Ronald Reagan

by ethnic on August 1, 2014

Birth Name: Ronald Wilson Reagan

Date of Birth: February 6, 1911

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

Date of Death: June 5, 2004

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

*50% Irish
*25% Scottish
*25% English

Ronald Reagan was an American politician and actor. A Republican, he was the 40th President of the United States, serving from January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989. He was elected to the position in 1980 and 1984. He was previously a President of the Screen Actors Guild, from 1947 to 1952, and again from 1959 to 1960, and Governor of California, from January 2, 1967 to January 6, 1975.

He was also a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1968 and 1976.

While he was not on the ballot, he received an electoral vote for President from a faithless elector in the 1976 presidential election.

He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 1980, and for 1983 (sharing the latter award with Yuri Andropov).

President Reagan was the son of Nelle/Nell Clyde (Wilson) and John Edward Reagan. His first wife was actress, singer, dancer, and philanthropist Jane Wyman, with whom he had three children, Maureen, political commentator Michael Reagan, and Christine. His second wife and First Lady was actress Nancy Reagan, who had acted under the name Nancy Davis. Ronald and Nancy co-starred in one film together, Hellcats of the Navy (1957), playing love interests. The two were married until his death, and had two children, radio host and political analyst Ron Reagan and actress and author Patti Davis.

President Reagan’s father was of Irish descent. President Reagan’s mother was of Scottish and English ancestry, partly by way of Canada. President Reagan’s father was Catholic and his mother was of the Disciples of Christ faith; he was raised in his mother’s religion, and later attended a Presbyterian church.

All eight of President Reagan’s great-grandparents were born outside of the United States, a rarity among American Presidents.

President Reagan’s paternal grandfather was John Michael Reagan (the son of Michael Reagan/O’Regan and Catherine Mulcahey). John was born in Peckham, Kent, England, to Irish parents. President Reagan’s great-grandfather Michael was born in Ballyporeen, County Tipperary, Ireland, the son of Thomas Reagan/O’Reagan/O’Regan and Margaret Murphy. Catherine was the daughter of Patrick Mulcahey/Mulgahy and Mary Keeffe.

President Reagan’s paternal grandmother was Jane “Jennie” Cusick (the daughter of Patrick Cusick and Sarah A. Higgins). Jane was born in Illinois, to Irish parents. Patrick was the son of Patrick Thomas Cusick and Jean Gabbert.

President Reagan’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Wilson (the son of John Wilson and Jane Blue). Thomas was born in Illinois, to a father from Paisley, Scotland, and to a mother who was born in Nova Scotia, to Scottish parents. John was the son of Andrew Wilson and Amelia Glasgow. Jane was the daughter of Donald Daniel Blue and Catharine/Catherine McFarlain.

President Reagan’s maternal grandmother was Mary Ann Elsey (the daughter of Robert Elsey and Mary Baker). President Reagan’s grandmother Mary Ann was born in Epsom, Surrey, England. Robert was the son of Henry Elsey and Susannah Hill. President Reagan’s great-grandmother Mary Baker was the daughter of John Baker and Ann or Sarah Stone.

Sources: Genealogies of President Reagan –

Genealogy of President Reagan (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Some notes on President Reagan’s Irish ancestry –

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

madman April 6, 2017 at 4:55 pm

President Kennedy’s great-grandparents were also all born outside of the United States.

follers April 6, 2017 at 5:45 pm

Indeed. And Satan’s, as well.

Also Woodrow Wilson’s and Andrew Jackson’s. Not sure if there were others.

That’s why I made a point of saying “rarity”.

bearboy April 6, 2017 at 6:47 pm

Satan is Trump, right? I know his mother along with all her grandparents were born in Scotland and his father’s side was 2nd or 3rd generation from Germany.

madman April 7, 2017 at 12:50 am

I just figured since it’s mentioned here, it could be mentioned on the others as well (as it is now).

andrew April 7, 2017 at 5:21 am

Well, you already had 8 years of George W. Bush, Satan is nothing. His environmental policy is the biggest risk for us.

follers November 9, 2016 at 12:51 am
andrew June 12, 2016 at 3:14 pm

Michael Reagan was born in Ballyporeen, County Tipperary, Ireland

andrew April 2, 2016 at 12:55 pm
bearboy September 4, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Ronald Reagan is great in this video

follers September 5, 2015 at 4:27 am

He was better in Hellcats of the Navy.

Bearboy, have you found any Jewish ancestry for Ronald Reagan in the 800s yet? He looked very Jewish, especially next to Jimmy Carter.

bearboy September 5, 2015 at 7:26 am

It’s a hard call to say which one he was better in. But in all seriousness 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. :-)

andrew September 10, 2015 at 5:14 am

did he look like Jon Bernthal?

follers September 10, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Actually, a little bit, yeah. I can see it.

andrew June 14, 2013 at 6:58 pm

the original surname of his Irish ancestor was Regan

Ahmed August 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm

As an American president, he must have been a satanist.

Ahmed August 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm

If he died as a non Muslim, he is in hell.

To Ethnic November 6, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Why is his birth name down as Ronald Wilson McPhee. His father was John Reagan. Where are you getting McPhee????

ethnic November 7, 2010 at 8:29 pm
Sir Rupert November 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Reagan is an Irish surname.'%20Reagan

The Reagan’s hailed from Ballyporeen, Tipperary in Ireland.

Chad MacGregor November 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Why is Irish before Scottish when his surname is Scottish and his grandfather was Scottish

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