Johnny Depp

Depp in 2008

Birth Name: John Christopher Depp II

Place of Birth: Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky, United States

Date of Birth: June 9, 1963

Ethnicity: English, along with small/distant amounts of Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Welsh, French/French-Canadian, Dutch, Flemish Belgian, and German, as well as 3/2048 African

Johnny Depp is an American actor, producer, and musician. He is the star of the films Edward Scissorhands, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Donnie Brasco, Sleepy Hollow, The Libertine, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and The Lone Ranger, among many others. Johnny was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2003, and again in 2009. He is also a member of rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires, with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry.

Johnny is the son of Betty Sue (Wells) and John Christopher Depp. He has two children, including actress and model Lily-Rose Depp, with his former partner, French singer, model, and actress Vanessa Paradis.

Much or most of Johnny’s ancestry traces back to England. He also has small amounts (to varying degrees) of Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Welsh, French, French-Canadian, Dutch, Flemish Belgian, and German, ancestry, as well as 3/2048 African ancestry (through Elizabeth Key Grinstead, who is his ancestor twice over). Johnny’s patrilineal line is generally traced back to Pierre Deppe, who was born, c. 1706, in France, and to Pierre’s wife, Angelica/Angeline LeVillian/le Villian.

Both of Johnny’s parents, as well as all of Johnny’s grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents, were born in Kentucky. Johnny has stated, on several occasions, that he has or likely has Native American ancestry (of varying tribes, most often Cherokee). For example:

I guess I have some Native American somewhere down the line… My great grandmother was quite a bit of Native American, she grew up Cherokee or maybe Creek Indian. Makes sense in terms of coming from Kentucky, which is rife with Cherokee and Creek.

It does not appear that this Native American ancestry has been documented. All of Johnny’s grandparents and great-grandparents are listed as “White” on United States Censuses. No verified Native American ancestry has been produced for Johnny Depp.

LOS ANGELES – MAY 18: Depp arrives for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” US Premiere in Hollywood, CA, 2017, photo by DFree

Johnny’s paternal grandfather was Oren Laramore/Larimore/Larry Depp (the son of Oren Richard Depp and Effie America Palmore). Johnny’s great-grandfather Oren was the son of John Burks/Burkes Depp and Mariba Elizabeth Reneau. Effie was the daughter of Andrew Houston Palmore and Mary Elizabeth “Mollie” McCreary.

Johnny’s paternal grandmother was Violet Mattie Grinstead (the daughter of Roy F. Grinstead and Mary Edna Bailey). Roy was the son of Christopher Tompkins Grinstead and Martha S. “Mattie” Sanders. Mary was the daughter of Joseph Taylor Bailey and Martha Ann Mansfield.

Johnny’s maternal grandfather was Walter Everett/Everette Wells (the son of Richard Mac/Mack Wells and Anna/Annie Cooper). Richard was the son of Commodore Perry Wells and Rebecca Ann “Beckie” Litteral. Johnny’s great-grandmother Anna was the daughter of William M. “Bill” Cooper and Sarah “Sallie” Craft/Kelly.

Johnny’s maternal grandmother was Bessie Whitaker (the daughter of Branch Whitaker and May/Mae Slone). Branch was the son of William C. Whitaker and Sarilda/Serilda/Sirilda Fletcher. May was the daughter of Wiley Slone and Amanda Bradley.

Johnny is descended from a woman, Martha, who born in 1612, and who was of African descent. Martha had a daughter, Elizabeth Key (also an ancestor of Johnny). Elizabeth’s father, William Grinstead, was caucasian, of English descent. Elizabeth was the first woman of African ancestry to successfully take legal action to free herself from slavery. This happened in 1656. Johnny is descended from Martha twice (on one family tree, she is both one of his eight times great-grandmothers, and one of his nine times great-grandmothers). That would mean that Johnny is of 3/2048 African ancestry.

Some family trees state that Johnny’s nine times great-grandmother was a woman named Nicketti Opechancanough, who is said to have been of Powhatan Native American ancestry. If true, that would make Johnny of 1/2048 Powhatan Native American descent. However, stories about her are believed to be a myth. Scholarly research and records dispute the existence of Nicketti Opechancanough.

