Amy Adams

by ethnic on May 17, 2010

Birth Name: Amy Lou Adams

Place of Birth: Vicenza, Veneto, Italy

Date of Birth: August 20, 1974

Ethnicity: English, 5/32 Danish, 1/16th Swiss-German, 1/32 Norwegian, remote Irish, Scottish, and Welsh

Amy Adams is an American actress and singer. She is known for her roles in Catch Me If You Can, Junebug, Enchanted, Julie & Julia, Nocturnal Animals, and many other films.

Amy was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Adams, who was serving in the U.S. military at the time, stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy. Her family moved from base to base, before settling in Castle Rock, Colorado during Amy’s childhood. Amy has a daughter with her husband, actor and artist Darren Le Gallo.

Amy’s ancestry is heavily English, along with 5/32 Danish, 1/16h Swiss-German, 1/32 Norwegian, and remote Irish, Scottish, and Welsh. She was raised in a Mormon (LDS) family.

Amy’s paternal grandfather was Frank Ralph Adams (the son of Joseph Samuel Adams and Frances/Francis Elizabeth Cole). Joseph was English, the son of Joseph Samuel Adams and Eliza Caroline Woodward. Frances was born in Utah, to English parents, George Frank Cole and Susanna/Susannah Sugden.

Amy’s paternal grandmother was Olea Lorraine Hill (the daughter of John Hyrum Hill and Olea Shipp). John was born in Pennsylvania, the son of William Hood Hill, who was from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and of Mary Caroline Sorensen, who was from Haverup, Pedersborg, Denmark. Amy’s great-grandmother Olea was the daughter of Milford Bard Shipp and Ellis Reynolds; Ellis’ mother was Canadian, from Yarmouth, Middlesex, Ontario.

Amy’s maternal grandfather is Joseph Hugh Hicken (the son of Elijah Moulton Hicken and Erma Inez Jensen). Elijah was born in Utah, to English parents, Addison Hicken, from Whitwick, Leicester, and Sophia Elizabeth Moulton, from Irchester, Northampton. Erma was born in Utah, to a Danish father, James Christian Jensen, from Glimsholt, Ugilt, Hjorring amt, and to an American mother, Joanna/Joannah Eliza Jennings, whose own mother was English.

Amy’s maternal grandmother is Colleen Hammond (the daughter of Grant Levi Hammond and Oreta Virginia Otterbeck). Grant was the son of Levi Parley Hammond and Annie/Anna Elizabeth Baer/Bair. Oreta was the daughter of Andrew Nicklas/Nichols Otterbeck, who was born in Utah, to a Norwegian father and a Danish mother, and of Jennie May/Mary Fister.

Sources: Genealogies of Amy Adams – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com
https://www.geni.com
https://www.wikitree.com

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Greyface March 10, 2016 at 10:45 am

now I know how to kill you

I will disguise myself in drag, seduce and poison you ian

Sage March 10, 2016 at 1:58 pm
cwm85 July 31, 2015 at 6:26 pm

Um ok…. thanks for sharing…

andrew February 21, 2015 at 2:36 am

she looks pregnant in this pic

pringles November 18, 2014 at 1:27 am

she is perfect!!

Europa May 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Could you find a worse picture?

Marc 2 March 2, 2013 at 6:19 am

Summing up, Amy is just 28% German (including Norway,Switzerland,Danemark and Germany) and only 18,7% Scandinavian. All the rest of her ancestors are British! And it’s not surprising her type is closer to Celtic

Marc 2 March 2, 2013 at 6:51 am

Following de Sutton family tree it turns out that he descended from Carolingian dinasty. Very interesting :)

And that’s not all, this dinasty had connection with Jewish people that could be traced to king Solomon and David. WOAH!!!

nnnnn March 2, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Ha-ha-ha, “German including Norway, Schwitzeland,
Danemark and Germany”. Even Adolf didn’t have such
dreams. “Only 18,7% scandinavian” If you mean,Norway and Danemark belong to Germany, what’s Scandinavia?
Surely, Spain.

