Will Ferrell

by ethnic on July 18, 2010

Birth Name: John William Ferrell

Place of Birth: Irvine, Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 16, 1967

Ethnicity: English (mostly), with some Irish, distant German and Welsh

Will Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Will is the son of Betty Kay (Overman), a teacher, and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr., a musician with The Righteous Brothers. His parents were both from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Will is married to Swedish actress and auctioneer Viveca Paulin, with whom he has three children.

Will’s recent ancestors were all born in the U.S., and most of his traceable foreign-born ancestors were English. His patrilineal Ferrell line appears to originate in Ireland. One of Will’s maternal seven times great-grandfathers, Jacob Overman, was a German immigrant, who was born, c. 1652, in Saxony, Germany.

Will’s paternal grandfather was Roy Lee Farrell (the son of John William Ferrell and Ruth Taylor). Roy was born in North Carolina. John was the son of James Albert Ferrell and Emily Jane Murray. Ruth was the daughter of Millard Winfield Taylor and Jeanette Elizabeth Lewis/Taylor.

Will’s paternal grandmother was Ruth Rebecca Trueblood (the daughter of John Gray Trueblood and Anna/Annie May Marks). Ruth was born in North Carolina. John was the son of Samuel Trueblood, Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Briggs. Anna was the daughter of William Benjamin Marks and Anna Whitaker.

Will’s maternal grandfather was Henry William Overman (the son of James William Overman and Marcella/Marcelena Pelton Riddick). Henry was born in North Carolina. James was the son of Josiah Trueblood Overman and Esther R. Kee. Marcella was the daughter of James Welcome Riddick and Annie J. Hayes.

Will’s maternal grandmother was Katie/Kate Elizabeth Pierce (the daughter of Charles/Charlie Herbert Pierce and Willie Mary Benton). Katie was born in North Carolina. Charles was the son of Joseph Henry Pierce and Martha Elizabeth Wilkins. Willie was the daughter of David Elbert Benton and Julia Frances Taylor.

Will’s matrilineal line can be traced back to Sarah Harrell, who was born c. 1800.

Sources: Genealogies of Will Ferrell – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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Daron June 10, 2017 at 10:34 am
Hill July 7, 2017 at 6:26 am

This comments only gives away how ugly YOU are.

gel March 9, 2015 at 8:07 am

Just to say, Will Ferrell could go to Ireland and work behind a bar – and he’d fit right in!

gel December 28, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Check out Irish actor Colm Meaney!

gel January 1, 2016 at 1:52 am
neiltennant May 14, 2013 at 4:07 am

the italian genes are visible

andrew May 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm

honestly no

Jo ferrell January 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I had a uncle named William Ferrell, if by chance we are related, my grandmother which would be his great, great grandmother was full blooded Dutch.

Midnight September 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Hey, a lot of Welsh people look mixed. They have unique features. Catherin Zata Jones and Tom Jones just to name a couple. Catherin looks Latina and Tom Looks like he’s either part Mexican or part Black. I’d like to know what Mich Jaggar is mixed with because he sure looks Native American to me.

Trol October 3, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Came to Europe and wash your eyes with the diversity of the europeans. Mick Jagger was born in the 40s during the WWII hard times to find someone to mix in Britain.
In europe are so many diferent types and all europeans even before the roman times.Dont be ignorant and think before typing.

mike March 31, 2012 at 4:13 am

Yes good point Midnight the welsh are very mixed and many have dark features and short stature.

Alice January 1, 2016 at 2:43 am

Stereotypes are alive and well. Unfortunately people make stupid comments about places that they have never been to. Why make such daft comments? They must know some of what they say is ridiculous.

Welsh people look just like other North West Europeans and are very typical. Just to show how stupid these comments are Tom Jones, the famous Welshman, is majority English. Do people think a couple of actors are representative of the majority of a country? Do all Americans look like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie? I think people parrot some of these stereotypes that they read in their bedrooms.

cwm85 July 31, 2015 at 11:42 am

Tom jones does not look part black LOL wtf. I think some people on here have never seen a part black person. Jordin sparks, zendeya are average looking mixed black and whites mixes. Tom jones looks hella European.

neiltennant August 1, 2015 at 6:09 am


please ignore those people who deny that WILL FERREL
ZETA JONES and mick jagger look like average brits

they don’t !

the same thing for SEAN CONNERY

and believe me its not only a thing we both think of

i have discussed those mentioned cases with tons of people

MICK JAGGER — my sister years ago joked that he looks native american or aborigine

AND now we know that he has some australian blood I’m sure its by the aborigines blood

andrew August 1, 2015 at 7:24 am

you are Afghan, you really have no clue about Europeans.

neiltennant August 1, 2015 at 9:21 am

yes but do have

very well done with your stereotypes

and if you know AFGHANISTAN is big and we have several ethnic groups

please give me your mail address i can send you a pic of me and family :-)))

jjjj! August 7, 2011 at 10:17 am

He has an ancestor called lucreese Bassano, that’s an Italian name.

Lil Vacha August 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm


Hey ethnic, I also found Welsh, Belgian, Italian, and French ancestry in his genealogy. You can find all of that on the link above. :)

chuppy125 August 7, 2011 at 9:06 am

Very funny man.

ana August 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Hmmm he has an afro i don’t think he is pure white

Leeah July 30, 2011 at 10:54 am

Will Ferrell looks like he is Caucasian(Italian, Portuguese, French, White Russian, or Spanish) and North African(Moroccan, Libyan, Egyptian, etc). Also known as Gypsy.


V.E.G. June 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

He is the distant cousin of American Legion Commander Seaborn Pasco Collins!

Trese May 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm

He looks like he could be part Spaniard or even porteguese, I can definitely see some Italian in him. I should also mention that its not hard to see him as Irish because there are alot of Dark haired Irish as well as blonde and redheads. Its just easy to see that there is more to him than meets the eye, and he may not even be aware of it.

Did you know that the Irish were commonly referred to the Milesian race? Look it up if you want more details, its far too much for me to put on here.

raciality 1o1 August 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm

he bi racial…. he gah kinki hair

Coming Out October 9, 2010 at 8:09 am

i definitely think there’s more to him than those 3 nationalities

Say WHAT? February 19, 2011 at 7:13 am

I think so too – he has unique features and hair for someone that is all white.

Anonymous July 21, 2010 at 3:34 pm

This is the most recent english ancestry i could found
# ID: I160706
# Name: John HINTON , Jr.
# Sex: M
# Title: Col.
# Birth: 1725 in London, Middlesex, England
# Death: 1784 in Wake Co., NC

LiL V4CH4 July 21, 2010 at 3:19 pm

hey anonymous, i don’t see anything on that website that mentions he’s also english and german… where’s it at?

Anonymous July 21, 2010 at 3:23 pm

# ID: I49656
# Name: Robert BRASWELL
# Sex: M
# Birth: 13 OCT 1611 in London, Middlesex, England
# Death: 1 MAY 1668 in Isle of Wight, VA

# ID: I160725
# Name: Jacob OVERMAN
# Sex: M
# Birth: 1652 in Saxony, Germany
# Death: 12 SEP 1715 in Perquimans Co., NC

Rex July 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm

That is very very distant descent.

Anonymous July 21, 2010 at 1:58 pm

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