Hilary Duff

by ethnic on December 30, 2009

Birth name: Hilary Erhard Duff

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 28, 1987

Ethnicity: German, English, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, French, possibly 1/16th Polish

Hilary Duff is an American actress and singer. She is known for playing Lizzie McGuire in the television show and film bearing the same name. Her sister is actress and singer Haylie Duff (Haylie Katherine Duff). Hilary has a son with her former husband, Canadian hockey player Mike Comrie, whose father and uncles founded The Brick furniture company.

Hilary has German, English, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, French, and possibly 1/16th Polish, roots. Her middle name, Erhard, comes from German ancestors.

Hilary’s paternal grandfather was Kenneth Robert Duff (the son of Luke Ralph Duff and Willie Gertrude Roberts). Kenneth was born in Oklahoma. Luke was the son of Matthew A. Duff and Margaret A. Gillis.

Hilary’s paternal grandmother was Mary Pearl Erhard (the daughter of Earl Chester Erhard and Ann/Annie Pearl Windrow). Earl was the son of Chester Charles Erhard and Mary Eliza Trigg. Pearl was the daughter of William Henry Windrow and Anna H. McCord.

Hilary’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Clark “Sam” Cobb, Jr. (the son of Samuel/Sam Clark Cobb and Eva/Era Hamil Whitaker). Hilary’s grandfather Samuel was born in Texas. Hilary’s great-grandfather Samuel was the son of Clark/Charles Griffin Cobb and Mary Cornelia P. Smith.

Hilary’s maternal grandmother was Amy Beulah Schlemmer (the daughter of Albert Lee Schlemmer and Eula Belle Angell). Amy was born in Texas. Albert’s parents, Ernst/Earnest Schlemmer and Anna/Anne/Annie Westowska, were German, with his father from Rhine and his mother from Posen; Anna may have been of Polish descent, though her language is listed as German. Eula was the daughter of Charles Frank Angell and Rosie Beulah Rogers.

Sources: Genealogies of Hilary Duff – http://www.wargs.com

Genealogy of Hilary’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Hilary’s paternal grandfather, Kenneth Robert Duff (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com

Hilary’s paternal grandfather, Kenneth Robert Duff, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Hilary’s paternal grandmother, Mary Pearl Erhard (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Hilary’s paternal grandmother, Mary Pearl Erhard (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Hilary’s paternal great-grandmother, Ann/Annie Pearl Windrow – https://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Hilary Duff (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Hilary’s maternal grandmother, Amy Beulah Schlemmer, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Hilary’s maternal great-grandfather, Albert Lee Schlemmer, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Death record of Hilary’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Anna/Anne/Annie (Westowska) Schlemmer – https://www.familysearch.org

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neiltennant July 25, 2018 at 1:51 pm

aha now we have a new hint

1/16th polish

one day we will see 1/8 thai
she looks asian

follers July 25, 2018 at 2:47 pm

“First they ignore you
then they laugh at you
then they fight you
then you win”
-Frederick Charles Krueger, 1987

neiltennant July 26, 2018 at 1:43 am

now we look the very bad show younger and all of my friends said WHO IS THIS ASIAN UGLY WOMAN

neiltennant July 25, 2018 at 1:50 pm

Please dont get me wrong but she still looks asian

i saw her in YOUNGER and she looks very asian

andrew January 1, 2018 at 12:54 pm

genealogy of Hilary’s paternal great-grandmother, Annie Pearl Windrow – https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Windrow-Family-Tree-2

madman January 1, 2018 at 11:33 am

Westowska sounds Polish, not German. And Posen (Poznań) is a Polish city.

madman January 6, 2018 at 3:49 am


madman March 11, 2018 at 5:43 am

Another correction

neiltennant December 31, 2016 at 12:55 pm

SHE is at least 25 percent asian

please use WAYBACK MACHINE years ago 1996 or so she was described as ASIAN AMERICAN wonder

andrew November 1, 2016 at 6:56 am
slowdive February 1, 2016 at 7:48 pm
slowdive February 3, 2016 at 9:32 pm


neiltennant July 15, 2015 at 3:45 am

don’t be ridiculous guys

look at her mom. She looks half asian

J420 August 6, 2015 at 6:44 am

LOL Well she isn’t Asian, so your point is irrelevant.

