Gavin Newsom

Gavin Newsom – 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards – Arrivals – Santa Monica Beach – Santa Monica, CA, USA -Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Gavin Christopher Newsom

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 10, 1967

Ethnicity: Irish, English, Scottish

Gavin Newsom is an American politician and businessperson. A member of the Democratic Party, he has been Governor of California, since January 7, 2019. He was previously a Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, from January 8, 1997 to January 8, 2004, Mayor of San Francisco, from January 8, 2004 to January 10, 2011, and Lieutenant Governor of California, from January 10, 2011 to January 7, 2019.

Gavin is the son of Tessa Thomas (Menzies) and William Alfred Newsom, a state appeals court judge and administrator of the Getty family trust. Gavin’s father was of seven eighths Irish descent, with the rest being mostly English. Gavin’s mother has English and Scottish ancestry.

Gavin is married to docuumentary filmmker and actress Jennifer Siebel Newsom, with whom he has four children.

He is a second cousin, once removed, of harpist, keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter, and actress Joanna Newsom.

Gavin’s paternal grandfather was William Alfred Newsom (the son of William Alfred Newsom and Belinda Dolores Collins). Gavin’s grandfather William was born in California. Gavin’s great-grandfather William was the son of Alfred Cane Newsom and Elizabeth S. “Lizzie” Eagan/Egan, who was Irish. Belinda was born in New York, to Irish parents, Thomas Francis Collins and Annie E. Hanley.

Gavin’s paternal grandmother was named Christine Anne Brennan (the daughter of John Brennan and Anna “Annie”). Christine was born in New York, to Irish parents.

Gavin’s maternal grandfather was Arthur Liddell Menzies (the son of Kenneth Menzies and Maud Victoria Waithman). Arthur was born in California. Kenneth was born in Scotland, the son of Thomas Menzies, who was Scottish, and of Agnes M. Hewitt, who was English. Maud was born in Pinos Altos, Chihuahua, Mexico, the daughter of Hubert W. Waithman, who was English, and of Grace Gertrude Winton, who was born in California.

Gavin’s maternal grandmother was Jean Thorburn Addis (the daughter of Thomas Chalmers Addis and Elesa Bolton Partridge). Jean was born in California. Thomas was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was a physician and scientist, who made important contributions to studying blood clots. Thomas was the son of Thomas Chalmers Addis, who was of half English and half Scottish descent, and of Cornelia Beers Campbell, who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Elesa was the daughter of John Partridge, who was Canadian, and of Emily Bolton.

Sources: Genealogies Gavin Newsom –

12 Responses

  1. passingtime85 says:

    Imdb claims both he and his wife Jennifer have Jewish heritage. Anyone know if there’s any merit to that, or is it just another classic imdb mistake that hasn’t been corrected yet?

  2. jonasbttencourt says:

    If this guy runs for president, really dont doubt that he could win, given the fact that elections are more of a popularity(and often times, beauty) contest, something similar happened here in Brazil, where former Alagoas governor Fernando Collor won the presidential election largely due to his looks, despite him being an absolutely mediocre politician. btw surprised to see a full northwestern european californian, from what i know most whites there are heavily southern euro…

    • Oaken05 says:

      Then that’s your own misconception, then. White Californians are pretty representative of U.S. whites as a whole, since they moved there from everywhere east of there, largely German and British Isles like the rest of the country.

      • andrew says:

        Exacty, largely German and British Isles.

        • Oaken05 says:

          Yes, California’s Anglos mainly came from the (British) South and the (German) Midwest, just old Colonial American stock, not many recent “ethnic” Europeans mostly because of how far away it was from the East.

          • bablah says:

            I agree most are British-German, but there are also many Portuguese (just like in Hawaii), Croats, Danes (mostly Mormons), and let’s not forget that Spanish-Americans mostly live in California. Also a lot of Italian Americans, but they skew more towards Lombardy and other northern provinces, as opposed to mostly Southern Italians on the east coast and in Louisiana.

            Romany immigrants from Eastern Europe also prefered west coast (CA, WA, OR).

          • Oaken05 says:

            Top 4 European ancesries in California are German, Irish, English and Italian. Yes, they have some of everything, but that’s true of a lot of American states. The fact is that the bulk of the European descended population is very similar to the rest of the country.

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