Anna Kendrick

Kendrick in 2010, photo by DFree /

Birth Name: Anna Cooke Kendrick

Place of Birth: Portland, Maine, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 9, 1985

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Irish

Anna Kendrick is an American actress and singer. She is the daughter of Janice and William King Kendrick. Her brother, Michael Cooke Kendrick, has also acted.

Anna’s maternal grandfather was Ronald Allison Cooke (the son of Harry Locke Cooke and Mary Emma McCoy). Ronald was born in Massachusetts. Harry was born in Lockeport, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada, the son of Guyon Cooke and Martha McDonald/Locke. Emma was born in Massachusetts, to a father from Northern Ireland, John McCoy, and a mother from England, Elizabeth A. Lawthers.

Anna’s maternal grandmother was Ruth Edna Small (the daughter of Thomas Raymond/Roy/Ray Small and Janet/Jeanette “Nettie” McLea). Ruth was born in Massachusetts. Thomas was born in Youngs Cove, Queens, New Brunswick, the son of James Edwin Small and Isabel/Isabella Caroline Gamblin, whose own mother was born in Ireland. Janet was born in New Jersey, the daughter of James Brown McLea and Margaret Turner, who were both emigrants from Glasgow, Scotland.

Sources: Genealogies of Anna Kendrick (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Anna’s maternal grandfather, Ronald Allison Cooke, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Anna’s maternal great-grandparents, Harry Locke Cooke and Mary Emma McCoy –

Genealogy of Anna’s maternal grandmother, Ruth Edna Small (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Anna’s maternal grandmother, Ruth Edna Small, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Anna’s maternal grandmother, Ruth Edna (Small) Cooke –

Genealogy of Anna’s maternal great-grandmother, Janet/Jeanette “Nettie” McLea –


Curious about ethnicity

20 Responses

  1. SClife says:

    So many hate comments! She’s beautiful and also very talented. Love her

  2. jackson9 says:

    Anna’s father is mainly Irish with distant French-Canadian ancestry. William King Kendrick was the son of Jack Kendrick (1917-1978) and Mabel Lavinia Chisholm (1915). Jack was the son of Richard Nelson Kendrick and Harriet Willet. Mabel was the daughter of Claude Bryon Chisholm (1888) and Lillian Maude Duffy (1885). Both Claude and Lillian were Canadian. Lillian was the daughter of Manning Duffy (1854-1913) and Lavinia Margaret Jonah (1855-1927). The Jonah lineage leads back to surname Jeaunne which is of French origin. I have some more details on Anna Kendrick’s father when this can be confirmed.

  3. tnmbrown says:

    I’ve seen some listings for Jack Kendrick as the grandfather but I strongly disagree with that. For one, Anna’s father William’s middle name was King and he must have gotten his middle name from his mother who happens to be Anna King spouse of James Francis Kendrick. I believe Anna Kendrick was named after her. Also, William Kendrick went to high school on Long Island which is where Anna King Kendrick passed away in 1972. See Williiam’s facebook which confirms his high school was Wellington C. Mepham in Bellmore, NY.

  4. DarrellHansen says:

    I think I read somewhere that she has distant Native American ancestry, though it was from a long time ago.

  5. Kimmel says:

    Surprised. Thought she was an ethnic Jew through and through.

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