Zelda Williams

by ethnic on October 5, 2011

zelda williams

Birth Name: Zelda Rae Williams

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

Date of Birth: July 31, 1989

*English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, French (father)
*Filipino, Finnish (mother)

Zelda Williams is an American actress. Her father was actor and comedian Robin Williams (Robin McLaurin Williams). Her mother, Marsha Garces Williams, is a former nanny, and is now a film producer, having co-produced her father’s films Mrs. Doubtfire, Patch Adams, and Jakob the Liar.

Zelda’s father has English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, and French, ancestry. Zelda’s mother is of half Filipino and half Finnish descent. Zelda’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Anselm Joseph McLaurin, was a Senator from Mississippi and a Governor of Mississippi.

Zelda’s paternal grandfather was Robert Fitzgerald Williams (the son of Robert R. Williams and Ellanora/Ollana E. Fitzgerald). Zelda’s grandfather Robert was born in Indiana. Zelda’s great-grandfather Robert was the son of Haywood Ross Williams and Mary Elizabeth Riley. Ellanora was the daughter of Joseph J. Fitzgerald and Sarah M. Whitlon.

Zelda’s paternal grandmother was Laura McLaurin Janin (the daughter of Robert Amistead Janin and Laura McLaurin Berry). Zelda’s grandmother Laura was born in Mississippi. Robert was the son of Herbert Lawrence Janin and Julia Louisa/Louise Fassmann. Zelda’s great-grandmother Laura was the daughter of John Pleasant Berry and Stella May McLaurin. Zelda’s grandmother Laura later took on the surname of her own stepfather, Robert Forrest Smith.

Zelda’s maternal grandfather was named Pantaleon Marciano “Leon” Fernandez Garces. Pantaleon was Filipino, born in Ubay, Bohol, Central Visayas, Philippines.

Zelda’s maternal grandmother was Ina Rachel Matilla (the daughter of Victor Eric Mattila and Selma Amanda Melendin). Ina was born in Wisconsin, to Finnish parents, with her own father being from Kortesjärvi.

Sources: Notes on Zelda’s father’s ancestry – http://vita-brevis.org

Genealogy of Zelda Williams – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Zelda Williams (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogies of Zelda’s father – http://famouskin.com

Zelda’s paternal grandfather, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Zelda’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Marriage record of Zelda’s paternal great-grandparents, Robert R. Williams and Ellanora/Ollana E. Fitzgerald – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Zelda’s paternal great-grandfather, Robert Amistead Janin (through Robert’s brother, Hubert L. Janin) (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Article about Zelda’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Governor and Senator Anselm J. McLaurin – http://mshistory.k12.ms.us

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Connerfromvine August 26, 2015 at 10:13 am

I didn’t type that please delete it.

xoxo August 6, 2015 at 6:11 am

You can see the Asian in her.

Manila July 22, 2015 at 6:47 am

Leon Garces -> Pantaleon “Leon” Fernandez Garces

I thought he was born in Talisay Cebu according to this passenger list: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-G5NP-RBG

Manila July 22, 2015 at 6:49 am

Pantaleon’s second given name is Marciano

Manila July 22, 2015 at 6:50 am

Leon’s birthplace, Ubay, Bohol, is correct, not Talisay, Cebu.

Check7t February 25, 2014 at 11:02 pm

You can see da Asian in her.

ihatemostpeople February 22, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Here is a picture of Zelda’s mother. She clearly looks like she is mixed (aka Filipino Mestiza).

ihatemostpeople February 22, 2014 at 11:00 pm
Susi November 4, 2015 at 12:48 pm

I think her mother looks very Finnish

andrew November 4, 2015 at 12:56 pm


roman2886 February 3, 2014 at 4:08 pm

I share a similar mix too her so do my nephews I’m of English Irish Scottish Welsh Austrian German Italian Filipino Spanish Chinese Japanese Indonesian and Malaysian ancestry my nephews are of English Irish Scottish Welsh Austrian German Italian French Filipino Spanish Chinese Japanese Indonesian and Malaysian ancestry..

andrew February 3, 2014 at 5:44 pm

no French??

andrew February 3, 2014 at 5:48 pm

pardon your nephews are french too

Valaina June 16, 2012 at 2:02 am

she’s filipino ?? never knew

Ammz November 26, 2011 at 4:36 am

She strongly resembles the French singer Alizee… http://winniecooper.net/laser/1/Alizee.jpg

Could just be the hair and eyes, but they really look alike.

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