Ringo Starr

by andrew on August 7, 2014

Ringo Starr Launches Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008

Birth Name: Richard Starkey

Place of Birth: Liverpool South, Lancashire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 7 July, 1940

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish and Irish

Ringo Starr is an English singer, songwriter, drummer, and actor. He was a member of the band The Beatles, along with George Harrison, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney. Ringo was a drummer for the band.

Ringo is the son of Elsie (Gleave) and Richard Starkey. He is married to American actress and model Barbara Bach. He has three children with his former wife, late hairdresser Maureen Starkey Tigrett.

Ringo’s paternal grandfather was John Alfred/John George Parkin Starkey (the son of Henry Parkin Starkey and Annie).

Ringo’s paternal grandmother was Annie Bower (the daughter of Alfred Bower and Margaret Ellen Parr). Annie was born in Toxteth Park, Liverpool. Alfred was the son of David Bower. Margaret was the daughter of Joseph Parr and Catherine Rodenhurst.

Ringo’s maternal grandfather was John Gleave (the son of William Gleave and Mary Kate Conroy). John was born in Toxteth Park, Liverpool. William was the son of William Gleave. Mary Kate was the daughter of William Conroy, and may have had Irish ancestry.

Ringo’s maternal grandmother was Catherine Martha Johnson (the daughter of Andrew Johnson and Mary Elizabeth Cunningham). Catherine was born in Toxteth Park, Liverpool. Andrew was born in the Shetland Isles, in Scotland, the son of Peter Johnson and Philadelphia Tait. Mary Elizabeth was from Ireland, the daughter of James Cunningham.

Sources: Family histories of Ringo Starr – http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Genealogies of Ringo Starr – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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neiltennant June 23, 2018 at 5:31 pm

Oh my god

i doubt that he has only english and irish descent

look at him when he was young with that curly hair. Plus his parents did look like lebanese guys

andrew June 24, 2018 at 6:10 am

Since when Ringo had curly hair?

neiltennant June 24, 2018 at 6:45 am

do you have a brain ?

can you google ?

RINGO STARR GOOGLE PARENTS and you will see it

andrew June 25, 2018 at 5:14 am
neiltennant June 23, 2018 at 5:29 pm

maybe he was adopted

how his parents did look like ?

STEVE JOBS had a syrian father and he was born in the 50s

why RINGO STARR born in the 40s could not have an arab father too `?

andrew August 24, 2016 at 2:37 pm
andrew June 8, 2016 at 2:44 pm
AdamMartin May 5, 2016 at 2:20 pm

He also certainly has Irish ethnicity through his grandmother Mary Kate Conroy,as that is an Irish surname.Cunningham can be Irish or Scottish,lots of them in Ireland.

ses101 January 2, 2018 at 1:56 pm

Cunningham is very much a Scottish name. The Cunninghams in Ireland are either Scots descendants or there’s been a name change at some point.

madman April 21, 2016 at 10:43 am

Andrew Johnson and Mary Elizabeth Cunningham were both English. Ringo Starr has no (documented) Irish or Scottish ancestry.

follers April 21, 2016 at 4:27 pm

Are you sure they were English? This link says Johnson was Scottish.

“Cunningham” usually isn’t an English surname, is it?

madman April 21, 2016 at 10:25 pm

Of course I’m not 100% sure, but the genealogy says that they, as well as their fathers at least, were born in Liverpool. Though, you are right in that “Cunningham” indicates Irish ancestry.

follers April 22, 2016 at 12:32 am

But this states that Andrew Johnson was born in Shetland, Scotland. Which genealogy is right?

ses101 January 2, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Not it doesn’t, Cunningham indicates SCOTTISH ancestry.

ses101 January 2, 2018 at 2:19 pm

The name, Cunningham, that is. Obviously Ringo has Irish blood through Irish Cunninghams, but the name itself is still Scottish in its origins, even if you had to go back a few hundred years (name changes/adoption aside).

