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, Irish, some Cornish, Welsh, Scottish, and Dutch, distant German and French

Rachel McAdams is a Canadian actress. She has starred in the films My Name Is Tanino, Perfect Pie, The Hot Chick, Mean Girls, The Notebook, Wedding Crashers, Red Eye, The Family Stone, Married Life, The Lucky Ones, State of Play, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Sherlock Holmes, and its sequel; Morning Glory, Midnight in Paris, The Vow, Passion (2012), To the Wonder, About Time, A Most Wanted Man, Every Thing Will Be Fine, The Little Prince (2015), Aloha, Southpaw, Spotlight, Doctor Strange, and its sequel; Disobedience, Game Night, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. She has also appeared on the shows Slings & Arrows and True Detective.

Rachel is the daughter of Sandra, a nurse, and Lance McAdams, a truck driver. Some of her forebears were American-born. Her sister, Kayleen, is a celebrity make-up artist. Rachel was raised in St. Thomas. She has two children with her partner, American screenwriter Jamie Linden.

Rachel’s patrilineal line can be traced 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/Elfreda Daniels). Cecil was born in Ontario. Christopher was the son of Frederick/Fred B. McAdam/McAdams, whose parents were Irish, and of Eliza/Elisa Ellen Crowe, who was of English, Irish, and Cornish descent. Alice was the daughter of William Edward Daniels and Susannah/Susanna Annie 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, who was Cornish. 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. Andrew was the son of William Thomas Bell, who was of English descent, and of Mary Ann Laing, whose parents were Scottish. Josephine was the daughter of William Alexander Foote, whose parents were also from Scotland, and of Carmina/Carmin Maude/Maud 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/Fred B. McAdam/McAdams, on the 1881 Canadian Census – https://familysearch.org

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


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24 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 Jewish shape (with lowered columella and raised alae) typical of Jews – so your probably correct.

      +1 diagnostics

      • jackson9 says:

        Ah okay. I was basing it off of the surnames but you think so? Rachel is very pretty, any culture would embrace having her.

        • FLASHP01NT says:

          I looked over photos of R. McAdams again: now I think her nose shape, which is slightly odd, might be from her welsh admixture interfering with a traditional Irish or English nose presentation. She appears more welsh than I previously realized – especially in the nose and forehead. The welsh nose typically has a softer dorsum, wider wing and larger rounder apex. Mcadams has a soft dorsum and a wide wing, but her apex shrinks down to a small point, which is unusual. The domes (i.e. tip defining points) of her nose are very small and close together, which give the appearance of a single point. Her forehead is also prominent with a considerable frontal eminence and supercilary arch, which is more characteristic of the welsh. Looking at her family tree (which appears to be quite comprehensive) her dad is mostly Irish and Cornish, while her mom is mostly Irish and Welsh. There is no Jewish ancestry; I was mistaken.

  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

    • Paul. says:

      No, it says she’s of Irish descent.

    • ses101 says:

      The name McAdam comes form the South of Scotland.

    • ses101 says:

      The name McAdam comes from the South of Scotland.

    • FLASHP01NT says:

      I have an approximate calculation for the genome of R. McAdams (backtracked to 100% lineal homogeneity – circa 1625). Note: Results are proximal based on availability of data from public record.

      DAD – L. MCADAMS
      6.250 Dutch
      6.250 Southwest English (Devon)
      12.50 Welsh
      25.00 Irish

      MOM – S. GALE
      50.00 Southwest English (Devon)
      25.00 Cornish
      17.50 Scottish
      7.500 Irish

      R. MCADAMS
      3.125 Dutch
      3.125 Southwest English (Devon)
      6.250 Welsh
      12.50 Irish

      25.00 Southwest English (Devon)
      12.50 Cornish
      8.750 Scottish
      3.750 Irish

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