George R. R. Martin

LOS ANGELES - FEB 14: George R.R. Martin at the 2015 Writers Gu

Martin in 2015, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: George Raymond Martin

Place of Birth: Bayonne, Hudson, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 20, 1948

*43.75% Irish
*25% Ashkenazi Jewish
*12.5% English
*12.5% German
*6.25% French-Canadian

George R. R. Martin, also known as GRRM and George Raymond Richard Martin, is an American novelist and short-story writer in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. He is also a screenwriter and television producer. The second R. stands for Richard, his confirmation name. He is known for his Game of Thrones series, as well as Nightflyers and others works.

George is the son of Margaret Delores (Brady) and Raymond Collins Martin. He is married to Parris McBride.

George’s mother was of Irish, and a small amount of French-Canadian, descent. George’s paternal grandmother was of English and German ancestry.

For most of his life, George had believed that his paternal grandfather, Louis Martin, an Italian immigrant, was his biological grandfather. While appearing on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2019), George discovered, through a DNA test, that he is not his grandfather’s biological grandson, and that his biological grandfather was a Jewish man whose name and identity the show was unable to locate; though he was identified some time later by DNA researchers.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show stated that George’s genetic ancestry is:

*53.6% British and Irish
*22.4% Ashkenazi Jewish
*15.6% Broadly Northwestern European
*4.3% Broadly European
*2.3% Broadly Southern European
*0.7% French and German
*0.4% Balkan
*0.4% Eastern European
*0.2% Scandinavian
*0.1% Sardinian

George’s biological paternal grandfather was Chaim Jossel “Joseph” Perlmutter (the son of Aaron “Harry” Perlmutter/Plitt and Dvora “Dora” Helamar). Joseph was born in Pavlivka, Volyn Oblast, Russian Empire, now Ukraine, to a Jewish family. Aaron was the son of Yehezkiel/Haskel Plitt and Shifra.

George’s paternal grandmother was Grace Dorothy Jones (the daughter of George Broughton Jones and Anna Gassman). Grace was born in Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey. George’s great-grandfather George was born in New Jersey, to English parents, Peter Jones, from Eccleshall, Staffordshire, and Jane Hodson. Anna was born in New Jersey, to ethnic German parents, Adam Gassmann/Gassman and Catherine “Kate” Weirssings, who were from the Russian Empire.

George’s legal paternal grandfather was Louis Joseph Martin (born Luigi Mazzuoccolo/Mazuocola, the son of Giuseppe “Joseph” Mazzuoccolo/Mazzuoccollo and Angiolina “Giolia/Julia” Peluso). Louis was Italian, and was born in Naples. George’s biological paternal grandfather was Ashkenazi Jewish.

George’s maternal grandfather was named Thomas Henry Brady (the son of James Brady). Thomas was born in Perth Amboy, Middlesex, New Jersey, to Irish parents.

George’s maternal grandmother was Catharine Therease Wall (the daughter of James N. Wall and Catherine Lantry). George’s grandmother Catherine was born in Ohio, to an Irish father and a Canadian mother, who was of French-Canadian and Irish descent.

Sources: Genealogy of George R. R. Martin –

George’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

George’s paternal grandmother, Grace Dorothy Jones, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

George’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

23 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    Well it turns out he is just as italian as Ray Liotta, always thought he looked a little jewish.

    • andrew says:

      Well, there is a person under multiple nicknames here who claims Jews are Middle Easterners, so it’s refreshing to know

      • jackson9 says:

        Andrew are you saying Jews have no indigenous roots to the land they claim?

        • andrew says:

          Only partially IMO.

          • jackson9 says:

            oh okay. yea I agree

          • passingtime85 says:

            The Mizrahim surely have a valid claim, don’t they? They never even strayed that far from the region.

          • follers says:

            @p85 gee, thanks for that one. Now I have to reply. Do the Finns have a valid claim to Finland?

            From people who are 100% of any European ethnicity by ethnicelebs standards, what percentage of their ancestors from 2000 years earlier were living in that same country/territory then? How about 3000 years ago?

            I doubt very many European ethnic groups would score ”too” close to 100% on those questions. Some would score less than 40%. Migration is just a natural part of human history, with some exceptions.

            The discussions about ancestry from 2000 years ago (in this context) are insane. If you’re going back 2000 years, why not just go back another 6000 years when there were no Jews at all? (or Germans, or English, or Swedes, etc.). I prefer that method.

            And Pamela Anderson is Canadian.

          • jackson9 says:

            Who is p69? not sure if that was my comment to respond to or someone else?

          • passingtime85 says:

            Follers, so claiming land based on duration of occupation of land, and/or occupation based on ancient history is a poor premise for claims/rights to said land?

            Jews whether they acknowledge it or not, we’re a Canaanite tribe, or regardless if they try to attribute their place of origin in Ur or some such other place, their origin las a cohesive group lies a few thousands years predating their embrace of monotheism.

            How deep are you willing to go? Do you want to say the only people on earth that deserve ownership of land are the people in the Horn of Africa? Everyone else just acquired their land by displacing or warring with other hominids that predate homosapien, so all modern people just have forgo a sense of home?

            We’re all earthlings, this site shouldn’t even exist, it’s meaningless, how trivial it is to only limit a sense of heritage, to several centuries.

          • andrew says:


            The origin of Finns is debated among scholars. They are either indigenous to the area or coming from somewhere in modern Russia.
            It’s also quite interesting Finnish and Hungarian languages belong to the same family, despite the the two countries are not even close.
            I agree with you about human migrations in last 2000 years, and we can see how many modern European nations names (or regions) are after tribes who have moved more recently there (Bulgaria after Bulgars, France->Franks, England-> Angles etc).

          • jackson9 says:

            @Follers, “The discussions about ancestry from 2000 years ago (in this context) are insane.”
            You do know when the Jewish people choose to make Israel their home in 1948 they choose Israel and not Africa or other places that were proposed to them specifically because of the holy significance and the fact that it was their ancestral home land 2000 years ago.

          • follers says:

            Not the side I was attacking.

            Indeed, Jews have a large chunk of their ancestors from 2000 years ago who lived in now-Israel, much like how, say, English people have a large chunk of their ancestors from 2000 years ago that lived in modern-day England. Which had the higher percentage? Don’t really know. Probably up for debate, which is the point.

        • jackson9 says:

          You’re right @Follers. please confirm all my submissions. you’re a great friend.

          Sincerely, Bearboy/Jackson9

  2. passingtime85 says:

    Never seemed very Italian to me.

  3. andrew says:

    His Wikipedia profile in Italian says George’s great-grandfather’s surname was “Massacola”.

  4. visokozen says:

    Thank you follers.

  5. andrew says:

    He has a rich ancestry

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