Melania Trump

by ethnic on May 1, 2010

2010 Moves Magazine Power Women Awards Dinner and Ceremony - Arrivals

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 the First Lady of the United States, as of January 20, 2017. She is married to Donald Trump, a businessperson, television personality, and the 45th President of the United States. Their son is Barron Trump.

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 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).

Source: Genealogy of Melania Trump –

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew July 24, 2016 at 4:17 pm

Melania’s father:

He doesn’t look that different from Donald Trump.

bablah July 25, 2016 at 6:51 am

Yes, they’re both old white men with red ties. The resemblance is uncanny.

neiltennant June 23, 2018 at 5:18 pm

business is not good

midori29 June 23, 2016 at 12:41 pm

She looks half Japanese

neiltennant June 23, 2016 at 1:46 pm

no not really

she has like most eastern european people asian-lookalike eyes

in russia her blue slanty eyes would not be a special thing

Multiethnicchick September 5, 2016 at 12:33 pm

it’s called plastic surgery

neiltennant June 23, 2016 at 8:46 am

miss right wing racist

fuzzybear44 July 19, 2016 at 1:46 pm

Well I don’t know if she’s a racist or not, but plagiarism she has no problem doing. She has the nerve to say that speech was original and all hers

neiltennant May 23, 2016 at 6:31 am


the hot old chick beside an evil politician

bablah April 10, 2016 at 7:44 am

Her great grandfather’s name is actually Alojzij. Alojzija is in genitive case.

andrew December 31, 2015 at 5:24 am

She’s often described in many sites as having Austrian heritage from her dad. The surname “Knavs” appears to have an Austrian origin, and it was also later changed to “Knauss” to sound even more Germanic.

andrew December 29, 2015 at 3:02 pm

She was born to Amalija and Viktor Knavs. Her father has/had Austrian ancestry.

follers December 29, 2015 at 5:08 pm

How do you know she has Austrian ancestry?

neiltennant June 23, 2018 at 5:19 pm

she faked the name knavava to KNAVS

cwm85 December 29, 2015 at 11:21 am

She knew he had billions.

Ajaxfan December 9, 2015 at 9:16 am

Absolute gold digger

fuzzybear44 December 29, 2015 at 1:22 am

To marry trump, you know she Had to be

andrew December 9, 2015 at 1:04 am


andrew December 9, 2015 at 1:04 am

I thought she was her daugher lol

Tanja December 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Im Slovenian. Shes kinda ashamed of us, because she refuses to talk in Slovenian language and I have no idea when was the last time she came to our country.

neiltennant August 24, 2015 at 4:49 am

WHO cares ?

musicfangirl August 29, 2015 at 4:40 pm
Fatmonkey December 29, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Most Americans whose ancestry partially includes certain Yugoslav ethnicities are reluctant to expose it. E.g. the only people who freely and willingly profess the culture of their Serbian ancestors are the very (non-mixed) Serbs who live in the U.S. I think it would have to do with the stuff from the recent wars.

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