Hillary Clinton

by ethnic on August 9, 2009

Birth Name: Hillary Diane Rodham

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 26, 1947

*English, Welsh (father)
*Welsh, English, Scottish, French, French-Canadian, remote Dutch and Swiss-French (mother)

Hillary Clinton, also known as Hillary Rodham Clinton, is an American politician.

She was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 2016, when she won the popular vote, but not the electoral college. Hillary is the first woman to have been nominated for the Presidency by a major political party. As a Democrat, she has served as a U.S. Senator from New York, from January 3, 2001 to January 21, 2009, and as U.S. Secretary of State, from January 21, 2009 to February 1, 2013.

Hillary’s father, Hugh Ellsworth Rodham, was of English and Welsh descent. Hillary’s mother, Dorothy Emma (Howell), had Welsh, English, Scottish, French, French-Canadian, and remote Dutch and Swiss-French, ancestry. Hillary is married to President Bill Clinton, and, as such, was First Lady of the United States, from 1993 to 2001. The couple’s daughter is Chelsea Clinton.

Hillary was also a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2008.

Hillary is the only woman to win a major party’s presidential primary and/or nominating contest, in 2008 and 2016, other than Shirley Chisholm, who won three non-traditional contests in 1972. Margaret Chase Smith was the first woman to launch a notable campaign for a major political party’s presidential nomination, in 1964, for the Republican Party.

Seven of Hillary’s eight great-grandparents were born outside of the United States.

In her autobiography, Living History (2004), Hillary stated that her maternal grandmother was of part Native American ancestry. The official website of the National First Ladies’ Library lists Hillary as having Native American ancestry. However, no Native American (or Native Canadian) ancestry has ever been documented/verified for Hillary Clinton.

Genealogist William Addams Reitwiesner wrote Hillary’s ancestral lineage out as such, with approximate fractions:

*43.75% English
*31.25% Welsh
*13.28% Scottish
*11.62% French/French-Canadian
*0.1% Dutch
*0.05% Swiss-French

Hillary’s paternal grandfather was Hugh Simpson Rodham (the son of Jonathan Rodham and Isabella Simpson Bell). Hugh was born in Kyo, co. Durham, England, to parents who were also from Durham. Jonathan was the son of Joseph Rodham and Elizabeth Scurfield. Isabella was the daughter of Thomas Bell and Elizabeth Dawson.

Hillary’s paternal grandmother was Hannah “Anna” Jones (the daughter of William Jones and Mary A. Griffiths). Hannah was born in Pennsylvania, to Welsh parents. Her mother was from Merthyr Tydfil in Wales.

Hillary’s maternal grandfather was Edwin John Howell, Jr. (the son of Edwin John Howell and Emma Josephine Monk). Hillary’s grandfather Edwin was born in Illinois. Hillary’s great-grandfather Edwin was born in Bristol, Gloucester, England, the son of Edwin Howell and Jane Sophia Babb. Hillary’s great-grandmother Emma was born in Canada, the daughter of John H. Monk, whose parents were English, and of Sarah Abbs, who was English.

Hillary’s maternal grandmother was Della Murray (the daughter of Daniel Murray/Murry and Delia Martin). Hillary’s grandmother Della was born in Illinois. Hillary’s great-grandmother Delia was born in Michigan, the daughter of Antoine Martin, who was French, and to Mary Anne Frances McDougall, who was born in Windsor, Ontario, and had French-Canadian, as well as Scottish, and very distant Dutch, ancestry.

Hillary’s step-grandfather was Max Rosenberg, a Russian Jewish immigrant. Max married Hillary’s maternal grandmother, Della Murray, and the couple had a daughter, Adeline (Rosenberg) Friedman. Adeline formally converted to Judaism later in life, after marrying a Jewish man, Clarence Friedman.

Hillary’s brother, Tony Rodham, was married to Nicole Boxer, the daughter of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, and the two have a son.

