Boris Johnson

by ethnic on May 16, 2010

Birth Name: Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: 19 June, 1964

Ethnicity: English, 1/8th Turkish, 1/8th Ashkenazi Jewish, small amounts of Swiss-German, German, French, European Royal, and Irish

Boris Johnson is a British politician, historian, and journalist. A member of the Conservative Party, he has served as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, since 13 July, 2016. He has been an MP since 7 May, 2015. He was previously an MP from 9 June, 2001 to 4 June, 2008, and Mayor of London, from 4 May, 2008 to 9 May, 2016, among other duties.

Boris was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York, to British parents, Charlotte Maria (Fawcett), an artist, and Stanley Johnson (Stanley Patrick Johnson), a politician and author who has served as an MEP. His family returned to England later in 1964.

He is said to have been named Boris after a Russian-born man his parents knew.

Boris’ paternal grandfather was of one half Turkish (possibly one quarter Turkish and one quarter Circassian), one quarter Swiss-German, and one quarter English, ancestry. Boris’ paternal grandmother was of one half English, three sixteenths German, three sixteenths French, one sixteenth European Royal, and one sixteenth Irish, ancestry. Boris’ mother is of three quarters English (with one quarter being English-American, with deep roots in New England) and one quarter Ashkenazi Jewish (from Lithuania and Russia) descent.

Boris is married to lawyer, author, and columnist Marina Wheeler, with whom he has four children. He also has a daughter with arts consultant Helen MacIntyre.

Boris’s paternal grandfather was Osman Wilfred Johnson, born Osman Wilfred Kemal (the son of Ali Kemal Bey and Winifred Brun). Ali was Turkish, born in Süleymaniye, Constantinople, Ottoman Empire, to Ahmet Hamdi Kemal and Hanife Fered, and was a liberal newspaper editor, journalist, poet, and Minister of the Interior in the Ottoman Empire; Ali’s mother might have been a slave of Circassian descent. Winifred had English and Swiss-German ancestry. Ali and Winifred met during a visit to Switzerland. Winifred’s father, Francis Julius Brun, was born in Switzerland, and Winifred’s mother was named Margaret Johnson, from whom Boris’s family’s surname comes from.

Boris’s paternal grandmother was Irene Eileen Williams (the daughter of Stanley Fred Williams and Marie Luise Freiin von Pfeffel). Stanley was English. Marie Louise was born in France, the daughter of Hubert, Baron von Pfeffel (grandson of Prince Paul of Württemberg), who was German, and of Helene von Rivière, who was French, along with likely 1/4 Irish ancestry, from Marie’s great-grandmother, Marie Tobin. Baron von Pfeffel’s mother, Adelheid Pauline von Rothenburg, was the illegitimate daughter of Prince Paul of Württemberg and his mistress Friederike Margrethe Porth.

Boris’s maternal grandfather was James Edmund Sandford Fawcett, a lawyer (the son of The Rev. Joseph Fawcett and Edith Annie Scattergood). James was English.

Boris’s maternal grandmother was Frances Beatrice Lowe (the daughter of Elias Avery Lowe, born Elias Avery Loew, and Helen Tracy Porter). Frances was American-born. Elias was born in present day Žemaičių Kalvarija, Lithuania, to Charles Loew/Lowe and Sarah Ragoler; his father’s family was Lithuanian Jewish, and his mother’s family was Russian Jewish. Boris’s great-grandmother Helen was born in Pennsylvania, had English ancestry, and was the daughter of Henry Clinton Porter and Clara Holcombe. Helen Porter’s aunt, Boris’s great-great-great-aunt Charlotte Porter, was a prominent American poet, translator, and literary critic.

Sources: http://www.bbc.co.uk
http://www.guardian.co.uk

Genealogies of Boris Johnson – http://vademecumgenealogy.blogspot.se
https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Boris’ paternal great-grandmother, Marie Luise Freiin von Pfeffel – http://geneall.net

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Bobby Martnen September 19, 2017 at 4:37 pm

CORRECTION: European Royal isn’t an ethnicity – those people are ethnically German.

follers September 19, 2017 at 5:05 pm

It’s basically an ethnicity at this point. Johnson’s listed as both German and Royal anyway.

andrew September 19, 2017 at 5:07 pm

he kinda looks like your favourite politician

follers September 19, 2017 at 5:13 pm

Johnson looks like a hairy Matt Lucas. As for the other one you mentioned, I think he’s more popular among salt-of-the-earth types such as yourself. My actual favorite president is either Teddy Roosevelt or George Bush (the first one).

andrew September 19, 2017 at 5:19 pm

salt-of-the-earth? thank you to let me know this phrase. I’ve never learned it at school in Finland.

follers September 19, 2017 at 5:29 pm

Urban dictionary defines it as “a common hard working man or person”, which is close to if not exactly what I was thinking of.

