Sarah Hyland

by ethnic on January 23, 2012

Birth Name: Sarah Jane Hyland

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

Date of Birth: November 24, 1990

Ethnicity: Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh, Dutch, German, remote Jersey [Channel Islander]

Sarah Hyland is an American actress. She is known for her role on the ABC comedy Modern Family. Sarah is the daughter of actors Edward James Hyland and Melissa Canaday. Her brother is actor Ian Hyland (Ian Donovan Hyland).

Sarah’s ancestry is Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh, Dutch, German, and remote Jersey (Channel Islander).

Sarah’s paternal grandfather was Edward James Hyland, Sr. (the son of Thomas Francis Hyland, Jr. and Sarah Agnes O’Neill). Thomas was the son of Irish parents, Thomas Francis Hyland and Rosanna “Rose” Fay. Sarah’s great-grandmother Sarah O’Neill was the daughter of David/Daniel C. O’Neill and Bridget Shea/Shearer, both of Irish origin.

Sarah’s paternal grandmother was Florence S. Strachan (the daughter of John Strachan and Elizabeth Lucy Long Julian). John was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, the son of John Strachan and Susan. Elizabeth was born in Lancashire, England, the daughter of Richard Vigus Julian and Sarah O’Neill, and had Irish and English ancestry.

Sarah’s maternal grandfather was Alonzo Jackson “Jack” Canaday (the son of Alonzo J. Canaday and Mary Elizabeth Darden). Alonzo was born in Missouri, to a father from Missouri and a mother from Tennessee. Sarah’s great-grandfather Alonzo was the son of Alonzo Canaday and Leona Hawkins. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of Francis “Frank” Marion Darden and Alice Addie Phillips.

Sarah’s maternal grandmother was Diane Skirvin (the daughter of Clifford Donovan Skirvin and Mary Louise Stroope). Diane was born in Oklahoma, to a father from Michigan and a mother from Oklahoma. Clifford was the son of Clifford James Skirvin and Nellie Weagant Kitchel. Mary Louise was the daughter of Millard America Stroope and Daisy Gertrude McDaniel.

Sources: Genealogy of Sarah Hyland –

Sarah’s paternal grandfather, Edward James Hyland, Sr., on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Sarah’s paternal grandfather, Edward James Hyland, Sr. –

Marriage record of Sarah’s maternal grandparents, Alonzo Jackson “Jack” Canaday and Diane Skirvin –

Obituary of Sarah’s maternal grandfather, Alonzo Jackson “Jack” Canaday –

Genealogy of Sarah’s maternal great-grandfather, Alonzo J. Canaday (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Sarah’s maternal great-grandfather, Clifford Donovan Skirvin –

Genealogies of Sarah’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Millard America Stroope and Daisy Gertrude McDaniel –

Genealogy of Sarah’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Edward McDaniel –

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andrew October 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm
andrew October 22, 2017 at 3:05 pm

genealogy of Sarah’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Frances Louise Stroope (through her sister, Vera Stroope) –

andrew October 22, 2017 at 2:40 pm
phaedra January 12, 2016 at 1:34 am

Something exotic about her. I thought she would’ve been an Ashkenazi Jew or something.

lelo4 July 23, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Yes, she looks like Mila Kunis.

neiltennant October 3, 2016 at 9:15 am

yes +1

exactly the same opinion

mila kunis

Hill July 17, 2017 at 1:34 pm
Alice September 12, 2015 at 2:39 am

Do you live in the UK? It’s a bit of an internet myth about the “swarthiness” of the Welsh. Just very overblown.

neiltennant December 12, 2017 at 3:41 am

i don’t believe it that they are swarthy

Hawkwind September 12, 2015 at 2:37 am

Beautiful… she nearly looks like a cartoon … her key around her neck is a subtile choice… it gives a vintage near sexual touch

cwm85 September 11, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Tom Jones for example.

andrew February 16, 2016 at 6:34 am

he’s partially Welsh

cwm85 September 10, 2015 at 12:48 pm

She may look like she has some native or asian ancestry too. But not according to her listed ethnic groups. All European.

cwm85 September 10, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Doesn’t she has some type of disorder or health issue? To be she looks mestiza or southern European…

gel September 10, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Gaelic? – no Irish person looks like that. Give an example of these “Gaelic” people.

AW September 9, 2015 at 7:06 pm

Those dark Gaelic roots sure come through in her look but I can also see the Dutch and German in the roundness of her face.

lelo4 September 3, 2015 at 2:24 pm

probably part jewish

sparkles180 August 8, 2015 at 2:40 pm

She looks white but not anglo.

andrew August 8, 2015 at 2:51 am

she looks like Mila Kunis

sparkles180 August 7, 2015 at 10:25 pm

She looks east european, very pretty too!

M May 31, 2015 at 6:40 am

Doesn’t look fully white.

neiltennant July 16, 2015 at 3:02 pm

come on don’t be ridiculous

really i don’t get it

there are either people who see in every celeb something mixed or exotic

on the other hand those who claim that all italians are blue eyed :-)
both wrong

she looks white. I do live in europe and she would fit in russia, ukraine, former yugoslawia etc.

AW March 4, 2017 at 2:43 pm

You don’t have to have snow-white skin to be considered white or European…The people that are more olive-skinned in Europe are that way because of the climate.

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