Sources: Genealogies of Johnny Depp – http://www.geni.com
http://www.genealogy.com
https://famouskin.com
https://www.wikitree.com

Genealogies of Johnny Depp (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Johnny’s paternal grandparents, Oren Laramore/Larimore/Larry Depp and Violet Mattie Grinstead – http://www.findagrave.com

Johnny’s paternal grandfather, Oren Laramore/Larimore/Larry Depp (“Laramore Depp”), on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Johnny’s paternal grandmother, Violet Mattie Grinstead (“Violet M. Grinstead”), on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Johnny’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Christopher Tompkins Grinstead and Martha S. “Mattie” Sanders, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy and obituary of Johnny’s mother – https://www.findagrave.com

Johnny’s maternal grandfather, Walter Everett/Everette Wells (“Everette Wells”), on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Johnny’s maternal great-grandfather, Richard Mac/Mack Wells (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Johnny’s maternal great-grandmother, Anna/Annie (Cooper) Wells, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Johnny’s maternal great-great-grandparents, William M. “Bill” Cooper and Sarah “Sallie” Craft/Kelly, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Johnny’s maternal grandmother, Bessie Whitaker (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Johnny’s maternal grandmother, Bessie Whitaker, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Article about Johnny’s ancestor, Elizabeth (Key) Grinstead – http://www.womenhistoryblog.com

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752 Responses

  1. Ju144 says:

    He’s definitely 100% Native American or some form Taino,

  2. muricansareallmutts says:

    Native American.

  3. JRose says:

    Smack my head….all these comments make me want to bang my head against a wall! First if all, many of you mentioned he looks Mediterranean…..WELL he is French. His last name is French for crying out loud. French people have Mediterranean blood and are a Mediterranean country. Many French people look like him. Why do people always assume just because someone has slightly darker features they must be mixed with a “darker” race??! News flash, people come in all shapes and colors all over Europe. Stop the madness and the ignorance, please.

    • jonasbttencourt says:

      Well at least for me he never looked like anything other than white. His hair is straight, his nose and lips are thin, his skin is fair(besides the fact that he can tan quite easily, but nothing surprising for a guy with southern european ancestry), his bone structure is caucasoid, etc… So i really don’t get it why so many people find him “exotic”, hell, not everyone has to look like pewdiepie to be white hahahah in fact pale-blond-blue-eyed people are only like 3% of the world’s population or less, so basically all europeans would not be white if we stick with these crazy standards of who is “qualified” to be white…

    • Emoba says:

      The vast majority of French people have nothing to do with Mediterranean

      • NOTREALLY says:

        Disagree, and even if it were true, that wouldn’t change the fact that a lot do have, south and southeastern France was inhabited by Iberians back then for what’s worth, even some DNA testing companies struggle to tell southern french and Iberian apart sometimes, I only have experience visiting southern France in Montpellier, since I have family there, and I’ve always thought people there look virtually the same as where I’m from, Mallorca (which is mostly of northeastern Spanish/Catalan ancestry).
        But that’s just my opinion :)

        • porkarella says:

          Again with this bullsh!t you’re not Spaniard but a Murican-Hispanic living in Uza who believe to be someone you’re not according to your dumbness.

        • porkarella says:

          Yeah yeah you don’t know a word of Spanish and you don’t know all the stuff related to Spain and Spaniards.
          Pedro from Usa, or maybe just from Cental-South America.

          • andrew says:

            @ “porkarella”

            Fuck off.

          • NOTREALLY says:

            I actually speak both Spanish and Catalan (which is spoken mainly in Mallorca), I invite you to have a conversation in either of these languages any day you want mate :)

        • porkarela says:

          Start to talk in Spanish it’s related to my native language so I understand it play your charachter nobody believe ya haha you show so many times you don’t know lots of the stuff related to spain and spaniards Mateo you’re just a latino from usa or Central-South America.
          ¡Paco deja de decir tonterías que nadie te cree tú eres español como eres blanco y nórdico jajaja !
          Solo porque quizás tiene un origen español antiguo pero lo dudo no significa que lo seas por completo probablemente tú eres un gringo/latinoamericano y tal vez tú has estudiado español en la escuela no eres como los españoles.
          ¿¿Entiende??

        • porkarela says:

          ¡Paco deja de decir tonterías que nadie te cree tú eres español como eres blanco y nórdico jajaja !
          Solo porque quizás tiene un origen español antiguo pero lo dudo no significa que lo seas por completo probablemente tú
          eres un gringo/latinoamericano y tal vez tú has estudiado español en la escuela no eres como los españoles.
          ¿¿Entiende??

        • porkarela says:

          Prove it talk to me in Spanish it’s related to my native language I understand it if you really know it, it’s because you studied or you’re from Central-South America.

