Amber Heard

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Birth Name: Amber Laura Heard

Place of Birth: Austin, Travis, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 22, 1986

Ethnicity: Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, English, Irish, German, Scottish, Welsh

Amber Heard, previously also credited as Amber Heard Depp, is an American actress and model.

Her father’s ancestry includes Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, English, Scottish, and German. Her mother is of one quarter German and one quarter Irish ancestry, with her other roots being English, Scottish, and Welsh. Much of Amber’s family has lived in the United States for many generations.

Amber’s patrilineal line traces back to Stephen Heard, who was born, c. 1715, in Ulster, Tyrone, Ireland.

Amber’s paternal grandfather is Harlin Clinton Heard (the son of John Turner Heard and Luller/Lula Bell/Belle Dobbs). Harlin was born in Oklahoma. John was the son of William Paxton Heard and Mary Elizabeth/Isabelle/Isabell Nancy Copeland. Luller was the daughter of William Moore Dobbs and Elizabeth Casteel.

Amber’s paternal grandmother is Wanda Edelweiss Mcgee (also spelled Magee, the daughter of William Issac Magee and Edna Ethel Roach). Wanda was born in Indiana. William was the son of James Madison Magee and Amanda M. Spurlin. Edna was the daughter of David Chandler Roach and Mary Frances Cullison.

Amber’s maternal grandfather is William Joseph Parsons (the son of Edward Breck Parsons and Rose Neerlich). William was born in New York. Edward had English and Scottish ancestry, and was the son of William Henry Parsons and Sophia King Breck. Rose was German, the daughter of John Neerlich and Katherine Kaulas.

Amber’s maternal grandmother is Cecilia Corrinne Carroll (the daughter of Gerald Aloysius Carroll and Virginia Morgan McGie). Cecilia was born in Missouri. Gerald was of Irish descent, and was the son of Dennis Carroll and Johanna Barry. Virginia was the daughter of John McGie/McGee, who was born in Canada, to Scottish parents, and of Frances Louise Moore, who was from Virginia.

Sources: Genealogies of Amber Heard – http://gw.geneanet.org

Genealogy of Amber’s father (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Amber’s paternal grandfather, Harlin Clinton Heard –

Amber’s paternal grandfather, Harlin Clinton Heard, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Amber’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Amber’s paternal great-great-grandfather, David Chandler Roach –

Amber’s maternal grandmother, Cecilia Corrinne Carroll, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Amber’s maternal great-grandfather, Gerald Aloysius Carroll –

Amber’s maternal great-grandmother, Virginia Morgan McGie, on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

41 Responses

  1. Karro Jansson says:

    I can have wrong but Parsons CAN be amercanized.
    It could have been swedish from the beginning,for exempel
    ”Pärson” or ”Persson”.

    • Marc says:

      No,these surnames have different origin. Swedish Persson from given name Per which derived from Greek -biblical name Peter.
      English Parsons from French word parson what means priest

  2. Meg says:

    Why are people bringing up how long English people have been in the U.S for? For all you know, her parents could be only first or second generation Americans. French people have been in this country for a while now too but that part of my family only came to this county mid-20th century.

  3. Otto says:

    I’ve no doubt that she’s partly English, but what throws me off is that she was raised Catholic and the English are Protestant. Now the English have been in this country for 400 years, so there has been lots of intermarrying over the centuries. It’s rare to find an American WASP that is 100% English these days. I offer that she is most likely also part German or Austrian. It would explain the Catholic thing and there are TONS of Germans in Texas where she was born and raised. Plus, she looks very German. Just a thought for your consideration, Otto Schaffer.

    • ra.fael says:

      the english came in 1620,less than 400 years.touchy subject for me as people ask me where im from i tell them.and they ask where are you from originally they think spanish just got here.ignoring the fact that we have been here over 500 years.oh and discovered and named this land.

    • Marc says:

      ”she looks very German”

      No you’re wrong Otto.she looks absolutely Western European(British).i agree that some Germans and Austrians look like British people,but it doesn’t mean that Amber has German ancestry.Moreover you say that there are great number of Germans in Texas,but Britains mutch more widspread there

      • SmartAss says:

        No you’re wrong she look’s absolutely not british
        “Britains much more widespread” WRONG GERMANS ARE THE BIGGEST ETHNIC GROUP IN THE USA

        • Marc 2 says:

          Let me f…ck syphilitic bear if I believe in this statistic based on biased self-determination of that americans that don’t wanna be part of British ancestry couldn’t be reliable . Guilt because of colonial past.inspired some f..ckin false hypocrites is to blame for it.
          For example in 1980 61 mln.americans (apart from Irish and of course more than Germans)) claimed their British ancestry and just 36 mln. in 2000. )))

          What about Amber…i see what kinda german ancestors 200 years ago :) she has . Fearnot and Bottram ….yah real german surnames )))

          • Marc 2 says:

            i don’t dispute that they aren’t Germans, i just wanna say, it woul be very, very hard to find people in Germany with those surnames.It seems that their ancestors immigrated to Germany from the west

        • Marc 2 says:

          But, these are the same ancestors of Amber.

          What about another “Bottrams” . More like it is British surname

    • ses101 says:

      Ireland is Catholic as well, and she has some Irish blood.

  4. Marc says:

    surname of her mother is Parsons.

    i agree,Anglo American is not correct term.
    British American is more suitable.Both surnames Heard and Parsons more widespread in western part of England,Wales and Cornwall

  5. Fuzzybear says:

    Anglo American,doesn’t that just mean she’s English?

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