Derek Hough

Derek Hough – The Art of Elysium presents John Legend’s HEAVEN – Celebrating the 11th Anniversary – Arrivals – Barker Hangar – Santa Monica, CA, USA, 2018 – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa /

Place of Birth: Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 17, 1985

Ethnicity: English, Dutch, French-Canadian, German, Swiss-German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, 1/16th Danish, 1/32 Swedish, French

Derek Hough is an American professional Latin and ballroom dancer, choreographer, actor, and singer. He co-starred in the film Make Your Move 3D, and on television’s Nashville and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. He was a dancer on Dancing with the Stars and a judge on World of Dance.

He is the son of Marianne and Bruce Hough. His sister is dancer, singer, and actress Julianne Hough. The two studied and lived together in London as teenagers.

Derek is a second cousin of actor and singer Ross Lynch. Their maternal grandmothers are sisters.

Derek’s paternal grandfather was Robert Virgil “Bob” Hough (the son of Virgil Hough and Margaret Maude “Peggy” Revert). Robert was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., Oklahoma, and was an Idaho radio personality, known as “Bubblehead Bob” and “The Voice of North Idaho.” Derek’s great-grandfather Virgil was the son of Thomas Hough and Eva Adella Truex. Maude was the daughter of William Perry Revert and Jessie/Jesse C. Lucas, whose father was Canadian.

Derek’s paternal grandmother is Colleen Pearl Henrietta “Cokie” Wood (the daughter of Alexander August Wood and Wilamina Bertha Tena Vredevelt/Vredeveld). Colleen was born in Washington. Alexander was the son of French-Canadian parents, Joseph DuBois, from Québec, and Marie Alzire “Lizzie” Plante, from Russell, Ontario. The family changed their name to Wood from Dubois (“bois” means “wood” in French). Wilamina was born in Everett, Snohomish, Washington, to Dutch parents, Jan/John Vredevelt/Vredeveld, from Beilen, Midden-Drenthe, Drenthe, and Henrietta/Hendrekje “Reta” Vos, from Groningen.

Derek’s maternal grandfather is Don Oliver Heaton (the son of Vernon Harris Heaton and Rosella/Rozella/Rosezella Cleverley/Cleverly). Don was born in Idaho, and his ancestry is English, as well as Northern Irish, Scottish, and one eighth Swedish. Vernon was the son of Jonas Sinclair Heaton and Annie/Anne Jane Harris, whose own paternal grandparents were English. Derek’s great-grandmother Rosella was the daughter of George Franklin Cleverley/Cleverly, whose father was born in Calne, Wiltshire, England, and whose mother was born in Crookern, Somersetshire, England; and of Hannah Peterson, whose father was born in Tombäck, Blekinge, Sweden, and whose maternal grandparents were English.

Derek’s maternal grandmother is Beth Romaine Young (the daughter of Phares Philip Young and Thelma Frandsen). Beth was born in Idaho. Phares was the son of Alfred Phillip/Philip Young and Jeanet/Janet/Jeanette Holden “Nettie” Millward, who were the children of English parents. Thelma was the daughter of Thomas Christian Frandsen, who was born in Grenaa, Randers, Denmark, and of Mary Elizabeth Haycock, whose parents were English immigrants.

Sources: Genealogy of Derek Hough –

Genealogies of Derek Hough (through his sister, Julianne Hough) –

Derek’s paternal grandmother, Colleen Pearl Henrietta Wood, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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