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. taulantcomani says:

    Her hair is light brown and her eyes are light brown (honey eyes).

  2. ses101 says:

    Irish isn’t listed in her tree, but Scottish is.

  3. Holly12 says:

    On Friday 9th March Jennifer Love Hewitt did a live feed on her Instagram with her friend Maria Sansone. During this live feed, Maria mentioned the reasoning behind why they both get along so well being because they were both of Italian descent. Jennifer denied being Italian and said her background was not Italian, but actually Dutch, French, English, German and Native American. Now I know most of the nationalities you have stated to be in Jennifer’s background match up with the ones I have just mentioned Ethni, but just thought I’d share what she said on her social media. Also, I realise a lot of celebrities state having Native American ancestry (when infact they don’t), but with Jennifer, it may be a truth, even if it is distant. The reasoning for this is because she is a native of Texas where a lot of the early settlers of Texas intermarried with local Native American’s for the lack of white women. So there maybe some credence behind that statement regarding Jennifer having Native American ancestry.

  4. fuzzybear44 says:

    oh so she was more than just English

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