Learn About the Origins of Green Eyes

Updated on August 5, 2017
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I became interested in green eyes when I realized how rare they were, yet a few people from nearly all races have them.

What causes people to have green eyes?

Green eyes are especially rare. In humans, the pigmentation of an iris can range from very light amber yellow to a very dark brown, bordering on black. The darkness of the iris depends on its concentration of melanin. The amount of melanin in your eyes or skin determines it's color. The greater the concentration of melanin, the darker the eye color. Green eyes possess low to moderate amounts of melanin. However, green is actually not a pigmentation of the iris at all.

The main role of skin pigmentation seems to be to absorb ultraviolet radiation and this is true about the iris of the eyes too.

Rayleigh scattering is the dispersion of light off of air molecules, this helps determine eye color. This same scattering of light occurs in the sky which makes it appear blue, orange, pink, etc. and mountains in the distance appear purple or blue. In the eye, this effect occurs in the top layer (stroma) of the iris. The blue optical effect of the Rayleigh scattering combined with the light to medium melanin pigmentation combines to make the eye appear green.

Origins of Green Eyes

Light Melanin Pigmentation In Green Eyes

Light melanin pigmentation mixes with the blue caused by Rayleigh scattering to appear green.
Light melanin pigmentation mixes with the blue caused by Rayleigh scattering to appear green.

Genetics, Prevelance and Distribution of Green Eyes

Only 2% of the world's population has green eyes or about 140 million people. Why do so few people have this trait? The answer boils down to genetics.

Until 2007, it was believed that there was a hierarchy of eye color. Brown was dominant over green, which was dominant over blue. You received two genes for an eye color, one gene from each parent, and whichever was the dominant gene would express itself. Therefore two brown genes would obviously express itself as brown. A brown gene and a blue or green gene would express itself as brown. A green gene and a blue gene would express itself as green. And only a combination of two blue genes would express itself as blue.

The study disproving this Mendelian theory for eye color was published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, and was supported with grants from Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council and the United States of America's National Cancer Institute.

Now it is proven that eye color is controlled by more than one gene; there have been 16 genes that contribute to eye color. This means that there is a chance that a person can inherit virtually any eye color, no matter the eye color of the parents (although the chances for people of certain heritages having a particular eye color are different than for others).

Africa, Asia, Europe, the middle east and the America's have been home to those with green eyes for thousands of years. Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Russia, Spain, and Brazil all have had populations with green eyes for a long time. All races, including Caucasian, African, Asian, Pacific Islanders, Arabic, Hispanic and the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas can also have green eyes. Green eyes most likely developed because of the migration of people over time, those from northern latitudes with light coloring traveled south and people of dark coloring traveling north intermixed, leading to a variation of melanin produced. Today the green eyes of their descendents can be found on every continent.

Notably, there have been records of people with green eyes originating around the Caucasus mountains, which links Europe and Asia. Several passes through the mountain range made it a strategic region or military and trade(silk road).

There is a village in north western China called Liqian in which two-thirds of the inhabitants have green eyes and blonde hair. DNA has linked these people to an ancestor(s) that was caucasian. Some believe that they are descendents of the legendary missing army of Marcus Crassus, a Roman general that disappeared in 36 bc. However Liqian is along the silk road trade route so many people passed through. Until more proof is found, no one is sure if Marcus Crassus and his army were ever in Liqian.

Is it possible there will be more green eyed people in the future due to mass migration and globalization? For now only time will tell.

Chameleon Eyes or Rayleigh Scattering

Some people believe green eyes are magical.
Some people believe green eyes are magical.

Factors That Can Slightly Alter Green Eye Color

Because of this, changes in the light being scattered by the iris of lighter colored eyes will change the apparent color of the eyes. This results in "chameleon eyes", or eyes that change color. They fall into the amber, hazel, green, grey, and blue range. Specific factors that can cause the eyes to appear to change colors are:

  • Mood: Mood plays a role in the color of your eyes. Or rather the optical illusion of eye color. If you have bloodshot eyes, you may notice your eyes are bright green, this is because of the contrast red/pink is the opposite of green. Pupil dilation is also a factor and your pupils change size depending on the emotions you feel. Happiness and also anger cause your pupils to dilate, thus increasing the amount of light let in. This increases the rayleigh scattering and your eyes may appear more green. Smaller pupils let less light in, making them appear more grey. This is also a signal you are sad or not feeling well.
  • Weather: The weather can change the ambient light. There is a big difference between the spectrum of colors in the light cast by a cloudy day, a sunny day, a moonlit night, and a sunset.
  • Temperature: Temperature can seem correlated to eye color, but this is because the temperature may vary in various lighting situations—for example, the lighting in your office when it's cold and cloudy and the windows are drawn vs the lighting in your office when it is sunny and the windows are open.
  • Colors you are wearing: Wearing certain colors such as blue, yellow, or green will provide more of that color for your eyes to scatter, enhancing that color. Green and gold eyeshadows act similarly. On the flip side, other eyeshadows that make green eyes stand out more are colors in the purple family (plum, lavender, lilac), coppers, and apricot because they contrast with the green, making it stand out even more.
  • Colors around you: The colors in close proximity to you will act similarly to the colors you are wearing.
  • Lighting: Artificial lighting can vary to an even greater degree than natural lighting, and the varying spectrums of light will impact your apparent eye color

