Barack Obama

by ethnic on December 29, 2014

Barack Obama

Birth Name: Barack Hussein Obama II

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 4, 1961

*Luo Kenyan (father)
*English, small amounts of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, French, possibly remote African (mother)

Barack Obama is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 44th President of the United States, from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017. He was elected to the position in 2008 and 2012. He was previously a Member of the Illinois Senate, from January 8, 1997 to November 4, 2004, and a U.S. Senator from Illinois, from January 3, 2005 to November 16, 2008. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009.

He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2008 and 2012.

President Obama is the first person of African descent to serve as President of the United States. President Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. His father was black and his mother was white. His father, Barack Obama, a governmental economist, was born in Nyang’oma Kogelo, Rachuonyo District, Kenya Colony, and was a Kenyan of the Luo tribe. His mother, Stanley Ann (Dunham), an anthropologist, was born in Wichita, Kansas, and had English, and small amounts (to varying degrees) of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, and French, ancestry. His father was a Muslim and his mother was from a family of non-practicing Baptists and Methodists. President Obama practices Protestant Christianity.

President Obama is married to lawyer and writer Michelle Obama (born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson). Their children are Malia Obama and Sasha Obama. He lived in Indonesia from six to ten years old.

Genealogist William Addams Reitwiesner wrote President Obama’s ancestral lineage out as such, with approximate fractions:

*50% Luo Kenyan
*35.06% English
*4.69% Scottish
*3.91% Irish
*3.71% German
*1.56% Welsh
*0.98% Swiss
*0.1% French

President Obama’s paternal grandfather was Onyango (whose name was changed to Hussein Onyango Obama; the son of Obama and Nyaoke). Onyango was born in Alego. President Obama’s great-grandfather Obama was the son of Opiyo and Marrgorat.

President Obama’s paternal grandmother was Habibah Akumu Nyanjoga (the daughter of Njango/Njoga and Bwogi Otore). Habibah was born in Karabondi. Njoga was the son of Okela.

President Obama’s maternal grandfather was Stanley Armour Dunham (the son of Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham, Sr. and Ruth Lucille Armour). Stanley was born in Kansas. Ralph was the son of Jacob William Dunham and Mary Ann Kearney. Ruth was the daughter of Harry Ellington Armour and Gabriella Lee “Gabbie” Clark.

President Obama’s maternal grandmother was Madelyn Lee Payne (the daughter of Rolla Charles Payne and Leona Belle McCurry). Madelyn was born in Kansas. Rolla was the son of Charles Thomas Payne and Della Lillian Wolfley. Leona was the daughter of Thomas Creekmore McCurry and Margaret Belle Wright.

Aside from being the first person of African descent to serve as President of the United States, President Obama is the first person of African descent to be the presidential nominee of a major American party.

President Obama is the fourth black American to win a caucus and/or primary for a major American political party’s presidential nomination, having won 29+ states in 2008, and 50+ states in 2012. The previous winners are:
*Walter E. Fauntroy (1972; Democratic; won Washington, D.C.)
*Shirley Chisholm (1972; Democratic; won 3 contests, including New Jersey)
*Jesse Jackson (Democratic; in 1984, he won 2+ states; in 1988, he won 9+ states)

President Obama has distant Irish ancestry, going back to his great-great-great-grandfather, Falmouth Kearney, who arrived in the States in 1850, from Moneygall in Ireland. Research done by a team of genealogists has suggested that President Obama’s mother had remote African-American ancestry (in the 1600s), through possible descent from a slave named John Punch.

In page 13 of his autobiography, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995), President Obama writes that a distant ancestor of his mother’s “had indeed been a full-blooded Cherokee” [Native American]. No Cherokee Native American ancestry has yet been documented/verified for President Obama.

President Obama has referred to his mother’s ancestors as “Scotch-Irish mostly”, though their ancestry was predominantly English, with a smaller amount of Scots-Irish.

