Judy Garland’s real name is ‘Frances Ethel Gumm’ thereby she is not related to Merrick Garland!

Merrick Garland's family name was changed from Garfinkel to Garland several generations ago.


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The Wizard of Oz star Judy Garland and Merrick Garland, the United States attorney general, are not related despite their shared surname. Judy Garland’s name was a stage name, leading to misconceptions that they have a familial connection, which is untrue.

Judy Garland, originally Frances Ethel Gumm, changed her surname to Garland because George Jessel felt that her name wasn’t a fitting name for a talented actress like her.

Eventually, she adopted Judy as her first name, inspired by the popular song sung by Hoagy Carmichael. However, the shared surname was purely coincidental, and Judy and Merrick have no familial connection.

Peeking at the family tree of Judy and Merrick Garland, showcasing they are unrelated!

Judy aka Frances Ethel Gumm, was the youngest of three daughters born to Ethel Marion Gumm and Francis Avent Gumm. She comprises of includes Irish, English, Scottish, and French Huguenot roots.

She has married five individuals, including David Rose, Vincente Minnelli, Sidney Luft, Mark Herron, and Mickey Deans. She has three children: Liza, Lorna, and Joe.

On the other hand, Merrick Garland was born and raised in a conservative Judaism home with Shirly and Cyril Garland and his two siblings.

His mother was a director of volunteer services at Chicago’s Council for Jewish Elderly. His father was in charge of Garland Advertising, a small business run out of the family home.

He is also a second cousin of Terry Branstad, a six-term Republican governor of Iowa and former Ambassador to China.

Later, he exchanged vows with Lynn Rosenman in September 1987, and they raised two daughters, Rebecca and Jessica. Both of their daughters graduated from Yale University.

In conclusion, despite the coincidence of shared surnames, it is evident that Judy and Merrick Garland are not related and aren’t even distant relatives.

Additional Information

  • President Joe Biden nominated Merrick Garland for the position of United States Attorney General. Merrick Garland has a red-green color blindness.
  • ‘A Star is Born’ actress Judy passed away at the age of 47 due to an overdose of barbiturates.
Prabisha Manandhar
Prabisha Manandhar
Prabisha Manandhar is a passionate undergrad student, who is enthusiastic in writing and also loves watching movies and Tv-shows. Prabisha's words resonate with a unique blend of creativity and depth.


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