Walt Disney

Disney in 1954, NASA GRIN: GPN-2000-000060, Author NASA

Birth Name: Walter Elias Disney

Date of Birth: December 5, 1901

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Death: December 15, 1966

Place of Death: Burbank, California, U.S.

*Irish, distant English (father)
*English, German, remote Scottish (mother)

Walt Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, actor, and film producer.

He was the son of Flora (Call) and Elias Charles Disney. His father was born in Bluevale, Huron, Ontario, Canada, to Irish parents. His mother was born in Ohio, to an American father and a German mother.

Walt was married to ink artist Lillian (Bounds) Disney, with whom he had two children.

Walt’s paternal grandfather was Kepple Elias Disney (the son of Arundel Elias Disney and Maria Swan). Kepple was born in Kilkenny, Ireland. Arundel was the son of Kepple Disney and Frances Best.

Walt’s paternal grandmother was Mary J. Richardson (the daughter of Robert Richardson and Ruth Lark). Mary J. was born in Aghaboe Parish, Queens, Ireland. Ruth was the daughter of Robert Lark and Grace.

Walt’s maternal grandfather was Charles Call (the son of Eber Call and Violet/Violette Lawrence). Charles was born in New York, and had English ancestry. Eber was the son of John Call, Jr. and Fanny Johnson. Violet was the daughter of Daniel Lawrence and Violette Dean.

Walt’s maternal grandmother was Henrietta Catherine Gross (the daughter of Johann/John Georg/George Gross and Maria Catharina/Catherine Hannah Smith). Henrietta was German, born in Miehlen, Rhineland-Palatinate. Johann was the son of Johann Georg Gross and Catharina/Katherine Maria Schmidt. Walt’s great-grandmother Maria Catharina was the daughter of Johann Heinrich Schmidt and Marie Juliane Pfeifer.

Sources: Genealogies of Walt Disney – http://www.geni.com


Curious about ethnicity

33 Responses

  1. ses101 says:

    Obviously he had family from Ireland, but all his ancestors from there seem to have British names, so did they emigrate to Ireland from Britain originally?

    • madman says:

      He does have English ancestry on his father’s side through some lines, but I think you’re putting too much weight on the surnames of people from the British Isles. Isn’t it possible that the names can have multiple origins? Especially in Ireland, a lot of names have been changed throughout the years.

  2. madman says:

    The surname Disney originates in Suffolk, England, so Walt’s father also had English ancestry. His mother also had remote Scottish ancestry.

  3. Petrarca says:

    The last name of his Grandmother on his Mother’s side was “Gross,” so she may have been Jewish.

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