Kelly Clarkson

Clarkson in 2009, Joe Seer /

Birth Name: Kelly Brianne Clarkson

Place of Birth: Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 24, 1982

Ethnicity: Greek (one eighth), English, German, Irish, Scottish

Kelly Clarkson is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and children’s book author. She won the first season of the show American Idol (in 2002). See other American Idol winners here.

Kelly is the daughter of Jeanne and Stephen Clarkson. One of Kelly’s maternal great-grandfathers was a Greek immigrant. Kelly’s other ancestry includes English, Irish, German, and Scottish.

Kelly is married to talent manager Brandon Blackstock, with whom she has two children.

Kelly’s paternal grandfather was Harold Lloyd Clarkson (the son of Harold Andrew Clarkson and Ila May Kelley). Kelly’s grandfather Harold was born in West Virginia. Kelly’s great-grandfather Harold was the son of John Andrew Clarkson and Elizabeth. Ila was the daughter of Cebastian Lang Kelley and Pernelia E. Griffin.

Kelly’s paternal grandmother was Marama Jane Powell (the daughter of Archibald A. Powell and Beryl Catherine Harrison). Marama was born in West Virginia.

Kelly’s maternal grandfather was Nial Ewing Rose (the son of Harold Wilbur/Wilber Rose and Ruth Mae Ewing). Nial was born in Ohio. Harold was the son of Leslie Crawford Rose and Mary Martha Immel. Ruth was the daughter of Andrew J. Ewing and Edna Bingham Humiston/Huniston. Kelly’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents were Isaiah R. Rose and Melissa Ellen Crawford. Isaiah’s experiences as a soldier for the Union during the American Civil War were spotlighted in Kelly Clarkson’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (2013).

Kelly’s maternal grandmother was Mary Gladys George (the daughter of Harry Dukarelis/George and Osa/Ocie Lena Shipman). Mary was born in West Virginia. Harry was born in Thessaloniki, Periféria Kentrikís Makedonías, Greece, as Ioanis Dukarelis, the son of George Dukarelis and Anna. Osa was the daughter of Alonzo McLaurel/McClure Shipman and Alpha C. Jane Trusler.

Sources: Genealogies of Kelly Clarkson –

Genealogy of Kelly Clarkson (focusing on her father’s side) –

Obituary of Kelly’s paternal grandmother, Marama Jane (Powell) Clarkson –

Genealogy of Kelly Clarkson (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Kelly’s maternal grandfather, Nial Ewing Rose, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Kelly’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Leslie C. Rose, in the Ohio, Births and Christenings, 1821-1962 index –

Obituary of Kelly’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Melissa Ellen (Crawford) Rose –

Genealogy of Kelly’s maternal great-grandmother, Ruth Mae Ewing (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Kelly’s maternal grandmother, Mary Gladys George, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Kelly’s maternal great-grandfather, Harry Dukarelis/George, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Kelly’s maternal great-grandmother, Osa/Ocie Lena Shipman, on the 1920 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

35 Responses

  1. Jacklyn 224 says:

    She looks half English half Irish(which is what she is.)which is what I had initially thought.She exaggerated her Greek ancestry(dont know why she wants to claim it)Sorry but I don’t care for anything less than 20%.

  2. hesh123 says:

    She would be very hot if she dropped 25 pounds

  3. cwm85 says:

    Her weight fluctuates…

  4. labird says:

    Some sources cites that she has welsh ancestry. Someone can accurate it?
    It wouldn’t be more correct to post 1/8 Greek.

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