One of President Obama’s maternal ancestors, his ninth great-grandfather, Richard Singletary, was born, c. 1585, in Surfleet, Lincolnshire, England, to Francis Singletary and Agnes Cook. Richard’s son, Jonathan Singletary (later Dunham), was born, c. 1640, in Newbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony. President Obama’s “Dunham” line traces back to Jonathan.

Sources: Genealogies of President Obama –

Genealogies of President Obama’s parents –

Article about President Obama’s Irish ancestry –

Article suggesting that President Obama’s mother had remote African-American ancestry –

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Manila February 8, 2018 at 5:45 am

Akumu’s mother was named Bwogi Otore. Njoga was the son of Okela.

Della’s middle name is Lillian.

Multiethnicchick August 21, 2017 at 3:12 pm

Obama didn’t deserve a lot of his poor treatment but he promoted the racist one drop rule so I can’t say I’m a fan. He’s not African American. He’s white American and black African. This makes him mixed. Something I’ve noticed is that with any mixed race person claiming only black, it’s usually because they’re racist/prejudice. ex: Barack Obama said his grandmother is a “typical white person” who has fears about black men. He was attempting to explain a portion of his speech on race earlier this week—specifically, the statement that his white grandmother gets nervous when a black man approaches her on the street.

The only reason Barack Obama isn’t called mixed race is because of racist Americans who are black, white, mixed, asian, etc who uphold the racist one drop rule.

fuzzybear44 August 22, 2017 at 12:11 am

Quote( Something I’ve noticed is that with any mixed race person claiming only black, it’s usually because they’re racist/prejudice. )

That’s nonsense. I identify as black ,and I am of mixed ethnicity, pretty much everyone I know is. I’m not racist or prejudice. I don’t hate my white bloodlines. I don’t think black people are better than white people. I just see myself as a black man.

I have question for you, where is this magical force that’s stopping Obama from calling himself mixed-blood? It’s obviously not working on you, since you seem to have no problem calling him that

Masterlord April 17, 2017 at 3:23 am

So tired of hearing everyone claiming he was the first “black” president in the United States. He never was and never will be

fuzzybear44 April 17, 2017 at 7:05 am

Okay, fine he’s the first official African American president if that makes you feel better. He is after all the very definition of the phrase. Now if you believe there was another before him , ok I can work with that

Multiethnicchick August 21, 2017 at 3:06 pm

He’s not even ethnically African American. He shares no history with black Americans. It’s like me being half Japanese and half white, being raised in Korea by my white parent and then claiming to be just Korean. Makes no sense. He’s the first mixed race president.

fuzzybear44 August 21, 2017 at 11:53 pm

However he fits the very definition of the phrase African American:

total or partial ancestry from any of the black racial groups of Africa.[4][5] The term may also be used to include only those individuals who are descended from enslaved Africans

Next pretty much every black person here is of mixed blood. You have your point of view, and everyone else has theirs. You’re doing no better than the people you say enforce the ODR. You’re trying to take away a person right to choose. You call yourself Multiethnicchick, but you don’t want to give people the right to self identify how they wish

cwm85 August 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm

Its a shame how racist he has become and the dems… Obama seems to hate his European heritage. This man has failed the country now backs a corrupt, crook in Hilary Clinton. She should be in jail…

follers August 2, 2016 at 4:22 pm

Can you cite some of President Obama’s recent racist comments?

