lived in Norway so please don’t insult my heritage

neiltennant July 26, 2017 at 11:11 am

i m here again on her site since 2016 and still NO ASIAN ?

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO wait to see her ASIAN =? (Korean, chinese) ?

madman July 26, 2017 at 11:42 am

Be patient

neiltennant July 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm

please guys don’t be ridiculous and don t be unfair to those who say what they are thinking

many people here wrote that she looks asian and there are no doubts and so please don’t judge them

TheHelper August 3, 2017 at 8:28 am

She has no Asian ancestry, and why do you think she does.

bearboy August 4, 2017 at 6:59 pm

@Neil Tennant “don’t be unfair to those who say what they are thinking” sort of like when I thought Britney Spears had Scandinavian features or when someone says something you don’t agree with and you either called them an idiot or shit, right?

neiltennant August 9, 2017 at 6:46 am

Please come on

since when a dark brown eyed and dark brown haired person like BRITNEY SPEARS is typical for scandinavians?

neiltennant December 20, 2017 at 8:50 am

there is one way to show you that she has Asian roots

ask Asian friends what they think when they see her. all of them can judge well if some is one of them

ashash December 20, 2017 at 10:42 am

You are obsessed. She’s not Asian!

madman December 20, 2017 at 11:30 am

I actually know another way. It is to go follow the evidence where it leads.

neiltennant December 30, 2017 at 4:27 pm

i watched BIG BANG THEORY today with 7 friends where she had a cameo role

and all of the 7 friends and me spoke about here and all of them are sure she has also asian roots

TheHelper August 3, 2017 at 8:24 am

She has no Asian ancestry, so you’re going to be waiting a long time.

neiltennant August 4, 2017 at 6:20 pm

all people with asian eyes do have also asian eyes

even those white blonde europeans from poland and russia with asian look eyes have tartaric or mongole blood

the same with BJÖRK

Masterlord April 14, 2017 at 4:02 am

Yeah i thought she was semi-asian as well

neiltennant June 21, 2017 at 2:22 am


some day we will read here 1/8th chinese

the same thing like MIRANDA COSGROVE


and many others who are not 100 percent white

i claimed and was right but nobody agreed

follers June 21, 2017 at 4:42 pm

“some day we will read here 1/8th chinese”

Why wait? I could add it today if you ask politely.

bearboy June 21, 2017 at 5:45 pm

Please can you add 1/8th Chinese? Also please add to Abigail Breslin’s profile, possibly Belarusian Jewish, source bearboy. And I think there should be a bearboy page. Thanks.

neiltennant June 22, 2017 at 7:56 am

we can ask 100 people

some sample 100 people in germany

sample 2 100 people in china

sample 3 100 people in usa

and im sure that at least 90 people in each of the countries will say

even the chinese would say that she looks part asian

bearboy July 22, 2017 at 7:12 am

It doesn’t matter what natives to certain countries think a celebrity looks like. When I visit Israel a lot of times I get mistaken for Jewish (usually because of my appearance). whereas when I visited Ireland people had no idea I’m half Irish.

TheHelper August 3, 2017 at 8:26 am

They are all 100%. Please go away.

neiltennant August 9, 2017 at 6:52 am


don’t be ridiculous

jews can be very different there are tons of different types

i was in israel too and there were many people with eastern european roots who looked just polish or russian

others looked like italians etc.

bearboy August 9, 2017 at 8:04 am

I know that there are many different ethnic groups in Israel. Ashkenazi, Sephardim, Mizrahi, Ethiopian Jews along with 20% non Jewish including eastern European. All I am saying is I was mistaken for Ashkenazi and they were wrong so your experiment for summer glau wouldn’t prove anything.

madman October 22, 2016 at 3:56 am
neiltennant May 26, 2016 at 5:22 am


they see something and believe it
but thats wrong

Mind that she is an actress…….. There is nothing wrong about hiding roots or ethnicity
If i were a asian and in hollywood i would not talk about my asian roots as i know exactly that asians are discriminated in hollywood

plus she has asian roots but also european…..

Look at LINDSAY PRICE half asian but after plastic surgery she played more and more white roles

bearboy June 5, 2017 at 5:08 pm

lol Neil Tennant you’re hilarious :)

neiltennant June 21, 2017 at 2:23 am

i was always right


long discussions and energy spent on those and now i know i was right

bablah June 21, 2017 at 9:06 am

Brendon’s page only has 3 comments, only one of them is yours.

andrew June 21, 2017 at 9:31 am

Brandon Urie does not look Asian at all

neiltennant June 22, 2017 at 8:05 am

my former posts were deleted

haha enough said :-))

i always knew that he has non european roots as well

he has asian eyes !

