Derek Jeter

Jeter in 2011, Kim Reinick /

Birth Name: Derek Sanderson Jeter

Place of Birth: Pequannock Township, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 26, 1974

*father – African-American, some English, remote Native American
*mother – Irish, some German and English

Derek Jeter is an American professional baseball player. A shortstop, he played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees.

Derek is the son of Dorothy (Connors) and Sanderson Charles Jeter. His father is African-American, and also has some English, and remote Native American, ancestry. Derek’s mother has Irish, and smaller amounts of German and English, ancestry.

Derek is married to model Hannah Jeter (born Hannah Davis), with whom he has four children.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Derek’s genetic ancestry is:

*59.4% European
——–*44.4% British & Irish
——–*12.2% Nonspecific Northern European
——–*1.6% French & German
——–*1.0% Nonspecific European
——–*0.2% Nonspecific Southern European
*39.4% Sub-Saharan African
——–*39.2% West African
——–*0.2% Central & South African
*0.5% Native American
*0.3% North African
*0.4% No Match

The largest amount, 15%, of Derek’s African DNA is from Nigeria.

Genetically, he was found to have a common ancestor with comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan, and singer, songwriter, and actress Ciara, the latter at least through Derek’s maternal European ancestry.

Derek’s paternal grandmother was Lugenia Jeter (the daughter of Bustee Jeter and Minnie Palmore). Lugenia was born in Alabama. Bustee was the son of Green W. Jeter and Jane. Green was a Christian minister. He was the son of a white slave owner, James Williamson Jeter, and of a black slave woman, Charity Jeter.

Derek’s maternal grandfather was named William Francis Connors (the son of Mary). William was born in New Jersey.

Derek’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Tiedemann (the daughter of Thomas Augustine Tiedemann and Agnes Melvin). Dorothy was born in New Jersey. Thomas was the son of Michael Patrick Tiedemann and Frances Cecilia Pierce. Frances’ father, William Charles Pierce, was English, from Manchester.


Genealogy of Derek Jeter (focusing on his father’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

95 Responses

  1. Amy says:

    You can see his black side, especially in his younger years, he looks mixed not white for sure.

  2. fuzzybear44 says:

    No offense, but if you people don’t see certain stereotypical features on a person that says they’re mixed, you guys are pretty oblivious to any of this stuff. They look white, well that’s good enough for you

  3. bearboy says:

    ok… If everyone is dieing to hear my opinion again Jeter didn’t really need to take a DNA test. COME ON EVERYONE I could easily tell you his ethnicity by looking the guy right in the eyeball. Sometimes nostril hairs help but we gotta understand Jeter is really Hebrew national… Don’t think I’m telling the truth question mark look me up on http://www.bearboyknowsbest.highitsbearboy

  4. bearboy says:

    English on mother’s side as well, William Pierce.

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