Birth Name: Lily Luahana Cole
Place of Birth: Torbay, Devon, England, U.K.
Date of Birth: 27 December, 1987
Ethnicity: English, Welsh, some Scottish
Lily Cole is an English model, actress, and entrepreneur.
Lily is the daughter of Patience Owen, an artist and writer, and Chris Cole, a fisherman and boat builder. Her mother was born in Wales, to a Welsh father and an English mother.
She has a daughter with her partner Kwame Ferreira.
Lily’s paternal grandfather was Frederick Harry Cole (the son of George Richard Cole and Annie Dimond). George was the son of George Owen Cole. Annie was the daughter of Thomas Dimond and Maria Edwards.
Lily’s paternal grandmother was Maud Louise Farley (the daughter of Harold George Farley and Alice Maud Elleston). Harold was the son of Charles James Farlie and Elizabeth McRae, who was Scottish. Alice was likely the daughter of Arthur Bailes Elleston and Margaret Emma Bayne.
Lily’s maternal grandfather was named David Wyndham Owen (the son of Thomas John Owen). David was born in Glanamman, Wales.
Lily’s maternal grandmother was Kathleen Sylvia Young (the daughter of Charles James Young and Doris Benttell Leeves). Kathleen was born in Battle, Sussex, England. Charles was the son of James Young and Mary Ann Keeley. Doris was the daughter of Reuben Henry Catt and Florence Leeves.
Sources: Family history of Lily Cole – https://www.pressreader.com
Genealogy of Lily Cole (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://wc.rootsweb.com
She looks like a 19th century porcelain doll.
The surnames Cole and Edwards are ordinarily Welsh, so she may be English in name, but probably less than half in real ethnic makeup. Devon is near Cornwall after all. Contrast with East Anglia, Essex and Kent on the east coast where they would be more Germanic English.
Don’t know about the Cole line, but the Edwards line is English at least as far back as John Edwards, born, c. 1728, in Devon, England.
You sure there isn’t a tiny bit of irish in this woman?
She could have Irish ancestry, but her dad’s side doesn’t look very Irish.
Or maybe the (the red hair and freckles), just make me guilty of stereotyping
No, I’d agree with you, she does look Irish, although probably more people in Britain looked like her in the past before the more recent waves of immigration.