John McCain

by ethnic on September 27, 2010

Birth Name: John Sidney McCain III

Place of Birth: Coco Solo Naval Air Station, Panama Canal Zone

Date of Birth: August 29, 1936

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish/Irish, distant Welsh

John McCain is an American politician. A Republican, he has served as a United States Senator from Arizona, since January 3, 1987. He was previously a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, from January 3, 1983 to January 3, 1987.

He was the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 2008. He was also a candidate for the Republican Party’s 2000 presidential nomination.

John was born at the Coco Solo Naval Air Station, Panama Canal Zone, to American parents. He is the son of Roberta (Wright) and John Sidney McCain, Jr., a prominent admiral. At the time of his birth, the Panama Canal was under U.S. control, and John’s father was serving there. John’s paternal grandfather, John Sidney McCain, Sr., was also a prominent admiral. John’s ancestry is English, Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish)/Irish, and distant Welsh.

John is married to businessperson, philanthropist, and humanitarian Cindy McCain. John has seven children, among them columnist Meghan McCain. His brother is actor and newspaper reporter Joe McCain.

John’s patrilineal line can be traced back to his third great-grandfather, Joseph W. McCain, who was born, c. 1773, in Scotland.

John’s paternal grandfather was John Sidney McCain, Sr. (the son of John Sidney McCain and Elizabeth Ann Young). John’s grandfather John was born in Mississippi. John’s great-grandfather John was the son of William Alexander McCain and Mary Louisa/Louise McAllister. Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel Hart Young and Catherine/Catharine Weeden Small.

John’s paternal grandmother was Catherine/Katherine Davy/Davey Vaulx (the daughter of The Rev. James Junius Vaulx and Margaret Garside). Catherine was born in Arkansas. The Rev. James was the son of James Vaulx and Eliza Geddy Fenner. Margaret was born in Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, England, the daughter of Samuel Garside and Mary Ellin Dickens.

John’s maternal grandfather was Archibald “Archie” Wright (the son of Franklin Alexander Wright and Nancy Adeline/Adaline Atkins). Archibald was born in Mississippi. Franklin was the son of Archibald Wright and Mary Paterson. Nancy was the daughter of Robert Taylor Atkins and Martha Jane Anderson.

John’s maternal grandmother was Myrtle Mae Fletcher (the daughter of Azariah Denny/Dennis Fletcher and Martha Melinda/Malinda “Mattie” Kidwell). Myrtle was born in Texas. Azariah was the son of Azariah D. Fletcher and Mary. Martha was the daughter of William Kidwell and Sarah “Sally” Higgins. Sarah was born, c. 1814, in Kentucky.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) stated that John’s genetic ancestry is:

*99.4% European
*0.5% Native American
*0.1% North African

Sources: Genealogies of John McCain –

Genealogy of John’s father –

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew May 12, 2018 at 10:03 am

Pocahontas might be John’s paternal 8th great-grandmother (1/2048), according to his 4th great-grandmother’s genealogy:

andrew May 12, 2018 at 10:13 am
madman May 12, 2018 at 10:24 am

Isn’t she a myth?

andrew May 12, 2018 at 12:41 pm

No, she is Sen. John McCain 8th great-grandmother

neiltennant May 12, 2018 at 7:00 am

looks like charlie chaplin

andrew February 13, 2018 at 4:18 pm
andrew January 27, 2017 at 5:34 pm
bearboy September 26, 2016 at 5:26 pm

On Yahoo answers there are people who say John McCain’s maternal grandmother’s surname “Fletcher” is Jewish or usually Jewish? I don’t seem to think so.

neiltennant August 30, 2016 at 8:47 am

looks like charlie chaplin

andrew August 28, 2016 at 3:31 pm

John’s patrilineal line can be traced back to his 3rd Great-Grandfather Joseph W. McCain, born c. 1773 in Scotland

bearboy July 28, 2016 at 5:55 pm

Mind sending a link to where it says McCain is 99.4% European, 0.5% Native American, and 0.1% North African. Also is season 3 of Finding Your Roots on book now? I thought it was but I can’t seem to find the book at any store or library.

follers July 28, 2016 at 11:05 pm

It was on the show.

bearboy March 23, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Senator John McCain is also part Welsh. 6th great-grandfather was Jonas Williams born 1660 in Wales and died 1744 in Virginia.

bearboy March 2, 2016 at 5:52 pm

McCain I believe is more often an Irish surname but could easily be Scottish as well.

Gogoboots June 9, 2014 at 7:04 pm

“CORRECTION’ he isn’t only Northern Irish he has ancestry from Dublin

follers June 9, 2014 at 9:37 pm

I think the Coddington family (the ancestry you’re talking about) was likely Protestant. Still, I amended it slightly.

Rachel October 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm

McCain is not a Scottish surname, it’s Irish. Maybe he thought Scots-Irish meant a combination of Scottish and Irish ancestry, but it means that your ancestors came from the Scottish Lowlands, and they later moved to the Irish province of Ulster. They should really call it Ulster Scots like they do in the UK and Canada.

Mike S. October 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Not quite. McCain, like many Western and Isles names derived from the Dalriadic migration from Ireland to W. Scotland, can be found in Ireland AND Scotland. However, John McCain’s family and mine (we are from the same immigrant family) originate from Glencoe of Clan MacDonald of Glenco, and this has been accurately traced to those origins by our families.

It is a corruption of the actual clan branch name of MacIan.

JR January 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm

I am also of the same McCain’s. John McCain is my mothers fourth cousin and Mike S. has it right. We originated from Clan MacDonald of Glenco. I think that maybe you should do a little research of your own before you go dismissing someones knowledge about their own family history.

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