Paris Hilton

Hilton in 2011, photo by Helga Esteb /

Birth Name: Paris Whitney Hilton

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 17, 1981

Ethnicity: Italian (one eighth), Irish, Norwegian, German, English, Scottish, Welsh

Paris Hilton is an American media personality, socialite, businessperson, model, singer, DJ, and actress. She co-starred in the film House of Wax (2005).

She is the daughter of Kathleen Elizabeth (Avanzino) and businessperson Richard Howard “Rick” Hilton, and the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels. Fashion designer Nicky Hilton Rothschild is her sister. Her half-aunts (her mother’s half-sisters) are actresses Kim Richards and Kyle Richards. Her step-great-grandmother was model and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was married to Paris’s great-grandfather Conrad.

Paris is married to author, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist Carter Reum. Carter’s father, Robert Reum, was CEO of Amsted Industries. The couple has two children.

Her father’s ancestry includes Norwegian, German, English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh. Her mother is of one half Irish, one quarter Italian, and approximately one quarter Scottish, descent.

Paris’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, George Mason IV, was a politician and Founding Father, who was a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787. He principally authored The Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was the basis for the United States Bill of Rights.

Paris’s paternal grandfather was William Barron Hilton (the son of Conrad Nicholson Hilton and Mary Adelaide Barron). William was born in Dallas, Texas. Conrad was a hotelier, who founded the Hilton Hotels chain. He was born in San Antonio, Socorro, New Mexico, to a Norwegian father, August/Augustus Halvorsen Hilton, from Hilton, Ullensaker, Akershus, and a mother, Mary Genevive/Genevieve Laufersweiler, who was born in Iowa, to German parents. Paris’s great-grandmother Mary Barron was the daughter of William Thomas Barron and Mary Mulligan.

Paris’s paternal grandmother was Marilyn June Hawley (the daughter of George Percy Hawley and Della Helen Mildred Daniels). Marilyn was born in California. George was the son of George Percy Hawley and Ida Susan Morrison. Della was the daughter of Frank Daniels and Gertrude Ball.

Paris’s maternal grandfather was Laurence Kenneth Avanzino (the son of Laurence Nicholas Avanzino and Elizabeth Jean Chisholm). Paris’s grandfather Laurence was born in Massachusetts. Paris’s great-grandfather Laurence was the son of Lorenzo/Lawrence Avanzino, who was born in Genoa, Liguria, Italy, and moved to the U.S. in 1891, and of Adellina Maria Arata, who was born in Massachusetts, to Italian parents. Paris’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of Canadian parents, Kenneth Chisholm and Isabelle McIsaac/MacIssaac, and had Scottish ancestry.

Paris’s maternal grandmother was Kathleen Mary Dugan (the daughter of Edward John/James Dugan and Dorothy C./Ann Callahan). Kathleen was born in Nebraska. Edward was the son of Charles Mathias Dugan, who was born in Michigan, to Irish parents, with roots in County Tipperary, and of Anna Jane Kelly, who was of Irish descent. Dorothy was the daughter of Francis/Frank John Callahan, who was born in South Dakota, to Irish parents, from County Sligo; and of Mary Anastasia Dougherty, who was also of Irish descent. Mary was the daughter of William Edward Dougherty and Anna “Annie” Kiley.

Sources: Genealogies of Paris Hilton –

Genealogies of Paris’s paternal great-grandparents, Conrad Nicholson Hilton and Mary Adelaide Barron –

Genealogies of Paris’s maternal grandparents, Laurence Kenneth Avanzino and Kathleen Mary (Dugan) Fenton –

Obituary of Paris’s maternal grandfather, Laurence Kenneth Avanzino –

Paris’s maternal great-grandfather, Laurence Nicholas Avanzino, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Paris’s maternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth Jean Chisholm, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Paris’s maternal grandmother, Kathleen Mary Dugan, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Paris’s maternal great-grandfather, Edward John Dugan, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Paris’s maternal great-grandmother, Dorothy C./Ann Callahan, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

152 Responses

  1. danishcookie7 says:

    I dont know why she still sports those obvious fake blue contact lenses. Her real eyes are green.

  2. andrew says:

    Lorenzo (Lawrence) Avanzino was born in Genoa, Liguria, Italy. He emigrated to USA in 1891.

    Immigration record:

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