Ted Cruz

by follers on August 21, 2013

Birth Name: Rafael Edward Cruz

Place of Birth: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Date of Birth: December 22, 1970

Ethnicity:
*50% Cuban [Spanish, possibly other]
*31.25% Irish
*12.5% Italian
*3.125% likely German
*3.125% unclear (Irish or German)

Ted Cruz is an American politician, and member of the Republican Party. He has served as a U.S. Senator from Texas, since January 3, 2013. He was previously the Solicitor General of Texas, from January 9, 2003 to May 12, 2008.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2016.

Ted was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Ted’s father, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, is a preacher and public speaker who previously worked in computers. Ted’s father was born in Matanzas, Cuba, and moved to the United States in 1957; Ted’s father became a Canadian citizen in the 1970s, and became a United States citizen in 2005. Ted’s paternal grandfather was born in the Canary Islands, in Spain. Ted’s mother, Eleanor Elizabeth (Darragh), also worked in computers. Ted’s mother was born in Delaware, U.S., and is of 5/8 Irish, 2/8 Italian, and likely 1/8 German, descent. Ted was raised in the United States from a young age. He had dual citizenship between the United States and Canada, and renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2014. Ted is married to investment manager Heidi (Nelson) Cruz, with whom he has two children.

If elected President of the United States, Ted Cruz would be the second person born in the province of Alberta to serve as either Prime Minister of Canada or President of the United States (Joe Clark, who was born in High River, Alberta, served as Prime Minister of Canada from 1979 to 1980).

Ted’s paternal grandfather was Rafael Cruz (the son of Agustin Cruz and Maria). Rafael was from the Canary Islands, Spain, and moved to Cuba.

Ted’s paternal grandmother was Emilia Laudelina Diaz (the daughter of Juan Diaz and Lola). Laudelina was likely born in Cuba.

Ted’s maternal grandfather was Edward John Darragh (the son of Edward John Darragh and Ellen T. Haggerty). Ted’s great-grandfather Edward was the son of Edward John Darragh, who was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, and of Sarah Annie Welsh/Welch/Walsh, who was born in Pennsylvania, to George Welch and likely Barbara Rebecca Keller, who had German ancestry. Ted’s great-grandmother Ellen was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Irish parents, John Haggerty and Roseanna/Rosanna Quinn.

Ted’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Eleanor Cekine (the daughter of Domenico/Dominic/Dominick/Domenico “John” Cicchini/Cekine and Mary Lonergan). Ted’s great-grandfather Domenico was born in Villamagna, Abruzzo, Italy, to Antonio Cicchini and Concetta Evangelista. Ted’s great-grandmother Mary was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, to Thomas Lonergan and Mary Poon.

Ted Cruz is the first person of Hispanic ancestry to win a caucus and/or primary for a major American political party’s Presidential nomination. He won 11 contests in 2016, with the Iowa caucuses being the first. Marco Rubio, who also sought the 2016 Republican Party nomination, is the second person of Hispanic ancestry to win a major caucus and/or primary (Rubio won 3 contests in 2016).

Ted is the third person of Hispanic ancestry to mount a major campaign for President of the United States (Marco Rubio, who announced his candidacy several weeks after Ted, is the fourth). Ben Fernandez was the first (he ran for the 1980, 1984, and 1988 Republican nominations for President), and Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico is the second (he ran for the 2008 Democratic nomination for President).

Several prominent candidates for President of the United States can be considered Hispanic in a sense, though not by ancestry. They are:
*George W. Romney (who sought the 1968 Republican nomination, and whose name was placed in nomination for 1964’s; he was born in Mexico, of non-Hispanic descent)
*Pierre S. du Pont IV (who sought the 1988 Republican nomination; his maternal grandfather was born in Chile, of non-Hispanic descent)
*John McCain (who sought the 2000 Republican nomination, and who was the 2008 Republican nominee; he was born in Panama, of non-Hispanic descent)
*Mitt Romney (who sought the 2008 Republican nomination, and who was the 2012 Republican nominee; his father was born in Mexico, of non-Hispanic descent)

Ted is the fourth person of significant Italian heritage to win a caucus, primary, and/or nominating ballot for a major American party’s Presidential nomination. He won 11 contests in 2016. The other winners of significant Italian heritage are:
*Al Smith (who was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1928, and was also a candidate for the 1920, 1924, and 1932 Democratic nominations for President; Smith’s paternal grandfather was Italian)
*Michael DiSalle (1960; Democratic; won 1 state, Ohio)
*Rick Santorum (2012; Republican; won 11 contests; Santorum also sought the 2016 Republican nomination; Santorum is of three quarters Italian descent)

