Keanu Reeves

Reeves in 2008, Entertainment Press /

Birth Name: Keanu Charles Reeves

Place of Birth: Beirut, Lebanon

Date of Birth: September 2, 1964

*father – Native Hawaiian, Portuguese, English, Scottish, at least 1/16th Chinese, remote Dutch
*mother – English

Keanu Reeves is a Canadian actor, musician, director, writer, and producer. He is the star of the franchises The Matrix, John Wick, and Bill & Ted, along with Point Break, Something’s Gotta Give, and Knock Knock, among many other works.

Keanu was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to Samuel Nowlin Reeves and Patricia Taylor. His father, a geologist, is American-born, and his mother, a dancer and costume designer, is English-born, from Essex. Keanu was raised by his mother in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and holds Canadian citizenship. During his childhood, he also lived in Sydney, Australia, and New York City, U.S.

Keanu’s father, who is from Hawaii, is of English, Native Hawaiian, Portuguese, Scottish, at least 1/16th Chinese, and remote Dutch, ancestry. Overall, Keanu is of roughly one quarter non-European descent. Keanu is said to be named after a great-great-uncle, Keaweaheulu, whose name means “soft breeze raising.”

Keanu was in a relationship with actress and production assistant Jennifer Syme, until her death in 2001. In 1999, the two had a daughter, Ava Archer Syme-Reeves. Their daughter was stillborn.

Keanu’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Nowlin Reeves (the son of Charles Armistead Reeves and Rose Lokalia/Lokailia Miguel). Samuel was born in Hawaii. Charles was born in Tennessee, of English, Scottish, and distant Dutch, roots, and was the son of Sampson W. Reeves and Mary Virginia Arimstead Nowlin. Rose was the daughter of Joseph Miguel, who was Portuguese, from the island of Madeira, and of Waihine/Malaia Lokalia, who was of Native Hawaiian ancestry.

Keanu’s paternal grandmother was named Momilani/Monilani Sarah (Victor) Abrahams (the daughter of George Peter/Pahio Victor and Lillian/Lilian Kaholo Kahoalii Holmes). Sarah was born in Hawaii.

George was the son of Joseph Aiona Victor and Maggie Makakapu Pahio, and his race is listed as “Hawaiian” on U.S. Censuses. Keanu’s great-great-grandfather Joseph was the son of Kamukai/Kamokai/Kemukai (later Kamukai Victor) and Amelia/Emalia Ah Akoi, who were evidently both the children of Chinese fathers and Native Hawaiian mothers. Therefore, Joseph Aiona Victor was of one half Chinese descent, and Keanu Reeves is of (at least) one thirty two Chinese descent. Keanu’s great-great-grandmother Maggie Makakapu Pahio was a Native Hawaiian.

Keanu’s great-grandmother Lillian/Lilian is listed as “Caucasian Hawaiian” by race on the 1930 U.S. Census, and as “Part Hawaiian” by race on the 1940 U.S. Census. Lillian’s father, George Frederick Holmes, was from Lincolnshire, England, or Australia. Lillian’s mother, Elizabeth (Ku) Kaula o Keahi Kahoalii, was born in Hawaii.

05/15/2019 – Keanu Reeves – “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” Los Angeles Special Screening – Arrivals – TCL Chinese Theatre – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Kazuki Hirata / /

Sources: Article about perceptions of Keanu’s Asian heritage –

Genealogies of Keanu Reeves (focusing on his father’s side) –

Article about Keanu’s father’s family –

Keanu’s paternal grandfather, Samuel Nowlin Reeves, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Keanu’s paternal great-grandparents, Charles Armistead Reeves and Rose Lokalia/Lokailia Miguel, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Charles Armistead Reeves and Rose Lokalia/Lokailia Miguel on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Keanu’s paternal grandmother, Momilani/Monilani Sarah Victor, on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Momilani/Monilani Sarah Victor on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Keanu’s paternal great-grandfather, George Peter/Pahio Victor –

Keanu’s paternal great-grandfather, George Peter/Pahio Victor, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
George Peter/Pahio Victor on the 1930 U.S. Census –
George Peter/Pahio Victor on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Keanu’s paternal great-great-great-grandparents, Kamukai/Kamokai/Kemukai (later Kamukai Victor) and Amelia/Emalia Ah Akoi, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Information about Keanu’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Kamukai/Kamokai/Kemukai (later Kamukai Victor) –

Birth record of Keanu’s paternal great-grandmother, Lillian/Lilian Kaholo Kahoalii Holmes –


Curious about ethnicity

69 Responses

  1. comrade says:

    Lillian’s parents
    George Frederick Holmes and Elizabeth (Ku) Kaula o Keahi Kahoalii

    George Holmes came from Lincolnshire, England via Australia

  2. muricansareallmutts says:

    Serbian of distant asian root.

    • NOTREALLY says:

      If you’re talking about what you think he looks like, that’s legitimate, but you need to specify because people are gonna need you to substantiate those claims (in case you mean he has Serbian ancestry)

      • muricansareallmutts says:

        ‘Cause of his looking I’m European from Europe living in Europe not a murican living in murica who doesn’t know a —- of races I can say it I meet Serbians many look like him many Serbians women and men are black hair and black eyes.
        But as I said clearly he has a part of asian background his shapes of eyes tell us.

        • NOTREALLY says:

          I don’t understand what’s this fixation of yours with pointing out that YOI’RE EUROPEAN FROM EUROPE LIVING IN EUROPE xD mate I’m European too, I never disregarded what you said, I just simpy made a question, because Keanus as far as I know doesn’t have any Serbian ancestry

          • muricansareallmutts says:

            ‘Cause muricanz must know they’re talking to a real white means a real European who really knows races ’cause here muricanz of every shape and colour roaring to be white and call everybody negro dafuq and classifing races randomly!
            European from Europe or a fake ?

  3. Dar says:

    Add Pacific Islander tag

  4. Dar says:

    Add Hawaiian-Lebanese and Chinese-Lebanese tags

  5. liathecrazyflower says:

    Ok let’s talk about your maternal grandparents. HE’S ENGLISH? or canadian, english born, mother?

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