It s the same with MARKUS SCHENKENBERG

he always was listed as SWEDISH but i knew that something is not right with that

he is part dutch indonesian

TheHelper August 3, 2017 at 8:32 am

@neiltennant You call Americans dumb, but you are the one who is dumb.

bearboy August 29, 2017 at 5:44 pm

Neil Tennant why would anyone want to delete your posts? If we did we would have to stick to facts and census instead of saying every Caucasian celebrity is Japanese because we’re bored today and have nothing to do?

neiltennant May 26, 2016 at 5:01 am

ASIAN ROOTS are not so easy to erase

i know a lot of people living in germany, russia, poland etc.

of which some have asian roots. I have asked them and they said YES MY MOM WAS RUSSIAN TARTARE or MY FATHER WAS FROM KOREA


sawilson135 December 31, 2015 at 8:20 pm

Damn, ever since I watched her in the movie Serenity, I’ve always thought she was Asian.

sparkles180 September 26, 2015 at 11:30 pm

She looks fully white to me, having smaller eyes doesn’t automatically mean asian.

xoxo October 27, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Not really, her bone structure looks Asian as well not just her eyes. She looks EuRasian.

xoxo October 27, 2015 at 8:51 pm

Eurasian* ughhhh

neiltennant July 26, 2017 at 11:13 am

she is as white like Michael Jordan haha

TheHelper August 3, 2017 at 8:35 am

@xoxo High cheek bones are a White thing.

fuzzybear44 August 3, 2017 at 11:47 pm


Actually I think all groups can claim that bone structure or trait

TheHelper August 3, 2017 at 8:34 am

@sparkles180 They look smaller because she is squinting them because of the lights in her eyes. And smiling will do that too.

neiltennant July 15, 2015 at 1:57 am

another asian looking celeb who claims to have only european ancestries

but let me explain this!! Look at Vanessa Lachey. If she werent a D-CELEB some day in 100 years she would have grandgrandgrandchildren who may look asian (or not ) and those people (if lackey weren’t famous) would erase out the fact, that they had asian roots. There would be the claim, that they were of french, german, italian, english descent for example

and like this SUMMER GLAU has obviously asian roots. If i ask 100 people they would first say that she does have asian roots !

thats for sure

and its pointless to deny this

Masterlord July 24, 2015 at 6:54 am

You obviously dont know that there are europeans with those “asiatic looks”!

My maternal cousins (blonde blue eyed swedes with about 1/8 norwegian ancestry) have similar thin eyes

I believe its common far up in northern Scandinavia, could be from people having native (Sapmi) background some way or the other

neiltennant July 26, 2015 at 11:10 am


I met so many slanty and asian but blue eyes and mostly blonde haired people from poland, russian or latvia. And after i asked them they told me that indeed some of their ancestors were from mongolia china etc.

there is no chance that some is looking asian without having asian roots

and the blue eyed swedes with blue eyes could also have some roots from russia etc. with mongolia-infliuence

qutsflyd September 23, 2015 at 10:54 pm

I guess Taylor Swift is asian, then?
You are kind of dumb, you know?
Many “arabic looking” people are just spanish and/or french.
Many “mediterranean looking” people are just british and irish.
Many “native looking” people are just arabic, and/or southern europeans.

ashash September 27, 2015 at 12:36 am

Right on.

neiltennant June 27, 2016 at 3:16 pm

you fucking piece of shit and extra poo don’t understand me

TAYLOR SWIFT AND SUMMER GLAU there are tons of differences

TAYLOR SWIFT has not asian eyes

crunty May 22, 2016 at 11:42 am

She’s european, but your pea for a brain has got an asian obsession.

neiltennant June 5, 2017 at 3:50 pm


piece of shit

i was always right

WIKIPEDIA and CELEBS don’t always say what the matter is

i was right about every celeb

California July 14, 2015 at 5:53 pm

She looks Eurasian.

neiltennant June 22, 2017 at 8:08 am

i partly agree with you

but in russia and even in afghanistan where a lot of people have those eyes she would be seen as alien due to her eyes.

her eyes are undoubtedly asian

M May 31, 2015 at 6:46 am

I straight up know a girl who’s Vietnamese and white and she looks like Summer.

WTF August 13, 2014 at 4:53 pm

she’s not your average white chick. she looks half asian, like filipino or something. she’s like a prettier version of miranda cosgrove and a mix of leighton meester.

neiltennant April 14, 2015 at 1:41 am

she has asian eyes
no discussion

another example of those deniers


eu May 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm

She looks mexican

noname April 1, 2014 at 5:53 pm

She is not Asian. Northern Europeans could have those features, you can see it many times in Scandinavians. It’s from an ancient DNA connection with Siberian peoples. Plus the cold climate. But she is not for example “part Chinese” or something.

