Birth Name: Maria Owings Shriver
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Date of Birth: November 6, 1955
*father – German, Irish, small amounts of Scottish, English, Dutch, and French Huguenot
*mother – Irish, remote Scottish
Maria Shriver is an American journalist, activist, and writer.
Maria is the daughter of Eunice Mary (Kennedy) and Sargent Shriver (Robert Sargent Shriver). Her father was the 21st United States Ambassador to France, the 1st Director of the Peace Corps, and the Democratic Party’s nominee for Vice President of the United States in 1972. Her uncles (her mother’s brothers) were John F. Kennedy, who was President of the U.S., Robert F. Kennedy, and Ted Kennedy, both of whom were also politicians, and her aunt (mother’s sister) was activist and humanitarian Jean Kennedy Smith, who was Ambassador to Ireland, from June 24, 1993 to September 17, 1998. Her first cousin was journalist John F. Kennedy, Jr., and her first cousins, once removed, are politician Joe Kennedy III and Jack Schlossberg. Maria has four children with her former husband, actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger, including author Katherine Schwarzenegger and actor, model, and entrepreneur Patrick Schwarzenegger. Katherine is married to actor Chris Pratt.
Maria is of German, Irish, as well as small amounts of Scottish, English, Dutch, and French Huguenot, descent on her father’s side, and of Irish, and remote Scottish, descent on her mothe’s side.
Maria’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Lorenz Schreiber, who was born, c. 1630, in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.
Maria’s paternal grandfather was Robert Sargent Shriver (the son of Henry Shriver and Sarah Sargent Van Lear Perry). Robert was born in Maryland. Henry was the son of Joseph Shriver and Henrietta Jane Cansten. Sarah was the daughter of Thomas Johns Perry and Maria/Mary Louisa/Louise Van Lear.
Maria’s paternal grandmother was Hilda Shriver (the daughter of Thomas Herbert Shriver and Elizabeth Rosalia/Rosalie Lawson). Hilda was born in Maryland. Thomas was the son of William Shriver and Mary Margaret Josephine Owings/Owing. Elizabeth was the daughter of Robert Lawson and Margaret Quinn.
Maria’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Patrick Kenndy (the son of P. J. Kennedy, Patrick Joseph Kennedy, and of Mary Augusta Hickey). Maria’s grandfather Joseph was born in Massachusetts, and was a businessperson, investor, and politician. Maria’s great-grandfather P. J. was a businessperson and politician, who was the son of Patrick Kennedy and Bridget Murphy, who were both from Dunganstown, Ireland. Mary Augusta was the daughter of James Hickey, who was from Cork, Munster, Ireland, and of Margaret Martha Field, who was from Rossearbery, Ireland.
Maria’s maternal grandmother was Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald (the daughter of John Francis Fitzgerald and Mary Josephine “Josie” Hannon). Rose was born in Massachusetts, and was a philanthropist and socialite. Maria’s great-grandfather John was a politician, who served as Mayor of Boston (from 1906 to 1908, and again from 1910 to 1914), and as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts (from 1895 to 1901, and in 1919); John was the son of Thomas Fitzgerald, who was born in Co. Limerick, Ireland, and of Rosanna Cox, who was born in Lough Cur, Limerick, Ireland. Maria’s great-grandmother Mary Josephine was the daughter of Michael Hannon, from Lough Cur in Ireland, and of Mary Ann Fitzgerald, who was from Bruff, Ireland.
Genealogies of Maria’s parents – https://www.findagrave.com
Genealogy of Maria’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Joseph Shriver – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Maria’s paternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth Rosalia/Rosalie Lawson, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Maria Shriver (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Maria’s mother – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Maria’s mother (through her own brother, John F. Kennedy) – http://famouskin.com
Genealogy of Maria’s mother (through her own brother, John F. Kennedy) (focusing on her father’s side) – https://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com