Also, what are Hillary Clinton’s criminal offenses?

bearboy August 2, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Hey follers mind adding Darrell Castle to ethnic celebs? He is running for president for the Constitution Party/

fuzzybear44 August 3, 2016 at 12:00 am


What did he say?

bearboy August 17, 2016 at 2:02 pm

@Fuzzybear, he laughed at white Americans who believe that reverse racism exists.

fuzzybear44 August 2, 2016 at 11:56 pm

You say he failed the country? From what I can see, this country had problems far before he got here. Also every time he tried to do something, republicans did everything they could think of to try and stop it. Also as far as corrupted crooks, that’s most of the government. Most are out to fill their pockets, and don’t give a damn about the people. So you would have to lock up a lot of people

Adamina September 13, 2016 at 2:40 pm

@cwm85 my paternal grandfather is Serer (a Tribe from West Africa) and even though I’m mixed I always identify as Serer. It doesn’t mean that I’m ashamed of my Morrocan Berber, Middle Eastern and English heritage. My last name is Serer and where I live you always identify with your father’s surname. It doesn’t make you a racist or a self hater.

Adamina September 13, 2016 at 2:45 pm

@cwm85 oh and Scottish heritage. I forgot about that….. Still not a self-hater!

follers July 31, 2016 at 3:49 am

In his DNC speech, President Obama said that his mother’s ancestry was mostly Scots-Irish. As the fractions show, that isn’t true. Having a lot of Scots-Irish ancestry seems to be a popular belief among Americans, though.

bearboy August 1, 2016 at 3:17 pm

I think since it was added that President Obama claimed Native American ancestry in the profile the Scotch-Irish claim should be added to the profile as well. Also when he referred to himself as Jewish should be added to the profile like all the other celebrities that claim certain heritage.

follers August 2, 2016 at 9:30 am


bearboy August 2, 2016 at 11:20 am
gel August 1, 2016 at 3:48 pm

That means you’re all mixed race, because Scottish DNA is an “extraordinary” mixture, from all over the place, including Africa:

Alice August 2, 2016 at 5:27 am

Gel you come across as a bit of a Troll. The Scots are the closest to the Irish especially West Scots. That newspaper article is trying to spice things up as really the Scots are no different than other Europeans from that area. Also newspaper articles might be useful in letting people know about some dna studies but they usually misinterpret the results. So there is a lot of inaccurate reporting on a lot of dna studies in the media. It is always best to look at the actual study or research a bit more to get a good understanding of the subject.

bearboy August 2, 2016 at 11:27 am

I am mainly Scottish and Irish and have taken multiple DNA tests and have come up with not a drop of Sub-Saharan African DNA.

follers August 2, 2016 at 9:31 am

I’m not Scots-Irish, so I’m white.

gel August 3, 2016 at 12:31 am

This is Scottish comedian, Stanley Baxter:

I always about his nose – it looks like an African shape, to me.

fuzzybear44 August 3, 2016 at 1:10 am

How about Scottish comedian Bruce Fummy he is half African:

andrew July 28, 2016 at 6:54 am

correction: It’s better to write: “Pres. Obama’s matrilineal line can be traced back to Richard Singletary […], born in England etc…”

follers July 29, 2016 at 5:29 am

A matrilineal line can’t be traced back to a man.

andrew July 29, 2016 at 12:36 pm

So Barack’s “Dunham” line traces back to England-born Richard Singletary, whose son was born in Massachusetts.

follers July 27, 2016 at 9:17 pm

Ethnic, this site seems to have gotten slower than ever.

ethnic July 27, 2016 at 10:43 pm

the most popular posts plugin is using up by far the most memory out of all the plugins on the site. I will disable it for now. let me know if you (or anyone else) still notice slow page loading during the peak hours which are the evenings US time.


follers July 27, 2016 at 10:51 pm

So Ariana Grande and The Rock are to blame. As always!

