Zooey Deschanel

by ethnic on July 23, 2011

Birth Name: Zooey Claire Deschanel

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 17, 1980

Ethnicity: French, English, German, Irish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Swiss, Dutch

Zooey Deschanel is an American actress and musician. She is the daughter of Mary Jo Deschanel, an actress, and Caleb Deschanel, a cinematographer and director. Her sister is actress Emily Deschanel. Zooey is married to producer Jacob Pechenik, with whom she has two children.

Her father is of half French ancestry, with his other roots including English, German, and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish). Her mother’s ancestry includes English, Irish, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), French, Swiss, and Dutch.

Zooey’s father is a Quaker and her mother is Catholic. Zooey was raised in what she has described as a “you can be whatever you want” way. In 2015, US Magazine reported that Zooey has converted to Judaism (her husband’s religion).

Zooey’s paternal grandfather was Paul Jules Deschanel (the son of Joseph Marcelin Eugène Deschanel and Marie Josephine Favre). Paul was born in Oullins, Rhône, France, and moved to the United States in 1930. Joseph was the son of Jean Joseph Deschanel and Eugenie Michelle Amyot.

Zooey’s paternal grandmother was Anna/Ann Ward Orr (the daughter of Adrian Van Bracklin Orr and Mary Beulah E. Lamb). Adrian was the son of Joseph Moffitt/Maffett Orr and Martha Elizabeth Pownall. Mary Beulah was the daughter of Caleb W. Lamb and Anna Matilda Ward.

Zooey’s maternal grandfather was Donald Lamar Weir (the son of Ralph Harrison Weir and Helen Mary Ellen Lamar). Ralph was the son of Addison Mohallan Weir, whose father was born in Lifford, Donegal, Ireland, and of Elizabeth Emilie Lanie Gurney, whose father was from Belfort, France, and whose mother was from Bern, Switzerland. Helen was the daughter of Henry Anson Lamar, Jr. and Mary B. Sullivan.

Zooey’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Ellen Manchester (the daughter of Raymond Earl Manchester and Mary Josephine Kennedy). Raymond was the son of Frank H. Manchester and Phoebe Carpenter. Mary Josephine was the daughter of William Andrew Kennedy, whose parents were Irish, and of Mary Ellen Kenny, who was born in Limerick, Ireland.

Sources: Family history of Zooey Deschanel – http://genealogy.about.com

Genealogy of Zooey Deschanel – https://www.geni.com

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

Genealogy of Zooey’s paternal grandmother, Anna/Ann Ward (Orr) Deschanel (focusing on her own father’s side) – https://www.findagrave.com

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cdonorab October 13, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Corection she has Scotts-Irish ancestry on her father’s side as well. The Orr family of her grandmother Annie originally came from Scotland and they moved to Ireland. The first Scottish ones were from the 1500s and moved to Ireland in the mid 1600s.

WTF June 21, 2014 at 7:54 am

probably the only pretty white girl i’ve seen

Uniscorn August 9, 2014 at 4:05 am

You should get out more.

madisonlolnorth January 31, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I saw her on the Qeen latifa an new girl lol

Bjorn January 15, 2014 at 10:50 am

I thought it was SOOO hilarious how she was such a super feminist libtard activist and all about civil rights and when she went on that show to trace her ancestry, she ends up finding out her family owned slaves!! LMFAO!!!!! XD

follers January 15, 2014 at 10:51 am

Some of her distant ancestors owned slaves. But, in the show you’re talking about, they also traced some of her ancestors who were Quakers and abolitionists, and were strongly involved in the abolitionist movement of the 1850s.

J November 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Why does this website always list Northern Irish followed by (Scots-Irish)? Scots-Irish are an ethnic group of people who live in Ireland with Scottish ancestry.
So Zooey should be listed as either Scots-Irish or Northern Irish and Scottish. You seem to put these brackets after Northern Irish every time. Scots-Irish does not apply to every single person with Northern Irish ancestry, only those whose ancestors were Scottish and then moved to Northern Ireland.

follers November 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Typically, “Northern Irish” means Irish Protestant, i.e. the Scots you’re talking about. They were only called “Scots-Irish” in the United States, however.

