Josh Hartnett

Josh Hartnett Ethnicity ancestry

Hartnett in 2006, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Joshua Daniel Hartnett

Place of Birth: St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. [unconfirmed]

Date of Birth: July 21, 1978

*31.25% Swedish
*25% Irish
*25% German
*18.75% Norwegian

Josh Hartnett is an American actor and producer. He is known for his roles in the films The Faculty, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, 40 Days and 40 Nights, and Frank Miller’s Sin City, among many others.

Josh’s father is of half Irish and half German ancestry. Josh’s mother is of five eighths Swedish and three eighths Norwegian descent. Josh has stated that he has visited a peninsula in Ireland where his Irish ancestors are from, and where he found a Hartnett Laundromat.

Josh has three children with his partner, English actress and model Tamsin Egerton.

Josh’s paternal grandfather was Daniel Lawrence Hartnett (the son of Daniel Lawrence Hartnett and Anastatia “Statia” McGovern). Josh’s grandfather Daniel was born in Minnesota. Josh’s great-grandfather Daniel was born in Minnesota, to Irish parents, Maurice Hartnett and Ellen Savage, who was born in Kerry. Anastatia was born in Iowa, the daughter of Martin A. McGovern and Mary Ann McGarrity, who were of Irish descent.

Josh’s paternal grandmother was Irene Clare Huch (the daughter of William John Huch and Irene Caroline Scherer). Irene was born in Minnesota. William was the son of Ignastius/Ignaz Huch, who was German, and of Mary Barbara Weinard, who was born in Minnesota, to German parents. Josh’s great-grandmother Irene was the daughter of John Adam Scherer and Clara M. Weiss, who were also of German origin.

Josh’s maternal grandfather was Adolph Gustav “Jack” Kronstedt, Jr. (the son of Adolph Gustav Kronstedt, Sr. and Verna Dell Hovde). Josh’s grandfather Adolph was born in Minnesota. Josh’s great-grandfather Adolph was the son of Peter Gustaf Kronstedt, who was Swedish, and of Marie/Mary Randena Andriansen, who was Norwegian. Verna was the daughter of Norwegian parents, Mikkel Johanenson Hovde and Petra Amelia Anderson.

Josh’s maternal grandmother was Isabelle Maxine Anderson (the daughter of Leonard Oscar Anderson and Jennie Walstrom). Isabelle was born in Wisconsin. Leonard was born in Minnesota, to Swedish parents. Jennie was born in Wisconsin, to Swedish parents, Eli Walstrom and Annie.

Hartnett in 2008, Joe Seer /

Sources: Genealogy of Josh Hartnett –

Josh’s paternal grandfather, Daniel Lawrence Hartnett, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Josh’s paternal great-grandfather, Daniel Lawrence Hartnett, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Josh’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Josh’s maternal grandmother, Isabelle Maxine Anderson, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Josh’s maternal grandmother, Isabelle Maxine (Anderson) Kronstedt –


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36 Responses

  1. THE SWEDISH GIRl says:

    omg omg omg omg, HES SWEDISH:D:D:D
    i really wonder why he is so hot, but now i know.. he swedish:D
    iim swdeish too:D

  2. Courtney says:

    He’s a cutie!

  3. Amala says:

    Candice – me too. In my opinion Irish isn’t appealing, too common… No offence.

    • Eric says:

      You will probably end up marrying an Irish man.

    • Tom says:

      Well deal with it, Josh Hartnett is American and you will see Irish and or German among most Caucasian Americans a lot as thet are the 2nd largest caucasian race in the states only second to Germans with English being 3rd and Italians being 4th.

      German Americans – 51 million
      Irish Americans – 36 million

      If its not that appealing to you then i suggest you leave America because you will not stop seeing these races pop up among the Caucasian actors, singers, directors etc as most of the whites in the states are full or part. I don’t know why you would be mad though :P The Irish along with possibly the Italians and some Germans made American men and women hot :)

    • Alice says:

      In world terms Irish would be very uncommon. Chinese and Indians on the other hand are the most numerous nationalities and amount to nearly half the population of the world at approx 3 billion people. The Irish approx 5 million. The US, Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand have a lot of people of Irish descent but if you go to other countries Irish would be quite exotic. It just depends on where you live.

  4. candice says:

    I’m starting to believe that these people are just making crap up because it sounds appealing . . .(I’d do the same..I think) lol

  5. hotishot says:

    i thought he was part asian because of his eyes. i love asian eyes :p

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