Taylor Swift's Ancestry & Nationality: 1 Sprinter, 7 Countries
THE BIG MIX: Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift's ancestry and ethnicity take in multiple countries. Somewhere within her parents heritage there may have been a fast runner.
Taylor Swift's ancestry and nationality are a complex mix. But what does her heritage have to do with Usain Bolt? By Ben Arogundade. 11.11.2015.
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GRAMMY-WINNING SINGER-SONGWRITER Taylor Swift is a typical American, in that her ancestry consists of a complex cocktail of nationalities from around the world. Her heritage includes German, English, Scottish, Irish, French, Swedish and Dutch ancestry. The story of her ethnicity and heritage is shared with that of millions of other Americans whose ancestors came to the country from Europe as immigrants searching for the American dream.
THE SWIFT NAME - ANCESTRY
Taylor’s surname also has an interesting backstory. According to the Surname Database, the name ‘Swift’ dates back to early Anglo-Saxon England. It was first recorded in Norfolk in 1166 as “Suift”, in old English text. The word was used to describe a person who was a fast runner. Taylor’s English ancestor may have been the Usain Bolt of the local village.
BIOLOGY OF NATIONALITY
Twenty-six year-old Swift was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania, to parents Scott Kingsley Swift, a wealth management advisor, and Andrea Gardner, an ex-marketing executive. She grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, together with her younger brother, Austin, before moving to the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, aged 14, to pursue her musical ambitions. She currently lives in New York City.
ETHNICITY & PARENTS? ASK GOOGLE
As Taylor Swift’s success has grown, global interest in the details of her nationality, ethnicity and ancestry has intensified. Questions about the music star’s heritage and parents’ background are played out online, where Google records a total of over 100,000 searches per year for various queries about the Swift’s family’s ancestry. The term, “Taylor Swift parents,” for example, is searched over 8,000 times per month by curious fans the world over. Swifties are eager to know, not just about her music, but every aspect of her life, past or present.