Melania Trump

2010 Moves Magazine Power Women Awards Dinner and Ceremony - Arrivals

Trump in 2010, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Melanija Knavs

Place of Birth: Sevnica, SFR Yugoslavia (now Slovenia)

Date of Birth: April 26, 1970

Ethnicity: Slovenian

Melania Trump is a Slovenian-born American model. She is married to businessperson, investor, and television personality Donald Trump, who is the 45th President of the United States. She has thus been the First Lady of the United States, since January 20, 2017.

Melania was born in Sevnica, then part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and now in Slovenia. She is the daughter of Amalija (Ulčnik) and Viktor Knavs. She signed a modeling contract in Milan, Italy when she was eighteen, and moved to New York City in the 1990s. Melania and Donald met in 1998 and married in 2005, and have one child, a son. Melania became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2006.

Melania and Donald have a son together, Barron Trump.

Melania is said to have some degree of Austrian ancestry. It is not clear if this is accurate.

Melania’s paternal grandfather was Jožef Knavs (the son of Anton Knavs and Alojzija Berk). Jožef was born in Jelovo, Municipality of Radeče, Laško. Anton was the son of Martin Knavs and Terezija Plaznik. Alojzija was the daughter of Janez Berk and Helena Višnovar.

Melania’s paternal grandmother was named Antonija Ribič. Antonija was born in Mrtovec, Municipality of Sevnica, Sevnica.

Melania’s maternal grandfather was Anton Ulčnik (the son of Anton Ulčnik and Marjeta Petelinc). Melania’s grandfather Anton was born in Podob, Municipality of Slovenske Konjice, Slovenske Konjice.

Melania’s maternal grandmother was Amalija Gliha (the daughter of Alojzij Gliha).

NEW YORK-FEB 16: (L-R) Donald Trump, son Barron  Trump and wife

Melania Trump with husband Donald and son Barron in 2015, photo by Debby Wong/

Source: Genealogy of Melania Trump –


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17 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Melania’s father:

    He doesn’t look that different from Donald Trump.

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