Saoirse Ronan

Ronan in 2009, Featureflash /

Birth Name: Saoirse Úna Ronan

Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: 12 April, 1994

Ethnicity: Irish, as well as small amounts of English and Scottish

Saoirse Ronan is an Irish, and American, actress. Her many roles include Atonement, Brooklyn, Hanna, and Ladybird.

She was born in The Bronx, New York City, to Irish parents, Monica Bernadette (Brennan) and Paul Ronan (Paul Anthony Ronan), an actor. At the time, her parents were undocumented immigrants to the U.S. They moved back to Ireland soon after, and she grew up in Dublin, Dublin suburb Howth, and Ardattin in Carlow. Her name Saoirse is pronounced SUR-shə. She has stated that, in the Irish language, Saoirse means “freedom,” while her middle name, Úna, means “unity.”

Saoirse has citizenship in both the U.S. and Ireland. Her father was born in Manchester, England, of Irish origin. Her mother is Irish, and also has small amounts of English and Scottish ancestry.

Saoirse’s paternal grandfather is named Tommy/Thomas A. Ronan.

Saoirse’s paternal grandmother is Úna Mary Carson (the daughter of Joseph, later Joseph Gerard, Carson and Annie/Anne Boland). Saoirse’s grandmother Úna was born in Dublin. Joseph was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the son of Joseph Carson and Sarah Lowe. Annie was born in Limerick Junction, Tipperary, County Tipperary, Ireland, the daughter of Paul Boland and Eliza/Elizabeth Cox.

Saoirse’s maternal grandfather was Matthew Brennan (the son of James Brennan and Alice Walsh). Matthew was born in Dublin. James was the son of Richard Brennan and Mary Anne/Ann McCormick. Alice was the daughter of Nicholas Walsh and Alice McCarthy.

Saoirse’s maternal grandmother was Philomena Herbert (the daughter of Harry Walter Charles Stait, later Charles Vincent Stait Herbert, and of Margaret Mary Sweeney). Philomena was born in Dublin. Charles was the son of an English emigrant, Harry Stait, of Birmingham, Warwickshire, and of a Scottish emigrant, Sarah Jane Ivens, of Bothwell, Lanarkshire. Margaret was the daughter of John Sweeney and Maria Murphy.

Sources: Genealogy of Saoirse Ronan (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Saoirse Ronan (focusing on her mother’s side) –


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15 Responses

  1. athelya says:

    she’s really pretty but her eyes freak me out sometimes, they are so translucent.

  2. andrew says:

    she looks like a painting

  3. Capricious says:

    A blonde pale Irish person.

    That’s a first….

  4. The.geneal.guy says:

    Although ‘Carson’ is an English surname!

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