Uma Thurman

by ethnic on January 9, 2008

Birth Name: Uma Karuna Thurman

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 29, 1970

*English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, German (father)
*German, Swedish, Danish (mother)

Uma Thurman is an American actress and model. She has starred in the films Pulp Fiction, Batman & Robin, Gattaca, and Kill Bill, among many others.

Uma’s father, Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman, was born in New York City, of English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, and German ancestry. Uma’s mother, Nena Birgitte Caroline (von Schlebrügge), a model, was born in Mexico City, Mexico, of five eighths German, one quarter Swedish, and one eighth Danish, ancestry.

Uma has two children, including actress Maya Hawke, with her former husband, actor Ethan Hawke; and a daughter with her former partner, French financier Arpad Busson.

Uma’s father is an author, academic, and professor of Tibetan Buddhism, at Columbia University, and was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk. He raised his children in a Buddhist environment, and Uma spent time in India and the Indo-Himalayan town of Almora as a child. Her first name, Uma, means, “splendor, light,” and is one of the epithets of Hindu female Goddess Parvati. Her middle name, Karuna, means “compassion” or “empathy.”

Uma’s paternal grandfather was Beverly Reid Thurman, Jr. (the son of Beverly Reid Thurman, Sr. and Huella Gibson Bedford). Uma’s grandfather Beverly was born in Tennessee. Uma’s great-grandfather Beverly was born in Tennessee, the son of John Royster Thurman and Jennie Reid. Huella was born in Texas, the daughter of Benjamin Watkins Bedford III and Grace Adam Gibson.

Uma’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Dean Farrar (the daughter of Preston Cooke Farrar and Edna Violet Patterson). Elizabeth was born in New York, to parents from Pennsylvania. Preston was the son of Samuel Clark Farrar and Marietta Cooke. Edna was the daughter of David Leslie Patterson and Dunie E. Dean.

Uma’s maternal grandfather was Friedrich Karl Johannes Baron von Schlebrügge (the son of Friedrich Karl Bernhard Felix Heinrich Franz von Schlebrügge and Nanny Schultz). Uma’s grandfather Friedrich was German, and was born in Oberglogau, Schlesien. Uma’s great-grandfather Friedrich was the son of Franz Joseph Friedrich von Schlebrügge and Karoline Adolfine Friederike von Detten.

Uma’s maternal grandmother was Brigit Olga Holmquist (the daughter of Albert Emil Fredrik Holmquist and Julie Tora Krüger/Krueger). Brigit was born in Trelleborg, Sweden. Albert was Swedish, the son of Johan Edvard Holmquist and Maria Nilsson. Julie was born in Sweden, to a German father, Carl Gustaf/Gustav Adolph Krüger, from Wolfenbüttel, Lower Saxony, and to a Danish mother, Caroline Marie Sörensen, from Copenhagen.

Sources: Genealogies of Uma Thurman –

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andrew December 26, 2016 at 4:34 pm
Adrian1Cram February 27, 2016 at 12:43 am
Freerk July 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Wolfenbüttel is not Prussia, but Lower Saxony …

spaceyaquarius August 7, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Oh my! She still looks great. Has not lost her looks at all. Thank you Germany and Sweden. She always seems to take those strong woman (man hating) roles in movies though. Thanks Hollywood.

ichbinich November 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I don’t know if she is in major part German but she doesn’t look German she is too light

nnnnn March 2, 2013 at 3:39 am

How is she in MAJOR part german?

nnnnn August 29, 2012 at 9:52 am

Killian and Ligon are not german names. Sadly, she
doesn’t look her beautiful mother, she looks her father

Sweetpea November 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Interesting her German ancestor has an surname which origin is Ireland.”Killian”

@nnnn her ancestor with the surname “Ligon” is the English one that follers mentioned.

nnnnn November 18, 2012 at 6:44 am

Plenty of people, who LIVE IN GERMANY named
Killian… or f.e. Ozturk. It doesn’t mean, it’s native
german name

nnnnn November 18, 2012 at 6:50 am

Google:” Killian is anglised form of irish name Cilian”
Let’s be correct

Sweetpea November 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

@ Follers
Yes of course i was not implying this ancestor was not German.
Just stating the surname was in fact an Irish one.
I would also think it was strange if an Irish person had a German surname ie Schröder or something.

While looking this up i found Killian is also commonly used in Ireland as boys first name.
I found this.

MEANING: cille means “”associated with the church.”” One St. Cillian left Ireland in about 650 AD with eleven companions and carried out his missionary work in the Rhine region of Germany where he became Bishop of Wurzburg after converting the local lord, Duke Gosbert of Wurzburg, to Christianity.

I have noticed people use surnames a lot one here as help to finding celebs origin.So it is useful sometimes but not in every case.

Sweetpea November 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

The city of Wurzburg still celebrates a festival of mystery plays each year, known as Killianfest.

