Green Eyes: Learn Why People Who Have Them Are So Unique!

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Green Eyes of Channing Tatum

GREEN EYES ARE UNUSUAL IN PEOPLE

Green eyes are beautiful to look at. They are also extremely unique and very rare! It has been estimated that only 2% of the world’s population have true green eyes. To give you an idea of just how special green eyes are, consider this factoid. Currently, it is estimated that around 7 billion people live on the planet.

Going by the math, this means only 140 million people have some shade of green as an eye color. There are only a handful of celebrities who have green eyes and even a smaller number who are male. 

If you are one of these people – consider yourself lucky. 

FYI: green eyes can express in several shades, including hazel, emerald, jade and blue-green. In super rare cases, they can even appear amber. When you take into account the different variations of this color, including some people with hues of brown, the number of people who can be classified as having green eyes jumps from 2% to 8%.

MOST ATTRACTIVE EYE COLOR

Guy Counseling recently asked nearly 90,000 website visitors which eye color they considered most attractive (as of 7/4/17). Here are the responses, broken down for each by percentages. 

  • Green: 42.8 %
  • Light blue: 22.59 %
  • Hazel: 17.33
  • Dark Blue: 10.2
  • Grey: 2%
  • Amber 1%
  • Amethyst: 2%
  • Brown 5%

Keep in mind that we are collecting new data from a poll appearing on the bottom of this page. You can still vote if you would like.

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Open green eye with shades of hazel gold

GREEN EYES: A PRIMER

This article will explore everything you ever wanted to know about green eyes. We will examine how you got your eye color, assess how eye color can be changed and identify a number of famous male celebrities with green eyes.

We will also check out some green eyed myths! Other information about various shades of green eye color will be touched upon, including popular hues.

Are you ready? Let’s jump right in!

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What is the science of Green Eyes?
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Male Green Eyes

WHAT IS THE SCIENCE OF GREEN EYES?

Many people want to know where green eyes come from. Ultimately, eye color is a function of genetics and is determined by two factors: (1) the pigmentation of the iris and (2) the way light scatters around the iris itself. Let’s take a quick look at both.

Pigmentation of a person’s iris can run the gamut from the darkest color, black to lightest, blue. Largely influencing pigmentation is something called melanin, a complex polymer made from the amino acid tyrosine.

The appearance of green and shades of green (i.e. jade, hazel eyes and emerald) are the result of a  phenomenon known as Rayleigh scattering; which is a 25 cent term used to describe the way light scatters after riding its spectrum wavelength.

Most people mistakenly believe that colors like green and blue are in the iris – but they’re not. Your eye color is a function of how light diffuses across the melanin base, which again is genetically determined.

Rayleigh Scattering Green Eyes
Credit: Wiki Commons

GREEN EYES: ORIGINS AND GENES

Old theory

Prior to 2008, scientists thought eye color was determined by one dominant gene. It was postulated that an eye color hierarchy existed with brown being at the top of the ladder and blue resting at the bottom.

Under the old way of thinking, this meant if your dad had brown eyes and your mom had blue eyes, you would likely be born with brown colored eyes. A parental combination of two green eyes would translate into you having green eyes. Recessive genes were also thought to partially influence eye color.

New theory

New research, presented in a 2008 publication of the American Journal of Human Genetics washed the old way of thinking about eyes and color. The new research suggests that as many as 16 genes may influence the way color is expressed in the iris. 

The unscientific translation means that a baby can be born with just about any eye color, regardless of what their parents have. It is important to note, however, that hereditary variables need to be factored into the equation.

The video below offers an excellent scientific analysis of how people get different color eyes, including green, blue, brown, hazel and some rare variations. 

GENETIC PREVALENCE OF GREEN EYES 

Interestingly enough, there are anthropological records of early humans with green eyes living around the mountain system in Eurasia between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. This area contained a natural land bridge between Europe and Asia.

Knowns as the “Silk Route” or “Silk Roads”; this ancient passageway was used by early civilizations for the lucrative trade silk, sometimes between 120 BCE – 1450s CE (Yao, et all, 2000). 

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The silk route is thought to be a major reason for the distribution of green eyes

WHERE DO GREEN EYES COME FROM?

