Piper Perabo

by ethnic on July 20, 2010

Birth Name: Piper Lisa Perabo

Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, United States

Date of Birth: October 31, 1976

*German, English, Irish (father)
*Norwegian (mother)

Piper Perabo is an American actress. Her father is of German, English, and some Irish, descent. Her mother is of Norwegian descent.

There are frequent statements in biographies of Piper Perabo that “Perabo” is a Portuguese surname, and/or that Piper Perabo’s father is of Portuguese ancestry. Piper herself has re-iterated these statements.

The surname “Perabo” is not Portuguese, nor are there any people of Portuguese ancestry with the surname “Perabo” (whose Portuguese ancestry originates from that surname).

Piper’s paternal grandfather was Frederick William Perabo (the son of Frederick/Fred Joseph Perabo and Edna B.). Piper’s great-grandfather Frederick was German. He was born in Lorch, Germany, on December 26, 1878, the son of Valentine Perabo and Caroline Mohr. Valentine’s parents were Jacob Perabo (born in Lorch, Germany, in 1807) and Caroline Diel.

Piper’s great-grandmother Edna was American-born, born in Missouri.

Piper’s paternal grandmother was Victoria Mabel Hernan (the daughter of Horace Smith Hernan and Theresa). Victoria had English and some Irish ancestry. Horace was the son of Maurice Charles Hernan and Mabel Maria Smith.

Piper’s maternal grandfather was Oscar Selmer Ulland (the son of Olans Ulland and Maria “Mary” P. Swenson). Olans was born in Minnesota, to Norwegian parents. Maria was born in Iowa, also to Norwegian parents.

Piper’s maternal grandmother was Charlotte O. Mattson (the daughter of Edward “Ed” Mattson and Elisa/Lisa Lovold/Louvauld). Edward and Elisa were both Norwegian immigrants.

Sources: A discussion of the Perabo family origins – http://www.perabo.info

Piper’s paternal grandfather, Frederick William Perabo, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Frederick William Perabo on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Frederick William Perabo on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Piper’s paternal grandmother, Victoria Mabel Hernan, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Piper’s maternal grandfather, Oscar Selmer Ulland, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Piper’s maternal grandmother, Charlotte O. Mattson (“Carlotte Matson”), on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

photo by PR Photos

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

crunty February 27, 2016 at 7:08 am

North Americans have such great names.

neiltennant July 16, 2015 at 3:08 pm

another SUPER WASP

White18 September 25, 2014 at 2:06 am

May be that pic, but reminds me of a skinny Ursula from The Little Mermaid. Not trying to be mean just what I see.

black plague September 3, 2014 at 7:01 pm

She’s full white, I Know portuguese people,I lived
in South Brazil, in that area there’s a lot of northern
Italians, germans,polish even dutch and irish people.
The portuguese look and live like arabs.

mony July 20, 2015 at 4:36 am

Since when being arab is bad?

angiemorton September 1, 2014 at 5:36 pm

It may well have Portuguese ancestry. It seems to be missing something in that mix.

ihatemostpeople March 2, 2014 at 12:21 am

My god she looks nearly 50. I’ve even seen older women look younger than her.

Dogg November 27, 2014 at 7:32 am

You’re an idiot.

neiltennant May 26, 2016 at 12:31 pm

DOGG you are an idiot

he or she is right. She looks indeed so much older

i have thought that she might be 55+

AnonymousPerson January 2, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Holy crap she aged horribly. She looks like she’s in her 40s. Plastic surgery and botox sure can fcuk someone’s face up lol

J.J. September 24, 2013 at 5:15 am

correction; her eyes are forest green (green+brown) and her hair is dark brown (brunette) I think it should be listed

billErobreren December 16, 2013 at 11:43 am

judging by these roots, “dark brown”? would be a tad of an overstatement, If anything they show she was born a blonde, not that uncommon for someone of Norwegian extraction.
Her eyes even in this retouched photo STILL look brown, light brown but still brown! I don’t know what forest you have in mind but its critters must have a case of diarrhea so violent, they’ve coated the woodlands.

