Chris Evans

Evans in 2011, s_bukley /

Birth Name: Christopher Robert Evans

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 13, 1981

*25% German
*25% Irish
*25% Italian
*25% mix of Welsh, English, and Scottish

Chris Evans is an American actor and director/filmmaker. Often recognized for appearing in films adapted from comic books, he is perhaps best known for his roles in the film Not Another Teen Movie (2001), as the Human Torch in two Fantastic Four films, and for portraying Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

He is the son of Lisa (Capuano) and George Robert “Bob” Evans III. His uncle (mother’s brother) is politician Mike Capuano (D), who was Mayor of Somerville, from 1990 to 1999, and a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts, from 1999 to 2019. Chris’s brother, Scott Evans, is also an actor.

Chris’s paternal grandfather was of Welsh, English, and Scottish descent, while Chris’s paternal grandmother was of German ancestry. Chris’s mother is of half Italian and half Irish descent.

Chris’s paternal grandfather is George Robert Evans, Jr. (the son of George Robert Evans and Maude/Maud Ellen Davis, born Maude/Maud Ellen Cryer). Chris’s grandfather George was born in Texas, and is a prominent graphic arts executive. Chris’s great-grandfather George was the son of Mathew James Evans, who was Welsh, and of Mary Anne “Annie” Morlee, who was born in Illinois, to English parents; Matthew’s own father was named John M. Evans. Chris’s great-grandmother Maude was the daughter of Thomas Leo Cryer and Lola Ellen McCollom; she later took on the surname of her stepfather, John Mitchell Davis.

Chris’s paternal grandmother was Alma Emma Behling (the daughter of John Frank Behling and Ruth Annette Marold). Alma was born in Pennsylvania. John was the son of German parents, Johann Dietrich/Detrich Behling, from Bremen, and Johanna Marschhausen/Marchhausen. Ruth was the daughter of John Charles Marold and Emma Louise Schneider, who were both also of German descent, with at least partial roots in Baden-Württemberg.

Chris’s maternal grandfather was Andrew Capuano (the son of Michele “Michael” Capuano and Sabina Solimina/Solimene/Solimele/Solimine). Andrew was born in Massachusetts, to parents who were born in Atripalda, Province of Avellino, Campania, Italy. Michele was the son of Ignato Capuano. Sabina was the daughter of Sabbato/Sabato/Sabatiello Solimene/Solimele/Solimine and Luigia/Louise Rullo.

Chris’s maternal grandmother was Rita Marie Garvey (the daughter of Earl Everett Garvey and Grace Agnes Shaughnessy). Rita was born in Massachusetts. Earl was the son of Thomas F. Garvey, whose parents were Irish, and of Mary Coggin/Coggins, who was Irish, with family from County Sligo. Grace was the daughter of Irish-born parents, Martin Shaughnessy and Margaret “Maggie” Burke.

Chris’s matrilineal line can be traced back to Honora Morgan, who was born in Ireland.

Sources: Family histories of Chris Evans –

Genealogies of Chris Evans –

Chris’s paternal great-grandfather, George Robert Evans, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
George Robert Evans on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Chris’s paternal great-grandfather, George Robert Evans –

Genealogy of Chris’s paternal great-grandmother, Maude/Maud Ellen Cryer/Davis (focusing on her stepfather, John Mitchell Davis) –

Chris’s paternal great-grandmother, Maude/Maud Ellen Cryer/Davis, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary and genealogy of Chris’s paternal grandmother, Alma Emma (Behling) Evans –

Genealogy of Chris’s mother (through her brother) –

Chris’s maternal grandfather, Andrew Capuano, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

69 Responses

  1. danishcookie7 says:

    @Lee @italiano90 @Andrew I’m guessing you guys are American.

    Can someone explain to me why do Italians get so defensive when people say another person doesn’t look “italian” because of the blonde hair and colored eyes? I’m not sure if this is an American thing but in Europe I’ve never seen such a hostile response from any other european group. The Greeks don’t care because they know there are blonde greek people. Same with the Spaniards. Italians for whatever strange reason always make it known there are blonde italians. I don’t think anybody has ever denied that blonde italians except I mean Italy is in Europe for christ sake. It just looks really silly to see all of you argue whether Chris Evans looks Italian or not. I’ve seen a lot of blue eyed italians but they have a different shape than Chris Evans. Most of them have a deep set eye shape.

    • passingtime85 says:

      I’ve seen lots of Italians with eyes like comedian Jerry Colonna, so I’m not sure if just stamping deep set eyes as a common trait for the whole population as appropriate.

    • andrew says:


      About me, I live in Italy. Well Italians are by far the most trolled nationality in the Internet. According to these keyboard warriors Italians are basically more Middle Eastern even than people from Middle East, who are whiter than the Arab bunch Italians are.

      The subtle trolling against Italians never stops, so even a very decent user as Passingtime has stated below that he has seen “a lot” (really?) of Italians resembling this comedian named Colonna I’ve never heard before (also I’ve never seen an Italian who look like him in my life). More like this other Colonna:

      So there has to be a virus around, I really dunno.

      • passingtime85 says:

        Okay sorry for referencing someone most people aren’t familiar with. I just did it because he was old school with a smaller chance of admixture. He just reminded me of many children I went to school with that claimed Italian heritage. I never vetted their claims however and perhaps I know not of what I speak.

        • andrew says:

          The comedian Jerry Colonna had unique facial features he enfatized with his mimicry, and that played a huge part in his success of course. You could have picked another example.

          Interestingly he had ancestors in Muro Lucano which despite being a such small town has several personalities involved (at least 4 in this site, most notably Anne Bancroft).

          • passingtime85 says:

            I guess I should have referenced Bancroft herself, not what I’d call a person with deep set eyes.

            I could have mentioned Pat Cooper, or Frank Vincent, or Tony Bennett. I wanted to mention Joe Lo Truglio or Steve Buscemi, but they’re only half Italian.

            I thought of Colonna because I associate him with the song Who’s Yehudi.

      • Thenabster says:

        Is that true?

    • Oaken05 says:

      I love your little tantrum where you get on everyone else for allegedly assuming things, and then you make your own assumptions about the posters you mentioned at literally the beginning of this rant. And the funny thing is that you were wrong to assume.

      • passingtime85 says:

        I didn’t think of danishcookie7’s post as a tantrum, more of a question really. Yeah he made assumptions especially on this website about the people profiled and the posters, we all do, some are are wrong, some are correct and based off of context clues, and some are still incorrect based off those clues.

        The only thing I didn’t like was the stat of 51% or more of Italians having deep set eyes. Too big of a number to be feasible.

  2. Mixed Kidd says:

    He looks Polish or Lithuanian more than his other heritages

  3. SClife says:

    quarter Germany
    quarter Ireland
    quarter Italy
    quarter United Kingdom

  4. italiano90 says:

    Looks like the typical irish american suburban frat boy.

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