Meghan Markle

by brookie on February 2, 2013

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Birth Name: Rachel Meghan Markle

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 4, 1981

Ethnicity:
*German, English, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish (father)
*African-American (mother)

Meghan Markle is an American model, humanitarian, and actress.

She is the daughter of Doria (Ragland) and Thomas Wayne Markle, a director of photography.

Meghan has said:

My mom is black and my dad is Dutch and Irish, so the texture of my hair is densely curly. I’ve been getting Brazilian blowouts for a couple of years.

Meghan’s Dutch ancestry is really Pennsylvania Dutch, the name for ethnic Germans who lived in Pennsylvania; her German ancestry includes Alsatian Germans. Meghan’s father also has a preponderance of English ancestry, with Colonial American roots going back to the 1600s, as well as some Irish, Scottish, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, roots.

A picture of Meghan with her father can be seen here. Pictures of Meghan with her mother can be seen here and here.

Meghan has also said:

I took an African-American studies class at Northwestern (university) where we explored colourism; it was the first time I could put a name to feeling too light in the black community, too mixed in the white community… For castings, I was labelled ‘ethnically ambiguous’. Was I Latina? Sephardic (Jewish)? Exotic Caucasian?

An essay Meghan wrote about her biracial identity can be read here.

Meghan has said:

I rarely saw my Grandma Markle, as she hailed from New Hampshire and spent much of her life in Pennsylvania and Florida…

Several web sites have stated that Meghan’s father is Jewish. This is not accurate. While her wedding to her now ex-husband, producer Trevor Engelson, was Jewish or had Jewish elements, that is because Trevor is Jewish. It is possible that Meghan converted to Trevor’s faith, but there is no particular indication of this being the case.

Meghan’s paternal grandfather was Gordon Arnold Markel/Markle (the son of Isaac Thomas Markel/Markle and Ruth Ann Arnold). Gordon was born in Pennsylvania. Isaac was the son of George M./Benjamin Markle and Mary Jane Mangle. Ruth was the daughter of Adam Arnold and Martha Jane “Mattie” Sykes.

Meghan’s paternal grandmother was Doris Mary/May Rita Sanders (the daughter of Frederick/Fred George Sanders and Gertrude May Merrill). Doris was born in New Hampshire. Frederick was the son of George Sanders and Maria Ellsworth. Gertrude was the daughter of George David Merrill and Mary Bird, who was born in Malta, to an English father and an Irish mother. Her family moved to Canada.

Meghan’s maternal grandfather was Alvin Azell Ragland (the son of Steven/Steve R. Ragland and Lois Russell). Steven was the son of Jeremiah/Jerrymiah/Jerry Miah Ragland and Claudie/Claudia Ritchie. Lois was the daughter of James Cunagan Russell and Virginia Lee.

Sources: Family history of Meghan Markle – http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Genealogy of Meghan Markle – http://gw.geneanet.org
https://www.geni.com

Marriage announcement of Meghan’s paternal grandparents, Gordon Arnold Markel/Markle and Doris Mary/May Rita Sanders – https://www.newspapers.com

Marriage record of Meghan’s paternal grandparents, Gordon Arnold Markel/Markle and Doris Mary/May Rita Sanders – https://familysearch.org

Meghan’s paternal grandfather, Gordon Arnold Markel/Markle, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogies of Meghan’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.gamblinfamily.org
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Meghan’s paternal grandmother, Doris Mary/May Rita Sanders, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Doris Mary/May Rita Sanders on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Meghan’s paternal grandmother, Doris Mary/May Rita Sanders (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Marriage record of Meghan’s paternal great-grandparents, Frederick/Fred George Sanders and Gertrude May Merrill – https://familysearch.org

Meghan’s paternal great-grandparents, Frederick/Fred George Sanders and Gertrude May Merrill, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Meghan’s paternal great-grandmother, Gertrude May Merrill (focusing on her own father’s side) – https://www.findagrave.com

Meghan’s paternal great-grandmother, Gertrude May Merrill, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Meghan’s paternal great-great-grandparents, George David Merrill and Mary Bird, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Information about Meghan’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Bird’s, family – http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Genealogies of Meghan Markle (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.famechain.com

