Cindy Crawford

2012 International Press Academy of Beverly Hills' Satellite Awards

Crawford in 2012, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Cynthia Ann Crawford

Place of Birth: DeKalb, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 20, 1966

Ethnicity: English, one eighth Danish, as well as Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, German, distant Irish and Welsh, remote French and Jersey Channel Islander

Cindy Crawford is an American supermodel and actress. She is the daughter of Jennifer Sue (née Walker; re-marriage surname Moluf) and Daniel Kenneth Crawford. Cindy is married to businessperson and model Rande Gerber, who is Jewish; their children are Presley Gerber and Kaia Gerber, both of whom have also modeled.

Cindy has English, one eighth Danish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, German, distant Irish and Welsh, and remote French and Jersey Channel Islander, ancestry. Some of her family lines have lived in the United States since the 1600s.

Cindy, along with her then-husband, actor Richard Gere, were selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Couple Alive” in 1993 (instead of the annual “Sexiest Man Alive”).

Cindy’s paternal grandfather was Kenneth Leroy Crawford (the son of David Paul Crawford and Amelia Christine/Christina Marie Hansen/Hanson). Kenneth was born in Wisconsin. David was in Ballymoney, co. Arntrim, Ulster, Ireland, the son of James Paul Crawford and Isabella McCaughey. Amelia was born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Danish parents, Ebbe Hansen and Agathe Marie/Mary Christine Christenvisen/Christensen.

Cindy’s paternal grandmother was Ramona Eileen Hemingway (the daughter of Frank Randall Hemingway and Hazel Mae Brown). Ramona was born in Minnesota. Frank was the son of Louis Randall Hemingway and Carrie Mae/May Salisbury. Hazel was the daughter of Thomas William Brown and Mary Jane Marsh.

Cindy’s maternal grandfather was James Richard Walker (the son of James Dudley Walker and Leola Margaret Wheeler). Cindy’s grandfather James was born in Tennessee. Cindy’s great-grandfather James was the son of William Samuel Grundy Walker and Mary Williams Sneed. Leola was the daughter of Samuel Simeon Wheeler and Rachel/Rachael Jane “Jennie” Carman.

Cindy’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy May/Mae Montgomery (the daughter of Almon Montgomery and Ada Belle Kallembach). Dorothy was born in Illinois. Almon was the son of Thomas Jefferson Montgomery and Rachel Ann Le Master/LeMaster/Lemasters. Ada was the daughter of Frederick/Fred J. Kallembach and Sarah/Sally/Sallie C. Pardon.

Sources: Twitter comment about her ancestry –

Genealogies of Cindy Crawford –

Genealogies of Cindy’s paternal grandparents, Kenneth Leroy Crawford and Ramona Eileen Hemingway –

Genealogy of Cindy Crawford (focusing on her mother’s side) –


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52 Responses

  1. luckystar says:

    She looks like Tülin Şahin who is from Denmark. Nothing exotic in her, god bless white beauty.

  2. phaedra says:

    She probably makes herself look darker than what she is so she’d appear “exotic”. Yes, that look she has isn’t typically English. She looks Jewish, Turkish or Italian.

    What another poster said is true. Because she is of Anglo-Celtic descent people would call her “exotic”. If she were Spanish or Middle Eastern, they’d be calling her a “woman of colour” in an instant.

  3. ectag says:

    I think a lot of the people drawn to sites like this are the sort who are obsessed with ethnicity. Such people tend to be extremely naive about phenotype and can’t imagine how someone can be completely Northwestern Eutopean yet have dark hair and eyes and an ‘olive’ complexion.

    It’s really stupid. They think anyone who doesn’t look stereotypically Germanic MUST be part Arab or some such.

    It’s really ignorant and really weird.

    Cindy is just an example of an Celtic/Anglo-Saxon who has a phenotype more typically found in Southern Europe. Now if they were to speculate she were perhaps part Italian or Greek it might be not altogether unreasonable (though she is definitely all Northwestern Euro). But people on here immediately leap to wacko assumptions like “she must be Native-American (free clue: Native-Americans look nothing – NOTHING – like southern Europeans or even Middle Easterners for that matter).

    The crazy part is, the only sense someone like Crawford looks Middle Eastern is if it’s one of those Middle Eastern types who look European (as many Levant types do).

    • Duke says:

      Your post is extremely verbose and contains a superfluous amount of textual. Over-examination that you’re partaking is quite laughable.

      Cindy Crawford’s phenotype is Atlantid + Alpine a typical English & Southern German look. She doesn’t look Southern European to me (distinctly) that would be someone like Catherine Zeta Jones.

  4. Capricious says:

    “George Clooney effect”

    Haha good one. I like that. I hope that term becomes popular since everyone is saying these things.

    • ectag says:

      I think it’s more an effect of the medias preoccupation with race and ethnicity and in particular the tendency in recent years for white Latins to be called “people of color!”

      40 years ago only a lunatic or ignoramus would think someone who looked like Cindy Crawford or George Clooney looked “exotic”. Its crazy. But when we’re conditioned to view people like Penelope Cruz or Andy Garcia or Antonio Banderas as “people of color!” they start to think an Irishman with dark eyes or a mostly Anglo woman with dark eyes and hair looks “exotic!” and MUST be part Lebanese or Cherokee, lol.

      People are getting soooo dumb.

      • PB1897 says:

        Looking around this site it seems like a lot of people (mostly Americans) don’t really understand how phenotypically diverse white people are. I facepalm everytime I see someone being called ‘exotic’ for having dark hair/eyes, or that someone looks ‘part this, part that’ – it’s absurd. I think these people need to visit Europe.

  5. cwm85 says:

    I have never thought as I looked at Cindy Crawford that she was anything but a Caucasian, European etc… I think people who want badly for someone to be mix are just desperate to claim someone. Cindy is all Caucasian, sorry. She would blend in in untied Kingdom, France, Denmark… etc.

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