Kimmel February 23, 2016 at 6:54 pm

The mother looks Russian (a type of Asian, even though they deny it).

lelo4 August 1, 2016 at 2:01 pm

Her mother doesn’t look Russian lol. More like a person of Mongoloid or Turkic descent who lives in Russia.

neiltennant July 25, 2018 at 1:52 pm

her mom reminds me of AMY HILL who is part Finnish part Japanese

chris91 March 9, 2017 at 11:29 am

Must be due to eyeliner and droopy eyelids. I’ve seen other pictures of her and she doesn’t look particularly asiatic.

neiltennant July 15, 2015 at 3:33 am

come on guys if i write her name on google the first thing comes is ASIAN

hillary duff asian. Its not only me who thinks that she looks asian

and look at her photos as a child she has definitely some asian

Connerfromvine November 7, 2015 at 9:35 am

The first thing that comes up when you right her name on google is “age”. Asian doesnt come up at all as any of the suggestions.

Connerfromvine November 7, 2015 at 9:35 am
California July 14, 2015 at 9:35 pm

Who the fuck cares about this bitch in 2015? Is she even relevant? Bitch couldn’t sing worth a shit anyway.

Connerfromvine November 7, 2015 at 9:36 am

If you actually knew her in person I doubt you would be saying that. She is kind hearted and TALENTED.

neiltennant July 14, 2015 at 12:45 pm

I don’t get it why there are so many people getting offensive if people say or write something

I’m sure she has native american or asian roots. Of course it can be little. And of course she has also mainly european roots. But be hones., She looks very special and tiny exotic.

and in a country like The usa there is a chance that some has asian or native roots

and be honest hollywood is some kind of racist. If some has asian or latino roots he or she will be casted as those ethnic minorities

therefore i can understand, if some hide their ethnicity


J420 August 6, 2015 at 6:27 am

She doesn’t have any Native American or Asian roots, how many times does this have to be addressed to you?

There are exotic looking White people in Europe and they do NOT have to be mixed.

Lastly Latino is not a race.

neiltennant August 6, 2015 at 6:44 am

please don’t teach me about slanty eyes and ethnicity

actually I’m not the only one who thinks that she has some asian roots

google searches shows me that there are tons of people asking this

and I’m from europe i do live in europe and had been in several places in europe

and my opinion is : If some has slanty eyes he or she has asian roots

there are tons of russians who have blue eyes and if some asks them they confirm that their ancestors were also mongolians

and china for example has boarders to Russia ,..

J420 August 6, 2015 at 6:59 am

Look nobody cares about you or anyone else’s self righteous opinion. This doesn’t make it true, nor will it change anything about her ancestry.

Most people in the European side of Russia do not have Mongoloid DNA at all. That is more common in the far East.

bakchoyhurl February 6, 2016 at 11:03 am

Do you know the definition of race? Because if you search it latino can be regarded as a race.

neiltennant July 12, 2015 at 11:13 am

She is not only WHITE

I’m sure that she has also asian roots

I Remember by 2007 when she was together with one of GOOD CHARLOTTE the singer of the band when he was with her said that he is a leftie with a girlfriend of part asian descent

and there was also a pic of them together

Was he lying ?
And i remember when i was at school and most of us in the class thought that she might be part thailand or something

J420 July 14, 2015 at 12:25 am

Actually she is 100% White, this has all been confirmed. She does NOT have any Asian roots. Just because you hate the truth doesn’t mean you should lie and make up false claims about her. You’re just making yourself look utterly stupid and jealous.

