Kristen Wiig

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Wiig in 2013, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Kristen Carroll Wiig

Place of Birth: Canandaigua, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 22, 1973

Ethnicity: Norwegian (paternal grandfather), Irish, English, Scottish, distant Dutch

Kristen Wiig is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. Her many roles include Bridesmaids and Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, both of which she co-wrote, as well as Meet Bill, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Semi-Pro, Adventureland, Extract, Whip It, How to Train Your Dragon, Date Night, MacGruber, Despicable Me, Paul, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Skeleton Twins, Welcome to Me, The Martian, Ghostbusters, Masterminds, mother!, Wonder Woman 1984, A Boy Called Christmas, and Saturday Night Live.

Kristen is the daughter of Laurie, an artist, and Jon Wiig, who ran a lake marina, in Western New York. The surname Wiig comes from the area Vik in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. Kristen spent her teenage years in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is married to actor Avi Rothman, with whom she has two children.

Kristen’s paternal grandfather was Gunnar O. Wiig (the son of Ove Edvin Olsen Wiig and Anne/Anna/Ann Odde). Gunnar was born in Christiania, now Oslo, Norway, and was raised in Rochester, New York, U.S. Gunnar was a prominent broadcaster for the Rochester Red Wings baseball team, and an executive at WHEC radio, WHEC-TV, and WROC-TV. Kristen’s great-grandfather Ove was the son of Evard Olsen. Anne was the daughter of Arne Odde.

Kristen’s paternal grandmother was Frances Josephine McCue (the daughter of Francis E. McCue and Johanna Mahony/Mahoney). Kristen’s grandmother Frances was born in City of Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada. Kristen’s great-grandfather Francis was born in Westport, Ontario, the son of Patrick McCue and Mary Ellen Lynette, and was of Irish descent. Johanna was from Cork, Ireland, the daughter of Patrick J. Mahoney and Bridget Cleary.

Kristen’s maternal grandfather was William Carroll Johnston (the son of William Ray Johnston, Jr. and Ruth Hawkins Carroll/Caroll). Kristen’s grandfather William was born in Lebanon, Marion, Kentucky. Kristen’s great-grandfather William was the son of William Ray Johnston and Mary Ray Doom. Ruth was the daughter of William C. Carroll and Lula Hawkins.

Kristen’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Curtis Day (the daughter of John Palmer Day and Catherine Curtis). Margaret was born in New York, and had deep Colonial American (English) roots. John was born in Brooklyn, Windham, Connecticut, the son of Albert Putnam Day and Helen/Nellie Maria Palmer. Catherine was the daughter of Wendell Joseph Curtis and Margaret Breese Roby.

Sources: Genealogies of Kristen Wiig –

Marriage record of Kristen’s paternal great-grandparents, Ove Edvin Olsen Wiig and Anne/Anna/Ann Odde –

Engagement announcement of Kristen’s maternal grandparents, William Carroll Johnston and Margaret Curtis Day –

Kristen’s maternal grandfather, William Carroll Johnston, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Kristen’s maternal grandmother, Margaret Curtis Day, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Kristen’s maternal grandmother, Margaret Curtis (Day) Johnston Harris –

Genealogy of Kristen’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Margaret Breese (Roby) Curtis –

5 Responses

  1. Alice says:

    She would have Irish on her maternal side also as Carroll is an Irish surname.

  2. Deutschland9France says:

    One of the last great stars of SNL before it became no longer funny

  3. andrew says:

    also has distant Dutch ancestry on her mother’s side

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