We know from history that Silk Road played an important role in the creation of the civilizations of China, the Goguryeo kingdom in Korea, much of Japan, the Indian subcontinent, parts of Persia and the Horn of Africa and Arabia.

Because it served as a significant trade route for many early traders, it is thought that mating between various groups may have been part of gene distribution. 

This may help to explain why green eyes can be found in various groups across Europe, Africa and Asia.

GENETIC ANTHROPOLOGY AND EYE COLOR

Genetic anthropology is growing branch of science that examines DNA testing with concrete archaeological, historical and language-based evidence to uncover the history of ancient migration patterns in early human civilizations. 

Thanks to this emerging area of research, scientists are learning more and more about the etiology of eye color. This is why today, you can have your DNA tested to determine your genetic background. In turn, this may help to explain the genetic reasons for your ocular hue.

GREEN EYES AND GEOLOGIC TIME

Much of Europe, Asia and Africa and large swaths of the middle east have been native lands to people with green eyes for centuries. When studying the geologic time scale; a tool used to measure our planets history, it is thought that green eyes may have appeared in people of Iranian, Spanish, Brazilian and Pakistani decent sometime during the late part of the Cenozoic period.

Specifically, this would be between the Pleistocene and Holocene epochs some 2 to 3 million years ago.

Any race, including people who are Caucasian, Asian, African, Native Indian, Pacific Islander, Hispanic and pre-Colombians (Indigenous Peoples of the Americas) can have green colored eyes. Anthropologists believe eye color, like hazel, blue, brown and green, are the direct result of migratory behaviors.

Because of inter-mixing of groups, coupled with thousands of genetic mutations, we see various shades of green throughout modern man. 

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Jessee Metcalfe has green eyes. Credit: MTV

Science of Green Eyes

Melanin content in eye color of people with green, amber, hazel, brown, blue, violet and gray and black eyes
Eye ColorMelanin Amount: Front Layer of IrisMelanin Amount: Back Layer of IrisDominant Pigmentation
HazelMedium: Less than green. More than brownNormalEumelanin and Pheomelanin
BrownSubstantialNormalEumelanin
BlueLightNormalEumelanin
GreenCloser to blue; less than brownNormalPheomelanin
GreyLess than green and hazelNormalEumelanin mix
Violet/PurpleSmall to noneSmall to littleUnknown
BlackHeavyHeavyBlack Eumelanin
AmberLess than brownLightEumelanin and Pheomelanin

CAN YOUR EYES CHANGE COLOR?

Many people are curious if eye color can change. The answer is – absolutely! People with green, blue or brown eyes all experience change in color from time to time. Causes for eye color changes include:

  • The way light scatters
  • Mood
  • Health/Medical reasons

HOW EYE COLOR CAN CHANGE DUE TO HEALTH

The color of your iris can permanently change if you have glaucoma and take certain medications for treatment. If you have light colored eyes and want to keep them, you need to be extremely careful with the glaucoma medications you take. Make sure you consult with your eye doctor to discover all of the facts.

Other reasons eye color can change to certain types of diseases. Examples include Horner’s syndrome and Fuch’s heterochromic iridocyclitis. Should you notice any changes in the color of your eyes, contact your doctor immediately.

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Green eyes of Tom Welling: Credit insoonia.com

GREEN EYES AND HEALTH RISKS

If you have green eyes, you are more susceptible to the sun’s harmful radiation. This has to do with our old friend melanin previously mentioned. Simply put, green eyed people can develop certain types of ocular cancers, like intraocular melanoma. People with light colored eyes should wear UV protective sunglasses when outdoors.

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Jensen Ackles has light green eyes: Credit Fanpop

PHENOMENON OF RAYLEIGH SCATTERING

As mentioned previously, green eyes, blue eyes and brown eyes do not actually have these colors deposited into the iris. In truth, your eye pigmentation has a little brown in them. Because of the phenomenon of Rayleigh scattering, your eyes will reflect back a certain colored hue.

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Green eyes can come in different shades

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Green eyes with gold specs of Eddie Redmaybe

HOW LIGHT CHANGES EYE COLOR

Using the prior mentioned scientific principle of Rayleigh scattering, transformation of light particles that land on the iris will impact its coloristic appearance. This can result in a person having hazel, amber, jade, emerald, blue and even gray!