Again, drastic eye color changes, especially in adults, could be a sign of an eye problem. If they occur, please see your eye doctor.



Medical Reasons for Eye Color Change

A color change in the iris can be caused by factors such as radiation, disease, and chemicals. For example, glaucoma medications report a side effect of permanently changing lighter colored eyes to brown. Glaucoma medication was discovered to also have the side effect of lengthening eyelashes and is marketed as an eyelash lengthener. These products are FDA approved under the supervision of a doctor.

Heterochromia is when one of the eyes is a different color from the other one. It can be genetic, from an injury or illness.

If, as an adult, one or both of your eyes changes colors drastically, see a doctor. It could be a symptom of diseases such as Fuch’s heterochromic iridocyclitis, Horner’s syndrome, or pigmentary glaucoma or something else.

Other health risks for people with lighter colored eyes can come from radiation. Melanin in the iris helps protect eyes from UV sunlight. People with lighter colored eyes, including green, are more at risk for sun-related eye problems including melanoma of the uvea, a type of cancer. People with lighter colored eyes should wear UV-protective sunglasses while outside for extended periods of time.

Personality associations with green eyes

A relatively small amount of people have green eyes, it is no wonder that some interesting associations have flourished around the eye color. These are not proven facts. Here is a list of some of the perceptions surrounding them:

  • Green eyes are said to be magical.
  • People with green eyes tend to have long lasting relationships.
  • People with green eyes are the most passionate.
  • Green-eyed people are jealous, as in the saying "green with envy".
  • Green-eyed people may be more prone to have liver or other digestive problems.
  • They are a powerful aphrodisiac.
  • People with green eyes are very inventive.
  • People with green eyes act spontaneously
  • People with green eyes are perceived as less trustworthy than blue or brown eyes.
  • Green eyed people can be more provacative.
  • Green eyed people are strange!

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Cosmetic Eye Surgery

While illegal in the United States, elsewhere in the world iris implants are available with surgery, resulting in light grey eyes. This procedure can sometimes be reversed.

While very few companies offer permanent eye color change for cosmetic reasons, researchers are studying ways to change eye color permanently without the use of implants.

Magical, Mysterious Green Eyes


Trivia Bit

Here is a bit of interesting trivia, take it with a grain of salt. The International Community for Alien Research conducted a study of potential alien contactees and found that green eyed people were the largest group to report contact!

"Green/Hazel eyes make up 48% of the 1400 contactees that took part in this study and make up 70% of the O Neg. group. Blue eyes making up 36% of the blood types and 23% of the O Neg. group. Brown eyes make up 16% of the study group and 7% of the O Neg. group."

What Color Eyes (natural) Do you have?

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About the poll

I expect that the majority of the votes in the poll will be "green eyes" because many people that read this article will be curious about their own eye color, thus it will be biased. Keep this in mind.

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Famous People and Celebrities with Green Eyes

Here is a list of celebrites with green eyes. Green eyes can occur within various ethnic backgrounds Notice how diverse the people are:

  • Charlize Theron
  • Kate Hudson
  • Tyra Banks
  • Scarlett Johanssen
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Hayden Panetierre
  • Jennifer Connolly
  • Aishwarya Rai
  • Rihanna
  • Vanessa Williams
  • Channing Tatum
  • Lindsay Lohan
  • Julianne Moore
  • Ava Gardner
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Dita Von Teese
  • Jean Harlow
  • Sophia Loren

Biological Anthropology

Biological anthropology is a study of the biological and behavioral differences of humans, other non-human primates, and extinct ancestors of humans. The causes of present human diversity are very important to this science.

Final Thoughts

All eyes are windows to the soul. Every color eye is fascinating in its own right. Love your eye color and take good care of your eyes so you can see all the beauty in the world.

© 2010 Courtney Rhodes

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      RGP 2 weeks ago

      I have bright green eyes, my dad has grey eyes, my mom(rip) had green eyes but on both sides blue eyes are rather dominant.

      I'm Dutch( for over 7centuries) but also German bloodline.