People really don’t know history…

neiltennant April 14, 2015 at 1:44 am


only a few of them do have some asian looking eyes but those are blue

JasonBaker March 1, 2014 at 2:40 am

She does look partially Asian.

neiltennant January 18, 2014 at 10:36 am

she loooks at least 70 percent asian

i saw pics from her on which there was her head visible and she has the face and head of an asian

people claim to be not asian as it can destroy their career

scott May 6, 2014 at 4:38 pm

“people claim to be not asian as it can destroy their career”

follers May 6, 2014 at 4:42 pm

She can claim what she wants, but I don’t think she can alter birth/marriage/etc. records in Texas.

neiltennant January 18, 2014 at 10:22 am

another celebrity who claims to have only european roots

but its obvious that she is asian

neiltennant January 18, 2014 at 10:21 am

She looks so asian

AnonymousPerson January 11, 2014 at 3:08 am

She doesn’t look Asian to me. Are you all blind??

neiltennant November 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm

glau is a jewish surname

i know 3 jews with same name and I’m from germany

no non jewish is called glau in germany

follers November 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm

I don’t think “Glau” is an exclusively Jewish surname. Her paternal great-great-great-grandfather’s name was Detlef Wilhelm Christian Glau. I doubt he was Jewish.

J.J. October 16, 2013 at 7:24 pm

correction; her eyes are hazel (light brown) and her hair is dark brown (brunette) I think it should be listed

smiley January 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm
J.J. January 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

correction; those pictures you sent of her eyes are brown but they’re clearly a luminous brown with golden/greenish colouration around the edges and appear reddish, which is exactly what hazel is, light brown with golden, orange, reddish and sometimes subtle green. You need to get it through your thick head that hazel is brown, a hazelnut is brown, but it’s a light luminous brown with slight admixture of other colours, and those pictures you posted of her eyes show them to be exactly that

neiltennant January 18, 2014 at 10:35 am

can anybody remove jj the piece of shit ???

he writes the same things everywhere

please remove him and burry his ashes

smiley January 26, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Please stop listening to J.J’s corrections Ethnic. Nobody agrees with him/her as shown by comments like this and comments on many other posts.

smiley January 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm
J.J. January 26, 2014 at 5:55 pm

the first one you posted lots of light is hitting them, and the 2nd looks like hazel contacts, hazel doesn’t have to be that obviously honey coloured, they can be brown with slight admixture of gold

SNOWDEN August 17, 2013 at 5:54 am

looks Asian

LadyNikkitten November 29, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Yes, she looks Asian… more Asian than caucasian LOL and no it’s even just the eyes, but everything.

gottlob February 13, 2013 at 10:53 am

“The executive stated that Glau is one eighth Cherokee Indian.”

She looks it! looks Latina.

neves October 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm

uh no she doesnt. lmao weird fucking assumption.

leslie2 October 19, 2013 at 11:35 pm



rickyflo November 12, 2013 at 8:30 am

Both are right … Latinos can look anything from white, Asian, Amerindian, so on. I’ve seen Latinos that are white, asian , or negro. Most perception is in fact wrong on the Latino assumption.

Crates December 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm

she sure looks mongoloid (not asian but native american indeed)

leslie2 October 19, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Have you seen a Native before? She doesn’t look Native ATALL

rickyflo November 12, 2013 at 8:21 am

Mongoloid is the definition of Asian not Amerindian. Everyone says that but if look closely, all European traits even her eyes. Also her site proves most of the heritage here.. Amerindian is a race separate.

andrew November 12, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Amerindians are still Mongoloid, they came from Asia to America looong time ago

anakaren November 17, 2012 at 1:23 am

i thought maybe a little asian!!

anisamae November 16, 2012 at 1:36 am

Always thought this girl had Asian blood somewhere! Guess not:) She’s pretty though.

