Amy Poehler

Poehler in 2011, image via DFree/

Birth Name: Amy Meredith Poehler

Place of Birth: Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 16, 1971

*father – German, Irish, Portuguese Azorean, English
*mother – Irish

Amy Poehler is an American actress, comedian, writer, director, and producer. She is known for her roles in the films Mean Girls, Mr. Woodcock, Baby Mama, Hamlet 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Spring Breakdown, Inside Out, Sisters, The House, and Wine Country, television’s Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation, and in the Wet Hot American Summer franchise.

She is the daughter of Eileen Frances and William Grinstead Poehler. Her paternal grandfather was of half German and half Irish ancestry, and her paternal grandmother was of half Portuguese (Azorean) and half English descent. Her mother is of Irish ancestry, with roots in Cork and Sligo. Amy’s brother is actor and comedian Greg Poehler. Amy has two children with her former husband, Canadian-born actor Will Arnett.

Amy’s paternal grandfather was Carl Poehler, Jr. (the son of Carl Poehler and Josephine F. Sweeney). Amy’s grandfather Carl was born in Massachusetts. Amy’s great-grandfather Carl was a German immigrant, the son of Oswald Frederick/Friedrich Paul Poehler and Julia Elizabeth Kampe/Kampf/Kamp. Josephine was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, the daughter of Joseph Sweeney and Lydia Feener, and had Irish and German ancestry.

Amy’s paternal grandmother was Anna Marie Andrews (the daughter of James S. Andrews and Elizabeth Adelaide Fisher). Anna was born in Massachusetts. James was the son of João/John S. Andrews and Anna Clementine Lopes, who were Portuguese emigrants, from Praia do Almoxarife, Faial, Azores, with the family surname originally being de Andrade. Elizabeth was the daughter of Eugene Bradford Fisher and Frances Catharine Baxendale, and had English ancestry.

Amy’s maternal grandfather was Stephen M. Milmore (the son of Stephen Michael Milmore and Anna G. Conneary). Amy’s grandfather Stephen was born in Massachusetts, and was of Irish descent. Amy’s great-grandfather Stephen was the son of J. Michael Milmore and Catherine McLaughlin. Anna was the daughter of Michael Conneary and Julia Norton.

Amy’s maternal grandmother was Helen Marie MacDonald (the daughter of Roderick Francis McDonald and Sarah A. Monahan). Helen was born in Massachusetts, and was of Irish descent. Roderick was the son of Colin Francis MacDonald and Sarah Ann Ring. Amy’s great-grandmother Sarah Monahan was the daughter of John Monahan and Ellen/Nellie M. Cokeley.

Sources: Genealogy of Amy Poehler –

Genealogies of Amy Poehler (focusing on her father’s side) –

More of Amy’s family tree –

Amy’s paternal grandfather, Carl Poehler, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Amy’s paternal great-grandfather, James S. Andrews (“James J. Andrews”), on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Amy’s maternal grandfather, Stephen M. Milmore, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

3 Responses

  1. Dstmnstr says:

    “Addition and Correction”
    I know Amy very well, I’ve seen her in some movies, and lately, since me and her are both Azorean Portuguese Americans, I was able to research on her Azorean side of her genealogy, so I’ve added a bunch of ancestors of Amy. Here is the link to Amy and her Azorean ancestors:

    Thank you,
    Dustin Schrull

  2. amckenzie says:

    There’s a spelling error…I believe it’s supposed to be “English” instead of “Englisn” :)

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