Nathan Fillion

04/19/2017 – Nathan Fillion – “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa /

Place of Birth: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Date of Birth: March 27, 1971

*50% French-Canadian
*25% German/Swiss-German
*25% mix of Norwegian, Finnish, Finland-Swedish

Nathan Fillion is a Canadian actor. He is known for his lead roles as Captain Malcolm Reynolds on the series Firefly and Richard Castle on the series Castle.

Nathan was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the son of Cookie and Bob Fillion. He also became a U.S. citizen in 1997. His surname is French.

Nathan has said that he is descended from Jubal Early (Jubal Anderson Early), a Confederate Lieutenant General in the U.S. Civil War. Joss Whedon named a character Jubal Early on Nathan’s series Firefly specifically because of this.

However, Nathan and Lieu. Gen. Early are not related, at least through their Early lines. Nathan’s line leads back to German ancestors surnamed Ehrle or Oehrle, while the Lieu. Gen.’s line leads back to Donegal, Ireland.

Nathan’s paternal grandfather was Omer Fillion/Fillian (the son of Joseph Désiré Fillion/Filion/Fillian/Philan and Marie/Mary Julie Jalbert). Omer was born in Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, to French-Canadian parents, from Québec. Desiré was born in Ste-Angèle-de-Mérici, the son of Joseph Désiré Filion/Fillion/Philan and Philomène Michaud. Marie was born in Baie-des-Sables, the daughter of Arsène Joseph Jalbert and Marie Julie Caron.

Nathan’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice T. Bérubé (the daughter of Napoléon “Nap” Bérubé and Marie Eugénie “Jennie” Laroche). Beatrice was born in Massachusetts, and was of French-Canadian descent. Napoléon was the son of Québec-born parents, Ulric Bérubé, who was born in Rimouski, and Marie Louise Joséphine Lebel/Lebelle, who was born in St-Fabien. Eugénie was born in St-Médard, Warwick, Arthabaska, Québec, the daughter of Alfred Laroche and Victorine/Victoria Ducharme.

Nathan’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Quinter “Joe” Early (the son of Joseph Benjamin “J.B.” Early and Mary/Pollyanna/Pauline “Polly” Yoder). Nathan’s grandfather Joseph was born in Salem, Marion, Oregon, U.S., and was from a Pennsylvania Dutch family. He was of mostly or entirely German descent, with some Swiss-German. Nathan’s great-grandfather Joseph was born in Ohio, the son of David Early and Sarah Miller. Mary “Polly” was born in Indiana, the daughter of The Rev. Levi J. Yoder and Mary Mishler.

Nathan’s maternal grandmother was Emilia/Emelie/Amelia Charlotta/Charlotte “Millie” Castberg (the daughter of Tycho/Tyco Didrik Castberg and Hagar Elvira/Elvera Nemlander). Emilia was born in Edmonton, Alberta. Tycho was Norwegian, from Ramnes, Vestfold, and was the son of Ludvig Host Castberg and Emilie Fredriksen Sverdrup. Hagar was from Espoo, Finland, the daughter of Carl/Karl Johan Nemlander and Maria Charlotta, and was possibly of Finland-Swedish descent.

Sources: Genealogies of Nathan Fillion –

Genealogies of Nathan’s maternal grandparents, Joseph Quinter “Joe” Early and Emilia/Emelie/Amelia Charlotta/Charlotte “Millie” (Castberg) Early –

Genealogy of Nathan’s Yoder family –

Nathan’s maternal grandmother, Emilia/Emelie/Amelia Charlotta/Charlotte “Millie” Castberg, on the 1916 Canada Census –

Obituary of Nathan’s maternal grandmother, Emilia/Emelie/Amelia Charlotta/Charlotte “Millie” (Castberg) Early –


Curious about ethnicity

18 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    why are his paternal grandparents listed after his maternal ones?


    * French-Canadian (father)
    * German, Scandinavian etc (mother)

  2. bablah says:

    Can you add Swiss-German too? Yoders are mostly Swiss.

  3. vilgotaan says:

    Why Finland-Swedish and not just Finnish and Swedish?

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