Jack White

55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals

White in 2013, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: John Anthony Gillis

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 9, 1975

*Scottish, Irish (father)
*Polish (mother)

Jack White is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He was lead singer and guitarist of Detroit rock duo The White Stripes, partnering with his then-wife Meg White.

His father’s family has roots in Nova Scotia for a number of generations, and has Scottish, and Irish, ancestry. His maternal grandparents were Polish, with family from Krakow.

Jack is married to singer Olivia Jean. He has two children with his former wife, English model, singer, and songwriter Karen Elson.

Jack’s paternal grandfather was Frank J. Gillis (the son of Francis A. Gillis and Mary Irene Gorman). Jack’s grandfather Frank was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. Jack’s great-grandfather Francis was the son of Andrew Gillis and Annie MacDonald. Mary was the daughter of John Gorman, whose parents were from County Tipperary, Ireland, and of Mary Leydon.

Jack’s paternal grandmother was named Florence. Florence was born in Massachusetts.

Jack’s maternal grandfather was John Bandyk (the son of Anthony Bandyk and Mariann Groj).

Jack’s maternal grandmother was Mary Ostafin (the daughter of Helouty Ostafin and Antonia Yososz).

Sources: http://www.cbc.ca

Genealogy of Jack White – https://www.geni.com


Curious about ethnicity

3 Responses

  1. Mr. Postman says:

    He is now married to singer Olivia Jean.

  2. jackson9 says:

    Paternal grandfather Frank J. Gillis (1892) was the son of Francis A. Gillis (1862) and Mary Irene Gorman (1866). Francis was the son of Andrew Gillis and Annie MacDonald. Mary was the daughter of John Gorman and Mary Leydon. John Gorman was the son of what appears to be Irish Catholic parents Edmond Gorman (1785) and Catherine Casey (1787). They were both from County, Tipperary. This makes Jake White at least 1/16th Irish.

  3. zuzanna says:

    Once he said probably during the show in Poland that his great-grandmother or grandmother comes from Cracow in Poland :)

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