Mel Gibson

by ethnic on November 15, 2012

Birth Name: Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson

Place of Birth: Peekskill, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 3, 1956

*87.5% Irish
*12.5% mix of English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, and Welsh

Mel Gibson is an American and Australian actor and filmmaker. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for Braveheart (1995).

Mel’s father was born in Peekskill, New York, to an American father and an Australian mother; he is of mostly Irish, with some English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, and Welsh, ancestry. Mel’s mother was Irish, and was born in County Longford. Mel and his family moved to Australia around the time he was twelve years old, settling in Sydney. Mel’s first and middle names, Mel and Colmcille, are the names of Irish saints.

He was previously married to Robyn Moore. He has seven children with Robyn, including actor Milo Gibson; he also has a son with his partner, equestrian vaulter and writer Rosalind Ross, and a daughter with his former partner, singer, songwriter, and pianist Oksana Grigorieva. One of his siblings, Donald Gibson, is also an actor.

Mel was the first person named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive“, in 1985.

Mel’s patrilineal line can be traced back to John Gibson, who was born, c. 1601, in England.

Mel’s paternal grandfather was John Hutton Gibson (the son of John Gerard Gibson and Susan Louisa Miller O’Farrell/Farrell). Mel’s grandfather John was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mel’s great-grandfather John was born in Savannah, Georgia, the son of John Thomas Gibson and Sarah Louise Gerard, and had English, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, and Welsh, ancestry. Mel’s great-grandmother Susan was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the daughter of Matthew O’Farrell/Farrell and Annie, and was of Irish descent.

Mel’s paternal grandmother was Eva Mylott (Eva Teresa Mylott, the daughter of Patrick Mylott and Mary Heffernan). Eva, an Australian opera singer, was born in Tuross Head, New South Wales, to Irish parents. Patrick was the son of Patrick Mylott and Mary McDermott. Mel’s great-grandmother Mary Heffernan was the daughter of Edmund/Edmond Heffernan and Honora Ryan.

Sources: Genealogies of Mel Gibson (focusing on his father’s side) –

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andrew February 27, 2018 at 5:44 am
andrew November 14, 2017 at 5:53 am
Masterlord April 17, 2017 at 2:43 am

Imagine if he took a DNA-test and found out he was part Jewish…hilarious

visokozen March 19, 2016 at 12:44 pm


crunty March 19, 2016 at 11:19 am

Ironic that he gets his name from an Englishman but was ethnically turned into an Irish man.

gel March 19, 2016 at 12:46 pm
andrew March 19, 2016 at 6:08 pm

Martin Johnson LOL. Come on, he doesn’t look anything like Mel.

crunty March 20, 2016 at 7:39 am

Mr or Mrs Oirish Gel, and his hatred of the English is at it again.

phaedra December 26, 2015 at 5:12 am

He looks like a drug addict redneck who swears every 5 seconds. That look he has is ubiquitous among Anglo-Celtic drug and alcohol addicts. Love him though. :)

andrew April 26, 2015 at 3:08 pm

correction: his middle name is “Colm Cille”

Adam November 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm

I stand by this guy.

nnnnn March 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm

He’s less “trash”, as 99,9% celebrities here (even if you prefer
“talented” Amber Rose and Nicki Minai), but he’s a jerk privat.
How can an old man be naiv, as a 15-year old boy? He has
a relationship (not one-night-stand) with the well-known
gold-digger Oxana. And she’s even not beautiful.

MacKrazy November 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Gibson is a Scottish-Clan. So it is clear Mel has some strong Scottish roots as well as mostly Irish.

nnnnn May 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Gibson can’t be a german surname

levangelista36 May 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

who said he was german …..?

nnnnn May 12, 2012 at 2:51 am

“Nattan Thisdale Morton” said. One more ignorant person,
besides of “Christian”

Ashley January 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm
LiL V4CH4 March 29, 2010 at 9:06 am

yeah. mel gibson is scottish and irish.

Drake March 29, 2010 at 7:42 am

@Nathan Teasdale Mottram, don’t be stupid. you’re probably just jealous he isn’t of german origin or something.
“Gibson” is a celtic-scottish surname, which is sadly not used very often, especially these days.


Nathan Teasdale Mottram February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am

omg seriously cause he has blues eyes he is irish please get a grip besides gibson is a german surname

Paul(: January 28, 2010 at 3:04 am

^ Irish Pride! (:

My mother like, loves him. xD

Ana Darbyshire January 27, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I knew he was Irish, I had a feeling! With those beautiful blue eyes and that wonderful smile, he had to be at least part Irish.

I R I S H P R I D E ! !

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