Emma Watson

by ethnic on September 14, 2008

Birth Name: Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: 15 April, 1990

Ethnicity: English, as well as 1/32 German

Emma Watson is an English actress, model, and activist. She is famous for starring as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films.

Emma was born in Paris, France, to English parents, Chris Watson and Jacqueline Luesby, both lawyers. She lived in Paris until the age of five, before moving to England, living in London and Oxfordshire. She can speak some French.

Emma has said that her father was born in Iran, where her paternal grandparents, who were English, spent some time.

One of Emma’s paternal great-great-great-grandfathers, Charles William Rudolph Duerre, was German, from Memel, Prussia. Charles was the son of Carl Gottlieb Dürre and Amalie Carolina Schroeder.

Emma’s paternal grandfather is Phillip/Philip James Watson (the son of Harry/Harold Kenneth Watson and Gwendoline Elsie Tiller). Phillip was born in Brentford, Middlesex. Harry was the son of Thomas Watson and Ethel Louise Riley. Gwendoline was the daughter of James Tiller and Jennet Down.

Emma’s paternal grandmother is Freda E. Duerre (the daughter of Frederic E. Duerre and Susannah Martha Pannell). Freda was born in Lambeth, London. Frederic was the son of Ernest Frederick Duerre and Ellen Emma Soul. Susannah was the daughter of Albert Isaac Pannell and Susannah Sarah Hutchings.

Emma’s maternal grandfather is Colin Luesby (the son of Horace Luesby and Edith Speck). Colin was born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Horace was the son of John Peake Luesby and Susan Ward. Edith was the daughter of Robert Speck and Fanny Smith.

Emma’s maternal grandmother is Greta M. Dickinson (the daughter of John George Dickinson and Winifred Jane Bonsor). Greta was born in Boston, Lincolnshire. John was the son of George Dickinson and Elizabeth Rebecca A. Walton. Winifred was the daughter of William Bonsor and Mary Jane Tanser.

Both of Emma’s maternal grandparents were from families that had lived in Lincolnshire for several generations.

Sources: Family tree of Emma Watson – http://emmawatsonupdates.files.wordpress.com

Genealogy of Emma Watson (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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chris91 June 15, 2018 at 12:14 pm

I thought it’s pretty common knowledge that those dark Brits either have Iberian or possibly even middle eastern/indian admixture from colonial times. Either way original europeans are light skinned with light hair and eyes. Dark eyes and dark brown hair is inherently non european. Obvious give away of their mixed ancestry(and there are a lot of those). Real Brits are Anglo-Saxons, a germanic tribe.

andrew June 15, 2018 at 3:19 pm

“Dark Brits” LOL, such a curious Internet phenomenon. Her physical appearence is absolutely common throughout the British Isles. Also “original Europeans” were definitely darker skinned than modern ones (from what we know) and if you think that “Real Brits” descend just from Anglo-Saxons, well they’re a minority. Pathetic.

ses101 November 22, 2017 at 4:05 pm

Watson is a Scottish surname, there must be a Scottish grandad somewhere in her tree.

visokozen May 9, 2016 at 3:35 am

Are you kidding? she’s obviously mixed.

phaedra May 11, 2016 at 9:05 pm

What drugs are you on?

Me myself and I November 15, 2016 at 3:09 am

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA phaedra your comment made me laugh out loud xD

Hill May 23, 2017 at 10:24 am

He didn’t take anything. He’s either trolling or has a serious disorder.

neiltennant November 22, 2017 at 12:48 pm

people with such dark eyes do have italian roots

andrew November 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm

Do you really believe in the stuff you write? I already told you that around 25/30% of Italians on average have light eyes, according to some anthropological studies. You also said that you met many blue-eyed Sicilians (that isn’t actually something uncommon)

cwm85 November 17, 2015 at 7:28 am

I have a crush for some reason

Morrigan Ni Boii November 17, 2015 at 1:52 am

She is of Celtic and Germanic ancestry

HamarFFox November 16, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Memet is a transcription error. Her German ancestor is from Memel, Prussia.

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 6:33 pm

She looks Zimbabwean

Alex234 October 25, 2015 at 12:05 pm
legez August 29, 2015 at 6:16 am

look better with short hair!

Wolfman August 29, 2015 at 6:19 am

What kind of comment is that idiot? What’s that got to do with her ethnicity?