Other factors can influence the shade of green in eyes.

  • Lighting: Artificial lighting (aka: light bulbs) can impact how eye color is experienced. The intensity of the light hitting your iris will either amplify or soften your iris’s appearance. 
  • Time of day: Light from the sun may be more intense earlier in the day or later, which means your iris will “pick-up” different intensities from the solar spectrum. 
  • Reflective colors: The color of everything around you, including the cloths you have on, can intensify how eye color is experienced. Certain colors, like gold, blue and other greens can amplify the flecks reflecting outward from your Iris. 
  • Makeup: Some people wear eye-makeup, like gold and purple eye-shadow, to accentuate the natural green of the iris. This can cause the desired effect of having chameleon eyes. Gorgeous makeup makes a line of eye shadow specifically designed for people with green eye color.
  • Allergies: Some people with allergies have “scratchy eyes” which can cause the surrounding “whites” of the eyes to become red (aka: bloodshot eyes). This can have the effect of amplifying your eye color and creating baggy eyes.Most people do not desire this look. 
  • Emotional state: While your emotional state does not directly change the color of your eyes, what you are feeling at any given point in time can impact how they are perceived. Specifically, if you are depressed and crying, your pupil may dilate, which may give off a darker appearance. 
  • Substances: Use of alcohol, uppers, downers and other kinds of medications can cause your pupils to become larger or smaller. The end result can mean your eye color becomes more intense.
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Josh Henderson has a green eye and blue eye because of heterochromia.

HETEROCHROMIA

Some people have a condition called heterochromia that causes one eye to be one color (like green) and the other eye to be a different color (like blue). While multiple causes have been suggested, the current scientific thinking suggests that a lack of genetic diversity is the main reason for heterochromia.

It is thought that the condition is caused by a mutation of the genes determining melanin distribution, which often becomes changed due to chromosomal homogeneity. The photograph above of actor Josh Henderson is an example of someone with heterochromia. Notice one of his eyes are green. The other is blue. Very rare and unique.

NOTE OF CAUTION

If your eye color changes suddenly or if you notice your pupils remain dilated for no apparent reason for an extended period of time, contact your physician immediately. Your eyes are not something you want to play with.

What Do Your Eyes Say About You Video 

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Channing Tatum has a unique pair of green eyes that are almost jade.

MALE CELEBRITIES WITH GREEN EYES

There are many celebrities with green eyes – so many that it is not possible to list them all here. Bear in mind that different people have different hues of green. How they are expressed and perceived by others in large part depends on the factor previously mentioned.  Listed below are a number of male celebrities with green eyes.

  • Jesse Metcalfe
  • Channing Tatum
  • Jude Law
  • Casey Affleck
  • David Beckham
  • Drew Fuller
  • Harrison Ford
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Jon Hamm
  • Matt Dallas
  • Oliver Martinez
  • Paul Rudd
  • Robbie Williams
  • Tom Cruise
  • Tom Welling
  • Willie Aames
  • Vincent Perez
  • Van Johnson

MYTHS ABOUT GREEN EYES

Green eyes are indeed rare and therefore desired by many. Because of this, it makes sense that a number of myths exist about people with green eyes. What follows are a few of the “biggies”.

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Green, hazel and amber all in one!

Keep in mind there are many more than the ones listed here!

  • Green eyed people are more attractive.
  • Green eyed people possess supernatural powers.
  • Green eyed people have more intense relationships.
  • Green eyed people are better in bed.
  • Green eyed people live healthier life styles
  • Green eyed people are more connected to the earth
  • Green eyed people live longer

PERSONALITY TRAITS OF GREEN EYED PEOPLE

Do people with green eyes have specific personality traits? Many people wonder about this question. The truth is, we don’t really know. But if you were to ask a person with this shade of color, they’re like to say:

  • Green eyed people are outgoing
  • People with green eyes are extroverted
  • Men with green eyes are natural born inventors
  • Women with green are are empathic
  • Green eyes are a sign of inner strength
  • Individuals with shades of green are intuitive
  • Loyalty is a strong green eyes trait
  • Some people with green eyes are highly jealous
  • Passion is a natural trait among green eyes people
  • The greener the eyes, the fitter the person
  • Men with light green eyes are naturally funny
  • Women with dark green eyes are naturally charming

GREEN EYE POLL

This poll is designed to find out what you think about eye color. It is not scientific and therefore should be used for entertainment purposes only.

