Lana Del Rey

lana del rey

Del Rey in 2012, image via kathclick/

Birth Name: Elizabeth Woolridge Grant

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 21, 1985

Ethnicity: Scottish, English, Irish, smaller amounts of German, Dutch, Welsh

Lana Del Rey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, poet, music video director, and model. She is also known as Lana Rey Del Mar, Lizzy Grant, May Jailer, and Sparkle Jump Rope Queen.

Lana is the daughter of Patricia, an account executive and schoolteacher, and Robert Grant, a Grey Group copywriter and entrepreneurial domain investor. She was raised mostly in Lake Placid, New York. She has said, “…we have our Scottish crest at home, Grandpa does. Bob, and then there’s Davey and Jimmy and Robbie… The family roots are in Lanarkshire and I will definitely be visiting at some point…”

Lana’s paternal grandfather was Robert England Grant, Sr. (the son of Benjamin William Grant and Violet England Rowell). Robert was born in New York, and was an investment banker and venture capitalist. He worked at Kidder, Peabody & Co., and was a vice president for Plough, Inc and Textron. Benjamin was the son of David Stuart Grant, whose parents were Scottish, and of Mary Jane Nice, whose father was Irish and whose mother was from Manchester, England. Lana’s great-grandmother Violet was the daughter of Morse Rowell, Jr., whose maternal grandparents were Irish, and of Isabela/Belle J. England.

Lana’s paternal grandmother was Cynthia Ann Kirk (the daughter of James Wickersham Kirk and Alice Elizabeth Woolridge/Wooldridge). Cynthia was born in Pennsylvania, and was of mostly Colonial American/English descent. James was the son of Albert DeWitt Kirk and Minnie Maude Wickersham. Alice was the daughter of Ashley E. Woolridge, whose mother was English, and of Agnes Goodwin/Goodwyn Dale.

Lana’s maternal grandfather was Donald Paul Hill (the son of Frank Judkins Hill and Marian/Marion Klepper). Donald was born in New York. Frank was the son of Frank M. Hill and Euritta Florence Brelford. Marian was the daughter of Barend/Bernard Klepper, who was born in the Netherlands, to German parents; and of Sarah Donnelly, who was born in Scotland, and likely had Irish ancestry.

Lana’s maternal grandmother was Madeline Patricia McClean (the daughter of Joseph Howard McClean and Madeline Montgomery). Lana’s grandmother Madeline was born in Brooklyn, New York. Joseph was the son of William Francis McClean and Anna Veronica “Annie” Delaney, who were born in New York, both of them to Irish parents. Madeline was the daughter of Thomas Montgomery, whose parents were born in New York, and of Mary Butler, whose parents were English.

Sources: Genealogy of Lana Del Rey –

Obituary of Lana’s paternal grandfather, Robert England Grant, Sr. –

Obituary of Lana’s maternal grandmother, Madeline Patricia (McClean) Hill –


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21 Responses

  1. Hadnodiner says:

    Not pretty but talented

  2. angelwings80 says:

    She looks like if Bruce Jenner and Snooki had a love child

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