Katharine McPhee

McPhee in 2012, photo by Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Katharine Hope McPhee

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 25, 1984

Ethnicity: English, German, Irish, Scottish

Katharine McPhee is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She was the runner-up on season five of the American reality TV series American Idol.

Katharine’s family’s surname was previously spelled Fee.

Katharine is the daughter of Peisha, a vocal coach, and Daniel McPhee, a television producer. She is married to Canadian musician, record producer, composer, and songwriter David Foster.

Katharine’s paternal grandfather was Roger Dexter Fee (the son of Knight Elias Fee and Minnie Belle Graves). Roger was born in Iowa. Knight was the son of George Manson Fee and Eliza Mary Dexter. Minnie was the daughter of Albert Larson Graves and Sarah Lann Nunn.

Katharine’s paternal grandmother was Danna Jeanne Atkinson (the daughter of Daniel Spencer Atkinson and Lotta Hope Hammer). Danna was born in Oklahoma. Daniel was the son of Phillip Warner Atkinson and Mattie Kate Wilcoxon. Lotta was the daughter of Oswal Ray Hammer and Ruth Leta Savage.

Katharine’s maternal grandfather was William Eugene “Bill” Burch (the son of Arthur Issac Burch and Nellie Jean Abrams). William was born in Washington. Arthur was the son of Nelson Hugh Burch and Nora O’Connor. Nellie was the daughter of William Lewis Abrams and Jessie Thacker. Jessie was born in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada.

Katharine’s maternal grandmother is Marian/Marion “Mimi” Meyer (the daughter of Werner Eugene Meyer and Ida M. Shepard). Marian was born in Washington. Werner, who was of German descent, was the son of George Meyer and Emma Josephine Arnto/Arntz. Ida was the daughter of Timothy Hastings Shepard and Mary Adams.

Sources: Genealogy of Katharine’s paternal grandfather, Roger Dexter Fee (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Katharine’s paternal grandfather, Roger Dexter Fee – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Katharine’s maternal grandfather, William Eugene “Bill” Burch – http://www.legacy.com

Katharine’s maternal grandmother, Marian/Marion “Mimi” Meyer, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Katharine’s maternal great-grandmother, Ida M. Shepard (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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38 Responses

  1. roman2886 says:

    She has ethnic background of the average white american the most common ethnicities in American are English Irish Scottish and German.

  2. follers says:

    Here is some more genealogy for ya. The family tree of Megan’s maternal great-grandparents, the Nelsons. Yes, they were both born with the surname “Nelson”.
    http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=hkreis&id=I6276
    http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=hkreis&id=I6278
    http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=:a16547&id=I288

    Dailey’s mother, Rose – Megan Fox’s matrilineal great-great-grandmother – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=lifemaster&id=I6567

    None of these people seem Irish (the O’kind) to me in the slightest.

  3. levangelista36 says:

    I thought Katharine was Jewish. I am disappointed.

  4. Holly12 says:

    A few people are saying Katharine looks Native American or Hispanic, but to be honest there are a lot of Irish, Welsh & Scottish people who have dark features such as the dark hair, dark eyes & some have the tanned skin too when exposed to the sun. You only have to look at people like Andrea Corr who is Irish, Catherine Zeta Jones who is half Irish & Welsh (And she looks Hispanic), Dervla Kirwan who is Irish, Gerard Butler who is Scottish & of Irish descent & even Clive Owen who is half Welsh & English. Scotland, Ireland & Wales are all Celtic nations & a lot of the people, especially from Wales & Ireland are supposedly descendants from people of the Basque region of Spain who emigrated thousands of years ago to the UK. Obviously not all Welsh, Irish & Scottish people have dark features, but a lot of people from the British Isles are dark featured. So maybe Katharine’s Irish & Scottish ancestry influences her dark hair & eyes, etc. I hope this helps other people to understand that you can get very dark featured European’s too without having Native American, Asian or Hispanic ancestry.

    • levangelista36 says:

      You know a lot about the ethnicity of celebrities. I have only researched Megan Fox’s. It was a fascinating find. I even found her parents’ marriage license and her birth certificate. Her family history is rooted in Roane County, Tennessee.

      How do you know Katharine’s mama is not Jewish?

      • levangelista36 says:

        I made a long post about Megan Fox’s genealogy on her page just a couple of minutes ago. I posted some of her maternal family tree, pictures of her mom, sister, and cousins, the marriage licenses of her parents and grandparents, census records of her grandparents and great grandparents, and I even posted U.S. Public Records as well as her grandfather’s World War I Draft Registration Card.

