Birth Name: Terry Gene Bollea
Place of Birth: Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
Date of Birth: August 11, 1953
Ethnicity: Italian (paternal grandfather), Irish, English, Scottish, French
Hulk Hogan is an American professional wrestler, actor, television personality, entrepreneur, and musician. He was a member of the New World Order, along with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash.
Hulk is the son of Ruth V. (Moody) and Peter Bollea, Jr. He is married to Jennifer McDaniel. He has two children, singer and actress Brooke Hogan and actor Nick Hogan, with his former wife, Linda Marie (Claridge) Hogan. His nephew is wrestler Horace Hogan.
Hulk’s paternal grandfather was of Italian descent and Hulk’s paternal grandmother had Irish, English, and Scottish ancestry.
Hulk’s mother was born in the Panama Canal Zone, to parents from Maryland and Maine, and had English and French ancestry. Hulk has said, at 41:22 in the linked video, that his mother was Panamanian and “really dark.” While Hulk’s mother was indeed born in Panama, she had no Panamanian ancestry (some of her family members were working on the construction of the Panama Canal at the time of her birth).
Hulk is a first cousin, once removed, of actress Elisabeth Röhm. Hulk’s paternal grandparents, Peter Bollea and Edith Medora Noonan, were also Elisabeth’s maternal great-grandparents, the parents of Elisabeth’s maternal grandmother, Carlina Bollea.
Hulk’s paternal grandfather was named Peter Bollea (the son of Pietro Bollea). Hulk’s grandfather Peter was born in Cigliano, Vercelli, Piemonte, Italy.
Hulk’s paternal grandmother was Edith Medora “Dora” Noonan (the daughter of Patrick Francis/Frank Noonan and Helena Frances Arvin). Edith was born in New York, to father from Prince Edward Island, Canada and a mother from New Hampshire, and had Irish, English, and Scottish ancestry.
Hulk’s maternal grandfather was Henry Clinton Moody (the son of Henry Moody and Ida C. Swaner/Swanner). Hulk’s grandfather Henry was born in Maryland, to a father from Pennsylvania and a mother from Maryland. Ida was the daughter of William G. Swanner and Margaret M. Sanders.
Hulk’s maternal grandmother was Vernice Caroline Violette (the daughter of Frank W. Violette and Elizabeth N. Stafford). Vernice was born in Old Town, Maine, and was raised in Panama, after her father went there to work on the Panama Canal. Hulk’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of William Harrison Stafford and Caroline “Carrie” Knapp Butters.
Sources: Genealogy of Hulk Hogan – https://www.geni.com
Hulk’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Information about Hulk’s paternal grandfather, Peter Bollea – http://boards.ancestry.ie
Hulk’s maternal grandfather, Henry Clinton Moody, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Henry Clinton Moody on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Henry Clinton Moody on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Hulk’s maternal grandfather, Henry Clinton Moody – http://ufdc.ufl.edu
Hulk’s maternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth N. Stafford, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Hulk’s maternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth N. (Stafford) Violette – http://ufdc.ufl.edu
Information about Peter Bollea: http://boards.ancestry.ie/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=1&p=surnames.bollea