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      Sharon 2 weeks ago

      Love reading this information

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      Olivia 2 weeks ago

      I'm from Australia and both my parents have brown eyes and dark hair but i have green eyes and blonde hair.

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      James Arthur Mullins 2 weeks ago

      I'm in Kiev, Ukraine, seeking romance. Amazed at the high percentage of green eyed women.

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      Glitter 2 weeks ago

      Ya the same here a D I'm rh also an I'd have to say same things with me an my life weird not to me but what people are told to be an that's not I guess. Is why I say cause it's weird to most people I'm gifted as Claireaudient I felt I'd come across the same when I searched

      Glad that someone else I'd thinking I do explore the cosmos out of body it's better than most scientists lol

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      R N 3 weeks ago

      Not sure what color mine are. Hazel, then green, and then grey. Probably hazel.

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      K in Bama 3 weeks ago

      I have bright green eyes. My husband has seas blue eyes with large very bright yellow stars in the middle. Both his parents have ice blue eyes. His older sister has brown eyes with blue rings on the outside. His dad accepted this as possible, but rejected him as a baby because of his weird star eyes. He knows that his sister is not hos dad's, she has the same eyes as her real dad's. He looks just like his dad's family, but his dad still rejects him due to the odd eyes. Because of this, his mom also rejected and blamed him, and gave him away as a child. For this reason he hates his beautiful eyes. We did a hereditary search, along with a DNA test. He is descended from Scotch Lords, English Lords, an ancient line of masculine German Kings, Scandinavians, Greeks, and is over 2% Egyptian. It seems his direct male line existed in Scotland before the Scots. They then became Scots, and then English, before his ancestor went to America. He's heard stories that the weird eyes may have came from Egyptians who migrated. He doesn't know for certain. I just find it so odd that having the most beautiful eyes I've ever seen could cause him so many problems in his child hood. To this day neither of his parents want anything to do with him. Our children were all born with blue eyes, but one turned green later. They are as follows: ice blue with ice blue stars; green with green stars; and ice blue with no stars. They have basically no relationship with his family. I wish that more people would read articles like yours and educate themselves so that children wouldn't have to go through foolishness like that in this day and age.

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      Paula 3 weeks ago

      My mom had almost yellow-green eyes. She had a stroke and became nonrespinsive. Basically brain dead. She passed away a year ago. My sister a and I were cleaning her eyes of sticky matter from her eyes and noticed they had changed to crystals blue. What caused this?

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      Eloise 5 weeks ago

      My mother and father had blue eyes. I have green. I have no idea whose gene I got. We are Czech American.

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      Vaso 5 weeks ago

      My mother has hazel eyes, my dad blue (and his mother) and my brother has blue eyes. I have green and feel rather special for it!

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      Jeni 5 weeks ago

      I have green eyes and natural blonde hair. Both my parents and all my siblings have brilliant blue eyes and dark hair. I have 3 aunts and 2 cousins that have green eyes and we have Irish heritage and Catholic so I have a large family. My eyes change color often and have a dark ring around the outside. No one in my family either side has this dark ring. Not sure where or why or what this dark ring means.

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      Vanna 5 weeks ago

      My brother's eyes are green starting to be gray and mine go from hazel to green. Our parents had brown eyes and we are the only siblings on both sides of our family with this eye color. I was wondering how rare does siblings have this eye color?

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      Char 5 weeks ago

      Vanessa Williams has blue eyes.

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      Presley 5 weeks ago

      I have green eyes and have been wondering for years why I have them considering the 2% that do have them.My mom told me her eyes are green in day and blue in night and I feel I have a mixture…oh yeah and my fathers eyes are a hazel shade.

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      5 weeks ago

      all my family has blue eyes. i have green. i am green eyed and o negative blood. i have been separated and cast out from groups of people my whole life. called weird and not part of the team no matter what i try. i find it has to do with my thoughts and thinking. im not concerned with trivial daily living of who won 'the game'. i want to see mankind evolve towards space travel. i want to regain the technology that built the pyramids and and such things. i want to know the answers, and riddles of the cosmos and im curious whether or not these things are common among green eyed rh- people...

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      Dan 5 weeks ago

      Sad to see a science-based site still referring to "race". Ethnicity is very real, though the markers can disappear/change in 2 or 3 generations, but there is no scientific basis whatsoever for "race" designation among humans.

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      Amanda 7 weeks ago

      I have green eyes, my brother has hazel, my sister has honey color eyes and both Mom and Dad have blue...

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      Donna 2 months ago

      I have green eyes and O blood type. I am 60% Scot-Irish. My father has dark brown eyes and my mother has green. The interesting thing about my dad's siblings is that out of 8 children 4 boys had brown eyes and 4 girls had green. The same is true with my brothers both have dark brown eyes.

