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 grandparents were Onyango (whose name was changed to Hussein Onyango Obama; the son of Obama and Nyaoke) and Habibah Akumu Nyanjoga (the daughter of Njango/Njoga). President Obama’s great-grandfather Obama was the son of Opiyo and Marrgorat.

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

President Obama’s maternal grandmother was Madelyn Lee Payne (the daughter of Rolla Charles Payne and Leona Belle McCurry). Rolla was the son of Charles Thomas Payne and Della L. 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 –

Obituaries and 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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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

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