Dakota Fanning

Fanning in 2010, photo by Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Hannah Dakota Fanning

Place of Birth: Conyers, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 23, 1994

Ethnicity: German, English, as well as Irish, French, Channel Islander [Jersey, Guernsey], remote Scottish and Welsh

Dakota Fanning is an American actress and model. Her roles include Man on Fire, Dreamer, War of the Worlds, and Coraline.

She is the older sister of actress Elle Fanning (Mary Elle Fanning). Dakota is the daughter of Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven J. Fanning. Her father played minor league baseball and her mother played tennis professionally. Dakota’s father is of approximately one half German and one quarter Irish descent, with his other ancestry being English, French, and Channel Islander [Jersey and Guernsey]. Dakota’s mother’s family has lived in the United States for many generations, and Dakota’s mother is of mainly English, and remote Scottish and Welsh, ancestry.

Her aunt (mother’s sister) is ESPN reporter Jill Arrington. On her mother’s side, she is descended from Joseph Martin, a brigadier general in the Virginia militia during the American Revolutionary War.

Dakota’s paternal grandfather was William Edward “Bill” Fanning (the son of George Joseph Fanning and Dorcas Florence Godden). William was born in New York, New York. George was born in New York, to Irish parents, Edward William Fanning and Catherine/Catharine Connelly, who was from Donegal. Dorcas was born in the Bronx, New York, the daughter of George Henry Godden, who was born in St. Helier, on the island of Jersey, U.K. Channel Islands, and of Dorcas Caroline Thoumine, who was born in Saint Peter Port, on the island of Guernsey, Channel Islands. Dakota’s great-grandmother Dorcas also had English and French ancestry.

Dakota’s paternal grandmother was Katharina Kramb (the daughter of Jakob/Jacob Kramb/Kraab and Marie Bauer). Katharine was German, born in Ludwigshaven, Germany, c. 1937. She moved to the United States in the 1950s or in the 1960s.

Dakota’s maternal grandfather was Richard Cameron “Rick” Arrington (the son of Richard Adler Arrington, Jr. and Hazel Cameron). Dakota’s grandfather Richard was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and was an NFL quarterback, for the Philadelphia Eagles. Dakota’s great-grandfather Richard was the son of Richard Adler Arrington and Nell/Nellie L. Covington. Hazel was the daughter of McBryde/McBride Cameron and Pearlie Thomas.

Dakota’s maternal grandmother is Mary Jane Odum (the daughter of William Henry Odum, Jr. and Ellouise Virginia Luke). William was sheriff of Newton County, Georgia. He was the son of William Henry Odum and Mamie Olive Ozburn. Ellouise was the daughter of Silas Auley Luke and Myrtle Jone/Jane Swindle.

Sources: Genealogy of Dakota Fanning – https://www.geni.com

Genealogies of Dakota Fanning – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Dakota’s maternal great-grandmother, Hazel (Cameron) Arrington – http://www.findagrave.com

Ancestry.com article about Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning’s distant ancestry – http://blogs.ancestry.com


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31 Responses

  1. Harriet says:

    I’ve noticed a mistake with regards to Dakota’s’s ancestry from Guernsey.
    As having Guernsey ancestry also, I know that Guernsey isn’t part of the UK (like it is said above). It should be listed here as Dakota having ‘Channel Islander’ ancestry included amongst the rest of her background.
    It would be great if it was changed.

    Thank you for reading!


  2. storm says:

    she was hot on the cosmopolitan cover, but no Russian or Jewish or southern European or Cajun or at least some native American? That’s so boring for a white person

    I bet she is 2.3% black since science says 60% or more of white Americans have an estimate of 2.3% black blood

    She’s probably another Heather Locklear

  3. Haley says:

    She is so goregous!

  4. Trese says:

    There is no shame in being whatever race you are, and being white doesn’t necesarily mean you’re a bad person or that you’re boring. It doesn’t even necesarily mean your a racist. Thats a stereotype in itself. Its rude to suggest someone is boring or ‘plain old white’ which is offensive anyway you look at it-and if you feel big and powerful for singling someone out on thier nationality, in doing so, it makes you no different than a racist, wether or not you declare yourself one.

    Dakota Fanning is a talented young woman who is proud of her heritage, and should be, just like anyone else that inhabits this unique earth and all its people with different looks and ways.

    Just for the record; you can be whatever race you are and embrace yourself for being any nationality that is in your blood because it is part of you. You can be mixed and embrace every single part of whichever shares your blood. Whats wrong with that?

    Enough with the negativity and move on with your life. Embrace this life and enjoy all its uniqueness.

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