George Michael

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Birth Name: Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou

Date of Birth: 25 June, 1963

Place of Birth: Hendon, Middlesex, England, U.K.

Date of Death: 25 December, 2016

Place of Death: Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, U.K.

*father – Greek Cypriot
*mother – English

George Michael was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist. He was a member of pop duo Wham!, with Andrew Ridgeley.

His father, Kyriacos “Jack” Panayiotou, was a Greek Cypriot, and restaurateur. His mother, Lesley Angold (Harrison), was of English descent. He was raised in Kingsbury, London, and Radlett.

There have been various claims on the internet, some perhaps originating with George Michael himself, that George’s maternal grandmother was Jewish. These claims are not accurate. George’s maternal grandmother was of non-Jewish English ancestry.

George’s maternal grandfather was George James Harrison (the son of George Albert Harrison and Amy Major). George’s grandfather George was born in Greenwich, London, England. George’s great-grandfather George was the son of George Harrison and Eliza Blacket. Amy was the daughter of Charles Christopher Major and Sarah Richards.

George’s maternal grandmother was Daisy Angold Young (the daughter of Edward Reuben Young and Sarah Susannah Angold). Daisy was born in West Ham, Essex, England. Edward was the son of Foster Young and Mary Ann/Anne Appleby. Sarah was the daughter of Henry Angold and Catharine/Catherine Clarke; Catharine was born, c. 1828, in Hackney, Middlesex, England, the daughter of Thomas Clarke and Elizabeth Ann.

Sources: Family history of George Michael (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogies of George Michael (focusing on his mother’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

17 Responses

  1. Thenabster says:

    Are you sure he wasn’t part Jewish?

  2. Thenabster says:

    I mean he was Cypriot…makes sense

  3. fuzzybear44 says:


    Come on now , that’s just mean

  4. madman says:

    What’s wrong with you?

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