Mitt Romney

by ethnic on April 5, 2012

Birth Name: Willard Mitt Romney

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 12, 1947

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, 1/8th German, 1/64th French

Mitt Romney is an American politician and businessperson. A Republican, he served as Governor of Massachusetts, from January 2, 2003 to January 4, 2007.

He was the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 2012. He was also a candidate for the Republican Party’s 2008 presidential nomination.

Mitt is a member of the LDS (Mormon) faith. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, 1/8th German, and at least 1/64th French.

Mitt is married to author and equestrian Ann Romney, with whom he has five children.

Mitt’s father, George W. Romney (George Wilcken Romney), was Chairman and President of the American Motors Corporation, from 1954 to 1962, and served as Governor of Michigan, from 1963 to 1969. George was born in 1907, in Colonia Dublán, Galeana, Chihuahua, México, to American parents, who were both from Utah. His father’s family left the U.S. in the late 1800s due to anti-polygamy laws. Mitt’s father, who is generally agreed to have been a natural-born U.S. citizen (because of his own American-born parents), moved to the United States in 1912, at first living in several states around the west coast. Mitt’s mother, Lenore Romney (born Lenore LaFount), was born in Logan, Utah, and also ran for office.

Mitt is a third half-cousin, once removed, of politician Jon Huntsman, Jr., and a third half-cousin, twice removed, of Jon’s daughter, television personality Abby Huntsman. Mitt’s paternal great-great-grandfather, early LDS leader Parley Parker Pratt, was also Jon’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather.

Mitt is the first person of the LDS faith to have received a major American political party’s nomination for President of the United States. Other persons of the LDS faith who have mounted plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major party’s Presidential nomination are:
*George W. Romney (who sought the 1968 Republican nomination, and whose name was placed in nomination for 1964’s)
*Mo Udall (who sought the 1976 Democratic nomination)
*Orrin Hatch (who sought the 2000 Republican nomination)
*Jon Huntsman, Jr. (who sought the 2012 Republican nomination)

Mitt’s paternal grandfather was Gaskell Romney (the son of Miles Park Romney and Hannah Hood Hill). Gaskell was born in St. George, Utah. Miles helped found the LDS colony in Colonia Dublán; Miles was born in Illinois, to English parents, Miles Romney, an early English convert to the LDS faith, and Elizabeth Gaskell, both of them from Dalton-in-Furness, co. Lancaster. Hannah was born in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, to a Scottish father, Archibald Newell Hill, from Johnstone, co. Renfrew, and a Canadian mother, Isabella Hood, from Toronto, whose own parents were Scottish.

Mitt’s paternal grandmother was Anna Amelia Pratt (the daughter of Helaman Pratt and Anna Johanna Dorothy/Dorothea Wilcken). Mitt’s grandmother Anna was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Helaman was born in Iowa, and presided over the LDS mission in Mexico City. Helaman was the son of Parley Parker Pratt, a prominent LDS apostle, and of Mary Wood, who was from Glasgow, Scotland. Mitt’s great-grandmother Anna Wilcken was born in Dahme, Zarpin, Rheinfeld, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, the daughter of Carl/Charles Heinrich/Henry Wilcken, a prominent artilleryman, and of Eliza Christina Carolina Reiche.

Mitt’s maternal grandfather was Harold Arundel LaFount (the son of Robert Arthur LaFount and Emily Ethel Hewitt). Harold was an emigrant, from Birmingham, co. Warwick, England, and was a businessperson, who served on the Federal Radio Commission from 1927 to 1934. Robert was the son of Joseph Charles LaFount and Elizabeth/Eliza Brett. Emily was the daughter of Thomas Samuel Hewitt and Elizabeth Booth.

Mitt’s maternal grandmother was Alma Luella Robison (the daughter of Charles Edward Robison and Rosetta Mary Berry). Alma was born in Montpelier, Idaho. Charles was born in Illinois, to Lewis Seth Robison and Clarissa Minerva Duzette/Duzett. Rosetta was born in Michigan, to Robert G. Berry and Elnora Lucretia Warner.

Through Mitt’s mother, Mitt is a descendant of Rebecca Towne Nurse (1621-1692), one of the women falsely accused of witchcraft and hung for this, at Salem, Massachusetts. Mitt is a ninth cousin of actor Zach Braff. Both Zach and Mitt are the eight times great-grandchildren of Rebecca Towne, and of her husband, Francis Nurse.

Sources: Genealogies of Mitt Romney –

Genealogy of Mitt’s parents –

Article about Mitt’s father’s family’s residence in Mexico –

Article about some of Mitt’s English ancestry –

photo by Gage Skidmore

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andrew December 16, 2017 at 4:19 pm

On his mother’s side, Mitt has 1/2048 Mi’kmaq/Abenaki First Nations ancestry through Marie Jeanne Kjipuktuk (whose Native heritage has been confirmed by DNA), and remote Welsh ancestry.