Sources: Genealogies of Hillary Clinton – http://www.wargs.com

Notes on Hillary’s ancestry, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, for Irish America Magazinehttp://irishamerica.com

Genealogies of Hillary’s parents – http://www.findagrave.com

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allennox January 31, 2018 at 11:22 pm

Not racist just politically incorrect

allennox January 31, 2018 at 4:33 pm

Hopefully America will never have a woman president

madman January 31, 2018 at 11:00 pm

That’s racist

fuzzybear44 November 9, 2016 at 1:08 am

Sorry hilly, the rednecks came out in force

bearboy May 10, 2017 at 3:26 pm

Cool, @Bearboy always thought of himself as a redneck! But I must say Hillary Clinton is very attractive! she looks more Irish than @Bearboy who is 50%.

follers May 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Ah, so “He is a great man! Yes Bearboy has made it official that he is voting for Gary Johnson this November :)” went out the window, then. Typical. Boring. Though since Clinton won your state with 59% I suppose it scarcely matters, more as a textbook case than a specific one.

bearboy May 10, 2017 at 3:33 pm

I am confused where the contradiction comes in I did vote for Johnson but I think Hillary is very attractive.

bearboy May 10, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Wait how do you know my home state?

follers May 10, 2017 at 3:34 pm

fuzzybear44 said rednecks voted Trump in, and you ironically implied that you were an exception to his statement (i.e., not a redneck).

follers May 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm

Aside from some other things, you keep adding little-known New York politicians.

bearboy May 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm

First of all I said I am a redneck. Also I misunderstood since I didn’t vote in Trump that’s my fault. But I am a little confused how you knew I am of Norwegian descent and living in New York???

bearboy May 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm

oh okay

follers May 10, 2017 at 3:49 pm

You’re not actually of Norwegian descent. I made that up as a joke on another page. I think the only real Fennoscandian on here is Madman.

Or are you actually of Norwegian descent? Really? That’s pretty funny if the joke turned out to be true.

bearboy May 10, 2017 at 3:57 pm

Anyway, I apologize for offending you @follers, you’re kind and I am sorry for my previous comments about Clinton, Trump and others leaders (I will keep my opinions to myself). So you’re not Scandinavian? I thought before the whole Norway thing I thought you said you were Jewish on another page?

madman May 10, 2017 at 4:49 pm

I thought bearboy was half Irish half Norwegian. And andrew has stated before that he is Finnish.

follers May 10, 2017 at 5:03 pm

While I’m a little confused about bearboy’s ethnicity now (though not Andrew’s), I think you’re on your own there in Fennoscandia, madman. And, yes, I put Bateman on the list the first time you commented on him. It all gets done eventually.

You haven’t offended me, bearboy.

bearboy May 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

Thanks for letting me know that follers I was worried before. My father is mainly Norwegian descent but is probably more mixed going back generations ago. My mother has Irish ancestry. If the whole Jewish thing is confusing, I have Jewish cousins and uncle’s by marriage and I find the people, history, and culture fascinating and considering converting from my Irish Catholic faith (mother’s faith).

andrew May 11, 2017 at 4:50 am

@ follers

Who is the one on Ethnicelebs whose wife is 1/4 Finnish?

andrew August 18, 2016 at 6:14 pm
bearboy July 25, 2016 at 4:49 pm

Hillary Clinton is at least 1/2048th Swiss as well on her mother’s side of the family. Two of Dorothy Emma Rodham (Hillary’s mother) 9th great grandparents which was Louise Recordon and Pierre Lambert were born in Switzerland.

andrew July 25, 2016 at 2:47 pm
savanna April 6, 2016 at 8:20 am

Why are her mother and father listed separate in her Ethnicity when both are English and Welsh? “English, Welsh, Scottish, French, French-Canadian, remote Dutch” would suffice

follers April 6, 2016 at 11:54 am

Well, her father was of exactly half English and half Welsh descent.

Ajaxfan December 5, 2015 at 9:39 am

0,1% Dutch…wow

neiltennant April 3, 2015 at 5:43 am

she totally looks like my professor at my university who is of finish descent (from finland )

bearboy October 18, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Did Hillary Clinton’s maternal Grandmother ever convert to Judaism. I know she remarried a Jewish man named Max Rosenberg?

follers October 18, 2014 at 10:40 pm

No, Della Murray never converted to Judaism. Her daughter with Max Rosenberg, Hillary’s half-aunt Adeline Rosenberg Friedman, did formally convert to Judaism and marry a Jewish man.

bearboy October 18, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Ah okay. I wonder if she (the Maternal Grandmother) has Native American roots that were never documented yet. Thanks for accepting the Wesley Clark submission btw.

