Birth Name: Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg
Place of Birth: South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Date of Birth: January 19, 1982
*English, Scottish, some German (mother)
Pete Buttigieg is an American politician and Naval Intelligence Officer. A member of the Democratic Party, he has served as Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, since January 1, 2012. He is a military, combat veteran, having deployed to Afghanistan during his time as Mayor.
He is a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2020.
Pete is the son of Jennifer Ann (Montgomery) and Joseph Anthony Buttigieg II. His parents are/were professors, at The University of Notre Dame in South Bend. His father, who was born in Ħamrun, Malta, was a literary scholar and translator, who initially studied to be a Jesuit priest. Pete’s surname, Buttigieg, is a Maltese name of Semitic orange, with “tigieg” being a Semitic word for “poultry.”
Pete is married to educator Chasten Glezman. Chasten’s surname comes from Polish (Catholic) ancestry.
Of his own background, Pete has stated:
Most people have trouble pronouncing my name, so they just call me “Mayor Pete.” My surname, Buttigieg (Boot-edge-edge), is very common in my father’s country of origin, the tiny island of Malta, and nowhere else. Dad came to America in the 1970s and became a citizen; he married my mother, an Army brat and umpteenth-generation Hoosier, and the two of them settled in South Bend, Indiana, shortly before I was born…
His father was Catholic and his mother is of Methodist background. Pete was baptized Catholic. He is a practicing Christian, now in the Episcopalian denomination.
Pete is the first person of Maltese heritage to mount a notable campaign for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States.
Pete’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Anthony Buttigieg (the son of Curcifisio/Crocifisso Buttigieg and Stella). Pete’s grandfather Joseph was born on Malta.
Pete’s paternal grandmother was Maria Concetta “Cettina” Portelli (the daughter of Francesco Portelli and Cetta Saliba). Maria was born on Malta.
Pete’s maternal grandfather was John Willard Montgomery (the son of John Willard/M. Montgomery and Carrie Edith Yount). Pete’s grandfather John was born in Indiana. Pete’s great-grandfather John was the son of William Gabriel Montgomery and Hannah Catherine Wardell. Carrie was the daughter of James Madison Yount and Indiana Brooks.
Pete’s maternal grandmother was Zoe Anne Neal (the daughter of William Caswell “Will” Neal and Maye Louise Rasar). Zoe was born in Oklahoma. William was the son of William Henry Neal and Lena. Maye was the daughter of George William Rasar and Annie Elizabeth Wooley.
Sources: Interview about Pete’s religious background – https://www.patheos.com
Genealogy of Pete Buttigieg – https://www.geni.com
Obituary of Pete’s maternal grandmother, Zoe Anne (Neal) Montgomery – http://files.usgwarchives.nettxt