Ty Burrell

2012 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals

Burrell in 2012, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Tyler Gerald Burrell

Place of Birth: Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 22, 1967

Ethnicity: German/Black Sea German, English, smaller amounts of Scottish, Irish, French, as well as 1/64th African [from Madagascar]

Ty Burrell is an American actor and comedian. His roles include Muppets Most Wanted, Dawn of the Dead (2004), and Modern Family, among other projects.

Ty is the son of Sheri, a teacher, and Gary Gerald Burrell, a family therapist. He has German/Black Sea German, English, and smaller amounts of Scottish, Irish, and French, roots, as well as 1/64th African ancestry from Madagascar.

He is married to Holly, with whom he has two children, who are adopted.

One of Ty’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandmothers was an African slave girl, from Madagascar. She had a daughter with her white owner, John Dickerson Mask, Sr. Their daughter, Penelope Ellender Mask, was born into slavery. Penelope had children with her white half-brother, Colonel Dudley Byron Mask, and was later freed from slavery by her owner/father. Both Ty’s maternal grandmother, Lucy Weeks, and Ty’s maternal great-grandfather, George Weeks, are listed as “Mulatto” on the 1920 U.S. Census, and Ty’s great-grandfather George had also been listed as “Black” on other censuses, referring to this ancestry.

Ty’s black ancestry was explored on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016). A DNA test taken by the show stated that Ty’s genetic ancestry is:

*98.5% European
*1.4% Sub-Saharan African
*0.1% Unassigned

Ty’s mother’s test stated her to be of 3.5% African descent.

Ty’s paternal grandfather was Gerald Frank Burrell (the son of Benjamin Burrell and Naomi Lorena Kitselman). Gerald was born in Wyoming. Benjamin was the son of Richard Burrell and Lida Frances Murphy. Naomi was the daughter of Franklin Elmer Kitselman and Amanda A./Maude Stephens.

Ty’s paternal grandmother was Alberta Dollie Cook (the daughter of Harry Hiram Cook and Lena Mary Leppard). Alberta was born in California. Harry was the son of Charles A. Cook and Lilene/Lilly Cunningham Farrant. Lena was the daughter of John Henry Leppard and Agnes/Maggie M. Hartman.

Ty’s maternal grandfather was Johann/John Friedrich Hauck (the son of Frederick “Fred” A. Hauck and Rosina Maag). Ty’s grandfather Johann was born in South Dakota. Ty’s great-grandfather Frederick was born in Russia, to an ethnic German family, the son of Johann “John” Hauck and Elizabeth Brunmeier. Ty’s great-grandmother Rosina was born in South Dakota, to ethnic German immigrants from Russia, Peter Maag and Elisabetha/Elizabeth Jungmann.

Ty’s maternal grandmother was Lucy Kathleen Weeks (the daughter of George Washington Weeks, Jr. and Nancy Evelyn/Eva Leabo). Lucy was born in Oregon. George was the son of George Washington Weeks and Susannah/Susanna Mask. Nancy was the daughter of James Kirkpatrick Leabo and Mary Deborah Hoover.

Sources: Genealogies of Ty Burrell – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Ty’s paternal grandfather, Gerald Frank Burrell, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Ty’s maternal grandfather, Johann/John F. Hauck, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Ty’s maternal grandmother, Lucy Kathleen Weeks, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Ty’s maternal great-grandparents, George Washington Weeks, Jr. and Nancy Evelyn Leabo, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

A discussion of Ty’s ancestry – http://boards.ancestry.com

35 Responses

  1. follers says:

    Ty’s DNA test is pretty much exactly right, 1.4% Sub-Saharan African, which is almost 1/64th.

  2. athelya says:

    he looks like abe lincon

  3. cwm85 says:

    He’s black! LOL One drop rule in effect!

  4. WTF says:


    • onebadscientist says:

      Wow and people like you are the problem. Who are you to define whose people or ancestry are black enough? Super classy…did you even see the show? Probably not…too busy talkin’ smack instead acting educated or showing some type of understanding. Joke is on you. Why is it “brothas” like you always date non black women…RIGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT. LOL smh WOW!

  5. roman2886 says:

    He has a lot of European in him but no Italian he looks Italian

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