neiltennant July 25, 2018 at 1:55 pm

now we have a new hint 1/16 polish

next year we have researched that she is 1/4 asian

M June 4, 2015 at 4:43 pm
J420 July 14, 2015 at 12:17 am

White people can have natural slanted eyes, it doesn’t mean they are part Asian.

neiltennant July 14, 2015 at 12:47 pm

I HATE those pointless discussions

if some writes something, than another user makes not constructive and worthless comments like this…

And according to the users of this site all italians and armenians are blonde and blue eyed people

and africa is full of TYRA BANKS lookalikes


M June 4, 2015 at 4:14 pm

She could be part black and Native American. She looks a little Creole. She looks like Beyonce in this picture. http://www.lipstickalley.com/showthread.php/681480-Hilary-Duff-looks-like-Beyonce-here

J420 July 14, 2015 at 12:26 am

You’re an idiot.

J420 July 14, 2015 at 12:28 am

I don’t see her looking like Beyonce at all. She looks more like Lena Headey in that picture.

WTF August 12, 2014 at 3:04 pm

she is as asian as alek wek is irish. lmfaoooooooo

neiltennant January 27, 2014 at 5:53 am

she has asian or native american or south american roots

thats for sure

nobody in scottland , britain or ireland without foreign roots looks like her

and its obvious that some americans are ashamed of their non white roots and try to hide them

especially those who are conservative and vote republican
in this case jessica simpson is cool, republican and proud of her native roots

J420 July 14, 2015 at 12:35 am

You sound like the biggest moron. There are many exotic looking White people all over Europe, particularly the British Isles. You obviously haven’t traveled enough. Europe contains a melting pot of various ethnicities, which in reality comes with looking a bit different. If you stop being ignorant you’ll find many people all over Europe who look different from each other. The main point is she is still 100% White, and that’s all there is to it.

ses101 January 1, 2018 at 10:30 am

I agree J420. There are people from Scotland with slightly Asian eyes (including my family). Looks can develop through the conditions of our own country over hundreds of years, with or without any mixing. There seems to be a general ignorance towards Britain on this site, like as if only ugly people with exactly the same “look” can come from here.

J.J. September 15, 2013 at 9:48 pm

correction; her eyes are forest green (green+brown) and her hair colour is dark brown (brunette) (dyed blonde)

J.J. November 6, 2013 at 7:01 am

correction; her eyes are just green, not forest green

spaceyaquarius August 7, 2013 at 8:03 pm

She sure lost her looks when she popped out that rugrat. Her last good movie was “The Perfect Man” in 2005 when she was 18. Don’t forget to watch “Cadet Kelly” from 2002. What a great body.

J.J. July 26, 2013 at 1:32 am

fuzzybear44 I think you misunderstood my initial point, people think you have to be Nordic or alpine Caucasian (fair skin, light hair, light eyes) in order to be considered a white Caucasian but what i’m saying is that Mediterranean people are also white Caucasians regardless of them having darker features and coloured skin and because majority of south America is of Mediterranean European ancestry they are considered white

fuzzybear44 July 26, 2013 at 4:47 am


(I think you misunderstood my initial point, people think you have to be Nordic or alpine Caucasian (fair skin, light hair, light eyes) in order to be considered a white Caucasian but what i’m saying is that Mediterranean people are also white Caucasians regardless of them having darker features and coloured skin and because majority of south America is of Mediterranean European ancestry they are considered white)

Well what you’re saying in this comment is pretty clear.However answer this for me.In your previous post,where you worte:

(Latina’s are white)

Were you strictly referring to Southern Europeans,and not Latin America?

