by ethnic on December 26, 2007

Birth Name: Cheryl Sarkisian

Place of Birth: El Centro, Imperial, California, United States

Date of Birth: May 20, 1946

*Armenian (father)
*English, German, more distant Irish, Dutch, and French (mother)

Cher is an American singer, actress, and fashion personality. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Moonstruck (1987). She was part of the singing duo Sonny & Cher, with Sonny Bono.

Cher was born Cherilyn Sarkisian. Cher’s father, John Paul Sarkisian, was born in California, to Armenian parents; he worked as a truck driver. Cher’s mother, Georgia Holt (born Jackie Jean Crouch), a singer, songwriter, actress, and model, is of English and German, with more distant Irish, Dutch, and French, descent.

Cher is also stated to have Cherokee Native American ancestry on her mother’s side. She recorded the song, “Half-Breed”, about a woman of half Native American descent. However, no Cherokee Native American ancestors are documented on any publicly available genealogies of Cher.

Cher adopted the surname LaPeirre from her stepfather, who was named Gilbert LaPierre. She has a son, activist and musician Chaz Bono, with her former husband, late musician Sonny Bono; and a son, musician Elijah Blue Allman, with her former husband, late musician Gregg Allman.

Cher’s paternal grandparents were Ghiragoch “George” Sarkisian and Syranous “Blanch” Dilkian (the daughter of Hagop Dilkian and Loussaper Chivitjian).

Cher’s maternal grandfather was Roy Malloy Crouch (the son of James William “Jim” Crouch and Laura Belle Green). Roy was born in Arkansas. James was the son of William Howard Crouch and Mary Ann Bookout. Laura was the daughter of The Rev. William Martin Green and Julia Ann Bryant.

Cher’s maternal grandmother was Lynda Inez Gulley (the daughter of Isaac A. Gulley and Margaret Frances Fritz). Lynda was born in Arkansas. Isaac was the son of Thomas Bush/W. Gulley and Delilah R. Ann Donahue/Donihoo. Margaret was the daughter of Friedrich/Frederick August Fritsche/Fritz/Fritch, who was German, and of Margaret A. Stewart.

Sources: Genealogies of Cher –

Genealogies of Cher (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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neiltennant August 26, 2018 at 10:08 am

a living legend

midori29 January 6, 2017 at 8:06 am

I think people are confusing the traits of Armenian and Indian which are both common Asian. I think both groups are Asian. Armenians do not look fully European white to me they look Asian mixed. And native Americans are Asian related. So Cher is just white and Asian. And she looks native American to me cause thats just Asian.

pookerella June 29, 2018 at 10:40 pm

Please use the term “Caucasian” and not “white.”

Eastern Indians are more Asian than Caucasian; Armenians are more Caucasian. It is said by some they descend from Persia, I think they probably descend from several Arabic nations, including Greece, Turkey, etc. American Indians are almost 100% Asian.

fuzzybear44 August 26, 2018 at 11:22 am


Well the term Caucasian is not exclusive to Europeans either lots of members of my family have a Caucasian phenotype and they’re not white . truth be told most of the members in my family have mixed phenotypes,including myself so how about we used the term (white or european Caucasian) if that makes you feel better

luckystar December 16, 2016 at 7:16 am

She looks fully armenian specially when she was younger, and her mother looks average white old lady, i cant see the cherokee admix

neiltennant August 12, 2017 at 3:41 am
cwm85 February 15, 2016 at 10:15 am

I always thought she was more than just white. Its interesting how some people can pass. Most probably assumed she was just a med European type which is still possible. But Arenmians.

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 6:29 am

She definitely looks full Armenian to me. At least now she does.

Oh, people have never mentioned this but she has done surgery to her eyes to make them look “less ethnic”. They used to be rather hooded and slanted. She had them remove the “folds”. Kinda like what Renee Zellweger did recently…

Was this to hide her Native American ancestry?

cwm85 August 23, 2015 at 7:33 pm

Chaz was born a man therefore is NOT a son. Its not biologically possible for someone to change genders completely. The fact that chaz wants to identify as a man should be respected but what you are born is what you are born.

rafe August 14, 2016 at 9:41 pm

You make zero sense.

neiltennant July 15, 2015 at 6:02 am

thats very funny

as a child 1991 she was popular in germany with her SHOOP SHOOP SONG and me and my siblings were making fun and thinking and saying that she was looking like our aunt

our aunt is afghan with persian roots. She looks the same and after she had done her nose, she could be her sister

and funny that that time there was not WIKIPEDIA and we couldn’t find out that our thinking was not false and she indeed had persinan /armenian descent

ihatemostpeople June 13, 2014 at 11:34 pm

She looks like she could be Kim Kardashian’s mother.

neiltennant July 15, 2015 at 5:59 am

TOTALLY agree with you

Masterlord July 24, 2015 at 6:59 am

I second (or third :P) that as well!

neiltennant June 22, 2016 at 2:11 pm
WTF June 2, 2014 at 1:02 pm

i remember her lying saying she half native. bitch please. she doesn’t look native at all! another white person claiming native blood! and why is it always cherokee that they claim? they don’t know any other native tribes besides the damn cherokees????!

