Tom Cruise

Cruise in 2011, Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Thomas Cruise Mapother IV

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

Date of Birth: July 3, 1962

Ethnicity:
*43.75% German
*43.75% Irish
*12.5% mix of English and Welsh

Tom Cruise is an American actor and filmmaker.

Tom is the son of Mary Lee (Pfeiffer) and Thomas Cruise Mapother. Tom’s father was of one quarter Irish, one half German, and one quarter that was of mixed English and Welsh, ancestry. Tom’s mother was of three eighths German and five eighths Irish ancestry. All four of Tom’s grandparents were born in Kentucky, as were all eight of Tom’s great-grandparents. The English and Welsh lines of Tom’s ancestry go back to Colonial American times.

His first cousin is actor William Mapother (their fathers are siblings). Tom has a daughter with his former wife, actress Katie Holmes, and two children with his former wife, actress Nicole Kidman; among them actor Connor Cruise.

Tom was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1990.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Cruise Mapother II (the son of Thomas O’Mara, whose name was later changed to Thomas Cruise Mapother, and of Anna Stewart Bateman). Tom’s grandfather Thomas was born in Kentucky. Tom’s great-grandfather Thomas O’Mara’s parents, Thomas O’Mara and Mary Paulina Russell Cruise, were both of Irish descent. Tom’s great-grandmother Anna was the daughter of Thomas J. Bateman and Elvira Eva Tompkins/Thompkins, and had English and Welsh ancestry.

Tom’s great-great-grandmother, Mary Cruise, married twice. Her first husband was Dillon Henry Mapother, by whom she had six children. After Dillon’s death, she remarried to Thomas O’Mara. Their son, who was born as Thomas O’Mara, was listed under that name in the 1880 Census. His name was later changed to Thomas Cruise Mapother. The reason(s) for him changing his name are not clear.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Catherine Louise Reibert (the daughter of William Reibert and Charlotte Louise Voelker). Catherine was born in Kentucky. William and Charlotte were of German descent. William was the son of Adam Andrew Reibert and Francisca/Francis/Frances Boesser. Charlotte was the daughter of John Voelker and Louisa Steadle.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was Charles Conrad Pfeiffer (the son of Lee Norbert Pfeiffer and Anna/Annie M. Shea). Charles was born in Kentucky. Lee was the son of Charles Conrad Pfeiffer, whose parents were from Cölbe, Giessen, Hesse, Germany; and of Mary Roselle/Rosselle Hawkins, who was of Irish ancestry. Anna was the daughter of Dennis Shea and Mary Brown, who were Irish immigrants.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Comala Rosella Ramser (the daughter of Joseph Charles Ramser and Susan/Sarah A. Mackey). Comala was born in Kentucky. Joseph was the son of George Ramser, a German emigrant, from Alsatia, and of Catherine Merkel, who was of German descent. Susan was the daughter of Gerald Jeremiah Mackey, an Irish immigrant, and of Bridget Quinn, who was of Irish ancestry.

Cruise with then-wife Mimi Rogers in 1989, Creative Commons License photo credit: Alan Light

Sources: Genealogies of Tom Cruise – http://www.wargs.com
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
https://www.wikitree.com
https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Tom’s father – http://www.findagrave.com

Tom’s maternal great-grandfather, Lee Norbert Pfeiffer, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Lee Norbert Pfeiffer on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Other resources about Tom’s family – http://i.usatoday.net

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52 Responses

  1. theropod says:

    No Jewish or Italian?

    • follers says:

      Most A-list Hollywood leading men do not have Jewish or Italian ancestry. They are usually of Northern European/British Isles descent.

      Young actors, on the other hand, are fairly Jewish.

      • andrew says:

        can u give me a list of these actors in A-list?

        • follers says:

          People like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck.

          http://www.adherents.com/movies/adh_actors.html
          25 of the “AFI Top 50 Screen Legends of all Time: Actors”.

          Only Fred Astaire, Kirk Douglas, The Marx Brothers, Sidney Poitier, and Edward G. Robinson had/have non-British Isles/Central European descent. And Marx and Robinson were not really typical leading men.

          • andrew says:

            Fonda was of distant Italian heritage. Grant, Chaplin and Olivier were English-born. Interesting list by AFI btw , enterely about Old Hollywood stars (the omission of Paul Newman is quite surprising). Since the late 60s things have changed, with plenty of stars with differerent backgrounds. many of partly Italian (as De Niro) or Jewish descent (example: Harrison Ford)

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Italian-American_actors#1940s

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_actors

            Now the best-paid Hollywood stars are Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr if I’m not wrong

          • follers says:

            Henry Fonda’s distant Italian ancestry is unproven. I know the family refers to it often, but one of the last traceable ancestors of Henry’s is Gilles Douwese Fonda, who was born in Gelderland, the Netherlands, in the early 1600s, to Douw Fonda and Douwe Jaasoon de Vries Van Arentzvelt. Some claim that Douw’s dad was an Italian named Latcho de Corgnale Fonda, but I am not sure this is confirmed. So the Italian ancestry could be some kind of family legend. If true, though, it would have made Henry a very small fraction Italian, and pretty irrelevant (i.e. 1/256 or 1/512 or something), almost like Barbara Bush.