Adm April 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

look her eyes,are blue like the majority of Germans.

eMI February 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm


eee February 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

shes asian shes not white she is just denying

Anonymous7 February 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I agree, she does look like shes Asian. But its surprising shes not. Btw, when I saw the pic of her, it looked like her shirt said Lol! :)

storm January 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm

she is at least 31 years old and still maintains that she’s not Asian. She still looks very Asian

storm January 28, 2012 at 1:39 am

she is clearly asian. why is she ashamed? almost everyone i know thinks she is half asian. i’d like her more if she would just admit she is mixed

me January 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I totally agree, she looks more Asian than Kristin Kreuk who is half-chinese.

neiltennant May 26, 2016 at 5:03 am


but mind HOLLYWOOD is racist

if comes out as asian he or she will labeled as ASIAN and plays only asian roles

anen January 17, 2012 at 7:47 pm

She looks like Olivia Wilde who is also of Scottish-Irish descent. I believe this is where their exotic looks come from. They didn’t inherit that generic overrated germanic/anglo–saxon look from their other ancestors

neiltennant May 26, 2016 at 5:04 am

yes of course

are you mad ?

there aren’t irish or scots with that appearance

she has asian roots

! January 15, 2012 at 10:46 am


Kasnar January 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm

We’re all related no matter what we consider our ethnicity to be. We should remember that.

Jennifer 2012 January 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm

She looks like she has asian blood in her and maybe she really doesn’t even know. Look at Diana Shores only found out late in life he has african genes in her blood. Many whites also have black genes and don’t know about it. Think of Thomas Jefferson’s children are consider white than black cuz they are only 1/8 black. Many of them took on the white identity and all the following generations.

Acadiana January 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Why would they identify as Asian or black if they are only 1/8th or less anyway? That makes no sense. An ancestor of mine from eight generations ago could be from Jupiter. I honestly would not give a damn.

Nathalie January 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Well, I think it’s interesting to look back on one’s own ancestry and see where our ancestors came from and who they used to be. It is different, I think, for someone’s genetic makeup to be one thing but to identify as the race he or she grew up most prominently influenced by. I think it depends on the person.

me January 12, 2012 at 5:59 am

she looks more Asian than anything else

Maria January 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm

She looks a bit Asian in this photo actually.But she is German and Scot-Irish so i guess it just angel of photo or her make up.Where is the name Glau from originally?

Acadiana January 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm

The surname Glau is Germanic. It is not a common surname in The United States or any other country for that matter.

Maria January 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

Ya i live in Ireland never heard of it any nothing came up when i searched Thanks:)

Donato, duh ninjin turdle October 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm

She’s a movie actor who plays “the mystery girl” because she has a different look that makes her more mysterious and interesting an element of the movie. She keeps playing that same type character too and she’s in make up on screen and likely tries to keep that look going during moments off screen too(like premiers.)

Ammz October 19, 2011 at 12:18 am

What exactly IS Scots-Irish? Is it just a mix of Scottish and Irish, or is it something completely different I’m missing? This girl doesn’t look one bit Scottish, Irish or German to me (I would have guessed she was Italian), and Scots-Irish seems to me like a term only used in America… in Australia we just say Scottish and Irish and don’t combine them into one word.

Smash January 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

Scots-Irish are Scottish and Northern English people who settled in Northern Ireland during 100 year before they migrate to North America. In UK, they use the term Ulster Scots for those people.

So if she’s Scots-Irish, she must have more Scottish roots than Irish roots.

Richard Kerr March 19, 2011 at 6:55 pm

True.. I am white/caucasian/european of every white ethnicity people can think. but I look just like a mexican. but i am not..

Bella P February 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Oops just realized how many spelling errors i had on that..oh well:)

Bella P February 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I find her very un attractive, thats my opinion, its hard to focus on a good show when you are watching such an unattractive and annoying person.

Chris January 17, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Whatever she may be, as a native German speaker I have to say that “glau” isn’t even close to “glow” in German, just fyi (I’m not disputing her German heritage, it’s just a correction).

nubian September 7, 2010 at 7:50 pm

People mistake me for having Asian in my background all the time because of my “racially atypical” features; I’m Black. You can’t rush to judgements on someone’s ethnicity based solely on physiological stereotypes.

Pathetic June 20, 2010 at 4:46 am

How sad. She’s one of those people mixed with something who wants to erase the minority par of their ethnicity, despite the fact that it’s glaring. There is NO WAY that she’s just all-white. Shame on her.

Anonymous March 20, 2011 at 12:52 am

Your comment is pathetic. There are a lot of white people who do not look “Anglo-Saxon.”

neiltennant May 26, 2016 at 5:27 am

agree with your first point

its obvious that she has some asian roots. But on the other hand why she should come out as asian as in hollywood asians don’t have so many chances

nick February 19, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Remember her from firefly! But she does have some native american or asian in her as niether scots-irish or germans have her sort of features.

ethnic October 19, 2009 at 1:55 pm

She definitely has a unique look and the name Glau is an unusually name in the States.


yep!! October 19, 2009 at 1:25 am

oooh i love her!!! she’s sooo awesome, when i saw her, i didnt know sh was scotish irish and german

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