J November 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Scots-Irish means exactly that Scottish people living in Ireland. I’m Irish-Scots meaning of Irish descent living in Scotland.

There is no mention of religion linked to her Irish ancestry. But if this it is a religious ethnicity they are talking about, why have they made the unlikely assumption that they were protestant? Catholicism is the largest religion in Northern Ireland.

J November 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Also Northern Irish means people that come from Northern Ireland (Ulster), nothing to do with religion.

follers November 30, 2013 at 12:03 am

Scots-Irish Americans are generally descended from immigrants from Ulster, Northern Ireland, which is why I usually write “Scots-Irish” along with “Northern Irish”, since I don’t know if they were descended from English Protestants who moved to Ulster, Scottish Protestants who moved to Ulster, or “ethnic” Irish from Ulster who ended up Protestant or married into Protestant families.

J.J. September 16, 2013 at 6:35 am

correction; her eyes are grey (light blue) and her hair is dark brown (brunette) (dyed black)

smiley January 13, 2014 at 4:51 am

If her eyes aren’t true blue than name a celebrity who has blue eyes because Zooey’s are as blue as you can get, with a little bit of green pigment around the pupil.
Grey and light blue are not the same color. There are many people who have blue-grey eyes but there are also people who have pure blue or more rarely pure grey eyes.

smiley January 13, 2014 at 5:10 am

It’s called central heterochromia when you have a distinct different color around the ring. I don’t know if I really consider that real heterochromia though because A)Most people with light eyes have extra pigment around the pupil if you look up close due to the way the eye is shaped B) The biological factors that cause partial or complete heterochromia are completely different. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heterochromia_iridum#Central_heterochromia

Alice January 13, 2014 at 5:35 am
Alice January 13, 2014 at 5:36 am

The links above show grey eyes.

smiley January 13, 2014 at 5:44 am

Yes, there is a clear difference between the grey eyes you posted and Zooey’s. I wish ethnic would stop changing the eye color descriptions based on that crazy posters ideas. Most of the eye colors aren’t right anymore.

J.J. February 1, 2014 at 6:28 pm

correction; smiley thinks he knows about eye colour because he suddenly discovered the term ‘central heterochromia’, zooey clearly doesn’t have ‘true blue’ eyes, they’re a light icy/misty blue making them grey and they do contain central heterochromia similar to carly rae jepsens eyes but the central heterochromia is not green, it’s a light golden brown colour which makes her eyes look abit green. You’re talking to someone that’s been researching eye colour for years and you’re talking to me as if I was born yesterday and that I’m making up my own conclusions without rational evidence, the statement; “Most of the eye colors aren’t right anymore” made by smiley is rather instigating and spiteful remark. If any one should be ignored it’s the one who chooses to contest nearly every single correction due to his own ignorant scepticism when he clearly has no idea about eye colour

smiley February 1, 2014 at 8:13 pm

You’re a troll. Plain and simple.
“You’re talking to someone that’s been researching eye colour for years and you’re talking to me as if I was born yesterday and that I’m making up my own conclusions without rational evidence”

J.J. February 1, 2014 at 11:21 pm

go read a book

smiley February 2, 2014 at 1:42 am

That’s not rational evidence.

GLXY October 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

According to this website: http://genealogy.about.com/b/2011/11/01/ancestors-emily-deschanel.htm

She is of French, Irish, English and Dutch descent

me March 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Beautiful White woman.

Habe February 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I’m little bit French & Irish.

Maria January 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Her and her sister look the exact same yes i know siblings look alike “not all the time though” but they look like they are twins she is a quirky girl.

nathalie September 24, 2011 at 9:16 am

She kinda reminds me of Katy Perry (the big, almond shaped eyes).

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