Ellen is of French, English, German, and Irish descent.
Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born on January 26, 1958, in Metairie, Louisiana, United States, to Elizabeth Jane (née Pfeffer) and Elliott Everett DeGeneres. She was the second child in the family after her brother Vance, currently a musician and producer, and was raised as a Christian Scientist until age 13. In 1973, her parents filed for separation and were divorced the following year. Shortly after, Ellen's mother married Roy Gruessendorf, a salesman. After that, Ellen with her mother moved with Gruessendorf from the New Orleans area to Atlanta, Texas, while Vance stayed with his father.