Still, the results may give you a clue about what others think about eye color – including the color of your eyes! Your self-esteem should not be tied to your eye color – keep this in mind when you take the poll.


DID GREEN EYES COME FROM ALIENS?

The color of your eyes is unique. No two people have exactly the same eye color, unless they are identical twins. When we examine the origins of eye color, we can see their evolution changed over the course of time. It has been postulated that adaptations in eye color occurred as a result of a changing environment.

Some people believe green eyes and blue eyes are the result of an alien species depositing their DNA into the human genome.  But if you look at other species on our planet, you will see eye colors come in rainbow, including oranges, reds and yellows.  

Did these differing ocular colors come from aliens as well?

FINAL THOUGHTS ON GREEN EYES

We are still learning a great deal about eye color with new research happening every day. There have also been advancements changing eye color of the iris through medical procedures.

And of course, you can always buy colored contacts to make your eyes blue green, hazel or brown! I hope you found this post helpful. 

If you happen to be lucky enough to be one of the few with green eyes, I’ve posted some information below from Amazon with some great choices for your eye color.

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References:
Sturm, R. A., Duffy, D. L., Zhao, Z. Z., Leite, F. P., Stark, M. S., Hayward, N., . . . Montgomery, G. W. (2008). A Single SNP in an Evolutionary Conserved Region within Intron 86 of the HERC2 Gene Determines Human Blue-Brown Eye Color. The American Journal of Human Genetics, 82(2), 424-431. doi:10.1016/j.ajhg.2007.11.005

Yao, Yong-Gang et al. “Gene Admixture In The Silk Road Region Of China: Evidence From Mtdna And Melanocortin 1 Receptor Polymorphism.”. Genes & Genetic Systems 75.4 (2000): 173-178. Web.

Zimmerman, A. Cenozoic Era: Facts About Climate, Animals & Plants. Live Science (2016). Web.


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118 Comments

  1. I have green eyes…nd dey r prety but frm 2 3 mnths ma eyes are bcming darker and look like brown…many times ppl do not even believe me dat i have green eyes until u see in perfect lights and closer…i love ma eyes alot nd i dnt wanna lose it 🙁 plz help

  2. i have light green eyes, but people when standing farther away say i have like light blue eyes

  3. I have very bright colored green eyes as I am from a city on the Caspian Sea in northern Iran where it is the predominant eye color
    Apparently the ancient Scythians who were the ancestors of most Iranians (and the origin of the word “Aryan” which Hitler and the Nazis stained with their despicable racial prejudice) had bright green eyes and flaming red hair (they are related to the ancient Celts who spread across Europe and remain predominant in Ireland today)
    What is really amazing is the predominance of people with green or blue eyes and blonde or red hair in this one area of Iran..an even greater predominance of people with light features than in Scandinavia.

    • Thats interesting because I have blond hair and green eyes being the only one in my family. I am a male and have retained these colours all my life. Would these same Iranians be from the area where the ancient civilisation of Media once stood?

  4. my eyes are green, yellow, brown and gray all in one, sometimes blue depending on what color I am wearing.

  5. Funny I do have supernatural capabilities now you can all figure out if I am just joking but…..I’m not as a matter of fact its possible to affect anyone just using the mind or a method of interaction such as this site once mastered you can sit back from the comfort of your home and simply pull strings mentally you don’t have to try to affect anyone matter is their already doing it to themselfs for your entertainment depending on your beliefs for example you hate everyone no need to worry their mass murdering each other all over globe you conjured up the idea but someone somewhere actually does it fulfilling your original wishintent without you ever realizing it …anyways everyone happy trolling!!!!!

  6. I’m the only person in my entire family with green eyes so I always thought I was adopted. But I wasn’t. Really!

      • Are you the only one with green eyes too? At least I can fall back on the fact that I’m 3/4 Irish! All the boys in my family have blue eyes, and all the girls have brown or hazel. I feel like an oddball!

