Pete Wentz

by ethnic on August 30, 2008

Birth Name: Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III

Place of Birth: Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 5, 1979

*German, English (father)
*African-Jamaican (mother)

Pete Wentz is an American musician. He is a bassist, primary lyricist, and backing vocalist for the band Fall Out Boy. Patrick Stump is also a member of the band.

Pete’s father is white and Pete’s mother is black. Pete’s father is of German and English descent. Pete’s maternal great-grandparents were all black Jamaican immigrants. A picture of Pete with his parents can be seen here. A picture of Pete, along with Pete’s mother, and Vice President (then-Senator) Joe Biden, can be seen here.

Pete has two children, one with his partner, Meagan Camper, and one with his former wife, singer, songwriter, and actress Ashlee Simpson.

Pete’s paternal grandfather was Roy Albert Wentz (the son of Roy Albert Wentz and Mina L. Regnold). Pete’s grandfather Roy was born in Illinois, and was of German and English descent.

Pete’s paternal grandmother was Phyllis Norbury (the daughter of Frank Garm Norbury and Mary Elson Barnes). Phyllis was born in Illinois, of mostly English, as well some German, ancestry. Frank was the son of Frank Parsons Norbury and Mary Garm. Pete’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of Charles Albert Barnes and Madge G. Martin.

Pete’s maternal grandfather is Arthur Winston Lewis (the son of Arthur Shirley Lewis and Marion Coote). Pete’s grandfather Arthur was born in New York, to black Jamaican parents. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, from 1983 to 1986.

Pete’s maternal grandmother is Dolores Laura Kirlew (the daughter of Harold Aubrey Kirlew and Laura Shields). Dolores was born in New York, to black Jamaican parents.

Pete’s grandfather Arthur is a cousin of General Colin Powell (likely through his Coote line).

Sources: Pete mentions that his mother is of Jamaican ancestry –

Pete’s paternal grandfather, Roy Albert Wentz, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Pete’s paternal grandmother, Phyllis Norbury, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Pete’s maternal grandfather, Arthur Winston Lewis, on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Arthur Winston Lewis on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Pete’s maternal grandmother, Dolores Laura Kirlew, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Pete’s maternal step-grandmother, Frances Anne (Leary) Lewis –

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lelo4 October 15, 2015 at 6:07 pm

wow, but remember even afro-jamaicans are like 20% european, so hes not a proper mulatto

follers September 4, 2015 at 2:58 pm

It’s official: Pete Wentz’ maternal grandparents are both black.

No “Hawaiian” as rumored.

cwm85 September 4, 2015 at 4:17 pm

Do you have pics of his mother and his grandparents?

follers September 4, 2015 at 4:36 pm
cwm85 September 4, 2015 at 5:13 pm

His mom looks heavily mixed besides African. No wonder he looks all white. His mom probably is 50-50 or less african descent.

neiltennant October 15, 2017 at 10:20 am

yes her mother looks indeed half white half black

andrew October 15, 2017 at 10:44 am

Yes, sometimes you can say something right. It would be more reasonable to write “his mother has Black African and likely other ancestry” but it seems that it doesn’t count.

neiltennant August 2, 2015 at 11:01 am

when he was asked about his ethnicity he was silent at the beginning of their career

but i think it was the foil a adieux era when he talked for the first time about his african mom ?? !

rock music and african americans (even it has been mixed people) is such a problem for the most

even alternative rock……… Lenny Kravitz was one of the first guys of african american descent whose songs had been played by KROQ which was always open for alternative acts

cwm85 August 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Lenny Kravitz is mixed. He isn’t just African-American but Jewish European too. There’s a few mixed people in rock… but they aren’t big time famous acts. Rock music today is assumed to be for white audience’s. Its interesting because but in high school I was rocking out to alternative rock and metal rock and black classmates weren’t really into it. So I befriended a lot of Caucasians because of it. At 17 was in a local band playing guitar and was the only person in the band of African-American, native American descent. Plus European descent. It was cool. I was also the only person of color my guitar instructor taught…

Jello November 18, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Slash is mixed and he is very famous.

cwm85 August 2, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Fefe dobson is mixed and rock/pop musician very good but African-American americas don’t claim her because it isn’t r and b or rap or gospel. There used to be so many African-Americans in rock and into back in the day before 1970s and rap.

fuzzybear44 September 17, 2015 at 11:35 pm


(Fefe dobson is mixed and rock/pop musician very good but African-American americas don’t claim her because it isn’t r and b or rap or gospel.)

