Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Obama in 2015, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Barack Hussein Obama II

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 4, 1961

*father – Luo Kenyan
*mother – English, small amounts of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, French Huguenot, possibly remote African

Barack Obama is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 44th President of the United States, from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017. He was elected to the position in 2008 and 2012. He was previously a Member of the Illinois Senate, from January 8, 1997 to November 4, 2004, and a U.S. Senator from Illinois, from January 3, 2005 to November 16, 2008. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009. Barack Obama is the first person of significant African descent to have served as President of the United States. He is also the only person born in the 1960s to have won a major party’s presidential caucus and/or primary, and the only U.S. President born after the 1940s (thus far).

He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2008 and 2012.

President Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. His father was black and his mother was white. His father, Barack Hussein Obama, a governmental economist, was born in Kanyadhiang Village, Rachuonyo, Kenya, and was a Kenyan of the Luo tribe. His mother, Stanley Ann (Dunham), an anthropologist, was born in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas, and had English, and small amounts (to varying degrees) of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, and French Huguenot, ancestry. His father was a Muslim and his mother was from a family of non-practicing Baptists and Methodists. President Obama practices Protestant Christianity.

President Obama is married to lawyer and writer Michelle Obama (born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson). Their children are Malia Obama and Sasha Obama. He lived in Indonesia from six to ten years old.

President Obama is the second person of significant non-white ancestry to have been nominated for, and elected as, President or Vice President of the United Sates by a major party. Charles Curtis, whose mother was of considerable Native American ancestry, was the first, and served as Vice President from 1929 to 1933. Kamala Harris, who is of Jamaican and Indian descent, and who began serving as Vice President of the United States in 2021, is the third.

Genealogist William Addams Reitwiesner wrote President Obama’s ancestral lineage out as such, with approximate fractions:

*50% Luo Kenyan
*35.06% English
*4.69% Scottish
*3.91% Irish
*3.71% German
*1.56% Welsh
*0.98% Swiss
*0.1% French

President Obama’s paternal grandfather was Onyango (whose name was changed to Hussein Onyango Obama; the son of Obama and Nyaoke). Onyango was born in Alego. President Obama’s great-grandfather Obama was the son of Opiyo and Marrgorat.

President Obama’s paternal grandmother was Habiba/Habibah Akumu/Akkumu Nyanjango/Nyanjoga (the daughter of Njango/Njoga and Bwogi Otore). Habiba was born in Karabonda. Njoga was the son of Okela.

President Obama’s maternal grandfather was Stanley Armour Dunham (the son of Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham and Ruth Lucille Armour). Stanley was born in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas. Ralph was the son of Jacob William Dunham and Mary Anne/Ann Kearney, whose father was Irish. Ruth was the daughter of Harry Ellington Armour and Gabriella Lee “Gabie”/”Gabbie” Clark.

President Obama’s maternal grandmother was Madelyn Lee “Toot” Payne (the daughter of Rolla Charles “R. C.” Payne and Leona Belle McCurry). Madelyn was born in Peru, Chautauqua, Kansas. Rolla was the son of Charles Thomas Payne and Della L. Wolfley. Leona was the daughter of Thomas Creekmore McCurry and Margaret Belle Wright, who was born in Dry Fork, Carroll, Arkansas.

President Obama’s matrilineal line can be traced to Sarah Wade “Sally” Ray, who was born, c. 1793, in Virginia.

Aside from being the first person of African descent to serve as President of the United States, President Obama is the first person of African descent to be the presidential nominee of a major American party.

President Obama is the fourth black American to have won a caucus and/or primary for a major American political party’s presidential nomination, having won 29+ states in 2008, and 50+ states in 2012. The previous winners are:
*Walter E. Fauntroy (1972; Democratic; won Washington, D.C.)
*Shirley Chisholm (1972; Democratic; won 3 contests, including New Jersey)
*Jesse Jackson (Democratic; in 1984, he won 2+ states; in 1988, he won 9+ states)

President Obama has distant Irish ancestry, going back to his great-great-great-grandfather, Falmouth/Fulmoth Kearney, who arrived in the States in 1850, from Moneygall in Ireland. Research done by a team of genealogists has suggested that President Obama’s mother had remote African-American ancestry (in the 1600s), through possible descent from a slave named John Punch.

In page 13 of his autobiography, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, 1995, President Obama writes that a distant ancestor of his mother’s “had indeed been a full-blooded Cherokee” [Native American]. No Cherokee Native American ancestry has yet been documented/verified for President Obama.

President Obama has referred to his mother’s ancestors as “Scotch-Irish mostly,” though their ancestry was predominantly English, with a smaller amount of Scots-Irish.

One of President Obama’s maternal ancestors, his ninth great-grandfather, Richard Singletary, was born, c. 1599, in Surfleet, Lincolnshire, England, to Francis Singletary and Agnes Cook. Richard’s son, Jonathan Singletary (later Dunham), was born, c. 1639, in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony. President Obama’s Dunham line traces back to Jonathan.

