Paul Walker

by ethnic on May 9, 2010

Birth Name: Paul William Walker IV

Date of Birth: September 12, 1973

Place of Birth: Glendale, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Death: November 30, 2013

Place of Death: Valencia, Santa Clarita, California

Ethnicity: English (mostly), some German, distant Swiss-German

Paul Walker was an American actor. He was known for starring in the highly successful The Fast and the Furious franchise, among many other roles.

Paul was the son of Cheryl (Crabtree), a model, and Paul William Walker, a contractor and boxer who was a Golden Gloves champion. Among his siblings is actor Cody Walker. Paul was of mostly English ancestry, with a smaller amount of German roots, and distant Swiss-German ancestry. His ancestry included (relatively) recent immigrants from England and Germany, as well as English roots from ancestors who had long lived in New England, and elsewhere in the United States.

Paul’s paternal grandfather had a boxing career as “Irish” Billie Walker, but it does not seem that he had any Irish ancestry. Paul Walker (the actor) had stated that his own ancestry was partly Irish, but no traceable Irish ancestry has yet been documented for Paul Walker.

Paul’s paternal grandfather was Paul William Walker II (the son of Paul William Walker and Harriett June Willey). Paul’s great-grandfather Paul Walker was born in Wisconsin, the son of George Walker and Anna Augusta Tilley, who were from England, with Ann having been born in Clerkenwell, Middlesex. Harriett was born in Illinois, as was Harriett’s father, Charles Leon Willey (Charles’s parents were Ebenezer “Eben”/”Eban” Glover Willey and Ellen “Nellie” Augusta Hopkins); Paul’s great-great-grandfather Charles was of English descent, and his parents’ families had long been established in New England. Harriett’s mother, Ella Pearl Clark, was from Pennsylvania.

Paul’s paternal grandmother was June Vivian Oefinger (the daughter of Alma “Elmer” John Oefinger and Elizabeth “Betsey” Idell Spooner). Alma was the daughter of Johannes “John” Oefinger, a German immigrant, from Trossingen, Wuerttemberg, and of Louisa Ann Stark, who was born in Deerfield, Massachusetts, to German immigrants, Ludwig “Lewis” Frederick Stark and Mary/Marie Rechert/Richert. Betsey was the daughter of William Hampton Spooner and Annie Woodruff Smith, who were both from families long-resident in the United States, and of English descent.

Paul’s maternal grandparents were George Milton Crabtree and Viola Annalea/Ann Smith (the daughter of Lester Orville Smith and Hazel Clarinda Mitchell). Lester was the son of George Wesley Smith and Frances Ellen Newman. Hazel was the daughter of Henry Sewell Mitchell and Hattie Belle Hazelwood. Paul’s maternal grandmother’s ancestry is heavily English, with more distant Swiss-German and German roots.

Sources: Genealogy of Paul Walker – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Paul Walker (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Paul’s paternal grandfather, Paul William Walker II, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Paul’s paternal grandfather, Paul William Walker II – http://theworldlink.com/news

Birth record of Paul’s paternal great-grandfather, Paul William Walker – https://familysearch.org

Paul’s paternal great-grandmother, Harriett June Willey, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Harriett June Willey on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Paul’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Charles Leon Willey, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Charles Leon Willey on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Paul’s paternal great-great-great-grandmother, Ellen “Nellie” Augusta Hopkins (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Paul’s paternal grandmother, June Vivian (Oefinger) Walker – http://theworldlink.com

Paul’s paternal great-grandmother, Betsey Idell Spooner, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Paul’s paternal great-grandmother, Betsey Idell Spooner (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Paul’s maternal great-grandfather, Lester Orville Smith – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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ses101 April 10, 2017 at 5:57 am

I assumed he had Scots lineage with his surname but maybe not.

A user April 10, 2017 at 9:58 am

Isnt Walker an english name?

Kimmel February 10, 2016 at 6:50 pm

I was sure there was some Slavic in him.

darya January 7, 2016 at 11:27 am

Such a handsome man…

lelo4 October 15, 2015 at 5:55 pm

there were some rumors he we as albanian lol

visokozen April 8, 2015 at 4:10 am

The end of furious really got me.

theropod March 31, 2015 at 11:40 pm

He was always a very British/Anglo looking man for me. Albeit a tanned one.

gel January 7, 2016 at 11:32 am

Was he now? Perhaps you could kindly point out one of that ilk who looks like him?

roman2886 March 7, 2015 at 5:27 am

If you have English Irish German and Swiss ancestry your pretty much all german or should i say pretty much Anglo Saxon German Swiss and Celtic Gaelic your not naturally Celtic Germanic unless you have Englis Irish Scottish and Welsh ancestry if your English without a drop of Scottish and Welsh ancestry your pretty much pure Anglo Saxon ancestry having Irish German and Swiss ancestry is not going too make your Celtic Germanic since you have very litte Celtic blood your mostly Germanic if you have English Irish Scottish Welsh German and Swedish you have very litte English blood.

falisio June 29, 2015 at 11:46 am

Nope new studies show the English are only 25% German and 45% French.

