Return to MSN
Family History
Why Discover Your
Family History
Family History Guide
Celebrity Family History
Brad Pitt
Britney Spears
Elvis Presley
George Clooney
Jessica Simpson
JK Rowling
J.R.R. Tolkien
Tom Cruise
Tony Blair
Winston Churchill
Celebrity Discoveries
Sign Up for a Free Trial


Thomas Cruise Mapother IV was born July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York. His father, Thomas Mapother III, was an electrical engineer. His mother, Mary Lee Pfeiffer Mapother, was a schoolteacher and part-time actress..

There is some debate as to the origin of Cruise's Mapother ancestry. Some genealogists link him to Dylan Henry Mapother, a Welshman who immigrated to the US in 1850. Other experts suggest that his ancestors actually emigrated from Ireland.

Cruise descends from a long line of Kentuckians starting with his great-grandfather Thomas Mapother I. Learn more about the Kentucky Mapothers in the 1920 US Census.

Cruise's ancestry includes another prominent Kentucky family – the Batmans of Louisville. Find out how the Batmans made a living in the 1880 US Census.

* The research for this family tree is only as accurate as the resources we found to verify the information.

Ancestor's First Name
Ancestor's Last Name