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 person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar. Her other films are Garden Party, The Poker House, The Burning Plain, Winter’s Bone, The Beaver, X-Men: First Class, and its sequels; Like Crazy, The Hunger Games series, House at the End of the Street, American Hustle, Serena, Joy, A Beautiful Planet, as the narrator; Passengers, mother!, Red Sparrow, Don’t Look Up, Causeway, and No Hard Feelings. She also co-starred on The Bill Engvall Show.

Jennifer is the daughter of Karen, who ran a summer camp, and Gary Lawrence, a construction company owner. 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, with whom she has one child. She has also been billed as Jennifer Lawrence Maroney.

She founded the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, which advocates for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Special Olympics, and is an active member of non-partian organization RepresentUs, which stands against political corruption. She has also formed production company Excellent Cadaver.

Jennifer’s paternal grandfather was David Vernon Lawrence (the son of Francis Marion “Frank” Lawrence and Bessie Steger). David was born in Erlanger, Kenton, Kentucky, and was a University of Kentucky basketball player, as well as a track coach, and dean of students, at the University of Louisville. Francis was the son of James Ogden Lawrence and Penelope 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 May/Mae Adams). Doris was born in Sulphur, Henry, Kentucky. William was the son of John William Shrader and Permelia Alice “Allie” Martin. Reva was the daughter of John Thaddis/Thadius Adams and Lena R. 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 M. “Annie” Kleinhenz/Kleinhens/Kleinhantz/Kleinhans, and was of German descent. Jennifer’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of Martin J. Sheehan, who was Irish, and of Mary Elizabeth Broderick, whose parents were also Irish.

Jennifer’s maternal grandmother is Carolyn Mongtomery (the daughter of Robert Charles Montgomery and Esta Maud White). Carolyn was born in Kentucky. Robert was the son of Charles/Charley A. Montgomery and Leona/Leana/Lena M. Blocher. Esta was the daughter of Hiram Moquillous 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 –

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

96 Responses

  1. fey123feyy says:

    Asian roots? Asia is a large continent with people of different backgrounds. Gigi and Bella are half Middle Eastern, which is not the same thing as East or Southeast Asians.

  2. ses101 says:

    She looks half British, half Eastern European. The people saying she looks Asian don’t seem to realise that people from parts of Europe do have these kinds of eyes, from Scotland to Germany to Finland to Russia.

    • fey123feyy says:

      If you mean hooded eyes, then hooded eyes are pretty common in caucasian people all over Europe and Middle east. Hooded eyes don’t look like Asian. In fact, they look very different from what we consider Asian eyes. However, Jennifer’s eyes are smaller and more narrow, along with her cheekbones which I guess is why people say she looks a little Asian. But I don’t see it. She looks White to me, with more narrow eyes.

  3. andrew says:

    Jennifer’s “Lawrence” line traces back to a Robert Lawrence, born c. 1589, in Chelsea, Middlesex, England, and died, c. 1682 in Nansemond, Virginia.

    • jonasbttencourt says:

      Damn this guy must have been the oldest man alive back then, because from what i know people used to die quite young, over 60 was already ancient. This Robert Lawrence lived 93 years? Wow what a champ…

  4. passingtime85 says:

    Can anyone substantiate the Wikipedia claim that Jennifer is at all related, even through marriage, to screen writer/producer/former actress Jennifer Salt?

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