Gogoboots June 21, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Has Hillary Clinton ever said what Native American tribe her ancestry was from, curious to know?

gottlob February 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Rich that you highlited the part that suits your agenda. There’s also no documentation that proves she doesn’t have native so is her word againts yours. According to your own people every “white american” has Native. According to experts such as Fuzzybear every Black is mixed. That would make every American mixed.

gottlob February 12, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Well, except recent European immigrants. Those are white.

fuzzybear44 November 9, 2016 at 1:04 am

Actually, I always stated that the avg black person was mixed, I never said all

gottlob February 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm

her face says otherwise (eyes, cheekbones, round face)
why are you so quick to deny native ancestry on every celebrity but quick to call yourself black?

gottlob February 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm

why would she lie? she is a grown woman. most importantly why do you care so much if she is or not? are you the anti Native police? this must be your hobby.

gottlob February 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm

you call it a legend i call it not being delusional. everyone knows that americans are mixed and not pure white. your own people are telling you this (dna tests). just look at your own native people, they are taller, lighter than other natives in America, they even range from light brown eyes to hazel. Modern Native Americans are not pure anymore and that didn’t happen overnight.

gottlob February 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm

what fuzzybear is doing is entertaining claims and “she said he said” which i thought you hated? what i’m stating is a known fact. i suppose american scientist are good for nothing and liers cause you (a nobody) is calling dna fact a bunch of crock.

obviously natives are mixed so would the ladder.
according to fuzzybear african americans are mixed wiht native and white. that would make everybody mixed as well. or did that magically happen as well… lol

and it has also been documented that people lie about their ethnicity. example i read a piece on an american kid who lied that he was part african. cause he looked white and could get away with it. so it does happen, documentation is not 100% DNA testing is however.

levangelista36 June 6, 2012 at 4:53 am

i can really see the native american features in her

Holly12 June 6, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Are you blind?lol

levangelista36 June 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm

She’s not a pure white so she’s not white. I mean not every single ancestor of hers is white so she’s not white.

pure race means 100% if you are not 100% pure then you are mixed enough said. you can’t be white

levangelista36 June 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm

that’s why no one is white

even julia roberts, anne hathaway, megan fox, jessica simpson, and hillary clinton got a lil bit of native ancestry

you have to be pure white to be white

you know….like a purebred dog

Nutella83 September 20, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Plenty of people are “white” which includes me.

christian March 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm

she might have some finnish or other northern european blood in her

she looks very nordic, i know a lot of finnish people who look the same

the native ammerican is not visible

nnnnn September 1, 2012 at 10:56 pm

It’s englisch not nordic enough for you?

Labtec February 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm

On this site? Clearly not. ;) Hilary Clinton wouldn’t look out of place walking down an English high street.

Angel Syrene January 14, 2012 at 12:24 am

Why? lol

me January 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm

omg, I see you mad now, in right shows that you commented all of the pages of celebrities that look mixed.I hope that idiots will not be manipulated by your irony.

Dasher December 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Is everyone Native American?

Damn near every white celebrity claims a Native ancestor, yet the majority of them are not enrolled in tribes or have any ties to a tribe. Nor can they point to a specific ancestor.

I am beginning to think this is a trend. Native Americans make up less than 1% of this population, yet nearly every white and black American supposedly is descended from the Natives. You would think the tribes started out 30 million deep.

Call me pessimistic, but I believe a lot of these people are liars.

i'mee January 22, 2012 at 12:12 am

we need to get to ‘retract’ their statements… it would sure make my life easier….

Rumor Mill January 22, 2012 at 12:24 am

She is castiza/harniza like Megan Fox and Anne Hathaway.

Ktulo December 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Yeh shes clearly native american 8sarcasm)

raicht September 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm

lol… Bill Clinton claimed Native American heritage …… first Native President and first lady w/ NA heritage?

Natasha August 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Native American is cool,the rest is all boring.

Janice May 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm

There making so much about French Canadian and I will tell you why. John Lennon has a love child daughter who is soon to inherit. She is part French Canadian on her mother’s side. This has got Hollywood all excited. The love child’s mother was half French Canadian. I guess they want to see if they are related to this daughter. You know talk goes around and they asked what was her mother’s ethnicity. You see the secret is out in Hollywood and music business. Soon it will be breaking news like Maria Shriver situation. It is so that we are see a big deal made about John Lennon and the Beatles in the last 2 years. They are gearing for the daughter tribute of inheritance. Also, that is why you are seeing so many Rock Star reunions. All in the name of John Lennon who was murdered and never got the chance to see his daughter. This is a scandal and you will cry when you see the truth on tv.

