Is Stevie Nicks British? What’s Her Ethnicity?

When British people sing, it’s like their accent magically disappears. So, unless you’ve heard Stevie Nicks talk with her normal speaking voice, her ethnicity is anyone’s guess. Well, not if you have her entire ancestral background figured out.

What's Stevie Nicks nationality? Is she British?
Stevie Nicks by Eva Rinaldi licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Lucky for us, we have exactly that. Let’s find out for ourselves whether Stevie Nicks is British or if she has a mixed blood – just like most celebrities do.

Stevie Nicks: A Brief Biography

Stevie Nicks, whose real name is Stephanie Lynn Nicks, was born on May 26, 1948 to parents Jess and Barbara Nicks. She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona.

This means that Stevie Nicks’ nationality is American. Meanwhile, genealogy data shows that the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman has three races in her blood, and these are:

  • German
  • Irish
  • English

As mentioned earlier, Nicks grew up in the U.S. and never really dealt with her German, Irish, nor English roots.

In her younger years, she was primarily exposed to American culture mainly because of her father’s occupation as the president of the Greyhound Lines Inc. She and her family frequently traveled across different states such as California, Texas, and Utah.

Growing up, her family had such a huge impact on her passion for music – particularly her grandfather, Aaron Jess Nicks Sr., who taught her how to sing when she was just four years of age.

A Brief Biography Stevie Nicks.
Stevie Nicks by Awil916 licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

It was through her talent for singing and love for music that she met her would-be lover and co-member of Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham. It was also during her time in Fleetwood Mac that Stevie was introduced to the world of Welsh mythology.

And despite growing up in America, Stevie broke boundaries and stereotypes of what it means to be an “American woman” by wearing black dresses, gypsy-like pendants, among other things.

Perhaps her American upbringing also explains why she doesn’t have a British accent despite having British blood. 

Stevie Nicks Family Background: Where Were They From?

Stevie Nicks’ family has resided in the United States ever since the mid 1800s. So, it’s not like they’re completely new to American life.

A close look at Stevie Nicks Family Background. Where Were They From?
Stevie Nicks by Ralph Arvesen licensed under CC BY 2.0

Plus, Stevie’s Irish roots can be traced back to her great-great-great-great-great paternal grandfather, while her English blood came from her great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great paternal grandfather. Hence, it’s obvious why it’s more appropriate to associate her with being American than being English. 

Meanwhile, Stevie obtained her German roots from her great-great grandfather on the maternal side. Again, another distant relative. Some would say her German blood is obsolete at this point.

Maybe that’s why Stevie doesn’t really open up about her German, Irish, nor English blood. It’s not something worth talking about.

If you want to learn something actually interesting about Stevie Nicks, you might want to check out her dating history. Her break-up with Lindsey Buckingham is something that is still talked about today – more than 45 years later.

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