Carrie Underwood

Underwood in 2009, Joe Seer /

Birth Name: Carrie Marie Underwood

Place of Birth: Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 10, 1983

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish, Irish, and German

Carrie Underwood is an American country music singer, songwriter, and actress. She won the fourth season of the show American Idol (in 2005). See other American Idol winners here.

Carrie was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and was raised in Checotah, Oklahoma.

Carrie is married to Canadian-born professional ice hockey player Mike Fisher, with whom she has two children. She is an Evangelical Christian.

Carrie has English, as well as some Scottish, Irish, and German, ancestry. There are internet claims that she has some degree of Muscogee Creek (Native American) heritage. It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been verified/documented. In a 2013 interview, Carrie herself seemed to say that she does not have Native American ancestry.

Asked about having Scottish ancestry, she said:

That’s on my Wikipedia and I don’t know why. Someone keeps putting it up there. According to that page I’m also a member of a Native American tribe… We keep changing it and they keep changing it back: they’re adamant I’m Scottish… I mean, I could be. My dad recently told me that my great-great-grandfather was born in Ireland.

Carrie’s paternal grandfather was Bryan Gladys Underwood (the son of Harmon H. Underwood and Myrtle Higgins). Bryan was born in Oklahoma. Harmon was the son of James Gideon Underwood and Eliza Jane Allen. Myrtle was the daughter of William W. Higgins and Elizabeth Corbett.

Carrie’s paternal grandmother was Nell Ella Green (the daughter of William Henry Green and Susan Estelle Spicer). Nell was born in Oklahoma. Susan was the daughter of Louis Spicer and Palmyra McCullar.

Carrie’s maternal grandfather was William Carl Shatswell (the son of Lester B. Shatswell and Rosie E. Needham). William was born in Oklahoma. Lester was the son of George Riley Shatswell and Sarah Emeline/Emmaline Pierce. Rosie was the daughter of Ira Andrew Needham and Bertha M. Spencer.

Carrie’s maternal grandmother was Gladys Faye Luke (the daughter of Stanton M. Luke and Adeline Gillespie). Gladys was born in Oklahoma. Stanton was the son of Thomas K. Luke and Nancy Jane Whisenhunt.

Sources: Genealogies of Carrie Underwood –

Genealogies of Carrie’s maternal grandparents, William Carl Shatswell and Gladys Faye (Luke) Shatswell –

Carrie’s maternal grandfather, William Carl Shatswell, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Carrie’s maternal great-grandfather, Lester B. Shatswell, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Carrie’s maternal great-grandparents, Stanton M. Luke and Adeline Gillespie, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

34 Responses

  1. cwm85 says:

    Her husband is very lucky… I always despite surname thought she’d be more german, Swedish, danish… but english people generally are not the tannest in Britain anyway…

  2. A user says:

    Its funny how when someone is majority english descent, if their blonde “they look so german” if their dark featured “they look so italian”.

    • crunty says:

      People are generally ignorant, and look at the world one dimensionally. They can be forgiven…or perhaps not. Underwood is an English surname, but the USA was full of imposters in the past, anglicizing their names to fit in. This lady looks like she has some English ancestry, though.

  3. J.J. says:

    looks and awful lot like emily osment

  4. Crates says:

    so exotic and mongoloid looking

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