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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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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