Tom Cruise

by ethnic on April 13, 2013

Birth Name: Thomas Cruise Mapother IV

Place of Birth: Syracuse, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 3, 1962

Ethnicity:
*43.75% German
*43.75% Irish
*12.5% mix of English and Welsh

Tom Cruise is an American actor and filmmaker.

Tom is the son of Mary Lee (Pfeiffer) and Thomas Cruise Mapother. Tom’s father was of one quarter Irish, one half German, and one quarter that was of mixed English and Welsh, ancestry. Tom’s mother was of three eighths German and five eighths Irish ancestry. All four of Tom’s grandparents were born in Kentucky, as were all eight of Tom’s great-grandparents. The English and Welsh lines of Tom’s ancestry go back to Colonial American times.

His first cousin is actor William Mapother (their fathers are siblings). Tom has a daughter with his former wife, actress Katie Holmes, and two children with his former wife, actress Nicole Kidman; among them actor Connor Cruise.

Tom was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1990.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Cruise Mapother II (the son of Thomas O’Mara, whose name was later changed to Thomas Cruise Mapother, and of Anna Stewart Bateman). Tom’s grandfather Thomas was born in Kentucky. Tom’s great-grandfather Thomas O’Mara’s parents, Thomas O’Mara and Mary Paulina Russell Cruise, were both of Irish descent. Tom’s great-grandmother Anna was the daughter of Thomas J. Bateman and Elvira Eva Tompkins, and had English and Welsh ancestry.

Tom’s great-great-grandmother, Mary Cruise, married twice. Her first husband was Dillon Henry Mapother, by whom she had six children. After Dillon’s death, she remarried to Thomas O’Mara. Their son, who was born as Thomas O’Mara, was listed under that name in the 1880 Census. His name was later changed to Thomas Cruise Mapother. The reason(s) for him changing his name are not clear.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Catherine Louise Reibert (the daughter of William Reibert and Charlotte Louise Voelker). Catherine was born in Kentucky. William and Charlotte were of German descent. William was the son of Adam Andrew Reibert and Francisca/Francis/Frances Boesser. Charlotte was the daughter of John Voelker and Louisa Steadle.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was Charles Conrad Pfeiffer (the son of Lee Norbert Pfeiffer and Anna/Annie M. Shea). Charles was born in Kentucky. Lee was the son of Charles Conrad Pfeiffer, who was of German descent, and of Mary Roselle/Rosselle Hawkins, who was of Irish ancestry. Anna’s parents were Irish immigrants, and her own mother’s name was Mary.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Comala Rosella Ramser (the daughter of Joseph Charles Ramser and Susan/Sarah A. Mackey). Comala was born in Kentucky. Joseph was the son of George Ramser, a German emigrant, from Alsatia, and of Catherine Merkel, who was of German descent. Susan was the daughter of Gerald Jeremiah Mackey, an Irish immigrant, and of Bridget Quinn, who was of Irish ancestry.

Sources: Genealogies of Tom Cruise – http://www.wargs.com
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
https://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Tom Cruise (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Tom’s father – http://www.findagrave.com

Tom’s maternal great-grandfather, Lee Norbert Pfeiffer, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Lee Norbert Pfeiffer on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Other resources about Tom’s family – http://i.usatoday.net

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andrew October 8, 2017 at 3:14 pm
andrew October 8, 2017 at 3:08 pm

Elsass -> Alsatia

madman March 28, 2017 at 8:07 am

It says William “Maphoter” in the text, it should be “Mapother”.

MettaWorkPlease September 3, 2016 at 6:29 pm

I thought he was of German descent. He kind of looks like legendary German footballer Lothar Mattheus

gel September 4, 2016 at 12:50 am
luckystar November 15, 2016 at 8:20 am

This one looks like Ben affleck

crunty July 26, 2016 at 1:17 pm

So, it is not so much as ‘top of da morning to ya’ as ‘wo ist der nullzimmer’ then.

follers September 3, 2016 at 2:30 am

Tom Cruise is ancestrally the most German person to have been named “Sexiest Man Alive” by People Magazine.

andrew September 3, 2016 at 4:30 am

Nick Nolte?

follers September 3, 2016 at 8:46 pm

I think Nolte may have a little less German ancestry than Cruise, but it’s hard to say for sure.

andrew July 25, 2016 at 3:46 pm
andrew July 25, 2016 at 3:41 pm
andrew July 25, 2016 at 3:38 pm
theropod June 24, 2013 at 3:09 am

No Jewish or Italian?

follers June 24, 2013 at 5:04 am

Most A-list Hollywood leading men do not have Jewish or Italian ancestry. They are usually of Northern European/British Isles descent.