How are you going to speak for the African American people, and what kind of music they listen to. You admitted to hanging out with mostly white kids. therefore, you have no idea what AA kids may listen to when you’re not around. The kids around here listen to as much techno music as they do rap. George strait is my favorite country singer.Crystal kay is one of my favorites singers. Also although the Korean pop group T-ara changes members every 5 days, I still like them ,and I don’t even understand them

cwm85 September 18, 2015 at 8:08 am

Whatever fuzzybear I went by my experience and what I’ve heard people listen too. I will say more Caucasian young people listen to rap these days. Are you going to reply and troll my every comment on comments on people who have some African descent? Are you obsessed with me? Are you gay?

fuzzybear44 September 19, 2015 at 1:08 am


( Are you going to reply and troll my every comment on comments on people who have some African descent? )

The thing is, until I saw your earlier comments, I was going to leave you alone. HOWEVER

Now you mean troll as in the way you do Midori
? How you follow her to different pages, and accuse anyone you disagree with as being her Alias. Or perhaps how you were Stalking Neiltennant from page to page asking gender information. Which I find odd seeing how you didn’t like it

( Are you obsessed with me? )

You’re not Mariah Carey, so no

(Are you gay?)

You’re the one going to Matt Lanter page saying how Handsome he is. To josh hutcherson page saying ( He’s a cutie pie). and how you think Kendall Schmidt is Hunky

So if anyone’s GAY around here, it’s you

cwm85 September 19, 2015 at 1:15 pm

Fuzzybear44 Get a life. Stop trolling me or replying to my comments. I have the right to make estimates to make my own opinion. You just are an ass who have no life and are obviously obsessed with all of my comments to whomever or about every celebrity and quoting things. Are you a creepy old man or something? I’ve read other comments of you just seem to try to argue with anyone who disagrees with you. Anyway I’m done with your pathetic, creepy ass. The mods really need to clean up this site. Lot of sick people on here.

fuzzybear44 September 19, 2015 at 11:59 pm


( Get a life. Stop trolling me or replying to my comments)

You get a life, you keep commenting to me.

(You just are an ass who have no life and are obviously obsessed with all of my comments to whomever or about every celebrity and quoting things. )

You’re just some ass wipe, coming on here an attacking anyone who doesn’t agree with you. showing constantly that you know nothing about ethnicity , history , other people culture or mixed people in general. also constantly going on and on, about your ethnic break down, whether people want to know it or not.

(quoting things.)

The only thing I’m quoting, are your dumbass contradicting comments back to you.

(Are you a creepy old man or something? )

Are you that 22 year old that lives in his dads basement? The one that stands in the window ,and watches the little girls go by to school.

( I’ve read other comments of you just seem to try to argue with anyone who disagrees with you.)

I’ve read your comments, and I’m not doing anything different than what you’re doing. So you can take you head and stick it up your two shaded ASS. Oh wait, I mean three shaded ASS, I keep forgetting about that 6% native ancestry

cwm85 September 20, 2015 at 3:32 pm

You’re pathetic man. You seem like a real miserable troll. Go play in traffic.

cwm85 August 2, 2015 at 4:08 am

His mom looks mixed. He favors her a lot.

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 10:05 pm

i think he looks more like his mom.

M May 31, 2015 at 6:58 am

I thought he was Mexican.

Katz December 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm

I thought he had something slightly Stephen Graham-ish about him, turns out they’re almost the same backgrounds.

noneofyourbusiness November 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I would have never guessed that he had a little bit of black ancestry. He doesn’t look black at all, I know it’s only a fourth but most quadroons appear to have minor SSA influences.

andrew November 23, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Colin Powell is on the site

Marseille August 6, 2014 at 9:09 pm

He looks white most of the time…

Your Mom August 5, 2014 at 12:23 am

He’s Ugly. I Always Thought He Was. Don’t Know Why Ever Chick Was In Love With Him Back Then. The Lead Singer Was Better Looking Than Him. Anyway, He Looks Strange. Almost White, But Not Quite. Sometimes He Looks White, But In Some Pictures You Can Tell He Has Something Ethnic In Him.

Check7t August 1, 2014 at 5:35 am

straight hair*

ShawntheGod July 31, 2014 at 8:14 am

Dudes facial features looks fully white, although he does straighten his hair.

WTF June 2, 2014 at 12:54 pm

i knew something was off with him. he never seemed fully white to me. i mean i thought maybe he had some mexican in him, but not black!

