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 /

{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

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

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