Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks in the press room at the Academy Of Country Music A

Brooks in 2009, photo by s_bukley/

Birth Name: Troyal Garth Brooks

Place of Birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 7, 1962

Ethnicity: English, some Irish, German, and French, distant Finland-Swedish

Garth Brooks is an American country pop singer, songwriter, and actor.

He is the son of Colleen Carroll (McElroy) and Troyal Raymond Brooks. He is married to country music artist, actress, author, television personality, and celebrity chef Trisha Yearwood. Garth has three children with his former wife, songwriter Sandy Mahl.

Garth’s paternal grandfather was Troyal Raymond Brooks (the son of Louis Elmer Brooks and Lela Blanche Morris). Garth’s grandfather Troyal was born in Oklahoma or Texas. Louis was the son of William Henry Brooks and Emily Jane “Emma” Walton.

Garth’s paternal grandmother was Velma Glee Dickens (the daughter of William Lillard/Lilard Dickens and Della Adaline/Adelaide Capps). Velma was born in Arkansas. Della was the daughter of James Henry Capps and Frances Mahala Blevins.

Garth’s maternal grandfather was William Andrew McElroy (the son of Green Hudson McElroy and Rachel/Rachael Canssanda Rambo). William was born in Arkansas. Green was the son of Nancy. Rachel was the daughter of John Alexander Rambo and Mary Ellen Jones. The Rambo line traces back to Swedish ancestors. Garth’s forebear Lars Svennson Rambo (1713-1782) was born in Pennsylvania, with great-grandparents who were Swedish emigrants from Sweden and Finland. Garth is descended from Peter Gunnarsson Rambo, who is known as the Father of New Sweden.

Garth’s maternal grandmother was Nell Elizabeth Hedges (the daughter of Reuben Franklin Hedges and Emma C. Nuss).

Sources: Genealogies of Garth’s parents –

Genealogy of Garth Brooks (focusing on his father’s side) –

5 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    The Rambo line traces back to Swedish imigrants.
    Lars Svennson Rambo (1713 – 1782) was born in Pennsylvania. His great-grandparents were Swedish imigrants from Sweden and Finland.

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