Bob Marley

by ethnic on February 4, 2008

A stamp printed in Jamaica commemorating the 50th anniversary of

Birth Name: Robert Nesta Marley

Date of Birth: February 6, 1945

Place of Birth: Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica

Date of Death: May 11, 1981

Place of Death: Miami, Florida, United States

Ethnicity: English, Afro-Jamaican

Bob Marley was a legendary Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist. He was the son of Cedella (Malcolm) and Norval Sinclair Marley. His parents were both born in Jamaica (his father in Clarendon). His father was white, and had English ancestry. His mother was black. He was quoted saying:

Me don’t dip on the black man’s side nor the white man’s side. Me dip on God’s side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white.

Bob was married to singer Rita Marley (born Alpharita Constantia Anderson), until his death. Bob had eleven children (at least), including musicians Ziggy Marley and Damian Marley, and entrepreneur and football player Rohan Marley. His grandson, Skip Marley, is also a musician.

He was baptized by the Archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Church on November 4, 1980 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Bob’s paternal grandfather was Albert Thomas Marley (the son of Frederick Marley and Hannah Jane Tiltman). Albert was English, born in South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, England, to parents from Rye, Sussex. Frederick was the son of Thomas Marley and Jane Simms/Sims. Hannah was the daughter of Richard Tiltman and Mary Moore.

Bob’s paternal grandmother was Ellen Bloomfield (the daughter of Richard Bloomfield).

Bob’s maternal grandparents were Omeriah/Amariah Malcolm (the son of Robert Malcolm and Katherine Bygrave) and Alberta/Albertha Willoughby/Whilby (the daughter of David/Daniel Willoughby and Hannah/Anna Downs). Daniel was the son of Richard Whilby and Jeanette.

There are claims on the internet that Bob had some kind of Jewish ancestry (sometimes cited as Syrian Jewish), through his father, or, sometimes, his mother. There is no documented evidence that Bob had Jewish ancestry (the “Bloomfield” family line from which Bob descended, a famous family in Jamaica, is sometimes cited as having been originally Jewish; this is almost certainly false).

Sources: Genealogies of Bob Marley – http://www.wargs.com
http://www.geni.com
http://www.wikitree.com

Photo by Neftali/Bigstock.com

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andrew October 1, 2017 at 2:58 pm

He was baptized by the Archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Church in Kingston, Jamaica, on November 4, 1980

andrew March 17, 2017 at 3:07 am

his grandson, Skip Marley, is a musician.

andrew July 20, 2016 at 4:46 pm
roman2886 June 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

I don’t why people believe there are no White Jamaicans they are wrong there is White Jamaicans in Jamaica I’m a Eurasian Filipino there is there such White Filipinos there must be i never heard of White Filipinos i’m talking about full blooded White Filipinos Filipinos have no Asian ancestry there is full blooded Filipinos lots of Germans and Americans as well as Spanish where born in the Phillippines left still in Phillippines the unmixed Spanish Filipinos where the White Filipinos they where generations of Spanish people born in the Phillippines most Filipinos are mixed Eurasian and Amerasian since there such as White Jamaicans there is defiantly such thing as White Filipinos i’m yet too see blonde blue eyed Filipinos are brunette grey eyed Black haired and brown eye Filipinos i’m talking about Filipinos who are 100% White.

roman2886 June 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm

I don’t why people believe there are no White Jamaicans they are wrong there is White Jamaicans in Jamaica I’m a Eurasian Filipino there is no such thing as White Filipinos anymore they are long gone there is full blooded Filipinos left still in Phillippines the unmixed Spanish Filipinos where the White Filipinos they where generations of Spanish people born in the Phillippines.

Jasmine June 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

“He was quoted saying “Me don’t dip on the black man’s side nor the white man’s side. Me dip on God’s side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white.” -Bob Marley If only every biracial person thought like that this world would be a better place! Bob Marley may have not used proper English in that quote,and may have spoken with a thick Jamaican accent but that didn’t make his wise words any less powerful,or meaningful! Let’s love one another for once! Bob Marley experienced prejudice because of his ethnic make up but it didn’t turn him into a self hating biracial man,or a fake. He was who he was,and always kept it real. He put God 1st,and didn’t allow others to dictate who he was,or how he thought. He had this great sense of himself he was very loyal to his Jamaican nationality I think he was more deeply devoted to matters of national origin then he was of race.

bebe June 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm

@jasmine:After the way you’ve conducted yourself today,your going to suggest how others should act.Pretty much evrrything you’ve said on the site today has been wrong,and you have a nasty attitude.

ConfusedBreed February 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Such bullshit! Marley was an Afro-Centrist and so is the Rastafarian religion which he was a strong advocate for. Also his father had African ancestry himself so Marley was more black as all Jamaicans. They are a mixed-race nation.
He was bullied but he still loved his black side more and put black shoe-polish in his hair to make it more “African”
I would never worship the black race and idk why he did!

andrew June 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm
fuzzybear44 June 18, 2013 at 6:36 am

@andrew

Yes he was white,but like I’ve tried to show you,that doesn’t mean you don’t have other bloodlines in you.I’m not saying Bob’s dad was actually part anything,just saying

fuzzybear44 June 18, 2013 at 6:32 am

@ConfusedBreed

(I would never worship the black race and idk why he did!)

Maybe it’s because he actually liked that part of himself

mysteriouzDivine November 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Well I am native-canadian, latina & black and proud to be..i am actually a very. Beautiful mix.

marjanel August 9, 2014 at 9:14 pm

latino is not a race

Danielle August 25, 2010 at 5:53 pm

He’s a great singer.