Check the “Duzette” line on Wikitree. They have updated Romney’s mother’s side.

This also explains his younger son’s look

ashash January 3, 2018 at 9:40 pm

1/2048 Native ancestry explains his younger son’s looks?

Yeah, I don’t think so.

follers January 4, 2018 at 11:22 am

I’m not even sure that these French-Canadians were Romney’s ancestors. This is all through Romney’s great-great-great-great-grandfather Philemon Duzette, but some sources state that Philemon was from France. There may be an error somewhere in deducing he was from a French-Canadian family.

ashash January 3, 2018 at 9:51 pm

Also, I would say most French-Canadians have distant First Nations ancestry. All Cajuns have distant Mi’kmaq ancestry and it is via their French-Canadian ancestors.

bearboy October 30, 2017 at 1:47 pm

Possibly the next elected senator of Utah

Racial Realist August 11, 2017 at 9:34 am

Knew he would be overwhelmingly anglo without even clicking. He is the quintessential WASP.

bearboy August 11, 2017 at 1:34 pm

I agree he has very Anglo-Saxon features but ironically enough he isn’t a WASP being that he isn’t Protestant.

andrew December 26, 2016 at 3:56 pm
andrew August 18, 2016 at 6:20 pm

Notes about Mitt Romney’s ancestry:

follers August 18, 2016 at 11:08 pm

Not linking to white supremacist sites.

andrew August 19, 2016 at 3:16 am

it’s not Stormfront and it’s a great article anyway.

ashash January 3, 2018 at 9:49 pm

You truly are terrible for linking to that site. I clicked on it before I realized. No, it is not a great article. The only good thing I can say about it is that Lenore LaFount, Mitt’s mother, was pretty.

ashash January 3, 2018 at 9:57 pm

One more thing – I don’t know why you are obsessed with white “New Worlders” and their oftentimes either nonexistent or very distant non-European ancestry. Based on DNA testings, Italians have way more non-European ancestry than the “New Worlders” do.

ashash January 3, 2018 at 10:00 pm

My point being that whites with non-European ancestry is not a “New World” thing at all.

andrew December 9, 2015 at 12:58 am

Mitt’s Mormon roots in northern England

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 4:27 am

Why are politicians so unattractive?

Not counting Obama though

bearboy October 12, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Putting policies aside, since when is Romney less attractive than Obama?

cwm85 October 12, 2015 at 5:49 pm

I loathe romney and his flip floping and arrogance but I will say he has a nice profile and for 68 looks damn healthy. I loathe his phoniness.

bearboy October 12, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Well being a Republican from a blue state there tends to be a lot of flip flopping through out his career. I give Scott Walker credit though he has done a lot in Wisconsin that he knew wasn’t popular without a lot of people.

cwm85 October 12, 2015 at 8:23 pm

He had the backing of a lot of wealthy republican donors though and anti union business leaders… it just didn’t work out nationally because he couldn’t convey a clear message.

bearboy September 5, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Cool I should watch the show then big fan of Logan Lerman. Out of all the times I’ve seen him acting I thought “Fury” might of been his best. Random question are you in charge of ethnic conncet as well?

follers September 5, 2015 at 7:39 pm

No, I’m not. If I was, you wouldn’t have as many people randomly claiming to be Native American.

cwm85 December 10, 2015 at 4:16 pm

But many of us are… I have documented native ancestry, a researcher, father all confirmed. A lot of people do make it up tho..

cwm85 September 5, 2015 at 7:31 pm

Romney is not Hispanic, Latino….

bearboy September 5, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Willard I think is a decent guy but he kept making the same attacks during the debate.

follers September 5, 2015 at 6:34 pm

He’s my third favorite Hispanic Republican politician, after John McCain and George Romney.

bearboy September 5, 2015 at 6:54 pm

Yea I would agree :) the nerve of wikipedia not including any of them on their list!

follers September 5, 2015 at 7:06 pm

The GOP has nominated two Latinos for President in a row now.

I assume another Latino will be next. Perhaps Alexis Bledel or Logan Lerman?

BTW, I verified Kenny Chesney’s mother’s genealogy. Your link was correct.

bearboy September 5, 2015 at 7:24 pm

Lets go with Logan Lerman for the next GOP nominee. I believe if he wins he will be the first Latino president and I believe 30th president with Jewish heritage if go back 2 thousand years. Oh and first practicing Jewish president. Maybe if we help endorse him on this website follers you could be Secretary Of State and I could be Vice President and we can be celebs with pictures on this website!

follers September 5, 2015 at 7:27 pm

The funny thing is that he actually played a Latino president on television.

