Birth Name: Amber Evangeline Valletta
Place of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Date of Birth: February 9, 1974
*father – Italian, Portuguese
*mother – English, Cherokee Native American
Amber Valletta is an American fashion model and actress. Her roles include the films Hitch, Transporter 2, Gamer, and Dead Silence and the series Revenge and Blood & Oil.
Her father is of half Italian and half Portuguese descent. Her mother has significant, verified Cherokee Native American ancestry, from her own father, along with English. A picture of Amber with her mother can be seen here.
She has a son with her former husband, Olympic volleyball player Chip McCaw.
Amber’s paternal grandfather was Vincent James Valletta (the son of Frank/Francesco Valletta and Maria Carmina Perrone). Vincent was born in Massachusetts, to Italian parents, with roots in Vitulazio, Caserta, Campania. Maria was the daughter of Vincenzo Perrone.
Amber’s paternal grandmother was Evangeline Teresa Dejesus (the daughter of Alfred da Silva DeJesus and Maria Gomes Orfao). Evangeline was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Portuguese parents.
Amber’s maternal grandfather was Sequoyah Lewis/Louis Rogers (the son of Sequoyah Hokesmith Rogers and Siota/Soita/Siater/Sista. Mae/P. Tyner). Amber’s grandfather Sequoyah was born in Topeka, Kansas. Amber’s great-grandfather Sequoyah was born in Oklahoma, the son of William Charles Rogers and Nan Kannie/Haney/Haynie, and was of Cherokee Native American descent. Siota was the daughter of Carter Blackstone Braxton Tyner, who was of one eighth Cherokee ancestry, and of Christina Helen Elder, who was of one quarter Cherokee descent.
Amber’s maternal grandmother was Mary Jean Garrison (the daughter of Sidney Andrew Garrison and Anna/Annie Lee Cade). Mary Jean was born in Oklahoma, to parents from Texas. Sidney was the son of Joseph Andrew Garrison and Sidney Ann Gardenhire. Amber’s great-grandmother Anna was the daughter of Steven/Stephen Horn Cade and Smillie/Smiley/Smilie Ann Swain. A picture of Amber and her grandmother can be seen here.
Sources: Amber’s maternal grandfather, Sequoyah Lewis/Louis Rogers, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Sequoyah Lewis/Louis Rogers on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Amber’s maternal great-grandfather, Sequoyah Hokesmith Rogers, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogies of Amber’s maternal great-grandmother, Siota/Soita/Siater/Sista. Mae/P. Tyner – https://www.findagrave.com
Genealogies of Amber’s maternal great-grandparents, Sidney Andrew Garrison and Anna/Annie Lee Cade – https://www.findagrave.com
Amber’s maternal great-grandfather, Sidney Andrew Garrison, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Amber’s maternal great-grandmother, Anna/Annie Lee Cade, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
searched for pics of several members of her maternal family, they are the whitest people possible lol, sure about this ”significant” native ancestry?
I doubt her Amerindian ancestry is truly that “significant”. Maybe Amber’s at most, like 1/64th. Something like that. Her mother appears to be named “Theresa Malaby” and she is pictured below with Amber. She has blonde hair, blue eyes and pale skin just like her. She looks like any regular Anglo-American type (which makes sense given how she has is of mainly English ancestry).
Photo of Amber and her mother: https://www.gettyimages.ch/detail/nachrichtenfoto/amber-valletta-and-her-mom-theresa-malaby-attending-nachrichtenfoto/97226396?
This is an article about Amber with her maternal grandmother “Mary Jean” and she looks very European in physical appearance. I’m assuming she also had blonde/light brown hair when she was young: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2321686/Model-Amber-Valletta-grandmother-matching-high-cheekbones-Mothers-Day-lunch.html
At least Amber and Colton Haynes have actual documented Cherokee ancestry unlike the others.
True, many who claim “Cherokee” are almost always lies, but still. I’m curious to see how much Cherokee ancestry she actually has/how much European she’d score on a DNA test.
Since it looks like the Cherokee ancestry comes from her maternal grandfather, I wonder what he looks like.
Amber’s paternal grandfather was Vincent James Valletta (the son of Frank/Francesco Valletta and Maria Carmina Perrone). Vincent was born in Massachusetts, to Italian parent.
It looks like they.were Caserta, Campania (Ancestry.com).
This might be also Sequoyah
if so this is his mother
forgot to paste the link
Siota had a child in 1936 in Nueces county with her second husband Gerald Lawrence. Notice how the Sequoyah in 1940 census has a last place of residence as Corpus Christi (Nueces County, Texas).
So is she actually part Cherokee?
Her great-great-grandfather was 1/8 and her great-great-grandmother was about 1/4 (if familysearch tree is to be believed). I don’t know who her great-grandfather is since it appears he never married Siota. Siota is apparently a Cherokee name too.
That is super cool. She is one of the few celebrities who actually has some Cherokee ancestry. :)
Come on…according to Bablah researches she would be between the 1/256 and 1/512 range, which is minimal.
Well, that’s more than dozens of other celebrities who have none at all.
By the way, Amber referred to her grandfather as Sequoyah Rogers on Instagram when honoring veterans, so I think he is the first one.
Actually, I see the connection that you do. Sequoyah was born in Kansas and it says that Sequoyah Woodrough was, too. Also, I see the connection between Neuces County and that Sequoyah Woodrough was 3 in 1930 and 13 in 1940. Seems they are the same person.
He’s Raymond’s stepson. His parents apparently never married. Maybe the census taker just asumed he has the same last name as his step-father.
is she part Cherokee?
This says so.
I believe it because the name “Sequoyah” is Cherokee. I think this might be Amber’s great-grandfather.
It almost certainly is. I think Amber’s grandfather was most likely 1/2 to fully Cherokee, so she would be 1/4 or 1/8.
According to the family trees on ancestry, that is her great-grandfather.