Meghan’s maternal great-grandfather, Steven/Steve R. Ragland, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Meghan’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Jeremiah/Jerrymiah/Jerry Miah Ragland, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Death record of Meghan’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Jeremiah/Jerrymiah/Jerry Miah Ragland – https://familysearch.org

Meghan Markle

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andrew October 14, 2017 at 5:19 am
andrew July 30, 2017 at 7:13 am
follers July 30, 2017 at 7:19 am

I was wondering which site would be the first to copy my discoveries.

andrew July 31, 2017 at 3:03 am

Did you find Abigail Breslin’s Jewish ancestry?

follers May 21, 2017 at 9:44 am

I finally traced her father’s side.

It’s odd how the British tabloids are saying that Markle is of Jewish heritage. They really should check here first.

I believe we’re the first on the net to find her paternal genealogy.

bablah May 21, 2017 at 10:05 am

>It’s odd how the British tabloids are saying
British tabloids would write she was Martian if it would sell papers.

fuzzybear44 April 26, 2017 at 1:16 pm

Quote(I took an African-American studies class at Northwestern (university) where we explored colourism; it was the first time I could put a name to feeling too light in the black community, too mixed in the white community)

She was born in Los Angeles and made a stupid comment like . Please, in LA, a good percentage of the black people here are High yella or damn near white. Either she’s trying to make herself sound more interesting than she really is, or she grew up in a vastly majority white area, where there were very few black people at(which by the last part of her comment sounds like it). I see her color all the time , she’s no where near a rarity

midori29 December 5, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Its sooo odd that when society sees a pretty African mixed woman or just plain African woman they usually go back through generations and generations of her lineage to prove all the non-Africans. But when there is a pretty white woman you only hear about her two parents. Society is obsessed.

andrew December 2, 2016 at 1:24 pm

Alvin A. Ragland died in 2011. Jeremiah/Jerimiah Ragland was the son of Steve Ragland and of Texas, a white woman according to Daily Mail.

follers December 5, 2016 at 3:43 am

I may have missed something, but how do they know that Jeremiah’s mother was white?

andrew December 5, 2016 at 5:47 am

They didn’t explain it. Btw Steven/Steve R. Ragland was listed as “mulatto” on the 1920 U.S. Census, but I know you will tell me that was normal.

follers December 5, 2016 at 7:00 am

That’s because it’s true.

midori29 December 5, 2016 at 12:06 pm

@Andrew I notice you do not do this much digging for white people who have been mixed, you only seem to do this for black mixed people.

andrew December 5, 2016 at 2:44 pm

you have to blame the Daily Mail, not me. Sorry.

andrew December 2, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Ava Burrow is the 2nd wife of Alvin A. Ragland. She’s not Megan’s grandmother

andrew December 1, 2016 at 12:51 pm

another record of Jeremiah/Jerimiah/Jerry Miah Ragland:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NS9N-BLQ

andrew December 1, 2016 at 12:43 pm

family history of Megan Markle:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3906236/Meet-family-Harry-new-girl-s-ancestors-working-hard-racially-fractured-Jim-Crow-South-ruling-British-Empire.html

Genealogy of Megan Markle (focusing on her mother’s side):
http://www.famechain.com/family-tree/55174/meghan-markle

Megan’s maternal great-grandfather, Steve R. Ragland, on the 1920 U.S. Census: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNP8-7CW

Megan’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Jeremiah/Jerimiah Ragland, on the 1940 U.S. Census: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4HP-CZT

alexgxo November 30, 2016 at 3:50 pm

Her moms probably and looks 75% or greater West African so I’d say to most Americans she’s black maybe some European ancestry here and there which maybe why she came out looking like a quadroon imo. I don’t looks wise she passes as “white”.

midori29 December 1, 2016 at 7:38 am

@alegxo Exactly I agree with you

midori29 November 2, 2016 at 9:26 am

Irish dna mixed with black African creates very light kids. Maybe because Irish people are so pale. Mariah Carey is half black and Half Irish too.

alexgxo November 30, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Ryan Reynolds? I know he’s not Irish Irish but he has Irish ancestry and he’s not ghost white either..