Marc 2 March 3, 2013 at 1:36 am

What are you laughing at? Some ignorant people believe that even English are German also. Here by the word “German” i mean ancient nation, not modern country.

@If you mean,Norway and Danemark belong to Germany, what’s Scandinavia?
Surely, [email protected]
You don’t understand!

nnnnn March 4, 2013 at 12:14 am

First of all, what you mean, isn’t “german”, but “germa-
nic”. And yes, english people are descendants of
germanic tribes: anglos and saxons. Dutch (Netherlands) is one more germanic nation, opposite
to danes and norway.
Of course, all scientists are “ignorant”.

Marc 2 March 4, 2013 at 7:15 am

@english people are descendants of
germanic tribes:@

This theory is completely descrideted.

@First of all, what you mean, isn’t “german”, but “germa-
nic”. @

Don’t play in Word game. You do use the same word

nnnnn March 5, 2013 at 12:27 am

Who “descrideted” that theory? O’k, anglos are
aliens. Where’s a “world play”? Netherland is
germanic, but not “german”. Danes neither, no.
In any case, if you tell some Dutch or Dane person,
he belongs to “great german Nation”, he would be
scurried. And very, very angry (D)

Marc 2 March 1, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Follow names:
Hill – Shipp – Farnsworth – Kent – Dudley – de Sutton

there you can find her Spanish ancestor Sancha de Ayala from Toledo, born in 1350 year and Welsh branch of Gruffyd de Powys born in 1223

Marc 2 March 2, 2013 at 12:20 am

What is the guy?

Marc 2 March 2, 2013 at 12:49 am

Yes, i’ve been searching info in another source, link of your comment of 11 th january. There was not specified what country he came from.

Marc 2 March 1, 2013 at 1:00 am

Btw. i don’t know why Amy is still “Norwegian” . Of course she is also descended from Scandinavian gods (Freyr), but nevermind, Amy is more Welsh and Spanish than Norwegian, so if the latter listed here, so the “Welsh” and “Spanish” even more so should be added

Marc 2 March 1, 2013 at 12:54 am

She is 1/16 Scottish

Alice October 25, 2012 at 7:55 pm

She most probably has distant Irish / Scottish ancestry but as can be seen from the link she seems to be mostly of English and Danish descent.

Alice October 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Hi follers – Sweeney is originally an Irish sept that went to Scotland and then returned to Ireland in the 14th century. The people carrying that name were Gallowglass who were of Norse/Gael origin that went to Ireland as mercenaries to fight for Irish chieftans.
http://www.electricscotland.com/webclans/scotsirish/sweeney.htm
http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Sweeney
http://www.irishsurnames.com/cgi-bin/gallery.pl?name=sweeney&capname=Sweeney&letter=s
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallowglass
Sweeney is exclusively or Irish / Scottish origin.

Alice October 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm
Alice October 25, 2012 at 7:46 pm
Alice October 25, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I think anyone with the surname Sweeney would have both Irish and Scottish ancestry.

Alice October 26, 2012 at 12:56 am

Well with that particular name they moved from Ireland to Scotland and back again. The Sweeneys would also most likely have Viking descent as they were Gallowglasses. Some Irish and Scottish surnames have quite a good genealogy. Ireland was one of the first countries to introduce surnames.
http://genealogy.about.com/cs/surname/a/irish_surnames.htm
The West coast of Scotland and Ireland have a very entwined history due to people moving back and forth between the two areas. The east coast of Scotland and the lowlands of Scotland have less a connection to Ireland historically.

Alice October 26, 2012 at 1:05 am

In the past the Irish and Scottish lived in clans so surnames can be used to trace ancestry.

Marc 2 October 25, 2012 at 8:54 am

Why “German” was ed to Am ancestry list??

Marc 2 October 25, 2012 at 8:58 am

Where have founded German ancestry?!

