Jennifer Aniston

Aniston in 2011, Helga Esteb /

Place of Birth: Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 11, 1969

*father – Greek
*mother – Scottish, Italian-Arbëreshë/Albanian, English, possibly Irish

Jennifer Aniston is an American actress, director, producer, and businessperson. She is known for her roles in Friends, The Good Girl, Office Space, Bruce Almighty, and Office Christmas Party, among many other works. She is the daughter of Greek-born actor John Aniston (born Yiannis Anitios Anastasakis) and American-born actress Nancy Dow. Her half-brother is assistant director and second-unit director John T. Melick III.

Jennifer’s father was a friend of actor Telly Savalas. Savalas was Jennifer’s godfather. Jennifer’s mother was of one quarter Italian-Arbëreshë (Albanian), as well as of Scottish, and some English, descent; some of her ancestors were from Canada. Jennifer was raised in New York City.

On Inside the Actors Studio (2011), Jennifer stated that her mother also had Irish, as well as “a little splash of Greek,” ancestry; it is not clear where on her mother’s family tree Greek ancestry came from. Jennifer’s great-grandfather’s surname, Grieco, is a variant of the Italian surname Greco, which literally means “Greek.” The name may occur among the Arbëreshë.

Jennifer’s paternal grandfather was named Antonios J. Anastassakis. Antonios was born on the island of Crete, Greece.

Jennifer’s paternal grandmother was Stella A. Joanna Koume/Mazethek (the daughter of Marcus Koumis and Katina Piplaki). Stella was born on Crete.

Jennifer’s maternal grandfather was Gordon McLean Dow (the son of Francis Dow and Ellen Sarah McLean). Gordon was born in Houlton, Maine. Francis was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, to a Scottish immigrant father, James Dow, and a mother of Scottish descent, Katherine Stewart. Ellen was born in St. Francis, Maine, the daughter of Neil McLean and Mary Henderson; three of Ellen’s grandparents were Scottish immigrants, while Ellen’s maternal grandmother, Sarah Ann Diamond, was born in Campbelltown, New Brunswick, to American parents, who were descended from English emigrants of the Colonial American period.

Jennifer’s maternal grandmother was Louise Mae Grieco (the daughter of Louis Grieco and Mae/May I. Dunbar). Louise was born in New Jersey. In U.S. Censuses, Jennifer’s great-grandfather Louis lists himself as having been born in either Italy or New York; on the 1920 and 1930 U.S. Censuses, Louis states that his parents were born in Albania and spoke Albanian. Jennifer’s mother Nancy wrote in her book, From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir, 1999, that Louis was born in Mèlito di Porto Salvo, Italy. It is likely that his family was from the Arbëreshë community, ethnic Albanians who lived in Italy. They may have been from Maschito, an Arbëreshë enclave in Basilicata.

Jennifer’s matrilineal great-grandmother Mae/May I. Dunbar was born in Pennsylvania, to parents who were also born in Pennsylvania. It is unclear what Mae’s ancestry was. The surname Dunbar is usually found in Scotland and England.

Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn on the Red Carpet for the tiff 08 premiere of Management at Isabel Bader Theater

Aniston with Steve Zahn in 2009, Creative Commons License photo credit: christopherharte

Sources: Jennifer’s paternal grandparents, Antonios J. Anastassakis and Stella Joanna Koume/Mazethek, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jennifer’s mother’s ancestry –

Jennifer’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Jennifer’s maternal grandmother, Louise Mae Grieco, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Louise Mae Grieco on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Louise Mae Grieco on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Jennifer Aniston (incorrectly identify Jennifer’s maternal great-grandparents as Michael Grieco and Carmela Pecoraro) –


Curious about ethnicity

145 Responses

  1. cwm85 says:

    She favors her Dad a lot…

    • Drea K says:

      For years she’s publicly and openly spoken badly of her mother.

      Her mother is a beautiful woman and we’ve only gotten to hear Jennifer’s side of the story, I doubt she’s as bad as Jennifer has portrayed her, but we do know Jennifer is a self absorbed byatch. Whatever good looks Jennifer has are thanks to her mother.

      • cwm85 says:

        Have you seen her Father? She favors him a lot.

        • Drea K says:

          I know and yes I have. I wasn’t disagreeing with you just adding to the point you previously made.
          She looks mostly like him too in her facial structure and everything, the only thing she got from her mother are her eyes.

          Isn’t he still on Days of our lives?

  2. abbracci says:

    She’s ugly. Why do Greeks have big noses and big heads?

  3. JasonBaker says:

    Is she a natural blonde?

  4. Europa says:

    A perfect example of diversity in Europe. She’s greek and italian, possibly the two most attacked ethnicities on here that are claimed not to be white. And she’s a blonde with blue eyes. In your face, pathetic anti-whites such as lopac, ihatemostpeople, only anglos are white, and the rest of random anti-whites

  5. balkanboy says:

    It´s so cool that Jennifer have some albanian ancestry! Jennifer must have at least 1/16th or 1/8th(correct me if i´m wrong) ancestry because her mother is of one quarter Arbereshë(albanians who has lived in Italy since the 15th century). I´m also of mostly albanian origin :D:D

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