Alice June 29, 2015 at 8:17 pm

Let’s see a link for that. I’ve seen the PoBI study and it doesn’t say that at all.

Alice June 29, 2015 at 8:18 pm

Celtic and Germanic blood is a lot of tosh.

falisio June 30, 2015 at 9:15 am

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3000998/Are-Welsh-truest-Brits-English-genomes-contain-German-French-DNA-Romans-left-no-trace.html

As if it wasn’t blatantly obvious because for one the English do not look much like their Germanic neighbours the Scandinavians and north Germans. More English people have more medium features and look like northern French people than they do Scandinavians. Britain has been invaded and conquered multiple times and one of them was by the French. The extreme number of latin and french words in England is testament to the French influence on them not just culturally but genetically.

Alice July 1, 2015 at 1:15 am

Most of the French influence on English is from the Normans and you would need to take with a pinch of salt any genetic study published in the press as they tend to sensationalise as I’ve said previously. You remind me of someone from some other forums who likes to say how ugly the British are and how they don’t have anything to do with Germanics or Scandinavians. The Northern French have definitely made a contribution to the genetics of all the British Isles but there were also others as I’ve posted in my response to you regarding Brad Pitt. Commonsense really as they are island populations who would have been populated from the European continent.

joeytheking July 4, 2015 at 1:07 pm

@falisio and German are nationalities. The fact that English people share some of the same genes means nothing. The French and Germans are not one pure thing, they’re descended from various tribes of people with various haplogroups too. It’s as if you people can only give this type of bias towards people of English Ancestry. With this alone, I can not take people like you seriously.

gel November 14, 2015 at 5:08 pm

The French component of the English population mostly occurred pre-Roman. There were common tribes either side of the English channel.

gel August 13, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Yes – and the French came BEFORE the Romans!

And don’t forget the black element of English population!:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn11018-genes-reveal-west-african-heritage-of-white-brits/

midori29 October 27, 2015 at 8:22 am

Halle Berrys mom is British that may be why Halle Berry looks more black

Marseille June 2, 2014 at 11:24 am

Handsome man.

roman2886 March 7, 2015 at 5:11 am

It was the german ancestry in him he looked very german typical german facial features he could have easily passed for east english lots of people in east england look like him he doesn’t look irish he also had swiss and irish ancestry not a bad mix.

gel March 17, 2015 at 4:01 pm

He’s got Irish eyes – sparkling blue. You don’t find that in England.

A user April 6, 2015 at 7:40 am

But he isnt irish

gel April 10, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Then why did he say he was?

A user April 10, 2015 at 4:05 pm

1. Lots of people claim ancestry which are either minimal or non existant

2. It clearly says hes English,German and Swiss German.

gel August 13, 2015 at 3:02 pm

But he’s got Irish eyes!

Alice August 13, 2015 at 8:24 pm

I really think a lot of people don’t know their ancestry really well and just go on what their families say. A lot of people haven’t researched their ancestry to a great extent. I don’t think people are deliberately lying but just misinformed. Even the people that say they are part Native American really believe they are because this is what they have been told by their families.

A user August 14, 2015 at 12:29 pm

What about his eyes are distinctly ‘Irish’?

crunty February 27, 2016 at 6:58 am

They’ve got shamrocks and four leaf clovers in them. Gel is as insane as they come.

gaabz April 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Another Brit/English decent, whoever has been casting in Hollywood for the last , I don’t know 60 years or so has not been very fair or inclusive of other races/ethnicities. I guess it’s changing going on the last few years of movies but Damn there are a lot of British running through Hollywood according to the family trees.

roman2886 April 26, 2014 at 3:54 pm

He had no Swiss in him he was primarily English Irish and German.

roman2886 April 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Paul Walker had the same ethnic background as Tom Cruise English Irish German.

roman2886 April 18, 2014 at 9:28 am

He had Irish ancestry it’s been proven most Americans have Irish ancestry.

GLXY April 18, 2014 at 10:21 am

Doesn’t mean everyone has Irish ancestry

roman2886 April 26, 2014 at 3:52 pm

The Majority of Americans have Irish ancestry because Americans think it is cool too have Irish ancestry St patricks day is celebrated all over America lots of Americans have Irish ancestry i can’t think of any Americans who haven’t got a drop of Irish ancestry some Americans don’t have Irish ancestry i’m sorry too say this they are not cool enough the Americans should thank the Irish people.

Check7t April 18, 2014 at 6:29 am
Check7t April 18, 2014 at 6:25 am

Handsome (no homo) man.

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