Amber Heard

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Birth Name: Amber Laura Heard

Place of Birth: Austin, Travis, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 22, 1986

Ethnicity: Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, English, Irish, German, Scottish, Welsh

Amber Heard is an American actress and model. Her roles include Friday Night Lights, Alpha Dog, Never Back Down, Zombieland, The Stepfather, Drive Angry, The Ward, Paranoia, Machete Kills, 3 Days to Kill, Magic Mike XXL, and Aquaman.

Amber is the daughter of Patricia and David Heard. Much of Amber’s family has lived in the United States for many generations. Amber has a daughter. She legally changed her name to Amber van Ree for a time, during her relationship with photographer Tasya van Ree; and was also known as Amber Laura Depp, during her marriage to actor and musician Johnny Depp.

Amber’s patrilineal line traces to Stephen Heard, who was born, c. 1715, in Ulster, Tyrone, Ireland.

Amber’s paternal grandfather is Harlin Clinton Heard (the son of John Turner Heard and Luller/Lula Bell/Belle Dobbs). Harlin was born in Oklahoma. John was the son of William Paxton Heard and Mary Elizabeth/Isabelle/Isabell Nancy Copeland. Luller was the daughter of William Moore Dobbs and Elizabeth Casteel.

Amber’s paternal grandmother is Wanda Edelweiss Mcgee (also spelled Magee, the daughter of William Issac Magee and Edna Ethel Roach). Wanda was born in Indiana. William was the son of James Madison Magee and Amanda M. Spurlin. Edna was the daughter of David Chandler Roach and Mary Frances Cullison.

Amber’s maternal grandfather is William Joseph Parsons (the son of Edward Breck Parsons and Rose Neerlich). William was born in New York. Edward had English and Scottish ancestry, and was the son of William Henry Parsons and Sophia King Breck. Rose was German, the daughter of John Neerlich and Katherine Kaulas.

Amber’s maternal grandmother is Cecilia Corrinne Carroll (the daughter of Gerald Aloysius Carroll and Virginia Morgan McGie). Cecilia was born in Missouri. Gerald was of Irish descent, and was the son of Dennis Carroll and Johanna/Hannah/Hanna Barry. Virginia was the daughter of John McGie/McGee, who was born in Canada, to Scottish parents, and of Frances Louise Moore, who was from Virginia.

Sources: Genealogies of Amber Heard –

Amber’s paternal grandfather, Harlin Clinton Heard, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Amber’s paternal great-great-grandfather, David Chandler Roach –

Genealogy of Amber’s mother –

Amber’s maternal grandmother, Cecilia Corrinne Carroll, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Amber’s maternal great-grandmother, Virginia Morgan McGie, on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

47 Responses

  1. cwm85 says:

    Wow she is beautiful.

  2. M says:

    I can’t believe Johnny left Vanessa for this basic woman. She’s pretty, but really nothing special. As some said previously, she’s bland. Vanessa is so beautiful.

    • Drea K says:

      Amber looks beautiful but she’s just a dumb dumb that tries so hard to seem smart and bad ass and it’s just pathetic, because she just isn’t. She’s also a terrible actress. I have lost all respect for Johnny Depp since he got with her. He had a lovely family and Vanessa loved him, what he did to them was disgusting.

    • ihatemostpeople says:

      Oh please, Vanessa wishes she looked as good as Amber. Vanessa used to be cute back in the day, now she looks older than she really is. Not to mention that disgusting gap in her teeth, damn all that money and her teeth look like a homeless person’s. She looks like a witch, Johnny made the right choice.

      • Drea K says:

        I agree on the points you make regarding Vanessa’s appearance. And you’re right it’s crazy how she’s aged so badly – but I think she’s been a smoker probably most of her life, that’s what happens to smokers they get old fast. Amber is a beauty, there’s no denying that. That being said, I stand by what I said: I have no respect for Johnny Depp, he had a family with Vanessa and she loved him, just because she aged badly and now looks like a witch doesn’t mean he should run off and leave her and his kids for a younger prettier girl…it means he never had any true love for her or the kids. Oh and btw since we’re going by looks here: Have you seen what he looks like lately?? Amber is just using him because he’s considered an A lister in Hollywood and nobody would be talking about her if she weren’t married to him, her acting sucks big time – it’s a smart career move on her part. But she did wreck a family on the process, she’s not the only one to blame though.

      • athelya says:

        that gap made her the face of many high fashion chains.. basically the key to her success just like eyebrows are for cara del.

  3. mimi says:

    pretty but bland

  4. Capricious says:

    I see just English and German.

    • Alice says:

      Yes of course the Irish, Welsh and Scots look so drastically different than the English. :) Most of the populations in Britain and Ireland have intermixed literally forever. People have very odd perceptions about populations which I’m not sure what the source is. All those places are extremely geographically close and have an intertwined history. It is not black and white. No population has the same sort of look there is usually the most common look and then people that can have a more unusual look but there is variety in all populations.

    • ses101 says:

      When you say English, I assume you mean British.

    • pedro_henrique says:

      What makes her looks “german and english”?

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