Katy Perry

Perry in 2010, Left Eyed Photography/bigstock.com

Birth Name: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

Place of Birth: Santa Barbara, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 25, 1984

Ethnicity: Portuguese/Azorean (3/16ths), along with German, English, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, distant French, remote Manx/Isle of Man

Katy Perry, born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her hit songs “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot n Cold,” among others.

Katy is the daughter of Mary and Maurice Hudson, who are Pentecostal pastors. She has a daughter with her fiancé, English actor Orlando Bloom.

Katy’s father has English, and smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, French, and remote Manx (Isle of Man), ancestry. Katy’s mother is of three eighths Portuguese, one eighth Irish, one quarter German, and approximately one quarter English/British Isles, descent. Three of Katy’s maternal great-great-grandparents were from the Azores, islands belonging to Portugal (including from Horta, Faial Island, in the Azores). Katy’s uncle (her mother’s half-brother) was director Frank Perry.

A DNA test whose results Katy displayed on her Instagram page stated that her genetic ancestry is:

*86.7% Northwestern European
——–*36.1% British & Irish
——–*34.4% Broadly Northwestern European
——–*13.9% French & German
——–*2.3% Scandinavian
*11.3% Southern European
——–*5.3% Iberian
——–*4.9% Broadly Southern European
——–*1.0% Italian
*1.8% Broadly European
*<0.1% Ashkenazi Jewish
*<0.1% Unassigned

Katy’s paternal grandfather is Robert C. Hudson (the son of Robert Carlock Hudson and Merla Douglas). Katy’s grandfather Robert was born in Tennessee. Katy’s great-grandfather Robert was the son of Joseph Sidney Hudson and Lula Ada Carlock.

Katy’s paternal grandmother is Annie/Ann Pearl Robison (the daughter of Hulet Lender Robison and Lassie Leodifyne Meadows). Annie was born in Arkansas. Hulet was the son of Julius Walter Robison and Millie Maud Knight. Lassie was the daughter of Joseph Hasard Meadows and Nannie N. Garrett.

Katy’s maternal grandfather was Frank Joseph Perry (the son of Antonio Perry and Sarah Adeline Denis). Frank was born in California. Antonio was of Portuguese descent, the son of Frank Perry. Sarah was the daughter of Vincente Denis, a Portuguese immigrant, and of Hannah A. Mulhaire, who was Irish, from Eyrecourt, County Galway.

Katy’s maternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Vilsack (the daughter of Aloysius Joseph “Ollie” Vilsack and Gladys Matilda Brace). Mary Elizabeth was born in Pennsylvania. Aloysius was of German descent, the son of Leopold Vilsack, a famous brewer and banker, and of Dorothea/Dorothy A. Blank. Gladys had English ancestry, and was the daughter of Napoleon Collins Brace and Mary Elizabeth Craig.

Katy is a second cousin, once removed, of politician Tom Vilsack. Katy’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Leopold Vilsack and Dorothea/Dorothy A. Blank, were also Tom’s paternal great-grandparents.

Katy is also a third cousin of actress Cozi Zuehlsdorff. Katy’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Napoleon Collins Brace and Mary Elizabeth Craig, were also Cozi’s maternal great-great-grandparents.

Sources: Genealogies of Katy Perry – http://www.geni.com

Family history of Katy Perry, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (at The Huffington Post) – http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Katy’s paternal grandmother, Annie/Ann Pearl Robison, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Katy’s maternal grandmother, Mary Elizabeth (Vilsack) Perry Walton – https://findagrave.com

Katy’s maternal grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Vilsack, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

140 Responses

  1. luckystar says:

    and iberian people scores british a lot, due to her british ancestry they probably mixed around

    • follers says:

      Thank you. More 23andme tests, please, if people have them.

      • andrew says:

        Those tests are a waste of money IMO. “French&German”(wtf), “broadly Northwestern European” are not the epitome of accuracy.

        • follers says:

          How are they a waste of money? At least 23andme. Look at the results for Ty Burrell, Bill Maher, Patricia Arquette, Alan Dershowitz, Maya Rudolph, etc.

          They even picked up Perry’s Iberian ancestry.

          23andme were very accurate with Rudolph, and they picked up Burrell’s African ancestry almost precisely:

          • bearboy says:

            23andme also gave me a lot of fun facts non-related to my ethnic origins!

          • passingtime85 says:

            23andme is by the far the most accurate of the three major commercial DNA testing companies. 23andme does have a few caveats however. One, most people don’t realize that their default results are actually the least accurate as the ethnic composition is set to the speculative setting, there is an option to tally the results to more conservative levels that greatly improves the accuracy using only the most verifiable ethnic DNA markers.

            Two, the results update several times after the first two to three months after receiving your initial results. Most people seem to think it’s one and done. That is not the case. I’d wager Katy is one of those users.

          • luckystar says:

            She doesnt look iberian, and her iberian ancestors is irelevant as i always knew. She looks northern european to me and she is natural blonde.

          • luckystar says:

            You would be happy if this girl wasnt fully european. This site is full of POC people trying to see the exotic in white people.

        • Alice says:

          @Andrew – They are really good and quite accurate. 23andMe is the best of the big dna companies.

          If you want to read about the categories I think Eupedia has a good write up.


          • andrew says:

            they might be “good and accurate”, but they’re meaningless for phenotypes. For example an Ashkenazi Jewish person can look identical to a German one (or a Southern European can look like a Northern European) despite the different genetic make-up.

  2. luckystar says:

    Katy is natural blonde and looks very british to me, in 2008 i used to mistake her for Lily allen

  3. savanna says:

    Someone should condense the ethnicity down to something like:
    “Ethnicity: English, Irish, Portuguese, smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of German, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, French, and remote Manx/Isle of Man”

  4. madman says:

    Katy’s father also had Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Welsh, and remote Manx ancestry. Also, she has ancestors with the surname Ammonet, which probably is French.

    Genealogy: http://www.geni.com/people/Katy-Perry/6000000009745565676

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