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”, among others.

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.

A DNA test whose results Katy displayed on her Instagram page stated that Katy’s genetic ancestry is:

*86.7% Northwestern European
——–*36.1% British & Irish
——–*13.9% French & German
——–*2.3% Scandinavian
——–*34.4% Broadly Northwestern European
*11.3% Southern European
——–*5.3% Iberian
——–*1.0% Italian
——–*4.9% Broadly Southern European
*<0.1% Ashkenazi Jewish
*1.8 Broadly European
*<0.1% Unassigned

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

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

Genealogy of Katy’s maternal grandmother, Mary Elizabeth (Vilsack) Perry Walton – https://findagrave.com

Left Eyed Photography/bigstock.com

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neiltennant August 1, 2017 at 12:34 am

light eyes give people like MADONNA and katy perry the chance to modify their looks

the same with lady gaga

madonna looks different with her natural dark brown hair (ca.1989) then again in mid 90s

andrew July 30, 2017 at 7:37 am
gel April 24, 2017 at 12:15 pm
Hill July 1, 2017 at 9:44 am


Alice July 31, 2017 at 8:21 pm

Aisling is hilarious. She doesn’t really look like Katy Perry though.

neiltennant March 18, 2018 at 1:35 am

actually PERRY does look like average PORTUGUESE women !

i know some of them and all of them do have light eyes and virtually black hair

luckystar March 20, 2017 at 12:38 pm

and iberian people scores british a lot, due to her british ancestry they probably mixed around

luckystar March 20, 2017 at 1:03 pm

She is only 5.3% iberian plus 4.9% Broadly Southern European has something to do with her iberian ancestors.

bearboy March 21, 2017 at 7:37 pm

“You would be happy if this girl wasn’t fully European.” Last time I checked Spain and Portugal were still part of Europe.

luckystar March 22, 2017 at 2:36 pm

yes, thats what i said. you are all mad cause she is fully european, since this site is full of poc people trying to see the exotic in white people.

bearboy March 22, 2017 at 8:21 pm

what is “poc”

luckystar March 23, 2017 at 12:25 am

people of color

savanna March 19, 2017 at 11:11 am
follers March 19, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Thank you. More 23andme tests, please, if people have them.

andrew March 19, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Those tests are a waste of money IMO. “French&German”(wtf), “broadly Northwestern European” are not the epitome of accuracy.

follers March 19, 2017 at 1:15 pm

How are they a waste of money? At least 23andme. Look at the results for Ty Burrell, Bill Maher, Patricia Arquette, Alan Dershowitz, Maya Rudolph, etc.

They even picked up Perry’s Iberian ancestry.

23andme were very accurate with Rudolph, and they picked up Burrell’s African ancestry almost precisely:

bearboy March 19, 2017 at 1:38 pm

23andme also gave me a lot of fun facts non-related to my ethnic origins!

passingtime85 March 19, 2017 at 4:40 pm

23andme is by the far the most accurate of the three major commercial DNA testing companies. 23andme does have a few caveats however. One, most people don’t realize that their default results are actually the least accurate as the ethnic composition is set to the speculative setting, there is an option to tally the results to more conservative levels that greatly improves the accuracy using only the most verifiable ethnic DNA markers.

Two, the results update several times after the first two to three months after receiving your initial results. Most people seem to think it’s one and done. That is not the case. I’d wager Katy is one of those users.

luckystar March 20, 2017 at 12:36 pm

She doesnt look iberian, and her iberian ancestors is irelevant as i always knew. She looks northern european to me and she is natural blonde.

luckystar March 21, 2017 at 5:14 pm

You would be happy if this girl wasnt fully european. This site is full of POC people trying to see the exotic in white people.

Alice July 31, 2017 at 8:26 pm

@Andrew – They are really good and quite accurate. 23andMe is the best of the big dna companies.

If you want to read about the categories I think Eupedia has a good write up.


andrew August 1, 2017 at 1:35 am

they might be “good and accurate”, but they’re meaningless for phenotypes. For example an Ashkenazi Jewish person can look identical to a German one (or a Southern European can look like a Northern European) despite the different genetic make-up.

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

luckystar March 23, 2017 at 10:22 pm
Hill April 24, 2017 at 11:02 am

yes blue eyes and blonde hiar are very common in spain and portugal xD

neiltennant August 1, 2017 at 12:32 am

i know a lot of portugese people and most of them are to my surprise really pale and most of them i know have blue eyes


my friend is also portugese and has blue eyes but black hair

the others do have green or hazel eyes

don’t expect to see PORTUGUESE people with brown 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

ashash March 19, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Katy is unattractive. Lyndsy is a goddess.

Kimmel March 22, 2017 at 3:53 am

Perry is attractive from the head down.

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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