        • Yes, among my large family (grandma, uncles, cousins, etc) I am the only one with green eyes. Well, my bio dad has green eyes, but my mum is a single mother, so I barely know him. But it’s not just about the eye colour, it’s something more, like behaviour, it’s strange o:

          • Are you the black sheep of the family? I am. I’m considered the “weird” one because I’m the smartest, most creative, adventurous, risk-taking and mystical one. I follow my own path no matter what anyone else says. And I have snakes! LOL And two rescue dogs.

          • Kinda, well, i do not consider myself that smart, but i tell you that my family doesn’t even get jokes from the simpsons 😐

          • I have green eyes too and so does my sister. I guess it is because my dad has vary light blue eyes and my mom has semi dark brown eyes. I only know 3 people with green eyes. But i don’t think im very attractive. Im a male and i have girl like features. And i have long hair.

          • yep that would be me too. But have no dogs, love snakes, never had them as pets though.

        • EVERYONE has blue eyes! No other colors at all just Blue! Even Aunts an Cousins sea of blue eyes!

          • Like I said to someone else, it must be a really recessive gene that decided to resurface, unless we are adopted, or our daddies aren’t really our daddies! OMG!

    • I also am the only green eye person in my family. Both parents, and all siblings have blue eyes. Also, all blood relations on both sides have blue eyes. Not one brown eye, and I’m the one green eye. It’s always bothered me!

      • Me, too! I’ve always wondered how many generations back in my family I would have to go, to find another green-eyed person. It’s got to come from the Irish side, or maybe there’s a little bit of gypsy on the Italian side! In any case, I’ll never know!

        • In Nursing School I was told eye color only comes from parents. I’ve wondered about my paternity every since. I am the odd ball! Not just eye color either. To chicken to ask. Lol My mother said IT WAS THE EVIL COMING OUT IN ME when I mentioned it once! Don’t know if that was joke, but I never mentioned it again

          • LOL! I learned the same thing in Nursing School! That’s why I always thought I was adopted. But I wasn’t. I’ve got my birth certificate, and all my baby pictures are in the family albums! It must be a really recessive gene which has resurfaced! 😉 Lucky for us!

  7. Myself and three cousins have green eyes. My mother has brown my father blue. Mine are constantly changing from blue green to emerald green to grey. No two days are the same and sometimes changing twice or three times a day.

  8. I have green eyes, but the guy that you have as “Latino” is actually half black and his name is Damon…

  9. Interesting article. I have green eyes. Actually one green, the other one is slightly brown. Not so noticeable fortunately 😀

  10. I had blue eyes as a child, which was odd at the time as both my mother and father has brown, (I also had blonde hair as a child but now it is dark brown)
    I’m 35 now and my eye’s are now a deep shade of green and have been since a young age, I am the youngest of 4 and the only other person in my immediate family with green eyes is my eldest brother.
    I wasn’t aware green eyes were considered rare.

  11. I am a male and have blond hair and 1 green lighter eye and 1 green darker eye. I wonder what the percentages for this is? I am also the only one in my family with it and I thought I was adopted. So I did check with the hospital and I’m legit. Lol. Use to feel a bit freakish because there a so few of us. Now I know I’m blessed!

  12. I have very light yellow green eyes with blue around the rim. How does that factor into the green eyed equation? I know that it does come from the Italian side og my family, with only one member of each genation having this particular eye coloe.

  13. Oh, and I not only have a very unusual eye color (only one in my family) but am lefy-handed as well (again the only one in my family). I probably would have been burned at the stake in Salem as a witch. Ha!

  14. all my famly has different kinds of green eyes. but mine are strange they sometimes seem to be blue and sometimes green. depends on the light. but as far as i see they are green

  15. What is it about green eyes that catches people’s attention? It makes me feel uneasy when I notice someone staring at my eyes. From my perspective I seem to be hyper sensitive to light compared to most people. I squint a lot which gives others the impression that I’m mad or something. LOL

    • What makes green eyes “beautiful” is their rareness not their colour! Every eye has it’s own and special shade that makes them beautiful in its way! Yours sure are too! 😀

      • That’s not true, green is a beautiful color. Even if they weren’t rare, they would still be a popular eye color.

