Rooney Mara

Mara in 2011, image via kathclick/

Birth Name: Patricia Rooney Mara

Place of Birth: Bedford, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 17, 1985

Ethnicity: Irish (50% to 56.25%), as well as one quarter Italian, one eighth German, one sixteenth French-Canadian

Rooney Mara is an American actress, fashion designer, philanthropist, and animal rights activist. She is the daughter of Kathleen McNulty (Rooney) and Timothy Christopher Mara. Her sister is actress Kate Mara. Her parents are both from prominent families with a football team-founding patriarch (the New York Giants for her father and the Pittsburgh Steelers for her mother). Rooney has a son with her fiancé, actor, musician, and activist Joaquín Phoenix.

Rooney’s paternal grandfather was of Irish descent, and Rooney’s paternal grandmother was of half German, as well as of Irish and French-Canadian, ancestry. Rooney’s mother is of Irish and Italian descent.

Rooney’s great-uncle, Dan Rooney, was the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, from 2009 to 2012, and Chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers, from 2003 to 2017. Her first cousin, once removed, Art Rooney II, is a co-owner and President of the Steelers.

Rooney’s paternal grandfather was Wellington Timothy Mara (the son of Timothy James Mara and Elizabeth “Lizette” M. Barclay). Wellington was born in New York, and co-owned the New York Giants football team. Rooney’s great-grandfather Timothy was the founder and administrator of the New York Giants, and was born in New York, the son of Timothy James Mara and Elizabeth A. Harris, who were both of Irish descent. Rooney’s great-grandmother Elizabeth Barclay was the daughter of Henry Laurence/Lawrence Barclay, Sr., who was born in London, England, of Irish descent, and of Elizabeth/Lizzie Deborah Armstrong, who was born in Pennsylvania.

Rooney’s paternal grandmother was Ann/Anne Maria Teresa Mumm (the daughter of George Henry Mumm and Olive V. DuBord). Ann was born in New York, and was a businessperson, socialite, and philanthropist. George’s father, Philip Mumm, was born in Germany, the son of Veith Mumm and Margaret Leydecker. George’s mother, Rose/Rosa A. Hebel, was born in either England or New York, to German parents. Olive’s parents were James Ignatius DuBord, who was born in Canada, and Elizabeth Conlan/Conlen. The surname DuBord is French, suggesting likely French-Canadian ancestry. The surnames Conlan and/or Conlen are Irish, suggesting Irish ancestry.

Rooney’s maternal grandfather is Timothy James “Tim” Rooney (the son of Arthur Joseph “Art” Rooney, Sr. and Kathleen McNulty). Timothy was born in Pennsylvania, and runs Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, New York. He is of Irish descent. Rooney’s great-grandfather Arthur was the founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team. Arthur was the son of Daniel M. Rooney, who was born in Wales, of Irish descent, and of Margaret A. Murray, who was born in Pennsylvania, also of Irish heritage. Kathleen was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of John Henry McNulty and Kathleen B. Devlin, who were of Irish origin.

Rooney’s maternal grandmother is June Ann Marraccini (the daughter of Joseph Marraccini and Josephine Campagna). June was born in Pennsylvania, and all of her own grandparents were Italian. Joseph was the son of Arcangelo Angelo Silvestri Leopoldo Marraccini and Maria Adele Carmela Tognarini, who was born in Florence, Tuscany, Italy. Josephine was the daughter of Anthony Campagna and Teresa Gabalgo.

Sources: Genealogies of Rooney Mara –

Rooney’s paternal great-grandfather, Timothy James Mara, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Rooney’s paternal grandmother, Ann/Anne Maria Teresa Mumm, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Rooney’s paternal great-grandfather, George Henry Mumm, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Rooney’s maternal great-grandfather, Arthur Joseph Rooney, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Rooney’s maternal great-grandmother, Kathleen McNulty, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Rooney’s maternal grandmother, June Ann Maraccini, on the 1940 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

24 Responses

  1. Capricious says:

    Looks Swedish/Danish.

  2. WTF says:

    My gawd her bangs look fucked up.

  3. follers says:

    Rooney is going to be a fantastic Tiger Lily in Pan. Whenever I tried to picture Tiger Lily in my mind while reading the book Peter Pan, I always ended up thinking of Rooney. I almost hate to admit it, but Hollywood got it right for once.

    • Girll says:

      Hollywood is still stuck in the 1950s when it comes to casting white actresses as natives, which is offensive how they never progressed.
      They could have at least used a hispanic actress for her.

      A native girl named Devery Jacobs auditioned for the role and was told she was “too ethnic”-for a native american role!
      She should have been Tiger Lily:

      Fck this movie. I hope it bombs.

      • follers says:

        Well, she’s 1/4 Italian, and Italians have been in North America the second longest (or third longest if you count the Vikings). So she’s pretty close to a Native American.

        • Girll says:

          @Follers Maybe a mediterranean looking Sicilian would have been better (Look at Iron eyes cody)

          And they cast an Australian Aborigine as the Chief. At least that’s something indigenous xD
          Even a Sami person would have been good for Tiger Lily even. They are the indigenous people of Europe.

          • follers says:

            I was being ironic (making fun of the movie). A Sicilian is a ridiculous choice to play a Native American as well.

            Don’t say Sami or they’ll cast Renée Zellweger.

            eikos’s comment about the U.S. being a “white country” is bizarre because of course the U.S. was originally inhabited by indigenous people. Then again, all of eikos’s comments are racist.

          • Girll says:

            I was also joking around

      • eikos says:

        Pan is a movie being made in a White country based on a story written by a White man. Where do you get off brow beating us about our business? Try *producing* great art instead of doing nothing but “critiquing” ours. Peter Pan is nothing to do with you.

        • Girll says:

          “Pan is a movie being made in a White country based on a story written by a White man.” You insinuate Children’s stories are only meant to only be read to one particular race? You write with ignorant Eurocentrism.
          And he shouldn’t have written Native American characters if he intended his story to only be for white people.
          “Where do you get off brow beating us about our business?”
          It’s anyone’s business. America was NEVER A LAND ONLY FOR WHITE PEOPLE. And it grew and formed on multiculturalism. If you don’t like it go back to Europe.

          Just saying, casting whites for native characters today is very backwards and so 1950’s.

          • eikos says:

            lol backward? So the proliferation and self confidence of the 3rd world biotrash is humanity going forward, right?

            America was conquered and built by the Anglo-Saxons fair and square who bequeathed it to their posterity. It was not meant to be a 3rd world multiracial cesspool. Eventually you’ll be forcibly ejected whether you like it or not and your moralizing isn’t going to make any difference.

            Anyone can read the works of White men and White men can write about whatever the hell they want (who’s going to stop them? You?). All I’m saying is that the ridiculous opinions of impudent untermenschen should cease to be taken seriously.

          • Girll says:

            The opinions you hold have no place in a country founded on the immigration of many ethnic/racial groups.
            “untermenschen”? It looks like you need a time machine to take you back to Nazi Germany.

            That barbaric white nationalist attitude obviously does not belong in a multicultural place like America which never was inhabited originally by whites in the first place.
            So accept you have to be progressive, modern and not a backwards thinking white nationalist loser or get out of America.
            Even when it was colonized by Europeans it was never fully anglo saxon. You can thank the Africans for doing the slave labour, thank the Chinese for building the railways and thank the Mohawk natives for building the skyscrapers across New York City.

            And thank all the modern day immigrants making it the successful diverse Country it is today.

  4. ShawntheGod says:

    why didn’t my comments load?

  5. ShawntheGod says:

    She kinda looks like Grimes.

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