CM Punk

CM Punk in 2011, image via kathclick/

Birth Name: Phillip Jack Brooks

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 26, 1978

*father – English, German, Irish
*mother – Polish

CM Punk, also credited as C. M. Punk and Phil “CM Punk” Brooks, is an American mixed martial artist, comic book writer, professional wrestler, and actor.

He was raised in Lockport, Illinois. He stated at a WWE event in Dublin, Ireland, that he has Irish ancestry, and waved the Irish flag in the middle of the ring. His father had English, German, and Irish ancestry. His mother, Harriett Jadwiga (Kowalski), was born in Breitenfelde, Germany, to Polish parents, and lived in the Wentorf resettlement camp. She moved to the U.S. with her family c. 1951.

CM Punk is married to author and professional wrestler AJ Lee (born April Jeanette Mendez).

CM Punk’s paternal grandfather was Clarence J. Brooks (the son of James Wylie Brooks and Mary Jane “Goldie” Masters). Clarence was born in Illinois. CM Punk’s great-grandfather James was the son of Samuel L. Brooks and Emma Fore. Mary Jane was the daughter of Marion Jacob Masters, whose father was German, and of Martha Hite.

CM Punk’s paternal grandmother was named Mildred. Mildred was born in Illinois.

CM Punk’s maternal grandfather was named Boleslaw Kowalski. Boleslaw was born in Kaznów.

CM Punk’s maternal grandmother was named Marya/Maria Soszynska. Marya was born in Wola Podłężna.

Sources: Obituary of CM Punk’s mother –

Obituary of CM Punk’s maternal grandfather, Boleslaw Kowalski –


Curious about ethnicity

4 Responses

  1. transemacabre says:

    His mother appears to be Harriett Kowalski Brooks who died in 2016. At least she and Punk shared an address at one point, and her obituary lists two sons: Michael and Phillip Brooks. U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.

    Richard J. Modell & Cremation Service; Publication Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA; URL:

    Her parents were Boleslaw and Maria Kowalski. According to her naturalization papers, she was born in 1946 in Bad Rothenfelde, Germany and immigrated to the US in 1951. Illinois, U.S., Federal Naturalization Records, 1856-1991 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.

    Harriett was called Jadwiga when she immigrated to the US from the Wentorf resettlement camp. Her father Bolesław was born 1914 in Kaznów, Poland, and worked as a glass polisher. Her mother Marya was born in Wola Podłężna in 1925 and was a housewife. Their religion was listed as Roman Catholic.

    Original data: Arolsen Archives. Lists of Passengers who emigrated from Europe, Africa, and Asia between 1946 and 1971. Bad Arolsen, Germany.

  2. Clarisse Foxx says:

    whaaat hes Irish lol him and Sheamus

  3. Jackalope says:


    CM Punk is Irish American and has admitted it himself on a few occasions.

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