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List of Welsh Americans

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This is a list of notable Welsh Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Welsh American or must have references showing they are Welsh American and are notable.


Fine art[edit]

  • Earl W. Bascom (1906–1995), western artist, sculptor, and inventor; "cowboy of cowboy artists"; "father of modern rodeo"[1]



Sinclair Lewis


Industry and business[edit]

Howard Hughes
J. P. Morgan


Daniel Boone
Meriwether Lewis
Frank Lloyd Wright


  1. ^ 150 Famous Welsh Americans, W. Arvon Roberts, 2008
  2. ^ "Kelly Clarkson Biography". Fox News. 1 August 2007.
  3. ^ "Bette Davis, just one of the many famous Welsh actors... Bette Davis has Welsh connections from her father Harlow Davies whose family hail from Wales. She even visited Wales when in Britain acting to trace her family roots".
  4. ^ Mandel, Howard (2017-01-15). "All About Jazz". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  5. ^ [1] mentioned as one of "100 Welsh Stars"
  6. ^ "Bio" (PDF). carsongrant.net. Retrieved 2021-06-22.
  7. ^ "WalesOnline: News, sport, weather and events from across Wales". icwales.icnetwork.co.uk.
  8. ^ [2] Archived 2006-07-20 at the Wayback Machine "Welsh Americans have helped settle the American frontier, build our cities, and defend our liberty... to the sharp wit of Bob Hope"
  9. ^ [3] "classically trained and highly regarded Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins" [4] Archived 2006-09-04 at the Wayback Machine "Later, at a brief press conference, Hopkins, who was born in Wales, was asked why he recently became an American citizen. "I've lived here some years. I feel at home in America. I suppose it was a pretty bold decision, but America has been very generous to me. There was a bit of an outburst in the British press. I was branded as some sort of turncoat, but so be it.""
  10. ^ a b [5] "Mr Jones... discovered his father was half Welsh around 15 years ago...." [6] "It's a very special occasion for me because... [it has been] discovered that my father was half-Welsh."
  11. ^ "Ancestry site set to trigger visitor boom". WalesOnline. March 31, 2013. Retrieved March 27, 2023.
  12. ^ Kelly, Dan (28 February 1991). "Ted Levine is not a bad guy. | Miscellany". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  13. ^ blakelewisfans.org Archived 2007-03-20 at the Wayback Machine: "I was wondering, what is your heritage? Blake: Welsh, German, and Irish. I'm a mutt."
  14. ^ [7][permanent dead link] "She often refers to her Welsh ancestry."
  15. ^ "Paternal great-grandparents were from Wales". Archived from the original on 2012-07-24.
  16. ^ [8] Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine included in the book "100 Great Welsh Women" [9] "Although she is of Scotch and Welsh descent, she has been accused of being Egyptian, Chinese, Eurasian and other nationalities."
  17. ^ [10] Archived 2007-12-25 at the Wayback Machine "Welsh-born U.S. actor."
  18. ^ "South East Wales - BBC News". BBC News.
  19. ^ "Michelle Pfeiffer". IMDb.
  20. ^ Wilken, Dennis (1984). Cincinnati Magazine.
  21. ^ "Drama in the City | The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Blog". Bravotv.com. 2010-11-11. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  22. ^ Smolenyak, Megan (27 February 2011). "Julia Roberts Isn't a Roberts". Huffington Post.
  23. ^ "In Conversation with Esperanza Spalding – Jazz.com | Jazz Music – Jazz Artists – Jazz News". Archived from the original on 2011-09-18. Retrieved 2008-06-13.
  24. ^ "On Air with Ryan Seacrest - News & More from the Live Radio Show". Ryanseacrest.com. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  25. ^ Smolenyak, Megan (16 June 2010). "Betty White: White-Hot in Cleveland or Not". Huffington Post.
  26. ^ "Robin Williams talks about rehab and alcoholism - Monsters and Critics". Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  27. ^ "The Hill Family History". genealogy.kathihill.com.
  28. ^ William Dean Howells (1917) [First published 1916]. "I". Years of My Youth. Harper & Brothers. Retrieved January 23, 2024. On my father's side my people were wholly Welsh, except his English grandmother