I’m sorry but you mention black people come in all shades then mention Irish people are so pale? Black Irish stereotypes anyone? Also Mariah’s most likely 1/4 black. Her “black” parent was already mixed with something else (I think he was part mulatto Latino or something).

Anyways, genetically her “black” mother may have Some distant European blood which may explain why Meghan came out looking like a quadroon. I saw the pics of her real mom and it is always a possibity but for all purposes her mothers black and Meghan’s “biracial”.

gel December 2, 2016 at 1:37 pm

Ah, yes, you and your “Black Irish”! One of these is From Kerry in Ireland and one from Sweden:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/12/02/15/3AF6D9C600000578-3994274-Shannon_left_and_Sarah_hit_headlines_last_year_after_finding_eac-m-58_1480691711684.jpg

So which one is “Black Irish” then?

midori29 December 5, 2016 at 12:13 pm

@Alexgro funny I actually agree with what you said and youre wasting your time challenging me. I am not going against anything you have said. And I DO know about black Irish. Mariahs dad is barely mixed with anything else, he is a black man like any African American is. People just think so because he has Venezuelan relatives but there are tons of black Venezuelans. Whenever someone says South American people think non black and always mixed and its not accurate. There are BLACK people living all over the word and there are BLACK Hispanics who are not mixed. There are black Cubans, Brazilians, Puerto Ricans, etc. Also you are playing naïve YES the Irish have some of the whitest and ghostly skin in Europe and I have had Irish friends tell me the black Irish are mixed and anyone without that pale skin in Ireland is mixed. So the mixtures with the Irish come out looking dark white. ALOT.

midori29 December 5, 2016 at 12:20 pm

@Alexgo Yes again I have heard about black Irish most people on earth must live in a box if they have not heard about “The black Irish”. My Irish friend said they are mixed Irish with swarthy darker foriegners/sailors, etc. Actors Tom Cruise and Bridgette Moynihan are supposed to be “Black Irish”. My friends dad was a racist Irishman who believed in her only marrying another unmixed pale Irishman. She told me the real deal and she was pure Irish.
Actor Tom Cruise Black Irish-according to my Irish friend
http://www.celebrity-gossip.net/tom-cruise/tom-cruise-irish-fun-dublin-833319
Bridgette Moynihan-Black Irish
//www.imdb.com/name/nm0005256/
Pure Irish types
http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/generationemigration/2013/02/25/young-ireland-sydney-the-oldest-and-most-successful-gaa-club-in-nsw/

midori29 December 5, 2016 at 12:22 pm
gel December 5, 2016 at 1:23 pm

brown eyes doesn’t equal being black, or most of Europe would be black – and Tom Cruise has blue eyes!

midori29 December 7, 2016 at 2:07 pm

@Gel I am simply repeating what an actual Irish white woman told me she told me that black Irish people were mixed and that not all whites in Ireland are 100 percent. And the 100 percent ones are usually super pale.

Alice December 8, 2016 at 5:00 am

@midori29 – She obviously doesn’t know what she is talking about. Also it is not an Irish origin subject and there is actually no group of people called “The Black Irish” except that it has a US origin. There is no known “mixed group” of Irish who have had long term ancestry in Ireland. The only Irish that are “outliers” are the Traveller population due to inbreeding but they still fully originate from an Irish population but form their own cluster. The Irish DNA Atlas has released some preliminary results but most of the information hasn’t been released yet. It will be released some time next year.

https://www.familyhistory.ie/docs/DNA/DNA_01.pdf
http://cruwys.blogspot.com.au/2016/10/genetic-genealogy-ireland-2016.html?showComment=1477742598820

Peanut December 6, 2016 at 2:07 pm

“Black irish” describes irish people of the mediterranean phenotype, and since ALL europeans have high amounts of mediterranean dna from the early european farmers, all europeans could turn out mediterranean looking, you dont need to be mixed for that.

