Betty White

by ethnic on June 4, 2010

Birth Name: Betty Marion White

Place of Birth: Oak Park, Cook, Illinois, United States

Date of Birth: January 17, 1922

*50% English, and some Welsh
*25% Danish
*25% Greek

Betty White is an American actress, animal rights activist, author, television personality, comedian, singer, and radio host. She is famous for her roles as Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls and Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She has joked that she is often cast as a Norwegian woman from Minnesota.

Betty is the daughter of Tess Christine (Cachikis) and Horace Lawrence White. Her father was of half Danish and half English descent. Her mother was of half Greek and half English and Welsh ancestry.

Betty was married to television personality, emcee, and game show host Allen Ludden, until his death.

Betty’s paternal grandfather was Christopher/Christen Hans Christian White (the son of Lars or Christen White). Christopher was born in Denmark.

Betty’s paternal grandmother was Etta/Ettie K./R. Lundy/Lunde (the daughter of Horace Dean Lundy and Catherine Ann Harris). Etta was born in Canada. Horace was the son of Enos H. Lundy and Margaret Bostwick. Catherine was the daughter of British parents, Thomas Harris and Ann.

Betty’s maternal grandfather was Nicholas/Nickolas Cachikis. Nicholas was born in Greece.

Betty’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Hobbs (the daughter of Thomas Valiant Hobbs and Margaret/Margarett Hughes). Betty’s grandmother Margaret was born in Ontario, Canada, to an English father and a Welsh mother. Thomas was the son of James Hobbs and Frances Mary Jones. Betty’s great-grandmother Margaret was the daughter of Richard Hughes.

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Creative Commons License photo credit: Alan Light

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant December 31, 2016 at 12:49 pm

i love her and her st olaf stories

plus i loved her smashing SARA PALINE THE republican

Adamina September 14, 2016 at 9:25 pm

She aged gracefully. Something very rare in Hollywood and getting rarer everyday

cwm85 November 7, 2015 at 5:57 am

Lovely woman. So much respect for her.

sadie March 25, 2012 at 2:04 am

This lady is awesome and with all her different ethnicities God did an excellent job! She is so lovely!

Christian March 23, 2012 at 10:45 am

hmm the greek is not visible

she looks like a 99 percent northern european woman

phaedra April 23, 2016 at 11:57 pm

My thoughts exactly.

LIL VACHA February 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Yeah, Betty White is Danish, English, Welsh, and Greek. So can u fix that Ethnic?

aps February 3, 2011 at 11:33 am

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