Holmes’s father is of three quarters German and one quarter Irish descent. Katie’s mother has Irish and English ancestry.
Katie Holmes was born as Kate Noelle ‘Katie’ Holmes on December 18, 1978, in Toledo, Ohio, the United States, to Kathleen Ann (Craft), a philanthropist, and Martin Joseph Holmes, Sr., a lawyer. Holmes was born two months premature at four pounds and became the youngest of five children. She has three sisters and one brother. Her parents have said that her strong-willed personality is probably from being born premature.