Birth Name: Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
Date of Birth: 25 June, 1963
Place of Birth: Hendon, Middlesex, England, U.K.
Date of Death: 25 December, 2016
Place of Death: Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, U.K.
*Greek Cypriot (father)
George Michael was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist. He was a member of the musical duo Wham!, with Andrew Ridgeley.
His father, Kyriacos Panayiotou, was a Greek Cypriot. His mother, Lesley Angold (Harrison), was of English descent.
There have been various claims on the internet, some perhaps originating with George Michael himself, that George’s maternal grandmother was Jewish. These claims are not accurate. George’s maternal grandmother was of non-Jewish English ancestry.
George’s maternal grandfather was George James Harrison (the son of George Albert Harrison and Amy Major). George’s grandfather George was born in Greenwich, London, England. George’s great-grandfather George was the son of George Harrison and Eliza Blacket. Amy was the daughter of Charles Christopher Major and Sarah Richards.
George’s maternal grandmother was Daisy Angold Young (the daughter of Edward Reuben Young and Sarah Susannah Angold). Daisy was born in West Ham, Essex, England. Edward was the son of Foster Young and Mary Ann/Anne Appleby. Sarah was the daughter of Henry Angold and Catharine/Catherine Clarke; Catharine was born, c. 1828, in Hackney, Middlesex, England, the daughter of Thomas Clarke and Elizabeth Ann.
Sources: Family history of George Michael (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://web.archive.org
Genealogy of George’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Henry Angold (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Mark III Photonics / Shutterstock.com