J. K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling  at a press conference to promote her "Open Book To

Rowling in 2007, photo by s_bukley/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: Joanne Rowling

Place of Birth: Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 31 July, 1965

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish, as well as 1/16th Alsatian German and possibly 1/16th French

J. K. Rowling is an English novelist, screenwriter, and film producer. She is famous for writing the Harry Potter books. She has also used the pen name Robert Galbraith.

J. K. is the daughter of Anne (Volant) and Peter John Rowling. She has three children, two with her husband, Scottish doctor Neil Murray, and one with her former husband, Portuguese television journalist Jorge Arantes. She calls herself Jo.

J. K.’s paternal grandfather was Ernest Arthur Rowling (the son of Frank Harold Rowling and Louisa Mary Holland). Ernest was born in Walthamstow, Essex, England. Frank was the son of William Richard Rowling and Frances Emily Andrews. Louisa was the daughter of Charles Western Holland and Louisa Blay.

J. K.’s paternal grandmother Kathleen Ada Bulgen (the daughter of Thomas Edward Bulgen and Rose Caroline Card). Kathleen was born in Enfield, Middlesex, England. Thomas was the son of John Philpott Bulgen and Annie Elizabeth Warner. Rose was the daughter of Jack Card.

J. K.’s maternal grandfather was Stanley Georges Volant (the son of Louis François Alexandre Volant, born Louis Schuch, and of Eliza Mary Ann Smith). Stanley was born in St Marylebone, London, England. Louis was born in Paris, France, the son of Salomé Schuch, who was born in Brumath, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, of ethnic German descent; Louis was raised by Salomé’s husband, Louis Pierre Volant, who was evidently not Louis’s biological father. Eliza was the daughter of Henry Smith and Elisabeth/Elizabeth Hunter. When J. K. received the Légion d’honneur award in France, she mentioned that her great-grandfather Louis Volant had received the same award for his service in the first World War. Louis had in fact received the Croix de Guerre, which was for “ordinary” soldiers.

J. K.’s maternal grandmother was Louisa “Freda” Carolina/Caroline Smith or Watts (the daughter of Dugald Campbell and Mary Smith). Louisa was born in Islington, Middlesex, England, and was raised by the Watts family. Dugald was Scottish, from Lamlash, Isle of Arran, Scotland, and was the son of The Rev. Colin Fisher Campbell, a Presbyterian minister, from Kilchattan, and of Anne Mary MacMillan.

Sources: Genealogies of J. K. Rowling – http://genealogy.about.com

Information on some of J. K.’s other ancestors – http://www.telegraph.co.uk


Curious about ethnicity

5 Responses

  1. jackson9 says:

    Great author, I love the Harry Potter books. I can’t tell who is a better writer her or Philip?

  2. brendanb says:

    No, she could look exacty what she il, I spend lot’s of year between northern england and Scotland and there are lot of women that look exactly like her, , Eastern european women are usually taller than 5.4… which is her official height…

  3. Daron says:

    Happy Potter isn’t that good.

  4. Robert says:

    Her great grandfather, Dr. Dugald CAMPBELL, may have been full blooded Highland Scot.

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