J.J. July 27, 2013 at 7:44 pm

i’m referring to southern Europeans and Latin Americans of predominately Southern European ancestry

fuzzybear44 July 29, 2013 at 8:02 am


Okay the phrase( predominately Southern European ancestry),helps to explain your (Latinos are white) comment better.You see those people as white,so therefore they’re white to you;that’s fine.However I was talking about the black ones,who do have Southern European ancestry(in some cases a lot of it),however they would never be seen as white.The comment you made here:
(But nonetheless anyone of Spanish, Portuguese, Italian ancestry are still considered to be a white Caucasian )

These people here,have large % of Southern European DNA:


(Granted she’s Caucasian,but not white)


Now looking at these people,I seriously doubt they would be seen as white.Even I most likely have a large % of Southern European Dna(granddad of french descent,both grandmother’s(half french descent,other granddad(of Spanish descent) but I’m not white,nor would I be considered it

andrew July 29, 2013 at 1:03 pm

in Brazil they classified as Pardos (mixed-race)

follers July 29, 2013 at 2:19 pm

So were your granddads both caucasian?

fuzzybear44 July 30, 2013 at 4:49 am


(in Brazil they classified as Pardos (mixed-race))

Ok, but that doesn’t really matter.Going by the DNA testing down there,the ones called Negro are just as mixed ,as the ones called Pardos(they just don’t look it)

fuzzybear44 July 30, 2013 at 5:01 am


(So were your granddads both caucasian?)

No , one was full white,while the other would be seen as Pardo

fuzzybear44 July 30, 2013 at 5:45 am


At least I assuming he was full white.Seeing how I never met him,and I can only go by a photo.My Aunts say he was full white,but do children really know about their parents

myarmyrulesyours September 16, 2013 at 6:36 am

If those people have so-called “black” paternal ancestry they are “black” (Judites). And DNA testing is largely a money scheme:

DNA Hoax:

myarmyrulesyours September 16, 2013 at 5:59 am

The one’s who can trace their paternal lineage back to the natives are not Edomites (aka “whites” from Europe) no matter how de-melaninized their skin has become.

SpanishPrincess May 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I thought she was part Latina. She kind of looked it. But she looks White. Obvi. Lol You must be crazy to think shes Asian……

J.J. July 24, 2013 at 6:31 am

latina’s are white

fuzzybear44 July 24, 2013 at 6:38 am

and some aren’t

J.J. July 25, 2013 at 12:14 am

a latina is someone who’s ancestry/ background/ nationality is of a country who speaks a latin language (Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Romanian), so yes there are people who live in south America who are not of latin European ancestry but are considered latino because they speak a latin language so fair enough they are not considered white, but most South Americans are of latin European ancestry (primarily Spanish) and perhaps a lot are mixed with the native peoples aswell, But nonetheless anyone of Spanish, Portuguese, Italian ancestry are still considered to be a white Caucasian as all Europeans are considered white Caucasians, regardless of them having darker features and coloured skin. if you wanna get technical they’d be categorised as Mediterranean Caucasians

fuzzybear44 July 25, 2013 at 3:30 am


(so yes there are people who live in south America who are not of latin European ancestry but are considered latino because they speak a latin language)

I’m trying to understand you correctly. Basically what you’re saying ,is that those DNA tests taken down in latin America,on the non white Latinos are false?Because so far those tests show,those non-whites to have strong blood tides to Europe.Which by your definition,should make them full Latinos.Then lets say the Dominicans,they swear they have European blood,are they confuses?Also aren’t Creoles and cape verdeans, non-white Caucasians Latinos by blood,and not just by language?

andrew July 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm

@ fuzzybear

For example in Brazil there are about 5 millions of ppl of German descent, their first language is Portuguese.

ihatemostpeople March 2, 2014 at 12:32 am

She kind of looks like J.Lo and Jessica Alba is some pictures. So yeah, I guess she sort of looks Hispanic.

Marc 2 March 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

You’re a real monster!

J420 February 4, 2015 at 1:24 am

That fixation on what looks Hispanic is highly immoral and stupid. There is no such thing a “Hispanic look” as Hispanic is not a race. They come in all different races. Hispanic and Latino culture rightfully implies to the real”Hispanics” Europeans from “Hispania”of Spain, and Latins from “Latium” of Italy which are all White people. That’s where it originated.

