Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin

Paquin in 2011, photo by DFree/

Birth Name: Anna Hélène Paquin

Place of Birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Date of Birth: July 24, 1982

*French-Canadian, German (father)
*Irish (mother)

Anna Paquin is a Canadian/New Zealand actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Piano (1993).

Anna was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and was raised in Wellington, New Zealand. She is the daughter of Mary (Brophy) and Brian Paquin. Her father is Canadian, and is of French-Canadian and German descent. The surname Paquin is French. Her mother is from New Zealand. Anna has stated that her mother’s family were all Irish immigrants.

Her brother is director Andrew Paquin. Anna is married to English actor Stephen Moyer, with whom she has two children.

Anna is the first millennial, and the first person born in the 1980s, to have been nominated for an Academy Award for acting, and is also the first person fitting either or both descriptions to win (with her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 1993).

Anna’s paternal grandfather was Albert Paquin (the son of Adélard Paquin and Marie/Maria Allaire). Albert was born in Saint Jude, Québec, and was French-Canadian. Adélard was the son of Paul Joseph Paquin and Marcelline Phaneuf. Marie was the daughter of Charles Allaire and Marie-Josephte Malboeuf/Malleboeuf dite Beausoleil.

Anna’s paternal grandmother was Agnes Tuckwell (born Agnes Janzen, the daughter of Johann J. “John” Janzen and Helena Unrau). Agnes is the daughter of ethnic German parents whose families had lived in Russia. Johann was the son of Johann Janzen, who was born in Mariapol, and of Anna J. Toews, who was born in Schoenfeld, Bergthal. Helena was the daughter of Albert Unrau/Unruh and Margaretha/Margareta Schellenberg, who was from Molotschna/Molochna, a Mennonite settlement in Russia, in what is now Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine.


Genealogies of Anna Paquin –

Anna’s paternal grandfather, Albert Paquin, on the 1911 Canada Census –

Anna’s paternal grandfather, Albert Paquin, on the 1926 Canada Prairie Provinces Census –

Obituary of Anna’s paternal grandmother, Agnes (Janzen) Paquin Tuckwell –

Genealogies of Anna’s paternal great-grandparents, Johann J. “John” Janzen and Helena Unrau –

Obituary of Anna’s paternal great-grandfather, Johann J. “John” Janzen –


Curious about ethnicity

26 Responses

  1. J.J. says:

    correction; her eyes are hazel (light brown) and her hair is dark brown (brunette) I think it should be listed

  2. ethnic says:

    according to wiki Jansen is one of the most popular names in Holland. the near homonyms “Jensen” and “Jansson” are its Danish, Norwegian and Swedish counterparts.

  3. lilly says:

    Brophy does indicate Irish ancestry as Paul said. She also has to have English ancestry almost all New Zealanders do. Her mother is of Irish and English ancestry. Her father is of French Canadian heritage.

  4. rafael says:

    i always thought she was from new zealand

  5. Paul. says:

    Her mother’s surname is Brophy so that may indicate Irish ancestry.

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