Check7t August 1, 2014 at 5:34 am

Nah he looks fully white, especially with straight her, with curly hair (not relaxed) he looks a little odd but still white.

Check7t March 10, 2014 at 3:01 am

Little curly hair is alright, but not full blown.

Check7t March 10, 2014 at 3:00 am

He straightened his hair to pass for white.

Gurrl February 21, 2014 at 1:07 pm

I’m sure his maternal grandmother has at least some european ancestry. He looks slightly exotic when he flat irons his hair.

Sickandtired January 22, 2014 at 6:13 pm

But he’s legally white…get over it.

andrew January 23, 2014 at 6:21 am

he can definitely “pass” for white

AnonymousPerson December 28, 2013 at 4:04 pm

He looks Hispanic or Brazilian.

diana January 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Looks hispanic doesn’t make sense. You can be black, white, asian, indigenous and be hispanic since it’s just an ethnicity not a race.

ricoh December 14, 2013 at 9:48 am

The man has kinky hair and tans naturally dark. He chemically perms his naturally curly kinky hair to appear white. His brother has brown skin and straight hair.,genetic is strange. He try to pass for white be he go caught.


The Beautiful Ones December 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I love Fall Out Boy!

rajaredhilu December 7, 2013 at 10:02 am

isnt he part hawaiian also?

ShawntheGod November 2, 2013 at 1:08 am

He looks white with straight hair, kinda borderline white with curly hair.

Rudedude October 19, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Well, he looks white. I did not know that he was of African ancestry. I don’t think that should change. He’s white. I just find it interesting when something like this is found out, but I am not a believer in the stupid “one-drop” rule, which doesn’t apply to anyone else except those with sub-Saharan African blood. It is outdated and draconian, really.

rajaredhilu December 7, 2013 at 10:01 am

yeah one drop is a bit excessive i agree,
but if someone is at least 1/8th or has a great-grandparent of a certain race he should be able to claim it

J.J. September 16, 2013 at 9:06 am

correction; his eyes are hazel (light brown) and his hair is virtually black (noirette) I think it should be listed

myarmyrulesyours August 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

He’s white. He is what his father is. I believe in the Bible. I know many Jamaicans believe in the Bible. In the Bible, it goes by your father’s heritage regardless of who your mother is (e.g. Jacob “Israel”, Noah, Shem, Ham, Japheth, Judah, Edom, Moab, etc.) In this case, Pete’s father is white (an Edomite) and so is he.

sarahwilson September 2, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Then I guess Bob Marley is white too because his father was white.

myarmyrulesyours September 14, 2013 at 9:28 pm

According to the Bible and how people’s lineage is determined, yes, Bob Marley too. And (as amazingly it may seem to you) so are Marley’s sons. It doesn’t matter what their phenotype is or whether so-called whites (Edomites) accept them as “white”. They are Edomites, as is Lenny Kravitz and guitarist Slash, who also have white fathers.

Mina B August 19, 2013 at 9:15 am

Some of the comments on this page are beyond assinine. “Most Jamaicans are lighter than African Americans”. WTF?! How stupid can you be? People in general differ in complexion. You have light, medium and dark complexion with both Jamaicans and African Americans. Geez! Get a life and stop worrying about other people’s racial mixtures. At least know what you’re talking about before posting it on the Internet and sounding like an idiot.

neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

wentz is a german name of polish origin

his father has strong blue eyes

he does not look like a black man or african american

he looked very white to me, maybe half italian

betty boo May 1, 2013 at 3:03 am

Wow this is news to me, he is a spitting image of his mother. When he was young, he looked mixed with the cute curly hair. I think he straightened his hair. If his hair has the natural curles, then we could may be tell he’s mixed. Any ways, his cute son most definately inherited the curles from him

andrew April 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm

because he looks like a white guy, being 3/4 of Euro descent (actually I thougth the was Jewish.) Also there aren’t many black musicians involved in rock scene. About Colin Powell, he has Scottish ancestors too

andrew April 8, 2013 at 7:21 pm
fuzzybear44 April 9, 2013 at 2:09 am


(Like I said, Afro-Jamaicans are often lighter than African-Americans)

