Kelly Clarkson

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

Birth Name: Kelly Brianne Clarkson

Place of Birth: Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 24, 1982

Ethnicity: Greek (one eighth), English, German, Irish, Scottish

Kelly Clarkson is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and children’s book author. She won the first season of the show American Idol (in 2002). See other American Idol winners here.

Kelly is the daughter of Jeanne and Stephen Clarkson. One of Kelly’s maternal great-grandfathers was a Greek immigrant. Kelly’s other ancestry includes English, Irish, German, and Scottish.

Kelly is married to talent manager Brandon Blackstock, with whom she has two children.

Kelly’s paternal grandfather was Harold Lloyd Clarkson (the son of Harold Andrew Clarkson and Ila May Kelley). Kelly’s grandfather Harold was born in West Virginia. Kelly’s great-grandfather Harold was the son of John Andrew Clarkson and Elizabeth. Ila was the daughter of Cebastian Lang Kelley and Pernelia E. Griffin.

Kelly’s paternal grandmother was Marama Jane Powell (the daughter of Archibald A. Powell and Beryl Catherine Harrison). Marama was born in West Virginia.

Kelly’s maternal grandfather was Nial Ewing Rose (the son of Harold Wilbur/Wilber Rose and Ruth Mae Ewing). Nial was born in Ohio. Harold was the son of Leslie Crawford Rose and Mary Martha Immel. Ruth was the daughter of Andrew J. Ewing and Edna Bingham Humiston/Huniston. Kelly’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents were Isaiah R. Rose and Melissa Ellen Crawford. Isaiah’s experiences as a soldier for the Union during the American Civil War were spotlighted in Kelly Clarkson’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (2013).

Kelly’s maternal grandmother was Mary Gladys George (the daughter of Harry Dukarelis/George and Osa/Ocie Lena Shipman). Mary was born in West Virginia. Harry was born in Thessaloniki, Periféria Kentrikís Makedonías, Greece, as Ioanis Dukarelis, the son of George Dukarelis and Anna. Osa was the daughter of Alonzo McLaurel/McClure Shipman and Alpha C. Jane Trusler.

Sources: Genealogies of Kelly Clarkson –

Genealogy of Kelly Clarkson (focusing on her father’s side) –

Obituary of Kelly’s paternal grandmother, Marama Jane (Powell) Clarkson –

Genealogy of Kelly Clarkson (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Kelly’s maternal grandfather, Nial Ewing Rose, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Kelly’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Leslie C. Rose, in the Ohio, Births and Christenings, 1821-1962 index –

Obituary of Kelly’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Melissa Ellen (Crawford) Rose –

Genealogy of Kelly’s maternal great-grandmother, Ruth Mae Ewing (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Kelly’s maternal grandmother, Mary Gladys George, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Kelly’s maternal great-grandfather, Harry Dukarelis/George, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Kelly’s maternal great-grandmother, Osa/Ocie Lena Shipman, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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labird January 10, 2017 at 8:05 am
hesh123 August 22, 2015 at 4:30 pm

She would be very hot if she dropped 25 pounds

bearboy June 20, 2016 at 9:34 pm

She is beautiful and a wonderful singer!

cwm85 August 18, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Her weight fluctuates…

labird August 18, 2015 at 9:38 am

Some sources cites that she has welsh ancestry. Someone can accurate it?
It wouldn’t be more correct to post 1/8 Greek.

follers August 18, 2015 at 4:47 pm

I haven’t found any evidence of Welsh ancestry, although she may have distant Welsh roots.

neiltennant August 3, 2015 at 2:17 pm

i do like her.

She was the first winner of IDOL and the only with long standing success. Even her recent songs are on TOP 40 Radio worldwide

I think JUSTIN GUARINI was not as good as her

i think she is also not ugly. I LIKE her smile

hmmm i should stop to trust the internet. I found several times that she were partly greek american

Eric Tien January 14, 2014 at 4:18 pm

This is a correction for the birthplace of Kelly Clarkson. Her birth place in Fort Worth not Fort Wayne.

J.J. November 17, 2013 at 5:40 am

correction; her eyes are forest green (green+brown)

J.J. September 19, 2013 at 10:14 am

correction; her eyes are hazel (light brown) and her hair is dark brown (brunette)

follers July 18, 2013 at 11:03 pm

It is odd how Kelly has said things like she’s “half Greek” and the like. She is just 1/8th Greek.

Crates December 26, 2012 at 7:29 am

no mongoloid? odd

follers July 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Her grandpa was an immigrant from Mongolodia.

GeorgeJeanPierre May 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

i dont like her…i find her very fake and annoying. I was liking when she was gone from the music scene.

levangelista36 July 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I like some of her music.

Mena April 5, 2012 at 5:20 am

An other Greek-Irish Georgia Salpa .. She doesnt look like Kelly at all!!!!!

levangelista36 July 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Well, John Stamos (Uncle Jesse from Full House) is also Greek and Irish, and he does not look like Kelly. He doesn’t really look like Georgia either. But I’m not sure why this even matters. They have two parents of different ethnic groups; they could look like either or something in between.

Mena April 5, 2012 at 4:52 am
levangelista36 July 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Jennifer Aniston does have dark hair naturally, though.

She’s over 50% Greek. Her father is 100%, and her mother has Greek and Italian ancestry as well.

She does look Greek to me. Her facial features remind me very much of Voula Papachristou who is 100% Greek.

Christian March 23, 2012 at 9:52 am

she looks very greek to me, her nose and mouth look typical greek

her eye colour is greenish this might be a result of her irish descent

although there are also greek with light eyes

levangelista36 July 26, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Jennifer Aniston has natural dark hair. So I don’t know why people go on about her being blonde when she’s a fake one like Britney Spears.

Levanta March 26, 2011 at 4:46 am

She looks completely Greek
both her and jennifer aniston

dimitris May 12, 2010 at 4:45 am

And she also said I’m Greek, so we have pretty big booties in my family here

ethnic May 12, 2010 at 8:37 am

Yeh she said that on the youtube interview. Does she really have a big booty? lol

levangelista36 July 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm
ranya May 12, 2010 at 2:01 am

some sites say german to welsh but she says ”just greek and irish” here

ethnic May 12, 2010 at 2:10 am

Nice find.

Adriana May 12, 2010 at 3:25 am

That she knows of :-p Most people don’t go looking up their 4th, etc great grandparents. At least not the ones I know.

levangelista36 July 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm

True. :P

Nikki December 6, 2009 at 10:45 am

I guess she looks Greek because Jennifer Aniston is part Greek and she looks like her.

me July 10, 2010 at 6:28 am

no they look similar because of their irish ancestry
they dont look like greeks

Anonymous July 11, 2010 at 9:16 am

But Jennifer has Geek Scottish Italian anestry not Irish and Kelly looks like Greek

dimitris October 15, 2010 at 11:32 am

it dose not matter what she looks but what she done.She won the first american idol and she has greek heritage!!!

Sound_Soldier August 25, 2010 at 7:19 am

Lol it’s true!! I always thought this !!

audrey November 5, 2009 at 10:56 pm

hmm never knew she had Greek in her.

mzpreciousz April 7, 2009 at 8:59 am

Some sites say that she is Scottish instead of Irish

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