Jennifer Lawrence

Lawrence in 2011, image via kathclick/

Birth Name: Jennifer Shrader Lawrence

Place of Birth: Indian Hills, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States

Date of Birth: August 15, 1990

Ethnicity: English, German, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant Welsh, remote French and Swiss-German

Jennifer Lawrence is an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook (2012). She is the first, and thus far only, person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar.

Jennifer is the daughter of Karen, who ran a summer camp, and Gary Lawrence. Her family has lived in the United States for many generations. Her ancestry includes English, German, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant Welsh, and remote French and Swiss-German.

Jennifer is married to art gallerist Cooke Maroney.

Jennifer’s patrilineal line can be traced to Robert Lawrence, who was born, c. 1589, in Chelsea, Middlesex, England, and who died, c. 1682, in Nansemond, Virginia.

Jennifer’s paternal grandfather was David Vernon Lawrence (the son of Francis Marion “Frank” Lawrence and Bessie Steger). David was born in Kentucky. Francis was the son of James Ogden Lawrence and Penelope Nellie Burroughs. Bessie was the daughter of Samuel Jefferson Steger and Ida Louisa O’Banion.

Jennifer’s paternal grandmother was Doris Shrader (the daughter of William Martin Shrader and Reva Mae/May Adams). Doris was born in Kentucky. William was the son of John William Shrader and Permelia Alice/Allie Martin. Reva was the daughter of John Thadius/Thaddis Adams and Lena Rivers Tague.

Jennifer’s maternal grandfather is Charles J. “Charlie” Koch (the son of Charles A. Koch and Mary P. Sheehan). Jennifer’s grandfather Charles was born in Ohio. Jennifer’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Charles A. Koch and Anna/Annie M. Kleinhens/Kleinhenz/Kleinhantz, and was of German descent. Jennifer’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of Martin J. Sheehan and Mary Elizabeth Broderick, and was of Irish ancestry.

Jennifer’s maternal grandmother is Carolyn M. Mongtomery (the daughter of Robert Charles Montgomery and Esta Maud White). Carolyn was born in Kentucky. Robert was the son of Charles Arthur Montgomery and Leona/Leana M. Blocher. Esta was the daughter of Hiram M. White and Viola Agnes Gregory.

Jennifer is a fifth cousin, once removed, of actor Jeremy Renner. Jennifer’s five times great-grandparents, Robert Tague and Sarah/Sallie Caplinger, were also Jeremy’s four times great-grandparents.

Sources: Jennifer Lawrence’s and Jeremy Renner’s genealogical relation –

Genealogies of Jennifer Lawrence –

Genealogy of Jennifer Lawrence (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Jennifer’s paternal grandfather, David Vernon Lawrence –

Genealogy of Jennifer’s paternal grandfather, David Vernon Lawrence (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Picture of, and some information on, Jennifer’s paternal grandfather, David Vernon Lawrence –

Genealogy, and obituary, of Jennifer’s paternal grandmother, Doris (Shrader) Lawrence –

Marriage record of Jennifer’s maternal great-grandparents, Robert Charles Montgomery and Esta Maud White –


Curious about ethnicity

93 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Am I the only person who thinks she looks German (with a bit of a British twist).
    Reminds me of Lena Meyer-Landrut but with blond hair.

  2. sigmund says:

    In my first looking, she really have Asian eyes.
    The shape of eyes of Asians is different to Caucasians.
    Not only the shape of eyes but also other facial features in her face made me believe she have blood of mongoloid race.

    I think it is reasinable if she have ancestors from Nordic countries, Russia or Baltic countries.

    Consider the relation between Scandinavians and Finno-Ugric people.

    Yakuts(90% Y-DNA haplogroup N1c) 100% mongoloid race.

    Finns: 60% Y-DNA haplogroup N1c
    Sami people 53% Y-DNA haplogroup N1c
    (they live in north Sweden and Norway)

    Russians: 23% Y-DNA haplogroup N1c
    Swedes: 10% Y-DNA haplogroup N1c/Q

    So, some Nordic people, Baltic people, Russians may inherit genes of Finno-Ugric people(mongoloid race) from Scandinavians/Russian/east European people.

    Sami people still keep features of mongoloid race

    The facial type of the early Finno-Ugrians

    DNA evidences:

    Check Y-DNA haplogroup N1c(Finno-Ugric people) in Russia, Sweden, Germany and Baltic countries

    The distribution map of Y-DNA haplogroup N1c

  3. lelo4 says:

    She doesn’t have Asian ancestry lol. Northern Europeans usually have slanted eyes due to have low Neolithic genes from to middle East and higher North Eurasian which is Paleolithic. She just looks generic Northern European, could pass from Ireland to Russia.

  4. hesh123 says:

    She isn’t Asian at all! Stop! she looks like the typical pretty American girl, she’s just wearing a lot of makeup in this bizarre picture they chose.

    • marjanel says:

      she looks ” asians” for them because Jlaw has hooded eyes and it is difficult to ser her double eyelid.Asians tend to have a single eyelided not double and extreme hooded eyes.But that doesn’t mean that white people can have hooded eyes,there are many celebrities in hollywood with that type of eyes.There are Asians who also have doble eyelid.

    • xoxo says:

      Would it be horrible if she was part Asian? You make it sound like it would be a crime.

      She does look partly Asian btw.

      • andrew says:

        she doesn’t look Asian in the slightest. She looks Northern European. Last sunday I was eating in a crepe restaurant next to a group of Chinese tourists (all girls), the overlap between Jennifer and any Asian person is close to 0.

        • athelya says:

          just becaus she deosn’t blatantly look asian doesn’t mean he doesn’t have asian down the line.. she does not look northern european though.. she would fit in in the east like russia etc.

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