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      Carolyn 2 months ago

      I have Hazel eyes, My Dad had hazel eyes and my Mother had blue eyes, my eyes do change colors with what I am wearing. Lately they have seemed some darker and more blue-green. I am 69 yrs. old and a very honest person, I am a creative person. My curiosity peeked a few months ago while visiting a resort and doing a yoga class, when the instructor walked by me looked directly into my eyes and said WOW! I keep wondering what did he see?

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      Eva 2 months ago

      I have green eyes, my brother has hazel eyes like my dad, my sister mysteriously has blue eyes, and my other brother has brown eyes like my mom.

      We all have different eye colors, but our face shape and nose are all the same! It’s weird.

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      Madeleine 2 months ago

      I have green eyes no one else in me family does everyone has brown or blue eyes and mostly brown. For the longest time I thought I was adopted. I know I’m not but... Anyway most of the personality stuff is true about me, weird. Good artical by the way!

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      Daniel 2 months ago

      i have gree eyes but i am trustworthy 100% sooo i dont know

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      Cassie 3 months ago

      I have green eyes just like my mother. We took pictures of our eyes and compared close up to each other's, turns out hers is a more blue-ish green and mine are dark forest green. I have 2 brothers my older has blue eyes and my younger has brown. If you get the entire family (cousins, aunts, uncles, neices, nephews..ect) my mom and I are the only ones with green eyes.. Well, my husband has green eyes, so my mom, my husband, and I are the only people in the family with green eyes

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      DeAnne Swinehart 3 months ago

      Yes I have green eyes...most of the information is here is actually true to my personality,and the article just about covers all the curiosities I had before reading it.Now I am satisfied with everything about my own eyes.Thank you!

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      ivanjofre 3 months ago

      I am from Argentina and I have green eyes, my ancestors were Spaniard, French and German.

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      Lisa 3 months ago

      I have 5 brothers and two sisters. Two of my brothers have brown eyes, the rest of my siblings have blue eyes. I'm the only one with green eyes. My family is curious because nobody in our family history had green eyes. I'm the first. I'm the only person in my family dating back to 1836 (as far as I know). They cal me 'Cat Eyes"

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      Sean 3 months ago

      Everyone in my family has light blue eyes... Except me I have green eyes that sometimes can get blueish on one part and goldish around another depending on the lighting and pupil size

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      Chrstie 3 months ago

      I have green eyes my father had green eyes one of my children have green eyes.According to 2010 my maiden surname in the u.s. only 141 people in us have.

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      Sandra 3 months ago

      My Father has Black hair and Blue Eyes and My Mother has Red hair and Green Eyes , I have Amber around my pupil and Green around the Amber,My sister that is 3 years older does as well and our other 3 sisters have Bluegreen Eyes , My Daughter has Bluegreen and my Two Son have My Eye Color What Causes this on Siblings? There is no amber at all in my Parents eyes and I am couriouse to know why 2 out of 5 girls that my parents had have this color? As well as my children only 2 out of 3 have this also ?

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      Andy 4 months ago

      Really like your article. Nice one, thanks ☺️

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      morteza 4 months ago

      I can not speak English but I could read this reading. I live in Iran in Khorasan and my City is near Silk road. in iran and my city there are peoples with green eyes foe examples in my sister is green eyes.

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      cynthia mcmahon 4 months ago

      my eyes are not hazel but very green. and yes alien contact. I have not understand where I have been for 60 years. I do have most of the traits listed.I have drawn many pictures looking down onto the inhabitants and animals of the earth.I am very strange.

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      Sabrina 4 months ago

      Both my parents have brown eye how did I get green and my sister get blue?......well, any takes on why.

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      Sonja 4 months ago

      I have green eyes, mom has brown, dad has blue. I have 4 siblings...2 have brown, 1 has blue and 1 other has green.

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      Evan 4 months ago

      My eyes change from green with gold to blue with green i like that they can change with my outfit. :)

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      Kelli 4 months ago

      I find this so fascinating my father English and Native American had green my mother full Irish

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      Lori Mendenhall 4 months ago

      My mother, father, brother and sister all have brown eyes. I am the only one to have green eyes in the immediate family like a lion I'm told.....a light greenish color with a gray/black outer rim. My three daughters all have blue eyes just like their dad...again no green eyes. I used to joke that my mother had an affair with the milk man. I do like the list you provided "some of the perceptions surrounding them". I believe that I fit into most of the categories...especially the "strange" perceptions!

