Alexis Bledel

Bledel in 2011, photo by s_bukley /

Birth Name: Kimberly Alexis Bledel

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 16, 1981

Ethnicity: Danish, Scottish, English, Irish, Welsh, distant French, German, and Dutch

Alexis Bledel is an American actress and model. She is known for her role as Rory Gilmore on Gilmore Girls. She has also starred in the films Tuck Everlasting, Bride and Prejudice, Frank Miller’s Sin City, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and its sequel; I’m Reed Fish, The Good Guy, Post Grad, The Conspirator, The Kate Logan Affair, Girl Walks into a Bar, Violet & Daisy, The Brass Teapot, Parts per Billion, Emily & Tim, Jenny’s Wedding, and Crypto; and on television’s Mad Men, Remember Sunday, Us & Them, and The Handmaid’s Tale. One of Alexis’s paternal great-great-grandmothers was surnamed Gilmore.

Alexis’s father, Martin Bledel, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he was raised. Alexis’s paternal grandfather was Argentinian-born, and was of Danish, and distant German, ancestry; and Alexis’s paternal grandmother was American-born, and had Scottish, English, and Irish ancestry.

Alexis’s mother, Nanette (Dozier), a flight attendant and gift processor, was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and moved to Mexico at the age of eight. Alexis’s maternal grandfather was a rancher in Arizona, Mexico, and Costa Rica. According to interviews, Alexis’s mother considers herself to be Mexican; she is not of Hispanic descent. Alexis’s mother’s Dozier line traces to Leonard Dozier, who was born, c. 1643, in France. Alexis’s mother also has Welsh, English, Scottish, Irish, German, and Dutch ancestry. A picture of Alexis with her parents and brother can be seen here. A picture of Alexis with her mother can be seen here.

Alexis has a son with her former husband, actor Vincent Kartheiser. Alexis is fluent in Spanish, and has described herself as a Latina. She did not start speaking English until she began school.

Alexis’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, John Hall Morgan, was Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, from 1837 to 1838.

Alexis’s paternal grandfather was Enrique Einar Bledel Huus (the son of Einar Rudolf Dons-Blaedel Heise and Elena Maria Huus). Enrique was born in 1917, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and died in 2003. He was Vice President of Coca-Cola Latin America and the Coca-Cola Inter-American Corporation. The surname Bledel originates from Paulus Blaedel, Alexis’s distant ancestor, a German who moved to Denmark; making Alexis of at least 1/128th German ancestry, from that line. Alexis’s great-grandfather Einar was born in Denmark, the son of Poul Dons-Blaedel and Charlotte Christine Heise. Alexis’s great-grandmother Elena was born in Argentina, to Danish parents, Frits Johannes Raahauge Huus and Inger Marie Andersen.

Alexis’s paternal grandmother is Jean Campbell (the daughter of Norman Walter Campbell and Irene Slater). Jean was born in Troy, New York, and has English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Jean moved to Argentina after meeting Alexis’s paternal grandfather. Norman was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, the son of Robert Archibald Campbell and Evelyn Smith. Irene was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, the daughter of Warren H. Slater and Rebecca Richardson Gilmore; Rebecca’s maternal grandparents were Irish.

Alexis’s maternal grandfather was Lewis David Dozier III (the son of Lewis David Dozier, Jr. and Elizabeth Overton). Alexis’s grandfather Lewis was born in Missouri. Alexis’s great-grandfather Lewis was the son of Lewis David Dozier and Rebecca E. Lewis. Elizabeth was the daughter of John W. Overton and Mary Oliver “Mamie” Goodbar. Alexis’s great-grandmother Elizabeth re-married to Gussie Busch, the prominent brewing magnate who built the Anheuser-Busch Companies into the largest brewery in the world.

Alexis’s maternal grandmother was Mildred Caroline/Carlene Slater (the daughter of Frank D. Slater and Ina Mae Moseley). Mildred was born in New York. Frank was the son of Charles A. Slater and Mary Augusta Davenport. Ina was the daughter of William Aaron Mosley/Moseley and Edwinna Louise/Louisa Bloom/Blum.