Correction

mm February 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm

She looks very Celtic, but if she’s a natural blond that PROBABLY (but not absolutely) comes from her Scandinavian (Danish, Norweigan, German) side.

Marc May 8, 2011 at 7:04 am

90 % of her ancestors from British Islands and others 10 or even elss of Danish heritage

Doon March 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm

For those who don’t know, Amy’s actually a natural blond. She dyed her hair red several years ago and kept it that way due to personal preference.

Incidentally, red hair isn’t exclusive to Ireland; that’s just a stereotype. Although the frequency for red hair is pretty high in Ireland when compared with other European countries, most Irish actually tend to have brownish or blond hair. Moreover, I believe Scotland has the overall highest frequency for red hair in Britain. Scandinavians too have contributed quite a number of redheads to the human population.

Anyway, based on the genealogy link (depending on how accurate it is), it looks like most of Amy’s forebears descend from Denmark, Norway, England and Germany. If Polly Sweeney is indeed one of her direct ancestors, then she may have Irish lineage, as well.

Natasha September 16, 2010 at 7:57 am

She is a pretty lady.

A/N December 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm

YEAH, AND WHAT A CRYING SHAME SHE WENT AND BETRAYED HER OWN GENETIC RACE, JUST LIKE MOST ALL THE OTHER LIBERAL IDIOTS IN LA-LA LAND!! MAKES ME SICK. WHAT A COLASSOL WASTE. SOONER OR LATER VERY BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO PEOPLE WHO BETRAY THEIR OWN RACE. HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.

nora December 9, 2011 at 6:49 am

what are you actually talking about? how can she betray on her race?? you can only betray you human race if you **** an animal!!!

Lina July 1, 2010 at 9:11 pm

I love her! She was so good in Enchanted and Talladega Nights!

To me she looks like Ariel, The Little Mermaid come to life!

sammy im a girl May 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm

i think she looks irish because she has this red red hair

Paul. October 24, 2010 at 2:48 pm

She may look Irish to you, because she is part Irish. Her mother’s maiden name is Hicken. That’s Irish, yes?

Amy also has an ancestor with the surname Sweeny: Irish surname.
She also has an ancestor with the surname Kellogg, which is Scottish.

(Got those names from the link provided..)

Nighwayto1971 January 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

hey oh… alll the red hair are not just in Ireland… your words are full of cliché…

LiL VACHA May 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Looking in the genealogy thingy… I can see that she also has Norwegian, and German blood too. So its: English, Norwegian, German, and Danish descent.

A/N December 7, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I HATE TO BREAK IT TO YOU, BUT THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS “BEING” ANYTHING. YOU ARE EITHER WHITE SKINNED ANGLO SAXON, BLACK SKINNED AFRICAN, OR BROWN SKINNED ASIANS, OR A MIX OF TWO OR ALL THREE OF THESE RACES, WHICH WOULD MAKE YOU BIRACIAL. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS “BEING” IRISH OR GERMAN OR SCOTTISH OR DANISH OR SWEDISH OR SWISS OR JAPANESE OR CHINESE OR ALBANIAN OR ROMANIAN OR ITALIAN OR GREEK OR SPANISH OR CUBAN OR MEXICAN OR HAWAIIAN OR ANYTHING ELSE. THAT IS ONLY YOUR NATIONALITY, WHICH REFERS TO THE NATION YOU OR YOUR ANCESTORS COME FROM, NOT YOUR RACE. RACE AND NATIONALITY ARE TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT THINGS AND ONE HAS NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH THE OTHER. SORRY FOLKS, BUT THAT IS A FACT, LIKE OR NOT. IF YOU HAD ACTUALLY BOTHERED TO ATTEND SCHOOL AND GRADUATED, YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS. LOL-LOL-LOL-LOL!!!

Jimenez December 8, 2011 at 8:37 am

Something terrible must’ve happened to your keyboard.

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