Birth Name: Kristen Jaymes Stewart
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: April 9, 1990
*father – English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
*mother – one half Ashkenazi Jewish (most likely matrilineal)
Kristen Stewart is an American actress, model, and director. She is known for starring as Bella in the Twilight films, and for her many roles across both wide and indie releases, including The Messengers, Adventureland, Still Alice, and Undertow.
Her father, John Stewart, is an American stage manager and television producer. He has English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry.
Her mother, Jules Mann-Stewart (originally Urman), is a script supervisor and director. Kristen’s mother was adopted by Norma Beatrice (Gordezky) and Benny Urman. They were a Jewish couple residing in California, who had married in 1947, and adopted Kristen’s mother in 1953. They also spent time in Maroochydore, Australia during her mother’s teenage years.
Kristen’s mother was raised Jewish. At the time, most Jewish couples in the United States adopted babies who had a Jewish biological mother (and sometimes a Jewish biological father as well).
A 23andMe DNA test taken by Kristen stated that Kristen’s genetic ancestry is:
*24% Ashkenazi Jewish
Given Kristen’s DNA results, it is likely that her biological maternal grandmother was Jewish.
Kristen’s paternal grandfather was Carroll Dale Stewart (the son of Alonzo Milton “Lonnie” Stewart and Euna “Una” Pendery/Pendry). Carroll was born in Missouri. Alonzo was the son of Allen Stewart and Rebecca Ann “Becky” Brewer. Euna was the daughter of James E. Pendry/Pendery and Mary Etta Townsend, whose own maternal grandparents were Irish.
Kristen’s paternal grandmother was Helen Grayce Hayden (the daughter of Benjamin J. “Jack” Hayden and Hazel Hortense Higbee). Helen was born in Missouri. Benjamin was the son of Elijah William “E. W.”/Bud Hayden and Mary Jenkins. Hazel was the daughter of John Lee Higbee and Catherine Eleanor “Kate” Marks.
Kristen’s adoptive grandfather Benny Urman was born in Oklahoma, the son of Polish Jewish parents, Joseph/Joe Urman and Sadie Weintraub.
Kristen’s adoptive grandmother Norma Gordezky was born in Illinois, the daughter of Russian Jewish parents, Sam Gordezky and Sophie/Sophia Goldstein.
Sources: Genealogies of Kristen’s paternal grandparents, Carroll Dale Stewart and Helen Grayce (Hayden) Stewart – https://www.findagrave.com
Obituary of Kristen’s paternal grandmother, Helen Grayce (Hayden) Stewart – https://www.legacy.com
Kristen’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Etta Townsend, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Mention of Kristen’s mother in B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG) in Van Nuys in 1967 – https://newspaperarchive.com
Marriage record of Kristen’s adoptive maternal grandparents, Benny Urman and Norma Beatrice Gordezky – https://www.familysearch.org