Bob Marley

A stamp printed in Jamaica commemorating the 50th anniversary of

Birth Name: Robert Nesta Marley

Date of Birth: February 6, 1945

Place of Birth: Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica

Date of Death: May 11, 1981

Place of Death: Miami, Florida, United States

Ethnicity: English, African-Jamaican

Bob Marley was a legendary Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist. He was the son of Cedella (Malcolm) and Norval Sinclair Marley. His parents were both born in Jamaica (his father in Clarendon). His father was white, and had English ancestry. His mother was black. He was quoted saying:

Me don’t dip on the black man’s side nor the white man’s side. Me dip on God’s side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white.

Bob was married to singer Rita Marley (born Alpharita Constantia Anderson), until his death. Bob had eleven children (at least), including musicians Ziggy Marley and Damian Marley, and entrepreneur and football player Rohan Marley. His grandson, Skip Marley, is also a musician.

He was baptized by the Archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Church on November 4, 1980 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Bob’s paternal grandfather was Albert Thomas Marley (the son of Frederick Marley and Hannah Jane Tiltman). Albert was English, born in South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, England, to parents from Rye, Sussex. Frederick was the son of Thomas Marley and Jane Simms/Sims. Hannah was the daughter of Richard Tiltman and Mary Moore.

Bob’s paternal grandmother was Ellen Bloomfield (the daughter of Richard Bloomfield).

Bob’s maternal grandparents were Omeriah/Amariah Malcolm (the son of Robert Malcolm and Katherine Bygrave) and Alberta/Albertha Willoughby/Whilby (the daughter of David/Daniel Willoughby and Hannah/Anna Downs). Daniel was the son of Richard Whilby and Jeanette.

There are claims on the internet that Bob had some kind of Jewish ancestry (sometimes cited as Syrian Jewish), through his father, or, sometimes, his mother. There is no documented evidence that Bob had Jewish ancestry (the “Bloomfield” family line from which Bob descended, a famous family in Jamaica, is sometimes cited as having been originally Jewish; this is almost certainly false).

Sources: Genealogies of Bob Marley –

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Curious about ethnicity

41 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    He was baptized by the Archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Church in Kingston, Jamaica, on November 4, 1980

  2. andrew says:

    his grandson, Skip Marley, is a musician.

  3. roman2886 says:

    I don’t why people believe there are no White Jamaicans they are wrong there is White Jamaicans in Jamaica I’m a Eurasian Filipino there is there such White Filipinos there must be i never heard of White Filipinos i’m talking about full blooded White Filipinos Filipinos have no Asian ancestry there is full blooded Filipinos lots of Germans and Americans as well as Spanish where born in the Phillippines left still in Phillippines the unmixed Spanish Filipinos where the White Filipinos they where generations of Spanish people born in the Phillippines most Filipinos are mixed Eurasian and Amerasian since there such as White Jamaicans there is defiantly such thing as White Filipinos i’m yet too see blonde blue eyed Filipinos are brunette grey eyed Black haired and brown eye Filipinos i’m talking about Filipinos who are 100% White.

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