Summer Glau

Glau in 2008, photo by Joe Seer /

Birth Name: Summer Lyn Glau

Place of Birth: San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 24, 1981

Ethnicity: German/Alsatian German, Swiss-German, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Irish, Welsh, English

Summer Glau is an American actress. She is known for her roles on the shows Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles, Firefly, The 4400, and Dollhouse. Summer’s father is of German/Alsatian German, English, and one eighth Swiss-German, descent. Summer’s mother is of English, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Irish, and Welsh descent.

There are claims on the internet that Summer has Cherokee Native American ancestry, specifically from a great-grandparent. These claims do not appear to be accurate. While it is possible that Summer may have remote Cherokee ancestry, all of Summer’s great-grandparents are identified as “white” on United States censuses, and most or all of their recent ancestry has been documented as not being Cherokee Native American.

Summer is married to actor Val Morrison, with whom she has two children.

Summer’s co-star Grace Park has said:

She was really cool. We were joking that her name was Summer G. Lau and she was actually of Asian heritage – that’s what Daniel [Dae Kim] kept saying. I didn’t know that her ancestry actually is Irish and German. But yeah, she just brought it. There were so many takes where the camera wasn’t even on her, and she just gave it every single time.

Summer’s patrilineal line can be traced to her great-great-great-grandparents, Detlef Wilhelm Christian Glau, b. c. 1825, and Anna Friederike Basche, b. c. 1821, who were both born in Flensburg, Schleswig, Germany.

Summer’s paternal grandfather was Raymond Rudolph Glau (the son of Julius Rudolf Glau, Jr. and Edith H. Jackson). Raymond was born in Texas. Julius was born in Iowa, the son of Julius Rudolf Glau, who was born in Gettorf, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and of Ana/Annie Maria Hurni, who was Swiss. Edith was born in Texas, the daughter of Crowfield Jackson and Susie Lavina West.

Summer’s paternal grandmother was Virginia Mae Mangold (the daughter of Walter Herman Mangold and Lorraine/Laraine Emalia Carle). Virginia was born in Texas, of German descent, including Alsatian German. Walter was the son of Valentine Mangold and Josephine Tschirhart. Lorraine was the daughter of Martin Ambrose Carle and Ida Haby.

Summer’s maternal grandfather was Albert Joe McFarlane (the son of Floyd Joseph McFarlane and Evalyn Rose Grace Morgan). Albert was born in Oregon. Floyd was the son of Joseph A. McFarlane and Cora A. Sheldon. Evalyn was the daughter of Fred Sylvester Morgan and Lora Bell Carpenter.

Summer’s maternal grandmother was Mary Freda Cooper (the daughter of Thomas A. Cooper and Vera Wooten). Mary was born in Arkansas. Vera was the daughter of Monroe Wooten and Creola Milburn.

Summer’s matrilineal line can be traced to Minerva McCain, who was born, c. 1848, in Tennessee.


Genealogy of Summer Glau –

Summer’s paternal grandfather, Raymond Rudolph Glau, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Summer’s paternal great-grandparents, Julius Rudolf Glau, Jr. and Edith H. Jackson –

Summer’s paternal great-grandparents, Julius Rudolf Glau, Jr. and Edith H. Jackson , on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Summer’s paternal grandmother, Virginia Mae Mangold, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Summer’s paternal great-grandparents, Walter Herman Mangold and Lorraine/Laraine Emalia Carle –

Summer’s maternal grandfather, Albert Joe McFarlane, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Summer’s maternal grandmother, Mary Freda Cooper, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Interview where Summer mentions some of her ancestry –


Curious about ethnicity

92 Responses

  1. bearboy says:

    @Neil Tennant, Britney Spears looks way more Scandinavian then Maltese/Italian/Jewish or whatever you think she looks like being she is one 1/16th Maltese and 15/16th Northern European. Also I have lived in Norway so please don’t insult my heritage

  2. TheHelper says:

    @neiltennant You call Americans dumb, but you are the one who is dumb.

    • bearboy says:

      Neil Tennant why would anyone want to delete your posts? If we did we would have to stick to facts and census instead of saying every Caucasian celebrity is Japanese because we’re bored today and have nothing to do?

  3. TheHelper says:

    She has no Asian ancestry, so you’re going to be waiting a long time.

  4. madman says:

    Be patient

  5. bearboy says:

    lol Neil Tennant you’re hilarious :)

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