Famous Descendants

Get to know your relatives! Flip the cards to discover which Mayflower passengers are the ancestors of these celebrities.

Alec Baldwin. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Alec Baldwin

is descended from
John Howland and John Tilley

Alexander Rae Baldwin III (born April 3, 1958) is an American actor, writer, producer, and comedian. Read more

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart

is descended from
John Howland

Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an American screen and stage actor whose performances in 1940s film noir classics such as The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and The Big Sleep earned him status as a cultural icon. Read more

Jordana Brewster. Photo credit: iDominick on www.flickr.com

Jordana Brewster

is descended from
William Brewster, James Chilton, Edward Doty, John Howland, John Tilley, Richard Warren, William White, and Edward Winslow

Jordana Brewster (born April 26, 1980) is an American actress and model. Read more

John Cena

John Cena

is descended from
Richard Warren and Edward Winslow

John Felix Anthony Cena (born April 23, 1977) is an American professional wrestler and actor. Read more

Benedict Cumberbatch. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Benedict Cumberbatch

is descended from
John Alden

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (born 19 July 1976)is an English actor who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio. Read more

Matt Damon

Matt Damon

is descended from
Richard Warren

Matthew Paige Damon (born October 8, 1970) is an American actor, film producer, philanthropist and screenwriter. Read more

Ellen Degeneres. Photo credit: © Glenn Francis, www.PacificProDigital.com

Ellen DeGeneres

is descended from
John Alden

Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, producer, and LGBT activist. Read more

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

is descended from
Edward Fuller and Richard Warren

Amelia Mary Earhart (born July 24, 1897; disappeared July 2, 1937) was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Read more

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

is descended from
William Bradford

Clinton Eastwood Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and political figure. Read more

Zac Efron. Photo credit: Dulce Osuna

Zac Efron

is descended from
John Alden and Thomas Rogers

Zachary David Alexander Efron (born October 18, 1987) is an American actor and singer. Read more

Sally Field

Sally Field

is descended from
William Bradford

Sally Margaret Field (born November 6, 1946) is an American actress and director. Read more

Jane Fonda. Photo Credit: Georges Biard

Jane Fonda

is descended from
Francis Cooke and Edward Winslow

Jane Seymour Fonda (born December 21, 1937) is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness guru. Read more

Jodie Foster. Photo credit: Franz Richter

Jodie Foster

is descended from
John Alden

Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster (born November 19, 1962) is an American actress, director, and producer. Read more

Richard Gere. Photo credit: spaceodissey on www.flickr.com

Richard Gere

is descended from
John Billington, William Brewster, Francis Cooke, Francis Eaton, Stephen Hopkins, Degory Priest, George Soule, Richard Warren, and Edward Winslow

Richard Tiffany Gere (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor and humanitarian activist. Read more

Ernest Hemingway. Photo credit: Helen Breaker. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

Ernest Hemingway

is descended from
Richard Warren and Edward Winslow

Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. Read more

Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn

is descended from
William Brewster

Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an American actress. Known for her fierce independence and spirited personality, Hepburn was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years. Read more

Avril Lavigne. Photo credit: Yun Jie Dai on www.flickr.com

Avril Lavigne

is descended from
Stephen Hopkins

Avril Ramona Lavigne (born 27 September 1984) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and actress. Read more

Christopher Lloyd. Photo credit: Gabriel Tyner on www.flickr.com

Christopher Lloyd

is descended from
James Chilton, John Howland, John Tilley, Richard Warren, and Edward Winslow

Christopher Allen Lloyd (born October 22, 1938) is an American actor, voice actor, and comedian. Read more

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

is descended from
John Alden

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson, June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer. Read more

Sarah Palin. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Sarah Palin

is descended from
William Brewster, Stephen Hopkins, John Howland, Henry Samson, John Tilley, and Richard Warren

Sarah Louise Palin (née Heath; born February 11, 1964) is an American politician, commentator, and author who served as the ninth Governor of Alaska from 2006 until her resignation in 2009. Read more

Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts

is descended from
William Brewster

Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Roberts (née Boggs; born December 27, 1943), best known as Cokie Roberts, is an American journalist and author. Read more

Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Photo credit: FDR Presidential Library & Museum

Franklin D. Roosevelt

is descended from
Isaac Allerton, John Cooke, John Howland, Degory Priest, and Richard Warren

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), often referred to by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. Read more

Pete Seeger. Photo credit: Dan Tappan on www.flickr.com

Pete Seeger

is descended from
William Brewster and Francis Cooke

Peter Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer and social activist. Read more

Alan Shepard. Photo credit: NASA

Alan Shepard

is descended from
Richard Warren

Rear Admiral Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. (November 18, 1923 – July 21, 1998) was an American astronaut, naval aviator, test pilot, and businessman. Read more

James Spader. Photo credit: Thibault on www.flickr.com

James Spader

is descended from
Richard Warren

James Todd Spader (born February 7, 1960) is an American actor. Read more

Meryl Streep. Photo credit: Dick Thomas Johnson

Meryl Streep

is descended from
John Howland

Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. Cited in the media as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly known for her versatility and accent adaptation. Read more

Taylor Swift. Photo credit: Jana Zills on www.flickr.com

Taylor Swift

is descended from
John Alden, Francis Cooke, John Howland, and William White

Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. Read more

Sigourney Weaver. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Sigourney Weaver

is descended from
Edward Winslow

Susan Alexandra Weaver (born October 8, 1949), known professionally as Sigourney Weaver, is an American actress. Read more

Wil Wheaton. Photo credit: Genevieve on www.flickr.com

Wil Wheaton

is descended from
Francis Cooke

Richard William Wheaton III (born July 29, 1972) is an American actor, blogger, voice actor, and writer. Read more

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder

is descended from
Richard Warren

Laura Ingalls Wilder (February 7, 1867 – February 10, 1957) was an American writer known for the Little House on the Prairie series of children's books released from 1932 to 1943 which were based on her childhood in a settler and pioneer family. Read more

 

Mayflower ancestries sourced from the following:

  • Rich Hall, famouskin.com
  • Caleb Johnson, mayflowerhistory.com
  • Research conducted by Gary Boyd Roberts, Julie Helen Otto, and Christopher Challender Child for NEHGS publications, including articles appearing in American Ancestors and Mayflower Descendant, and books published by Newbury Street Press