Tom Hanks

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Birth Name: Thomas Jeffrey Hanks

Place of Birth: Concord, Contra Costa, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 9, 1956

*English, some Cornish, more distant German (father)
*Portuguese (mother)

Tom Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. He has twice won the Academy Award for Best Actor, for Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994).

Tom is the son of Janet Marylyn (Frager) and Amos Mefford Hanks. Tom is married to actress Rita Wilson, with whom he has two children. He also has two children, including actor Colin Hanks, with his former wife, late actress Samantha Lewes (born Susan Jane Dillingham). His siblings are Sandra Hanks Benoiton, a writer, Larry Hanks, an entomology professor, and Jim Hanks, an actor and filmmaker. Tom is a convert to the Greek Orthodox church.

Tom’s father was of mostly English, some Cornish, and more distant German, ancestry. Tom’s mother was of entirely Portuguese ancestry, from the Azores Islands. A picture of Tom’s father can be seen here. A picture of Tom’s mother can be seen here.

Tom is a third cousin, four times removed, of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, and a seventh cousin, once removed, of actor George Clooney. Tom’s paternal six times great-grandparents, John Hanks and Catherine, were also the maternal great-great-grandparents of President Lincoln and the maternal seven times great-grandparents of George Clooney.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was Ernest Buel/Beauel Hanks (the son of Daniel Boone Hanks and Mary Catherine Mefford). Ernest was born in California. Ernest’s family has lived in the United States for many generations; most of Ernest’s anestry was English, with more distant German roots, from Ernest’s great-great-great-grandparents, Johannes Meffert and Catherine Barbara Lutz. Daniel was the son of Thomas Hanks and Rachel J. Rayburn Cull. Tom’s great-grandmother Mary Catherine was the daughter of Jacob M. Mefford and Sarah F. Critchlow.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Gladys Hilda Ball (the daughter of Amos Ball and Selina Scoble). Gladys was born in Iowa. Amos and Selina were English immigrants. Amos was from Cornwall, the son of Isaac Ball and Mary Clinnick. Selina was from Devon, the daughter of John Dench/Dinch Scoble and Mary Pinkham.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was Clarence Peter Frager (the son of William G. Frager and Frances/Mary Enos). Clarence was born in California. William’s name was originally Manuel Gonsalves Fraga. William’s parents, Francisco “Frank” Gonçalves Fraga and Barbara N. Silveria, were Portuguese immigrants, from West Isle. Tom’s great-grandmother Frances was born in California, to Portuguese parents, Sergio Soares Enos and Maria Perpetua. Her family’s surname was originally “Ignacio”.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Elexio Norrine Rose (born under the surname Rosa, the daughter of Emmanuel Rose and Josephine Leonora “Nora” E. A. Borge). Elexio was born in California. Emmanuel was a Portuguese immigrant; his original name was Manuel Rosa. Josephine was born in California, to Portuguese parents.

Sources: Genealogies of Tom Hanks –

Pictures and genealogy of Tom’s recent ancestors –

Discussion of Tom’s Portuguese ancestors –

Tom’s maternal grandmother, Elexio Norrine Rose (“Elexis N Rosa”), on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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Curious about ethnicity

67 Responses

  1. lopac says:

    notice that they say anglo american and portuguese. “anglo american and portuguese”. meaning that portuguese is not anglo.
    in other words not white. european yes. but not white.

    • I love you, Roger Scientist says:

      Anglo does not mean white. Anglo-American means an American who is of English descent. So in other words, anyone who is not of English descent is not white. That is what you are saying, Lopac. So you are not white either, if you do not consider anyone who is not Anglo as white. You just shot yourself in the foot there, but I expect nothing from an uneducated man such as yourself.

      When are you going to stop stalking the pages of Southern Europeans?

      • I love you, Roger Scientist says:

        Yes. That is what he is saying because he is an idiot.

        • ahmed says:

          anglo means of english descent smartass

          • I love you, Roger Scientist says:

            Why are you yelling at me? Lopac said it. He and the people who thumbed him up believe that no one, except the English, is white. So we can pretty much discount almost everyone in Hollywood from being white since the majority of them are part Irish, Jewish, Italian, and such.

    • Alice says:

      But they don’t refer to Irish descendants as Anglo-American either because they are Celtic. Are you saying we are not white either?

    • I love you, Roger Scientist says:

      So, in other words, you think anyone who is not of English descent is not white, Lopac? And so do the people who gave you a high rating? I guess white people really do not exist since the English is such a small minority.

    • mind your own business says:

      Lpoac what are you smoking.Anglo just means someone of English ancestry.Polish German Swedish etc are not called Anglo that does not mean they are not white,Portuguese are not part of Anglo language..It is a name the English ;Anglos; must of started using for themselves when they went to the Americas.

  2. Troll says:

    Portugal is the european country With the greater genetic similarity with the Scots and Irish and you say that the Portuguese are not white? Portuguese-american Meredith Vieira is what? Lindsey Fonseca, James Franco,Piper Perabo,John Phillip Sousa,Katy Perry,Peter Francisco, (1760–1831), American Revolution patriot,Gen. Francis Barretto Spinola, (1821–1891), General of the Union Army during the American Civil War,Kevin Correia …

  3. storm says:

    He is mulatto.

  4. JavielAlvarez says:

    Is it possible that Tom Hanks is Mulatto meaning half white & African American? I’m a little puzzled!

  5. ana says:

    He is also part african american i read an article about and look at his hair he has an afro.Many white americans are ashame of their black ancestry because of america history

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