liyah May 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm

It’s funny how people act like being french canadian is all that lol, i’m a french canadian and it really isn’t as amazing as people make it seem.

adam May 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm

im part french canadian too !. go hillary

Dave October 31, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Hilary’s maternal grandmother married a Jewish man named Rosenberg. However, Hilary herself has no Jewish ancestry. See her family tree here

lisa October 26, 2010 at 10:55 pm

She’s related to Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Camilla Parker Bowles and Celine Dion through some common french canadian ancestor.

lisa October 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm

There are jewish people of many different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Anonymous October 30, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Incorrect. Being Jewish is an ethnicity. A Jew can practice or not practice the religion of Judaism. Jews are descendants of the people of Judea who lost there land with the Roman conquest of the 1st century AD. They had been a landless people (i.e. like the Romany, Kurds…) until the State of Israel was formed i n1948.

LIL VACHA October 31, 2010 at 4:27 pm

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JewIsAReligion February 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Jews are not the former inhabitants of Judaea. The Filistines and Canaanites lived in the Levant before the Tribes of Israel immigrated there.

There are converted Jews of every race.

Anonymous March 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm

If an ethnic group refers to a group of genetically similar individuals with their own language(s,) traditions, culture, surnames and given names, then there is ethnic identity among those born to Jewish parents, grandparents, great grandparents et al.

And among the aforementioned, the three main ethnic divisions would be:

· Ashkenazim, the Jews of Germany and Northern France (in Hebrew, Ashkenaz)

· Sephardim, the Jews of Iberia (in Hebrew, Sepharad) and the Spanish diaspora

· Mizrahim, or Oriental Jews

There are also Ethiopean Jews.

See this link for more on the subject:


It should also be mentioned that Jewish descent is primarily traced through the maternal line.

LiL V4CH4 April 3, 2010 at 9:41 am

Hillary is also Dutch too. You can Google it.

Nathan Teasdale Mottram February 19, 2010 at 11:06 am

northumberland isnt in wales it is in the north east of england so unless somebody has fiddled with the information and even rodham is an english surname

ethnic January 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm

great links everyone that posted. profile edited


Anonymous January 10, 2010 at 5:37 am

From her auto biography:


“In her autobiography, Living History (editions Simon & Schuster, 2003), Hillary Rodham Clinton describes her maternal grandmother, Della Murray, as «one of nine children from a family of French Canadian, Scottish and Native American ancestry.»

If so far no records have been found to support this claimed Native American ancestry, the genealogist Gail F. Moreau-DesHarnais and his team have confirmed the presence of French emigrants, particularly Percherons, in the ancestry of Hillary Rodham Clinton. In late 2007, they published the fruits of their research in the magazine Michigan’s Habitant Heritage, Journal of the French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan.”

Hah, of course “no records have been found”, don’t expect to find a man named “Dances with Wolfes” listed on an American geneological tree! Native american ancestry is very hard to prove, its undocumented in most cases, that’s why most people vaguely say “I have a great-great-grandparent who was cherokee”, only a DNA test could say for sure. But it may well be there.

Anonymous January 10, 2010 at 5:22 am
Anonymous January 10, 2010 at 5:19 am

“Rosenberg” is probably a Jewish name.

LiL V4CH4 C0MiN yUR W4y January 10, 2010 at 3:34 am

I heard that she’s also Jewish too.

Anonymous January 9, 2010 at 10:44 pm

The link works perfectly fine here:

Place: Chicago, Illinois
Date: 1947, October 26

Hugh Ellsworth Rodham, born 1911, April 2, Scranton, Pennsylvania, graduate of Pennsylvania State University, small textile supply owner; died, 1993, April 7 in Little Rock, Arkansas

Dorothy Emma Howell Rodham, born 1919, Chicago, Illinois; married to Hugh Rodham, 1942

Welsh, French, Scottish, Native American, English; Hillary Clinton’s paternal grandfather Hugh Rodham was born in 1879 in Northumberland, Wales and immigrated to Pennsylvania to work at the Scranton Lace Company. Her maternal great-grandparents, the Howells, were immigrants from England and settled in California. Her maternal grandmother, Della Murray migrated from Canada to Illinois and married secondly to Max Rosenberg who was born in Russia in 1901.

ethnic January 9, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Tian that link doesnt work. however I dont think its unlikely.


tian January 9, 2010 at 9:14 am

I have read somewhere that she has a native american ancestor? Have you heard of it? Here:


Would they just make this up? Unlikely.

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