  29. ^ a b c d e f g h [11] Archived 2006-08-21 at the Wayback Machine mentioned as several people who were "Welsh" or "Welsh American"
  30. ^ [12] "The illegitimate son of an astrologer and a Welsh farm girl"
  31. ^ "22. Indignation Jones. Masters, Edgar Lee. 1916. Spoon River Anthology". Bartleby.com. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  32. ^ [13] "The Welsh in America"
  33. ^ a b c d e f g h i Williamson, David (October 27, 2017). "The American Presidents with family links to Wales". walesonline.co.uk. Cardiff, Wales, UK: Media Wales. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  34. ^ "bill cassidy". 2016-04-17. Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2024-03-15.
  35. ^ a b c d e "The Welsh in America". nawf.wales. Penarth, Wales, UK: North America Wales Foundation. 2016. Archived from the original on May 21, 2020. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  36. ^ Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Western Arkansas. Illustrated. Chicago and Nashville: The Southern Publishing Company. 1891. pp. 108–109. LCCN rc01001245. OCLC 1041626718. OL 23338025M – via Internet Archive.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  37. ^ [14] "James J. Davis, a Welsh-born puddler who served as US Secretary of Labor from 1921–1930"
  38. ^ a b c [15] Archived 2006-06-26 at the Wayback Machine "Of the four New York signatories, three were Welsh; Lewis Morris, Francis Lewis and William Floyd."
  39. ^ "AmericanHeritage.com / WHO'S GOT BUTTON'S BONES?". Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2006-07-04.
  40. ^ mentioned as one of several "Welsh Americans" at [16], "James A. Henretta | Charles Evans Hughes and the Strange Death of Liberal America | Law and History Review, 24.1 | the History Cooperative". Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2013-11-24. "The only child of a pious American Baptist mother and an immigrant Welsh minister"
  41. ^ [17] "Robert E. Lee... also were Welsh Americans..."
  42. ^ Plante, Bill (July 30, 2012). "Surprising link found in Obama's family tree". cbsnews.com. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
  43. ^ [18] "General Isaac Shelby (born in 1750), a Maryland-born Welsh American"
  44. ^ "Welsh Americans - History, Significant immigration waves, Settlement patterns, Settlement patterns". www.everyculture.com.
  45. ^ [19] Wynne Family history
  46. ^ [20] "Welsh-born Howard Stringer"
  47. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2004-12-28. Retrieved 2005-01-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  48. ^ Robin Turner (2016-01-20). "The Welsh roots of America's Wild West gunslingers revealed". Wales Online. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  49. ^ a b [21] "Meriwether Lewis himself was Welsh American, as was frontiersman Daniel Boone" [22] Archived 2006-06-15 at the Wayback Machine "Daniel Boone’s mother, Sarah Morgan, was a member of a Welsh family that came to Pennsylvania in 1683 and later settled in Gwynedd"
  50. ^ [^ "New Beauty Queen Ideal". New York Times. 1922-09-10. "The Ideal Beauty Queen"]
  51. ^ "GENUKI: National Library of Wales journals". Archived from the original on December 30, 2008.
  52. ^ [23] "A Welsh-American invented the first automobile"
  53. ^ [24] "No Gangster More Bold: Murray Humphreys, the Welsh Political Genius Who Corrupted America"
  54. ^ [25] "His great grandfather, Robert Lewis, a Welsh officer in the British Army... The Meriwether family was also Welsh, well connected, and land-rich with sizable holdings near Charlottesville. Lucy's father was a respected friend of Thomas Jefferson."
  55. ^ "michael phelps". Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Archived from the original on 2012-08-08. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  56. ^ Broadwater, Robert P (2009). General George H. Thomas: a biography of the Union's "Rock of Chickamauga". McFarland. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-7864-3856-3. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  57. ^ [26] "Frank Lloyd Wright was of Welsh ethnic heritage"
  58. ^ [27] "Elihu Yale - The Great Welsh American"