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 6:32 pm

Shut up….

cwm85 August 1, 2015 at 4:31 pm

Pretty woman. She was born in France so is she considered french to some degree?

Me myself and I November 15, 2016 at 3:10 am

not really, since this page is about a celeb’s origins/what they are by blood. Being born somewhere doesn’t apply here :)

M June 4, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Overrated, both in looks and talent-wise.

Hill May 23, 2017 at 10:29 am
Hamar_Fox April 15, 2015 at 2:24 pm

I’m building up her family tree. Could you give the place and date of birth for John George Dickinson and his parents, George Dickinson and Elizabeth Rebecca A Walton?

follers April 15, 2015 at 5:25 pm

This tree has some information:

As for Elizabeth Rebecca A. Walton, she was born c. 1876, in Lincolnshire, England, to Harriet and Clement Walton.

Hamar_Fox April 16, 2015 at 10:29 am

Thanks. Harriet’s maiden name was Brown. There’s a pretty clear-cut paper trail, and I think I’ll be able to dig up a bit more. Clement Walton’s father was also called Clement Walton.

roman2886 November 4, 2014 at 7:03 am

She has milky white skin that would tan if she want out in the sun long enough she defiantly has Italian blood in her German bloodline i have Italian blood i went too a Italian restaurant one of the staff was female she looked like my sister there is defiantly Italian blood in my bloodline if you look Italian its obivously in your blood my ancestors mostly come from England Ireland Scotland Wales and Phillippines.

Capricious April 2, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Just because she has a “milky white skin” that would “tan” doesn’t mean she has Italian blood.

She’s as white and as British as anyone could be!

musicfangirl July 17, 2015 at 9:16 pm
Me myself and I November 15, 2016 at 3:12 am

Italians are white, so you missed the whole point by a fucking continent…

roman2886 October 20, 2014 at 6:41 am

She defiantly she has Italian in her its likely a Italian person married into her German family that’s why she looks Italian same with me I had someone tell me I have the Italian look my grandmother Austrian German she had a slight Italian look when she was younger ive seen old pictures of her its likely a Italian married into her Austrian bloodline thats why she looked Italian when she was younger that’s why I look Italian its likely there is a Italian person that married into my bloodline.

angiemorton September 1, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Who said that all Germans are blond with blue eyes? Much less the Saxons! I’m ethnic German and my eyes are brown, although it’s true that my skin is very clear. I have also Italian, London, Irish and French (of Germanic origin, Barr, Alsace) ancestry. And I look perfectly Nordic with my brown eyes. Not to mention that is full of Italians with extra white skin and clear eyes. Europeans are mixed since the world began. And I don’t see that she looks very Italian. Although she may look something Jewish. Especially when she was very young and she had a distinctly different nose that we see today.

roman2886 October 20, 2014 at 6:28 am

She defiantly looks Italian there is lots Italians in Germany there is plenty of Germans that look like her Germans can easily have Italian blood lots of Germans have intermarried with Italians long before the second world war Italians have been in Germany for years for many generations since the early middle ages I wouldn’t be surprised if there is any Germans and Austrians who have Italian mixed into their blood Italians have been in Austria since the early middle ages.

roman2886 June 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

She defiantly looks Italian there is lots of Italians in Germany some Germans have Italian blood even Austrians have Italian blood because Southern Austria is near the Italian border Austrian and Germans have intermarried with Italians over years Italians are everywhere in the world not all Germans are full blooded Germans the full blooded Germans don’t look anything like her Kristen Dunst is of German descent she looks very German she looks more German than Emma Watson there is Italian blood in the British Isles the Romans were in Britain for nearly 400 years.

FoxHamar August 7, 2014 at 6:43 am

I agree. It’s much more likely that an Italian married into a German bloodline, and that this Italian ancestor influenced her physical appearance, despite being less than 1/32 of her overall ancestry, and being wholly undocumented, than the alternative, which is that you are as wrong about this as about everything else.

ethnic November 5, 2013 at 6:09 am

Hey Follers, do you have another source for Charles William Rudolph Duerre, the German ancestor?

follers November 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I traced Emma Watson’s “Duerre” line using geni.com and public member trees.

