Birth Name: Taylor Alison Swift
Place of Birth: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
Date of Birth: December 13, 1989
Ethnicity: German, English, some Scottish, Irish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Welsh, 1/16th Italian, as well as distant French, Swedish, Dutch, and Belgian (Walloon)
Taylor Swift is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.
Taylor is descended from a number of German immigrants to the United States, in the 1800s and earlier. Some of her ancestral lines also trace back to Colonial America of the 1600s, and to English immigrants of that time period. Her other ancestry includes smaller amounts of Scottish, Irish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Welsh, 1/16th Italian, and distant roots in France, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Belgium (with Walloon ancestors).
Taylor’s “Swift” lines traces back to a William Swift, who was born, c. 1619, in Bocking, Essex, England.
Taylor’s paternal grandfather was Lt. Col. Archie Dean Swift, Jr. (the son of Archie Dean Swift and Bernice Maude Thompson). Taylor’s great-grandfather Archie was the son of Charles Julius/James Judson Fox Swift and Josephine Reno; the “Reno” line originates with French ancestry. Bernice was the daughter of Wilbur Willard / Willie Thompson and Barbara Maria Jane Kingsley.
Taylor’s paternal grandmother was Rose Baldi Douglas (the daughter of Charles Gwynn Douglas and Louise Eurindine Baldi). Charles was the son of Charles Douglass and Mary Jane Gwynn. Louise was the daughter of Charles Carmine Antonio Baldi, an Italian man, born in Castelnuovo Cilento, Province of Salerno, Campania, Italy, and of his wife, Louisa Eurindine Sobernheimer, who was born in Pennsylvania, to German parents, Frederick Sobernheimer and Catherine Louise Hammel. Thus, Taylor Swift is of 1/16th Italian ancestry.
Taylor’s maternal grandfather is Robert Bruce Finlay (the son of Lancelot “Lance” George Finlay and Eleanor “Ella” A. Mayer/Meyer). Lancelot was born in Southampton, England, to a Scottish-born father, George Finlay, and an Irish-born mother, Emma Lynch. Eleanor was the daughter of German parents, Julius Mayer, from Bavaria, and Delia Gunther.
Taylor’s maternal grandmother is Marjorie Moehlenkamp (the daughter of Elmer Heinrich/Henry Moehlenkamp and Cora Lee Morrow). Elmer was the son of Henry Johann/John Moehlenkamp and Emma Anna Eterina Bruns, who were of German descent. Cora was the daughter of Sanford Hewitt Morrow and Sallie Wells Faulkner.
Genealogies and obituaries of Taylor’s paternal grandparents, Lt. Col. Archie Dean Swift, Jr. and Rose Baldi Douglas – http://www.findagrave.com
Biography of Taylor’s paternal Italian great-great-grandfather, Charles Carmine Antonio Baldi – http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us
Charles Carmine Antonio Baldi on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org