Sources: Genealogy of Alexis Bledel (focusing on her father’s side) –

Obituary of Alexis’s paternal grandfather, Enrique Einar Bledel Huus –

Genealogy of the Bledel family, mentions Alexis’s father and paternal grandparents –

Alexis’s paternal great-grandmother, Irene Slater, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Alexis’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Rebecca Richardson Gilmore, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Marriage announcement of Alexis’s maternal grandparents, Lewis David Dozier III and Mildred Caroline/Carlene Slater –

Genealogy of Alexis’s maternal grandfather, Lewis David Dozier III (focusing on his father’s side) –

Alexis’s maternal grandfather, Lewis David Dozier III, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Lewis David Dozier III on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Alexis’s maternal grandfather, Lewis David Dozier III –

Genealogies of Alexis’s maternal great-grandparents, Lewis David Dozier, Jr. and Elizabeth Overton –

Alexis’s maternal grandmother, Mildred Caroline/Carlene Slater, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Alexis’s maternal great-grandparents, Frank D. Slater and Ina Mae Moseley –

Genealogy of Alexis’s maternal great-grandmother, Ina Mae (Moseley) Slater Head –

Alexis’s maternal great-grandmother, Ina Mae Moseley, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Alexis’s maternal great-great-grandparents, William Aaron Mosley/Moseley and Edwinna Louise/Louisa Bloom/Blum, on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

275 Responses

  1. laddmannen says:

    She looks like a less bitchy version of Emily Blunt

  2. jonasbttencourt says:

    I don’t think she is or virtue signaling by saying she considers herself a “latina”? It’s technically a linguistic term, i assume for most americans the word “latin” has a strong racial weight to it, as far as i know, it’s perceived as a type of brown people. Racial categorization is very messy in pretty much every new world country, for a number of different reasons, so this kind of confusion is common, in my view, she(and everyone else) is free to identify as whatever ethnicity she feels more connected with, since she speeks spanish and has very recent ancestors from a Latin American country, i don’t see why she can’t say she is a latina, but i think it would be wiser for her(in order to avoid too much controversy) to specifically say she is part latin-american, but that’s just me, it’s her life and her history.

  3. FLASHP01NT says:

    Very Danish, English, Scottish, Irish in presentation (forehead is very Danish and hair and skin are very Irish/Scottish).

    No idea where the ridiculous Hispanic/Latino meme came from. Total nonsense.

    • Akwaba says:

      She is latina like Anya Taylor-Joy

    • danishcookie7 says:

      Alexis Bledel is latina though. No one has denied that she isn’t Danish and Irish/Scottish. She just happens to come from a Hispanic heritage. Spanish was her first language, she didn’t learn English until she began school. Most importantly, Alexis has always identified with her latin American heritage. Who are you to disregard her heritage?

      • NOTREALLY says:

        what does latino/a even mean though, because as far as I’m concerned there’s never been a concensus, politically it would refer to someone born anywhere in latin America, racially you could say would be someone mixed, of European (mostly Iberian) and Ameridian heritage, whichever the amounts of each are, she falls in neither of these categories, it depends of however strong the cultural ties from his parents you deem to be.
        I personally don’t think a child born to an American couple AND RAISED in France, until his late 20’s, for instance, would be an American, therefore I don’t think anyone born outside of latin America is “latino”, even the ones who meet the “racial” criteria

        • Oaken05 says:

          LOL at how you just dismiss what 18% of Americans chose as their ethnicity in the Census last year. But, you know better than they, I guess.

          • NOTREALLY says:

            If 18% of Americans chose Pink Panda as their ethnicity it wouldn’t make it any more legitimate, altino is a cultural term as i makes no sense whatsoever from racial grounds, therefore if you’re not born in latin America you’re not a latino, cope harder, yoiu have arguments anyways

        • ashash says:

          I think the issue is that people think it is a race, so some are uncomfortable calling a white woman a Latina. It’s stupid, but it seems a lot of Americans genuinely think it is a race.

  4. bablah says:

    Her grandmother was possibly a daughter of Frank Slater and Ina Mae Moseley. Eleanor Dozier and Nanette Bledel are mentioned as ”heirs at law, next of kin, and persons interested in the estate of Ina M. Head, late of the Town of Lansing, in the County of Tompkins, New York, deceased.”

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