Joakim Noah

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Birth Name: Joakim Simon Noah

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 25, 1985

*25% Cameroonian
*25% French
*50% Swedish

Joakim Noah is an American 6’11 professional basketball player.

He is the son of Yannick Noah, a tennis star and musician, and Cecilia Rhode (born Cécilia Catharina Björnsdotter Rodhe), a model, who was Miss Sweden 1978. His father, who was born in France, is of half Cameroonian and half French descent. His mother is Swedish. Aside from American, he has French and Swedish citizenship.

Joakim has dubbed himself the African Viking, to pay tribute to his heritage.

Joakim’s paternal grandparents are Zacharie Noah and Marie-Claire Perrier. Zacharie was a professional footballer, from Yaoundé, Cameroon. Marie-Claire was born in France.

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5 Responses

  1. Kimmel says:

    “Björnsdotter” – That’s Icelandic. I don’t think they have the same naming structure in Sweden, though I do accept ‘Rhode’ is Swedish.

    • madman says:

      “Björnsdotter” is actually Swedish, although we generally don’t use the ending “-dotter” anymore. In Icelandic it would be “Björnsdóttir”. But anyway, it’s a middle name, and thus don’t necessarily indicate anything.

  2. Sarah says:

    I don’t agree at ALL!!!! He is so not cute! Sorry. He looks like a Vulcan with curly long hair and olive skin.

  3. Lala says:

    He’s so gorgeous.

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