Lena Dunham

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Dunham in 2014, photo by PrPhotos

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

Date of Birth: May 13, 1986

*father – English, with distant Irish, remote Scottish, Welsh, and German
*mother – Ashkenazi Jewish

Lena Dunham is an American actress, director, writer, and producer.

Lena is the daughter of Laurie Simmons, an artist, photographer, and filmmaker, and Carroll Dunham, a painter. Lena’s father has English, a small amount of Irish, and remote Scottish, Welsh, and German, ancestry. Lena’s mother is Ashkenazi Jewish (of Russian Jewish descent). Lena has described herself as Jewish.

Her sister is writer and activist Grace Dunham. Her paternal four times great-grandfather was businessperson and economist Edward Kellogg.

Lena’s paternal grandfather was Carroll Dunham IV (the son of Carroll Dunham III and Ruth Harper Pilling). Lena’s grandfather Carroll was born in Massachusetts. Lena’s great-grandfather Carroll was the son of Carroll Dunham, Jr. and Margaret Worcester Dows. Ruth was the daughter of James Constantine Pilling and Mary Lois Harper.

Lena’s paternal grandmother was Carol Marguerite Reynolds (the daughter of Donald Grant Reynolds and Kathryn D. Harding). Carol was born in New Hampshire. Donald was the son of Hayden Lord Reynolds and Hattie Florence Warner. Kathryn was the daughter of Lyman Darius Harding and Nora D. Daniels, whose mother was born in Cork, Ireland.

Lena’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Ira Simmons (the son of Louis Simonoff and Lena Rubin).

Lena’s maternal grandmother was named Dorothy “Dottie.”

Sources: Genealogies of Lena Dunham – http://gw.geneanet.org

Genealogies of Lena Dunham (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Lena’s paternal grandmother, Carol Marguerite (Reynolds) Dunam – http://articles.courant.com

Obituaries of Lena’s maternal grandfather, Samuel Ira Simmons – http://www.nytimes.com

Lena’s maternal great-grandparents, Louis Simonoff and Lena Rubin, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Dunham with Adam Driver in 2013, photo by kathclick/Bigstock.com

16 Responses

  1. jackson9 says:

    Lena Dunham is at least 1/32 Irish. Lena Dunham’s father is Carroll Dunham, mother is Carol M Reynold, mother is Kathryn D. Harding, mother is Nora D. Daniels (as it says) but her mother is Catherine Scanlon (July-1830-1904) born in Cork Ireland and died in Connecticut, USA. She was the daughter of James Scanlon.

  2. Pegzi says:

    Correction: you forgot to add spawn of Satan to her ethnicity

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