On his show Jack & Bobby, his character Bobby McAllister eventually became president in 2040. His character’s mother was a white woman named “McAllister” (played by Christine Lahti), but his character’s biological father was a Mexican played by Lou Diamond Phillips.

follers September 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm

I guess you’d be the third Norwegian Vice President, after


cwm85 September 5, 2015 at 7:34 pm

Romneyhood and McCain are not Hispanics! Lol

cwm85 September 5, 2015 at 7:33 pm

They are not Hispanics… no ancestry from Spain!

cwm85 July 29, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Sorts has that German Sqaure jaw. Rock Hudson had it, golfer martin Kaymer. Add him when you get a chance.

neiltennant July 29, 2015 at 3:51 am

really guys this guy has a special look which can only be found in the usa

Check7t November 11, 2014 at 9:38 am

Handsome Atlantid.

Hunterman01 March 31, 2014 at 6:33 pm

cool guy Mitt Romney!

Seoseo43 February 24, 2014 at 8:21 pm

“CORRECTION’ a drop of Irish blood… 14th great grandmother (Alison Fitzgerald) was born in 1457 in Leinster Ireland and died November 22, 1495 also in Leinster Ireland. Pretty much all the people before her were from Ireland as well

follers February 25, 2014 at 7:53 am

Ancestry from the 1400s? That’s going back a very long time.

billyboy November 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm

If he has a “Kohn” in the family couldn’t that mean he is of some Jewish roots?

follers November 1, 2013 at 6:16 pm

“Kohn” is one of those surnames that can be both Jewish and (non-Jewish) German. In Mitt Romney’s case, the last “Kohn” ancestors I can find are Andreas Köhn and Elisabeth Margarethe Altschwager, who were born in Germany c. the late 1600s/early 1700s. I would doubt that they were of Jewish heritage (almost all German Jews around that time had very distinctly Jewish names).

German Jews marrying non-Jews/converting to Christianity was extremely rare in the 1600s and for most of the 1700s.

andrew October 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Mitt Romney’s ancestry

andrew November 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm
ifuseekamy June 27, 2013 at 11:44 pm

He is absolutely gorgeous. He looks very french. He reminds me of my french teacher that is from Paris.

follers June 27, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Mitt is 1/16th French.

follers June 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Sorry, I meant, 1/64th.

Racial Realist August 11, 2017 at 9:33 am

He doesn’t look french at all. He looks completely anglo, with some german.(Which he is.)
French are rarely as tall as Romney or have such defined features, he has very anglo features.

neiltennant May 14, 2013 at 4:10 am

looks like my history teacher, also black hair, brown eyes and german with known background of 300 years

DA X mann April 7, 2012 at 9:32 pm

People from spain are moors. I don’t consider them white
Antonio banderas ,penelope cruz and many more are not white.

DA X mann April 7, 2012 at 11:30 pm

this was a reply to lady avarice

Lady Avarice April 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm

They both are darker than me that’s for sure

Lady Avarice April 7, 2012 at 7:58 am

He could have Spanish from Spain, many Scottish people have distant Spaniard.

Bobatu April 7, 2012 at 8:25 am

Many Scottish people do NOT have Scottish ancestry!!!

Lady Avarice April 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm
wtf April 7, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Many Scottish do not have Scottish ancestry wtf are you on about what an idiot.bobatu

drunk April 7, 2012 at 10:37 pm

must’ve been drunk

Bobatu April 8, 2012 at 1:32 am

Lady Cavities or whatever your name is…Scottish people do no not have distant Spanish ancestry. Get a history book. Or better still a passport.

Lady Avarice April 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm

@Boobaturd I have study my history and the Spaniards spread their DNA all over the world they have Africans, East Asians, North and South Americans, and some Europeans who have distant Spaniard and Mitt Romney is not all white he is a hell lot darker than me with or without Spaniard he has someone else besides white he may have Native American, Arab, or maybe even African.

Bobatu April 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm

You may have studied your history but you obviously skipped English class. A lot.

Lady Avarice April 8, 2012 at 10:50 pm

I may have, but you have as well, your grammar is pretty bad.

sadie April 6, 2012 at 12:42 am

First he is not of Mexican ancestry and second he is very intelligent and not a puppet like Obama. Mr. Romney will make a great President.

littleman April 8, 2012 at 1:59 am

They both suck. And every other president that come will also suck as well.

LOL April 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm

lol i thought he was mexican….

LOL April 5, 2012 at 10:32 pm

either way etch a sketch sucks.

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