        • Indeed, but I’m not talking about preference but about rareness. Think about it… If 90% of the population had green eyes and only 10% had, for example, brown eyes, which color would be more desired… green or brown? I honestly think that it’s more a matter of exclusiveness than color. And please don’t think that I’m saying this beacause I don’t love my eye color or something. I actually do have green eyes, I just don’t like when people compare themselves with others, just because they don’t have what those people do have and don’t feel special because of it. If that even makes sense… :S xD (Sorry if I’m a little off with my writing skills, not my mother tongue xD, And sorry too for that unnecessary large reply xD)

  16. i have green eyes and if i wear violet-blue contact lenses they look cool! i also have brown contacts–i guess i get sorta bored with the same color eyes for 50 years LOL

  17. I have green eyes but if u look close they have a little bit of light brown in the middle then blue all around the rest but farther away they r bright green it’s rlly weird

    • This only means that you have some shade of hazel eyes. Half brown, half green, and sometimes some blue too!

  18. i have green eyes and my parent have them to and my brother and sister and all my other family members have them to

  19. Would have like the article, but the mixed race bastards who have my eyes ruined it.

  20. I got my green eyrs from my father, and they ate popular on that dide of my family, i thought it was an Irish trait

  21. I got my green eyes from my father and they are popular on that side of my family, i thought it was an Irish trait

    • Very rare eye color always new that, but was surprised how rare! Pretty sure in the case of eyes it only Parents not like Hair color or skin! Not sure why!

  22. I’m the middle child of 5 children both father and mother have brown eyes older brother blue eyes older sister younger sister and younger brother all have brown eyes. As far back as I can trace in family history mostly blue eyes and brown eyes going back to my great grandparents none with green eyes can be found. I do have one daughter with green eyes the other with blue, their dad has blue eyes. This article I read has a lot of information that is true for me and the trait of having green eyes, however I do believe there is much more information missing due to my age and experience.

  23. There goes my Mendel Pundit square argument
    Big B little b times Big B little b gets 2 Brown eyes BB 50!per cent blue eyes Little b little b
    All that is down the tubes

    • My father brown eyes
      My mother blue
      2 dark eyed sister 2 blue eyed( I’m considered blue but I’m green)

      • As long as you have a brown eyed parent they whole all eye color genes. A brown eye parent can have any eye color child from how I understood it in school

  24. What should I say…
    My eyes turned from light blue to grassy/olive green in 8-9th grade, one of my eye corner has a little part of light blue, but hardly noticeable (unless you pay close attention) my hair from ginger turned to the darkest brown/black then it turned into almost dirty blonde color..

  25. Eye color doesn’t run the “gambit,” people. It runs the “gamut.” A gamut is a scale; a gambit is a chess move, or other scheme.

    • Awww, brown eyes are LOVELY! The hottest guy I ever met had this brown eyes that make me felt like a whole hidden universe was beneath them.. that he wouldn’t show.

      So use your brownies and do the same with cute guys! But be nice. Don’t underestimate the power. Don’t be mean as this guy ALMOST did <3

  26. I am 100% Mexican and have green eyes that can look bright blue when I wear blue or in all white environments. I was told I was born with sky blue eyes but they changed color when I was 8-9 month old to green. All the members of my bio father have green eyes and his father as well. All my mother’s have brown except for her great grandmma who had blue. Im older now and notice my eye color is changing to more blue than green, I don’t like that! And never knew they were rare?? I went to grammar school in small town in central Mexico. Out of a class of about 25, 6 kids had green eyes, WTH?? And I never knew why I was sensitiv to bright light and I hate the sun!! I was freaked to learn in the poll, I am Latino, a Scorpio and other traits I can relate to LoL! Thx

  27. My husband has one blue and one green eye. I have pale grey blue eyes. My son has brilliant blue eyes with a dark ring around them and a few yellow specks. My daughter has soft green eyes with a dark ring and yellow specks. I love all their eye colors and just wish mine weren’t so wishy washy grey blue.

  28. I have green eyes which are very sensitive to light or even a breeze (especially a winter one). I used to get compliments about my eyes when I was younger but not so much now. 🙁
    I like the fact that they are a rare trait.

  29. Well I do have very different green eye color most people they don’t believe it is my regular color😂 I am Turkish and no one in my family have my eye color! When I cry it turns to bright green when I go out sunny day turns to yellow when I am angry dark green😍 Well thank you dr John Moore for great article!

