Brandon Routh

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Routh in 2008, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Brandon James Routh

Place of Birth: Norwalk, Iowa, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 9, 1979

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German, smaller amounts of Welsh, Irish, and Dutch

Brandon Routh is an American actor and model. He played Clark Kent/Superman in the 2006 film Superman Returns.

He is the son of Catherine and Ronald Routh. Brandon is of English, Scottish, German, and smaller amounts of Welsh, Irish, and Dutch, ancestry. He has also stated:

I’m Chickapoo [Kickapoo, a Native American tribe], watered down quite a bit, on my father’s side.

It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been documented/verified. All of Brandon’s paternal grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents are listed as “White” on United States Censuses.

Brandon is married to actress Courtney Ford, with whom he has a son.

Brandon’s patrilineal line can be traced to Lawrence Routh, who was born, c. 1660, in Yorkshire, England, and to Lawrence’s wife, Anne Metcalfe, who was born, c. 1665, also in Yorkshire.

Brandon’s paternal grandfather was Amor Ellis Routh (the son of Pearl V. Routh and Ruth Estelle Congar/Conger). Amor was born in Iowa. Pearl was the son of Joshua S. Routh and Emma Lydia/Lula Etta Neely/Neeley. Ruth was the daughter of Revillo/Reville/Reinllo Spencer Congar/Conger and Emma Sarah Whitaker.

Brandon’s paternal grandmother was Velma Mae/May Junkin (the daughter of Joy McQuie Junkin and Ada Lowdema “Addie” Morgan). Velma was born in Iowa. Joy was the son of George Thompson Junkin and Mary McQuie; Mary’s parents, Peter McQuie and Isabella McCullough/McCulloch, were Scottish, with Peter being from Kirkcudbrightshire. Brandon’s great-grandmother Ada was the daughter of Alexander L. Morgan, whose paternal grandparents were Welsh, and of Viola Jane/June Clearwater.

Brandon’s maternal grandfather was John Junior Lear (the son of John Lear and Madge Luvena/Lavinia Phipps). Brandon’s grandfather John was born in Iowa. Brandon’s great-grandfather John was the son of Peter Lear, a German emigrant, from Baden-Württemberg, and of Elizabeth A. “Lizzie” Henderson, whose parents were from Ireland. Madge was the daughter of Charles Rush Phipps and Alice May Campbell.

Brandon’s maternal grandmother was Viola Lorraine Brown (the daughter of Leigh Alfred/B. Brown and Edith Bell Brandon). Viola was born in Iowa. Leigh’s father, Daniel Ephraim Brown, was the son of George Christian Braun/Brown and Anna Catherine Wilhelmina Jenss, who were German. Leigh’s mother, Brandon’s great-great-grandmother, was Viola Adelpha/Adelphia Ballou. Her Ballou line originates with an English emigrant, William Ballou, from Devonshire. Brandon’s great-grandmother Edith was the daughter of William Martin Brandon and Elizabeth Caroline Van Winkle; Brandon’s great-great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of Oliver Perry Van Winkle and Irene Cox.

One of Brandon’s direct matrilineal ancestors is a woman named Hannah Brewster, who was born, c. 1688, in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, to Wrestling Brewster and Mary Holland. Hannah’s paternal great-grandfather was William Brewster (c. 1566-1644), a Mayflower passenger and noted Pilgrim. Among many of William’s other descendants are actors Jordana Brewster, Paget Brewster, Chevy Chase, Taylor Lautner, and Seth MacFarlane, actor and model Noah Mills, soccer player Clint Dempsey, Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, U.S. Vice Presidents Hannibal Hamlin and Nelson Rockefeller, and Governor of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller.

Sources: Genealogy of Brandon Routh –

Genealogy of Brandon Routh (focusing on his father’s side) –

Brandon’s paternal grandfather, Amor Ellis Routh, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Brandon’s paternal great-grandparents, Pearl V. Routh and Ruth Estelle Congar/Conger –

Brandon’s paternal great-grandfather, Pearl V. Routh, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Pearl V. Routh on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Brandon’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Revillo/Reville/Reinllo Spencer Congar/Conger and Emma Sarah Whitaker, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Brandon’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Obituary of Brandon’s paternal grandmother, Velma Mae/May (Junkin) Routh –

Brandon’s paternal great-grandfather, Joy McQuie Junkin, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Joy McQuie Junkin on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Brandon’s paternal great-grandmother, Ada Lowdema “Addie” Morgan, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Ada Lowdema “Addie” Morgan on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Brandon Routh (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Brandon’s maternal grandfather, John Junior Lear, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Brandon’s maternal grandmother, Viola Lorraine Brown, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Brandon’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Caroline Van Winkle (focusing on her mother’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

44 Responses

  1. J.J. says:

    he looks italian or iberian, hands down

    • follers says:

      What famous Italians and Iberians does he remind you of?

      He looks like Anne Hathaway and Jonathan Bennett.

      • J.J. says:

        i don’t think he looks like either of those two actors, nor does he look like any of the ethnicities listed above

        • follers says:

          You keep writing “ethnicities listed above”, “ethnicities listed here”, etc. to imply whoever you’re talking about is really some other unknown ethnic group, despite their lineage being extremely well documented (i.e. Routh and Jennifer Lawrence). Genius.

          • J.J. says:

            I’m stating my opinion of what i think they look via educated guess, i doubt it’s possible to know every single bit of a person’s ancestry and there is such thing as recessive genes. I’m not however saying their ethnicities are listed wrong, I’m just saying whether or not I think the celebrity looks it

          • follers says:

            I don’t get the recessive genes part. Typically, whoever you’re talking about looks like their parents. Also, recessive genes are usually blue eyes and other light features (and have to be carried by both parents to appear).

    • Check7t says:

      Agreed, but dissent with “nor does he look like any of the ethnicities listed above” as he could pass for British Isles Med.

  2. celebfan says:

    There is no mention of his mother’s family tree. Her maiden name is Lear, which is German. Brandon Routh looks like he has French-Canadian ancestry, as well.

  3. McFarland20 says:

    Who ever said Europeans cant look “exotic”, whatever you you think that means.

  4. ashash says:

    He is exotic-looking like Brenton Thwaites.

  5. roman2886 says:

    His ancestry is originally English Scottish French German and Native American he has no Welsh ancestry most Americans have English Irish Scottish and German ancestry not many Americans have Welsh ancestry not even a drop i can’t believe some Americans not have a drop of Irish ancestry.

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