Walt Disney

by ethnic on April 16, 2010

Birth Name: Walter Elias Disney

Date of Birth: December 5, 1901

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Death: December 15, 1966

Place of Death: Burbank, California

*Irish, distant English (father)
*English, German, remote Scottish (mother)

Walt Disney was an American businessperson, cartoonist, animator, voice actor, and film producer. He was the son of Flora (Call) and Elias Charles Disney.

Walt’s paternal grandfather was Kepple Elias Disney (the son of Arundel Elias Disney and Maria Swan). Kepple was born in Kilkenny, Ireland. Arundel was the son of Kepple Disney and Frances Best.

Walt’s paternal grandmother was Mary J. Richardson (the daughter of Robert Richardson and Ruth Lark). Mary J. was Irish. Ruth was the daughter of Robert Lark and Grace.

Walt’s maternal grandfather was Charles Call (the son of Eber Call and Violet/Violette Lawrence). Charles had English ancestry. Eber was the son of John Call, Jr. and Fanny Johnson. Violet was the daughter of Daniel Lawrence and Violette Dean.

Walt’s maternal grandmother was Henrietta Catherine Gross (the daughter of Johann/John Georg/George Gross and Maria Catharina/Catherine Hannah Smith). Henrietta was German, born in Miehlen, Rhineland-Palatinate. Johann was the son of Johann Georg Gross and Catharina/Katherine Maria Schmidt. Walt’s great-grandmother Maria Catharina was the daughter of Johann Heinrich Schmidt and Marie Juliane Pfeifer.

Sources: Genealogies of Walt Disney – http://www.geni.com

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andrew October 26, 2016 at 4:56 pm
andrew June 14, 2016 at 5:15 pm
madman February 6, 2016 at 4:27 pm

The surname Disney originates in Suffolk, England, so Walt’s father also had English ancestry. His mother also had remote Scottish ancestry.

andrew October 26, 2016 at 5:03 pm

“Disney is derived from the Normandy French name D’Isigny and it is believed the family is descended from Normans who came to Ireland in 1691. ”


Petrarca May 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm

The last name of his Grandmother on his Mother’s side was “Gross,” so she may have been Jewish.

follers September 14, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Disney’s grandmother wasn’t Jewish.

Grace March 1, 2012 at 11:27 am

He looks like he may be from France/Italy the most!

MP February 17, 2012 at 11:53 pm

He looks very French!

Angelina February 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm

yet white people can have black,brown,blonde,or red hair and we can have blue,green,brown eyes and have tanned or very pale skin…….YES WE ALL LOOKS THE SAME….LOL…

MP March 1, 2012 at 1:07 am

Don’t forget the Honey eyes & Grey eyes.

MP March 1, 2012 at 1:05 am

Caucasians are some of the most varied looking peoples on earth. They come in every colour of the rainbow.

Grace March 1, 2012 at 11:28 am

@Angelina, If u are really tanned have black hair and dark eyes then how are u white? U are brown (Like an Indian person)

Blackbuddafly July 6, 2016 at 9:30 am

I agree that caucasians are varied, but I think a lot of that has to do with the fact many groups who are no longer just white still claim they’re white. For example, southern europeans. Clearly not all Italians are white, Rome had many different groups in it. No matter how much purist try to claim no mixing happened we can observe that very same thing happening today. So it’s nonsensical to say what happens even now couldn’t have happened in the past.

In my opinion Italians were much whiter in the past than are today. Most probably looked closer to Northern/Central italians.

The fact that there are many Italians especially from the south who only score 70% European ancestry on 23andme proves that a lot of them have blood from elsewhere. As if it wasn’t obvious by looking at some of them. There’s no way that two groups can have so much in common (South euros and certain Arab peoples) without having some sort of relation to each other.

andrew July 6, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Yes, Italians (as all Europeans)) were surely much whiter in the past than today.


And yes, “Italians” who only score 70% European ancestry on 23andme have blood from elsewhere, even though they identify as “Italian”. They have nicknames like “Blackbuddafly” and are very active in trolling real Italians on the Internet.

gaci January 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I was always under the impression that he was Mexican American.

Grace March 1, 2012 at 11:28 am

Wtf how does he look or sound Mexican?

Ktulo December 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm

People in Spain say he has Spaniard origin, is that true?

Amanie July 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm

so happy he was not racist.

dan October 1, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Also I’ve read somewhere that his surname “Disney” is possibly of French origin.

ethnic October 3, 2010 at 9:14 am

thats right Dan,

His great grandfather was born in Ireland but was descended from Robert d’Isigny, originally of France .

Haley January 29, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I have a little of French ancestry. He was very talented man.

Junior July 14, 2010 at 7:19 pm

In Spain many people think he has Spanish ancestry (from Spain not from latin.America) i don´t know in which facts are they based..

ethnic April 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Lil Vacha you are able to edit that post as it is under your name.

Kimberly April 16, 2010 at 10:52 am

lil vancha spanish iz not spain

Melanie Lombardi January 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm

No, Spanish does mean people from Spain. Hispanics are like Mexican, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, etc.

Lil Vacha April 16, 2010 at 9:44 am

His father was of irish, and english descent. and his mother was of german and french descent. reference at wikipedia.org AND http://www.winmentalhealth.com/Walt_Disney_Biography.php

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