Robin Thicke

by ethnic on December 1, 2009

Birth Name: Robin Alan Thicke

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 10, 1977

Ethnicity: English, Irish, Scottish, Norwegian, Welsh

Robin Thicke is an American and Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is the son of Canadian actor Alan Thicke (born Alan Willis Jeffrey) and American singer Gloria Loring (born Gloria Jean Goff). His uncle is writer and producer Todd Thicke. Robin has a son with his former wife, actress Paula Patton.

Robin’s father had Scottish, Irish, and English ancestry. Robin’s mother has English, Norwegian, and Welsh ancestry.

Robin’s paternal grandfather was William “Bill” Elgar Jeffery (the son of Stephen Elgar Jeffery and Elsie Gibbons). William was Canadian, from Ontario. Stephen was the son of James Jeffery and Alice Mary Prebble. Elsie was the daughter of William Thomas Gibbons and Sarah Ann Bonar/Bonner.

Robin’s paternal grandmother was Shirley “Joan” Isobel/Isabelle Marie Greer (the daughter of Creighton Willis Greer and Isadora/Isadore Sarah Brennan). Shirley was Canadian, from Ontario. Creighton was the son of Samuel Greer and Susanna Florence “Annie” Latham. Isadora was the daughter of William Wilcox Brennan and Mable/Mabel Isabel Pottruff.

Robin’s maternal grandfather was Gerald Louis Goff (the son of Clayton Allen Goff and Jean Nottingham). Clayton was born in North Dakota, to Frank Louis Goff, Sr. and Adelaide “Addie” Charlotte Allen, and had English ancestry. The Goff line traces back to a Samuel Goff, who was born, c. 1795, in New York. Many of Clayton’s ancestral lines had been in the United States, specifically in New England, since the 1600s. Clayton’s mother, Adelaide, was born in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, to an American-born father and an English-born mother. Jean was born in Wisconsin, to Benjamin/Ben Franklin Nottingham, who had English and Welsh ancestry, and to Anna Susan Paulsdatter/Hill, whose parents, Paul Torbjørnson and Agatha Larsdotter, were Norwegian.

Robin’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Ann Tobin (the daughter of Harry Wesley Tobin and Helen Ana Leidal). Harry was born in Illinois, to Theodore Tobin and Anna Weir. Helen was born in Minnesota, to Norwegian parents, Ole Leidal and Mattie Ronning.

Sources: Genealogy of Robin Thicke –

Genealogy of Robin’s father –

Marriage record of Robin’s maternal grandparents, Gerald Louis Goff and Dorothy Ann Tobin –

Tribute to, and genealogy of, Robin’s maternal great-grandfather, Clayton Allen Goff –

Genealogy of Robin’s maternal great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Abraham Allen –

Genealogy of Robin’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Nottingham (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Robin’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Anna Susan Paulsdatter/Hill –

Tribute to, and genealogy of, Robin’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Ann (Tobin) Goff-Rosenberg –

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andrew May 17, 2016 at 2:47 pm
tinasheeeee January 15, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Isnt he French Canadian too?

follers January 15, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Not at all.

billErobreren December 15, 2013 at 2:59 am

looks more Welsh to me, I have yet to meet a Norwegian with such a short forehead

The Beautiful Ones December 10, 2013 at 10:47 am

Thicke-The blackest white man to ever live!

ShawntheGod November 2, 2013 at 9:59 pm

He looks Anglo as fuck.

theropod October 12, 2013 at 1:16 am

He is VERY VERY VERY English looking.

follers September 15, 2013 at 7:05 am

And there is his mother’s whole genealogy, to anyone who was curious.

marissa August 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm

omg! i absolutely love robin thicke! i hope my future husban turns out like him! moning to canada if thats what canada brings to the table lol…and most of all im happy that he is open to date(and marry) other races. Robin you give black girls hope!!!!!!!

bombpants August 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm

what do you mean “give black girls hope”? you make it sound like black girls ultimate dream is to marry a white dude.

creole baby504 August 11, 2010 at 9:11 pm


nina April 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm

he definitely looks like his father

ethnic December 2, 2009 at 12:41 am

Yes he is indeed.


Stephanie December 2, 2009 at 12:36 am

So, is he the son of the guy from Growing pains?

Sonya December 1, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Robin was born and reared in the United States, so that makes him a U.S. citizen. Nationality is not the same as ethnicity.

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