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.

Freerk May 16, 2015 at 6:29 am

Her eyes are bigger than my face …

Nice mixture, works well.

Daron September 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

She looks like Mila Kunis.

Your Mom August 7, 2014 at 2:18 pm

She’s Exotic For A White Girl. Thought She Might Have Some Black In Her.

thomas1987 October 18, 2014 at 8:01 pm

she doesn’t look black at all wtf
and many white women are exotic looking. exotic doesn’t mean non-white, it means something you haven’t seen before.Anyone can be exotic …
i wonder whats your definition of a “white girl”
because they can look like anything. from Jessica Simpson to Angelina Jolie to Penélope cruz.
Very diverse race just like all others.

Check7t March 18, 2014 at 6:59 pm

I don’t really know what she’s famous for, but cute.

Check7t March 18, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Check check.

Check7t March 18, 2014 at 6:58 pm

She’s very cute regardless.

Check7t March 18, 2014 at 6:57 pm

She looks like an octoroon.

ihatemostpeople February 26, 2014 at 5:45 am

She looks part Hispanic and black.

Check7t February 23, 2014 at 1:32 am

She just has these Sub-Saharan African facial features…

ihatemostpeople February 26, 2014 at 5:46 am

ACTUALLY now that I think about it. She looks Puerto Rican!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ihatemostpeople February 26, 2014 at 5:47 am

I didn’t mean to reply to your message btw.

Check7t February 23, 2014 at 1:31 am

Maybe she is white, but I doubt it.

Check7t February 23, 2014 at 1:30 am

She does not look fully white.

Check7t February 23, 2014 at 1:23 am

She looks octoroonish.

Check7t February 23, 2014 at 1:22 am

Something looks weird about her.

The Beautiful Ones December 17, 2013 at 11:02 am

she looks like Morris Day as a girl

eldiablo1313 January 9, 2014 at 6:18 pm

So you’re saying she has black in her?

Check7t February 23, 2014 at 1:31 am
the punisher December 3, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Even she Say’s she’s Latina

the punisher December 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm

My Mistake

theropod October 12, 2013 at 12:55 am

I see more Italian in her than anything.

If not, then perhaps Native?

andrew September 24, 2013 at 3:00 am

Alonzo is not an Anglo-name

follers September 24, 2013 at 3:21 am

“Alonzo” was a common first name among 1800s American WASPs.

andrew September 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm

thanks I didnt know that

david September 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm


david September 23, 2013 at 7:55 pm

She looks weird mix to me

Lotus January 9, 2013 at 11:35 pm

nice mix she’s really pretty

anakaren November 14, 2012 at 3:55 am

I was think too, that she was latina a little bit

levangelista36 July 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm

She looks like a baby Mila Kunis.

Only she’s less attractive, you know.

sellywelly June 7, 2012 at 9:54 am

Dutch, Welsh, Scottish & Irish are white!

sellywelly June 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

They are white. Are you blind?

Tara:) April 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I always thought that she mabey had a little Latino in her because of her dark skin features but I now know she is not….

TheHelper October 26, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Tara: She is dark because she tans.

doyle April 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm

she looks really welsh

Levi April 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Yes she does

ONLY ANGLO-SAXONS ARE WHITE March 13, 2012 at 8:49 pm

She looks like a child.

Malin Strid March 13, 2012 at 8:54 am

have irish people orange/red hair or brown hair?

mm March 20, 2012 at 5:46 am

Most have dark brown hair, though 46% are said to carry the red/orange gene. 10% of people actually have red hair in Ireland. Scotland has the most redheads in the world with 13%.

Ale July 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Most red haired people in the world are Udmurts

I love you, Roger Scientist March 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm

But Phoebe Tonkin and Sarah Hyland are not white anyway. The Irish, Dutch, Welsh, and Scottish are not Anglo. Therefore, they are both not white.

sellywelly June 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

Sweetie. Dutch, Irish, Welsh, Scottish is white. They don’t look brown or black do they? Better check google next time. ;)

I love you, Roger Scientist March 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm
kaYla March 9, 2012 at 5:37 am

pretty missy,she looks so young to be twenty one,

Wow March 2, 2012 at 8:41 am

Everyone seems to think that white is the gold standard. So saying she is too pretty to be white doesn’t make sense.

yes February 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm

she is mixed. she is too pretty to be white.

hanna January 12, 2014 at 5:12 am

you are an idiot,and she is clearly white,she just j=has an olive complexion

storm January 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm

yeah I’m just coming to look at celebrity’s ethnicity. This site has a strong biased and if you don’t follow that biased, you’re shunned, but saying they look one way or another isn’t going to change their race or ethnicityor how they identify themselves. Saying Angelina Jolie or Minka Kelly look mixed won’t make them mixed. That’s that
The comments aren’t even entertaining, just sad. Always someone trying to force them into being something they’re not or ignorant shit or arguing about if they’re white or not

Or worrying about if they got some distant non-white ancestry. Now that’s the even more sad part

The site itself is nice but the people who come to it are just pathetic

Anisa Ali January 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm

I honestly thought she must’ve had Russian or Ukrainian roots..guess not! Gorgeous girl either way.

me January 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Because she looks like Mila Kunis?

Anisa Ali February 19, 2012 at 4:00 am

The only thing they have in common may be the eyes..She didn’t even come to mind honestly! :/

Me January 24, 2012 at 5:45 am

Ethnic, no offense, but this site is a joke. Comments that are not controversial at all are not being shown because ignorant people are thumbing down comments for the sake of thumbing them down. For example, it is fact that Spaniards are European. Why was that comment thumbed down? Why is it not being shown? For instance, it is fact that Phoebe Tonkin is Australian and not mixed with Native American. Why is that comment not shown? It is fact that Tom Welling said he may POSSIBLY have Native heritage and that Swayze’s Apache ancestry is a rumor. Why are these comments not being shown when they are simply comments that correct false information?

Quit being lazy and moderate the comments yourself. I am tired of not being able to express myself because most of the visitors on this site are racist, ignorant, and uneducated. Not to mention, they choose to be that way!

Alice January 24, 2012 at 5:57 am

I’ve just posted the same somewhere else. What is wrong with wanting the correct information? I’ve also had the same treatment with the thumbs down and I’m not even sure what I’ve said that people took so negatively. If I’m incorrect I’ve got no problems with someone disagreeing and posting a source. I’ve got no hidden agendas as I think there are beautiful people of all ethnicities.
On topic Sarah Hyland is a stunning young lady.

Me January 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Yes. They thumb you down for correcting false information. It is so stupid.

me January 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm

she looks a kid

ricki January 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Im sure there will be a comment about how she is not just European but mixed with either Black Hispanic or Asian because she is pretty and wear a tan by certain people on this site i will be waiting for it..And yes she gorgeous and a good actress.

storm January 28, 2012 at 1:28 am

of course she is mixed. no white person can look like that. true whites are germanics. the rest are not

ricki January 28, 2012 at 6:40 am

Stop acting dim

storm February 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm

she probably got some native in it like all white americans

BLANK February 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

I love her eyes, shes really pretty

storm February 24, 2012 at 2:07 am

all white amurrrucaans are mixed so she prob. is too

Maria January 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Wow she is a real beauty lovely eyes!

Me January 23, 2012 at 9:12 am

She looks like Mila Kunis.

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