It does seem notably faster now, thank you.

andrew June 16, 2016 at 3:44 am

Barack’s matrilineal line can be traced back to his 9th great grandfather, Richard Singletary, born c. 1585, in Surfleet, Lincolnshire, England, to Francis Singletary and Agnes Cook. Richard’s son, Jonathan Singletary (later Dunham), was born, c. 1640, in Newbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony.

bearboy May 9, 2016 at 1:10 am
allennox February 4, 2016 at 7:39 pm

The reason he says hes black and the media sees him as black is because his daddy o is black.George Zimmerman the guy who shot Treyvon martin had a white daddy and a Peruvian mixed with some black mother.But yet they referred to him as the white man who shot the unarmed black teen never acknowledging his mom heritage same with Obama they have ignored the mothers gene completely.I wonder if he had a white father and a black mother would they still be referring to him as the first ‘black president’.

fuzzybear44 February 5, 2016 at 11:36 am

IMO I think he ID’s more with his Black side, because of the era he grew up in. See unlike the fg of today, mulattoes of the 60’s and 70’s were seen as black. Also unlike the first generations of today, those of the 60’s and 70’s were in middle of the black power movement, and the solidarity that came with that. He knows he has a white mother, but I’m sure growing up ,he was reminded that he was a young black man. and he learned to embrace it(IMO)

ibarro February 3, 2016 at 9:14 pm

Obama is biracial not black, he has both Afrcoid & Caucasoid features, he needs to identify what he really is = mixed

fuzzybear44 February 4, 2016 at 2:02 pm

The Man says he’s black, why can’t you guys let that go. He knows he has European blood, but he sees himself as a black man .When black wanted to say they were mixed, white people said no. Now that we don’t want to say that, you try to make us. There Probably millions of Black Americans who have mixed features (my entire family does). However so what, you’re going to try and make me say I mixed to

phaedra January 12, 2016 at 12:38 am

Is it wrong to find him so attractive? Like facially, not because he has money and power.

cwm85 November 19, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Very disappointed in his failed middle east policy and lack of urgency over these terrorist attacks. I have voted for him but his mismanagement is one of complete ignorance and stupidity and stubbornness.

bearboy November 19, 2015 at 4:40 pm

According to CNN Romney would beat Obama by 9 percentage points if the election was held in 2014.

follers November 20, 2015 at 12:09 am

Such polls are pretty meaningless outside of an actual election campaign.

Alex234 October 25, 2015 at 12:02 pm

I never liked how he labels himself black yet he’s biracial. Talk about inaccuracy.

cwm85 November 19, 2015 at 8:51 pm

He has let nationalist and racist tell him what he is. He has ignored his European side to appeal more to activist black groups.

abbracci October 17, 2015 at 6:21 pm

He’s mixed but considers himself black lol. White women shouldn’t have kids with a black man. Mulattos are confused.

xoxo November 19, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Racist piece of shit.

Devotion October 13, 2015 at 1:13 am

He could pass a southern Egyptian.

Racial Realist October 4, 2015 at 9:17 pm

The first black president isn’t really very black at all, blame it on the fact that archaic and useless concepts like the one drop rule still linger.

hesh123 October 13, 2015 at 6:32 am

Yup, they should’ve introduced him as “the first half-white president”

musicfangirl September 26, 2015 at 4:28 pm

I am related to Obama though one of my 11th great grandmother

cwm85 July 28, 2015 at 3:14 pm

He should talk more about his European heritage more. I mean he was raised by his Mother and European Grandparents. I feel he’s gone too exclusively “black” with his statements and policies lately…

follers July 28, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Which “exclusively black” political policy do you feel President Obama has put through lately?

bearboy July 28, 2015 at 5:28 pm

His presidency has been a disappointed though and he has said schools should honor Michael Brown which isn’t exclusive but it was wrong.

cwm85 July 28, 2015 at 6:42 pm

I think expectations were high and Washington with its constant fighting and partisan politics just prevented him from meeting certain goals. But he has got some things through… somethings he’s done other Presidents haven’t and he is on the right side of history, unlike many of his Republican counterparts.

bearboy July 29, 2015 at 4:37 am

Yea that’s a good point @cmw85

theropod April 1, 2015 at 5:41 pm

He looks full ethnic Egyptian to me, like those from the south.

bearboy February 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm

I think president Obama claimed Cherokee roots in the book, “Dreams from my father” from his maternal grandmothers side of the family. If so mind adding that claim to the profile?

follers February 19, 2015 at 3:19 pm

I’ll put in a note about it, but it has never been documented.

leslie_4 February 19, 2015 at 5:48 pm

Just about every America and even some Canadians say they have native ancestry (usually Cherokee) when, as follers or someone else has said in the past, that it is usually irish, scottish, and english folk (basically pure caucasian) and even alot of blacks claim to be or have native ancestry dating far back, but realisticly, as others have said, there are few Native Americans as a race and even fewer TRUE and RECENTLY mixed offsprings.