Young actors, on the other hand, are fairly Jewish.

andrew June 24, 2013 at 6:41 am

can u give me a list of these actors in A-list?

follers June 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm

People like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck.

http://www.adherents.com/movies/adh_actors.html
25 of the “AFI Top 50 Screen Legends of all Time: Actors”.

Only Fred Astaire, Kirk Douglas, The Marx Brothers, Sidney Poitier, and Edward G. Robinson had/have non-British Isles/Central European descent. And Marx and Robinson were not really typical leading men.

andrew June 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Fonda was of distant Italian heritage. Grant, Chaplin and Olivier were English-born. Interesting list by AFI btw , enterely about Old Hollywood stars (the omission of Paul Newman is quite surprising). Since the late 60s things have changed, with plenty of stars with differerent backgrounds. many of partly Italian (as De Niro) or Jewish descent (example: Harrison Ford)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Italian-American_actors#1940s

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_actors

Now the best-paid Hollywood stars are Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr if I’m not wrong

follers June 24, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Henry Fonda’s distant Italian ancestry is unproven. I know the family refers to it often, but one of the last traceable ancestors of Henry’s is Gilles Douwese Fonda, who was born in Gelderland, the Netherlands, in the early 1600s, to Douw Fonda and Douwe Jaasoon de Vries Van Arentzvelt. Some claim that Douw’s dad was an Italian named Latcho de Corgnale Fonda, but I am not sure this is confirmed. So the Italian ancestry could be some kind of family legend. If true, though, it would have made Henry a very small fraction Italian, and pretty irrelevant (i.e. 1/256 or 1/512 or something), almost like Barbara Bush.

Actually, Henry’s daughter, Jane Fonda, is something like 1/32 Italian… through her mother.

Which also brings me to Johnny Depp… who I consider to be a WASP if the only non-white ancestry he has are those remote roots I found, 1/1024 or something.

“Grant, Chaplin and Olivier were English-born” – That still counts! It counts even more, haha.

I don’t think things have actually changed that much since the late 1960s, especially not today (with all those British actors being imported to the U.S.). I didn’t say “all” A-list stars, I said “most”.

It’s funny, but there were probably more A-list Jewish leading men in the 1950s than there are today. There is no version of Kirk Douglas today, and I am only hoping that Logan Lerman becomes the next Tony Curtis (he looks like him).

andrew October 8, 2017 at 3:01 pm

@ Follers

Tom Cruise has distant/remote Italian ancestry. Checking his genealogy, the Italian name “Allesandro Poe” (born c. 1710) caught my attention. It appears that Poe surname comes from Po Valley in Northern Italy.

Source: Anna H. Poe – Poems and Stories (1893)

https://poefamilyhistory.wordpress.com/poe-family/

follers December 9, 2017 at 1:51 pm

I don’t know how accurate that story is. For one thing, it says that Alessandro Poe was a brother of Edgar Allan Poe’s great-grandfather John Poe, and that’s clearly not accurate.

I also found this:
“His father, who was Thomas Poe, was born near Spottsylvania Court-house, Va., in 1749, and was a son of Anson Poe, who was born in England and came to the United States in 1707, settling in Virginia on the Po River, where he lived and died. The father of Anson Poe was born in Italy on the Po River, date not known.” (“Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Adams, Clay, Hall and Hamilton Counties, Nebraska, Comprising a Condensed History of the State”, 1890).
https://books.google.ca/books?id=ixI1AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA672&dq=%22Anson+Poe%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjln8jH9P3XAhVL7mMKHZ95CwEQ6AEIGTAB

Whether that’s accurate, I don’t know. If it is, Cruise would be 1/512 Italian, depending on Anson’s mother.

andrew December 17, 2017 at 9:06 am

@follers

Thank for having checked that source

driko December 2, 2013 at 10:30 pm

yep, Tom is a straight up old-stock WASP.

denny2020 January 2, 2014 at 8:59 pm

YOU ARE WRONG

Actually the majorities of the men and women in Hollywood have all an Italian ancestry

All of this people below have an Italian ancestry by mom, dad or both parents

Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Leonardo Di Caprio, Bradley Coopers, Kaley Cuoco, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Hayden Panettiere, Vin Diesel, Lindsay Lohan, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorseze, Bruce Springsteen, Hulg Hogan, Paris Hilton,

denny2020 January 2, 2014 at 9:10 pm

FOLLERS
YOU ARE WRONG:
ACTUALLY THE MAJORITIES OF THE MEN AND WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD HAVE AN ITALIAN ANCESTRY BY MOM, DAD OR BOTH ANCESTRY.