slowdive February 2, 2016 at 5:45 pm

He looks like Yasser Arafat.

sparkles180 August 11, 2015 at 12:42 pm

He looks middle eastern.

andrew August 11, 2015 at 1:05 pm
neiltennant June 23, 2018 at 5:26 pm
conneeconehead August 8, 2015 at 6:43 am

This is not entirely true. My grandmother was Katherine Starkey. John Alfred Starkey was her uncle. John Starkey was Richard Starkey Senior’s stepfather. He married Annie Bower and adopted Richard, giving him the Starkey name. I am unsure if Bower is the name from Annie’s first marriage or if it’s her maiden name.

follers August 8, 2015 at 1:36 pm

According to this page, Ringo’s grandparents married in 1910, and Ringo’s father was born in 1913.

British marriage/birth records confirm this.

neiltennant August 1, 2015 at 6:33 am

minus the blue eyes he looks also arab
i can understand that most people think that he has something semite

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 6:33 am

There are a lot of Semites with blue eyes. It isn’t a rare feature among them.

He looks Assyrian or Lebanese to me. Or at least he can pass as one.

andrew April 21, 2016 at 11:59 am

Average Lebanese/Assyrian don’t look like Ringo. Sorry.

Check7t November 13, 2014 at 4:22 am

He once received death threats because people though he was Jewish, although to quote Ringo verbatim “The one major fault is, I’m not Jewish.”.

Hilariously enough, he’s the only Beatle of pure English descent.

follers November 13, 2014 at 7:40 am

Well, he got those threats in Quebec, Canada, by French Quebec nationalists who hate the English, so his “pure English descent” would not have appealed to them regardless.

Check7t November 19, 2014 at 9:35 am

Well I assume you know how a decent amount of ethnic European nationalist types feel about Jews.

follers November 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm

This doesn’t have much to do with French-Canadians in Quebec who want to secede from Canada/dislike the English/etc. They are not “ethnic European nationalist types” in the sense that you probably mean it.

pookerella April 10, 2015 at 8:11 pm

Thank you, NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE threatened him for being Jewish, even though he isn’t. His wife is, though.

pookerella April 10, 2015 at 8:10 pm

No such thing as “Pure English Descent.” They are the biggest bunch of mutts in Europe. Completely ironic that so many people who think that way know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the history of England.

gel July 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm


crunty January 2, 2018 at 1:37 pm

Well, in the shires and small towns, that is not completely true, if you look at haplotype tests. Ringo and the Beatles are a good example of the ethnic mixes found in cities and large towns, which have had waves of migrants over the years, like most cities around the globe.

ses101 January 2, 2018 at 2:10 pm

“Mutt” is, frankly, insulting. Yes, most of us are a mixture of European, mostly Northern blood, but many of us have roots going back thousands of years here. If you want to be pedantic about it, then there is no such thing as Native Indians if they all arrived from Asia, etc. You might as well say we are all African.

roman2886 August 10, 2014 at 6:08 am

He must have Irish ancestry he is from Liverpool there is lots of Irish ancestry there’s is lots of people in Liverpool who are fully Irish and half Irish half English.

Alice August 10, 2014 at 7:10 am

No I don’t think Ringo has Irish ancestry. He is the only one out of the Beatles that doesn’t. There is a lot of Irish ancestry in Liverpool but it doesn’t mean that everyone in Liverpool has to have Irish ancestry.

andrew July 6, 2015 at 3:49 pm


this article states his maternal great-great-grandfather Andrew Johnson was born in Shetland Isles, Scotland (not in Liverpool) and his wife Mary Cunningham hailed from Ireland

Alice July 7, 2015 at 4:59 am

Even Ringo has Irish. Roman was right. :)

andrew July 7, 2015 at 5:24 am

which is Cunningham surname’s origin?

gel July 30, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Ireland – it says Ireland.

ses101 January 2, 2018 at 2:15 pm

Not everyone in Liverpool is of Irish descent. English and Scottish people came in, and quite a lot of people would have married within their own communities.

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