Patricia Arquette

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Arquette in 2013, photo by Prphotos

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% Finnish
*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.

Sources: Genealogies of Patricia Arquette –

Genealogy of Patricia Arquette (through her sister, Alexis Arquette) (focusing on her father’s side) –

Patrilineal genealogy of the Arquette family –

Patricia’s paternal grandfather, Clifford Charles Arquette, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Patricia’s paternal great-grandfather, Charles Augustus Arquette, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Patricia’s paternal grandmother, Mildred Speight, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Mildred Speight on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Patricia’s maternal grandmother, Claire Hibel/Hibbel, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Claire Hibel/Hibbel on the 1920 U.S. Census –

19 Responses

  1. follers says:

    Her mother’s genealogy was whitewashed tonight on Finding Your Roots (same as Harry Connick, Jr. and Bill Maher before).

    • ashash says:

      Well, it certainly debunks the ‘white feminist’ accusations against her. She’s Jewish, not white.

      • Smellybert says:

        If you’re looking at Ashkenazi Jewish from the lens of race, to begin with Patricia Arquette is 50% Ashkenazim.

        As far as Ashkenism and whiteness in the U.S.A., they were always listed on the census here as whites and included in the legal framework as whites.
        If you want to have a scientific take on Ashkenazim genetics for the sake of brevity, I can model them for you in a way a novice like you can understand..

        Eastern European Ashkenazim= 80% south Italian, 5% central European, and 15% or so Eastern Slav, with some minor haplogroups that are likely from ancient Israelites.
        German, French, Austrian Jews= 90% Maltese or south Italian, with some additional lines from diaspora Jews of the middle east and north Africa..

        Clearly Ashkenazim are and always were whites in America.
        Many cults like White Nationalism don’t consider Ashkenazim whites, but these people are a powerless and irrelevant gaggle of —– and ex cons, or just meth-heads and scammers.
        Which one are you?

  2. ashash says:

    She’s very exotic. She looks Turkish. Nice bronze skin, blue eyes.

  3. ashash says:

    It’s preposterous that this biracial woman was accused of ‘white feminism.’

    • Smellybert says:

      And what are these 2 races?
      Caucasian and Caucasian?
      Now pull out your —— card and conflate linguistics with race.
      Call her half Semitic.
      Never-mind that linguistically Ashkenazim’s unique language is non Semitic.
      Yiddish is High German and an Indo European language.
      And genetically Ashkenazim cluster with Indo Europeans (excluding the Maltese), in the Greco-Roman southern European genetic cohort.

  4. pookerella says:

    Cliff Arquette was a famous personality named “Charlie Weaver.” He was a Civil War expert and a comedian. He was known to most people from the Hollywood Squares TV show.

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