Birth Name: Damian Robert Nesta Marley
Place of Birth: Kingston, Jamaica
Date of Birth: July 21, 1978
Ethnicity: African-Jamaican, as well as English, small amounts of Irish, Sephardi Jewish, and French, distant German and Dutch
Damian Marley is a Jamaican reggae artist. His father was musician Bob Marley, who was Jamaican. His mother, Cindy Breakspeare (Cynthia Jean Cameron Breakspeare), Miss World 1975, is a jazz musician and model who was born in Canada and raised in Jamaica. He is the half-brother of musician Ziggy Marley and entrepreneur and football player Rohan Marley. His nephew is musician Skip Marley.
Damian’s paternal grandfather was white (English) and his maternal grandmother was also white (of English, Irish, and distant German and Dutch, descent). Damian’s paternal grandmother was a black Jamaican, and his maternal grandfather was a Jamaican of African, French, and Sephardi Jewish, descent.
Damian’s paternal grandfather was Norval Sinclair Marley (the son of Albert Thomas Marley and Ellen Bloomfield). Norval was born in Clarendon, Jamaica, of English descent. Albert was the son of Frederick Marley and Hannah Jane Tiltman. Ellen was the daughter of Richard Bloomfield.
Damian’s paternal grandmother was Cedella Malcolm (the daughter of Omeriah/Amariah Malcolm and Alberta/Albertha Willoughby/Whilby). Cedella was a black Jamaican, and was born in Rhoden Hall, St Ann. Omeriah was the son of Robert Malcolm and Katherine Bygrave. Alberta was the daughter of David/Daniel Willoughby and Hannah/Anna Downs.
Damian’s maternal grandfather was Louis Cameron Breakspeare (the son of John Cameron Breakspeare and Mavis Louise Haughton Sanguinetti). Louis was Jamaican, and had African, French, and Sephardi Jewish ancestry. John was the son of Thomas John Breakspeare and Charlotte Emeline Hall. Mavis was the daughter of Edmund Haughton Sanguinetti and Jessie Louise Verley, who had French and Sephardi Jewish ancestry. The Sanguinetti family descends from an Italian Jew.
Damian’s maternal grandmother was Marguerite Cochrane (the daughter of Thomas Cochrane and Lillian Beatrice Vernal). Marguerite was a white Canadian. Thomas was born in Lancashire, England, and was the son of William Cochrane, whose parents were Irish, and of Margaret Hopper. Lillian was born in Canada, and was the daughter of Allen Miner Vernal, who was of English, and some German and Dutch descent, and of Ruth Elizabeth Brown, who was English.
There are claims on the internet that Bob Marley 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.