        It’s under moderation. You’ll have to wait until ethnic approves of it.

        But Megan’s mom’s full name is Gloria Darlene Cisson. Her maternal grandparents were Clay Cisson and Thelma Macel Nelson. Clay Cisson’s parents were William Harrison Cisson and Eva Hale. Thelma’s parents were James and Dailey Nelson.

        Megan’s dad’s full name is Franklin Thomas Fox, and his parents were Euel Fox (whose parents were Earl and Nila Fox) and Vivian Vier (?). I got her grandparents from her parents’ official marriage license. Both of her parents put their race as white, and so did her grandparents and great grandparents.

        I know that Fox is a Irish or English surname. I’m not sure about Cisson, Vier, Hale, Nelson, and what not, but they sound Irish/English/Scottish to me, too. Megan said in a past interview that she was mostly “dark Irish” so that kind of makes sense.

        She grew up in Florida, but all of her family history is in Tennessee and a lot of it dates back to County Tipperary, one of the first Irish communities established in the 13th century.

        From there, I found pictures of Megan’s cousins, aunts, and uncles.

        I’m a Megan Fox fan so I did a lot of research.

      • levangelista36 says:

        Megan’s mom’s full name is Gloria Darlene Cisson, and her dad’s full name is Franklin Thomas Fox. The names on her genealogy were Cisson, Fox, Vier, and Nelson.

        If it helps, in a past interview, Megan said she was mostly “dark Irish.”

        And both of her parents are white, according to their marriage license.

      • levangelista36 says:

        I made a long post about Megan Fox’s genealogy on her page just a couple of minutes ago. I posted some of her maternal family tree, pictures of her mom, sister, and cousins, the marriage licenses of her parents and grandparents, census records of her grandparents and great grandparents, and I even posted U.S. Public Records.

        It’s under moderation.

      • levangelista36 says:

        Her paternal grandparents were Euel Fox (whose parents were Earl and Nila Fox) and Vivian Vier (?). I got her grandparents from her parents’ official marriage license.

        Her maternal grandparents were Clay Cisson and Thelma Macel Nelson. Clay Cisson’s parents were William Harrison Cisson and Eva Hale. Thelma’s parents were James and Dailey Nelson.

        I know that Fox is a Irish or English surname. I’m not sure about Cisson, Vier, Hale, Nelson, and what not, but they sound Irish/English/Scottish to me, too. Megan said in a past interview that she was mostly “dark Irish” so that kind of makes sense.

        She grew up in Florida, but all of her family history is in Tennessee and a lot of it dates back to County Tipperary, one of the first Irish communities established in the 13th century.

        From there, I found pictures of Megan’s cousins, aunts, and uncles.

        I’m a Megan Fox fan so I did a lot of research.

      • follers says:

        Here, if you like Megan Fox so much, here is some of what I could find:

        Here is a genealogy of her paternal grandfather. Though his wife is listed as another woman. Maybe he was married twice.
        http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=warf_family_359&id=I05308

        William Harrison Cisson
        http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/s/p/a/Wanda-K-Spakes/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0108.html

        • levangelista36 says:

          Yes, it seems some of her grandparents were married more than once. For William Harrison Cisson, he was married to Sally Martin as well as Eva Hale. Eva Hale is for sure Clay Cisson’s mom (Megan’s maternal grandpa).

    • levangelista36 says:

      Well, Megan was raised Roman Catholic by her mom and step dad, Tony Tonachio, who is a Italian Catholic.

    • Holly12 says:

      She may well in fact get her dark looks from her mother’s side, but there’s also a chance she got them from her father’s side too. Even if her father isn’t dark haired, etc, doesn’t mean he doesn’t have darker genes in his family.
      By the way good work on Megan Fox’s genealogy! ;)

  5. Kayla says:

    She is so pretty and graceful-looking! She looks a tiny bit Native American….something about the cheekbones. : )

    • Sandra says:

      She doesn’t look an ounce of Native American.

    • c what everyone c's says:

      more hispanic or something…

      • e says:

        Hispanic? Wtf.. Hispanic people aren’t a race or a look, she looks like a European.. take it from a European and yes she could pass as a Spanish (EUROPEAN) person.. but if you meant a mestizo or a mulato then no she doesn’t look like one she looks fully Caucasian, and fyi many Europeans have high cheek bones, especially people from Eastern Europe and Eastern parts of Germany.

        • Manny St.Micheal says:

          You people are bunch of Hitler Following Dead Inside Wannabe Supermesists Get A Life and not a Clue the whole world is not run by you, cause in the new just like Everything Dies! You will be OBSOLETE!!!

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