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      Christine 5 months ago

      My eyes are huge and light green I also have a lot of lashes and very long ones,I get called Disney eyes girl or manga alive,I am half French half Brazilian,my dad is the Brazilian with light green eyes,I live in London and get so many compliments on my eye colour and sometimes people also would think and ask if I have lenses and false lashes,don’t know if I should take this as a compliment or not lol

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      Carolyn Gordon 5 months ago

      I have green eyes although they have faded a bit now I am in my sixties. My mum had brown eyes and my dad had bright blue. I have a sister and brother with bright blue eyes and no one else in my family either close or extended have green eyes. I always used to think that I didn't belong to my parents because of my eye colour!

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      sandy 5 months ago

      green/grey eyes

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      Jay C OBrien 5 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Let us judge people Not by the color of their eyes, but by the content of their character.

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      George 5 months ago

      My eyes are Hazel, (Green/Yellow) they possess highly extreme admittance of energy bearing change from 'Wholesome Goodness to Extreme Rage Energy within seconds and the ability to re-transition. Never meet anyone who can use them as a weapon or so called security blanket or if used the wrong way a Weapon of Mass Manipulation. Balance of being Genuine is Key to their Control as they possess no Fear. Is or has anyone experienced this...I may sound neurotic, but have an extremely high IQ, adaptation ability, time and perception skills that are quite intelligent, and I'm able to profile facial features, tone, expression, eyes, and other feature variation of no matching profile. It's like a mass database? Has anyone experienced any of this qualities and or all of them?

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      bennyhoule40@gmail.com 5 months ago

      Ihave ocean blue eyes, my sister does too. I have 4 brothers with brown eyes. My father had brown eyes and my mom had blue eyes.

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      Diana 5 months ago

      I have green eyes

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      Paula Ashurst 5 months ago

      Anyone else with green eyes in Phoenix? Mine changed some after glaucoma meds. I do think I've been abducted by aliens. My dad has brown eyes and my mom blue.

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      Emerald Eyes 5 months ago

      My Eyes are emerald green with amber circles. My father had blue eyes, my mom hazel, both brothers hazel with one more brownish. My son has blue/gray/green eyes - depending on his mood! lol He tells me he has never seen eyes the color of mine. Was once called "Green Eyed Monster" and "Banshee" when I'm angry! Love having green eyes!

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      Salathon 5 months ago

      My eyes change colour dependant on a lot of things but I like to think I have a variant of green

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      :) happy 5 months ago

      I am African (North Africa) and I have green/blue/grey eyes and dark blonde hair. My aunt has blonde hair and blue eyes and my grandad has green eyes. The rest of my family have brown eyes. This is weird 0.0

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      pete 6 months ago

      Green in summer, more grey in winter. No brown eyes in this extended family. Plenty of blue eyes also.

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      Annabelle 6 months ago

      I have green eyes, just as my Dad. My Mother have light brown eyes. My children's eye colors range from very light green to dark green. All three of them have green eyes. One of my girls have blue/green eyes. Their father's eyes are blue. I have sectoral heterochromia.

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      rukayya fakih 6 months ago

      I am the eldest of 4 children. My two brothers and I have the same green eyes with an inner ring of gold around the pupil. My parents both have brown eyes but my grandmother on my mother's side has blue-grey eyes and my great-grandmother on my dad's side had green eyes however everyone else in my family has brown eyes

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      Izy 7 months ago

      I have greeen and hazel just like my mom but my dad has blue eyes and so do my brothers, it's kind of weird they way genetics work.

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      Keith 7 months ago

      I was born with dark brown eyes and around age 9 a blue ring was present close to my pupil and after age 15 turned emerald green the hole iris, after I turn 40 the color change again it is a blue ring at pupil, green in the most part of iris and outer ring of dark brown. I am wondering if this is normal?

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      TWG 7 months ago

      Thank you...I have blonde hair, med to light green eyes that slant upward as if I am of Asian decent. My skin tone has always had the tendency to tan easily. My dad had black hair with hazel eyes and reddish skin, (he was 1/4th American Indian) my mom had red hair,blue eyes fair freckled skin. My brothers and sister, there are six of us, used to tease me and tell me I was adopted. I am the baby of the first five...my baby brother was born when I was fourteen, and I know that I belong to both my parents I've often wondered how I came to be. This has a more perfect explanation that I have found thus far. By the way I am RH 0- blood type. And have been told by some (excuse the stero typing please), that I look like an 'albino Chinese', and was meant in a good way. Now I know this is o.k.

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      Rosalee 7 months ago

      the area around my iris is light hazelnut color and outer area is green so unsure if my eyes are hazel or green? I am confused.

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      Brandy 7 months ago

      I'm brown eyed, my daughter is the one with grey-green eyes. When she was born, until she was about 3, she had beautiful denim blue eyes. Then one day, I noticed they had changed. Not a trace of blue remains. Her father is blue eyed.

