Tim McGraw

by ethnic on September 16, 2008

Birth Name: Samuel Timothy McGraw

Place of Birth: Delhi, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 1, 1967

Ethnicity: Italian (maternal grandfather), Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Bohemian Czech, English, Scottish, distant German, Dutch, and French Huguenot, 1/256 Swiss-German

Tim McGraw is an American country music singer, songwriter, and actor. He is married to singer and actress Faith Hill, with whom he has three children.

His father, Frank Edwin “Tug” McGraw, Jr., was a baseball player who was a pitcher for the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies; he was of Scots-Irish (Northern Irish)/Irish, Bohemian (Czech), English, Scottish, German, Dutch, French Huguenot, and 1/128th Swiss-German, ancestry. His mother, Elizabeth “Betty” Ann (D’Agostino), has Italian and Irish ancestry. Tim was raised by his mother and stepfather, Horace Smith.

Tim’s paternal grandfather was Frank Edwin McGraw (the son of Andrew Henry McGraw and Ella May Nave). Frank was born in California. Andrew was the son of William McGraw, who was born in County Down, Ireland, and of Mary Ann Crofton, whose parents were Irish. Ella was the daughter of David Robert Nave and Amelia Chrisman.

Tim’s paternal grandmother was Mable Madeline/Madeleine McKenna (the daughter of Frank McKenna and Marie Suchanek). Mable was born in California. Frank was born in California, to a father from Kansas and a mother from Missouri. Tim’s great-grandmother Marie was an immigrant from Bohemia (of Czech ancestry), the daughter of Joseph Suchaner and Frantiska Jiroutek.

Tim’s maternal grandfather was John Joseph D’Agostino (the son of Daniel Agusta D’Agostino and Elizabeth Isabella DeSilverstri). John was born in Washington, D.C., to a father from Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy, and a mother from Rome, Lazio, Italy. Elizabeth was the daughter of Anthony DeSilverstri.

Tim’s maternal grandmother was Annie Catherine Welch (the daughter of Samuel Timothy Welch and Annie Pearl Temple). Tim’s grandmother Annie was born in Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, to parents from Louisiana. She was of either entirely or partially Irish ancestry.

Sources: Genealogies of Tim McGraw – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Tim’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) – https://www.findagrave.com

Tim mentions some of his ancestry, on CNN – http://transcripts.cnn.com

image via Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

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andrew October 29, 2017 at 5:32 pm

he has 1/256 Swiss ancestry too

andrew October 29, 2017 at 5:34 pm


andrew March 25, 2017 at 2:21 pm
madman March 25, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Are you sure his father’s ancestors were protestants? His great-great-grandmother Mary Ann Crofton’s parents were Irish Catholics. So I’d assume her Irish husband was Catholic as well.

follers March 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm

I think McGraw being listed as Scots-Irish precedes my tenure. How do you know that the Croftons were Catholic, by the way?

madman March 26, 2017 at 4:29 am

Mary Ann’s father was from County Mayo. And her mother’s surname was “Donohue”, which is Irish.

follers March 26, 2017 at 4:36 am

Scots-Irish people often have Irish surnames, and there were Protestants in County Mayo. That’s why it’s all so confusing.

I think McGraw is usually referred to as Scots-Irish on his father’s side, but that’s not definitive.

follers March 26, 2017 at 4:58 am
madman March 26, 2017 at 4:58 am

In my experience they rarely have irish surnames, more often Scottish or English ones. And Mayo is one of the most Irish-speaking counties. But you’re the authority on this topic.

He said in that interview that he is Scotch Irish. But do people generally use that term to mean Irish Protestant? Or just to mean something like Scottish+Irish.

follers March 26, 2017 at 5:01 am

If they use the word “Scotch”, in particular, yes, that’s what they’re referring to.

I’m not an authority on the topic.

I don’t know if we can find the religion of the McGraw side. That might help with the issue.

I’ve amended the text somewhat.

