Katy Perry

by ethnic on January 2, 2010

Birth Name: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

Place of Birth: Santa Barbara, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 25, 1984

Ethnicity: Portuguese (3/16ths), along with German, English, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, distant French, remote Manx/Isle of Man

Katy Perry, born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her hit songs “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot n Cold”.

Katy’s father has English, and smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Welsh, French, and remote Manx (Isle of Man), ancestry. Katy’s mother is of three eighths Portuguese, one eighth Irish, one quarter German, and approximately one quarter English/British Isles, descent. Three of Katy’s maternal great-great-grandparents were from the Azores, islands belonging to Portugal (including from Horta, Faial Island, in the Azores). Katy’s uncle (her mother’s half-brother) was director Frank Perry.

Katy’s paternal grandfather is Robert C. Hudson (the son of Robert Carlock Hudson and Merla Douglas). Katy’s great-grandfather Robert was the son of Joseph Sidney Hudson and Lula Ada Carlock.

Katy’s paternal grandmother is Annie/Ann Pearl Robison (the daughter of Hulet Lender Robison and Lassie Leodifyne Meadows). Hulet was the son of Julius Walter Robison and Millie Maud Knight. Lassie was the daughter of Joseph Hasard Meadows and Nannie N. Garrett.

Katy’s maternal grandfather was Frank Joseph Perry (the son of Antonio Perry and Sarah Adeline Denis). Antonio was of Portuguese descent, the son of Frank Perry. Sarah was the daughter of Vincente Denis, a Portuguese immigrant, and of Hannah A. Mulhaire, who was Irish, from Eyrecourt, County Galway.

Katy’s maternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Vilsack (the daughter of Aloysius “Ollie” Joseph Vilsack and Gladys Matilda Brace). Aloysius was of German descent, the son of Leopold Vilsack, a famous brewer and banker, and of Dorothea/Dorothy A. Blank. Gladys had English ancestry, and was the daughter of Napoleon Collins Brace and Mary Elizabeth Craig.

Katy is a second cousin, once removed, of politician Tom Vilsack. Katy’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Leopold Vilsack and Dorothea/Dorothy A. Blank, were also Tom’s paternal great-grandparents.

Sources: Genealogies of Katy Perry – http://www.geni.com
http://gw.geneanet.org

Family history of Katy Perry, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (at The Huffington Post) – http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Katy’s paternal grandmother, Annie/Ann Pearl Robison, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Left Eyed Photography/bigstock.com

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luckystar February 24, 2017 at 7:53 pm

Katy is natural blonde and looks very british to me, in 2008 i used to mistake her for Lily allen

neiltennant June 29, 2016 at 4:02 am

she looks very portugese/spanish

she could pass for a typical portugese even with those blue eyes

savanna March 4, 2016 at 7:31 pm

Someone should condense the ethnicity down to something like:
“Ethnicity: English, Irish, Portuguese, smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of German, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, French, and remote Manx/Isle of Man”

madman February 24, 2016 at 9:42 am

Katy’s father also had Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Welsh, and remote Manx ancestry. Also, she has ancestors with the surname Ammonet, which probably is French.

Genealogy: http://www.geni.com/people/Katy-Perry/6000000009745565676

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 6:06 am

She does have those pebbly, round exotic eyes that Portuguese and Southern European women in general tend to have.

andrew October 9, 2015 at 5:39 am

Katy’s Portuguese ancestors were from Horta, Faial Island, Azores.

luckystar November 4, 2015 at 6:20 am
me February 4, 2015 at 5:11 pm

she looks older.

Check7t April 18, 2014 at 6:34 am

Not that many White Americans have Portuguese ancestry, that is more common in Brasil.

Check7t April 18, 2014 at 6:33 am

I’d smash.

Wolfman August 28, 2015 at 8:29 am

I would also! LOL

tomtom October 12, 2013 at 10:02 am

Portuguese people (from Portugal, which is part of West Europe) are White just like Italians, Spaniards, French, etc.. In these countries, people speak Latin languages but that does not define their race. This fact confuses dumb people pretty easily.

Summary of Racial Origins:
Northern Europe = Nordic Whites
Southern Europe = Mediterranean Whites
Central / Southern America = Latinos

Some people keep referring to Cristiano Ronaldo as the typical Portuguese, which is not realistic. Cristiano Ronaldo is from the Madeira island which stands to Portugal as Hawaii stands to the US.
Besides, Cristiano Ronaldo is 1/4 Cape Verdean, which is part of Africa. Not but not least, race has a broad variety of looks, so let’s not define an entire population by the looks of one single person, otherwise we might as well say that all Americans are dark because Oprah Winfrey has nice dark skin! Dahha?!

marjanel April 17, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Your summary is wrong.Latino is not a race,it is only relationed with language.In Central and South America there are many people from many parts of the world and different races.And the real latinos were the Romans, Italians,Spaniards….
American census wants to change the real meaning of the words.

marjanel October 23, 2015 at 1:41 pm

And not all Central and South Americans countries are latino.Also there are latino countries in North América like Mexico

Frank G April 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm

She looks like a beautiful german/portuguese hybrid.

bvision April 10, 2012 at 7:03 pm

like lyndsy fonseca

who is also portuguese/german hybrid

Mimi April 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

To me she looks Scottish, she looks like this Scottish person I knew. So the strongest blood in her to me would be the West European side

Cola April 10, 2012 at 7:26 am

I agree Portuguese people aren’t as dark as some think but they actually are tanned naturally like Cristiano Ronaldo i.e and usually have dark eyes and hair. Katy Perrys real haircolour isn’t even black but some shade of blonde so I don’t get why she would look distinctive Portuguese to anyone. I would never guess beside the fact its just very little of her ancestry. She looks pretty much Irish/English to me(- black hair)

Rossa Prendergast March 25, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I grew up near Alameda and there was and still are Portuguese there. Yeah, Katy looks Portuguese. Weird that people don’t think Portuguese are white but they’re as white as English or French for the most part with some mediteranean ‘elements’ I would say. But pretty damn white if you ask me.

midori29 February 6, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Some African elements too. Portugual has the ihghest amount of subsaharan African DNA for any European country.

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