Emma’s grandmother, Freda (Duerre), was the daughter of Frederic E. Duerre and Susannah M. Pannell. Frederic was the son of Ernest Frederick Duerre and Ellen Emma Soul. Ernest was the son of Charles William Rudolph Duerre and Emma Reed. Charles, who was born in Prussia, was the son of Carl Gottlieb Durre and Amalie Carolina.

You can search for all of these names at the Geni.com website link above, or for all the names starting with Emma’s great-grandfather, at the public member trees link, below.

The surname “Duerre” is not English. Its only origin, even if in a somewhat differently spelled form, is German. The name is even part of Emma’s full name, and many women named “Emma” appear on that side of her family tree (as you can see).

The German (Prussian) origins of this family are also discussed here (http://genforum.genealogy.com/duerre/messages/8.html). The Ada Sleina Duerre mentioned there was the sister of Ernest Frederick Duerre.

Public member trees – http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=pubmembertrees&rank=1&new=1&so=3&tid=&tpid=&ssrc=&MSAV=1&msT=1&gss=ms_db&Simple=&hipts=&gsfn=Frederic+E.&gsfn_x=&gsfn_xr=&gsln=Duerre&gsln_x=&gsln_xr=&msbdd=&msbdm=&msbdy=&msbdp=&msbdm_x=&msbdd_x=&msbpn__ftp=&msbpn=&msbpn_PInfo=&msbpn_x=&msbpn__ftp_x=&msddd=&msddm=&msddy=&msddp=&msddm_x=&msddd_x=&msdpn__ftp=&msdpn=&msdpn_PInfo=&msdpn_x=&msdpn__ftp_x=&msgdd=&msgdm=&msgdy=&msgdp=&msgdm_x=&msgdd_x=&msgpn__ftp=&msgpn=&msgpn_PInfo=&msgpn_x=&msgpn__ftp_x=&gskw=Susannah+M.+Pannell&uidh=t9h


ectag September 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm

She’s ethnically English, though she looks more Mediterranean then Anglo-Saxon. This is just part of the normal variation of Anglo phenotype (Sean Connery and Colin Farrell being two other prominent examples). Seems to be somewhat more common among the Welsh for some reason, and in particular these with the surname “Jones”.

With her pale complexion with brown eyes and hair, if I didn’t know she was ethnically British I might guess Ashkenazi.

People don’t always look like the ethnic group they belong to.

andrew September 14, 2013 at 5:34 pm

many anthropoligists say in British and Irish people there is a Mediterranen component, different from Med of South Europe but still Med. Britain has a long history before Anglo-Saxon arrival. Actually a guy like Farrell is absolutely average, only a fool can think the Irish are a bunch or redheads

Marc 2 October 16, 2013 at 12:10 am

@andrew September 14, 2013 at 5:34 pm
many anthropoligists say in British and Irish people there is a Mediterranen component, different from Med of South Europe but still Med. Britain has a long history before Anglo-Saxon arrival. Actually a guy like Farrell is absolutely average, only a fool can think the Irish are a bunch or [email protected]

That’s not all. There’s no evidence that Anglo-Saxons were light-pigmented in comparison with native Britons, so considering that modern Scandinavian- German population have strong Meditteranean component like Ann-Kristin Flatland or Moritz Bleitbreu it is absolutely no wonder that Mediterranean anthro.types are well represented in all Europe. but they differ surely from another Meds. Atlantic Mediterranean complex strethes along Atlantic coast from some groups of Morrocan-Algerian Berbers (which without Arabic-Semitic influence) to Scandinavia

Alice October 16, 2013 at 1:45 am

Colin Farrell is definitely not average for Irish Andrew and most Irish aren’t redheads either. The majority of Irish are most likely to be blue eyed, fair skinned and hair that is light brown to medium brown that would be the average colouring but you can find every combination in Ireland from brunets to blonds. Colin is definitely darker than the average for a Irishman.

Alice October 16, 2013 at 1:49 am

Genetics of people if fairly well known now and there is no Moroccan-Algerian Berber ancestry in the British Isles. It sounds exotic but it is non-existant in those populations.

Genetic results for populations are easily obtained on the internet so no mysteries there.

