Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Date of Birth: April 8, 1968
*father – English, French-Canadian, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, Irish, Welsh
*mother – Ashkenazi Jewish
Patricia Arquette is an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood (2014). She has also starred in True Romance, Ed Wood, Bringing Out the Dead, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, among many others.
Her family surname was spelled Arcouet many generations back. Patricia’s father, actor Lewis Arquette (Lewis Michael Arquette), had English, French-Canadian, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Patricia’s mother, Brenda Olivia (Nowak), was also involved in the arts, and was Jewish (of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent).
Patricia is the sister of actors Rosanna Arquette, Richmond Arquette, Alexis Arquette, and David Arquette. She has a son with her former partner, musician Paul Rossi, and a daughter with her former husband, actor Thomas Jane.
There is a claim on the internet that Patricia’s father was a descendant of explorer Meriwether Lewis. Meriwether Lewis had no children. It is possible that Patricia’s father was related to Meriwether Lewis in some other way.
A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) stated that Patricia’s genetic ancestry is:
*48.5% Ashkenazi [Jewish]
*36.6% British & Irish
*11.3% Broadly Northern European
*2.1% Broadly European
*1.0% Broadly Southern European
*0.2% French & German
*0.1% Sub-Saharan African
*<0.1% East Asian & Native American
Patricia’s patrilineal line can be traced to Jean Arcouet dit Lajeunesse, who was born, c. 1646, in Marennes, Rochefort, Saintonge, France.
Patricia’s paternal grandfather was Clifford Charles “Cliff” Arquette (the son of Charles Augustus Arquette, Jr. and Winifred/Wynne/Minnie Ethel Clark). Clifford was born in Ohio, and was a famous comedian under the name “Charlie Weaver.” He was known for his appearances on the Hollywood Squares television show, and was also a Civil War expert. Patricia’s great-grandparents Charles and Winifred were in vaudeville. Charles was the son of Charles Arquette (who was born in Michigan, to parents of French-Canadian descent, Peter Daniel Arcouette/Arquette, who was from Sandwich, Ontario, and Marie Anne Valade Viliquette), and of Philomina Josephine “Minnie” Fritsche, who was Swiss, of Swiss-German descent. Patricia’s great-grandmother Winifred was the daughter of Charles Cicero Clark and Emma E. Kear.
Patricia’s paternal grandmother was Mildred Nesbitt LeMay (born Mildred Speight, the daughter of Shirley Sidney Speight and Willie Sue Barr). Mildred was born in Texas, and took on the surname of her stepfather, David John LeMay. Shirley was the son of Jessie Bryan Speight and Ellen Martha Williams. Willie was the daughter of Thomas Alexander Barr and Mary Emma Hill.
Patricia’s maternal grandfather was Yusseff “Joseph” Nowack/Nowak (the son of Wolff “Zev” Nowak and a mother whose maiden name was Yasnor). Yusseff was a Jewish emigrant, who was born in Belaja Zerkovy/Bila Tserkva, Kiev, Ukraine, then in the Russian Empire.
Patricia’s maternal grandmother was Claire Hibel/Hibbel (the daughter of Harry Hibel and Fannie Zacharek). Claire was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Harry was the son of Louis Hibel and Jennie Ita Osterer, who was born in Przasnysz, Poland. Fannie was the daughter of Moshe Zacharek and Rochel Fannie Schnitzler/Znizer.
Genealogy of Patricia Arquette (through her sister, Alexis Arquette) (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com
Patrilineal genealogy of the Arquette family – http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com
Patricia’s paternal grandfather, Clifford Charles Arquette, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Patricia’s paternal great-grandfather, Charles Augustus Arquette, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org