Sarah Hyland

Hyland in 2011, image via Featureflash /

Birth Name: Sarah Jane Hyland

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

Date of Birth: November 24, 1990

Ethnicity: Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh, Dutch, German, remote Jersey [Channel Islander]

Sarah Hyland is an American actress. She is known for her role on the ABC comedy Modern Family. Sarah is the daughter of actors Edward James Hyland and Melissa Canaday. Her brother is actor Ian Hyland (Ian Donovan Hyland).

Sarah’s ancestry is Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh, Dutch, German, and remote Jersey [Channel Islander].

Sarah’s paternal grandfather was Edward James Hyland, Sr. (the son of Thomas Francis Hyland, Jr. and Sarah Agnes O’Neill). Edward was born in New York. Thomas was the son of Irish parents, Thomas Francis Hyland and Rosanna “Rose” Fay. Sarah’s great-grandmother Sarah O’Neill was the daughter of David/Daniel C. O’Neill and Bridget Shea/Shearer, who were of Irish origin.

Sarah’s paternal grandmother was Florence S. Strachan (the daughter of John Strachan and Elizabeth Lucy Long Julian). Florence was born in New York. John was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, the son of John Strachan and Susan. Elizabeth was born in West Derby, Lancashire, England, the daughter of Richard Vigus Julian and Sarah O’Neill, and had Irish and English ancestry.

Sarah’s maternal grandfather was Alonzo Jackson “Jack” Canaday (the son of Alonzo J. Canaday and Mary Elizabeth Darden). Alonzo was born in Missouri, to a father from Missouri and a mother from Tennessee. Sarah’s great-grandfather Alonzo was the son of Alonzo Canaday and Leona Hawkins. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of Francis Marion “Frank” Darden and Alice Addie Phillips. Sarah’s great-great-great-great-grandfather was Mills Darden, who was known to be one of the tallest men on record. He was 7′ 6″.

Sarah’s maternal grandmother was Diane Skirvin (the daughter of Clifford Donovan Skirvin and Mary Louise Stroope). Diane was born in Oklahoma, to a father from Michigan and a mother from Oklahoma. Clifford was the son of Clifford James Skirvin and Nellie Weagant Kitchel. Mary Louise was the daughter of Millard America Stroope and Daisy Gertrude McDaniel.

Sources: Genealogy of Sarah Hyland –

Sarah’s paternal grandfather, Edward James Hyland, Sr., on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Sarah’s paternal grandfather, Edward James Hyland, Sr. –

Marriage record of Sarah’s maternal grandparents, Alonzo Jackson “Jack” Canaday and Diane Skirvin –

Obituary of Sarah’s maternal grandfather, Alonzo Jackson “Jack” Canaday –

Genealogy of Sarah’s maternal great-grandfather, Alonzo J. Canaday (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Sarah’s maternal great-grandfather, Clifford Donovan Skirvin –

Genealogies of Sarah’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Millard America Stroope and Daisy Gertrude McDaniel –

Genealogy of Sarah’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Edward McDaniel –


Curious about ethnicity

88 Responses

  1. Freerk says:

    Her eyes are bigger than my face …

    Nice mixture, works well.

  2. Daron says:

    She looks like Mila Kunis.

  3. Your Mom says:

    She’s Exotic For A White Girl. Thought She Might Have Some Black In Her.

    • thomas1987 says:

      she doesn’t look black at all wtf
      and many white women are exotic looking. exotic doesn’t mean non-white, it means something you haven’t seen before.Anyone can be exotic …
      i wonder whats your definition of a “white girl”
      because they can look like anything. from Jessica Simpson to Angelina Jolie to Penélope cruz.
      Very diverse race just like all others.

      • NOTREALLY says:

        lol, Penelope Cruz is VERY likely to have Roma ancestry (gypsy), she hails from Andalucia after all, her father doesn’t look white in the slightest and Angelina Jolie has native American ancestry, I don’t think these are the best examples

  4. Check7t says:

    I don’t really know what she’s famous for, but cute.

  5. Check7t says:

    Check check.

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