Kim Kardashian

by ethnic on December 28, 2007

Kim Kardashian ethnicity ancestryPhoto by PR Photos

Birth Name: Kimberly Noel Kardashian

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 21, 1980

*Armenian (father)
*English, as well as Scottish, Irish, German, and Dutch (mother)

Kim Kardashian is an American television and social media personality, actress, socialite, and model. She is the daughter of Robert Kardashian, a lawyer for O.J. Simpson during Simpson’s murder trial, and Kris Jenner (born Kristen Mary Houghton), a socialite. O.J. Simpson is Kim’s godfather. Her siblings are Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, and Rob Kardashian, and her half-siblings are Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner. Through her ex-stepparent, Caitlyn Jenner, she was a stepsister of socialite Brody Jenner and musician Brandon Jenner. Kim is married to rapper, record producer, and fashion designer Kanye West. Their children are North West and Saint West. Her niece is Penelope Disick.

Kim’s father was of Armenian descent. Kim’s mother is from a family that has lived in the United States for many generations, and has English, as well as smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Scottish, Irish, German, and Dutch, ancestry. Kim once stated that she gets her curves from her Armenian heritage. Kim has said that she did not speak Armenian at home, but does occasionally at family get-togethers. She once stated in an interview, “being Armenian is a big part of who I am”, and that her grandfather instilled a lot of Armenian culture in her.

Kim’s paternal grandfather was Arthur Kardashian (the son of Tatos “Thomas” Saghatel Kardashian and Hamas “Hanna” Shakarian). Arthur was born in Los Angeles. Tatos was born in the Russian Empire, of Armenian descent, the son of Saghatel/Sam Kardashian/Kardaschoff and Hrepsema/Harom/Mary Mooschekiav/Varsoff/Yousbahian, who were ethnic Armenian Molokan Jumpers from Karakale, Kars, Russian Empire (now Turkey). Kim’s family’s last name was spelled “Kardaschoff” in Russia. Kim’s great-grandmother Hamas was born in Armenia, the daughter of Demos/Tom Shakarian and Goolisar/Grace Yesilbashian/Thomson.

Kim’s paternal grandmother was Helen Jean Arakelian (the daughter of John Arakel Mgrditchian Arut Arakelian and Vartanoosh/Rose Miroyan/Mirayan). Helen was born in Los Angeles. John was born in Armenia. Vartanoosh was born in Turkey, of Armenian descent, the daughter of Hovhannes Miroyan and Luciag Chorbajian.

Kim’s maternal grandfather was Robert True Houghton (the son of True Otis Houghton and Mary Lee Pickens). True was the son of Otis Sewall Houghton and Lula Laura Bernard/Barnard. Mary Lee was the daughter of Charles/Charlie Luran A. Pickens and Lizzie/Elizabeth Mae/Mary A. Douglas/Douglass.

Kim’s maternal grandmother Mary Gorden/Jo Campbell (the daughter of Gorden/Gordon Lowe Campbell and Lou Ethel Wyatt). Gorden was the son of Jefferson Davis Campbell and Freedonia/Fredonia May Teaney. Lou was the daughter of Walter Alba Wyatt and Mary Tiny VanZandt/Van Zandt.

Kim’s matrilineal line can be traced back to her great-great-great-great-grandmother, S. Margaret “Maggie” Gray, who was born, c. 1833, in Mississippi.

Sources: Genealogies of Kim Kardashian –

Obituary of Kim’s paternal grandfather, Arthur Kardashian –

Obituary of Kim’s paternal grandmother, Helen Jean (Arakelian) Kardashian –

Kim’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Lou Ethel Wyatt, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Kim’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Tiny VanZandt/Van Zandt –

Kim Kardashian 31st Birthday Celebration at Marquee Nightclub in Las Vegas on October 22, 2011Photo by kathclick/

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Alyx September 17, 2016 at 11:43 am

She looks arab, but she is white, she looks like her mom.

Adamina September 10, 2016 at 12:09 am

She looks very Arab especially as a child. Even in her adulthood she could easily pass for an Emirati or any other Arab nationality.

neiltennant June 23, 2016 at 1:56 pm

she could pass easily for PURE TURKISH


phaedra April 23, 2016 at 11:56 pm

Beautiful English woman.

neiltennant June 23, 2016 at 1:55 pm

Phaedra i like your opinions here but most of them are so weird

why you pick just one ethnicity of celebs ?

on her child you write BEAUTIFUL DUTCH CHILD


Adrian1Cram February 12, 2016 at 10:45 pm
Morrigan Ni Boii December 14, 2015 at 3:12 am

She is of Hettiti, Arabian, Assyrian, American Indian, Celtic and Germanic ancestry.