  30. NO Green eyes on my mothers side of the family they are all BLUE or BROWN on my Dad’s side BLUE,BROWN a,small % of GREEN eyes, I am one of those with the GREEN eyes and always been very proud of them for sure. I have a sister with HAZEL eyes but her eyes have more BROWN then GREEN in them but they are still beautiful, my brother her TWIN has CRYSTAL BLUE eyes. I am working on our genealogy and had a gathering this summer of cousins and family that I had never met but it AMAZED me that 90% and that maybe LOW!!! They were GREEN eyed it was varies shades but they were GREEN eyed . I have never seen that many GREEN eyed people in one place it was AWESOME

  31. I have very green eyes and very fair skin,when I was born and until about four my hair was white,then went to blond,then light brown. At the ripe age of 35 my hair went from light brown right back to white/silver. My eye color however remained green. My parents and 4siblings do not have green eyes, only me. Until recently I never gave my eye color much thought but now I think I’m just a little unique.

  32. I have green eyes. My mother said when I was born my eyes were so blue they looked purple and stayed that way for 3 years. Now people don’t believe I’m not wearing contacts. It’s creepy for me. I can’t even look people in the face directly

    • My eyes are also green. My mother said that when I was born they were so blue that they looked purple and my hair was jet black. I am of Lebanese and Hispanic descent. I am the only one in the family including my fathers side and my mothers side. None of my cousins on either side. I do get many compliments and sometimes I get very embarrassed. I am proud to know that green eyes are rare.

  33. Dr. John Moore, Fun article but I’ve got to let you know for some reason hue was spelled incorrectly as hew. Thanks, Truly, green eyes.

  34. I’m the only one in my whole family that has green eyes, as far as i know. It’s pretty funny actually, I’m completely the odd one out as the only green eyed person amongst all brown eyes.

  35. I have light greenish yellow eyes, chartreuse colored. I have night blindness to some degree and my eyes are slightly light sensitive My hair is blondish red naturally. When i get mad some people have told me that my eyes flash, which i have never seen but i have been told this by numerous people. Some people don’t like me to stare at them because they say it’s spooky. Lol ! .

  36. I inherited my green eyes from my Romanian father. Always get compliments. Didn’t know it was this rare to have green eyes.

  37. I have emerald green eyes, almost a dark grass green. My optician said that they are more sensitive to light. I have to were sunglasses or I get bad headaches in bright sunshine. I seem to be able to see in the dark better than anyone I know. I have red hair too. I am the only one in my whole family with green eyes. The others are blue or brown.

  38. Well, now I know why people always freak out when they realize I have green: They think I possess powers, or was influenced by an alien. Seriously? Why don’t they just burn me at the stake?

  39. i actually can’t even tell tbh seem green in someways but also brown, i’ve had people tell me green, hazel, brown i have no idea top picture is with flash bottom without flash it’s hard to make sure my pupils aren’t dilated seem to need lot’s of light or my eyes be mostly the black dot

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  40. I have green eyes. I didn’t understand how special it was until I read this article. Now I feel like the chosen one. Maybe I belong on another planet ?

  41. Interesting I am A- and I have deep green eyes that change colours between ‘gold’ ‘blue’ or ‘Hazel’ depending on the colour of clothing I wear or the eye makeup I apply. I have been told that my eyes are both intense and unnerving on many occasions throughout my life. What is interesting to myself, is that I can meet someone look, into their eyes and instantly within a millisecond know whether they are a friend or foe…

  42. Glad to know it isn’t DNA based! Dad has lovely mahogany eyes, Mom has pale jade green eyes. (Both brothers have the same brown as Dad.)
    Mine were deep blue as a young child, going turquoise, then changing from blue to green based on my strong emotions as a young adult. Now they are nearly always green, with some blue tint that gets more or less each day.
    Hair is light amber brown.

  43. I have green eyes the only one in my family some how I’ve always been or felt different.

    • It’s very common for Italian people to have green or hazel eyes. Italy is heavily influenced by the entire Mediterranean with many people who have lighter color eyes.

      • so Italian people most likely have light eyes because I am full Italian like my mom and dad are both itailan

  44. I am the only one with green eyes in my family but my grandpa on my moms side has like blue and green eyes. But my two brothers have hazels eyes that sometimes turn like dark blue with brown around the blue.

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