John Everett Millais’s parents had Norman origins, but they came from the family who moved to Jersey and had lived there for many generations.
John Everett Millais was born on June 8, 1829, in Southampton, United Kingdom. He was a son of John William Millais, a prosperous gentleman, and Emily Mary Millais, who came from the family of wealthy saddlers.
John had an elder brother, William Henry Millais, also an artist, and two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Millais and Ellen Amelia Millais.
Millais spent his childhood in Jersey, and at the age of nine, he moved with his family to London.
Fascinated by art and music, Millais’s mother played an important role in the artistic development of her youngest son. As to Millais’s father, he also was talented in music and took part in the art fairs.