Michael Phelps

by ethnic on August 16, 2010

Birth Name: Michael Fred Phelps II

Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 30, 1985

Ethnicity: English, Irish, German, Scottish, Welsh, distant Dutch

Michael Phelps is an American swimmer and Olympic Gold winner. He is the most successful Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals, achieved over four Olympiads. In 2008, he won eight gold medals, breaking Mark Spitz‘ 1972 record of most gold medals won at a single Olympics (Spitz had won seven).

Michael is the son of Deborah Sue (Davisson) and Michael Fred Phelps. He has English, Irish, German, Scottish, Welsh, and distant Dutch, ancestry. Michael is married to Nicole Johnson, who was Miss California USA, with whom he has a son.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was John William Phelps (the son of Arthur Fred Phelps and Vera Humphreys). Arthur was the son of David Harvey Phelps and Matilda Griffith. Vera was the daughter of James Humphreys and Osceola Rush.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Roberta Marie Myers (the daughter of Robert Milton Myers and Marie Evelin Penford). Robert was the son of Robert E. Myers and Martha. Marie was the daughter of Ada Katie/Etta Gentry.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Bernard Jesse Davisson (the son of Carl Carson Davisson and Alice Marie Hammers). Carl was the son of Isaac F. Davisson and Lucy Belle Prim. Alice was the daughter of William Francis Hammers and Bridget Catherine O’Brien, whose own parents were Irish.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Leoma/Leona Mae Foote (the daughter of Felix Thurmand Foote and Agnes Schuyler Dick). Felix was the son of Felix S. Foot/Foote, who was Welsh, and of Sarah Ann Wright, who was English. Agnes was the daughter of Thomas Dick, who was born in Muirkirk, Ayr, Scotland, and of Margaret Schuyler, whose parents were Scottish.

Sources: Genealogies of Michael Phelps – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Michael’s paternal grandfather, John William Phelps (J. William Phelps) – http://newspaperarchive.com

Genealogy of Michael’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Michael’s paternal great-grandfather, Robert Milton Myers, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Michael’s maternal great-grandfather, Carl Carson Davisson, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Michael’s maternal great-grandmother, Alice Marie Hammers, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Some notes on Michael’s ancestry – http://www.telegraph.co.uk

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant August 30, 2016 at 8:43 am

he is so ugly

andrew August 16, 2016 at 4:49 pm
fuzzybear44 August 13, 2016 at 1:42 am

Does anyone know the ethnic background of his baby momma?

neiltennant March 17, 2018 at 9:46 am

possibly half american

athletes love african american women

celebfan August 12, 2016 at 7:22 pm

Was his maternal great great grandmother Margaret Schuyler of Dutch ancestry?

follers August 13, 2016 at 3:08 am
celebfan August 13, 2016 at 11:20 am

Thank you for you prompt and accurate reply.

Also, was his maternal great great grandfather William Francis Hammers or German heritage? He is claimed to have some German ancestry.

follers August 16, 2016 at 4:59 pm

William’s own father, William Hammers, is listed on the census as having been born in Maryland, to German parents.

neiltennant January 4, 2018 at 4:25 pm

SCHUYLER is not a Scottish name
sounds Jewish

neiltennant June 27, 2016 at 4:54 am

he could easily pass for Jewish american

i have seen a lot of Jewish people in NEW YORK CITY especially a guy who runs a deli in new york city

But on the other hand he could also pass for a ”dark brit”

theropod April 1, 2015 at 5:54 am

No Jewish ancestry by any chance?

neiltennant July 23, 2017 at 7:51 am

unfortuanely not but who knows

one day we will see her 12,5 percent ASHKENAZI JEWISH

but i see also SEPHARDIC

he is a chulato sephardic jew :-)

andrew June 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm
christianz June 15, 2012 at 6:16 am

im from europe and i had been in germany, england, scotland and ireland

there are not so many people who are of middle european descent who look like him

Angel Syrene April 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm
christian March 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm

awesome abs+ ugly face

none of the 4 ethnicity solve the question if his looks

Ron Ng September 22, 2011 at 6:35 am

Why is he so ugly???

neiltennant July 23, 2017 at 7:52 am

there is no formula for ugliness

YeahRight October 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm


myspace celebrity August 17, 2010 at 1:02 am

I thought he was partially German. I see that I’m correct…good guess lol.

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