Sources: Genealogies of President Obama –

Genealogies of President Obama’s parents –

Article about President Obama’s Irish ancestry –

Article suggesting that President Obama’s mother had remote African-American ancestry –


Curious about ethnicity

348 Responses

  1. jackson9 says:

    I like this guy A LOT! @Ethnic, mind making my friend here an admin please?

  2. Manila says:

    Akumu’s mother was named Bwogi Otore. Njoga was the son of Okela.

    Della’s middle name is Lillian.

  3. Multiethnicchick says:

    Obama didn’t deserve a lot of his poor treatment but he promoted the racist one drop rule so I can’t say I’m a fan. He’s not African American. He’s white American and black African. This makes him mixed. Something I’ve noticed is that with any mixed race person claiming only black, it’s usually because they’re racist/prejudice. ex: Barack Obama said his grandmother is a “typical white person” who has fears about black men. He was attempting to explain a portion of his speech on race earlier this week—specifically, the statement that his white grandmother gets nervous when a black man approaches her on the street.

    The only reason Barack Obama isn’t called mixed race is because of racist Americans who are black, white, mixed, asian, etc who uphold the racist one drop rule.

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      Quote( Something I’ve noticed is that with any mixed race person claiming only black, it’s usually because they’re racist/prejudice. )

      That’s nonsense. I identify as black ,and I am of mixed ethnicity, pretty much everyone I know is. I’m not racist or prejudice. I don’t hate my white bloodlines. I don’t think black people are better than white people. I just see myself as a black man.

      I have question for you, where is this magical force that’s stopping Obama from calling himself mixed-blood? It’s obviously not working on you, since you seem to have no problem calling him that

      • Multiethnicchick says:

        Considering all your comments on here, I highly doubt that. You constantly try to insist that mixed people be called black and clearly support the racist one drop rule and by extension, white purity. Racist opinions don’t matter so nothing you say matters

        • fuzzybear44 says:


          Quote(You constantly try to insist that mixed people be called black and clearly support the racist one drop rule and by extension, white purity.

          Pls show me where I have ever made a statement like that. I have never told anyone what they had to be called.

          Quote(Racist opinions don’t matter so nothing you say matters)

          What i see on here, is you being incapable of accepting anybody opinion but your own. Which is what most internet gangsters do. Also if I don’t matter, then why are you addressing me?

  4. Masterlord says:

    So tired of hearing everyone claiming he was the first “black” president in the United States. He never was and never will be

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      Okay, fine he’s the first official African American president if that makes you feel better. He is after all the very definition of the phrase. Now if you believe there was another before him , ok I can work with that

      • Multiethnicchick says:

        He’s not even ethnically African American. He shares no history with black Americans. It’s like me being half Japanese and half white, being raised in Korea by my white parent and then claiming to be just Korean. Makes no sense. He’s the first mixed race president.

        • fuzzybear44 says:

          However he fits the very definition of the phrase African American:

          total or partial ancestry from any of the black racial groups of Africa.[4][5] The term may also be used to include only those individuals who are descended from enslaved Africans

          Next pretty much every black person here is of mixed blood. You have your point of view, and everyone else has theirs. You’re doing no better than the people you say enforce the ODR. You’re trying to take away a person right to choose. You call yourself Multiethnicchick, but you don’t want to give people the right to self identify how they wish

          • Multiethnicchick says:

            Do you even know where the term African American came from? It’s meant for people with black ancestry in the US. Obama doesn’t have that therefore he’s not African American. It’s not rocket science

          • fuzzybear44 says:


            Quote(Do you even know where the term African American came from?)

            I know exactly where it came from and what it means. However it’s obvious you don’t, or incapable of understanding it.

  5. cwm85 says:

    Its a shame how racist he has become and the dems… Obama seems to hate his European heritage. This man has failed the country now backs a corrupt, crook in Hilary Clinton. She should be in jail…

    • follers says:

      Can you cite some of President Obama’s recent racist comments?

      Also, what are Hillary Clinton’s criminal offenses?

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      You say he failed the country? From what I can see, this country had problems far before he got here. Also every time he tried to do something, republicans did everything they could think of to try and stop it. Also as far as corrupted crooks, that’s most of the government. Most are out to fill their pockets, and don’t give a damn about the people. So you would have to lock up a lot of people

    • Adamina says:

      @cwm85 my paternal grandfather is Serer (a Tribe from West Africa) and even though I’m mixed I always identify as Serer. It doesn’t mean that I’m ashamed of my Morrocan Berber, Middle Eastern and English heritage. My last name is Serer and where I live you always identify with your father’s surname. It doesn’t make you a racist or a self hater.

    • Adamina says:

      @cwm85 oh and Scottish heritage. I forgot about that….. Still not a self-hater!

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