Vanessa Carlton

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

Birth Name: Vanessa Lee Carlton

Place of Birth: Milford, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 16, 1980

Ethnicity:
*Norwegian, Swedish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Vanessa Carlton is an American singer and songwriter. She is famous for her single A Thousand Miles.

Her father has Norwegian and Swedish ancestry. Her mother is Jewish, of Russian Jewish descent.

Vanessa’s paternal grandparents were Edward “Ed” Carlton and Shirley Adele Anderson (the daughter of Lester Everett Anderson and Pearl Beatrice Thompson).

Vanessa’s maternal grandparents were Alan Jay Liberman (later Lee, the son of Moe Liberman and Tessie Horowitz) and Elizabeth B.

Sources: Birth record of Vanessa’s paternal grandmother, Shirley Adele Anderson – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Vanessa’s paternal grandmother, Shirley Adele (Anderson) Carlton – http://www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com

Vanessa’s maternal grandfather, Alan Jay Liberman, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Manila December 6, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Vanessa’s maternal grandparents were Alan Jay Liberman (later Lee, the son of Moe Liberman and Tessie Horowitz) and Elizabeth B.

Additional source: Vanessa’s maternal grandfather on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQBV-JRF

cwm85 August 30, 2015 at 1:39 am

I thought she was part Asian lol. Guess not.

Manila August 29, 2015 at 9:25 pm

Vanessa’s paternal grandfather was “Ed” Carlton. I have found Vanessa’s paternal aunt’s obituary, Lynette Bea (Carlton) Matouk: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVP2-1NWB

I am not sure if this is the divorce record of her paternal grandparents: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPT9-HHN The clue is that Ed was not mentioned in Shirley’s obituary.

Manila May 1, 2015 at 10:44 pm

Shirley Anderson (the daughter of Lester Anderson and Pearl Thompson). -> Shirley Adele Anderson (the daughter of Lester Everett Anderson and Pearl Beatrice Thompson)

Her Scandinavian ancestry includes Norwegian and Swedish so far.

Sources:
* Shirley’s birth record: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N7QK-89W
* Shirley’s obituary: http://www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/979/Shirley_Carlton/obituary.html

ihatemostpeople May 11, 2014 at 9:23 pm

She looks part Asian. I had a Eurasian friend who looked a lot like her.

me February 3, 2012 at 9:20 pm

she looks have a Native American part

Ashley January 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Nevermind lol, disregard my previous comment. I get three of these musicians mixed up.

Ashley January 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Either Vanessa’s fooling everyone or the ones who interviewed her had iPods in because I could’ve sworn so many other sites, actually every other site, stated she is also Indonesian. I can definitely see Indonesian in this chick.

ihatemostpeople May 11, 2014 at 9:24 pm

You’re thinking of Michelle Branch. It’s understandable to get them mixed up. They sort of resemble each other.

lilly January 22, 2012 at 9:33 am

Her mother is Russian Jewish, but her father is Scandinavian and Native American. That is why her features are dark. It was said somewhere in an interview.

ethnic January 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Lily,

do you have a link to that interview?

Joseph January 18, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Vanessa Lee Carlton is just beautiful, I like her for who she is, and I Love her music and her voice…I fall into the sky when I hear her sing and play. <3

Vanessa Is Totally Awesome……………….[Period]

Adriana June 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Carlton is of Scandinavian and —-Irish Catholic—- descent on her father’s side, and Russian Jewish descent on her mother’s.[1]

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanessa_Carlton
http://www.teenmusic.com/2002/04/29/vanessa-carlton-a-thousand-miles-to-here

ethnic June 12, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Hey Adriana, thanks for the links but it doesnt mention irish in that interview, despite being on Wiki.

Natasha June 12, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I thought she was Chinese American.

hottie February 26, 2010 at 6:31 am

yugoslavic to me

Anonymous January 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm

She looks russian to me.

lis October 31, 2009 at 4:26 am

she looks very Asian maybe Korean and Russian mix?

ethnic March 2, 2009 at 2:19 pm

her mother is ethnically Jewish but grew up in Russia. I guess thats where she gets her dark features.

Selene-The-Immortal January 19, 2012 at 1:06 am

Very informative.

R0CKiN D0N'T H4T3 March 1, 2009 at 5:59 am

Is she Russian or Jewish?

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