Doris Day

Birth Name: Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff

Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 3, 1922

Ethnicity: German

Doris Day is an American actress, singer, and animal rights activist. She has won a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award.

Doris Day was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz) and William Joseph Kappelhoff. All of Day’s grandparents were German immigrants.

Doris had a son, music producer and songwriter Terry Melcher, with her first husband, trombonist Al Jorden. Terry was then adopted by her third husband, producer Martin Melcher.

Doris’s paternal grandfather was Franz Joseph Wilhelm Kappelhoff (the son of Johann Heinrich Kappelhoff and Maria Elisabeth Pohlmann). Franz was born in Warendorf, Westfalen. Johann was born in Fuchtorf, Westfalen, the son of Heinrich Wilhelm Kappelhoff and Maria Christina Maes. Doris’s great-grandmother Maria Elisabeth was born in Glane, Hannover, the daughter of Johann Hermann Pohlmann and Maria Josepha Gertrud Terheiden.

Doris’s paternal grandmother was Juliana Agnes Kreimer (the daughter of Johann Heinrich Kreimer and Maria Theresa Gerding). Juliana was born in Glandorf, Osnabrück, Hannover. Johann was the son of Johann Caspar Kreymer and Maria Catharina Kleine Brockmann. Doris’s great-grandmother Maria Theresa was the daughter of Johann Caspar Gerding and Maria Christina Schwegmann.

Doris’s maternal grandfather was Wilhelm Welz (the son of Ludwig Welz and Louisa Nold). Wilhelm was born in Oetigheim, Baden. Ludwig was the son of Augustin Welz and Maria Anna Höfle. Louisa was the daughter of Ludwig Nold and Maria Anna Kelmel.

Doris’s maternal grandmother was Anna Christina Mann (the daughter of Johann Jacob Mann and Margaretha Elisabetha Nollert). Anna was born in Muckenloch, Baden.

Source: Genealogy of Doris Day –



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7 Responses

  1. crunty says:

    She is typically North American — a significant proportion have fake anglicised surnames.

  2. passingtime85 says:


    Not a big correction but her father’s name was William Joseph Kappelhoff. At least that is what was listed on her newly resurfaced birth certificate.

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