Elizabeth Taylor

Taylor in 2007, Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor

Date of Birth: February 27, 1932

Place of Birth: Hendon, Middlesex, England, U.K.

Date of Death: March 23, 2011

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, with 1/8th Swiss-German, some Scots-Irish/Northern Irish and French, more distant Dutch, Welsh, and Danish
*convert to Judaism

Elizabeth Taylor was a British and American actress and humanitarian. She twice won the Academy Award for Best Actress, for BUtterfield 8 (1960) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).

She was born in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England, to American parents, Sara Sothern (born Sara Viola Warmbrodt), also an actress, and Francis Lenn Taylor, an art dealer.

Elizabeth had four children, two with her former husband, English actor Michael Wilding, one with her late husband, producer Mike Todd, and one with her former husband, Welsh actor Richard Burton, to whom she was married twice.

Much of Elizabeth’s ancestry was English, with colonial American roots dating back to the 1600s. One of her maternal great-grandfathers was a Swiss-German immigrant, and she also had Scots-Irish/Northern Irish and French roots, with fairly distant Dutch, Welsh, and Danish, ancestry.

Elizabeth Taylor converted to Judaism in 1959, taking the Hebrew name Elisheba Rachel, and identified herself as a Jew for the rest of her life. She was buried with a Jewish service.

Elizabeth’s paternal grandfather was Francis Marion “Frank” Taylor (the son of Peter/Pete Prevatt Taylor and Margaret Jane Perigo). Francis was born in Indiana. Peter was the son of Lewis/Louis Taylor and Rachel Thompson Baker. Margaret was the daughter of Jonathan Perigo and Isabella McGill. The Perigo line is said to originate with a French immigrant of the late 1700s, Romey Perigo.

Elizabeth’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Mary Rosemond (the daughter of Moses Morton Rosemond and Martha Jane/E. Likes/Lokes). Elizabeth’s grandmother Elizabeth was born in Ohio. Moses was the son of Philip/Phillip Rosemond, who was born in Ireland, and of Mary Morton.

Elizabeth’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Sylvester Warmbrodt (the son of Samuel Warmbrodt and Mollissa/Melissa Ann Flora). Elizabeth’s grandfather Samuel was born in Illinois. Elizabeth’s great-grandfather Samuel was born in Siselen, Bern, Switzerland, and was of Swiss-German descent, the son of Johannes/John or Hans Jacob Warmbrodt and Elisabeth/Elsbeth Graden.

Elizabeth’s maternal grandmother was Anna/Ann Elizabeth Wilson (the daughter of John A. Wilson and Sarah Glen/Glenn). Anna was born in Ohio. Sarah was the daughter of Joseph Glen and Ann Moore.

Elizabeth’s matrilineal line can evidently be traced to Jane Thompson, who was born, c. 1695, in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Sources: Genealogies of Elizabeth Taylor – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Elizabeth’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogies of Elizabeth’s paternal grandfather, Francis Marion Taylor – https://www.ancestry.com

Elizabeth’s paternal great-grandfather, Moses Morton Rosemond, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Discussion of Elizabeth’s conversion to Judaism – http://religion.blogs.cnn.com


Curious about ethnicity

32 Responses

  1. Mike says:

    wow she looks like stockard channing there, lol

  2. Jo says:

    Gah, she is so overrated. Not “exotic” in the least like some people say. Unusual coloring does NOT make you exotic! I have no idea why people think that! Audrey Hepburn was exotic; she looked so Asian. Lauren Bacall, like a lot of Jewish women, was too. Not Liz, who was very plain and wore a ton of makeup. And I’m not insulting her either (I know she has some RABID fans).

    • marjanel says:

      So having “purple” eyes are less exotic than looking Asían.Since when, being from the most populated continent of the world is being exotic?.And how the hell is looking Asían, it is looking like Jackie Chan, or like Osama Bn laden, Aishwarya Ray or Bar Rafaeli, freida pinto?.There is not something like looking Asían.Also, Audrey Hepburn looks normal not exotic, brown hair and brown eyes are the less exotic things of the world.

      • ses101 says:

        Someone is only exotic looking if they look different to people you would normally see walking down your street. No one seems as exotic now because we are all used to seeing all types of people of all races. You’d have to go over to a Polynesian or Indian Ocean Island to meet someone who seems really exotic now.

  3. Holly88 says:

    She was so beautiful, especially when she was younger, I don’t think anyone could compare to her back in the day. R.I.P Elizabeth Taylor.

  4. Maria says:

    Ahhh, she came through with very distinctive traits from her ancestral countries. She has a face shape (outer) which seems consistent with the English as well as a very English frame (or body shape), dark hair like the Irish, pale hauntingly beautiful eyes like the Dutch (or Northern Europeans in general) and facial features (inner) and the skin tone of the Welsh. The Welsh actually often have light eyes and dark hair too, so either of her parents ethnicities could be dominant here. Either way she was extremely beautiful and her death is such a sad loss.x

    • Mike says:

      I’ve never seen an English girl with a body like that.

      • mm says:

        Are you saying English women can’t be curvy? English women have the most amount of D cup size breasts in the world regardless of weight gain and augmentation according to wikipedia.

    • Alice says:

      Those traits could have come from any or all of those countries. Dutch people can have very dark hair and the majority eye colour in Ireland is blue. I think Ireland has the highest percentage of blue eyes of all those countries but blond hair would be more common in Holland. All those countries have a varied phenotype. She was definitely an amazingly beautiful woman.

  5. Anonymous says:

    She has Ancestors that were born in Wales, Ireland, England, and the Netherlands.

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