Michael Stipe

by Manila on July 26, 2015

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Birth Name: John Michael Stipe

Place of Birth: Decatur, Georgia, United States

Date of Birth: January 4, 1960

Ethnicity: English, distant German

Michael Stipe is an American singer, lyricist, film producer, and visual artist. He is known as the lead singer of the alternative rock band R.E.M. Other members of the band are Bill Berry, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills.

Michael is the brother of singer and bass guitarist Lynda Stipe.

Michael’s patrilineal line traces back to Henry Stipe, who was born, c. 1741, in Germany.

Michael’s paternal grandparents were The Rev. John Warren Mobley Stipe (the son of Edward Everett Stipe and Mary Elizabeth Irwin Mobley) and Laura S. Phipps (the daughter of James Robert Phipps and Minerva Marilda Banks). Laura was adopted by Aquila M. Stead and Cordelia Brooks, and renamed Laura E. Stead.

Michael’s maternal grandparents were John Clifford Hatch (the son of Melvin C. Hatch and Julia Rush) and Ruth Ella Lathram (the daughter of Milton Perry Lathram and Vera Inez Parmer).

Sources: Genealogy of Michael Stipe – http://www.hababeri.com

Obituary of Michael’s paternal grandfather, The Rev. John Warren Mobley Stipe – http://archives.savannahnow.com

Family history of Michael’s paternal grandmother, Laura S. Phipps – http://www.genealogy.com

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andrew July 8, 2016 at 5:15 am

I suggest to link together the R.E.M. members profile:

Michael Stipe
Peter Buck
Mike Mills
Bill Berry


neiltennant July 26, 2015 at 1:16 pm

great singer great band.
i think he is very hot

when he was younger and had that long hair, he looked strange

but as older he gets more sexy he will get

he looks very german

and people i can tell you STIPE could be a german surname

a german surname mostly found in the east of germany for example polish origin


possibly german

He said often that he is of german descent

andrew July 26, 2015 at 12:23 pm

I wanted to add him. “Stipe” could be the anglicization of some German surname like “Steib”

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