Marc 2 October 16, 2013 at 2:10 am

How Berber genetic ancestry can be extended in British Isles??? :)

i’m talking about anthropological type. Some groups of Berbers demonstrate Mauretanian influence (Negroid), some of them. Arabic (Middle Estern), but another isolated groups, in Atlas mountains, in their North-Western parts retain appearns which very closed to Europeoid. It doesn’t have to do with genetic. It is very ancient phenomenon

Marc 2 October 16, 2013 at 3:54 am

By the way, a little about genetic: There’s some interference between North-Western Africa and Europe. in total. European R1b, I2, G. Caucasian-Minor Asian J2 and African E1b reflects some correlation between ancient Berbers and Europeans.

Also, ancient Egyptian depiction of XIII century BC, there’s a picture of Egyptian, Assyrian, Ethiopian and Lybian persons, the latter has got the lightest pigmentation of them.
And don’t forget about the Guanches which described as tow haired.

andrew October 16, 2013 at 5:37 am

@ marc 2

I read they’ve found little Berber genetic imput in Scotland. Ann-Kristin Flatland isnt Med, she could fit in Central Europe, Moritz Bleibtreu maybe, he’s of Austrian descent and he could fit into Italy too IMO (close nations, no big deal)

andrew October 16, 2013 at 5:29 am

Farrell is a movie star, I presume he doesnt live in Ireland but in California or places like that thats why he’s more tanned than the average Irishman. He has brown hair/eyes as Ryan Reynolds (random example) who’s of Irish descent too, someone wrote here there’s a resemblance between them.



Actually I think Colin looks a bit like Eric Cantona here


Marc 2 October 16, 2013 at 6:28 am

@andrew October 16, 2013 at 5:37 am
Ann-Kristin Flatland isnt Med, ,@

With dark brown hair, brown eyes and level of skin pigmentation which impossible in context of real nordic types?! Yes, of course she is of Mediterranean family. Almost exemplary atlanto-med.

@she could fit in Central [email protected]

Anyone europeoid from Volga river to France could fit in Central Europe, cause it is the most mixed region in Continent :)

@Moritz Bleibtreu maybe, he’s of Austrian descent and he could fit into Italy too IMO (close nations, no big deal)@

However, Germanic origin. But so far from Aryan model :)

Alice October 16, 2013 at 8:35 am

Most Irish can’t take a tan like Colin. That’s why Ireland has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in Europe and why countries like Australia have one of the highest rates in the world due to a lot of people of Irish and British descent. Freckled skin is the most common type of skin in Ireland. As I said most Irish don’t look like Colin Farrell not to say that some Irish don’t tan but that is a minority.

andrew October 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm

@ Marc 2

she is not Med at all, who cares about the hair/eye colour, it’s not so relevant. I meant she could fit into Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italian Alps.
“Aryan model”?? man we are in 2013 do u still think to this bullshit? come on..

roman2886 October 20, 2014 at 6:31 am

There is black Irish people in Ireland lots in the Cork and Dublin and Sligo there is lots of Black Irish people.

follers September 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Emma Watson could have been Jewish.

Marc 2 October 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm

@andrew October 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm
she is not Med at all, who cares about the hair/eye colour, it’s not so [email protected]

Sorry, we talkin about about anthropological complex now or place of birth?
Physical appearance, that’s what makes Med and distinguishes them from all other

@I meant she could fit into Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italian [email protected]

Everyone could fit there, it’s not an indicator
@“Aryan model”?? man we are in 2013 do u still think to this bullshit? come [email protected]

I know that this is a bullshit, just like the opinion that Germanic nations is the homeland of all of the European nordoids

whatevah January 2, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Um, have you heard of the Roman conquest and the 410 years the Romans have ruled over the British Isles? Obviously not!

FoxHamar August 7, 2014 at 6:47 am

These features (i.e. Mediterranean features) entered Britain during the Neolithic. It has nothing to do with Romans. Leave pop-anthropology at the door and do some research. Uninformed pontifications on race and ancestry are ALWAYS wrong in my experience. Just read roman2886’s comments on everything for a perfect example.

roman2886 June 4, 2014 at 3:53 pm

I said that myself she defiantly looks Italian she doesn’t look German at all ethnic Germans look nothing like her the Northern Germans are true Germans the ethnic Germans they look very German even Nordic Northern Germany is very close to Denmark.

