Birth Name: Melanie Elisabeth Bownds
Place of Birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Birth: 2 March, 1980
Ethnicity: English, Irish, Welsh
Rebel Wilson is an Australian actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer. Her roles include Pitch Perfect, How to Be Single, Isn’t It Romantic, The Hustle, and Bridesmaids.
Her parents are professional dog handlers. Rebel was born Melanie Elisabeth Bownds. It is not clear if “Rebel” was part of her birth name. Rebel has said that her parents gave her the name after a girl who sang at their wedding.
Rebel has stated that her ancestors include “Bad Irish people that were sent to Australia” (as convicts).
Rebel has also said that her great-aunt was Lillian Marie Bounds, an American actress from Idaho who was the wife of entrepreneur Walt Disney. This does not appear to be accurate.
Rebel’s paternal grandfather was Robert Edward Bounds (the son of John James Bownds/Bounds and Elizabeth/Eliza Catherine Morgan). Robert was born in Griffith, New South Wales. John was the son of Robert Bownds/Bounds and Julia Mary Egan, who was born in Galway, Ireland. Elizabeth was the daughter of Edward C. Morgan and Sarah J.
Rebel’s paternal grandmother was Joyce Daphne Kimberley (the daughter of Corban Owen Kimberley and Violet May Payne). Corban was born in Kent, England, the son of Owen Kimberley and Mary Jane Parsons. Violet was born in Worcestershire, England, the daughter of Thomas Payne and Hannah Griffiths.
Rebel’s maternal grandfather is Robert Wilson Stopford (the son of Adrian Johnson Stopford and Doreen “Dot” Wilson). Adrian was born in Lancashire, England, the son of Robert Stopford, who was a politician in Australia, and of Elizabeth Ann Johnson. Doreen was the daughter of Joseph Wilson and Ada Mary Bennett, who was born in Australia, to parents from Derbyshire, England.
Rebel’s maternal grandmother is named Elizabeth “Betty” Mae.
Sources: Genealogy of Rebel Wilson – https://3.bp.blogspot.com
Genealogy of Rebel’s father (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Rebel’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Ada Mary Bennett – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Information about Rebel’s unlikely genealogical relationship to Lillian Marie (Bounds) Disney – https://wanderinggenealogistblog.wordpress.com