Amy Adams

Adams in 2011, s_bukley /

Birth Name: Amy Lou Adams

Place of Birth: Vicenza, Veneto, Italy

Date of Birth: August 20, 1974

Ethnicity: English, some Danish and Norwegian, 1/16th Swiss-German, small amounts of Welsh, German, Irish, Scottish, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish

Amy Adams is an American actress and singer. She is known for her roles in Catch Me If You Can, Junebug, Enchanted, Doubt, Julie & Julia, American Hustle, and Nocturnal Animals, and many other films.

Amy was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Adams, who was serving in the U.S. military at the time, stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy. Her family moved from base to base, later settling in Castle Rock, Colorado during Amy’s childhood. Amy is married to actor and artist Darren Le Gallo, with whom she has a daughter.

Amy’s ancestry is heavily English, along with some Danish and Norwegian, 1/16th Swiss-German, and small amounts of Welsh, German, Irish, Scottish, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish. She was raised in a Mormon (LDS) family.

Amy has deep colonial American roots, going back to New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine in the 1600s.

Amy’s paternal grandfather was Frank Ralph Adams (the son of Joseph Samuel Adams and Frances/Francis Elizabeth Cole). Frank was born in Idaho. Joseph was born in St. Luke, London, England, the son of Joseph Samuel Adams and Eliza Caroline Woodward. Frances was born in Utah, to English parents, George Frank Cole and Susanna/Susannah/Susie Sugden.

Amy’s paternal grandmother was Olea Lorraine Hill (the daughter of John Hyrum Hill and Olea Shipp). Amy’s grandmother Olea was born in Utah. John was born in Pennsylvania, the son of William Hood Hill, who was from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and of Mary Caroline Sorensen, who was born in Pedersborg, Sorø, Vestsjalland, Denmark. Amy’s great-grandmother Olea was the daughter of Milford Bard Shipp and Ellis Reynolds; Ellis’ mother was Canadian, from Yarmouth, Middlesex, Ontario.

Amy’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Hugh Hicken (the son of Elijah Moulton Hicken and Erma Inez Jensen). Joseph was born in Utah. Elijah was born in Utah, to English parents, Addison Hicken, who was born in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, and Sophia Elizabeth Moulton, who was born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. Amy’s great-grandmother Erma was born in Utah, to a Danish father, James Christian Jensen, from Glimsholt, Nordjylland, and to an American mother, Joanna/Joannah Eliza Jennings, from Utah, whose own mother was English.

Amy’s maternal grandmother was Colleen Hammond (the daughter of Grant Levi Hammond and Oreta/Rita Virginia Otterbeck). Colleen was born in Utah. Grant was the son of Levi Parley Hammond and Annie/Anna Elizabeth Baer/Bair, who was born in Utah, to Swiss parents, of Swiss-German descent. Oreta’s father was Andrew Nicklas/Nichols/Nickoli Otterbeck, who was born in Utah, to a Norwegian father, from Kragero, Kragerø, Telemark, and to a Danish mother, from Nyborg, Svendborg, Fyn. Oreta’s mother was Jennie May/Mary Fister.

Sources: Genealogies of Amy Adams –


Curious about ethnicity

40 Responses

  1. Europa says:

    Could you find a worse picture?

  2. Marc 2 says:

    Summing up, Amy is just 28% German (including Norway,Switzerland,Danemark and Germany) and only 18,7% Scandinavian. All the rest of her ancestors are British! And it’s not surprising her type is closer to Celtic

    • Marc 2 says:

      Following de Sutton family tree it turns out that he descended from Carolingian dinasty. Very interesting :)

      And that’s not all, this dinasty had connection with Jewish people that could be traced to king Solomon and David. WOAH!!!

    • nnnnn says:

      Ha-ha-ha, “German including Norway, Schwitzeland,
      Danemark and Germany”. Even Adolf didn’t have such
      dreams. “Only 18,7% scandinavian” If you mean,Norway and Danemark belong to Germany, what’s Scandinavia?
      Surely, Spain.

      • Marc 2 says:

        What are you laughing at? Some ignorant people believe that even English are German also. Here by the word “German” i mean ancient nation, not modern country.

        @If you mean,Norway and Danemark belong to Germany, what’s Scandinavia?
        Surely, [email protected]
        You don’t understand!

        • nnnnn says:

          First of all, what you mean, isn’t “german”, but “germa-
          nic”. And yes, english people are descendants of
          germanic tribes: anglos and saxons. Dutch (Netherlands) is one more germanic nation, opposite
          to danes and norway.
          Of course, all scientists are “ignorant”.

          • Marc 2 says:

            @english people are descendants of
            germanic tribes:@

            This theory is completely descrideted.

            @First of all, what you mean, isn’t “german”, but “germa-
            nic”. @

            Don’t play in Word game. You do use the same word

          • nnnnn says:

            Who “descrideted” that theory? O’k, anglos are
            aliens. Where’s a “world play”? Netherland is
            germanic, but not “german”. Danes neither, no.
            In any case, if you tell some Dutch or Dane person,
            he belongs to “great german Nation”, he would be
            scurried. And very, very angry (D)

  3. Marc 2 says:

    Follow names:
    Hill – Shipp – Farnsworth – Kent – Dudley – de Sutton

    there you can find her Spanish ancestor Sancha de Ayala from Toledo, born in 1350 year and Welsh branch of Gruffyd de Powys born in 1223

  4. Marc 2 says:

    Btw. i don’t know why Amy is still “Norwegian” . Of course she is also descended from Scandinavian gods (Freyr), but nevermind, Amy is more Welsh and Spanish than Norwegian, so if the latter listed here, so the “Welsh” and “Spanish” even more so should be added

  5. Marc 2 says:

    She is 1/16 Scottish

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