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: Irish, as well as English and Scottish

Anna Kendrick is an American actress and singer. Her roles include Camp, Rocket Science, Twilight, Up in the Air, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 50/50, The Company You Keep, End of Watch, ParaNorman, Pitch Perfect, The Last Five Years, Life After Beth, Into the Woods, The Accountant, The Hollars, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Table 19, A Simple Favor, Noelle, and Alice, Darling, among many other films, and musicals.

She is the daughter of Janice and William King Kendrick. Her brother, Michael Cooke Kendrick, has also acted.

Anna’s paternal grandfather was James Francis Kendrick (the son of James Henry Kendrick and Julia Lynch). Anna’s grandfather James was born in Maine. Anna’s great-grandfather James was the son of Irish parents, John Kendrick and Ellen Scannell/Scannel. Julia was born in Macroom, County Cork, Ireland, the daughter of Dennis/Denis Lynch and Ellen Dineen.

Anna’s paternal grandmother was Anna Margaret King (the daughter of Michael J. King and Delia Conley/Connolly). Anna’s grandmother Anna was born in Maine, to Irish parents.

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

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

Sources: Genealogy of Anna Kendrick –

Genealogy of Anna’s paternal grandfather, James Francis Kendrick –

Marriage record of Anna’s paternal great-grandparents, James Henry Kendrick and Julia Lynch –

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, Jeanette “Nettie”/Nellie McLea –


Curious about ethnicity

23 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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