Alice December 7, 2016 at 9:46 am

“Black Irish” is an American invention. It is not used in Ireland and if people want to research the topic they will realise it is just one of those stupid phrases that should not be used. “Black Dutch” is another American invention. People with dark hair are in every population in Europe. Do we have a special category for the Black Danish or the Black English? The Irish whether they be brunets, blonds or redheads all cluster together genetically. There is no group of Irish that cluster separately and all are right next to British populations like the Scots. So whether an Irish person is dark haired or blond they will cluster with their fellow countrymen showing that they don’t have any different admixture in their genes. Here is an example of a genetic plot if people aren’t familiar with genetics.

This is the Novembre map if people want to research further.

http://greek-dna-sub-saharan-myth.org/images/genetics/novembre-fig1a.png

Tom Cruise has as much German ancestry as he has Irish.

Logically how does someone explain a blond Irishman or a redheaded Irishman. Do you really think that someone having a different colour hair means they are different than someone who has the exact same ancestry as them. Haven’t you seen a brother who is blond and a brother who is brunet in the same family? I find the term “Black Irish” incredibly annoying and stupid and I think most Irish people do.

midori29 April 26, 2017 at 9:36 am

@Peanut there are many studies and I dont know either way that say the “medittaranean racial subcategory” was an early mixing of North Africans and Southern Europeans with some East and West Africans too.

Samiiraa December 15, 2016 at 12:34 pm

No, they look light because their black parent has European ancestry which makes them more white than black.

ShawntheGod July 27, 2014 at 3:40 am
midori29 November 2, 2016 at 10:48 am
Princess June 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm

She doesn’t look Black at all. She looks like a pretty Latina.

midori29 November 2, 2016 at 9:21 am

@Princess please get educated . Latina is NOT a race. There are only three races on earth, African which includes many types, Caucasian-white/middle eastern and Mongoloid-Asian Japanese Chinese. Everyone else is a mixture and Latinas are MIXED with Black, white and Indian. Why is that sooo hard for people to comprehend??????

midori29 November 2, 2016 at 10:47 am
WTF May 31, 2014 at 3:49 pm

so she’s black and white, but why does she look cuban or puerto rican???????

J.J. October 26, 2014 at 11:30 pm

you can’t look cuban or puerto rican, might as well say brad pitt looks australian or new zealander

midori29 November 2, 2016 at 9:14 am

@WTF Puerto Ricans and Cubans are black too they are black and white mixed people and many are black African. You need to travel and study black African history.
http://atlantablackstar.com/2015/12/30/the-color-and-flavor-of-afro-cuban-life-a-look-at-how-black-cubans-have-struggled-over-the-years-with-racial-identity-and-culture/

AnonymousPerson December 24, 2013 at 9:52 pm

She’s pretty. Most mixed people are attractive.

ShawntheGod November 2, 2013 at 9:53 pm

She married a white man like all mulattas do.

ethnic November 3, 2013 at 1:21 am

not all. Alicia Keys, faith Evans, Ronnie Spector.

midori29 November 2, 2016 at 10:49 am

@Shawnthe GOD most mullatos marry black in America and the Carribean unless they are from a Spanish colony.

ConfusedBreed February 13, 2013 at 8:13 am

She looks Latina! Not black. Very sexy…

gottlob February 13, 2013 at 10:22 am

Of course she doesn’t look JUST Black she is mixed race. She looks part Native American. Basically African American.

theropod June 24, 2013 at 3:16 am

She’s still ‘mixed’ in my book rather than African American. She is too light to be referred as ‘black’. She has that Demi Lovato look – Jewish/Italian…If African American is black, I wouldn’t classify her that.

follers June 24, 2013 at 3:19 am

Demi Lovato is not Jewish nor Italian. She has a Mexican (American) dad and a WASP mother.

fuzzybear44 June 24, 2013 at 4:10 am

@theropod

African American is a cultural Identity/heritage,it not fixed skin color.Black is an umbrella term in this country (encompassing a lot of different shades).I do understand around you guys,the black maybe more of a singular color.However black people have been in this country a long time,and black may actually mean,soul brotha brown(red brown,brown,copper tone etc.).However we have to pay attention to how she ID”s herself

Anasie June 25, 2013 at 9:21 pm

jesus Fuzzybear…soul brotha brown…You people surprise me. Of course black doesn’t mean you are the colour of midnight, thats like white meaning you are the colour of snow. How do you still think this in 2013? Do you not leave the house and interact with people?

fuzzybear44 November 3, 2016 at 1:01 am

@Anasie

Yes I know this comment is three yrs old, but I’m going answer anyhow.

