Pamela Anderson

Anderson in 2011, s_bukley /

Birth Name: Pamela Denise Anderson

Place of Birth: Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: July 1, 1967

Ethnicity: Finnish (paternal grandfather), Russian, English, possibly other

Pamela Anderson is a Canadian and American actress and model. She was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada, and raised in B.C. She is now also a U.S. citizen. She is known for playing C.J. Parker in the series Baywatch (the same character played by Kelly Rohrbach in the 2017 film version).

Pamela is the daughter of Carol Grosco and Barry Anderson. Her father’s ancestry is Finnish, and possibly English. Her mother had Russian ancestry. Her mother had previously thought that she was of Dutch ancestry.

Pamela has two children, including model Dylan Lee, with her former husband, musician Tommy Lee.

Pamela is known as Canada’s “Centennial Baby”, as the first baby born on July 1, 1967, the 100th anniversary of Canada’s official founding (the Constitution Act, 1867).

Pamela’s paternal grandfather was Herman Anderson (the son of Juho Herman Hyytiäinen/Anderson and Rachel Evelyn Solmie). Juno was born in Kiimasjärvi Hyytiälä Alapiha, Saarijärvi, Finland, the son of Juho Hyytiäinen and Ulrika Henrikintytär Tourunen. Rachel was born in British Columbia, the daughter of Finnish parents, Henry Solmie and Maria/Marie Ahonpaa/Aphonaa.

Pamela’s paternal grandmother was Marjorie Sherwood or Sherwin. The surnames Sherwood or Sherwin are usually English.

One of Pamela’s maternal great-grandfathers was named Dale Jagger Grosco.


Genealogies of Pamela Anderson (focusing on her father’s side) –

Article about Pamela’s Finnish relatives –


Curious about ethnicity

48 Responses

  1. madman says:

    Given that her mother’s and paternal grandmother’s ancestries are unclear, and that both likely contains more than currently listed, I would put:

    Finnish (paternal grandfather), Russian, English, possibly other

  2. Manila says:

    I have doubts about her English ancestry because the ancestors of Marjorie is unknown.

    By the way, one of Pamela’s maternal great-grandfathers is Dale Jagger Grosco. The surname Grosco may be also Gresco.

  3. Fatmonkey says:

    Grosco is almost definitely not a Russian surname. Maybe Italian, or Spanish, or Polish (‘Groszko’)…

    Then again, despite my efforts to google Pamela’s family tree (on both sides), I found nothing at all, except for scarce details.

    Pamela’s paternal grandmother’s name was Marjorie, but there are discrepancies what her maiden name was: Sherwood or Sherwin.

    It simply plain irritates me when celebrities don’t know their very ancestry. I mean, at least try learning the origin of your ancestors’ surnames! It’s not like it’s that hard.

    • ann says:

      Yes, Grosco is not a Russian surname, because Pamela has Russian ancestry through her great-(great)-grandmother, whose name is unknown. She is also likely to have British and German descent. And Grosco can be and Hungarian and Scottish and English.

  4. nnnnn says:

    She should have another heritage, too. He’s not “half-finnish”,
    “half-russian”, she’s 1/8 finnish and 1/8 russian

  5. sadie says:

    She is not a natural blonde and I think she is scum. Not attractive!

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