Birth Name: Michael Holbrook Penniman, Jr.
Place of Birth: Beirut, Lebanon
Date of Birth: August 18, 1983
*Syrian, Lebanese (mother)
Mika, also known as MIKA, is a British singer and songwriter. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to American parents, Mary Joan (Mouakad) and Michael Holbrook Penniman. They moved to Paris, France, when he was about a year old, and then to London, England, when he was nine.
Mika’s father was born in Jerusalem, Israel, to American parents, from Georgia and California, respectively, who were of English ancestry. Mika’s mother was born in New York, to a Syrian father and a Lebanese mother, from Beirut.
Mika’s paternal grandparents were William Frederick Penniman III (the son of William Frederick Penniman, Jr. and Florence Stevens) and Dorothy Dyar (the daughter of Fred K. Dyar and Maud E. Mickle/Nelson). Mika’s grandfather William worked in the oil business, for Sahara Petroleum Co. and Continental Oil Corp., in Beirut, Lebanon. Maud’s father was Canadian.
Mika’s maternal grandparents were John Mouakad and Odette Farah.
Sources: Mika’s parents’ marriage record – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Mika’s paternal grandfather, William Frederick Penniman III (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com
Mika’s paternal grandmother, Dorothy Dyar, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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