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Marilyn Monroe

Ancestry of
Marilyn Monroe

Actress, Model, and Singer


Who was Marilyn Monroe?

Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson and was raised under the name Norma Jeane Baker. Marilyn's birth certificate names Martin E. Mortensen as her father, however her mother had separated from him before her pregnancy and she immediately changed Marilyn's name to Baker, the name of her first husband. Throughout her life, Marilyn denied her father was Mortensen. Marilyn identified Charles Stanley Gifford, a studio co-worker of her mother, as her real father.

Famous Kin

It is through Charles Gifford that Marilyn has her connections to so many famous kin. She is a direct descendant of Mayflower passenger Francis Cooke. Marilyn Monroe also has a kinship with both President Abraham Lincoln and Senator Stephen A. Douglas. It was Senator Douglas who participated with Abraham Lincoln in the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates. There are also a number of presidential and royal connections in Marilyn's ancestry including one of the latest additions to the current royal family, Prince George.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Marilyn Monroe

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Thomas Cornell

(c1595 - c1655)
Great Migration Immigrant 1638

8th great-grandfather

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Samuel Cony

31st Governor of Maine

6th cousin 3 times removed
via John Alden

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Samuel Cony

31st Governor of Maine

16th cousin 5 times removed
via Isabella de Beauchamp

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Samuel Cony

31st Governor of Maine

14th cousin 6 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Samuel Cony

31st Governor of Maine

6th cousin 3 times removed
via Experience Mitchell

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Samuel Cony

31st Governor of Maine

16th cousin 5 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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David Ogden Stiers

Broadway, TV and Movie Actor

9th cousin 1 time removed
via John Alden

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Ethan Peck

TV and Movie Actor

10th cousin 2 times removed
via Gov. Thomas Mayhew

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George Howard Earle

30th Governor of Pennsylvania

10th cousin
via Henry Howland

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George Howard Earle

30th Governor of Pennsylvania

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Rev. Thomas Mayhew Jr.

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William Rush Merriam

11th Governor of Minnesota

11th cousin 2 times removed
via Henry Sherman

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William Rush Merriam

11th Governor of Minnesota

9th cousin 2 times removed
via Jacques Mahieu

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William B. Washburn

28th Governor of Massachusetts

6th cousin 3 times removed
via Experience Mitchell

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Emory Washburn

22nd Governor of Massachusetts

5th cousin 4 times removed
via Experience Mitchell

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Peter T. Washburn

31st Governor of Vermont

6th cousin 3 times removed
via Experience Mitchell

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Charles Edward Merrill

Co-Founder of Merrill Lynch & Company

8th cousin 1 time removed
via John Alden

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Charles Edward Merrill

Co-Founder of Merrill Lynch & Company

11th cousin 2 times removed
via Henry Sherman

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James Merrill

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

9th cousin
via John Alden

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James Merrill

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

12th cousin 1 time removed
via Henry Sherman

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir William de Ros

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

20th cousin 1 time removed
via William de Montagu

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

20th cousin
via Richard FitzAlan

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

21st cousin
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

14th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Humphrey Stafford

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Thebaud de Verdun

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