Other people of significant Italian heritage who have mounted plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States are:
*John A. Volpe (who sought the 1968 Republican nomination)
*James Traficant (who sought the 1988 Democratic nomination; Traficant’s father was of Italian descent)
*Rudy Giuliani (who sought the 2008 Republican nomination)
*Tom Tancredo (who sought the 2008 Republican nomination)
*Chris Christie (who sought the 2016 Republican nomination; Christie’s mother was of Italian descent)
*George Pataki (who sought the 2016 Republican nomination; Pataki’s maternal grandfather was Italian)

Geraldine Ferraro, who was of Italian descent, was the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States in 1984.

Sources: Genealogies of Ted Cruz – http://www.geni.com
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Ted’s maternal great-grandfather, Edward John Darragh, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Ted’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Edward John Darragh, on the 1860 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Ted’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents, George Welsh and likely Barbara Rebecca Keller, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Ted’s maternal great-grandmother, Ellen T. Haggerty, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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bearboy May 8, 2017 at 8:00 am

So Barbara Rebecca Keller was definitely an ethnic German but the question is was that Ted Cruz’s ancestor?

bearboy October 17, 2017 at 7:40 pm

BTW Barbara Rebecca Keller was most likely Ted Cruz’s 3rd time great-grandmother. Why does it say 6.25% German instead of likely 3.125%? Was George Welch also of German ancestry?

follers December 3, 2017 at 5:59 pm

Maybe. Some people with that name born in Pennsylvania around the 1820s were of German descent.

andrew July 22, 2016 at 1:33 pm

he looks older than his age IMO

musicfangirl January 30, 2016 at 2:11 am

ewww Ted Cruz

bearboy January 29, 2016 at 7:46 pm

If I was to guess I think Marco Rubio has more Native American ancestry and Ted Cruz or at least his father has more Spanish/European ancestry.

bearboy January 29, 2016 at 7:48 pm

@Bearboy wouldn’t be shocked if they had remote Sephardic ancestry.

loiro February 24, 2016 at 6:00 am

Ted Cruz’s father looks fully European.

bearboy February 24, 2016 at 7:32 pm

Agreed but he probably has a little bit of indigenous blood him.

bearboy April 10, 2016 at 7:29 pm
cwm85 August 25, 2015 at 9:22 am

Cruz is an asshat… he wished he was Trump.

theropod April 1, 2015 at 6:45 am

Meh, looks full Irish to me…like Jimmy Fallon and the rest…

jokin March 24, 2015 at 8:21 am

This page is so uncultured!! Stating that someone has Cuban ancestry says nothing about ethnicity or race. Cuba has White european (basically spaniard), black, mulatto and mixed people. Please, you should be more accurate and precise on this.

He surely has spaniard ancestry (on his cuban side), italian and irish, so he has fully White european ancestry.

RandomNames09 April 24, 2015 at 2:46 pm

jokin, this page is supposed to list ethnic ancestries. Listing statistical history is stating a person’s possible ethnic ancestry. Cuba is very much a mulatto country. Difference is the caste system gave strife to peoples’ mindset there, and that’s why they hate the idea being of possible African descent.

loiro February 24, 2016 at 6:03 am

No, Cubas white population is significant, at least 30%.. and most of the Cuban exiles were white especially those in the early days of the revolution. You have to realize that Cuba was the only predominately white island in the Caribbean before the revolution, because it was heavily settled by Spaniards in order for the afro-Cuban population not to exceed (which at one point before mass settlement it did). It’s funny how Cubas white population is at least three times bigger than South Africas, yet no one questions white South Africans…

fuzzybear44 February 25, 2016 at 2:51 am

Quote:

( You have to realize that Cuba was the only predominately white island in the Caribbean before the revolution, because it was heavily settled by Spaniards in order for the afro-Cuban population not to exceed (which at one point before mass settlement it did)

From my information, the black enslaved and free outnumber the whites. It was so bad, that the government tried to ban the free blacks from the island, from fear of a revolt . It wasn’t until the mid 1800’s that whites outnumber the blacks, then only by 70,000. The problem is that many blacks join the Cuban armies during wars. IMO I think that 60% white on the island is highly inflated . my guess is that the black and mulatto population is the 60%

Well from my understanding , it’s said that white South Africans can avg up to 10% indigenous African dna

Check7t January 4, 2015 at 4:50 am

He’s a typical White Atlantid type.