Hmmmm,let me guess the AA’s near you are more on the darker side?Well lets just say,that the Jamaicans are like all the others groups of people of fairly recent African descent.That they run the gamut,from(white or whitish to very dark).With a variety of Phenotypes and European blood mixture

fuzzybear44 April 9, 2013 at 3:25 am


Here I am thinking you were home grown.Where are you from?Now back to the subject,if you hadn’t revealed that Powell was of Jamaican descent,I would have never known.Because like I told the other person,I’ve never been or lived in a place where,all the AA’s were the same.The people you listed, would fit right in around here.The Jamaicans I’ve seen,are no where near those people skin tone.Like I said to the other site member,my idea of a Jamaican(base on what I’ve seen), was shabba ranks(this is before I started to study the area)Well you live and learn,thanks for explaining what you meant.

andrew April 9, 2013 at 5:43 am

family Wentz again

I presume u can distinguish a mixed-person from a full-blooded one. Usain Bolt is a Black Jamaican, Bob Marley a “mulatto”

fuzzybear44 April 8, 2013 at 4:45 am


Actually Ethnic and I talked about it in 2010,just didn’t have any real proof

ethnic April 8, 2013 at 7:32 am

Wow, another fascinating celeb background pretty much solved. well done

@fuzzybear 3 years ago you were on the money.

andrew April 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm

if this guy is 1/4 jamaican or anything non-european it’s biased putting it before other ethnicities more relevant to his background

Koko March 8, 2012 at 2:07 pm
nicole January 5, 2012 at 12:02 am

Ive actually seen on a docutmenary that his mother is Jamacian.

monica November 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm

his mother looks part black, she’s probably half afro-hawaiian, if that even exists or she might be african american, has he ever stated his ethnic background?

me November 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm
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anonymous January 19, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I read a lot of places that his dad is Jewish -German and his mother is half Hawaiian( which technically is Native American but they are racially Polynesian) and Jamaican or Black. That would make Pete Wentz a quadroon and his son an octoroon.

hapa kamoa/pukiki/haolii October 12, 2010 at 12:11 am

i never would of thought that behind all that rocker outfits,hair,attitude and stuff that he had hawaiian and native american in him.

mela greene June 16, 2010 at 3:51 pm

If his mom is hapa, it doesn’t mean she is half black (although she just as well could be). Hapa by definition means biracial and could be any race mixed with Hawaiian or Asian. Had a Hawaiin family on the block growing up.

ethnic January 24, 2010 at 12:02 am

Sirius Moore thanks for the comment. how do you know his mother is half Black and Hawaiian? do you have a link?

fuzzybear June 17, 2010 at 2:54 am

To Ethnic

Well I don’t know if the mom is half black or not,but his siblings do look like they got something in them:

His mom to:

Now mela greene is right,Hapa doesn’t mean your black,just means your mixed,but she mostly likely is

fuzzybear June 17, 2010 at 3:13 am

to ethnic

here’s a better pic of his brother:

total23 June 17, 2010 at 4:33 am

That’s Corbin Bleu?

fuzzybear June 17, 2010 at 5:18 am

To total23

I think your right, My fault

ethnic June 17, 2010 at 7:39 am

yeh that didnt look like his brother!

fuzzybear June 18, 2010 at 6:56 am

It’s funny every site I go to says he hot combing his hair

Sirius Moore January 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm

His mother Dale is happa hawiian, meaning she is black/hawiian. and lets not forget, she pressess her hair with a hot comb.
hid dads german genes took over alot, but at one time. pete had dread lock, thick curly unruly ones. he always straightens his hair with a flat iron because he hates the natural texture.

and his son with ashlee simpson is black toom, but since it has a scottish mom and german grandfather it doesnt look mixed. lol.

multigrl July 5, 2012 at 2:27 am

There are lots of Polynesians with kinky hair. That does not mean they are part black. Tonga, Hawaii, Somoa to name a few have native people with frizzy hair. Yes they tend to use the same techniques to straighten their hair as black people.

Hair has roughly 56 alleles. Scientiest are still trying to figure it out. I’ve seen fizzy hair on Irish and Jewish people as well. Nicole Kidman could use a straightening comb on her hair and so could Minnie Driver and neither of them have black ancestry.

Happa means half Hawiian and another race, not specifically black.

levangelista36 July 6, 2012 at 1:13 am

Nicole Kidman’s hair is naturally red and very curly. Minnie Driver also has curly hair.

wannabeEMO January 7, 2010 at 4:05 am

i guess he COULD pass 4 a native or hawaiian germann of course

Anonymous January 3, 2010 at 7:45 pm
ethnic January 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm

He does look a little African American.

clark kent January 2, 2010 at 7:23 pm

i read somewhere that he was part african american. I don’t have a link sorry. Has anyone else heard/read this anywhere?

kira November 27, 2009 at 12:01 pm

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