Veronica Lake

by ethnic on July 22, 2010

Birth Name: Constance Frances Marie Ockelman

Date of Birth: November 14, 1922

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

Date of Death: July 7, 1973

Place of Death: Burlington, Vermont

*25% German
*75% Irish

Veronica Lake was an American actress. Her mother, Constance Charlotta (Trimble), was of Irish descent. Her father, Harry Eugene Ockelman, was of half German and half Irish ancestry.

She had two children with her former husband, art director John S. Detlie, and two children with her former husband, film director Andre DeToth.

Veronica’s paternal grandfather was named Harry Ockelman. Harry was German.

Veronica’s paternal grandmother was named Alice Marie Collins. Alice was Irish.

Veronica’s maternal grandfather was James F. Trimble (the son of Joseph Trimble and Ellen Donovan). James was born in New York, to Irish parents.

Veronica’s maternal grandmother was Frances Comer (the daughter of Michael J. Comer and Elizabeth E. Hall). Frances was born in New York, to Irish parents.

Sources: Veronica Lake on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Veronica’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Veronica’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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ashash December 11, 2017 at 8:32 pm

She was so beautiful.

LucarioCooper December 2, 2015 at 7:23 pm

Her hair gave me trypophobia.

HotDog August 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Her mother was Scots-Irish (which is Scottish). She was not Irish. Her mothers name was Constance Charlotta Trimble. Trimble is a Scottish surname.

ethnic August 22, 2012 at 6:29 am


This is a source from wiki

Veronica’s maternal grandmother and maternal grandfather were the children of Irish immigrants. U.S. Census, January 1, 1920, State of New York, County of Kings, enumeration district 290, p. 8-A, family 189. U.S. Census, April 15, 1910, State of New York, County of Kings, enumeration district 655, p. 5-A, family 125.

HotDog August 22, 2012 at 6:47 am

As I said they were Scots-Irish. Which is not Irish in the manner use have stated. Scots-Irish are people of Scottish descent who lived in Ireland. So she would be ethnically Scottish not Irish, hence her mothers Scottish surname.

Alice March 22, 2015 at 4:26 am

Kings County is present day Offaly obviously not Scots-Irish.

Holly12 April 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm

In the book written by Jeff Lenburg called ‘Peekaboo: The Story of Veronica Lake’, it says and I quote;

‘Her Father was Harry Ockleman, a Seaman by trade who worked for the Sun Oil Company. Harry had met Veronica’s mother, the former Constance Charlotte Trimble, in Brooklyn and it was there that Connie was concieved. Harry was of Dutch-German ancestry, and his wife was of Irish extraction.’

So I guess Veronica is of Dutch, German and Irish origin.

ethnic May 1, 2012 at 6:08 am

According to census data her grandfather was born in Denmark.

U.S. Census, Jan. 1, 1920, State of Pennsylvania, County of Delaware, enumeration district 188, p. 9-B, family 186.

pookerella March 22, 2015 at 11:29 am

It’s like saying “I’m not from New York; I’m from New Jersey.” People there moved around. A LOT. Denmark, Germany and Holland are all related historically and are like going from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania. Got a horse? No problem. They called Holland “The Netherlands” in a derogatory way back then, although that is not how we think of it now. It was a place they would send all troublemakers, Jews, most especially, because it was a very difficult place to live, to get rid of them. Kind of like what the English did with Australia.

follers March 22, 2015 at 11:41 am

The 1920 census does say that. But in 1910, Veronica’s grandfather and his parents are listed as born in Germany.

I think perhaps they said “Denmark” instead of “Germany” because of anti-German sentiment that arose in the U.S. during World War I. “Ockelman” is also a German surname.

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