John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Kennedy in 1998, by NASA

Birth Name: John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr.

Date of Birth: November 25, 1960

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Death: July 16, 1999

Place of Death: Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, U.S.

Ethnicity: Irish (at least three quarters), smaller amounts of English, Scottish, French, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, remote Dutch

John F. Kennedy, Jr. was an American socialite, journalist, magazine publisher, and lawyer. His parents were U.S. president John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who served from January 20, 1961 to November 22, 1963, and Jackie Kennedy (born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier). He was a nephew of politicians Robert F. Kennedy (Robert Francis Kennedy) and Ted Kennedy (Edward Moore Kennedy), and activist and humanitarian Jean Kennedy Smith, who was Ambassador to Ireland, from June 24, 1993 to September 17, 1998. His nephew, the son of his sister Caroline Kennedy, is Jack Schlossberg, his first cousin is journalist Maria Shriver, and his first cousins, once removed, are politician Joe Kennedy III, author Katherine Schwarzenegger, and actor and model Patrick Schwarzenegger. John was married to publicist Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, until their deaths. He was also known as John-John and JFK, Jr.

Overall, John’s ancestry was at least three quarters Irish. His father was of Irish ancestry, along with remote Scottish roots. His mother was of Irish, some English, smaller amounts of French, German, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and remote Dutch, ancestry. One of John, Jr.’s great-great-great-great-grandmothers, Elizabeth Sarah Mohler/Maieler, was born in Hanover, Germany. John, Jr. was of approximately 3/64ths French descent.

John was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1988.

John’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Patrick Kenndy (the son of P. J. Kennedy, Patrick Joseph Kennedy, and of Mary Augusta Hickey). John’s grandfather Joseph was born in Massachusetts, and was a businessperson, investor, and politician. John’s great-grandfather P. J. was a businessperson and politician, who was the son of Patrick Kennedy and Bridget Murphy, who were both from Dunganstown, Ireland. Mary was the daughter of James Hickey, who was from Cork, Munster, Ireland, and of Margaret Martha Field, who was from Rossearbery, Ireland.

John’s paternal grandmother was Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald (the daughter of John Francis “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald and Mary Josephine “Josie” Hannon). Rose was born in Massachusetts, and was a philanthropist and socialite. John’s great-grandfather John was born in Massachusetts, and was a Democratic politician, who served as Mayor of Boston, from January 1, 1906 to January 6, 1908, and again, from February 7, 1910 to February 2, 1914; and as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts, from March 4, 1895 to March 3, 1901, and again, from March 4, 1919 to October 23, 1919; he was the son of Thomas Fitzgerald, who was born in Co. Limerick, Ireland, and of Rosanna Cox, who was born in Lough Cur, Limerick, Ireland. John’s great-grandmother Mary Josephine was the daughter of Michael Hannon, from Lough Cur in Ireland, and of Mary Ann Fitzgerald, who was from Bruff, Ireland.

John’s maternal grandfather was John Vernou Bouvier III (the son of John Vernou Bouvier, Jr. and Maude Frances Sergeant). John’s grandfather John Bouvier III was born in New York, and was a stockbroker and socialite. John’s great-grandfather John Bouvier, Jr. was the son of John Vernou/Vernon Bouvier, who was of about three quarters French descent, and of Caroline Maslin Ewing. Maude was born in Massachussetts, the daughter of English parents, William Roberts Sergeant and Edith W. Maretta/Mathilda/Matilda Leaman, from London.

John’s maternal grandmother was Janet Norton Lee (the daughter of James Thomas Aloysius Lee and Margaret A. Merritt). Janet was born in New York. James was born in New York, the son of James Lee and Mary/Marion Theresa Norton, and was of Irish descent. Margaret was born in New York, the daughter of Thomas Merritt and Maria Curry, who were Irish.

Sources: Genealogies of John F. Kennedy, Jr. –

Genealogies of John’s father –

John’s paternal grandmother, Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Notes on the ancestry of John’s paternal grandmother, Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald –

John’s maternal great-grandparents, John Vernou Bouvier, Jr. and Maude Frances Sergeant, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of John’s maternal great-great-grandparents, William Roberts Sergeant and Edith W. Maretta/Mathilda/Matilda Leaman –

John’s maternal grandmother, Janet Norton Lee, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Janet Norton Lee on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of John’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Thomas Merritt and Maria Curry –


Curious about ethnicity

97 Responses

  1. czj says:

    Denial is not a virtue. To me, I can clearly see african- american in JFK, Jr. And Jackie-O just like I believe Elvis has some in him. To all the racists idiots you have no clue of all that’s in your bloodline so think about that before you start to spew your racist garbage

    • Liam O'Connel says:

      haha come on dude/dudette, yes he is of african ancestry but to say you can see it in him is pure rubbish, he looks 100% european, as is expected since his black ancestry is so far back. Yes alot of white americans are of african ancestry from within the last 300-400 years but to call them black is silly, that would be even worse than calling chris rock white just because he has distant white ancestors..if you werent told that he had african ancestry you never could have told by looking at him…heck just look at wentworth miller, if you’re not told that his father is half black half white everybody would have just thought wentworth was an average white dude

  2. John West says:

    One of my sorrows as relates to history and ethnicity is that the aristocrat Gore Vidal, in all his writing, did not share what I suspect are deep insights into the bloodlines of colonial Americans. He didn’t even bother to tackle the Hemings/Jefferson debate, which only his prudent pen could do. And I’m not entirely convinced, either, that Alexander Hamilton himself isn’t in part of mixed European and African ancestry, denials by prominent historians to the contrary, Yale’s Ron Chernow among them. We’ll tackle the closeted bloodlines of prominent South Africans of Dutch descent later. It has often been said, especially during the 80s, that a publication on the matter reads like the who’s who of South Africa. At least that’s why they say.

  3. ana says:

    Once again whites don’t believe he was part African wow .Whites are ashame of thei African blood the ones who are mixed it and knows about others were told their ancestor was Native American or Jewish instead of black good lord.

  4. andrea says:

    ahahha black..funny

  5. stfu says:

    We have low self-esteem? You have to be stupid white people try to claim every last black person as soon as they get famous PATHETIC but they do. From Rhianna, to Beyonce white people want us as long as we have money or doing something right in the world they have to find white blood and try to claim us if they could. SO TAKE YOUR LAME ASS ON!

    • Anna says:

      Your name means something you should do, STFU

    • jesse says:

      Youre comment is whats pathetic! do your history first and pick better examples next time! Beyonce has said herself that her mother is Creole which is a mix of mostly Native American, African and European, and in her case French. Rihanna is 1/4 white. her dad is half. look it up or just look at him its not that hard to figure out.

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