Vanilla Ice

by ethnic on March 2, 2009

Birth Name: Robert Matthew Van Winkle

Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 31, 1967

Ethnicity: English, German, possibly other

Vanilla Ice is an American rapper, actor, and television host. He is known for his 1989 hit Ice Ice Baby.

Vanilla is the son of Camilla Beth (Dickerson). He has said that William Basil Van Winkle, whose surname he carries and who was married to his mother at the time of Vanilla’s birth, is not his biological father.

On his mother’s side, he has English and German ancestry.

Vanilla has said that his grandmother was of “full Choctaw” (Native American) descent. It is not clear if Vanilla’s Choctaw Native American ancestry has been verified/documented. Members of the Choctaw Nation have examined his ancestry, and did not discover Native American antecedents.

Vanilla has two children with his wife, Laura Giaritta.

Vanilla’s maternal grandfather was Odis Glenn Dickerson (the son of Zebidee D. Dickerson and Annie Mae Casteel). Odis was born in Texas. Zebidee was the son of William Washington Dickerson and Nancy M. Pitt. Annie was the daughter of Obediah Franklin Casteel, Jr. and Sarah Mae Lane.

Vanilla’s maternal grandmother was Nina Margaret Roth (the daughter of William J./Harold Roth and Ida Clara Eberline). Nina was born in Kansas. William was the son of Jacob Roth, who was born in Pennsylvania, to German parents, and of Edith Howe, who was German. Ida was the daughter of Ferdinand Robert Henry Eberline, who was born in Meiningen, Thüringen, Germany, and of Nancy Caroline Reynolds.

Sources: Genealogies of Vanilla Ice –

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Uniscorn August 9, 2014 at 3:49 am

He has Dutch ancestry.
Van Winkle? Hello.

follers August 9, 2014 at 9:52 am

He has said that William Basil Van Winkle is not his biological father.

dirt November 13, 2010 at 4:35 pm

black, african, kenyan, nigerian, sumalian, african again, black and mexican

Dave August 25, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Dickerson Anglo-saxon English Winkle English/Flemmish Dutch.

BlackMON February 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Yeah problem is he is native american people ,the ones that really do be mixed wit it dont be claiming it

felicia September 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm

yeah get outta here alot of people have native american blood some more than others.You probaly just wanna classify everbody as white and black.

felicia September 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Back in the day if you do research white and indian were raping eachother

rockstarrr. January 17, 2010 at 9:46 am

Some people think claiming other ethnicities is like an accessoire.
Like dude, it’s not a gucci hand bag..

like woah.... January 5, 2010 at 2:19 am

finally a white person not claiming native american.

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