Hispanics of Latin America are usually (Mestizos) as their race, which is White and American Indian. Hilary Duff does not look Native American at all. She looks fully White/Caucasian. I also know another White woman who looks like Jennifer Lopez and that is Australian singer Delta Goodrem.

noneofyourbusiness February 6, 2015 at 8:34 am

Don’t compare Delta Goodrem to this ugly skank. Delta is a million times more beautiful AND talented than J Hoe.

BUU April 4, 2012 at 10:06 am

WTF is wrong with you people. She knows her background and don’t need to show any proof. She doesn’t look asian and if she did she can still have white in her. It call the genes DNA dumbasses go to school and study biology. You all freaking retarded. People make a big deal over the smallest thing over RACE she was sharing her background. It only here in AMERICA that people do some crap like this and always find the littlest crap and make it into a HUGE deal. My gosh you are all annoying jealous dumb retard ever in this world. SMFH anyway Hilary Duff is beautiful and I’m happy for her and her new born son.

neiltennant January 1, 2017 at 4:58 am

You idiot

nobody says that it is not beautiful to be asian etc.

but it is very common in the USA that celebs hide their ethnicity

because otherwise they would be cast only as asians

even those who are only 25 percent asian

she has her managers and advisors
The same like SUMMER GLAU

fact is she would be an alien in all of the european countries which are mentioned as her background

ses101 January 1, 2018 at 10:35 am

I’m from Scotland and NO ONE here would say she looked foreign if she said she was Scottish. There are plenty of “types” of looks here, as in other countries, that can arise without any specific racial mixing.

neiltennant January 1, 2018 at 12:40 pm

IN the rest of europe everybody thinks she has Asian roots

years ago I read in BRAVO =youth magazine, that she is asked several times each week if she has Asian roots…

andrew January 1, 2018 at 12:50 pm

which kind of Asian do you think she looks: Cambodian, Nepalese or what else?

We are so curious

neiltennant January 6, 2018 at 2:40 pm


dear brother i quoted the youth magazine bravo from 2009 or so

i think she could have some Thai maybe 1/8

Christian March 23, 2012 at 11:26 am

no no

there must be something other in her blood

she has those asian eyes, she might have some asian background

Angel Syrene March 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm

She’s made Very English

Tuana December 29, 2011 at 11:42 am

She looks a bit like German.

Maria December 25, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I saw a picture lately where she was pregnant and she looked great glowing it suits her.Weird I still think of her as a young little girl .I used to always watch Lizzie McGuire when I was younger. haha

JJ July 12, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Duff is not Fil-am where people is getting this or have heard this was her co star on lizzie mcguire Lalaine was Filipina born to Filipino parents. She was also very popular and cute.

Maera Perez June 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I never knew that :) I love her show . Even though it’s old and expired eh?

S June 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm

She is not part Filipina, but she IS like a quarter Malaysian.

gee May 28, 2011 at 10:02 pm

How do you figure she’s part Filipino though? I mean, what’s your source on this? I’m not saying she’s not, but it’s kind of obnoxious when a celebrity “looks mixed” the first conclusion is “Oh they’re Filipino!” -_- I’ve seen that false conclusion be reached many times only to have it disproved later. (Miranda Cosgrove and Miranda Kerr were both thought to be mixed and they’re both of just European decent)

Meg February 12, 2011 at 12:32 am

actually her mum is filipina or half filipina

Ariana decir-gracias! August 17, 2011 at 7:13 am

Thats not possible, why does she look the way she does? if she was at least the slightest fillipina she’s look more like vanessa hudgens. And BTW where’s the proof?

black wallstreet November 24, 2010 at 5:58 am

English, German, Scot, irish uggh boring and ugly combinations, she looks so plain. she used to have no neck now she’s just skinny broad with a huge head.

black wallstreet November 24, 2010 at 6:56 am

Look stupid faker,I don’t go around insulting people,they’ll know your not the real black wallstreet or fuzzybear,so stop it