Quote(jesus Fuzzybear…soul brotha brown)

Yes I said soul brotha brown, so what. I was watching a movie called (South Central), and they used that phrase. I liked it, because it was showing solidarity among the black men in the movie. A solidarity, that is sorely lacking in the Black community today(therefore I used it myself). So for you to get upset about that phrase, shows some deep seeded issues you need to deal with, before you come at somebody else.

Quote(You people surprise me. Of course black doesn’t mean you are the colour of midnight, thats like white meaning you are the colour of snow. How do you still think this in 2013? Do you not leave the house and interact with people?)

This shows how much you need to get more. Because even in the year 2016, there are still people who don’t understand umbrella terms like (Black , Asian, Latino, and White) when it comes to populations. Which is what others and myself were trying to explain to theropod. Which is who you should have directed your comment to, because it’s obvious that person didn’t understand

You couldn’t find anything else wrong with my comment, so you decided to nitpick at that phrase

kj216 October 7, 2013 at 10:10 pm

What do you mean? If she’s African American she’s African American. In case you didn’t know “Black” comes in many different complexions ranging from very dark to very light. You can’t just take away what she s by your incorrect perceptions of what being “Black” is. Also so if she was darker are you saying she would be considered black and not mixed regardless of her ethnicity? Sounds really ignorant.

midori29 November 2, 2016 at 9:15 am

@theropd you have no idea what BLACK means. Black in America or the Carribean does not mean 100% African. And 100% Africans can be light skinned too. Black Africans have all sorts of looks. What do you think a black person looks like?

midori29 April 26, 2017 at 9:32 am

@theropod still stuck in ignorance. All African Americans have been mixed 98% of them.

PandaCutie May 17, 2014 at 8:25 pm

I’m pretty sure there are black people in latin american countries and wtf are you talking about? “She looks Latina! Not black. Very sexy…” like wtf? are you basically saying that black women aren’t attractive? Well obviously her father thought so…they produced her.

Princess June 12, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Her mother isn’t fully Black. She has pictures of her mom in Instagram. She looks mixed.

Both of her parents are ugly, but she turned out pretty. Strange.

kimduo38 October 26, 2014 at 8:32 pm

And how do you know that? Ive seen pictures of her mother toi. She looks like a BW to me.

Check7t October 26, 2014 at 10:52 pm

She looks black to me too.

midori29 November 2, 2016 at 10:51 am

@Princess her mom definitely looks BLACK. Its so comical how insecure and racist people can be. They do not want to admitt how pretty looking black women are. This woman is over 90 percent black African tested dna and is a so called “Latina”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqTdX5E2eHI

fuzzybear44 November 3, 2016 at 12:36 am

92% African, man I envy her

midori29 November 17, 2016 at 8:43 am

@Pandacuties in the MAJORITY of Latin American countries the population is black African mixed. Most Latinos are African mixed. They are a hodge podge of black African,European and Asian that’s what latinos are. Latino is NOT a race.
For example the average Mexican is 6 to 10% black African admixed, the average Puerto Rican is 20 to 50% black African admixed, the Average Dominican is 50% to 90% black African and so on. There are only 3 races on earth. African black, Caucasian-white, and Asian Mongoloid. Everyone else is a mixture. Latinas get their “curves and curls” and the thick lips from sub-Saharan black Africa. Native Indians and Europeans are not that curvy and they do not have the big spiral curly hair either in large populations.

Peanut December 6, 2016 at 2:10 pm

the average mexican is 4% black, the average puerto rican 27%, the average dominican 36%.

midori29 November 2, 2016 at 10:49 am

@ConfusedBreed Latina is NOT A RACE. Latinos can be white, black or mixed.

midori29 November 2, 2016 at 10:52 am

@Confusedbreed. You are VERY confused her mom is BLACK get over it.
This so called Latina is over 90 percent black too/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqTdX5E2eHI

Mm February 5, 2013 at 11:36 am

She’s pretty. She looks a lot like a friend of mine who’s of the exact same ethnic mix.

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