by ethnic on December 26, 2007

Birth Name: Marshall Bruce Mathers III

Place of Birth: St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 17, 1972

Ethnicity: English, German, Swiss-German, Scottish

Eminem is an American, Detroit-based rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor. His ancestry includes English (where two of his great-grandparents were born), German, Swiss-German, and Scottish. Eminem also goes under the names Slim Shady, Slim, Marshall Mathers, Em, and Shady.

Eminem is the son of Deborah R. (Nelson) and Marshall Bruce Mathers. His parents were in a band called Daddy Warbucks, and played in Ramada Inns along the Dakotas–Montana border.

Eminem has a daughter with his former wife, Kimberly.

Eminem’s paternal grandfather was Marshall Bruce Mathers (the son of Chester William Mathers and Myrtle Ivy Parrish). Chester was the son of Samuel Mathers and Josephine Graves. Myrtle was the daughter of William Chauncey Parrish and Mary C. Staggs.

Eminem’s paternal grandmother was Rae Waverly Drowns (the daughter of Grover Cleveland Drowns and Ella Elizabeth Dennie). Grover was the son of William Henry Drowns and Mary Catherine Glockler, whose father was German. Ella was the daughter of Arthur Daggett Dennie and Catherine Bell Heffley.

Eminem’s maternal grandfather is Robert Ray Nelson (the son of William Nelson and ? Harris). Robert’s parents were English immigrants.

Eminem’s maternal grandmother is Betty Hixson (the daughter of William A. Hixson and Georgia Anna Roesch). William was the son of William A. Hixson and Nora A. Georgia was the daughter of Henry Roesch, whose father was Swiss, of Swiss-German descent, and of Martha Jane Scheinert.

One great-great-great-grandfather of Eminem, George A. Scheinert, is listed on a census record as having been born in Poland. Given the surname “Scheinert”, it is likely that George was of ethnic German ancestry.

Sources: Genealogies of Eminem – http://www.wargs.com

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Pegzi June 22, 2017 at 12:34 pm

Sometimes sirnames are not accurate. He could be ethnically Polish

neiltennant January 1, 2017 at 5:03 am

when he had his first hit in 1999 i thought he must be of polish descent

MettaWorkPlease December 11, 2016 at 7:11 am

I could believe that he’s got Polish ancestry. Joseph Sikora who plays Tommy in Power looks & acts like him & he’s Polish American

neiltennant June 28, 2015 at 1:19 pm

HE LOOKS eastern european

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 12:05 am

He looks ambiguous. I mean European-ambiguous.

He can be Swedish, German, Serbian, Swiss, Russian, English, Scottish and I would be like “meh, he looks it” to any of them…

shadesofblu June 27, 2015 at 4:46 am

I very much resemble him and I have the same ancestry, especially Welsh but I have Native American ancestry. His mother has said many times he has Native American ancestry, I forgot which side although I distinctly remember her saying in a book or interview or something that it was Blackfoot.

Capricious April 8, 2015 at 2:10 am

Looks more Polish.

Zhang December 19, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Caucasian rapper still inferiour to Chinese talent.

perez-richart October 3, 2015 at 8:59 pm

vai cry?

The Beautiful Ones December 3, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Eminem is white. Plain and simple people.

Trincee November 17, 2013 at 2:29 am

No, He’s an Oreo

Brigzzz98 January 19, 2014 at 7:22 am

Top deck

ayoyo8 October 28, 2013 at 10:07 am

he’s polish

follers October 28, 2013 at 1:05 pm

A great-great-great-grandfather of Eminem, George A. Scheinert, is listed as having been born in Poland. Given the surname, though, it’s likely that he was an ethnic German.

gurl April 17, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Used to be a huge fan of him when i was younger. Swiss and polish is cool.

christian March 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm

his bone structure, blue eyes and skin structure show us that he is polish

he is more polish than german or swiss

follers October 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm

He’s not Polish at all.

Sam December 3, 2013 at 12:56 am

You wanna bet? If you look at his family history you see a lot of polish names.

So please stop lying and make sure it comes in as a correction: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Polish_Americans

follers December 3, 2013 at 12:58 am

What are the Polish names in Eminem’s family history?

Af February 15, 2012 at 2:06 am

is that true he hates Gypsies and Poles haha

detroitcity February 19, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Hej AF!…is that for “ass fucker” he told me that he hates you and so does everyone else that knows you. haha … oh ya…he also said that your dick is so small it needs medication to get up. You stupid fuck.

llll March 13, 2012 at 10:25 pm





nnnnn August 29, 2012 at 11:37 am

if Christian reads this commentary…

DK1x June 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm

No he didn’t. Look up the Katyn Massacre. FDR covered up the crimes committed by his boyfriend Joseph Stalin.

Marko February 13, 2012 at 6:16 pm

he looks like a regular white person, i dunno i see a lot of German or Swiss in him, British not too much.

llll March 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm






peter January 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm

omg i am a huge fan of eminem and i never knew he was polish like me

rose January 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I thought he was half black??!!!

Marko February 13, 2012 at 6:12 pm

WTH is wrong with you, how does he look black at all?

Jack December 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm

He got Slavic blood in him?! Did not know that!

Kiara December 2, 2011 at 6:20 pm

of coursee He’ss white((: and those are VERY hott =D

random October 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm

So why do people say that he hates polaks?

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