ALL OF THIS PEOPLE BELOW HAVE AN ITALIAN ANCESTRY BY MOM, DAD OR BOTH PARENTS. AND ANYWAY IF JANE FONDA IS JUST 1/32 ITALIAN EVEN TOM CRUISE IS ONLY PARTLY IRISH, BUT EVERYBODY THAT HAVE AN ITALIAN ANCESTRY PREFER TO CLAIM TO BE ITALIAN INSTEAD GERMANS OR IRISH

CHECK THIS LIST BELOW OF PEOPLE IN HOLLYWOOD WITH AN ITALIAN ANCESTRY, ENJOY SOME FACTS

JOHN TRAVOLTA, NICOLAS CAGE
BRADLEY COOPERS, VIN DIESEL
LEONARDO DI CAPRIO
KAYLE CUOCO
HAYDEN PANETTIERE
ROBERT DE NIRO
AL PACINO, LINDSAY LOHAN
QUENTIN TARANTINO
MARTIN SCORSESE
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
HULK HOGAN
RAY LIOTTA
JOE PESCI
JANE FONDA
SUSAN SARANDON
SYLVESTER STALLONE
LADY GAGA
MADONNA
AND MANY MANY OTHERS

roman2886 October 13, 2014 at 5:23 am

That is not true a lot of Hollywood actors and actresses have German ancestry German is very common ancestry in America.

andrew October 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

I’d say most of white Hollywood stars are of mixed European ethnicity, not just a single one.

andrew October 13, 2014 at 6:02 am

http://www.clicktop10.com/2013/05/top-10-highest-paid-hollywood-actors-in-2013/

just Adam Sandler has one ethnicity, the rest are “mixed”.

follers October 13, 2014 at 9:31 am

What about Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Smith?

andrew October 13, 2014 at 9:54 am

is Sasha Baron Cohen a “star”? I didnt count Smith who’s AA

follers October 13, 2014 at 10:00 am

Well, I was talking about that top 10 link.

ectag February 8, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Herr Follers is ze best Nazi race researcher I have ever seen! He reminds me of Heydrich and Himmler!

His obsessiin vith race and ethncity vould make ze Fhurer blush.

Vell done, herr Follers!

ethnic February 8, 2014 at 8:44 pm

not funny mate

ectag February 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm

I wasn’t trying to be funny; I was expressing my disgust with the fetishization of race that this site represents.

ethnic February 9, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Judging from some of your comments you have the same “fetish”.

andrew June 24, 2013 at 6:51 am

@theropod

are u obsessed?

GLXY June 4, 2013 at 8:58 am

He’s also part Welsh no ?

andrew April 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Tom Cruise admits:

“I’m Irish”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n8myrqS1G0

sadie March 25, 2012 at 2:29 am

Do you ever wonder why he never had children with first wife Mimi Rogers and second wife Nicole Kidman? Hmmm something to think about.

nnnnn September 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

He’s infertile. Kidman was pregnant with another man
during there marriage, it was a reason for divorce. Perhaps scientologie helped
him to have a child with Holmes, they make medicin
experiments. Or father is another man, who looks like
him

christian March 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

he looks very very german

cruise is also a name which is in common in germany

KRUSE , KRAUSE, are names from germany, which descended from poland

centuries ago polish people came to northwest germany in order to work in the coal mines

Phaak March 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm

He was handsome when he was younger XD.

Phaak March 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm

He is just white period.

Phaak March 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm

No she doesn’t idiot!

ha March 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm
I love you, Roger Scientist March 8, 2012 at 10:04 pm

She did.

Phaak March 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm

She didn’t look Asian at all….. -_-

rustman July 28, 2010 at 1:31 pm

another irish celeb connection. cool

Tony June 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm

To ethnic :

Tom Cruise’s real name should not be Mapother but should be O’Mara. His great-great-grandmother Mary Cruise married twice. Her first husband was Dillon Henry Mapother, by whom she had six children. After Dillon’s death, she remarried Thomas O’Mara who was of Irish stock. Their son also Thomas O’Mara, enumerated as such in the 1880 Census, was later known as “Thomas Cruise Mapother”. The reason(s) for him changing his name are not entirely clear. This was Tom Cruise’s great grandfather. Tom is not related to Dillon Mapother at all.

http://i.usatoday.net/life/books/tom_cruise_excerpt.pdf
http://www.wargs.com/other/mapother.html
http://hubpages.com/hub/tomcruise

ethnic June 7, 2010 at 6:25 am

Thanks Tony nice find.

ethnic May 4, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Id say Anglo American.

Q May 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm

what ethnicity is Katie Holmes?

lexi April 2, 2010 at 10:13 am

I saw him on Inside The Actors Studio again online. Someone actually traced his roots back even further to 1810. He said something about having an Irish ancestor then. Very interesting. Love Tom by the way too :)

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