Rachel McAdams

McAdams in 2010, image via s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Rachel Anne McAdams

Place of Birth: London, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: November 17, 1978

Ethnicity: English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, distant Dutch and German

Rachel McAdams is a Canadian actress. Her film breakthrough occurred in 2004, when she starred as popular queen bee Regina George in Mean Girls and heiress Allie Hamilton in The Notebook.

Rachel is the daughter of Sandra and Lance McAdams. Some of her forebears were American-born. Her sister, Kayleen, is a celebrity make-up artist. Rachel has a son with her partner, American screenwriter Jamie Linden.

Rachel’s patrilineal line can be traced back to David McAdam, who was born, c. 1824, in Ireland, and to his wife, Sarah Jane Cross, who was born, c. 1828, in County Limerick, Ireland.

Rachel’s paternal grandfather was Cecil Leslie McAdams (the son of Christopher Henry Brown McAdam/McAdams and Alice Etta Alfreda Daniels). Cecil was born in Ontario. Christopher was the son of Frederick McAdam and Eliza Ellen Crowe. Alice was the daughter of William Edward Daniels and Susannah Hubble.

Rachel’s paternal grandmother was Florence June Williams (the daughter of Joseph Milton Williams and Florence Olive Ketcheson). Rachel’s grandmother Florence was born in Hastings County, Ontario. Joseph was born in Wales, the son of William Williams and Anne Roberts. Rachel’s great-grandmother Florence was the daughter of Tobias Bleecker/Blake Ketcheson and Catherine/Katie Theresa/Garrison Hollinger.

Rachel’s maternal grandfather was Harold Gowan Gale (the son of William Henry Gale and Beatrice Maud Sedgemore/Sedgmore). Harold was born in Plymouth, Devon, England, to an English father, from Plymouth, and a Scottish mother. William was the son of William Henry Creber Gale and Elizabeth Ann Jasper. Beatrice was the daughter of Arthur Edward Sedgmore.

Rachel’s maternal grandmother was Eileen Maude Bell (the daughter of Andrew Harvey Bell and Josephine Ethel Foote). Eileen was born in Pincher Creek, Alberta. Josephine was the daughter of William Alexander Foote and Carmina Maude McDonald.

Sources: Genealogies of Rachel McAdams – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Rachel McAdams (focusing on her father’s side) – http://humphrysfamilytree.com

Rachel’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Frederick McAdam, on the 1881 Canadian Census – https://familysearch.org

Rachel mentions her Welsh ancestry – http://metro.co.uk


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12 Responses

  1. jackson9 says:

    Rachel McAdams is German and/or German Jewish. Paternal grandmother Florence June Williams was the daughter of Florence Ketcheson, daughter of Tobias Ketcheson, son of William Ketcheson, son of Jane Jones, daughter of Anna Meyers, daughter of John Walden Meyers, son of Georg J Waldemeier 1719-1796 born in Germany died in Dutchess, New York.

    • FLASHP01NT says:

      As far as her presentation goes, she looks mostly english/irish; but her nose does have a slight jewish diamond shape (with lowered columella and raised alae) typical of jews – so your probably correct.

      +1 diagnostics

  2. andrew says:

    Rachel’s “McAdams” line can be traced back to David McAdam, born c. 1824, in Ireland, and to his wife, Sarah Jane Cross, born c. 1828, in County Limerick, Ireland.


  3. Detective says:

    If one were to go by the U.S.’s one percent rule, Rachel would be considered a black woman. ‘Lestatt’ should know what I am talking about…

  4. Lestatt says:

    I am related to her mom, i know for a fact that she is also of English too. ;)

  5. danaeSUCKS says:

    her imdb page said she had scottish blood, or maybe I’m just hallucinating

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