Ellen DeGeneres

by ethnic on May 16, 2008

Birth Name: Ellen Lee DeGeneres

Place of Birth: Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 26, 1958

Ethnicity: Cajun/French, English, Irish, German, distant Dutch and Swiss-German

Ellen DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She has hosted The Ellen DeGeneres Show since 2003. She voiced Dory in the films Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.

Ellen is the daughter of Elizabeth Jane (Pfeffer) and Elliott Everett DeGeneres. Her surname, DeGeneres, is of French origin, and her ancestry includes Cajun/French, English, Irish, German, and distant Dutch and Swiss-German. Ellen is married to Australian actress Portia de Rossi.

Ellen’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Jean Baptiste DeGeneres, who was born, c. 1691, in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France. Jean Baptiste immigrated to Haiti.

Ellen’s paternal grandfather was Elliott Everett DeGeneres (the son of Alfred George DeGeneres and Julia E./G. Bellieu). Elliott was born in Mississippi. Alfred was the son of Joseph Constantine DeGeneres and Mary E. Whittemore. Julia was the daughter of John Sargent Billiu and Mary Frances Williams.

Ellen’s paternal grandmother was Ruth Elodie Martin (the daughter of Emile “Lee” Paul Martin and Jane “Jennie”/”Jeannie” G. Dickson). Ruth was born in Louisiana. Emile was the son of Pierre Numa Martin and Marguerite Elodie Bossie.

Ellen’s maternal grandfather was William Dick Pfeffer (the son of William Pfeffer and Pauline Schunke). Ellen’s grandfather William was born in Texas. Ellen’s great-grandfather William was the son of Phillip Pfeffer and Augusta Eliesa W. Koch, who were born in Germany. Pauline was also the daughter of German parents, William Schunke and Emelia Becker.

Ellen’s maternal grandmother was Mildred Morrill (the daughter of George Morrill and Mary Helen McArdle). Mildred was born in Louisiana, and was of Irish or significantly Irish ancestry. George was the son of Charles Morrill and Mary Fox. Mary Helen was the daughter of James Philip McArdle and Helen McBreen.

Sources: http://www.canada.com

Genealogies of Ellen DeGeneres – http://www.geni.com

Genealogies of Ellen DeGeneres (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Lisa Kudrow discusses Ellen’s family tree – https://www.youtube.com

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andrew November 19, 2017 at 4:51 pm


her patrilineal line can be traced back to Jean Baptiste DeGeneres, who was born, c. 1691, in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France, and emigrated to Haiti, where he died.

Ellen’s father has also distant German and Swiss-German ancestry, and he also descends twice from the noted Pilgrim William Brewster

savanna May 12, 2016 at 11:46 am

“Lisa Kudrow Explores Ellen’s Family Tree”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20qNRnDhYmw

Ellen’s parents are Elliott Everett DeGeneres and Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer

celebfan December 9, 2015 at 10:03 pm

Ellen DeGeneres’s grandfather was of French-Canadian ancestry. He was a distant cousin of Madonna’s mother. Here is an article elaborating on it:


follers December 10, 2015 at 1:59 am

Ellen’s paternal grandparents were both of mixed French and British Isles descent. Cajuns are all descended from French-Canadians. Most French-Canadians are distant cousins of each other.

Capricious April 4, 2015 at 3:19 am

Put a long black wig on her and she would look no different to Courtney Cox.

Anya April 16, 2012 at 12:38 am

I always thought Ellen was Italian because of the surname. My bad! I love her eyes, like blue crystal. She cracks me up too :)

Delnegro August 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Shes cool cuz she’s lezbo <3

rafael August 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm

you can relate because your obviously gay,right delflammer

Delnegro August 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I eat pussy like a real man and I fuck girls! U get fucked by guys everyday for free and u get gangbanged

rafael August 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm

yeah right,i heard you were portland’s #1 drag queen

Delnegro August 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm

WTF is that? You must be one

Delnegro August 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm

So now stfu udick sucking mutha fucka and get fucked by ur bf

Delnegro August 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm

So now stfu udick sucking mutha fucka and get fucked by ur bf stupid bitch

Rabco March 20, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Ellen is also part creole, an ethnic group found commonly in her hometown of New Orleans. The Degeneres name is of french descent, it is not uncommon as a surname in southern midwest. Creoles are a combination of French, American Indian and African descent.

amanda November 3, 2010 at 4:26 am

the nationalities listed above r leaving something out,shes also part jewish.

GEORGIE November 3, 2010 at 8:40 am

jewish is not a nationality

ethnic November 3, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Do you have proof of that?

LIL VACHA October 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm


GTFOH!!! Really!? April 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm

No one said she was Italian. They said she was Australian.

Christian October 9, 2010 at 7:21 am

Actually De Rossi is totally an Italian lastname so her partner is Italian-Australian

amanda November 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm

i know that dumbass its a race & there not part of the european race

amanda November 4, 2010 at 3:52 pm

i dnt care,i kno the truth

amanda November 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm

im talkin 2 u,georgie boy

amanda November 4, 2010 at 4:00 pm

but u r right

Ashley November 7, 2011 at 2:43 am

Portia De Rossi is her STAGE name, not her real name. She is not Italian.

Anonymous March 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Uh, what? Jewish is not a race, but it is an ethnicity and a religion.

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