Chris Rock

by ethnic on July 20, 2010

Birth Name: Christopher Julius Rock

Place of Birth: Andrews, South Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 7, 1965

Ethnicity: African-American (45% from Upper Guinea, 30% from Benin and western Nigeria, and 25% from the Congo-Angola region), some English

Chris Rock is an American comedian, actor, writer, director, and producer. He is the son of African-American parents, Rosalie (Tingman) and Christopher Julius Rock.

Chris has two children with his wife, salon founder Malaak Compton-Rock.

Chris’s paternal grandparents were The Rev. Allen Rock (the son of Abraham Rock and Mary) and Mary Vance. Chris’s grandparents The Rev. Allen and Mary were both born around Eutawville, South Carolina.

Chris’s maternal grandfather was Wesley Tingman (the son of James Tingman and Emma Telefair). Wesley was born around Andrews, South Carolina. James’s father, Chris’s great-great-grandfather Julius Caesar Tingman, was a former slave who served with the Union during the Civil War, and was elected to the South Carolina state legislature in 1872. James’s mother was Eliza Ann Moultrie.

Chris’s maternal grandmother was Pearl McClam (the daughter of The Rev. Romy/Rumnie/Romeo McClam and Margaret “Maggie” McFadden). Pearl was born around Andrews, South Carolina. Romy was the son of Lewis McClam and Tishia Graham.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show African American Lives 2 (2008) stated that Chris’s genetic ancestry is:

*80% Sub-Saharan African
*20% European

In his 2009 book about the show, In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote that 45% of Chris’s African DNA matches Upper Guinea (Senegal to Liberia), 30% matches Benin and western Nigeria, and 25% matches the Congo-Angola region.

Sources: Family history of Chris Rock – http://www.theroot.com

Genealogy of Chris Rock – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Chris Rock (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com

Obituary of Chris’s maternal grandmother, Pearl (McClam) Tingman – http://www.findagrave.com

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Adamina September 13, 2016 at 2:51 pm

He can pass for a dark skin Fula. Nice looking guy

neiltennant June 27, 2016 at 3:24 pm

I LOVE THIS GUY

AND everybody hates chris was a super hit show with top ratings in GERMANY

ENGLISH ROOTS ? REALLY?

andrew June 12, 2016 at 3:20 pm
GLXY March 22, 2016 at 4:16 pm

CORRECTION: In his 2009 book based on the series, In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past., Henry Louis Gates wrote on page 358 more details about Chris Rock’s african ancestry:

45 % came from Upper Guinea (Senegal to Liberia)
30 % came from Benin and western Nigeria
25 % came from Congo-Angola region

You can check on Google Books

Sage March 22, 2016 at 2:56 am

He looks good for his age.

California July 11, 2015 at 10:21 pm

Can’t stand this fool, he is so annoying and not even funny.

Liljaoch January 23, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Stopit.. You are so stupid. I dont think just because he was an ocander he owned slaves. Not true. And there were white slaves also. And dont you dare to say something shir about Sweden. Fucking racist fuck. Read slme

stopit December 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I have read many comments under celebs who are listed as African American. Black is a race and we are everywhere in many combinations. Most here are in America if not all are descendants of slaves many of our women were raped, assaulted and violated by whoever owned us. Chris Rock can’t rep something he does not identify with. We (African American) are something different. We are our own people and we know we are most likely mixed with many different ethnicities but we know who we are and how we ended up here and all the circumstances that surround the situation. I have siblings that are beautiful and dark and I have some who are very fair skin. I have cousins with hazel eyes. It is all in the genes but we are all black people. There are black cubans, black colombians, black brazilians we are everywhere! We are a beautiful people. My husband is fair skinned and some of our children are fair and some are dark but they are Black American. Nobody gets to define us and dictate our beauty some of you are way out of line. CHRIS is a black man he knows nothing of Iceland so how could he rep it?He did not get those genes from Iceland from a loving relationship between his great great great great great grandmother and a man from Iceland newsflash it was probably a forced interaction on a scared confused slave so why on Earth would he want to rep that? Would you?

Adamina September 13, 2016 at 2:57 pm

Well said!

Daisuke November 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Chris Rock is of African, and Scandinavian descent so he’s bi-racial, so Chris rock please represent you’re Nordic Viking roots.

scott December 28, 2013 at 7:12 pm

thats a lie it doesnt say scandanavian just african. think b4 u speak u fucker

Daisuke November 19, 2013 at 1:36 pm

He is mixed race bi-racial. his 20%Caucasian is Nowegian, Swedish, and Icelandic. his 12xgreatgrandfather was Saami.

follers November 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

What’s the source that he has Nowegian, Swedish, Icelandic, and Saami ancestry?

andrew November 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Finnish too

westovermarching October 10, 2014 at 2:18 am

He’s African American a DNA test doesn’t make you less A-A. All A-A are mixed but still A-A. Both Parents are A-A so he’s A-A

memphis January 6, 2015 at 4:14 pm

The results were were he was of Scandinavian descent but probably more Finnish. Most Finns have a degree of Saami ancestry, who are the indigenous people of Sweden,Norway, and parts of Russia. Some Saami have Asian features due to Uralic speakers that came from Siberia and remind me at times of Native Americans because they make teepees and are nomadic herders. Some Finns have exotic features with blonde hair and slightly slanted eyes. Socially Chris Rock is “Black” and that is it. period. All African-Americans who have been here for 100 years or more have mixed ancestry and are still labelled in the category of “Black”.

Aleksandr November 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm

CORRECTION. Chris Rock is of Cameroonian descent, found on a DNA Analysis.

westovermarching October 10, 2014 at 2:19 am

CORRECTION a DNA test doesn’t make you less A-A as a matter of fact all A-A are Mixed

Tribe September 19, 2010 at 6:03 am

Clear Heels

moi August 17, 2010 at 2:03 am

damn dna is weird

i bet you there are some black people who are lighter than him

mids August 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

skin lightness has nothing to do with how mixed you are.

Fuzzybear were you been at? Ive been coming on here to see if youd write but no... July 21, 2010 at 12:17 am

<3 kira!:)

Fuzzybear July 21, 2010 at 1:11 am

To kira

Hello Angel, my little niece wanted to spend time with her favorite uncle,so I’ve been taking her places.Put my computer went on all crazy on me,and I lost everything I had.I might have to take it to those blood thirsty mobsters,you know GEEK SQUAD

So how have you been?

Kira July 21, 2010 at 1:51 am

aw what a nice uncle lol!:) and oh that sucks! when computers go nuts and you lose everything its like someone died lol! **hugs**and ive been good, finishing up my summer school lol!:)

keep commenting on here tho lol! Its always more exciting when your on here!

Fuzzybear July 21, 2010 at 2:09 am

I will angel,goodnight

MMSASASA September 19, 2010 at 8:26 am

Get a room

myspace celebrity July 20, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Isn’t he biologically 10-20% white? Maybe that’s just a rumor.

Fuzzybear July 20, 2010 at 9:55 pm

No it’s the truth

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