          • NOTREALLY says:

            Te hablo en Catalán si quieres bebé,
            Estàs mal del cap nen, necessites ajuda psicològica urgentment, t’invitaria que em visitessis a Sóller però em fas fàstic així que milor que no xD
            doncs, ma mare va naixer en Lleida i mon pare ací , mallorquin de tota la vida :)
            deixa’ m endevinarrdeixa’m endevinar, diràs que vaig aprendre Català a sud-amèrica xDDDDD

          • andrew says:

            @ NOTREALLY

            Did he use a translator or do you actually believe he speaks Spanish?

            It’s weird because it’s not taught as foreign language in Italy school system and I never knew any local who speaks it.

          • NOTREALLY says:

            @andrew

            Can’t really tell, either translate or sub-par Spanish, you only have to look at how he finished his message: “Entiende?”, no native Spaniard (or anyone who speaks Spanish natively for that matter) would ever say that.

            “Solo porque quizás tiene un origen español antiguo pero lo dudo no significa que lo seas por completo probablemente tú”

            This sentece is completely butchered for several reasons too, he could just have really bad Spanish though, but I doubt it since his last message is straight up google traslate in Catalan and most of it doesn’t even make any sense lmao

        • porkarella says:

          Teu pare és marroquí jaja segur que fas servir el traductor no em crec cap de les teves merdes et repeteixo que expliques moltes imprecisions sobre els espanyols i Espanya que et foten ser vist per un psiquiatre però per un de molt capaç perquè estàs molt malalt.
          Ets un altre sud-americà que es fa passar per europeu perquè vols ser blanc jaja.
          Porta Julio Iglesias a Iglesias però no saps ni on és jaja.

        • porkarella says:

          lmao you Pedro from Usa/Latin America still keep going on to play the charachter google translate does such a poor job with complex sentences lmao right Pedro from Cental-South/Murica the falsehood you always saying about the Spaniard world proves you’re not a Spaniard as you ridiculously claim to be.
          Only a non native Spanish speaker can write “Entiende?” like you do without the opening upside down question mark it goes at the beginning of the sentence it’s a grammar rule that Spanish speakers learn as tods your Spanish is improper again you show your deficiency but you wanna acting the professor too haha!!
          Unlike you I admit I cannot speaking it well cause isn’t my native language but I can understand it a lot cause I repeat it’s related to my own.

          the upside down question mark in the beginning of the prh like you

        • porkarella says:

          lmao you Pedro from Usa/Latin America still keep going on to play the charachter google translate does such a poor job with complex sentences lmao right Pedro from Cental-South/Murica the falsehood you always saying about the Spaniard world proves you’re not a Spaniard as you ridiculously claim to be.
          Only a non native Spanish speaker can write “Entiende?” like you do without the opening upside down question mark it goes at the beginning of the sentence it’s a grammar rule that Spanish speakers learn as tods your Spanish is improper again you show your deficiency but you wanna acting the professor too haha!!
          Unlike you I admit I cannot speaking it well cause isn’t my native language but I can understand it a lot cause I repeat it’s related to my own.

        • porkarella says:

          Gotcha I busted ya again hahahaha!!
          Stop to fart all theze bullsh!tz Alfonso from Murica!

  4. andrew says:

    Nah, he is actually and alwais has been the opposite of all the things you have said, and has built a career upon that.

    • porkarella says:

      Fuck off you fake Italian-Finnish.

    • porkarella says:

      Dufuq you say Carlos another Hispanic who faking the double identity of Italian and Finnish cause you wannabe desperately be white, Spanish is taught in Italy in many schools even if is not spoken cause it’s a useless language that we don’t need, for decades many spanish songs from Latino America are hits in Italy cause we understand half the lyrics without studying the language cause Spanish unfortunately is our sis language and cause they’re very rhythmics and we like the sounds.
      E la smetti di dire stronzate sudamericano del cazzo che menti sempre accetta di essere un negro del cazzo e di merda un subumano complessato che mai sarai europeo non puoi cambiarle la tua razza inferiore che cazzo apri il buco del culo che hai come bocca cazzo ne vuoi sapere della mia nazione stai muto coglione.

  5. jonasbttencourt says:

    From all the pictures i saw of him over the years, he seems to me just a regular white guy with a bit of an olive complexion. His facial features and bone structure is very european, reading the names in his background, it’s safe to say he is mostly Brittish&Irish, and it shows on his apperience, especially his nose, lips, and ears. He is the typical old stock WASP guy from the south, he just tans easy, his non-white ancestry is likely quite distant, so it would not have any effect on his apperience. Dominic Cooper looks “darker” than him and (as far as we know) he has no ancestry other than Brittish and maybe Irish.

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