Patrick Swayze

by ethnic on May 15, 2013

May 4, 2006. Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi at the Los Angeles Fa

Birth Name: Patrick Wayne Swayze

Date of Birth: August 18, 1952

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Death: September 14, 2009

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, along with Irish and Scottish, possibly Dutch

Patrick Swayze was an American dancer, actor, singer, and songwriter. He was the son of Patsy Swayze (born Yvonne Helen Karnes), a choreographer, dancer, and dance instructor, and Jesse/Jessie Wayne Swayze, an engineering draftsman. Among his siblings is actor Don Swayze. He was married to writer, director, actress, and dancer Lisa Niemi, until his death.

It has been written that Patrick had distant Apache Native American ancestry. No documented Native American ancestry is listed in any publicly available family trees of Patrick Swayze.

Patrick was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1991.

Patrick’s surname originates with a man named John Swazey/Swezey/Swasey, who was born, c. 1621, in Sherborne, Dorsetshire, England, and who died in Suffolk, New York.

Patrick’s paternal grandfather was Jesse Elijah Swayze (the son of James Wesley Swayze and Sarah Elizabeth “Sallie” McDonald). Jesse was born in Texas. James was the son of Alexander Pope Swayze and Amanda Mary Frances Littleton. Sarah was the daughter of Joseph Joel McDonald and Saphronia/Saphrona Barrett/Castleman.

Patrick’s paternal grandmother was Mamie Bell Johnson (the daughter of Duncan/Dunc Malcolm Johnson and Mary Anna McGee). Mamie was born in Texas. Duncan was the son of Peter Johnson and Elizabeth.

Patrick’s maternal grandfather was Victor Elliott/Elliot Karnes (the son of William Charles Karnes and Pearl Lovejoy). Victor was born in Texas. William was the son of Victor Carson Karnes and Frances Helen Turner. Pearl was the daughter of Reason Elliott/Elliot Lovejoy and Martha Lucinda Hornsby.

Patrick’s maternal grandmother was Gladys Mae/May Snell (the daughter of Oscar Snell and Lillian Jones Hughes). Gladys was born in Texas. In one census record, Gladys’ father is listed as having been born in the Netherlands.

Sources: Genealogies of Patrick Swayze –

Genealogy of Patrick Swayze (through Patrick’s sister, Victoria Lynn Swayze) –

Patrick’s paternal grandfather, Jesse Elijah Swayze, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Patrick’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Patrick’s maternal grandfather, Victor Elliott/Elliot Karnes, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Victor Elliott/Elliot Karnes on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

follers March 26, 2017 at 4:44 pm

So, did Oscar Snell really exist, and was he Dutch?

andrew June 2, 2016 at 5:59 pm

I’m not sure where you got that French Norman root for “Swayze” surname. It just sounds German.

undashing August 12, 2014 at 5:05 am

Just a typical white American.

neiltennant January 18, 2014 at 10:24 am

he has also native american roots

look at his bone structure and look at his brothers face
DON SWAYZE said years ago in an interview that they had native american ancestors

neiltennant September 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm

please correct this

he had also NATIVE AMERICAN background

his eyes, bone-structure look very native american

look at his brother DON SWAYZE who is his 100 percently brother and looks so native

follers September 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm

He had no traceable Native American ancestry.

luckystar July 25, 2016 at 12:10 pm

His eyes is very common in many european ethnicities
bone-structure too
He doesnt have recent native american ancestors enought to look half or part one
He is pan european, not castizo, mestizo…

luckystar July 25, 2016 at 12:11 pm


andrew August 12, 2017 at 3:40 am

They don’t look Native American at all. They just have strong Cro-Magnon features, which can be easily found in Germanic countries

christian March 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm

he looked a little bit exotic

minimal native american signs

sadie March 25, 2012 at 2:14 am

Another one gone too soon. I loved his acting and he was so handsome :(

Bobbie February 5, 2012 at 4:30 am

He had very strong features, with pronounced cheek bones that I’d think he must have been part American Indian, or an ethnicity where those exotic features are found.

neiltennant August 12, 2017 at 3:11 am


neiltennant July 27, 2018 at 5:27 am

look at his brother DON he played native roles

tUMAGA July 27, 2018 at 5:30 am
Me January 22, 2012 at 12:54 am

Why do white people try to claim him? He is castizo like most white Americans. Only ugly ones are just white. Stop trying to claim him.

Alice January 22, 2012 at 2:33 am

No one is trying to claim him. He is what he is. Mostly white European of mainly Irish descent. Regarding the above entry Norman French is not a language found in France. The Normans were originally Vikings that settled in Normandy who mixed with the local French population. The Normans invaded Britain and Ireland. My surname is a Norman name but I’m an Irish-Australian. Many Irish have Norman derived names e.g Fitzgerald, Burke, Costello, Barry. There are hundreds of them but people with these names claim only Irish as their heritage. These surnames have been in Ireland for hundreds of years.

Alice January 22, 2012 at 2:44 am
Here is a list of some Norman names in Ireland.

Selene-The-Immortal January 22, 2012 at 4:54 am

“It is also rumored that Swayze is of distant Apache descent.”

Ethnic, if it is just a rumor, why is it listed under his ethnicity?


You need to know for sure before you list it as a part of his ethnicity.

Alice January 24, 2012 at 4:57 am

I’d like to know why comments that aren’t in anyway controversial get marked down. People just seem to mark down for the sake of it. I would rather someone comment if they disagree with something.

ana August 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I love patrick he did looked part native R.IP .

Tribe September 19, 2010 at 5:03 am
Natasha September 1, 2010 at 4:18 am

Swayze is not a French sounding name.

Anonymous July 21, 2010 at 3:19 pm
Paul. June 27, 2010 at 11:01 am

I searched his surname, and although it is a Norman name, House of Names says it’s an English surname.. Tbh, I’ve never heard of anyone claiming ‘Norman French’ as their ethncity before, including myself.

dan October 4, 2010 at 7:52 pm

The site doesn’t say that Norman French is an ethnicity, it just says that his surname is Norman French in origin.

irish man from megaman June 26, 2010 at 11:57 pm

to bad the luck of the irish coulnd save you

the light in the dark June 26, 2010 at 11:55 pm
ethnic August 17, 2009 at 11:55 pm

but the light skin and the light hair is definitely Caucasoid. He does have unique eyes though. I hope he gets better.

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