Kate Hudson

Hudson in 2011, s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Kate Garry Hudson

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 19, 1979

*paternal grandmother – Italian
*maternal grandmother – Ashkenazi Jewish
*other ancestry – English, as well as German, Welsh, remote French

Kate Hudson is an American actress and businessperson. She has starred in the films 200 Cigarettes, Gossip, Almost Famous, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Le Divorce, Raising Helen, The Skeleton Key, You, Me and Dupree, My Best Friend’s Girl, Bride Wars, The Killer Inside Me, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Wish I Was Here, and Nine.

She is the daughter of musician and actor Bill Hudson and actress, director, singer, and producer Goldie Hawn. She was raised by her mother and her mother’s partner, actor Kurt Russell. Her brother, Oliver Hudson, is also an actor, as is her half-brother, Wyatt Russell, who is also a professional ice hockey player. Kate has a son with her former husband, musician Chris Robinson; a son with her former partner, musician Matt Bellamy; and a daughter with her fiancé, musician and voice actor Danny Fujikawa.

Kate’s paternal grandmother was of Italian descent, and Kate’s maternal grandmother was from a Hungarian Jewish/Austrian Jewish family. Kate’s other ancestry is English, along with German, the origin of her mother’s surname, and Welsh. Her paternal grandfather also had remote French roots, from an ancestor named Hester le Mahieu, born, c. 1585, in Leiden, Holland, Netherlands.

Kate has stated that she was raised in her maternal grandmother’s Jewish religion. Her family has also practiced Buddhism.

Kate’s paternal grandfather was William Louis Hudson (the son of John Lucas Hudson and Blanche Viola Babcock). William was born in Ventura, Ventura Co., California. John was the son of Thomas Burgess Hudson and Katy/Catherine/Katherine J. Lucas. Blanche was the daughter of Samuel Alonzo Babcock and Sessie Anna Holmes.

Kate’s paternal grandmother was Eleanor Nancy Salerno/Scandesbecco (the daughter of Giuseppe/Joseph L. Salerno/Salerna/Scandesbecco and Theresa Louise Maruca/Maruco). Eleanor was born in Washington. Giuseppe was born in Fagnano Castello, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy. Theresa was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents, Joseph Maruca and Josephine Riggi.

Kate’s maternal grandfather was Edward Rutledge Hawn (the son of Otto Delphia Hawn and Clara/Claire Estelle Johnson). Edward was born in Newport, Jackson, Arkansas. Otto was the son of Aaron Madison Hawn, who was of German descent, and of Nannie Ada Hevrin. Clara was the daughter of Henry Spencer Johnson and Mary Frances Hall.

Kate’s maternal grandmother was Laura Steinhoff (the daughter of Max/Michael/Mahal Steinhoff and Fannie Weiss). Laura was born in Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania, to Hungarian Jewish/Austrian Jewish parents. Fannie was the daughter of Mendel Weiss and Esther Schwartz; Esther was the daughter of Ignatz Schwartz and Goldie.

Sources: Genealogies of Kate Hudson – http://gw.geneanet.org

Kate’s paternal grandfather, William Louis Hudson, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Kate’s paternal grandmother, Eleanor Nancy Salerno/Scandesbecco, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Kate Hudson (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com

Kate’s maternal grandmother, Laura Steinhoff, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Laura Steinhoff on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

41 Responses

  1. COOLGUY2012 says:

    i didnt get it. If she is italian, she is white. Why isnt she white?

  2. ignorant killer 2 says:

    I have a stupid screen name.

  3. livia says:

    I will be given a low rating but whatever. I consider Jews as well as the Italians, Greeks, and Portuguese “white.” Kate Hudson, Dianna Agron, Gwenyth Paltrow, Lisa Kudrow, Chelsea Handler, Kelly Rippa, Leelee Sobieski, Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Aniston, Lindsay Lohan, Katy Perry, Brooke Mueller, Britney Spears, Hayden Panettiere, Goldie Hawn, etc. just look like plain old white women to me, and there’s not a person in the world who can convince me that they aren’t white.

    And F.Y.I., in the REAL world, they are considered “white.” Yeah, I will be thumbed down, but whatever. It’s true.

    I’m tired of seeing these pointless arguments. They’re boring and accomplish nothing. All you guys want to talk about it is who is white and who is not. Isn’t anything else on your mind?

    I’m not going to go up to a Jewish or Italian chick in my class and tell her she’s not white because I read it on the Internet.

    • Paul says:

      @livia your so right.I come on here for adult discussion and even to learn new things that i did not know.But since i came i have not learned anything new just pure stupidity and i now question how the new generations will turn out with people like these in the world.At the end of the day there is only so far when you stop getting mad and just laugh because the people become desperate and its quite sad and boring.When you get off the computer and go out in the real world these nonsensical do not come into play.So it is all good.

  4. Mike says:

    she looks exactly like Jennifer Lopez facially so why is Jennifer allowed to be called exotic looking when she isn’t but Kate isnt since she is white and blonde?

    • oh…yeah , you americans are nowadays much more racist to white people and discriminate white people more than black people or any other so called ”non white” people,latino,native ,asians,south asians,mixed and so on ..
      all races in u.s.-except w.people of course- can be beautiful, exotic,gorgeous-even hidious native americans or black gorillas but white people cannot be ,no.. they are ordinary people ,not allowed to be called exotic ,beautiful, exotic,gorgeous

      • metusa says:

        You know the drill if they white they plain and boring and if they think the person has Native of Black they gorgeous and exotic because even if they have like 2% Native like Megan Fox for example then according to some on this site Megan is not even white it`s that little bit of a stretch of Native that makes her so gorgeous,,, Even if a white person on this site like Angelina Jolie is European and no other heritage its no she has definatly something else her lips are too big or some shit,,Even a Latina girl of European heritage who is white it`s all oh ya she exotic and cute only because she has some Latina in her they don`t even know that you can be white ,asian ,black ,brown and Hispanic it not a race for god`s sake,,Some people are very rasict here and have very low iq`s.

        • nadge says:

          Shut up you still will get picked for all of the jobs and promotions in the corporate world. You can’t have it both ways. Now that an inkling of people find ethnicity interesting. Oh please white women have bee the epitome of beauty for years. Now you are wining because a few ethnic women are considered beautiful. Spoiled, selfish and self-centered people. Shut up and go get some sun!

        • Selene-The-Immortal says:

          @metusa I fully agree, and I am not even white. I love how they are anxious to say Megan Fox is not white, but disregard the several other “white” Hollywood women who claim distant Native heritage as well because they are not pretty enough for them.

          Megan Fox is mixed because she is beautiful.

          But Anne Hathaway, Hilary Swank, Carrie Underwood, Hillary Clinton, Rumer Willis, Ashlee Simpson, Miley Cyrus, Julia Roberts, and several other celebrities are just white because they are either ugly, not pretty enough, or too plain.


        • Hate Me says:

          Of course this is true. They will never admit it, though.

          Megan Fox is a biracial goddess because she is pretty.

          But Anne Hathaway, Rumer Willis, Hilary Swank, Carrie Underwood, Julia Roberts, and Hillary Clinton are just white because they are too plain or ugly.

          Racist site filled with racist people.

  5. Anonymous says:

    according to Wikipedia her Mother Goldie Hawn stated on actor’s studio that her through her father she is a descendant of John Rutledge who is of Scots-Irish and English descent
    The wiki of his John Rutledge’s brother is the ones that states that Their father is Scots-Irish and their mother is English

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