Farrah Fawcett

by ethnic on July 23, 2009

Farrah Fawcett

Birth Name: Ferrah Leni Fawcett

Date of Birth: February 2, 1947

Place of Birth: Corpus Christi, Nueces, Texas, U.S.

Date of Death: June 25, 2009

Place of Death: Santa Monica, California

Ethnicity: English, likely some Welsh and Scottish

Farrah Fawcett was an American actress and artist.

Farrah was the daughter of Pauline Alice (Evans) and James William Fawcett. She had English, and likely some Welsh and Scottish, ancestry. She is sometimes described as having had French or Choctaw Native American ancestry. It is not clear if these said ancestral lines have been documented/verified.

Farrah is also sometimes stated as having had Lebanese ancestry, perhaps because her first name is of Arabic origin. However, she was not of Arab descent.

Until her death, her long-time partner was actor Ryan O’Neal. The couple had a son, Redmond.

Farrah’s paternal grandfather was William Albert Fawcett (the son of John Fawcett and Clara Flavel/Flavell). William was born in Texas. John was born in Hull, Yorkshire, England, the son of David Fawcett and Elizabeth Inchbold Green. Clara was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, the daughter of Benjamin Flavell and Esther Elizabeth Wood.

Farrah’s paternal grandmother was Myrtle Ola Hixon (the daughter of William Elbert Hixon and Mary “Mollie” E. Steen). Myrtle was born in Texas. William was the son of Richard Hickson/Hixon and Margaret Ann Henderson.

Farrah’s maternal grandparents were John Henry Evans and Martha/Mattie Ann Johnson (the daughter of Robert Owen Johnson and Nancy Jane “Jennie” Melford). Robert was the son of William Johnson and Mary Elizabeth Miller. Nancy was likely the daughter of John Quincy Mefford and Priscilla/Pricey/Pricy Harmon.

Sources: Genealogy of Farrah Fawcett – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Farraw Fawcett (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Farrah’s maternal grandmother, Martha/Mattie Ann Johnson (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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ses101 March 15, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Fawcett is a Scottish surname, from East Lothian, where I live and know other people with this name.

celebfan September 19, 2017 at 6:26 pm

The second sentence of this says “Farrah was the son of Pauline Alice (Evans) and James William Fawcett.” Son? Clearly a typo.

smiley January 13, 2014 at 2:42 am

The picture isn’t working for me.

JasonBaker December 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Did she have Native American ancestry? She doesn´t look Native American at all, but that´s what´s stated on Wikipedia.

follers December 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm

There is no proof that she had Native American ancestry.

Holly12 May 15, 2013 at 10:48 am

I loved Farrah Fawcett in ‘Charlie’s Angels’. I must admit I don’t think she was the most beautiful out of the three original Angels, but she had an aura emanating from within her that captured the attention of a lot of people & I can see why she was so popular with the public.
If ethni or Follers reads this could we add Jaclyn Smith (the other Charlie’s Angel) to this website. I’d be interested to know what her ancestral background is made up of, as she was & still is an incredibly beautiful woman. Thank-you.

follers May 15, 2013 at 11:03 pm
Holly12 May 16, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Thanks Follers I appreciate that alot.
It looks like Jaclyn Smith has quite a bit of Scottish ancestry on her mothers side of her family tree. Jaclyn’s great, great grandfather Lauchlen Mcauley was born in Scotland & the surname ‘Urquhart’ (held by her great grandmother) is one of the most famous of Scottish clan surnames supposedly. Also if you look further back on her family tree she has quite a bit of Irish & English ancestry too.
I’ve heard the rumours that her father maybe Jewish too, but that’s still disputed.
Ethni you should definitely add Jaclyn Smith to EthniCelebs. Thank-you.

123 April 3, 2012 at 10:25 am

Brilliant logic here. No evidence she is Lebanese but her first name. I guess everyone named Jasmine is also Middle Eastern?

Tri April 3, 2012 at 10:26 am

Her first name was a creation by her parents because it went well with her last name. It is a coincedence that it happens to be a Lebanese name. If they made her name Fachow then I wonder if she has become Chinese? (that probably isn’t a Chinese name, sorry but you know what I mean)

Fachow April 3, 2012 at 10:27 am
neiltennant April 18, 2017 at 7:50 am

there were rumors that she might have some syrian or lebanese roots

one of her maternal grand grandparents had been christian syrian

andrew August 1, 2017 at 1:44 pm

which one?

Aye April 3, 2012 at 10:21 am

“Fawcett once said the name “Ferrah” was made up by her mother because it went well with their last name; she later changed the spelling.”


This is 100% what happened. Her parents made up a name (not common but not rare either to do this) and it just so happened to sound like a Lebanese name out of all the different possible places in the world. If they made changed one letter then perhaps people would be claiming something like “oh she is… czech! or from peru!”

I also google’ed a pic of her father and he looks like a typical British person.

I’m not sure why SOME Lebanese people can’t seem to accept this. There is literally no evidence of her being Lebanese, her parents don’t look remotely from the Levant and there is clear evidence that the name was made up. Also the “conspiracy” of her hiding it is odd because she openly admits Native American ancestry, so she has no issue admitting non-Euro ancestry. I’m sure there are other actual Lebanese celebrity to look up to… I guess some people are just crazy (obviously not most)

TotalTruth August 25, 2011 at 2:28 am

Her father was Lebanese Arab. She could not admit such in order to protect her career. And some today still do not want this known for political reasons.

Aye April 3, 2012 at 10:13 am

She isn’t. No matter how much you claim she is or claim conspiracy.

smiley November 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm

There is no evidence of that. Does her father look arab to you?
He’s actually died after his Farrah at age 92.

smiley November 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm

He* died after* Farrah.

smiley November 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm
neiltennant April 18, 2017 at 7:51 am

No thats only partly correct

Her paternal grand grandparent had been syrian or lebanese

Samia_Kabullah_Bella November 28, 2010 at 9:44 am

She’s not Lebanese,just because ou have a Middle Eastern first name does not mean you’re middle eastern.The name Lea is Assyrian (ethnic group in nothern iraq) and most Leas i know are definitely not nothern iraqi.

Anonymous March 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I was wondering why everyone kept saying she was part Lebanese. It was because of her name? I know a lot of people with first names that do not match their ethnicity. It is not exactly uncommon.

liz November 1, 2010 at 9:03 pm

she had a weird middle name.

Anonymous July 21, 2010 at 1:51 pm
Sean July 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Yet another one for the Irish celeb list.

Rex July 22, 2010 at 4:25 am

You going to change this ethnic??

ethnic July 22, 2010 at 9:49 am
ffan November 5, 2010 at 2:41 am

here, check out the great grandparents from England

p April 17, 2010 at 6:41 am
Tribe April 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I don’t know whether this is true or not but According to a 2009 story in The Daily Mail, “Her Lebanese father, an oilman, had named her after the Arabic for joy, Ferrah. But she asked her parents to change her name to Farrah and they agreed”..

Dave July 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Her father definitely wasn’t Lebanese… it was an internet rumor because of her first name.

neiltennant April 18, 2017 at 7:51 am

paternal grand grandparent had been syrian or lebanese

ethnic April 4, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Tribe I dont think I cant go with that.

Tribe April 4, 2010 at 5:27 pm

This is wrong, apparently Farrah was lebanese.

neiltennant April 18, 2017 at 7:52 am

NO SHE was not lebanese

she had the ethnicities which are mentioned plus

Lebanese or syrian roots

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