It’s just a phrase that can now only be used in an ironic manner, i.e. “telling it like it is”, “real American”, etc.

American Horror Story: Cult had a sarcastic line about all the “salt of the earth Americans” who voted for Donald Trump, and I thought it was a great phrase to borrow and use in a mocking manner in the future.

bearboy September 19, 2017 at 5:32 pm

My least favorite president is Jimmy Carter but I agree with @follers Teddy Roosevelt was great. and @Andrew it’s Matthew 5:13.

andrew September 19, 2017 at 5:39 pm
madman June 27, 2016 at 12:13 pm

Since Royal is regarded as an ethnicity, it should be listed, as Baron Hubert von Pfeffel’s mother, Adelheid Pauline von Rothenburg, was the illegitimate daughter of Prince Paul of Württemberg and his mistress Friederike Margrethe Porth:

English, 1/8th Turkish, 1/8th Ashkenazi Jewish, small amounts of Swiss-German, German, French, Royal, and Irish.

An alternative breakdown of his ethnicity:
Boris’ paternal grandfather was of one half Turkish (possibly one quarter Turkish and one quarter Circassian), one quarter Swiss-German, and one quarter English, ancestry. Boris’ paternal grandmother was of one half English, three sixteenths German, three sixteenths French, one sixteenth Royal, and one sixteenth Irish, ancestry. Boris’ mother is of three quarters English (with one quarter being English-American, with deep roots in New England) and one quarter Ashkenazi Jewish (from Lithuania and Russia) descent.

Genealogy of Boris’ great-grandmother, Marie Luise, Freiin von Pfeffel – http://geneall.net/en/name/390556/marie-luise-baroness-of-pfeffel/

neiltennant June 27, 2016 at 6:57 am

he is of turkish circassian descent

those turkish people are very pale and most of them i know have red or blonde hair

neiltennant June 27, 2016 at 6:56 am

INTERESTING

he is a melting pot- He himself said that he is a melting pot of three religions haha

jewish, christian and muslim

madman January 3, 2016 at 9:09 am

CORRECTION:
1. Ali’s mother, Hanife Feride, might have been a slave of Circassian descent. It is not clear if it is true, but it could be mentioned as an interesting caviot on Boris’ profile.
2. Ali met Winifred during a visit to Switzerland. Winifred’s father, Francis Julius Brun, was born in Switzerland, which makes it safe to say that she had, more specifically, English and Swiss-German ancestry. The surname Brun is also more prevalent in Switzerland than in Germany.
3. Stanley was born in England and had English ancestry.
4. Marie’s father was German, and her mother was French with 1/4 (most likely) Irish ancestry. Her great-grandmother, Marie Tobin, is sometimes described as being English. However, her surname (Tobin) as well as her mother’s maiden name (O’Gorman), are both of Irish origin. At least Marie Tobin’s great-grandfather, James O’Gorman, was born in Ireland. It is possible that she was of partly English descent.
5. Elias was born in present day Žemaičių Kalvarija, Lithuania. His father’s family was Lithuanian Jewish, while his mother’s family was Russian Jewish.

Source: http://vademecumgenealogy.blogspot.se/2012/02/london.html

ashash May 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm

He is unattractive.

Lana February 21, 2012 at 6:37 am

Johnson is a great-grandson of Ali Kemal Bey, a liberal Turkish journalist and the interior minister in the government of Damat Ferid Pasha, Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire, who was murdered during the Turkish War of Independence.

Natasha August 10, 2010 at 6:40 am

He looks like Matt Lucas,but with hair.

neiltennant June 27, 2016 at 6:55 am

+ 1

totally agree

my sister+ mother had the same opinion and thought at first glance he is a character of LITTLE BRITAIN

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