Macaulay Culkin

Bruce Dern Presents the West Coast Premiere of Chicken

Culkin in 2005, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Macaulay Carson Culkin

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

Date of Birth: August 26, 1980

Ethnicity: German, one quarter Norwegian, one eighth Irish, small amount of Swiss-French, more distant English and Swiss-German

Macaulay Culkin is an American actor, musician, and podcaster. He came to fame as a child actor in the 1990s, after his role in Home Alone. He has also appeared in the films Uncle Buck, My Girl, The Good Son, Getting Even with Dad, Ri¢hie Ri¢h, and Saved!

Macaulay is the son of Patricia Brentrup and actor Kit Culkin (Christopher Cornelius Culkin). Among his siblings are actors Kieran Culkin and Rory Culkin. His aunt (father’s sister) is actress Bonnie Bedelia (Bonnie Bedelia Culkin). Macaulay has two children with his partner, actress, singer, and producer Brenda Song.

Macaulay’s father has German and one quarter Irish ancestry, with smaller amounts of English, Swiss-German, and Swiss-French. Macaulay’s mother is of half German and half Norwegian descent.

His father gave most of his children Irish first names.

He has evidently changed his legal name to Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin.

Macaulay’s paternal grandfather was Philip Harley Culkin (the son of Philip Joseph Culkin and Amanda Juliette/Juliet Ferrier). Macaulay’s grandfather Philip was born in New York. Macaulay’s great-grandfather Philip was born in Michigan, the son of Irish parents, Philip Clemens Culkin and Margaret Ann Doyle. Amanda was born in Neuchâtel, Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, the daughter of Henri/Henry Ferrier and Rosine/Rosina Loeffel. Given the surnames Ferrier and Loeffel, it is likely that Amanda had Swiss-French and Swiss-German ancestry.

Macaulay’s paternal grandmother was Marian Ethel Wagner (the daughter of Joseph Franklin Wagner and Ethel Lula Herrold). Marian was born in Indiana, and had German, including Alsatian German, and some English and Swiss-German, ancestry. Some of her family had lived in the United States since the 1600s. Joseph was the son of John Merritt Wagner, who was born in Baden, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and of Rebecca Shellhammer/Shellhamer. Macaulay’s great-grandmother Ethel was the daughter of Matthew Henry Herrold and Rosella/Rose Elizabeth Lusher.

Macaulay’s maternal grandfather was Hubert Mathias Brentrup (the son of Johannes/John Maria Brentrup and Kathryn/Catherine Ann “Katie” Kirchen). Hubert was born in North Dakota. John was born in Rheda Wiedenbrück, Detmold, Germany, the son of Johannes/John Stephan Brentrup and Maria Elisabeth Schalk. Katie was born in Minnesota, to a German-born father, Mathias/Matthias Kirchen, from Philippsheim, Bitburg-Prumer Landkreis, Rheinland-Pfalz, and to a mother, Grace Wadenspanner, who was either born in Bavaria, Germany, or in the U.S., of German descent.

Macaulay’s maternal grandmother was Mildred Doris “Millie” Narum (the daughter of Julius Olaf Narum and Inga Christine Jordet). Mildred was born in North Dakota. Julius was born in Minnesota, to Norwegian parents, Johan/Johannes Christiansen Narum, from Narum, Kolbu, Østre Toten, Oppland, and Eli Karine Hansdatter Teterud/Morterudhaugen, who was born in Morterudhaugen, Vestre Toten, Oppland. Macaulay’s great-grandmother Inga was born in North Dakota, also to Norwegian parents, Ole Iversen Rotnem Jordet, from Jordet/Martegarden, Rotneim, Gol, Buskerud, and Mary/Margaret Farseth, who was also from Gol.

Sources: Genealogy of Macaulay Culkin –

Genealogies and obituaries of Macaulay’s maternal grandparents, Hubert Mathias Brentrup and Mildred Doris “Millie” (Narum) Brentrup –

Macaulay’s maternal grandmother, Mildred Doris “Millie” Narum, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

12 Responses

  1. Dstmnstr says:


    I’ve found his maternal grandparents’ burials, Hubert M. Brentrup ( and Mildred (Narum) Brentrup ( I’m also part Norwegian too by the way.

    Thank you,
    Dustin Schrull

  2. phaedra says:

    He looked healthy here. When was that pic taken?

  3. Acaymo20 says:

    In short, he is a 25% Norwegian, more that 18% German, 12% Irish, 6% “American” and probably some French.

  4. danaeSUCKS says:

    that’s it? :P

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