The majority of native americans were killed along time ago, and most americans and canadians are recent immigrants, and very few natives mixed with blacks – So it is not possible even in the slightest for every person to be claiming to be Native American, and you are all supposedly from the same tribe?

You know there is so many tribes in North America right? languages, customs are different, etc.

Anyway, Native Americans in Canada and America are most documented people in the country. The government census, archives, treaty lists, band scrolls, etc. It was done like this for a reason.

If you cannot find it documented ( as follers said) there is not point in even mentioning it, and most likely it is a family story that got told over and over as fact rather then actually looking into it. And no, 1/64 , 1/32, 1/16th doesn’t really count as being “part Native” either. It’s non-existent and not anywhere close to being Half or a quarter, and the majority of native nations and bands recognize as that for a reason. 1/2, 1/4, no less for the majority allowing membership and well-documented proof.

I’m sure Obama was being like every other native wannabe American who wants to add that exotic mix to his list and heard it from his mother or grandmother – but really, his mother is as caucasian as they come. And there’s nothing wrong with that

bearboy February 19, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Sorry but there are so many flaws to your statement. Not everyone claims to have Native American ancestry in fact most don’t. If you lived in the U.S. before 1800 there is a 50% chance of having a Native American ancestor (look it up, I never said it was documented I said it was a claim such as Hillary Clinton’s claim or Whoopi Goldberg’s “claim” of Jewish ancestry, etc. So how about stop saying what I shouldn’t mention!

bearboy February 19, 2015 at 7:56 pm

Oh and it his grandmother is “as caucasian as they come” how is John Punch one of her ancestors?

bearboy November 5, 2014 at 6:44 pm

It says, “The team used DNA analysis to make the connection, and it also combed through marriage and property records to trace Mr. Obama’s maternal ancestry to the time and place where Mr. Punch lived.” Does that mean the president or someone through the tree got DNA tested?

follers November 5, 2014 at 6:52 pm

President Obama wasn’t tested as far as I know. Just a relative on his mother’s side.

bearboy November 5, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Too bad the results weren’t publicly posted maybe the maternal lineage is more mixed than we know.

Gogoboots June 24, 2014 at 9:43 pm

oh wait never mind found it

Gogoboots June 10, 2014 at 7:25 pm

The NYT say Obama’s mother is related to John Punch but they also say Warren Harding is partially black as well…

follers June 10, 2014 at 8:58 pm

They don’t say Warren Harding had black ancestry as a fact, they’re simply discussing the rumor that a political opponent started (which was never verified).

Gogoboots June 24, 2014 at 9:21 pm

okay. why does the NYT think it is possible Thomas Jefferson could have Jewish ancestry far back?

follers June 24, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Because of that DNA test. Those DNA tests have produced lots of similar results for whichever historical figures (like Hitler). I don’t make much meaning in them beyond something vague, remote, or unproven.

Gogoboots June 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Yea but Obama having African roots on his mother’s side is remote being 1600’s and unproven being that neither or has a direct trace to John Punch?

corneliuskrenki May 25, 2014 at 1:36 pm

did they his father was a kenyan?

roman2886 March 27, 2014 at 1:17 pm

like him i’m also mixed half White half Asian he is Mulatto Euromutt i’m a Eurasian mutt English Irish Scottish Welsh Austrian German Italian Filipino Spanish Chinese Japanese Indonesian and Malaysian.

