Lily-Rose Depp

69th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "The Dancer" ("La Danseuse") Photocall

Birth Name: Lily-Rose Melody Depp

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: May 27, 1999

Ethnicity: French, English, along with smaller amounts of Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Welsh, French-Canadian, Dutch, Flemish Belgian, German, as well as 3/4096 African

Lily-Rose Depp is a French-American actress and model. She is the daughter of American actor Johnny Depp and French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis. Lily-Rose has dual citzenship with the United States and France. Her father is from Owensboro, Kentucky. Her mother is from Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, France.

Much of more Lily-Rose’s father ancestry traces back to England. He also has smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Irish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Scottish, Welsh, French, French-Canadian, Dutch, Belgian (Flemish), and German ancestry, as well as 3/2048 African ancestry (through Elizabeth Key Grinstead, who is his ancestor twice over). Lily-Rose’s patrilineal line is generally traced back to Pierre Deppe, who was born, c. 1706, in France, and to Pierre’s wife, Angelica/Angeline LeVillian/le Villian.

Lily-Rose’s father has often mentioned having Native American ancestry to one degree or the other. It does not appear that this Native American ancestry has been documented. All of Lily-Rose’s father’s grandparents and great-grandparents are listed as “White” on United States Censuses. No verified Native American ancestry has been produced for Lily-Rose’s father.

Lily-Rose’s paternal grandfather is John Christopher Depp, Sr. (the son of Oren Laramore/Larimore/Larry Depp and Violet Mattie Grinstead). John was born in Kentucky. Oren was the son of Oren Robert/Richard Depp and Effie America Palmore. Violet was the daughter of Roy F. Grinstead and Mary Edna Bailey.

Lily-Rose’s paternal grandmother was Betty Sue Palmer (born Betty Sue Wells, the daughter of Walter Everett/Everette Wells and Bessie Irene Whitaker). Betty was born in Kentucky. Walter was the son of Richard Mac/Mack Wells and Anna/Annie Cooper. Bessie was the daughter of Branch Whitaker and May/Mae Slone.

Lily-Rose’s maternal grandfather is named André Paradis. André was born in Paris.

Lily-Rose’s maternal grandmother is Corinne Pain (the daughter of Maurice Pain and a woman surnamed Frezier). Corinne was born in Paris. Maurice was the son of Adrien Félix Pain and Marie Antoinette Rose Revol.

Lily-Rose is descended from a woman, Martha, who born in 1612, and who was of African descent. Martha had a daughter, Elizabeth Key (also an ancestor of Lily-Rose). Elizabeth’s father, William Grinstead, was caucasian, of English descent. Elizabeth was the first woman of African ancestry to successfully take legal action to free herself from slavery. This happened in 1656. Lily-Rose is descended from Martha twice (on one family tree, she is both one of her nine times great-grandmothers, and one of her ten times great-grandmothers). That would mean that Lily-Rose is of 3/4096 African ancestry.

Some family trees state that Lily-Rose’s nine times great-grandmother was a woman named Nicketti Opechancanough, who is said to have been of Powhatan Native American ancestry. If true, that would make Lily-Rose of 1/4096 Powhatan Native American descent. However, stories about her are believed to be a myth. Scholarly research and records dispute the existence of Nicketti Opechancanough.

Sources: Genealogies of Lily-Rose Depp –

Genealogies of Lily-Rose Depp (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogies of Lily-Rose’s father –

Genealogy of Lily-Rose’s paternal great-grandparents, Oren Laramore/Larimore/Larry Depp and Violet Mattie Grinstead –

Lily-Rose’s paternal great-grandfather, Oren Laramore/Larimore/Larry Depp (“Laramore Depp”), on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Lily-Rose’s paternal great-grandmother, Violet Mattie Grinstead (“Violet M. Grinstead”), on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Lily-Rose’s paternal great-great-great-grandparents, Christopher Tompkins Grinstead and Martha S. “Mattie” Sanders, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Genealogy and obituary of Lily-Rose’s paternal grandmother, Betty Sue (Wells) Depp Palmer –

Lily-Rose’s paternal great-grandfather, Walter Everett/Everette Wells (“Everette Wells”), on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Lily-Rose’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Anna/Annie (Cooper) Wells, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Lily-Rose’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Richard Mac/Mack Wells (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Lily-Rose’s paternal great-great-grandparents, William “Bill” M. Cooper and Sarah “Sallie” Jane Craft, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Lily-Rose’s paternal great-grandmother, Bessie Irene Whitaker (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Lily-Rose’s paternal great-grandmother, Bessie Irene Whitaker (“Bessie Whitaker”), on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Article about Lily-Rose’s ancestor, Elizabeth (Key) Grinstead –

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4 Responses

  1. ashash says:

    She’s stunning! No surprise there given how good-looking both her mother and father were when they were young. If there’s any white celebrity child deserving of a modeling career, it’s her. She’s got something extra to her that the other children don’t have.

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