Birth Name: Piper Lisa Perabo
Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, United States
Date of Birth: October 31, 1976
*German, English, Irish (father)
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 claims.
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 great-grandfather, Frederick Joseph Perabo, 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.
Frederick Joseph Perabo’s wife, Piper Perabo’s great-grandmother, 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 (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 grandparents were Oscar Selmer Ulland (the son of Olans Ulland and Maria “Mary” P. Swenson) and Charlotte O. Mattson (the daughter of Edward “Ed” Mattson and Elisa/Lisa Lovold/Louvauld). Olans was born in Minnesota and Maria was born in Iowa, and all of their parents were Norwegian. Edward and Elisa were both Norwegian immigrants.
Sources: A discussion of the Perabo family origins – http://www.perabo.info
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
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