Capricious April 7, 2015 at 6:14 am


neiltennant January 17, 2014 at 5:22 am

she could also be a woman from Afghanistan or Iran.

aroxysimon June 13, 2014 at 9:28 pm

is this a joke?

Capricious April 8, 2015 at 1:52 am

Ignorant much? Do you even know how Afghanis and Iranians look like? They’re not always brown you know…

lelo4 August 15, 2016 at 11:33 am

Afghans are heavily South Asian, she could be Iranian though.

apollo88 August 25, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Armenian, english and native american make a good mixing, she is definitely an exotic beauty.

ashash January 17, 2014 at 5:23 am

Her Native American ancestry is not confirmed.

annfast June 21, 2014 at 10:31 am

she not native

Laura September 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm

You can search someones back ground all you want, that does not mean you will find every ancestor.. so just because someone says she does not have Cherokee does not make them right, in fact I would think she knows more about her family tree then a stranger. As for Chaz, he obviously took after his Mothers German side with the blonde hair, and fair skin, does not take a genius to figure that one out being that Cher’s sister, and Mother are both blonde. Before I new anything of Cher, I thought she looked Cherokee, with similar features of those on my Grandmothers side. My Mother was Jewish, Irish, and Cherokee, and my Father was German. I have a straight haired dirty blonde, brown eyed sister who tans easily, a curly haired brunette, brown eyed sister very fair, and I am wavy blonde, w/blue eyes, fair. When you decide to shake that family tree, no telling what will fall out.

Layla4805 May 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Every geneologist that has ever searched Cher’s background has said the same thing they could not identify any non white persons, such as indian or any other race or ethnicity other than caucasian. To claim indian ancestary legally you have to have 1/4 mimimum in your background that is one full grandparent, that would be easy to trace, Cher is not indian.

fuzzybear44 July 15, 2012 at 6:14 am

To Layla

She might not be by blood,lots of people both white and black,were adopted into the tribe.Going by the census in the early 1900’s,there were only 37,000 Cherokee left.Of that 37,000,only about 2000 were what you call pure.Alot of mixed bloods(all combos),and the rest(about 7000) adopted.So some of those people have the culture,but not the blood

christian March 24, 2012 at 2:31 am

the cherokee, german is not visible

she looks very very armenian too me

she looks like the kardashians, armenians have similar background like afghans and iranians

sadie March 15, 2012 at 3:02 am

Please she is mostly Armenian and besides did anyone ever notice that Chastity Bono looks nothing like Sonny or Cher with her jet black hair and his brown hair. Why is it that when Sonny married the now congress woman Mary Bono and they had two children with medium brown hair and they both have medium brown hair.

somegirl September 9, 2011 at 3:33 am

cher definitely has the Armenian features. Especially back in the 70s! the dark long hair, larger nose, high cheekbones, larger eyes and lashes.
But with aging and media, she tampered with her face as most of the rich and famous do.

Del October 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Those are definately native american features !!

Angantyr February 12, 2012 at 2:24 am

She looks more like her mother, but she has a darker complexion and a thinner face. I think her mother looks Cherokee, though she is blonde, which people do not think as very Native American. But there was a whole tribe of blond Native Americans in the western coast of South America, anyway.

All the things you list, Somegirl, are famous stereotypical features of a Cherokee.

concordia July 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Cher is clearly not Native American. White hollywood people are always making that claim up. It’s always something they say to make themselves seem more “exotic”.

What she has are Armenian features, not exclusive to Native American (and her mother looks completely white).

ihatemostpeople June 13, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Del, with all due respect, you are a moron. That’s a stereotype. There are White people with high cheekbones, big noses, etc… Since when do Natives have big eyes and long lashes? Native Americans tend to have narrow eyes like Asians. Cher just looks Armenian and White to me.

Me July 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm

And here I was all these years assuming she was Italian for some reason XD

cherfan May 26, 2010 at 10:50 am

cher has repeatedly said that all claims of her being part-cherokee are false.

ethnic May 31, 2010 at 7:42 am

do you have a link to her saying that?

Haley January 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm

She is part Cherokee Indian.

Native Chick February 5, 2010 at 10:55 am

Cher is awesome

ethnic January 6, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I think you can also see the Armenian in her. She looks similar to Kim Kardashian who is also half Armenian.


moi September 14, 2010 at 9:13 am

i agree about the armenian and kim kardashian i thought the same thing

however i could be the surgery aswell

somegirl September 9, 2011 at 3:31 am

they did surgery to look like all the other celebs!

Armenians have dark features, high cheekbones, hook noses, oilve skin, big and dark eyes!
They both have similar features, but with all the money, keep poking at themselves!

Del October 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm

No not all armenians have those facial features

somegirl March 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm

of course not, I know that. I have seen all kinds of Armenians, blonde, red head, dark, green eyes, black eyes. I just meant that the majority of Armenians have a more Mediterranean look.

And I agree that most native Americans also have similar features, I never said they didn’t, I just listed some common physical traits that many Armenians tend to have.

*im*kira* January 6, 2010 at 9:53 am

You can totally see the native in her, or maybe its the plastic surgery:X

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