Jennifer Love Hewitt

Hewitt in 2011, s_bukley /

Place of Birth: Waco, McLennan, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 21, 1979

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German, remote French

Jennifer Love Hewitt is an American actress, singer, songwriter, producer, and director. Her roles include the I Know What You Did Last Summer films, Can’t Hardly Wait, and Heartbreakers, and the series Party of Five and Ghost Whisperer.

Jennifer is the daughter of Patricia Mae and Herbert Daniel Hewitt. She was raised in Nolanville in Central Texas. She is married to actor Brian Hallisay, with whom she has three children.

Jennifer’s documented ancestry includes English, Scottish, German, and remote French.

On an Instagram live feed on March 9, 2018, Jennifer said that she also has Dutch and Native American ancestry. It is not clear if Jennifer’s Native American ancestry has been verified/documented. All of Jennifer’s grandparents and great-grandparents are listed as “White” on United States Censuses. It is not clear if Jennifer has Dutch ancestry either.

Jennifer is sometimes described on the internet as being of Italian descent. This is not accurate.

Jennifer’s paternal grandfather was Herbert James Hewitt (the son of Herbert/Bert Edward Hewitt and Pearl Beard). Jennifer’s grandfather Herbert was born in Texas. Jennifer’s great-grandfather Herbert was born in Manchester, England, the son of Benjamin F. Hewitt and Levina Clowe. Pearl was the daughter of James Rose Beard and Temperance Lottie Hobbs.

Jennifer’s paternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Ogle (the daughter of Daniel/Dan E. Ogle and Etta M. Patterson). Mary Elizabeth was born in Mississippi. Daniel was the son of William Ogle and Ida P. Davis. Etta was the daughter of Henry C. Patterson.

Jennifer’s maternal grandfather was Lemuel Houston Shipp (the son of Solomon David “Pete” Shipp and Donna/Dona Mae Jones). Lemuel was born in Texas. Solomon was the son of William A. Shipp and Bertha Lee Durst.

Jennifer’s maternal grandmother was Charlotte/Charloette Grace/Brace Weagley (the daughter of Omer/Homer/Omar Frederick Weagley and Lula Grace Kendall). Charlotte was born in Maryland. Omer was the son of William F. Weagley and Ida M. Kinsel. Lula was the daughter of William Wesley Kendall and Martha Alice Kuhn.

Sources: Genealogies of Jennifer Love Hewitt –

Jennifer’s paternal grandfather, Herbert James Hewitt, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Herbert James Hewitt on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Jennifer’s paternal grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Ogle, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Jennifer’s paternal great-grandmother, Daniel/Dan E. Ogle, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Jennifer’s maternal grandfather, Lemuel Houston Shipp, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Lemuel Houston Shipp on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jennifer’s maternal grandmother, Charlotte/Charloette Grace/Brace Weagley, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary and genealogy of Jennifer’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Martha Alice (Kuhn) Kendall –


Curious about ethnicity

103 Responses

  1. J.J. says:

    correction; her eyes are hazel (light brown) and her hair is dark brown (brunette) I think it should be listed

  2. zombiecop says:

    this family tree is false and some ancestors are wrong for example Jacob Kinsel is not the son of Anna Maria Kuhns and John Kinsel he is the son of Salome Heckman and Joseph Kinsel and he was never married to Sara Ann Burkhart.This family tree is false like some other Jennifer Love Hewitt family tree where it was stated that among her ancestors are Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, Ralph de Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland,Elizabeth de Mortimer and others.She is obviously of English and possible Scottish ancestry.Just take a look at her she looks very English.

    • follers says:

      The family tree may be false at that level, I don’t know (I didn’t create it). But if “Jacob Kinsel is not the son of Anna Maria Kuhns and John Kinsel he is the son of Salome Heckman and Joseph Kinsel”, that would still mean Jennifer has German ancestry.

  3. spaceyaquarius says:

    More evidence that the English/German/Scotch-Irish mix produces the hottest women on the planet. Wow!!! A woman cannot get hotter than our JLH and she still has the rockin’ body of a hottie. The boobs are German, the eyes could be the remote French, and the cute femininity is totally south Texas.

    JLH, we will always love you, unless you get fat again.

  4. theropod says:

    I thought she had Italian ancestry too…?

  5. nnnnn says:

    She has brown (not black) hair and light brown eyes and
    not very tunned skin. What is here “dark”? Compare with
    Penelope Cruise and Antonia Banderas.
    There are many german, dutch and polish women like her

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