Adam Ant

by Manila on February 26, 2016

Adam Ant

Birth Name: Stuart Leslie Goddard

Place of Birth: Marylebone, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 3 November, 1954

Ethnicity: English, 1/16th Scottish, possibly some Romani

Adam Ant is an English singer and musician. He is the son of Betty Kathleen (Smith) and Alfred Leslie Goddard, who served in the Royal Air Force. He was married to Carol Mills and Lorraine Gibson.

Adam’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Albert Alfred Goddard (the son of Charles Henry Goddard and Catherine Elizabeth Hill). Charles was the son of Charles George Goddard and Louisa Fisher. Catherine was the daughter of Thomas Hill and Mary Ann Cooper.

Adam’s paternal grandmother was Caroline Florence Louise Hutchens (the daughter of Frederick Charles Hutchens and Annie Mary MacLean). Frederick was the son of William John Hutchens and Caroline Herbert. Annie was the daughter of John Roderick Maclean, who was Scottish, and of Mary Annie Lake.

Adam’s maternal grandfather was Walter Albany Smith (the son of Joseph Charles Smith and Thirza West). Joseph was the son of Charles Henry Smith and Clara Jane Such. Thirza was the daughter of Urbane West and Susannah Savins.

Adam’s maternal grandmother was Lily Ada Jopson (the daughter of George Jopson and Ada Spokes). George was the son of William Jopson and Mary Ann Moore. Ada was the daughter of Richard William Spokes and Sarah Ann Emberson.

In his book, Stand and Deliver: The Autobiography (2006), Adam wrote of his maternal grandparents:

Lily Ada had married by far the most important man in my life as I grew up, my maternal grandfather. Born a Romany gypsy, Walter Albany Smith came into this world in a caravan in Oxford in 1898, and his life reads like a romantic lead in a D. H. Lawrence novel. It’s impossible to trace his family tree before this time as, in true gypsy tradition, the less contact with officialdom or society in general that his people had, they considered, the better. It is believed they were of Rumanian heritage. Judging by the thickset Slavic head and jawline that the whole family inherited, I think this is quite possible.

It appears at least most of the ancestry of Adam’s maternal grandfather was not Romani. It is not clear if Adam has any verified/documented Romani ancestry.

Sources: Birth record of Adam Ant – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Adam’s parents – https://familysearch.org

Birth record of Adam’s father – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Adam’s paternal grandparents, Thomas Albert Alfred Goddard and Caroline Florence Louise Hutchens – https://familysearch.org

Birth record of Adam’s mother – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Adam’s maternal grandparents, Walter Albany Smith and Ada Lily Jopson – https://familysearch.org

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

madman July 23, 2017 at 2:49 am

This man went under the pseudonym Walter Smith:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xavier_Petulengro

Maybe there’s a connection?

follers February 27, 2016 at 8:39 am

Is there any evidence that Walter Albany Smith had Romani ancestry?

madman March 10, 2016 at 5:09 pm

Adam wrote it in his book Stand and Deliver: My Autobiography.

“Lily Ada had married by far the most important man in my life as I grew up, my maternal grandfather. Born a Romany gypsy, Walter Albany Smith came into this world in a caravan in Oxford in 1898, and his life reads like a romantic lead in a D. H. Lawrence novel. It’s impossible to trace his family tree before this time as, in true gypsy tradition, the less contact with officialdom or society in general that his people had, they considered, the better. It is believed they were of Rumanian heritage. Judging by the thickset Slavic head and jawline that the whole family inherited, I think this is quite possible.”

As for the spelling of Romani and Romanian, as well as the fact that Romanians are not Slavic, this is how it is written in the book.

bablah March 11, 2016 at 5:29 am

it’s probably just a bunch of hogwash. someone in his family or maybe even himself trying to make themselves more interesting. Romani people are of Indian descent and look it. They don’t look either ”Slavic” (which is bullshit too, since we don’t all look alike, we inhabit half of the bloody continent) nor Romanian.

neiltennant July 23, 2017 at 7:43 am

you idiot

romani gypsy people are in europe for many hundred years

that means they have mixed with the people in their countries

i know a lot of gypsies and none of them are really indian dark

many of them look eastern european

bablah July 23, 2017 at 12:18 pm

Don’t call me an idiot. I’ve seen thousands of Romany people and yes, most of them look Indian. They’re not that mixed. They look like people from north India.

neiltennant July 23, 2017 at 1:09 pm

but you are an idiot

im from europe and have met 1000s of gipsys

many of them look more like italians or spanish but also a lot of them like romanian

andrew July 23, 2017 at 2:38 pm
bablah July 23, 2017 at 4:02 pm

So by being from Europe you think you know all things European?
Aren’t you in Germany? Didn’t they gas most of their Sinti population? That means most of the Romany people you meet are likely from Eastern Europe, and I’m from Eastern Europe and can see the difference in how they look compared to the general population.

@andrew
I wish such blatanly racist comments would get deleted.

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