Mark Wahlberg

Wahlberg in 2011, s_bukley /

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 Jeff 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 emigrant, 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, to parents who were born in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, and who both had Irish ancestry. 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 –


Curious about ethnicity

60 Responses

  1. Tribe says:

    “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!

  2. Luomi (cloudberry) says:

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

  3. Luomi (cloudberry) says:

    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.

  4. Sven says:

    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.

  5. ethnic says:

    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.

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