billErobreren December 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm

& oh! I nearly forgot. “I think it should be listed”

andrew December 16, 2013 at 12:47 pm

yes, that’s so annoying

J.J. December 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm

correction; excuse me do not contest my corrections on false pretences, the pictures on the website are poor examples of the celebrity’s hair & eye colour and that picture you sent is not large enough to zoom in to see her eye colour properly hence why they look dark. just because someone has Norwegian blood and was blonde as a child doesn’t mean their hair cannot be dark in adulthood, it may be uncommon this does not mean it doesn’t exist. her hair is quite obviously dark at the roots;




and her eyes are obviously green with brown around the pupil making them a forest green;




billErobreren December 18, 2013 at 8:21 pm

they look a tad yellowish from here not green, very pretty hue, more like what most people would describe as amber rather than green-hazel or “forest green”, again, them poor critters must be sick.

on the hair issue, I’ve already stated that blonde hair fades, time & time again. but dark brown isn’t how I’d describe hers

smiley February 6, 2014 at 12:45 am

Give a good source for your definition of “forest green.”

J.J. February 6, 2014 at 2:29 am

already have and I don’t need to explain myself to sad cases like you smiley :)

AnonymousPerson December 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm

You’re so annoying, always correction sh*t. Mind your own business. Her hair is obviously blonde.

AnonymousPerson December 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm

You’re so annoying, always correcting things. Mind your own business. Her hair is obviously not blonde.

andrew March 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm

there’s no way that Perabo is a German surname, I think her ancestor left Portugal to Germany long time ago

nnnnn March 5, 2013 at 12:45 am

Of course, it’s not some Müller or Schultze.
I would say, it’s the same as De Maiseree, Lafontaine
or Buffier, they are 99% german by blood, but they
have hugenot name. Maybe Perabo was Perabeau or

sadie April 10, 2012 at 4:07 am

What idiotic comments, Norwegians are white. You are so racist!

Roger Is My Lover March 25, 2012 at 3:21 am

Is Perabo a Portuguese name?

follers October 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Piper Perabo’s paternal great-grandfather, Frederick Joseph Perabo, was German, not Portuguese. He was born in Lorch, Germany, on December 26, 1878, the son of Valentine Perabo and Caroline Mohr. Valentine’s parents were Jacob Perabo (born in Lorch, Germany, in 1807) and Caroline Diel. See a discussion of the Perabo family below

Frederick Joseph Perabo’s wife, Edna B., was American-born and also of German descent. Frederick’s son, Frederick William Perabo, was Piper’s paternal grandfather. Piper’s paternal grandmother was Victoria Mabel Hernan. Hernan is an Irish surname.

P.S., ethnic, this has to be the weirdest case ever of “fake ethnicity”. I was really quite shocked when I found this out two years ago because I always read she was of Portuguese descent. But nobody named “Perabo” is Portuguese and certainly no one on her tree! All Perabos are German. Does Piper believe that the name is Portuguese? The person in the discussion in the link, Noah Perabo, is Piper’s brother! So she has to know.


neiltennant May 26, 2016 at 12:33 pm

OKAY but PERABO is not a german surname

and even with a lot of phantasy you cannot figure out a german name with similar sounding

madman May 26, 2016 at 12:47 pm
ae111 October 24, 2012 at 1:51 am

Well, she says it herself.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz1466p9rvg at 5:10

ONLY ANGLO-SAXONS ARE WHITE March 13, 2012 at 6:36 am


The Portuguese gave the greatest relation to the Scots and Irish in all of Europe, but since they are not Anglo, they are not white. Norwegians are not Anglo either. So neither are they.

Check the Tom Hanks’ page where Lopac declares that only Anglos (a.k.a English) are white!

neiltennant May 26, 2016 at 12:33 pm

you are an idiot

calling NORWEGIANS the scandinavian country and their inhabitants NON WHITES

shame on you

Coming Out October 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Shes got that good thickness to her, great latin body

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