Kristen Stewart

Stewart in 2011, Helga Esteb /

Birth Name: Kristen Jaymes Stewart

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 9, 1990

*father – English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant German and French
*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, Personal Shopper, Spencer, and Undertow.

Her father, John Stewart, is an American stage manager and television producer. He has English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and distant German and French, 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 Stewart (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogies of Kristen’s paternal grandparents, Carroll Dale Stewart and Helen Grayce (Hayden) Stewart –

Obituary of Kristen’s paternal grandmother, Helen Grayce (Hayden) Stewart –

Kristen’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Etta Townsend, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Mention of Kristen’s mother in B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG) in Van Nuys in 1967 –

Marriage record of Kristen’s adoptive maternal grandparents, Benny Urman and Norma Beatrice Gordezky –

Kristen’s adoptive maternal grandfather, Benny Urman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Benny Urman on the 1940 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

114 Responses

  1. RamboJohnJ says:

    Picture was taken before she chopped off her hair and ——— ——-.

    • passingtime85 says:

      Hair grows back.

      • RamboJohnJ says:

        She looked very pretty in that picture a girl I’d like to ask out on a date without her hair she —– —-. She cannot have Short hair her face is to long. Mia ferrow on the other hand like okay cute with very short hair she was a small face and long neck that’s why. Alyssa Milano also looked cute in very short hair. But Kristen Stewart can’t have short hair don’t have the right bone structure for it looks okay much much better with it long

  2. mycarf123123 says:

    that youtuube interview with Howard Stern of her stating her Jewish heritage was taken down off of youtube. Can you find a proper replacement?

  3. andrew says:

    Wow what un update!

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