      I have a recessive trait in my family on my mother's side, which presents green eyes. My mom and dad were both brown eyed, my sister has green eyes. Her two girls have green eyes, their father having blue. It comes through every generation. My mom's sister has green eyes with 2 brown eyed parents as well.

      I was actually pretty shocked that I would produce a green eyed kiddo. They're so uniquely colored.

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      'Green' eyed 8 months ago

      You were right about the poll :D I voted for green, but I'm actually wondering whether it is classified green or gray. I'm in between, can't tell the difference based on my search results. I'm O though, so maybe green is more likely?

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      michelle 8 months ago

      very interesting

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      WelthianLoring 8 months ago

      My eyes are green but they are what my mother called "dishwater green to match your dishwater red hair". We are American Mutts. Our heritage is all over the place which extends all the way back to Plymouth Rock as well as New Amsterdam. Mother had ocean blue eyes and my father had dark brown eyes. Mine are green and they change color from sage green to bluish-green. The posterior leaf is green but I have a little bit of gold heterochromia on the anterior leaf of both eyes but it only extends from say 12 o'clock to 1 o'clock and radiates out as the light hits. Also I have a heavy limbal ring around my pupils. It used to be black but as I have aged it has become a dark grey with a blue tint. I also have Wolfflin nodules that are light green which I was told by the optometrist is highly rare. He said they are usually white or yellow. My right eye also has a few transparent gold "freckles" which are absent from the left eye. My eyes also glow with an iridescence that my mother said "looked evil". I find my eyes fascinating as do most people. Green eyes have a lot myths regarding them but I personally loved my mothers ocean blue eyes. They were so beautiful.

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      someone 8 months ago

      my mum has blue eyes and my dad has brown...yet somehow i have green eyes.

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      PS 9 months ago

      I was in St. Petersburg Russia on vacation and noticed how many women had stunning green eyes and light even tanned skin. Beautiful. I figured it had something to do with their genetics related to the area.

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      Mrs. White 9 months ago

      There is more to heterochromia. There is full heterochromia which you have listed here in your hub, it is where the eyes are each 2 different colors, then there is sectoral heterochromia which is a section or multiple sections in one or both of the eyes that is a different color than the rest of the iris. Then there is central heterochromia, which I personally have, it is were your iris is one color (blue, green, brown, amber, etc) and then there is a completely different color center ring, mine is chartreuse green inner circle and sky blue/grey outer iris with a dark blue limbal ring. Each of these heterochromia eyes can be any combo as long as its different colors.

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      Amber 9 months ago

      Both of my parents have brown eyes and mine are green....

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      Kay 9 months ago

      I have green eyes with a blue ring around them. My mom had dark brown eyes and my dad hazel eyes. I thought brown dominate, but apparently, not always!

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      Stacy 9 months ago

      I have brown eyes, like my father. My sister and Mom have green eyes and my other sister has hazel eyes...this is so interesting!

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      Days Tech 9 months ago

      I have green eyes, and looks like most people in the poll do, too. This is not surprising as many people here just want to find out about green eyes.

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      Rosette 9 months ago

      My eyes are like a jade green speckled with these weird blue bits. It's kinda weird. My sister has blue eyes. My husband has light brown eyes.

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      Sheri 10 months ago

      My eyes are hazel, my whole family has brown eyes. I'm very sensitive to light. My blood type is O. And my dad says I'm a gypsy! Lol.

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      holly 10 months ago

      My entire family has brown and blue eyes, yet i was born with the most vivid green eyes imaginable. It's so strange....

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      Mark 10 months ago

      My parents have green eyes including my brother, my grandparents also have green eyes yet I was born with brown eyes. Why? thanks

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      Jess 10 months ago

      I say my eye color is pea soup green. Basically, a lime green heavily flecked with gold. Neat but almost gross looking.

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      Ace 10 months ago

      Green Eyes and O- blood type here. anybody else have that?

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      Silveria 11 months ago

      All my life I have wondered why the majority of my family was born with either blue or green eyes, though we are of Mexican descent. After a recent DNA test, I was pleasantly shocked to find out we were 70% European, with the remaining Latino, Native American and African descent. I myself have green eyes, unlike my father who was born blond and blue-eyed. With these traits in mind, I am reminded my DNA test also informed me I am 10% Irish! I am now proud to say I am a proud Mexican Irish American! Gracias, for listening!

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      Winnie 11 months ago

      I am mixed with black white Indian and Jamaican and I have green and hazel eyes some people say it is rare for someone my color to have these eyes

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      Carol 11 months ago

      My eyes alternate between predominantly blue green/ grey and green depending on the colour I'm wearing. It's a family trait; both my brother and sister having green eyes, as does my mother.