Sweetpea November 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Eh eh follers
You totally misinterpreted my point where did i say that this ancestor was Irish?I just thought it was interesting and found out that an Irish St KiLLIAN went to GERMANY IN 650 AD.And that maybe that some Germans adopted this surname or something.Also that a festival is held in Germany called KILLIANFEST after this Irish priest.
I thought this was interesting information to go with the name.If you don’t well this is ok.

Alice June 28, 2013 at 9:29 am

@Sweetpea – Thanks for that information it is really interesting. A lot of Irish monks went all over Europe in the Middle Ages and started monasteries so don’t be surprised if you find Irish derived names in unusual places. Also a lot of Irish soldiers had to leave Ireland in the 16th and 17th centuries and went to fight in continental armies like France, Spain and the Netherlands. They were called the Wild Geese. A French President was Patrice de MacMahon whose ancestor was one of these Wild Geese.

Alice June 28, 2013 at 9:57 am

Also another famous person who was a descendent of one of these exiled Irishmen was Desiree Clary (original name Cleary) who was at one time a fiance of Napolean Bonaparte and later became Queen of Sweden.

Erik April 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Also to the comment about German women being prettier, lol no. 99% of Uma’s hottery has to come from the Swedish/Danish combo. I don’t know if you’ve been to Germany. Sure there are some hot girls, but not as high a proprotion as Scandinavia. Most German women have masculine faces and square jaws…..not really the ideal look for a standard beautiful woman.

nnnnn June 11, 2012 at 1:01 am

I was pretty sure, she’s JEWISH. ThurMAN is not typical
english name. And she looks like a double of Lisa Kudrow

nnnnn June 11, 2012 at 1:11 am

Actually, she’s only 1/8 german. It’s ridiculous to define her as
a “german woman”

nnnnn November 16, 2012 at 11:48 pm

One schould have at least one german parent to be
considered as “german”

ichbinich November 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm

To Erik
Lmao you were definitely never in Germany

nnnnn November 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Or he was, but german girls didn’t want to have him,
and he’s angry now?

ichbinich November 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm

That’s quite possible ; )

Mairnafey April 4, 2012 at 10:12 am

Her mother was born in Mexico, but they don’t metion it.

Erik April 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Being born in a country does not automaticaly make your ethnic origin from that country :/

Why the hell would Uma say she’s ethnicaly Mexican when she’s not? Lol

eMI February 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm


storm January 28, 2012 at 10:18 pm

who cares?

aps January 7, 2012 at 8:29 am

Thurman’s maternal grandmother’s father was Swedish and mother was of German and Danish descent.

jackie July 13, 2011 at 11:06 am

oh my God just look at the comments “german women are prettier” wtf!? men and women can be beautiful whatever their ancestry is, you don’t have to be specifically from Germany or wherever to be beautiful. I don’t think Uma Thurman is super gorgeous, but I do believe she is quite pretty, much prettier than a lot of other girls in Hollywood people claim to be “beautiful”.

Gigi September 19, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I agree

Ugly June 11, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Whatever she is, she is just plain ugly.

Amber Berg July 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I think Uma Thurman is one of the ugliest women I ever seen, I dont get it when everybody says she is beautiful

mi.mi January 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Lmao not at all . Shess sexxxi as helll!

nnnnn June 11, 2012 at 12:59 am

Yes, she’s ugly, but she had a beautiful body. Sadly, she’s
fat now

Myspace Celebrity April 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Her mom is from Mexico but I guess people don’t consider her to be a white Mexican.

Jo April 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm

She’s rather unattractive for a lady of German descent. Decent in some pics but not very attractive IMO, mainly in those awful Kill Bill movies.

WhiteOne May 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm

This is what I’ve always thought. It’s disappointing, she should be prettier. I think it’s mostly her nose.

Ugly June 11, 2011 at 5:17 pm

what do you mean by that? I’ve always heard German women were ugly and manly.

nnnnn May 12, 2012 at 3:57 am

Is she a “lady of german descent”? She is only 1/8 german

total23 June 20, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I Don’t Like Uma Thurman’s Nose! But She Is Still Pretty!

Natasha June 20, 2010 at 5:44 am

I thought she could be Portuguese,as her name means one in that language.

ethnic June 20, 2010 at 6:12 pm

I thought it was um. but anyway “One” would be a strange name dont you think?

Tribe March 30, 2010 at 8:48 am

Cool Chick

Anonymous February 6, 2010 at 9:53 am

Agreed. She does look swedish.

Sven February 6, 2010 at 9:38 am

She looks Swedish, and nice.

La Nena January 12, 2010 at 6:12 am

i had no idea she was from Boston!! Omg i live in Massachusetts!! GO MASSACHUSETTS!!!!!!!

ethnic January 7, 2010 at 11:43 am

youre right aps, thanks


aps January 6, 2010 at 5:11 pm
dude December 31, 2009 at 10:41 am

i knew she had some swedish.

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