Frank Mir

by ethnic on December 13, 2009

Frank Mir

Birth Name:

Francisco Santos Mir III

Birth Place:

Las Vegas, Nevada

Birth Date:

May 24, 1979

What Race or Ethnicity?:

Moroccan, Russian, Cuban

The American mixed martial artist is of Moroccan, Russian and Cuban descent with his real name being Francisco. The surname Mir means peace in Russian.

He stated in an article; “My name is Mir and my father came from Cuba and my ancestors from Morocco,”

Mir began training MMA as a child, learning Kenpo karate and wrestling and then moving on to BJJ and boxing. He is said to have earned his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt in only 5 years.


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Mister_A January 16, 2012 at 12:03 am

Morocco has never been invaded by Ottomans and as said Memphis, Imazighen (Berbers if you prefer) are the indigenous people of North Africa. It depends of where you are, if you are in the north of morocco you will see a lot of people with white skin and tanned (light tanned or dark tanned) and if you go more to the south to the sahara you find people with people with dark skin

A Moroccan January 14, 2012 at 7:40 am

” 100% in reality he is Amazigh dad side, and white american mom side. amazighs were white slaves captured by muslims sometimes in the sea. ” —> WRONG ! You can not say Amazighs (which mean: free people/men) were only white slaves captured by muslims, because first Amazighs existed before the creation of Islam and before that arabs from Arabian Peninsula invade Norh Africa and Morocco more precisely. Second, there were pobably Amazighs who were captured and then become slaves, as there were slaves who were from Black Africa, or who were Slavs, Arabian, or from Gaul, etc…
” most Amazighs are not pure white anymore so he could have some black in him. those are just his nationalities. plus he is atheist.” —> For you white = European, the whiteness is not the monopoly of Europeans, as blackness is not the monopoly of Black Africans, and Moroccans never claimed to be Europeans, we are Africans and we are proud of it ! There are a lot of white Moroccans but this not means that we are Europeans, you know a lot of people (and more in USA and north america globaly) think that Africa is a continent where people are all black, this is wrong ! Morocco is a country where you can find a people as white as Europeans (without to have some European blood) and people as black as Black Africans (who share some Black African blood) ( as you have tanned Moroccans who don’t share Black African blood) , you have all kind of shades, that goes of the white to the black and this is beautiful ! white moroccans, tanned moroccans, black moroccans, we are all the same, we are all brothers.
From a Moroccan who his ancestors are from the rif mountains of Morocco.

padrino November 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm

100% in reality he is Amazigh dad side, and white american mom side. amazighs were white slaves captured by muslims sometimes in the sea. Barbary states and Ottomans did this and even exchanged slaves. so it is plausible he (dad lineage) is a Russian. most Amazighs are not pure white anymore so he could have some black in him. those are just his nationalities. plus he is atheist.

Memphis December 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Amazigh people are Berbers. Berbers are indigenous to North Africa. Berbers originated in North Africa but most have substantial Eurasia ancestry (Turks, Lebanese, Arab, European) from slavery and at least 1/8th so called Sub Saharan African. There is also a huge amount of Jewish ancestry as well.

Gerson Paz November 2, 2011 at 5:15 am

The last name miranda is a Spanish Suriname of Latin origin so that makes it italian as well and the last name Miranda means worthy of admiration in Latin

Gerson Paz November 2, 2011 at 4:55 am

That also makes Frank Mir Hispanic Latino

Gerson Paz November 2, 2011 at 4:50 am

You guys made a mistake with franks last cause frank full name is Francisco santos Miranda frank shorten his name to frank mir to have more of.a Fighter name and miranda is A latin name its a spanish Suriname and it could be of Italian origin but scince miranda is latin than it is of italian origin so thats makes frank mir Spanish and italian and he and probaly has other ethnicitys ansestorys as well and mir is cuban american by nationality because frank mir was born in the united states and his parents are from cuba so that makes Francisco santos miranda / frank mir a Cuban American

bracchetto November 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm

the morrocan part is probably jewish

The Realist September 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Mir means WORLD.

aps September 22, 2011 at 1:34 am

Mir means “peace” and also “world” on russian.

Anonymous October 3, 2010 at 12:15 am

Thats why he had a Cuban flag on his shorts.

ethnic October 3, 2010 at 5:04 am

I noticed that too. his opponent Mirko Cro Cop as usual had the Croatian shorts on and also a small Japanese flag on his shorts. I guess thats in memory of his days fighting in Japan.

felix October 3, 2010 at 7:43 pm

italian is a for of latino so the guy who said italian is wrong in to way mir is cuban cuz against cro cop he had the flag on his shorts n italian is a form of latin just like brazilian

Danny July 19, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Frank Mir’s father is Cuban, so Frank has Cuban blood on him, not sure where you got the Italian info from, but is wrong.

Mark May 25, 2010 at 7:15 pm

you got this wrong Mir is italian with no hispanic ancestry

ethnic May 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm

It seems he is Moroccan, Russian, Cuban.

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