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      Matt 11 months ago

      My eyes will turn from bright green to a deep blue or a grey. My mom used to tell me I got it from my dad but his eyes and my mom's eyes are brown and my sister has bright blue eyes but her dad has brown eyes too. It's weird how we are the only two in our families that have different colored eyes. Everyone else's are brown.

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      Rachel 11 months ago

      I have greenish-grayish eyes. But the color switches spontaneously eache day. One day I will have my regular eye color, then they will be pure gray. Then they will be bright green. Or possibly even blue. What does that mean?

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      Michael 11 months ago

      Strange that both my mother and father had brown eyes and I have hazel (green)! When I get really angry or deeply emotionally upset, both eyes are golden! There's not even a hint of green in them, only bright gold striations and light grey back-grounding and pupilary dilation. My mother told me long ago that I've had that condition since early childhood when I first displayed my "Irish Temper" inherited from my father who is 1st generation Irish from both his parents. And I have to agree, weather definitely does play a role in changing my eye color from time-to-time.

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      Denise 11 months ago

      my eyes are hazel. It all depends on the color I am wearing. Some photos look like i have a deep blue almost purple eye color and others show a sharp green color.

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      Alexan 12 months ago

      When I was little I had icy blue eye but eventually they changed to bright green.

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      Nyan cat 12 months ago

      My eyes are green and they are orange in middle illuminati?? Probably not......

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      Cheryl 12 months ago

      I have dark brown eyes, my husband has baby blue eyes. My father, sister and brother all have hazel eyes. My mom has brown. My son and daughter have hazel eyes. All of my husbands family has baby blue eyes. Found this article interesting.

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      Tammy 12 months ago

      I was born with different coloured eyes. The right eye has always been brown. The left eye would change with the weather. It was mostly a greenish/grey and on nice days appear more blueish.

      It nows stays more green all the time with less change. School was always fun as Science teachers were especially fascinated. My father's eyes were blue and my mother's were hazel. We do not know of anyone on either side that had brown eyes.

      I guess I'm very unique and don't mind it a bit!!

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      Gus C 12 months ago

      My mom told me I was born with grey blue eyes til about 9 months when they began to change color to green. As of lately with cell phone pictures, I keep noticing more blue in them than ever before. I'm panicked and hope they don't revert to blue again!!! Mom's side all have brown eyes but her great grandmother had blue-green, on my father's all have green back to 4 generations. I am Mexican and went to grammar school there and in a class of 22 kids, 6 had green eyes and one blue-green, go figure! I like my green eyes and had no clue they were rare, I thought they were as common as blue?? Now I know, thank you God!!!

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      Karen 13 months ago

      I have really cool greenish yellow eyes. When I am in the sun they glow bright yellow with a dark green ring around the outside. I love them and everyone I know loves them also. I have to wear heavy eye liner and lots of mascara and it makes them pop awesome. They say eyes change by the time your kids are 9 months but my son is almost 12 and his changed from

      Blue to greenish blue about 3 years ago. They are getting greener as he gets older. Needless to say I'm so happy he got my eyes. Lol ... my eyes are sensitive to the sun and if I get a headache my eyes hurt very bad by any light. I guess that's the trade offf for having really cool rare eyes. I really enjoyed this atical.

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      Lizzy 13 months ago

      Can I just say, I recently found out that I genuinely have green eyes. My whole life I thought they were hazel as I always saw pictures of 'green eyes' of people who were wearing contact lenses but then I started seeing images of eyes that looked almost exactly like mine and realised I truly have green eyes. I feel special now so I'm smiles

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      Jesse 13 months ago

      I'm the only one in my parents family with green eyes. My wife has brown eyes. All 4 of our children have green eyes. However, when I was a child my eyes were brown, turning green in my teens.

      Myself and my four siblings were born with very blond almost white hair, changing to brown or dirty blond during the teens. The same thing is happening to my kids.

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      Emily 13 months ago

      I found this article interesting. My dad has brown-amberish eyes because he is partly Native American. My mom has a lot of German and some Irish in her, hence why she has blue-grey-green eyes... My older sister has hazel eyes, being mostly brown, and my little sister has pretty cool amber like eyes. My twin brother has hazel eyes being mostly greenish. I have green eyes. My eyes are pretty sensitive to light, but when I am in the sun, my friends ooh and aww over my eye color. They say that they "pop" or "glow" green. I really enjoy having green eyes, but it also bothers me that they are not completely green... my right eye is darker than the left; it has dark green, a slight lining of brownish green, specks (more like streaks) of grey, and more shades of green. My left eye is cool. It is lighter like I said, and it has light green mixed with bright grey, and only one tiny speck of brown at the bottom. The right half of that eye is a shade darker than the other half… it is almost completely dark green, while the other half is a bright grey- green… If the sun hits my eyes at the right angle, and if I am happy (emotion can change the eye dilation then changing the density of the melanin) then you can see the slightest bit of blue. Why are my eyes this way? I have brunette hair with a slight tinge of red. What exactly does this have to do with genetics?... I mean, is incomplete dominance or codominance with eye color traits playing a role here?