            Actually, Henry’s daughter, Jane Fonda, is something like 1/32 Italian… through her mother.

            Which also brings me to Johnny Depp… who I consider to be a WASP if the only non-white ancestry he has are those remote roots I found, 1/1024 or something.

            “Grant, Chaplin and Olivier were English-born” – That still counts! It counts even more, haha.

            I don’t think things have actually changed that much since the late 1960s, especially not today (with all those British actors being imported to the U.S.). I didn’t say “all” A-list stars, I said “most”.

            It’s funny, but there were probably more A-list Jewish leading men in the 1950s than there are today. There is no version of Kirk Douglas today, and I am only hoping that Logan Lerman becomes the next Tony Curtis (he looks like him).

          • andrew says:

            @ Follers

            Tom Cruise has distant/remote Italian ancestry. Checking his genealogy, the Italian name “Allesandro Poe” (born c. 1710) caught my attention. It appears that Poe surname comes from Po Valley in Northern Italy.

            Source: Anna H. Poe – Poems and Stories (1893)

            https://poefamilyhistory.wordpress.com/poe-family/

          • follers says:

            I don’t know how accurate that story is. For one thing, it says that Alessandro Poe was a brother of Edgar Allan Poe’s great-grandfather John Poe, and that’s clearly not accurate.

            I also found this:
            “His father, who was Thomas Poe, was born near Spottsylvania Court-house, Va., in 1749, and was a son of Anson Poe, who was born in England and came to the United States in 1707, settling in Virginia on the Po River, where he lived and died. The father of Anson Poe was born in Italy on the Po River, date not known.” (“Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Adams, Clay, Hall and Hamilton Counties, Nebraska, Comprising a Condensed History of the State”, 1890).
            https://books.google.ca/books?id=ixI1AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA672&dq=%22Anson+Poe%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjln8jH9P3XAhVL7mMKHZ95CwEQ6AEIGTAB

            Whether that’s accurate, I don’t know. If it is, Cruise would be 1/512 Italian, depending on Anson’s mother.

          • andrew says:

            @follers

            Thank for having checked that source

      • driko says:

        yep, Tom is a straight up old-stock WASP.

      • denny2020 says:

        YOU ARE WRONG

        Actually the majorities of the men and women in Hollywood have all an Italian ancestry

        All of this people below have an Italian ancestry by mom, dad or both parents

        Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Leonardo Di Caprio, Bradley Coopers, Kaley Cuoco, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Hayden Panettiere, Vin Diesel, Lindsay Lohan, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorseze, Bruce Springsteen, Hulg Hogan, Paris Hilton,

      • denny2020 says:

        FOLLERS
        YOU ARE WRONG:
        ACTUALLY THE MAJORITIES OF THE MEN AND WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD HAVE AN ITALIAN ANCESTRY BY MOM, DAD OR BOTH ANCESTRY.

        ALL OF THIS PEOPLE BELOW HAVE AN ITALIAN ANCESTRY BY MOM, DAD OR BOTH PARENTS. AND ANYWAY IF JANE FONDA IS JUST 1/32 ITALIAN EVEN TOM CRUISE IS ONLY PARTLY IRISH, BUT EVERYBODY THAT HAVE AN ITALIAN ANCESTRY PREFER TO CLAIM TO BE ITALIAN INSTEAD GERMANS OR IRISH

        CHECK THIS LIST BELOW OF PEOPLE IN HOLLYWOOD WITH AN ITALIAN ANCESTRY, ENJOY SOME FACTS

        JOHN TRAVOLTA, NICOLAS CAGE
        BRADLEY COOPERS, VIN DIESEL
        LEONARDO DI CAPRIO
        KAYLE CUOCO
        HAYDEN PANETTIERE
        ROBERT DE NIRO
        AL PACINO, LINDSAY LOHAN
        QUENTIN TARANTINO
        MARTIN SCORSESE
        FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA
        BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
        HULK HOGAN
        RAY LIOTTA
        JOE PESCI
        JANE FONDA
        SUSAN SARANDON
        SYLVESTER STALLONE
        LADY GAGA
        MADONNA
        AND MANY MANY OTHERS

      • ectag says:

        Herr Follers is ze best Nazi race researcher I have ever seen! He reminds me of Heydrich and Himmler!

        His obsessiin vith race and ethncity vould make ze Fhurer blush.

        Vell done, herr Follers!

    • andrew says:

      @theropod

      are u obsessed?

  2. GLXY says:

    He’s also part Welsh no ?

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