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.

christian March 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm


nearly all native swedish people have blond. dark blonde hair and light eyes

those who live in sweden and have dark hair and/or dark eyes are either mixed or foreigners

as sweden is a country of immigration for decades

wahlberg is too dark to be swedish, i can see the irish the french canadian


karro Jansson March 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

Yeah,but Mark is mixed,he is not 100 % irish.
The sterotype that ALL swedes are blonde are false.
But if we talk a ”real” swede we are blonde with blue or green eyes,but it can be dark blonde or blonde..
But ofcourse there are brown and black haired swedes,but they have probalby some other ancestry too,but they are still swedes and can be swedish how far back as hell.

Malin Ljungstedt December 28, 2011 at 5:54 am

No,Wahlberg is Swedish.
Berg is very normal in Sweden.
Wahlberg sounds very Swedish

Shelley June 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I guess no one cared to comment on the fact that he grew up a violent racist? Honestly, why isn’t THAT what everyone is talking about? Knowing what race someone is doesn’t make you knowledgeable. Knowing how he treats other human beings, how he acts on his values, and what he was taught to believe in his youth, and then ACTING on that information is the only responsible recourse.

majeich April 11, 2011 at 11:23 am

This site was very informative..

raciality 1o1 August 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm

We can give him that too…. would ya like that? ;T
This site IS very accurate regardless if you have a bad taste in your mouth after your visit. (don’t blame it on this site, though, alright?)

nnnnn March 8, 2013 at 1:11 am

No, his career began with “Boogee nichts”.
It wasn’t a “HARD” work (sorry for ambiguity)

andrew March 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm

he was already famous as Calvin Klein underwear model and as rapper with the stage name of Marky Mark. And now he’s a really interesting actor

vilgotaan April 19, 2014 at 11:39 am

You comment so much.

nnnnn March 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Not as… And I thought, 25% is more, as 0%?

nnnnn March 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Follers, sorry, you are obsessed with Hefner.

nnnnn March 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm

open your own forum “hugh hefner” and discuss
him there

nnnnn March 11, 2013 at 1:22 am

Actually, this person and his heritage is
indifferent to me, I just answered your comment
in his profile 2 moth ago, and you can’t let it.

nnnnn March 13, 2013 at 12:55 am

You already claimed, that Schweiger and Hemsworth are “blond”( other users were astonished, too)…

nnnnn March 13, 2013 at 1:35 am

Maybe it’s subjectiv,but Hefner looks more Brody.

nnnnn March 13, 2013 at 2:36 am

Hefner is ugly, too

nnnnn March 13, 2013 at 3:07 am

You are lucky to find a german person with a huge
ugly nose

nnnnn March 14, 2013 at 12:32 am

“Nose can become bigger” – really, deep in bubble

andrew March 14, 2013 at 10:18 am

you are a troll. “Hef” is not dark, he spents all his free time in the swimming pool of his mansion with his playmates that’s why he alwais has a lovely tan.

nnnnn March 15, 2013 at 1:08 am

Brody and Wilson: the nose becomes bigger, if
smb. lies

nnnnn March 20, 2013 at 12:26 am

Unfortunately, you have no opportunity to claim,
that Hugh is “german”. You insisted yourself, that
his mom was sweden, and grandma british.

nnnnn March 20, 2013 at 12:44 am

You mean, the person left? Looks like Brody as
well. But he’s not dark. You would tell, he’s “blond”

nnnnn March 20, 2013 at 12:47 am

BTW, your comparison isn’t correct.

nnnnn March 20, 2013 at 2:22 am

Crazy. Sharon was TOO skinny, and than soooo
fat. Had he some disease?

lexi December 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm

A fan site of his also list German as one of his ethnicity as well.

hapa kamoa/pukiki/haolii September 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I heard that people who have berg in there last name probably have Jewish or something.

ae11 September 2, 2011 at 3:00 am

Jewish? Berg means mountain in German and Swedish and is often used in names.