RandomNames09 January 31, 2015 at 11:50 am

Really? I see more a Crimean Tatar. Mixed.

andrew January 31, 2015 at 4:46 pm
RandomNames09 April 24, 2015 at 2:35 pm

I don’t see your point just posting a random picture. His eyes are squinty and has thick nostrils. He looks like a Cuban with some (if just minimal) African ancestry.

loiro February 24, 2016 at 6:04 am

His father looks fully Spaniard. No trace of African ancestry in him.

loiro February 24, 2016 at 6:17 am

crimean tatar? it’s fucking clear you have never seen european people in your life, get the hell off this site, you sound like an idiot lol.

RandomNames09 December 3, 2014 at 10:36 am

Pretty sure Cubans have African blood in them. His dad looks like a mulatto just by his nose alone.

noneofyourbusiness December 11, 2014 at 5:29 am

White Cubans exist, not all of them are mixed with African.

RandomNames09 December 11, 2014 at 8:09 pm

“White Cubans” exist based on self-reporting, but not as actual data. As I wrote below, 70% of Cubans have African blood, but only 12% identify as African. I read a statistic, now that I remember, that the average “White Cuban” has anywhere from 4-10% African ancestry.

It all stems back from the fact Cuba had a very large African population, which also mixed with the European population, effectively making it a mulatto country. The country’s government didn’t like that, so they had a very liberal immigration policy to attract European immigrants. They did that to “lighten” up the population. Same happened to Brazil.

marjanel December 17, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Then now we are talking about purity of whites. I am sure that a genetics test is made in USA and great part of whites will not be “pure” . If including many European Royal familys are not pure white. It is interesting that always people is talking about Latin American whites not being white enough, but when a person here in ethnic celeb has a native American ancestry, all begin to say, it is very few it doesn´t count.

RandomNames09 December 21, 2014 at 12:39 pm

No, we’re talking about ‘historical’ ethnic extraction. If you have a history, and a common history, of probable non-white ancestry..then it has to be claimed. Especially when you have 4-10% African ancestry on average.

Also, yes the idea of “pure” racial lineage is not fourthright. A person in Germany has African ancestry, and a person in Sweden has Asian ancestry. The nuanced difference is it’s probably around 0.5 percent on those that do, not 4-10% of average like “White” Cubans.

RandomNames09 December 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm

*A person in Germany and Sweden could have African and Asian ancestry.

loiro February 24, 2016 at 6:16 am

RandomNames09, you’re reaching.. the difference between Swedes and Germans is that if they have non white admixture its prehistoric and very distant. Many white americans DO have non-white ancestry and its recent (colonial).. and can reach percentages of 10% too, so to talk about racial purity for any group in the Americas is ridiculous. Also even in Europe Finns have 10% North Asian admixture on average, does that make them non-white? Obviously not. Many Cubans are 100% White though, and white cubans who have admixture usually have low amounts (under 10 percent)… check out white cubans on 23and me a good percentage of them come out 100/99/98%

andrew December 11, 2014 at 5:56 am
RandomNames09 December 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Pretty facile claim you’re trying to make. Just because you don’t explicitly ‘look’ a certain race, doesn’t mean you aren’t.

70% of Cuban have African ancestry in them, but only 12% of them identify as a African. So, there’s a more than half chance this Cuban has it also.

thomas1987 December 21, 2014 at 10:29 pm

He is white
not all white people have thin noses
look up Carrie Underwood

andrew December 22, 2014 at 3:12 am

He’s white

RandomNames09 December 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm

As I wrote, 70% chance of no. Especially when the average ‘White’ Cuban has 4-10% African ancestry. That’s like saying saying Wentworth Miller or Kris Humphries are purely “white” by your standards.

RandomNames09 December 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm

It’s not based on “phenotype” alone.

loiro February 24, 2016 at 6:09 am

First of all that isn’t true at all, and even many white Americans have 4% SSA blood. 10% SSA blood is not significant enough to show much less. Chris and Wentworth are more than 10%, and both look mixed..

loiro February 24, 2016 at 6:11 am

12% identify as black.. more of them identify as Mulato, having african ancestry doesn’t mean your black… mulatos also have african ancestry. and we’re talking about the current cuban population, which DOES NOT resemble the early cuban exile population which were mostly middle/upper class whites, and many of them immigrants or sons of immigrants from spain themselves.

loiro February 24, 2016 at 6:06 am
follers August 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I wonder if he will challenge Stephen Harper for the Conservative Party nomination, for 2015’s election. It should be an interesting race.

follers August 21, 2013 at 8:45 pm

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