George Michael

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)
*English (mother)

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) –

Genealogies of George Michael (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of George’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Henry Angold (focusing on his own father’s side) –

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Curious about ethnicity

14 Responses

  1. zuzanna says:

    i love his music and i really don’t care is he Jewish or not …
    for me he looks Greek … more exotic than typical British man

  2. Kypriakos Hadjioannou says:

    As a Cypriot, George Michael is of Middle Eastern extraction.

  3. Büzo Zagavic says:

    On the show aressted development there is a kid named george michael also very off handedly there is a kid i make fun of in school named Chris Michael thats why i started making fun of him

  4. R0CKiN D0N'T H4T3 says:

    Was his maternal grandma an Ashkenazi Jew or a Sephardi Jew?

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