Pope Benedict XVI

by follers on September 22, 2015

Pope Benedict XVI Arrives at Schloss Bellevue Palace in Berlin on September 22, 2011

Birth Name: Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger

Place of Birth: Marktl, Germany

Date of Birth: 16 April, 1927

Ethnicity: German

Pope Benedict XVI was the 265th Pope of the Catholic Church, a title he held ex officio as Bishop of Rome, and Sovereign of the Vatican City. He was elected pope, on 19 April, 2005, and resigned from the office, on 28 February, 2013.

Pope Benedict is the son of Maria (Peintner) and Joseph Ratzinger. His father was born in Rickering, Winzer, Niederbayern, Bayern, Germany. His mother was born in Oberaudorf, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany.

Pope Benedict’s paternal grandfather was Josef Ratzinger (the son of Johann Georg Razinger/Ratzinger and Barbara Perlinger). Josef was born in Winzer, Lower Bavaria, Bavaria. Johann was the son of Johann Georg Räzinger and Theresia David.

Pope Benedict’s paternal grandmother was named Katharina Schmied.

Pope Benedict’s maternal grandfather was named Isidor Rieger. Isidor was born in Welden, Bavarian Swabia, Bavaria.

Pope Benedict’s maternal grandmother was Maria Tauber-Peintner (the daughter of Anton Peter Peintner and Elisabeth Maria Tauber). Pope Benedict’s grandmother Maria was born in Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Italy, of German descent.

Source: Genealogy of Pope Benedict XVI – http://www.geni.com

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bearboy September 25, 2015 at 8:46 pm

Follers with all your knowledge on celebrities ethnicities mind if I ask are you a close relative to any celeb on this website? Found out I am a fifth or sixth cousin to Rand Paul :)

follers September 26, 2015 at 2:41 am

Not as far as I know. I only know my fairly recent genealogy.

Are you related to Ron Paul?

cwm85 September 24, 2015 at 2:39 pm

He was a horrible pope… glad he quit…

andrew September 24, 2015 at 9:09 am

He is Bavarian

bearboy September 23, 2015 at 9:10 pm

Does “European Jewish” on ancestry DNA included Sephardi blood as well?

follers September 23, 2015 at 10:19 pm


I thought you were Jewish yourself for some reason, maybe because you said “if you happen to find a Carter or Reagan ancestor from the 800’s that was Jewish or something random let me know so I can have a more facts to tell family and friends”.

bearboy September 24, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Yea I like fun facts regardless of which ethnicity. But you are right I practice Judaism because of my maternal grandmother the rest of my grandparents aren’t as far as I know mostly British, Irish, German, and Polish Catholic.

Manila September 23, 2015 at 7:42 am
follers September 23, 2015 at 8:48 pm

I think the story of Pope Benedict XVI’s Jewish ancestry was started by a blogger with an agenda. I see the same family tree circulating around similar blogs (and no reliable sources). I don’t think it’s legitimate.

bearboy September 23, 2015 at 8:59 pm

Follers does any of the U.S. presidents have any traceable Ashkenazi Jewish roots in the past 500-1000 years? I doubt any of them do because it wasn’t recorded on geni.com

follers September 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm

I don’t know about 1000, it’s possible, but probably not 500.

bearboy September 23, 2015 at 9:02 pm

On 23andme DNA testing it claims to go back 500 years and A LOT of people have 0%-1% Ashkenazi heritage including a lot in my family.

follers September 23, 2015 at 10:30 pm

BTW, Manila, I’m curious if you can find documents which prove either way if Sylvester Stallone’s maternal grandfather was Jewish or not?

follers September 25, 2015 at 4:12 am

It appears that Pope Ratzinger XVI’s ancestor Elisabeth Maria Tauber was conflated with this woman, Betty Tauber, who was not the same person.

“PLEASE NOTE: despite assertions that have been posted in various articles and sites on the internet, Betty was NOT identical with Elisabeth Maria Tauber, ancestress of Pope Benedict XVI (b. 1927).”

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