Alice April 21, 2018 at 9:00 am

That is highly unusual. Someone from Co Mayo called Donohue would be Catholic. Anyway as I’ve said previously this “Northern Irish” stuff is stupid. Call them Scots-Irish if they are long term in the US. If someone has an Irish name they obviously are of Irish ancestry.

Faith Danielle Patteson November 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Wow that’s so cool I always go to ethicelebs website to look up peoples ethnicity

neiltennant November 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm

on this pic he looks like RITA MORENO

GLXY July 22, 2013 at 9:10 am

I don’t see his English and Scotch-Irish ancestry, his father seems mostly Dutch and German

follers July 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm

His dad is actually 1/4 Czech (Marie Suchaner)! You can also see the Irish on these trees. The English is at least on the second tree (Nave, Bowers, Gustin).

ethnic January 31, 2013 at 6:46 am

Nah just trying to type on an ipad. for some reason ipads and wordpress dont go together.

Jo March 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm

You are the first person who has actually gotten it right in every word. I applaude you!

reginald chesterfield February 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm

you can always tell who has italian heritage by the size of someones chin. a lot of italians seem to have long flat chins.

justanothernative March 31, 2011 at 2:38 pm

hell no he doesn’t look native. that cornball borderline racist song of his just screamed that all he knew of natives was old hollywood westerns

stevric March 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm

WoW who would have Knew he was irish

ethnic February 13, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Scots-Irish are people of both Scottish and Irish descent.

stevric March 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm

i never knew that

Paul(: February 10, 2010 at 3:33 am

It says his dad is of Scots-Irish descent, although you have him down as Scottish.
I did some research on the “Scots-Irish” and from what I’ve found it is just an Americanism for “Northern Irish” which should just make Tim Irish and Italian.

ethnic December 26, 2009 at 10:37 am

I think he looks quite Italian.


Anonymous July 5, 2010 at 7:16 am

wow…..quite italian. Italians can be blonde, red haired, brown,
black with every color eye imagineable. The dark olive
skinned stereotype of Hollywood is based on sicillians who are
in general darker than main land italians because they have
been invaded by many many people,

Boo August 19, 2011 at 9:02 am

As a Sicilian, I can tell you we come in all shades, NOT just darker skin. We are brunette, red headed or blond and some are darker skinned, some are very light. Annoyed needs to research more about what real Sicilians look like and not subscribe to the Hollywoood stereotype about all of us being swarthy. Sicilians are NOT any darker than the Italians on the mainland, in fact, I know a lot of people who have travelled to Sicily and are surprised that we are actually lighter than those on the mainland. Oh and by the way, we are Latin and not WASPs. American gets that wrong too. They lable Latins as people coming from S. America, Latin America. They are Latino, not Latin. The Spanish brought them their culture, language and their religion, but their DNA is still mainly that of the native people from those countries. If you think you’re Latin, than you should be Italian or Sicilian, Spanish (from Spain), Portuguese or French, who are also Gallic.

andrew January 29, 2013 at 4:49 pm

sicilians are not different from the other Italians , that must be an American obsession

Racial Realist April 18, 2018 at 2:16 am

The only truth to be found in this string is the high level of insecurity and whiteness envy found in mediterranean peoples. Especially Italians and Sicilians.
It is straight fact that Italians have much darker hair, eyes, and complexion on average, as well as differences in facial features compared to Northern Europeans. If you want to desperately cling to the minority of Northern European phenotypes(That are likely the result of much more recent admixture and immigration) then so be it. But it’s perfectly reasonable for someone to say that a person look like an ethnic Italian.
Most people I know can spot a full Italian 9/10 times, street interviews, public crowd photos, and travel experience shows Italians to be on average at least as swarthy or darker than their hollywood depiction.

VeRoni December 26, 2009 at 10:22 am

Really i could’ve sworn he had some native american in him his eyes they look like native american eyes know what i mean?!

stevric March 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm

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