Duncan Sheik

Duncan Sheik – 62nd Annual Tony Awards – Arrivals – Radio City Music Hall – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos 

Place of Birth: Montclair, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 18, 1969

Ethnicity: Dutch, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, remote French, possibly other

Duncan Sheik is an American singer, songwriter, and composer.

He is the son of Suzanne “Zonnie” (Tracy) and John Matthews “Jack” Sheik. His younger half-sister is Broadway actress Kacie Sheik.

The surname Sheik is derived from van Schaik, which is of Dutch origin.

Duncan’s paternal grandparents were likely named Harry M. Sheik and Agnes Ruth.

Duncan’s maternal grandfather was William Edward “Bill” Tracy (the son of Joseph Murray Tracy and Katharine May McDermott). Joseph was the son of Irish emigrants, Bernard “Barney” Tracy and Margaret Flynn, who were both of part Scottish descent. Margaret’s mother’s maiden surname, Fleury, is of French origin. Katharine was a Canadian emigrant, and was the daughter of David McDermott, whose own parents, Peter McDermott and Hannah Sisk, were Scottish and Irish emigrants, respectively; and of an Irish emigrant, Katharine O’Brien, who was of part Scottish descent.

Duncan’s maternal grandmother was Joan Heuchan Barr (the daughter of Duncan Murray Barr and Joan Heuchan Young). Duncan’s grandmother Joan was born in Renfrew, Scotland. Duncan’s great-grandfather Duncan was the son of Robert Barr and Annie Robertson. Duncan’s great-grandmother Joan was the daughter of John Robinson Young and Jane Heuchan.

Duncan’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his third great-grandmother, Jane Coupland (c. 1826, Dumfriesshire – after 1881).

Sources: http://www.hhprep.org

Obituary of Duncan’s maternal grandfather, William Edward “Bill” Tracy – http://www.legacy.com

Marriage record of Duncan’s maternal great-grandparents, Joseph Murray Tracy and Katharine May McDermott – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Duncan’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Bernard Tracy and Margaret Flynn – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Duncan’s maternal great-great-grandfather, David McDermott – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Duncan’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Katharine (O’Brien) McDermott – https://www.familysearch.org

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