Tom Brady

by ethnic on August 31, 2010

NFL Fan Rally in London's Trafalgar Square on October 27, 2012

Birth Name: Thomas Edward Brady, Jr.

Place of Birth: San Mateo, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 3, 1977

*50% Irish, with possibly small amount of English
*25% mix of Swedish and Norwegian
*25% Polish, possibly small amount of German

Tom Brady is an American football player. He is a quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL).

Tom is the son of Galynn Patricia (Johnson) and Thomas Brady. His father is of Irish descent, with possibly a small amount of English. His mother is of approximately one quarter Swedish, one quarter Norwegian, and one half Polish (with possibly some German), ancestry. Tom is married to Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen, with whom he has two children. Tom also has a son with his former partner, actress Bridget Moynahan. His brother-in-law is baseball player Kevin Youkilis, who is married to Tom’s sister, Julie.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was Harry Christopher Brady (the son of Phillip/Philip F. Brady and Ellen G. Donahue). Harry was born in California, to Irish parents.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Patricia “Peggy” Buckley (the daughter of Michael J. Buckley and Barbara G. Lally). Margaret was born in California. Michael was born in Wisconsin, the son of Patrick Buckley, from Inniscarra, County Cork, Ireland, and of Brigid Donlon/Donlen, from Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. Barbara was born in Staffordshire, England, and was possibly of Irish and English ancestry.

Tom’s maternal grandfather is Gordon E. Johnson (the son of Arthur W. “Art” Johnson and Rena Lund). Gordon was born in Minnesota. Arthur was born in Minnesota, to Swedish parents. Rena was born in Norway.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Bernice Theresa Obitz (the daughter of Charles John “Charley” Obitz and Anna/Annie Stish). Bernice was born in Minnesota. Charles was born in Minnesota, the son of Wilhelm/William Opitz/Obitz, who was possibly an ethnic German, and of Maria/Mary Ulik, who was Polish. Anna was born in Nebraska, of Polish descent, the daughter of Peter Stish, from Opole, and Katarzyna Anastasia Koslicki.

Sources: Family history of Tom Brady –

Genealogy of Tom Brady –

Genealogy of Tom Brady (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogies of Tom’s maternal grandparents, Gordon E. Johnson and Bernice Theresa Obitz –

Tom’s maternal grandfather, Gordon E. Johnson, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Tom’s maternal grandmother, Bernice Theresa Obitz, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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perez-richart May 25, 2018 at 7:18 am
madman December 3, 2017 at 5:52 am

*18.75% Polish
*12.5% Swedish
*12.5% Norwegian
*6.25% likely German

neiltennant October 8, 2017 at 7:41 am


bearboy October 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm

yup. hopefully the Jets can defeat Brady and the Patriots next weekend :)

bearboy September 26, 2017 at 11:15 am

best quarterback in NFL history :)

follers September 22, 2017 at 7:04 pm

Bablah, what was Brady’s maternal grandmother’s exact ethnicity?

bablah September 23, 2017 at 11:45 am

Honestly, no idea. Nancy (Anastasia) and Peter were Polish. Peter was from Opole. Can’t say much else.

madman September 24, 2017 at 2:43 pm

William Obitz/Opitz was German. Maria/Mary Ulik was Polish. So Tom is 1/16th German.

follers September 24, 2017 at 7:12 pm

How do you know he was an ethnic German? Not the language or birthplace thing again?

madman September 25, 2017 at 12:06 am

That’s exactly what I’m gonna go to. The 1920 census has the most detailed information about this. Why would Charles list his father’s birthplace and language as Germany and German, if his father, like his mother (who is listed as Poland and Polish there), was ethnically Polish? I would say the most specific census, birthplace-wise, is the most reliable. For Charles mother it’s Poland (or Prussia, if you want). For his father it’s only Germany. And Obitz and Opitz are German surnames, not Polish. There’s no evidence that William was Polish.

I admit that what I did on Bruce McGill’s page was stupid. But this is a different case, there’s no Jews involved (which would have complicated the issue).

follers September 26, 2017 at 9:38 am

Thoughts, bablah?

bablah September 26, 2017 at 9:51 am

@follers I agree that Wilhelm Obitz is a German last name, but the birth place varies so saying it’s deffinitely in Germany and not Poland is a stretch. He was probably German, but I’d like to know more about him and where he came from (and if there is a baptismal record or something).

madman September 26, 2017 at 11:20 am

The birth place doesn’t vary for Wilhelm, it says Germany everywhere. For Maria it varies, but since parts of present-day Poland was Germany back then it doesn’t bother me due to the fact that her language is Polish, and Ulik is a Polish surname. Wilhelm’s birth place, language, and surname all points towards a German background.

bablah September 26, 2017 at 11:36 am

It also says Prussia on the document that says Prussia for Maria too. He could still be a German from Poland, I can’t find a match on Castle Garden or any other port.

madman September 26, 2017 at 11:51 am

It’s crossed over and replaced with Germany. But the birth place really doesn’t say that much, especially when it is about a place that encompass many ethnic groups. You have to look at the language and surname. And in this case, they are German. There’s no reason to think he was Polish (except that his wife was, which isn’t a very good reason).

bablah September 26, 2017 at 11:58 am

Was I saying he was Polish? o_0
I said he was likely German twice. I just think both might have been from Poland.

madman September 26, 2017 at 12:03 pm

When you said that he could’ve been from Poland I thought you meant he could’ve been Polish. I was just clarifying my point. But yes, he could’ve been a German from present-day Poland.

andrew September 22, 2017 at 5:12 pm
alexgxo February 18, 2017 at 8:39 am

Looks like a stereotypical white American. He doesn’t have this European feel imo, probably because he’s a giant mixture of so many European ethnicities.

andrew January 27, 2017 at 6:22 pm
gen September 29, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Just because some of Tom Brady’s mother’s ancestors originated from “Germany” doesn’t mean that they were German. At one time, Poland was partitioned, added to different countries, and didn’t exist as “Poland.”

Jess December 31, 2013 at 7:31 am

Strange, I thought he’d be English. He looks so much more English than either Irish/German. Infact he looks so close to the Anglo-Australian rugby player David Williams, except David is far hotter.

Check7t October 28, 2014 at 11:07 pm

He is mostly of British Isles descent (Irish), the Brits and English are very genetically similar, they pretty much cluster in on top of each other…

Check7t October 28, 2014 at 11:08 pm

Irish and English *

ght March 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm

hes so fucking hot

Maria February 5, 2012 at 4:07 am

Ya theres the link i read it at but it got posted twice because my comment would not go through as it was awaiting moderation.The other links i read anywhere online say his parents are both Irish America.

Maria February 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Yes i read his mother originates from Germany and father is Irish .But then other places i read aswell he was born to Irish American parents.I cant find the link to where i read about his mother being German so im not sure.

One February 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

He isn’t pure Irish. He announced that his dad is 100% Irish, however there’s no mention of his mother’s roots. Plus he doesn’t look like he is 100% Irish. There may be a possible northern european admixture there.

Maria February 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Yes i read his mother originates from Germany and his father from Ireland.

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