Amala January 21, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I kind of agree… Disney are trying to be more multi-cultural to give the mixed kids someone to look up to, yet her and Miley are white…

alexia July 27, 2011 at 12:03 am

you’re suggesting no disney acotors should be european anymore? shit, how sensitive could you get? you’re obviously not white yourself. have you thought about what that would do to all the european kids out there? make them feel uncomfortable or like they don’t belong because of their skin? and how is it wrong that miley and hillary both by chance ended up more famous and liked because they were more talented? you haven’t thought what you just said through very well.
by the way, being a “euro-mutt” is counted as being mixed.

alexia July 26, 2011 at 11:57 pm

what’s with all the negativity about irish, scottish and german herritage?
i’m an irish, scottish, english, welsh and german australian and i’ve had no problems with my herritage or my appearance. i even have a cousin who looks just as german as duff does.
hey, the english developed most of the shit we own today, i see nothing to be ashamed of in being british/german.
honestly, the only thing i can think of being wrong with having irish and scottish herritage is jealousy or just being outright narrow minded.

nicole kidman – pure irish – one of the most beautiful women in the world.
hugh jackman – pure english – the sexiest man in the world.
kiera knightley – pure english – one of the most beautiful women in the world.
marilyn monroe – norwegian, english, scottish – THE most beautiful woman in the world.
jayne mansfield – german, british – the poor man’s marilyn monroe.
audrey hepburn – english, slovak, dutch.
emma watson – french, english.
miranda kerr – english, scottish, french.
elizabeth taylor – welsh, irish, english, swiss, dutch.

if you bother to check, actually very few of the most stunning and influential celebrities haven’t got u.k herritage. even george clooney and matt damon have u.k herritage. beauty has nothing to do with your ethnicity, it’s whether you’re lucky or not. obviously.

i mean seriously, hello? get real.

Alice December 30, 2011 at 7:24 am
Alice December 30, 2011 at 7:26 am

Troll comment is to the first post by black wallstreet who claims her ethnicity was boring and ugly.

Chad MacGregor November 6, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Long live the Scots!

QueenOrangeSoda October 12, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Scottish and Irish? Where have I heard THAT before? ;) *points to Miley Cyrus, Dolly Parton, and Taylor Swift*

Paul. October 12, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I like how her parents gave her a German middle name.. it shows they’re proud of their roots.
Just wondering, is her surname ‘Duff’, the Scottish or Irish version?

She’s really cool. :)

ethnic October 13, 2010 at 1:47 am

hmm I wonder…

: ) September 28, 2010 at 2:04 pm

wow cool!! ^_~

clark kent August 25, 2010 at 2:25 pm

that middle name is very different!

anna September 28, 2010 at 9:08 am

because it’s a german surname

Juli May 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Lol, a German lastname is different?

Adriana May 9, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Wow her mom really looks mixed in the black and white picture, she looks latina there. But in the colored picture she looks a lot different. There she doesn;t look mixed except her eye shape is a bit questionable to me.

Bombpants May 9, 2010 at 9:32 pm

surgery perhaps?

ethnic May 6, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I doubt her mother is Filipino.

Fuzzybear May 6, 2010 at 6:34 pm

What do you think she is ?

ethnic May 9, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Her mother does look a little mixed but I havent seen any evidence of that.

Island-Boi May 6, 2010 at 2:39 pm
Fuzzybear May 6, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Never even paid attention,but can see it now in the pics

Cusack Girl August 25, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Some white people have Asian-like eyes. My husband and I both do. Neither of us are Asian or Native American.

James August 4, 2011 at 5:49 am

That’s common with a lot of caucasians, My mother who is 100% right off the boat Irish has eyes shaped like that.

nathalie January 30, 2010 at 11:59 am

i had no idea hilary duff had so much mixed blood … and to think i thought she was dutch … boy was i wrong. :)

Fuzzybear May 6, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I never even thought to look either

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