Andy August 25, 2010 at 3:20 pm

No woman, no cry!

total23 June 14, 2010 at 9:55 am

The People That Say That White People Get Mad When They See Black And White Couple Together Is True. But Also, Black People Get Mad When They See Black And White Couple Too! I’m Black, My Family Is Black And They Told Me That I Should Marry A Black Woman, Because A White Family, Asian Family, Indian Family etc. Won’t Accept Me! But I Don’t Believe Them Because I Live In Canada And I Have Never Experience Racism, And I Grew Up With White, Black, Indian, Asian etc. They Never Treated Different Unless They Were Have A Racial Joke Like
“We Need To Be Alone, Just The Chinese People” Lol! But No One Of Any Race Excluded Me!

And I Think Bob Marley Self Identify Himself As A Black Man Because Of Some Of His Songs: “Black Survivor”, “Babylon System”, and “Blackman Redemption” Where He Sings About The Struggles Of Blacks And Africans Against Oppression From The West Or “Babylon”.

Got That Info From Wikipedia!

felicia September 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Not all people think alike so you nor anyone else can say that.

amber February 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm

yes….the posted info on marley is INcorrect…his mother obviously was a black jamaican woman..but his father was actually a white english military man that did go back to england…ive known that since reading his biography at age twelve..kinda a shame that with the internet now..it shouldve been real easy to check that info before u posted it as facts

felicia September 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm

It sys english jamaican shut up

kira February 3, 2010 at 10:37 am

people were im from dont hate on the ” Black woman White man scenario ”
they think its great, and ive never heard of people hating on that and if they did thats terrible

Tama January 23, 2010 at 12:36 am

your welcome Ethnic :)

Tama January 23, 2010 at 12:32 am

Fia who are you to say what is defined as Black you can’t just make up stuff… I hate when people say things like that such as if you have a drop of black blood in your system your considered as black cause if that was the case then EVERYONE is black… Halle Berry came from a white womans womb is she white? is Barack Obama? Alicia Keys? ……..open your mind there is not just BLACK and WHITE

Trufacts April 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm

It’s funny because you choose all the people who considered themselves
That race. Black. I think it doesn’t matter at times what the gene pool is,
I think if your mixed and you Consider yourself black your black. But if
Your holding on to somthing far down the line just stick to the race your
Closest gene pool is. Correction ;)

ethnic January 23, 2010 at 12:04 am

Tama, thanks for the comment. Ill look into his father’s background.

Admin

Tama January 22, 2010 at 11:56 pm

I think his father is was English not Jamaican I think he went back to England and left his mother in Jamaica after marrying her….my mother is Jamaican and my father is English and they have been married for 32 years :)!!!!! yeah white girls do hate on the Black woman White man scenario …. one love like Bob said “lets get together and feel all right”

barbie November 27, 2009 at 4:46 am

actully u take ur dads blood and he mix cuz if he wasent it wouldent ay it everyone as sumthan in them kuz their ancesters im puertorican dominican hawiann black white japanee and indian

~Fia November 20, 2009 at 6:51 am

Bob Marley Is Black, To Be Black Is To Be Born Of The Black Woman’s Womb.

felicia September 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm

AWESOME A WHITE GUY SPERMINATED IN THAT WOMAN.SHUT UP

ethnic September 20, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I you say that, I think some Black guys get jealous when White guys get with Black girls.

Anonymous September 3, 2010 at 7:43 am

they shouldnt be tho cause some black guys are the first to say they would never date a black girl…wat are we supposed to do…we have feelings and need love too like every other race…black girls should start really dating asians too!

Kera_Bear95 December 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Lol well I date Asian guys but I’m black native American and puerto rican and I’m medium tone . Its a shame that people can be so ignorant ! I don’t discriminate along as yur sexy holla at Shikera ! XD

..*TRUE*.. December 23, 2010 at 7:42 am

I’m a white/tan person lol, my mix on my dads side is Cherokee and German, moms side Italian and French…. I date black guys and most of my close girlfriends are black, they dont have a prob with the fact i date black guys and neither does my family. I HAVE noticed that when I’m out in public with a black guy, whether hes the guy im dating or just my homeboy, a black woman or should i say MOST not ALL black women will give you the most hateful look because i’m the “white b*tch with one of THEIR men” . Another thing I’ve noticed, at least in my area in Atlanta, Ga, is that you rarely see a black woman with a white man, it’s mostly vice versa…. just sayin

andrew January 29, 2013 at 8:03 pm

you’re not that mixed except the cherokee drop

jimi September 19, 2009 at 2:11 pm

i am very white skin and i only date dark girl because i like mixed baby and some white girls get jalous when iam with a dark girl or black girl

jimi September 19, 2009 at 2:08 pm

that why too the black guy see that sothey go for the light skinned one to because of that shame on you ppl.

alycia September 19, 2009 at 2:07 pm

iam white and african haitian and i haed that white ppl get very jalous when a black with a white guy jaloussssssssss

alycia September 19, 2009 at 2:06 pm

white ppl just jalous his mom is black ,specialy white girls they r so jalous when a white guy married to a black girl

Ayyteeeeee September 12, 2009 at 11:15 pm

im half Jamaican half white we are a beautiful mix :)

ethnic September 13, 2009 at 12:32 am

Alicia Keys is also half Jamaican half white and So is MYA. They are both gorgeous.

Anonymous September 3, 2010 at 7:44 am

jamaican = NATIONALITY; white = ETHNICITY…WTF

ConfusedBreed February 9, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Technically, Jamaicans are a unique mix unlike anything else in the world. Technically they are a race. It is not the same as being African-American

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