Birth Name: Carlos Ray Norris
Birth Place: Ryan, Oklahoma, United States
Date of Birth: March 10, 1940
Ethnicity: English, along with Scottish, Welsh, and German
Chuck Norris is an American actor.
Chuck has stated that both of his parents were of half Irish and half Native American ancestry (“Genetically speaking, I am equal parts Irish and Native American”). Specifically, he has said that his paternal grandfather was an Irish immigrant, his paternal grandmother was of Native American descent (“a full-blooded Cherokee Indian”), his maternal grandfather was of Native American descent (“a Cherokee Indian from Kentucky”), and, finally, that his maternal grandmother was of Irish descent.
However, these statements do not appear to be accurate. Most of Chuck’s recent ancestors, including his paternal grandfather, were U.S.-born. His family tree contains mostly English surnames and English-born distant ancestors, along with a smaller amount of Scottish, Welsh, and German, roots. No Native American ancestry has been documented/verified in any publicly available family trees of Chuck Norris, and all of Chuck’s grandparents are described as “white” on U.S. censuses.
Chuck is the son of Wilma (Scarberry) and Ray D. Norris. Chuck’s patrilineal line goes back to a John Norris, born in Norfolk Co., England, in the 1500s.
Chuck’s paternal grandparents were James Henry Norris (the son of William/Simon Norris and Eliza Ann) and Ella “Ellie” May Tinker (the daughter of James Asbury Tinker and Clarisa “Clara” Ann Cofer).
Chuck’s maternal grandparents were John Porter Scarberry (the son of an unnamed father and Martha Scarberry) and Ada Agnes Hargrove (the daughter of John “Jack” P. Hargrove and Alice). Martha’s parents were Richard E. Scarbrough and Eliza Jane Smith.
Sources: Genealogies of Chuck Norris – http://www.wargs.com
Chuck’s father, Ray D. Norris, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Chuck’s paternal grandmother, Ella “Ellie” May Tinker, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Chuck’s maternal grandparents, John Porter Scarberry and Ada Agnes Hargrove, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Chuck’s maternal grandfather, John Porter Scarberry (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Chuck’s maternal great-grandparents, John P. “Jack” Hargrove and Alice, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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