Sean August 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm

True Ms. Beznit, but just because one has dark hair in Ireland definitely doesn’t mean they have Spanish connections.

Ms.Beznit August 22, 2010 at 11:04 am

My mothers family is irish and most everubody has dark hair. There is such a thing as ‘dark irish’. Don’t forget that spain had stationed there in the 18th century. A lot of mixing went on.

hmmmmmmmm July 31, 2010 at 7:55 pm

its easy 2 guess hes irish becase he has a glow of red hair “LIKE ME”

ethnic August 1, 2010 at 10:13 am

he has red hair?

Buffalo Bill August 1, 2010 at 10:19 am

I’d say 99% of Irish people don’t have red hair. This is just another stereotype.

sumadinka1 August 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm

There is nothing wrong with stereo typing except for when its not true. As for 99% Irish not being redheads- YOU are Wrong – the Scotts & Irish have the highest percentage of redheads with 46% of Irish carrying the recessive redhead gene.

Jon September 18, 2010 at 6:12 am

Actually between 4 and 7 percent of people in Ireland have red hair. It is only slightly higher in Scotland. Having a recessive gene is one thing, actually having red hair is a different thing. Most Irish people have either light brown(Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Saoirse Ronan, Sarah Bolger) or black hair(Colin Farrell, Andrea Corr, Pierce Brosnan, Grainne and Sile Seoige) There are actually more blondes(Cara Dillon, Gemma Hayes, Mairead Nesbitt) in Ireland than red heads. Katie McGrath from Merlin has naturally blonde hair that she has died black. I think people should stop relying on 18th century stereotypes and come visit Ireland to see what we really look like.

Tribe April 4, 2010 at 5:39 pm

“musician was better known in his early days as Marky Mark”

“was involved in other racially motivated incidents against other minorities”

I can see where this is going!

Luomi (cloudberry) February 22, 2010 at 4:37 am

For example, Karasjok/Kárášjohka and Bergen
have very different climates.

Luomi (cloudberry) February 22, 2010 at 4:13 am

I agree that Sámi people in general don’t look
very different from Norwegians. But this isn’t because
of “shared climate” because we don’t have
the same climate in all of Scandinavia!
I think it is because Sámi people and
Norwegians, Swedes and Finns have mixed
with eachother for a long time in Sápmi.

And there isn’t just ONE Scandinavian
look! If you think so, you should look at the links
I have posted that show some famous Norwegians.
Or just take a closer look at people if you really live in Scandinavia.

Sven February 6, 2010 at 9:46 am

He looks more Swedish than anything.

P.S. It is a myth that Sami look very different from Finns, Swedes, Danes and Norwegians. Though Finns and Sami are not technically related to North Germanic Scandinavians there shared climate has given them similar appearances. It is the best “look” to have in those conditions.

ethnic January 2, 2010 at 11:54 am

Thats true, it is German but his acnestor Jonas Wahlberg was born in Sweden. He could have German heritage, but it is not confirmed yet.

Jen December 29, 2009 at 7:59 am

the surname ‘walhberg’ is german…

suggesting he MAY also have a bit of German…I don’t know.

Christina February 17, 2009 at 4:26 pm

I wonder is his Swedish ancestry perhaps sami…

normam February 22, 2012 at 3:45 pm

or just a normal swede….

ethnic January 16, 2009 at 12:54 pm

thanks for that

steve November 2, 2008 at 9:16 am

He is swedish, irish and french-canadian.

charli October 25, 2008 at 8:22 am

No, he is of Swedish, Irish, and French descent. references at:, and

Sladjana September 18, 2010 at 5:38 pm

My percentage was based on the gene that causes red hair. You cannot base your knowledge on a few famous people. Should I assume all women in our country have perfect bodies because most actresses we see on tv have that kind of body
Read some EDUCATIONAL journals and findings. Like the European Journal of Genetics. Here is one a paper from Montgomery College you might find interesting.

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