ashash November 13, 2015 at 7:20 pm

She is boring and a disgrace. Her ethnicity isn’t that interesting. Plenty of other celebrities have the same multiethnic background (Michael Vartan, Cher, Joe Manganiello, for instance).

angrygirl19 November 19, 2015 at 8:19 pm

Wow, you’re even hating on her ethnic behavior smh get a life

angrygirl19 November 19, 2015 at 8:19 pm

*ethnic background

MadBadDog November 2, 2015 at 3:41 pm

After all that plastic surgery she has lost all her ethnic features. When she was younger she kinda look middle eastern mixed with roma gypsy:

andrew November 4, 2015 at 5:22 am

she alwais looked a bit like Nicole Scherzinger

maestro November 28, 2015 at 12:12 pm

agreed, she has gotten noticeably ‘whiter’ over the years.

Kekit October 17, 2015 at 2:55 am

to me she looks Persian, always has and always will

Bamby December 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Looks white to me.

slowdive December 10, 2015 at 3:27 pm

@bamby she looks white nowadays. She used to look Gulf Arab back in the day and prior to all her plastic surgery.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 12:33 am

Her father who is Armenian, definitely has Gypsy/Romani him. It isn’t socially acceptable to admit that you are Romani, so he wouldn’t, especially in America. He is even dark for an actual Armenian, despite the hazel eyes.

And since Kourtney has an Asiatic look to her (Filipino/Thai) I’d say that there is also Turkmen blood in Robert’s ancestry. So he isn’t a full Armenian.

Oh, the mother is rather dark featured, despite being Anglo and Dutch. So that helps too (in making her children appear “non-Caucasian”).

marjanel October 13, 2015 at 6:41 pm

According to DNa test Kim has native Americano blood,and it must be from ver mother side.

luckystar October 24, 2016 at 7:36 am

According to that fake dna test is more than 90% armenian

abbracci October 10, 2015 at 8:24 pm

What’s with that Arab look though? She doesn’t look European.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 12:28 am

For starters, her father wasn’t the most fair skinned guy other, although he did have hazel green eyes.

Her mother, who Anglo and Dutch, also was rather dark for ethnicity.

Henceforth, the offspring would definitely look rather dark considering that the parents are too.

About Khloe, she is probably adopted. She looks nothing like her mother NOR her father. She actually does resemble her father more, so maybe she could be his daughter from another woman.

Kekit October 17, 2015 at 2:55 am

Armenia isn’t a European country, she actually has gotten whiter over the years.

alexponomarenko September 7, 2015 at 12:14 am


legez August 29, 2015 at 6:58 am

she on the fringe of whiteness!

cwm85 August 22, 2015 at 11:34 am

Armenians are of native/indian descent right?

ames August 30, 2015 at 12:23 am

What???? Armenia is a Middle Eastern country. Look it up.

Wolfman August 30, 2015 at 12:32 am

Many idiots on here like cwm85 didn’t you know ames? I think he mixed up Armenian for Amerindian? LOL

sahlav dino September 5, 2015 at 12:32 pm

I’ve never heard of it, so I don’t think so. Also, Kim and her sisters don’t look indian/native..

alexponomarenko September 7, 2015 at 12:09 am

youre a idiot.

alexponomarenko September 7, 2015 at 12:10 am

youre an idiot.

abbracci August 21, 2015 at 5:17 pm

She looks Gypsy. I love her exotic looks. Kim is a beautiful Eurasian. Armenians have a really nice culture. I don’t understand the hate. She looks better than those plain jane blonde haired blue eyed girls.

neiltennant August 19, 2015 at 2:57 am

there is not 1 ethnicity which would describe her looks

in my eyes she looks on some photos

indian, mixed african american and on 99 percent of the pics really Iranian !!!!!

and iranian is not far from armenian

All of the kardashian children look like their father armenian guy rob kardeshian

neiltennant August 2, 2015 at 11:25 am

i know her mother is not the palest blondest woman and she looks a little bit like her daughter but i think the kids look more like their dad (those from rob kardas)

GypsyQueen July 19, 2015 at 12:57 pm

She’s a beautiful and exotic Armenian goddess. She looks like she’s from the Middle East. At least she’s not a typical blonde haired blue eyed chick. Her and Cher Lloyd are one of the prettiest celebrities.

angrygirl19 July 15, 2015 at 8:17 pm

I wish we knew more about Kris’s roots, as im curious to know where she gets the dark hair and eyes from

follers July 15, 2015 at 8:36 pm

What more do you want to know about Kris’s roots? We know the names of all of her recent ancestors.

angrygirl19 July 16, 2015 at 9:25 am

Oh well I guess nevermind. Excuse my curiosity

abbracci June 14, 2015 at 9:16 pm

She looks like a Arab

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