Rio Ferdinand

by ethnic on March 21, 2008

Birth Name: Rio Gavin Ferdinand

Place of Birth: Lambeth, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 7 November, 1978

Ethnicity:
*Afro-Saint Lucian (father)
*Irish (mother)

Rio Ferdinand is a British professional footballer and television pundit.

Rio is the son of Janice (Lavender) and Julian Ferdinand. Rio’s father is of Saint Lucian descent. Rio’s mother is of Irish descent.

A picture of Rio’s father can be seen here.

The majority of the population of Saint Lucia are descendants of African slaves, with a minority made up of people of mixed Indian, European, and African descent.

Rio’s brother, Anton Ferdinand, is a professional footballer. Rio is a cousin of Les Ferdinand, who was capped 17 times by the England national team, and of Kane Ferdinand, who represented Ireland at the youth level.

Source: Rio’s family history – http://www.theguardian.com

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andrew July 11, 2017 at 7:24 am
andrew August 18, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Rio’s brother, Anton Ferdinand, is a professional footballer. Rio’s cousin, Les Ferdinand, was capped 17 times by England national team. Another Rio’s cousin, Kane Ferdinand, represented Ireland at youth level.

andrew June 25, 2016 at 6:34 am
Anita March 10, 2013 at 4:13 pm

In other words, he is black & white.

Me November 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm

This dude is ugly

andrew March 10, 2013 at 6:51 pm

he’s a football legend and that’s not his best photo. The admin of the site hasnt a good taste in choosing the pics sometimes

rafa June 25, 2010 at 7:22 am

rooney is 100 % irish

ethnic June 25, 2010 at 7:24 am

I wonder if the Irish are mad that he reps England not Ireland?

Alice January 15, 2012 at 2:43 am

I’m sure the Irish would have loved him to represent Ireland but he was born in England so they have first dibs. The Irish team has a lot of English and Scottish born players but they all have Irish descent. Rio is a great player.

Tassia June 7, 2010 at 6:28 am

Succinctly put, his dad is black his mom is white.

Kimmel June 5, 2016 at 7:43 am

Thank you. I knew he was black & white, just needed the clarity.

Aali Harvey March 18, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Rio Ferdinand father is St Lucian and Dominica (not Dominican Republic).
Dominica is the island between Quadoloupe and Martinique and language is Creole like St Lucia.

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