Mark Wahlberg

by ethnic on October 8, 2008

Birth Name: Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg

Place of Birth: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 5, 1971

*59.375% Irish
*25% Swedish
*6.25% English
*6.25% French-Canadian
*3.125% Scottish

Mark Wahlberg is an American actor, model, musician, producer, businessperson, and rapper. He was better known as Marky Mark in his early performing days. One of his siblings is actor and musician Donnie Wahlberg. Mark is married to model Rhea Durham, with whom he has four children. Actor Jeffrey Wahlberg is his nephew.

Mark’s father, Donald Edward Wahlberg, was of half Swedish and half Irish ancestry. Mark’s mother, Alma Elaine (Donnelly), is of 11/16ths Irish, one eighth French-Canadian, one eighth English, and 1/16th Scottish, ancestry. One of Mark’s first ancestors in America was William Hathorne, who emigrated from Berkshire, England to Salem, Massachusetts.

During his teenage years, Mark was charged for assaulting two Vietnamese men and was involved in other racially motivated incidents against other minorities. As a result, he has spent time in prison. After his time in prison, the experience changed his views on minorities and motivated him to stay out of trouble.

Mark’s paternal grandfather was Axel Simon Wahlberg (the son of Axel Gustaf/Gustave Wahlberg and Ida Albertina Nordstrom/Peterson). Mark’s grandfather Axel was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Swedish parents. Mark’s great-grandfather Axel was the son of Jonas Axel Wahlberg and Kristina Helena Noblinsdotter/Nobbelins. Ida was the daughter of Peter Carsen Nordstrom/Peterson and Christine/Christina Peterson.

Mark’s paternal grandmother was Mary Madeline Bradley (the daughter of Dennis J. Bradley and Sarah A. Doherty). Mary Madeline was born in Massachusetts. Dennis was born in Boston, the son of John Bradley and Bridget Redding/Reddin, who were Irish immigrants. Sarah was an Irish immigrant, born in Donegal, Ireland, the daughter of Henry Doherty and Bridget Dunn or Grant.

Mark’s maternal grandfather was Arthur Ambrose Donnelly (the son of Walter John Donnelly and Sarah Agnes Duffy). Arthur was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Walter and Sarah were both born in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, and were both of Irish descent. Walter was the son of Patrick Donnelly and Margaret Campbell. Sarah was the daughter of John Duffy and Sarah McNeil, whose own father was Scottish, born on the Isle of Tyree, Argyll, Scotland.

Mark’s maternal grandmother was Leone Floyd Brisbois (the daughter of Edward Brisbois and Ellen Floyd “Nellie” McKittrick). Leone was born in Laden, Massachusetts. Edward was born in Winchester, Ontario, Canada, the son of Ludger “Roger” Brisebois, who was French-Canadian, and of Jane Delameter, who was of Irish descent. Ellen was born in Wilmington, Massachusetts, the daughter of George W. McKittrick, who was of Irish descent, and of Alma E. Taylor, who was of Colonial American (English) ancestry.

Mark’s matrilineal line can be traced back to Ann Hathorne, who was born, c. 1643, in Salem, Massachusetts.

Sources: Genealogies of Mark Wahlberg –

Discussion of the ancestry of Mark’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Jane Delameter –

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madman October 9, 2017 at 8:10 am

Some accounts says that Jane Delameter’s father William was born in Canada, to a family who hailed from New York state. But there might have been two people with the same name who were born around the same time. For one thing, a William Delameter appears to have married a Sarah Hogle. Either he was married twice, or they weren’t the same person.

This genealogy even lists Sarah as Jane’s father:

Here, his (if it’s him) ethnicity is “Irish”:

andrew August 19, 2017 at 7:31 pm
andrew June 12, 2016 at 3:06 pm

* Sarah Doherty was born in Donegal, Ireland
* Sarah Agnes Duffy’s maternal grandfather Hugh McNeil was born in Isle of Tyree, Argyll, Scotland

Liljaoch March 19, 2013 at 8:24 am

– I meant that his last name Wahlberg was pretty Swedish.

nnnnn March 20, 2013 at 12:16 am

The name should be swedish.

scott May 28, 2014 at 5:08 pm

25% is pretty much as Swedish as Swedish-Americans get, you wont find many with more than 25%

follers May 28, 2014 at 5:49 pm
bearboy January 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm

Mark Wahlberg is someone you look at and automatically know is 59.275% Irish :)

Liljaoch March 5, 2013 at 6:18 am

I have roots both in Norrland and Västmanland close to Dalarna.
Wahlberg is pretty Swedish tough.

nnnnn March 8, 2013 at 1:06 am

I don’t think, such “pretty swedish” like him (1/4 or 1/8)
have any chance to recieve sweden citisenship

Liljaoch March 5, 2013 at 6:14 am

Actually about he’s might be german.
Swedish people can have other roots. It doesn’t have to be so, but it can. It depends on were in Sweden you’re from,many swedes who has roots in Landscapes like Skåne, Göteborg, Västergötland, Stockholm and so on from the very south sweden has not all but many has Danish roots and german roots. Not all but many people from Norrland like landscape like Jämtland, Hälsingland, Härjedalen, Medelpad, Lappland, Ångermanland and so on. They have often Norweigan, Finnish and sometimes Sámi roots. Especially many people from Jämtland has Norweigan roots. Like many people from Skåne has Danish roots. People from the landscapes in Norrland is often Norweigan and Finnish. It’s actually true, and I’m Swedish, With Swedish,Norweigan,Finnish, Walloon and MAYBE Romani (Gypsy) or Jewish roots. It’s just pathetic that americans think we are all Swedish to the beginning of the time. But ofcourse we also have swedish roots also.

Liljaoch March 5, 2013 at 5:58 am
andrew January 29, 2013 at 5:21 pm

bad guy!

Rob June 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

Wahlberg is definitely a Swedish name. I think he looks more on the Irish side though.

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