Linda Hamilton

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Birth Name: Linda Carroll Hamilton

Place of Birth: Salisbury, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 26, 1956

Ethnicity: English, smaller amounts of Scottish and Scots-Irish/Nothern Irish, distant Welsh

Linda Hamilton is an American actress. Her roles include the Terminator films, Stephen King’s Children of the Corn, and Dante’s Peak.

She is the daughter of Barbara Kyle (Holt) and Carroll Stanford Hamilton, a physician. She was raised in an upper-class family. She has deep Colonial American roots, including both in Massachusetts and Virginia.

Linda has a son with her former husband, actor Bruce Abbott; and a daughter with her former husband, director James Cameron.

Linda’s paternal grandfather was Orville Robertson Hamilton (the son of Charles Sanderson Hamilton and Addie Neal Wooldridge/Woolridge). Orville was born in Appomattox County, Virginia. Charles was the son of William S. Hamilton and Mary Louise Browning. Addie was the daughter of Joseph B. Wooldridge and Mary L. “Polly” Giles.

Linda’s paternal grandmother was Constance Evelyn Blackburn (the daughter of Audley Chastine/Chastaine Blackburne/Blackburn and Callie Smith Stewart). Constance was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. Audley was the son of Walter Cole Blackburne and Charlotte Temple Melton. Callie was the daughter of Samuel Dabney Stewart and Mary Susan “Mollie” Martin.

Linda’s maternal grandfather was Richard Huckstep Holt (the son of Taylor Holt and Frances “Fanny”/Fannie Kyle). Richard was born in Sombrerete, Zacatecas, Mexico, to American parents. Taylor was born in Kankakee, Kankakee Co., Illinois, the son of Stephen P. Holt and Aurelia/Lelia/Amelia Morgan Grimes. Frances was born in Bedford County, Virginia, the daughter of Andrew McCartney Kyle and Frances/Francis Ann “Fanny” Huckstep.

Linda’s maternal grandmother was Mildred Alberta Derby (the daughter of Harvey C. Derby and Julia Ann Austin). Mildred was born in Maryland. Harvey was the son of Henry Derby and Henrietta Angeline Sprague. Julia was the daughter of Edward Benjamin Austin and Julia Ann Baiss, who was English, and was born in Chelsea, London.

Sources: Genealogy of Linda Hamilton –

Genealogies of Linda’s parents –

Genealogy of Linda Hamilton (focusing on her mother’s side) –

12 Responses

  1. mm00477 says:

    She looks maybe German.

  2. roman2886 says:

    Lots of English people are related too royality like the tudors and the stewarts.

  3. Holly12 says:

    Hi Follers/Ethni would you be able to add Elizabeth Montgomery who starred in the very popular 60/70’s TV show ‘Bewitched’. I did a little research and found a link to somebody who’s already researched her genealogy. It seems like she is mainly of Irish descent, with some Scottish heritage too. The link to her genealogy is below, thank-you;

  4. Holly12 says:

    How interesting Follers, 80% of English people descend from King Edward III…That’s fascinating. I really wish you could do my genealogy too,haha. :)

  5. follers says:

    It’s harder to find information on her mother’s side.

    • Holly12 says:

      Thank-you for posting Linda Hamilton. Also when I looked at her father’s genealogy link that you’ve posted on here, especially with her more distant ancestors there are a lot of French sounding names. What do you think Follers?

      • follers says:

        Which part of her ancestry do you think is French?

        • Holly12 says:

          She has an ancestor called Elizabeth ‘Botetourt’ born about 1289, another called Beatrix ‘Beauchamp’ born in 1238 & even one called Eleanor (Leonore) ‘Ferdinandez’ born in 1244. There’s also the surnames ‘Plantagenet’, which I believe is of French origin, ‘Canc’, ‘Peche’ & ‘Soule’ which all sound French to me. I’m guessing she has very, very distant French ancestry so far back it could have probably been introduced when William the Conqueror invaded the British Isles in 1066 or even before.

          • follers says:

            Oh, yes, that’s true, I didn’t look that far back. I suppose that could be listed. However, all people of English descent are descended from some French people if you go back to, say, the 1400s or so.

            Similarly, pretty much all English people are descended from English kings and queens.

            For example, this article states that approximately 80 percent of current residents of England descend from King Edward III (1312-1377).

            King Edward III, himself, had French, Spanish, Hungarian, Serbian, and Belgian ancestry, among others.

        • mm00477 says:

          Are you saying she looks French?

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