Megan Fox

Fox in 2007

Birth Name: Megan Denise Fox

Place of Birth: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 16, 1986

Ethnicity: English, as well as small amounts of Scottish, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant French and Welsh, possibly 1/512h Powhatan Native American

Megan Fox is an American actress and model. She is known for her roles in the films Holiday in the Sun, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Transformers, and its sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, Jennifer’s Body, Jonah Hex, Passion Play, Friends with Kids, The Dictator, This Is 40, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and its sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows; Above the Shadows, Zeroville, The Battle of Jangsari, Think Like a Dog, Rogue (2020), Till Death, Midnight in the Switchgrass, Night Teeth, Big Gold Brick, Taurus, Good Mourning, and Expend4bles, the made-for-tv movie Crimes of Fashion, and the series Hope & Faith and New Girl. She also co-created and hosted the show Legends of the Lost with Megan Fox.

Megan is the daughter of Gloria Darlene and Franklin Thomas Fox, a parole officer. A picture of her parents can be seen here. Megan was raised partly in Rockwood, Tennessee, in a Pentecostal family. Her stepfather was Tony Tonachio. She moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, when she was ten, and later to Los Angeles, California, for her acting career. Megan has three children with her former husband, actor, producer, and rapper Brian Austin Green.

Megan is of mostly English descent. She also has small amounts of Scottish, German, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish ancestry, along with distant French and Welsh roots, as well as possibly 1/512th Powhatan Native American ancestry.

Megan’s Instagram profile is titled “the_native_tiger,” and she previously referred to herself as “Child of the Cherokee Tribe” on that site. She has also stated, several times, that she is of part Cherokee Native American ancestry.

Megan’s great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Powhatan, was said to be of half Native American, of the Powhatan tribe, descent. This ancestry comes through Megan’s paternal grandmother. If this claim is accurate, it would make Megan of 1/256 Native American ancestry. No other Native American ancestry, Cherokee or otherwise, has been documented on any of Megan’s publicly available family trees. All of Megan’s grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents are listed as “White” on United States Censuses.

02/16/2019 – Megan Fox – 55th Annual CAS (Cinema Audio Society) Awards – InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel – Los Angeles, CA, USA -Photo Credit: We Got You Media / 

Megan’s paternal grandfather is Ewell T. Foxx (the son of Arthur Thomas Fox and Mary Elizabeth Pass). Ewell was born in Tennessee. Arthur was the son of John Bunyon Fox and Ellen Dora Ussery. Mary was the daughter of John Henderson Pass and Minnie May Erwin.

Megan’s paternal grandmother was Vivian Vier (the daughter of Shellie Vernon Vier and Maud F. Simerly). Shellie was the son of William Ruban Vier and Nancy T. Adamson/Adams. Maud was the daughter of John Franklin Simerly and Rebecca Ann Teffeteller. Megan has German ancestry through Vivian’s ancestor, Joseph Teffeteller (making Megan of at least 1/64th German descent). Megan also has very distant German ancestry from another of Vivian’s lines (through Vivian’s Rainbolt and Grindstaff/Crantzdorf ancestors).

Megan’s maternal grandfather was Clay Harrison Cisson (the son of William Harrison Cisson and Sallie Ann Martin). Clay was born in Tennessee. William was the son of William Cisson and Sarah Jane Davis. Sallie was the daughter of Columbus Allen Martin and Alice Franklin Davis.

Megan’s maternal grandmother was Thelma Macel Nelson (the daughter of James Ransom Nelson and Dailey I. Nelson). Thelma was born in Tennessee. James was the son of Mark Nelson and Martha Ann Crouch. Dailey was the daughter of Lorenzo Dow Nelson and Rosie/Rose Ann Givens. James Ransom Nelson and Dailey Nelson were first cousins, once removed.

Sources: Megan’s paternal grandfather, Ewell T. Fox, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Megan’s paternal great-grandparents, Arthur Thomas Fox and Mary Elizabeth Pass, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Megan’s paternal great-great-grandparents, William Ruban Vier and Nancy T. Adamson/Adams, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Family history of some of Megan’s distant ancestors, the Viers family –

Megan’s paternal great-grandmother, Maud F. Simerly, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Megan’s maternal grandfather, Clay Harrison Cisson, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Megan’s maternal great-great-grandparents, William Cisson and Sarah Jane Davis, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Megan’s maternal great-grandmother, Sallie Ann Martin, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Megan’s maternal grandmother, Thelma Macel Nelson, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Megan’s maternal great-grandfather, James Ransom Nelson, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Megan’s maternal great-grandmother, Dailey I. Nelson, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Dailey Nelson on the 1920 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

1,223 Responses

  1. ethnogenesis says:

    Too distant, similar to Michelle Latimer, Heather Rae and Sacheen Littlefeather’s cases, to be consider Indigenous. It takes deep research to examine a celebrity’s genealogy to back up their claims of having a certain ethnocultural group ancestry . It can also be used to uncover frauds like Joseph Boyden and the long list of up to 200 “pretendians” by Jacqueline Keeler, although it is alleged some are already in Native American tribes or her history of antiblackness may falsified some of them said critics and other genealogists, despite Keeler has strong support in Native circles.

  2. indo says:

    Never got the hype over her.

    • passingtime85 says:

      Opinions vary.

      • ethnogenesis says:

        A year later, genealogists found Heather Rae had stolen ancestors bearing names “Lassiter” who weren’t Cherokee, but Nottoway,and Rae has wrongfully claimed to be part Cherokee or Native American. I wonder Megan Fox had done that too, because it’s still unclear on whether she is of Powhatan or Native American descent. +

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