Tom Selleck

by ethnic on November 29, 2009

Birth Name: Thomas William Selleck

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 29, 1945

*English, Scottish, Irish, more distant German (father)
*English (mother)

Tom Selleck is an American actor and film producer.

Tom is the son of Martha (Jagger) and Robert Dean Selleck, a real estate developer. His father was of English, one quarter Scottish, one eighth Irish, and more distant German, ancestry. His mother’s ancestry is English. Tom is married to Jillie Mack. He has a daughter with Jillie and a son with his former wife, model Jacqueline Ray.

There is an internet rumor that Tom’s father was of Slovak descent, possibly because of his perhaps unusual-sounding, English surname, Selleck. This is not accurate.

Tom’s patrilineal line traces back to Robert Sellock, who was born in the 1500s, in England.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was George Samuel Selleck (the son of Samuel Horace Selleck and Mary Clementine Fricke). Tom’s great-grandfather Samuel was the son of Samuel Horace Selleck and Sarah Augusta Daily. Mary Clementine was the daughter of John Francis Fricke and Phebe Shadbolt.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Nellie Louisa/Louise Fife (the daughter of William Learmonth Fife and Sarah Elizabeth/Eliza Glynn). Nellie was born in Chatham, Kent, Ontario, Canada. William was also born in Ontario, to Scottish parents, John William Fife and Elizabeth Pearl Learmonth. Sarah was born in Ontario, to an Irish father, Joseph/John H. Glynn, and a mother, Sarah Chambers, with English ancestry.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was Fredrick Grant Jagger (the son of Thomas Jagger and Eliza James). Fredrick was born in Pennsylvania, to English parents. Thomas was born in West Riding, Yorkshire, the son of Robert Jagger and Elizabeth/Eliza Jackson.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Martha Birchall (the daughter of James Birchall and Mary Ann Brown). Martha was born in Pennsylvania, to English parents, from Lancashire. Mary Ann was the daughter of James Brown and Sarah Ann Partington.

Sources: Genealogies of Tom Selleck –

Genealogies of Tom Selleck (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Tom’s father –

Obituary of Tom’s father –

Tom’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Tom’s maternal grandfather, Fredrick Grant Jagger, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Tom’s maternal grandmother, Martha Birchall, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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andrew December 7, 2017 at 4:54 am
Kimmel January 7, 2017 at 8:19 pm

He has none of the ethnic features of his listed ancestry. Something is missing….

madman April 24, 2016 at 4:15 am

William Learmonth Fife had Scottish ancestry. Sarah Elizabeth/Eliza Glynn’s father was Irish and her mother had English ancestry.

I suppose that the German comes from the Fricke line. Most genealogies seem to end at John Francis Fricke, Tom’s great-great-grandfather, but one says that he was the son of Heinrich Augustus Fricke, who was German, and Anna Catharina. I’m not sure if this is the case, but Fricke is most likely German in origin.

Also, there is no need to divide his ancestry in father and mother when they are this similar. His ancestry is English, 1/8th Scottish, 1/16th Irish, more distant German


One of his father:

follers April 24, 2016 at 10:27 pm

His mother’s ancestry is just English as far as I know. I think it’s notable when a parent is from a single ethnic group (even if Henry Louis Gates, Jr. strongly disagrees with me on that).

Rekta October 22, 2015 at 2:41 pm

He looks like a dark haired German like Eric Braeden.

maestro November 27, 2015 at 3:08 pm

common look in Bavaria

neiltennant July 17, 2015 at 9:04 am

HE IS still hot
he reminds me of my father.

But with that name SELLECK and that looking its clear that he must have some slavic origin

most germans are of slavic origin

andrew July 17, 2015 at 2:01 pm

Selleck line is NOT German, read better

neiltennant July 31, 2015 at 5:49 am

English, more distant German

i have read better than you

but come on it doesn’t matter if some s line is less
because there are also dark people whose grand grand grandfather was african american and the others scandinavian

andrew July 31, 2015 at 6:08 am

most Germans are NOT of Slavic origin, why do you have this fetish?? And his surname was spelled “Sellock”.

andrew October 22, 2015 at 3:24 pm

btw he is often described as having Slovak ancestry, they claim his father was even Slovakia-born…would you believe that? He is a Wasp LOL.

d72jjpilc October 14, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Looking at his eyes, he looks somewhat Polish or Ukrainian. I’m part Polish, and for some reason the eyes have a ‘Slavic’ look to them.

August November 30, 2015 at 6:48 pm

I have read somewhere, and it was on Wikipedia for a long time (but they changed it) that Tom Selleck’ father was Slovak from Serbia which very probable because there are lots of Slovak people in Northern Serbia and there’s surname
Selek (Sin Serbia as well.

August November 30, 2015 at 6:52 pm

But he could be Serbian too. That was the info on Wikipedia some while ago.

phaedra January 12, 2016 at 1:44 am

So you look like men who resemble your dad? Lolz

Check7t February 4, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Great mustache.

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