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, more distant German, about 1/64th Swiss-French

Anna Kendrick is an American actress and singer. Her brother, Michael Cooke Kendrick, has also acted.

Anna’s paternal grandfather was Jack Kendrick (the son of Richard Nelson Kendrick and Harriet Buchannan/Buchman “Hattie” Willett/Willette). Jack was born in Alberta, Manitoba, Canada. Richard was born in New Dublin, Ontario, Canada, the son of Richard Kendrick, whose parents were Irish, from Antrim and Wexford, respectively, and of Hester/Esther McIntosh. Harriet was the daughter of Enos Griffith Willett, who was born in Ontario, to an English father, and of Mary Jane Forbes, whose parents were Scottish, her father from Aberdeen, Angus and her mother from Caithness Shire.

Anna’s paternal grandmother was Mabel Lavinia Chisholm (the daughter of Claude Byron Chisholm and Lillian/Lilian Maude/Maud Duffy). Mabel was born in Moncton, Westmorland, New Brunswick, Canada. Claude was the son of Margaret J. “Maggie” Chisholm. Lillian was the daughter of Manning Duffy and Lavinia Margaret Jonah, and had German, as well as Irish, English, and Swiss-French, ancestry.

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 “Nettie” McLea). Ruth was born in Massachusetts. Thomas was born in Bagdad, New Brunswick, Canada, 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: Genealogy of Anna’s father –

Genealogy of Anna’s paternal grandfather, Jack Kendrick –

Genealogy of Anna’s paternal great-grandfather, Claude Byron Chisholm (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Anna’s paternal great-grandmother, Lillian/Lilian Maude/Maud Duffy –

Genealogy 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 “Nettie” McLea –


Curious about ethnicity

15 Responses

  1. DarrellHansen says:

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

  2. Kimmel says:

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

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