Nikki May 7, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Thats so cool you have so many different ethnicities. i am welsh, irish, french, scottish, english, possibly austrian/maybe a little german, native american and 5% african is what i kno of.

nina January 11, 2015 at 3:16 pm

I’am spanish/moroccan, brazilian, italian and belgian

roman2886 April 1, 2015 at 2:22 pm

@Nikki your share a similar ethnic mix too me Keanu Reeves like me has more ethnicities than he thinks he has he is of English Irish Scottish Dutch French Portuguese Italian Chinese and Hawaiian Keanu Reeves also shares a similar ethnic mix too me so do my nephews but they have i though i had a lot of ethnicities but they even more English Irish Scottish Welsh Austrian German Italian French Filipino Spanish Chinese Japanese Indonesian and Malaysian on my game sims 3 my sims have a lot of ethnicities one of them is a male he is a mixture of English Irish Scottish Welsh Dutch French Portuguese Italian African American Native American and Jamaican imagine a person with that many ethnicities that’s more ethnicities than i have i have 13 ethnicities my nephews have 14 ethnicities one of my sims have 16 ethnicities and the other sims has 17 ethnicities and my other sim also a male is a mixture of English Irish Scottish Welsh Dutch French German Portuguese Italian African American Native American and Jamaican i have heard a mention of Barack Obama and Cherokee ancestry somewhere like me and you Barack Obama and Keanu Reeves have so many different ethnicities like me your share a similar mix too Barack Obama i also share a similar ethnic mix too Barack Obama.

roman2886 April 1, 2015 at 2:25 pm

My dad had 7 ethnicities my mum has 6 ethnicities Miley Cyrus shares a similar ethnic mix too you she is of English Irish Scottish Welsh French Dutch German and Native American ancestry.

Joeytwo2 March 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm

“CORRECTION’ I read your article the article from The New York Times and I that doesn’t seem legitimate at all. Unless they have a named ancestor on the mother’s side of the family what real reason is there to say it’s possible at all???

follers March 26, 2014 at 2:50 pm

John Punch?

ashash March 31, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Why does the article say that they were lacking definitive proof? I thought they traced his mother’s lineage to the first slave, John Punch. Four centuries ago, right?

follers March 31, 2014 at 3:21 pm

They weren’t able to trace President Obama’s ancestry directly to John Punch. They just think he might be descended from him.

ashash March 31, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Oh, okay. Thank you.

Bill Hilly January 3, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Truly the blind leading the blind ……………..
Get hold of a video titled “Dreams From My REAL Father” .

lexi_redbone November 1, 2013 at 6:36 am

People want to consider & label him as black because he’s the first MIXED president. Black & white aren’t the only two races. He’s mixed don’t call him just black he 50% white & 50% black he’s Just as much White as Is black so Why not call him white also then. Just because he has brown skin doesn’t mean he’s black!!!!!!!!!!!! He’s Light BROWN not BLACK. Brown & black are not the same color Rude People.

Ghana Gyal November 24, 2013 at 12:38 am

yea but you still have to take your DADS race sooo BOOOOP !

o'connor January 8, 2014 at 4:46 pm

not sure if you’re trolling or whether you’re actually just stupid lol, but if you are serious, you are saying that bob marley and lenny kravitz and evan ross are all white men?…the fact 1 in 3 black men in america have european Y chromosomes means that 1 out of every 3 black men are also really white men? hahahaha xD. I realize you’re from ghana allegedly and that your country is very far behind in education and such, but you should really read up on genetics m’dear

SkunkFace November 29, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Yeah but he has black in him so it still means he is the first president to be that black(don’t mean it in a bad way)

Sequoia January 6, 2014 at 9:09 pm

He cannot be fifty percent of anything. Ethnicity is not calculated by 1/2 it’s 1/4. Just to let you know.

o'connor January 8, 2014 at 4:48 pm

eh yeah of course it is…how is it not?

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