Me myself and I November 15, 2016 at 3:19 am

if you get rid of the stereotype that whites are blonde-blue eyed humans, you won’t have such dumb conclusions :D

neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 7:18 am

same ethnicity as Julia Roberts, look at their bone structures

Affellay January 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Her mother has a typical French name btw.

nnnnn March 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm

As well as Bianka, Jasmine, Miriam, Katja, Tanja, Sonja,
Ronja…(I mean, real english, not immigrants)

But Duerree is a french surname

nnnnn March 1, 2013 at 11:32 pm

Maybe you spelled the name wrong?
Dear Follers, don’t wonder, that I became a bit
sceptic, if I see “a german name”. Everybody want
to be “german”. Especially, profil of Clara Bruni
brought me to laugh

nnnnn March 2, 2013 at 12:42 am

I wouldn’t dispite.

Daisuke November 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm

she is a French-born Englishwoman of German descent

Daisuke November 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm

well that’s still german

Blonde Frizzles May 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm

SOOOOO PRETTY! :D lol she seems so sweet, and she was great in Harry Potter. Pixie cut or not, she is stunning.

Allie April 4, 2012 at 9:14 am

English girls are the BEST,

Yousra Slaoui March 9, 2012 at 7:55 am

oh mty god, i didn’t know watson was a scottish name, well scottish, english and french is a hot debate what do you think???
i just think she’s sucha cutie and i remember how she was younger as a child on harry potter as hermione granger i just loved her <3 <3 <3
you had a pretty busy life moving from france at five years old and becoming an actress i also think she's very possitive and cool look at her interview on david letterman it's awesome!!!! i <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 her to DEATH!!!!! <3 <3

Sham January 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm

From what I always knew her mom is French, she was born in France and his dad is English.

lilly January 22, 2012 at 9:37 am

Her mom is half French and half English. Her maternal grandmother is French. Her father is of English and Scottish heritage.

ethnic January 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

hi lily, do you have a link to that info?

Sarah July 27, 2011 at 9:53 am

Watson is a Scottish and English surname!

Sarah July 27, 2011 at 9:55 am

This is the website i got the info from and i know a lot of Scottish people who have the surname Watson

joan May 25, 2011 at 11:54 pm

She’s born and raised in france til she was 5 then moved to oxford(read that in wikipedia) so maybe her first language is both english and french, OR just french.

Me! August 11, 2011 at 6:23 am

she can French at all just some words!! she speaks only English

juli22 March 16, 2011 at 9:37 am

who cares if she is a little bit france, shes mostly british, i mean her dad is complete british, her mum is half british, and english is emmas mother language, shes a english girl : )

Anonymous March 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

She is English in the way people from South Louisiana or Quebec would be considered English

Nathalie January 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I have to disagree concerning using “british” as an ethnicity. To me that is the same as an a caucasian person calling him or herself “american”. That’s not defining ethnicity–that’s nationality. Ethnicity and nationality are not the same thing. I have to agree that it is true nationality–depending on the upbringing of the person in that particular country–can influence him or her to a degree they become close with and identify with the culture and call themselves “english british” making ethnicity and nationality go hand and hand.

eee February 27, 2012 at 11:16 am

if you dont know in the ancient times the nationality and ethnicity were the same thing thats why there is korea and japan and the asian countries

Tic May 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm

I would never guess she has French ancestry — she is very English looking with her brown hair, brown eyes, and rosy skin (“an English rose”). Very pretty girl!

Dupre January 29, 2012 at 6:29 am

There are many French people that look like her. Britain and France are only seperated by a channel of water, it makes sense they can have similar types. Some French are fair, light hair light eyes, some are dark hair, olive skin, dark eyes, some are in between. Most of Europe is like that. Look at Sean Connery, he looks Mediterranean, but he is from Scotland. Most of Europe has it’s light types and dark types. Look at Germany for instance, in southern Germany, there are olive skinned types with dark hair dark eyes, which do not fit the stereotype of a German. It’s because most European countries have their dark types and light types.

ilovemyethan March 8, 2010 at 2:54 am

yay! i finally got my letter back from her i got an autograph pic of her but she didnt respond cuz she was filming! i gotan autograph from daniel radcliffe too!

Paul. January 21, 2010 at 3:20 am

My grandmother’s surname is Duerre. o-O

Anonymous December 17, 2009 at 1:02 am

So Beautiful =]

Adam May 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm

she’s cute!

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