Disney was born to Irish-Canadian father and German-American mother. Disney’s family is descended from the Normans who settled in Ireland in the 11th century. His family’s original name was D’Isigny before being anglicised to Disney.
Walter Disney was born on December 5, 1901, in Illinois, Chicago, the United States, in the family of Elias and Flora (Call) Disney. His early childhood was passed on a farm near Marceline, Missouri, where his uncle Robert had just purchased land. In Marceline, Disney developed his interest in drawing when he was paid to draw the horse of a retired neighborhood doctor. He lived near the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway line and became enamored with trains.