Ty Burrell

by follers on November 11, 2013

2012 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Tyler Gerald Burrell

Place of Birth: Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 22, 1967

Ethnicity: German, English, smaller amounts of Scottish, Irish, French, as well as 1/64th African (from Madagascar)

Ty Burrell is an American actor and comedian.

He has German, English, and smaller amounts of Scottish, Irish, and French, roots, as well as 1/64th African ancestry (from Madagascar).

He is married to Holly, with whom he has two children.

One of Ty’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandmothers was an African slave girl, from Madagascar. She had a daughter with her white owner, John Dickerson Mask, Sr. Their daughter, Penelope Ellender Mask, was born into slavery. Penelope had children with her white half-brother, Colonel Dudley Byron Mask, and was later freed from slavery by her owner/father. Both Ty’s maternal grandmother, Lucy Weeks, and Ty’s maternal great-grandfather, George Weeks, are listed as “Mulatto” on the 1920 U.S. Census, and Ty’s great-grandfather George had also been listed as “Black” on other censuses, referring to this ancestry.

Ty’s black ancestry was explored on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016). A DNA test taken by the show stated that Ty’s genetic ancestry is:

*98.5% European
*1.4% Sub-Saharan African
*0.1% Unassigned

Ty’s mother’s test stated her to be of 3.5% African descent.

Ty’s paternal grandfather was Gerald Frank Burrell (the son of Benjamin Burrell and Naomi Lorena Kitselman). Benjamin was the son of Richard Burrell and Lida Frances Murphy. Naomi was the daughter of Franklin Elmer Kitselman and Amanda A./Maude Stephens.

Ty’s paternal grandmother was Alberta Dollie Cook (the daughter of Harry Hiram Cook and Lena Mary Leppard). Harry was the son of Charles A. Cook and Lilene/Lilly Cunningham Farrant. Lena was the daughter of John Henry Leppard and Agnes/Maggie M. Hartman.

Ty’s maternal grandfather was Johann/John Friedrich Hauck (the son of Frederick “Fred” A. Hauck and Rosina Maag). Ty’s grandfather Johann was born in South Dakota. Ty’s great-grandfather Frederick was born in Russia, to an ethnic German family, the son of Johann “John” Hauck and Elizabeth Brunmeier. Ty’s great-grandmother Rosina was born in South Dakota, to ethnic German immigrants from Russia, Peter Maag and Elisabetha/Elizabeth Jungmann.

Ty’s maternal grandmother was Lucy Kathleen Weeks (the daughter of George Washington Weeks, Jr. and Nancy Evelyn/Eva Leabo). George was the son of George Washington Weeks and Susannah/Susanna Mask. Nancy was the daughter of James Kirkpatrick Leabo and Mary Deborah Hoover.

Sources: Genealogies of Ty Burrell – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Ty’s maternal grandfather, Johann/John F. Hauck, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Ty’s maternal grandmother, Lucy Kathleen Weeks, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Ty’s maternal great-grandparents, George Washington Weeks, Jr. and Nancy Evelyn Leabo, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

A discussion of Ty’s ancestry – http://boards.ancestry.com

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew June 28, 2016 at 3:52 am
phaedra April 26, 2016 at 4:17 am

Looks like a 100% Brit to me.

neiltennant June 28, 2016 at 4:14 am

totally agree

he could play in a sherlock holmes movie or in an episode of DR. WHO

Greyface April 9, 2016 at 12:09 pm

he is famous for playing a gay vampire in real life

follers January 27, 2016 at 1:18 am

Ty’s DNA test is pretty much exactly right, 1.4% Sub-Saharan African, which is almost 1/64th.

athelya November 17, 2015 at 5:13 pm

he looks like abe lincon

cwm85 July 16, 2015 at 4:19 pm

He’s black! LOL One drop rule in effect!

LucarioCooper July 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm

He’s not black because there are other races in him.

If you still follow by the one drop rule then you’re really ignorant.

cwm85 August 24, 2015 at 10:44 am

It was a joke. Chill out nimrod…

hesh123 November 17, 2015 at 6:17 pm

What do you mean by ignorant in this case? What is he ignoring?

neiltennant June 28, 2016 at 4:15 am


you fucking piece of shit

you know that the one drop rule is racist

he could easily pass for a brit no doubts about it

WTF June 21, 2014 at 7:48 am


onebadscientist January 6, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Wow and people like you are the problem. Who are you to define whose people or ancestry are black enough? Super classy…did you even see the show? Probably not…too busy talkin’ smack instead acting educated or showing some type of understanding. Joke is on you. Why is it “brothas” like you always date non black women…RIGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT. LOL smh WOW!

ashash April 9, 2016 at 9:39 pm

He’s really not a “brotha,” though.

roman2886 May 7, 2014 at 4:04 pm

He has a lot of European in him but no Italian he looks Italian

rajaredhilu November 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm

He needs at least 1/8th a race for it to usually show up. Its hard to claim a race unless you are at least 1/8 part

fuzzybear44 November 25, 2013 at 5:57 am


Who makes up these rules?

ashash January 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm

I am sure Ty is proud of his 1/64 Madagascar roots. His children are now 1/128.

follers April 18, 2014 at 2:20 pm

His children are adopted.

Siddy November 24, 2013 at 12:30 am
Daisuke November 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm

well he’s mixed race. 1/64 is enough to be considered mixed.

ashash November 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm

1.56% is enough to be considered “mixed-race?” I guess most people are “mixed-race” then. :]

rickyflo November 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

Nah, you percept that wrongly naturally he is Caucasian but your one drop rule which is somewhat a theory on one part but terrorized as the 2nd part shows such. Because a person thinks that way, they are thinking that one gene as Rb is Caucasian and that is false for the genetic history of Europe theory to support. Just no such thing but can a person prejudice that. sure but naturally he is Caucasian and another race.

rickyflo November 12, 2013 at 9:01 am

Another race nope.

memphis January 6, 2014 at 9:32 am

So, he’s not human? We are all one race just vary by ethnic and cultural differences.

ashash January 16, 2014 at 9:44 pm

My point was that a lot of people are 1% of something else. The myth of “purity” is, well, a myth, which is why it bugs me when people use creepy terms like “pure white.”

andrew November 11, 2013 at 6:09 am

Madagascar people are something between African and Indian. This guy seems a Western European (correction: dark Brown hair and green eyes)

follers November 11, 2013 at 6:43 am

I doubt his look is at all influenced by his Madagascarian ancestry since it is so (relatively) distant.

J.J. November 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm

correction; yes Andrew technically speaking his hair is dark brown, but dark brown (brunette) hair is more suited to someone with sofia vergara’s colouring, his hair is a very dark brown which deserves the title of virtually black (noiret)

memphis January 6, 2014 at 9:41 am

Correction: Madagascar was founded around 350 b.c. by Austronesians and later by Bantu speakers. The average Madagascari is half/half although some may look more Austronesians.

J.J. November 11, 2013 at 5:07 am

correction; his eyes are forest green (green w brown) and his hair is virtually black (noiret)

blahblahblah February 16, 2014 at 10:49 am

Same as me, maybe I am 1/64 black as well.

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