Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen

Jepsen in 2012, photo by Joe Seer/

Place of Birth: Mission, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: November 21, 1985

Ethnicity: Danish, English, German, Scottish, Rusyn, Dutch

Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her songs “Call Me Maybe,” “This Kiss,” and “I Really Like You.”

Carly Rae’s paternal grandfather is Arnie Jepsen (the son of Axel Jepsen and Lydia Elvera/Elvira Christensen). Arnie’s parents were Danish. Axel was born in Arhus, the son of Hans Jepsen and Karen Sørine Møller. Lydia was the daughter of Christian Christensen and Mette Nielsen.

Carly Rae’s paternal grandmother is Evelyn Allen (the daughter of Kenneth/Ken H. Allen and Rose/Rosie Dziadyk). Kenneth was an immigrant, and was the son of English parents, Henry Sinden Allen and Amy Bradley. Rose was born in Manitoba, the daughter of Rusyn emigrant parents, Theodore Fred Dziadyk and Annie Rusmavich, from Galicia.

Carly Rae’s maternal grandfather is named Roy Hobson.

Carly Rae’s maternal grandmother was Edith Ann Cameron (the daughter of James D. Cameron and Edith Laura Vandergrift). Carly Rae’s grandmother Edith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. James was the son of James B. Cameron, whose parents were Scottish, and of Mary Broomhead, whose father was English and whose mother was German. Carly Rae’s great-grandmother Edith was the daughter of Francis Riley “Frank” Vandegrift, who had partly deep roots in the U.S., and of Minnie W. Gruninger, whose own paternal grandparents were German, and whose mother was likely also of German descent.

Sources: Obituary of Carly’s paternal great-grandfather, Kenneth/Ken H. Allen –

Obituaries of Carly’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Henry Sinden Allen –

Obituary of Carly’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Amy (Bradley) Allen –

Carly’s paternal great-grandmother, Rose/Rosie Dziadyk, on the 1931 Canada Census –

31 Responses

  1. ann says:

    Theodore and Annie (as well as their children) listed as Ruthenian speakers on the 1931 Canada Census.

  2. Erik1714 says:

    >Edith Laura Vandegrift
    >James was the son of James B. Cameron, the son of Scottish emigrants, and Mary Broomhead, the daughter of an English father and a German mother. Carly Rae’s great-grandmother Edith was the daughter of Francis “Frank” Riley Vandegrift and Minnie W. Gruninger, whose paternal grandparents were German.

    Francis “Frank” Riley Vandegrift seems to have had partially deep lines in America; and Minnie’s mother, Hannah Louise Lunk, was likely of German descent (her parents were born in Pennsylvania).

    On the other hand, I did not find anything about Carly Rae’s grandfather Roy Hobson. Does anyone know if he is/was canadian?

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