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      salah 13 months ago

      my father has green eyes and my mom has brown,now me and my 2 sisters has green eyes and my brother has brown

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      CanadaGirl 14 months ago

      It funny. My dad has green,greysh eyes, my mom as brown eyes. I have green. Like others I have had blue eyes when I was a baby. My mom is Italian, German, Lebanese and Portuguese-Portugal. My dad is 100 percent Italian and I have tan skin and brown hair.

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      Evelyn 14 months ago

      I only read this article because I find green eyes quite interesting and I was planning to make the main character of my book have green eyes as well. I have brown eyes though but they're so dark people say they're black and its a fact that its impossible to have black eyes. (BTW I changed my mind about making my main character have brown eyes, I'm gonna make them violet.)

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      Meriale 14 months ago

      This is quite interesting. But there are some facts left out of the article... for instance... most all green eyed people are highly intelligent. Most all Green eyed people do have colour changes depending on their moods... such as my eyes can go from a deep emerald green with amber flecks to a more olive green with yellow and brown flecks. My husband's eyes changed from a pale light green to a baby blue. Go figure. I have 10 brothers and sisters and out of 10 only 2 of us have green eyes... my mother had emerald green eyes and my dad had a brilliant blue. 4 of my siblings have the brilliant blue like my father and the other 4 have brown. I had 2 children and both have a cerulean blue with a dark blue ring around the iris. My grandfather on my mother's side had those eyes. Out of my 3 grandchildren, 2 have light blue and 1 has eyes like a prism. His iris's are made up of every colour there is... flecks of Dark blue, light blue, green, grey, brown and amber with a dark blue ring. I've never seen eyes like his in all my life. They're just beautiful. I used to wish I had blue eyes like my father and siblings... but now I'm proud to have green eyes. I think all eye colours are beautiful, though. Everyone is unique in their own way.

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      Luis 14 months ago

      Both of my parents have brown eye and so do all of my family (they Mexican) but for some reason they're dark and so are my sibling I'm the oldest, and for some reason I look white ( I also have green eyes) but nobody in my family that I know of have green eyes! I've asked if I was like adopted but I'm not and I just find it weird how Mexicans are so diversed because also one of my moms sisters looks black and so do her kids, and my moms brother well he looks a little Asian but they all have the same father, but in my case my family is very dark but for me I don't look very related to them because again I look white, born with blue but now green eyes, dark brown hair, and I they only other person in my family with colored eyes is my sister which hers are hazel. But I consider myself lucky. I always get complaints from strangers about my eyes

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      Ashley Calloway 15 months ago

      Team Green

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      Nell Rose 15 months ago from England

      How interesting! I have blue eyes, and recently wrote about blue eyes and where they came from. would love green eyes though!

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      wow 15 months ago

      wow, that's amazing, you guys. My eyes don't change color. it is always brown.

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      julianna 15 months ago

      i have green eyes very bright green so do my 2 brothers its because my moms eyes are blue my dads eyes are brown so my eyes are bright green im rare

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      Brenda 16 months ago

      My father had Blue eyes and my mother dark Brown- my brother's eyes are just like my mothers, mine are green with a dark green around the outside and some very light brown flecks- I am not sure about my ancestors eyes- I am mostly English and some French- although a DNA test showed a small amount of Asian! go figure- I am also left handed and no one in my family- except maybe my maternal grandmothers great great aunt - so Yes Actually I am pretty unique!!

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      priscilla 16 months ago

      I have green eyes one of my brother said your eyes turn blue I said I got green eyes

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      Denise 16 months ago

      If you open a can of "Campbell's Pea Soup," THAT'S the color of My eyes! Emotion, clothing, nor lighting nor sunshine change their color! My dad had the same color and he was 100% Irish. My mom was Irish, English, Dutch, German and Welsh, which I guess makes me an American mutt! My blood type is O+, which, I believe, is the commonest. I have 3 daughters, all by my husband (who is Ukrainian and Italian) and my oldest daughter has My eyes exactly (also without flecks of other colors), my middle daughter (age 47) has deep blue, and my youngest (age 42), has brown eyes So dark they almost look black! All my girls have A+ blood. Go figure ... it's like a lottery!