Eminem

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 a woman surnamed 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. Machmer. 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
https://www.geni.com

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neiltennant December 25, 2017 at 11:01 am

NO POLISH ?

i could swear that his eyes say to me polish sausages with hot mustard

Manila December 15, 2017 at 8:09 am

Correction: Nora A. Georgia -> Nora A. Machmer

Manila December 15, 2017 at 7:57 am
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

EMINEM IS POLISH

AND

HITLER KILLED POLISH PEOPLE

AHHAAH

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

HAHHAHAH

I HATE EMINEM SO MUCH

HES A WIGGA


AND

IM GLAD THAT HES NOT IRISH

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?

M&M October 6, 2011 at 8:11 am

I always knew he had some Polish in him no wonder all the Polish enjoy his music.

Former MySpace Celebrity September 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Strong Polish genes.

Brian September 23, 2011 at 12:37 am

MIKE, if you are white I pity you! Stop feeling guilty for your race just like this coward does. How the hell can one live in Detroit and want to act this way? He’s a retard to the fullest. Shitty rapper too. I used to listen to some underground rap which is a lot better but this guy is a sell out. He sounds like a whiny bitch!

Midnight August 3, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Quote Scottish, German, Polish, Swiss and English

The Detroit based rap star is of Scottish, German, Polish, Swiss and English descent. Although his European ancestry goes back at least 4 generations.

He also goes under the names, Slim Shady, Slim, Marshall Mathers, Em and Shady.

Hey, did I miss something? Those are all European so what does although his European ancestry goes back at least four generation. He’s four types of European so what happens when you go back a fifth lol?

felicia September 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm

dont get what your sayin?

kimmievalentine July 4, 2011 at 10:10 pm

i love him he’s such a good rapper and he got sexxierr but then agian i just like guys with muscle’s but he’s still hottt<3

Jessica Garcia-De Rivera June 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I love Eminem, his music is the ghetto shit! :D but i just wished he stopped acting Black because all the controversy people have about him now. Makes me feel bad.

RACISM IS STUPID! Eminem You Rock!

Tiffany June 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm

What is acting black???? hip hop has no race….just because he raps doesnt mean hes trying to be black??? who says that white people only can listen to rock and black people only have to listen to rap and we all eat chicken and wear hip hop clothes

IGGGGGNOOOORAAAANCCCCCEEEEEE!!!

liyah June 19, 2011 at 7:07 pm

how is he acting black? acting tough and knowing who you are as a person and not giving a shit about what anyone has to say about you is not a black thing.

KidW/Backbone August 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Acting black? Seriously go f*cking kill urself!! There are white ppl that act ghetto as hell but oh wait they r just acting black?!! Y’all be saying the same thing about Justin bieber..don’t saythat they act black just because they act ghetto..it’s a total difference u freaking retard..I are literally the epitome of all things ignorant!

KidW/Backbone August 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Acting black? Seriously go f*cking kill urself!! There are white ppl that act ghetto as hell but oh wait they r just acting black?!! Y’all be saying the same thing about Justin bieber..don’t saythat they act black just because they act ghetto..it’s a total difference u freaking retard..u are literally the epitome of all things ignorant!

MIKE June 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm

THE ONE TRUE RACE IS THE HUMAN RACE.

WHEN ARE WE ALL GOING TO REALIZE WE ARE ALL THE SAME SPECIES,

WE ALL COME FROM THE SAME FIRST HUMAN ANCESTORS.

MIKE June 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm

FUCK ETHNICITY, FUCK RACE, ALL THESE LABELS HAVE BROUGHT NOTHING BUT MISERY TO THE HUMAN SPECIES…

RACISM
SLAVERY
HOLOCAUST
SEGREGATION
GENOCIDES ETC.

Marko February 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Okay so u probably shouldn’t be on ETHNIquiz.com then eh?

llll March 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm

EMINEM IS POLISH

AND

HITLER KILLED POLISH PEOPLE

HAHAHA

nnnnn August 29, 2012 at 10:32 am

The best commentary

bri bri May 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm

okay… most ppl would say that you love eminem and would do anything to meet him. well i truly find marshall bruce mathers lll as a inspiration. i love him so much and even though i never met him i hope i do <3

Gregrocks33 January 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm

How Polish is he? btw he’s everything I am :)

Me myself and I January 2, 2011 at 8:54 am

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Chad MacGregor November 6, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I saw Eminem live in Scotland at a music festival this summer – he was amazing.

Scottish-Americans are above all!

dimitris October 29, 2010 at 6:02 am

and also welsh and Luxembourgish

Adriana August 18, 2010 at 4:21 pm

OMg i fUCKING love eminem im german to n i have like every song of him n stuff ahhhh i watch every bio of him :) <3

Anonymous August 1, 2010 at 6:19 pm

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Live July 26, 2010 at 9:02 am

I LOVE, LIVE, and, BREATHE eminem
I don’t know what I would do if I met him
But I know he hate when ppl come up to him
In streets when he is with his fam.

Anonymous August 9, 2010 at 7:55 am

samee!!!! dude if i met eminem i wud diee.

what colour r his eyes? Blue right? Like me:D July 19, 2010 at 11:03 pm
Lulu August 1, 2010 at 6:28 am
expert10 August 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Eminem’s eyes are hazel. His mugshot in 2000 said hazel eyes. He wears blue contacts sometimes.

Tiffieee July 6, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Dayummm ;]

zuzanna May 5, 2010 at 2:26 am

i heard that he is polish

aps May 4, 2010 at 10:03 pm

So, he’s also is Polish and Luxembourgish! (wargs)

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