by ethnic on November 24, 2009

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Birth Name: Michael Holbrook Penniman, Jr.

Place of Birth: Beirut, Lebanon

Date of Birth: August 18, 1983

*English (father)
*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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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

phaedra April 28, 2016 at 6:36 pm

Doesn’t look like his Lebanese side. Can easily be Irish, an “Atlantid”. Or at least Spanish.

lelo4 August 12, 2016 at 5:17 pm

He looks just like his Lebanese mother, google her. He looks fully Lebanese, but could also pass as Jewish, Maltese, Souther Italian etc. I don’t see any Irish in him.

cwm85 November 9, 2015 at 8:22 pm

Did this queen finally come out?

sarahle November 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm

long time ago….

Manila October 22, 2015 at 3:35 am

I have found Mika’s parents’ marriage record: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-997Z-MDP9

Amir Sams November 18, 2014 at 3:47 am

He’s Ethnicity Includes the Syrian Ancestry from his Mother’s Side as she was Lebanese/Syrian.

andrew October 10, 2013 at 5:20 am

He’s Jewish.

follers October 10, 2013 at 7:15 am

Mika is not Jewish.

Manila October 22, 2015 at 3:36 am

Mika’s father was born in Jerusalem, to American parents from Georgia and California, respectively.

J.J. October 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm

correction; his eyes are hazel (light brown) and his hair is dark brown (brunette) I think it should be listed

J.J. October 9, 2013 at 8:13 pm

correction; Caucasian is not an ethnicity, it’s a racial classification, the surname penniman is of English origin so it could be listed as Lebanese and English or Anglo American

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