Birth Name: Kimberly Noel Kardashian
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: October 21, 1980
*father – Armenian
*mother – English, as well as Scottish, Irish, German, and Dutch
Kim Kardashian, also known as Kim Kardashian West, is an American television and social media personality, actress, socialite, and model. She is the daughter of Robert Kardashian, a lawyer for O.J. Simpson during Simpson’s murder trial, and Kris Jenner (born Kristen Mary Houghton), a socialite. O.J. Simpson is Kim’s godfather. Her siblings are Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, and Rob Kardashian, and her half-siblings are Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner. Through her ex-stepparent, Caitlyn Jenner, she was a stepsister of socialite Brody Jenner and musician Brandon Jenner. Kim has four children, including North West, with her former husband, rapper, record producer, and fashion designer Kanye West. Her niece is Penelope Disick.
Kim’s father was of Armenian descent. Kim’s mother is from a family that has lived in the United States for many generations, and has English, as well as smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Scottish, Irish, German, and Dutch, ancestry. Kim once stated that she gets her curves from her Armenian heritage. Kim has said that she did not speak Armenian at home, but does occasionally at family get-togethers. She once stated in an interview, “being Armenian is a big part of who I am,” and that her grandfather instilled a lot of Armenian culture in her. In 2019, she was baptized in the Armenian Apostolic Church with the name Heghine.
A 23andMe DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Keeping Up with the Kardashians (2018) stated that Kim’s sisters Khloé and Kourtney’s genetic ancestry is:
*41.6% Middle Eastern & North African
The test also evidently stated that the Kardashians have a fraction of Native American DNA, presumably under .4% in Khloé’s case, given her 58% European and 41.6% Middle Eastern results.
Kim’s paternal grandfather was Arthur Thomas Kardashian (the son of Tatos Saghatel “Thomas”/Tom Kardashian and Hamas “Hanna” Shakarian). Arthur was born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California, to parents from Kars, Russian Empire. The family were ethnic Armenian Molokan Jumpers from Karakale, now Turkey. Tatos was the son of Saghatel/Sam Kardashian/Kardaschoff and Harom “Mary” Varsoff/Yuzbashian. Kim’s family’s last name was spelled Kardaschoff in Russia. Kim’s great-grandmother Hamas was the daughter of Demos/Tom Shakarian and Goolisar/Grace Yesilbashian/Thomson.
Kim’s paternal grandmother was Helen Jean Arakelian (the daughter of John Arakel Mgrditchian Arut Arakelian and Vartanoosh/Rose Miroyan/Mirayan). Helen was born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California. John was born in Getap, Vayots Dzor, Armenia. Vartanoosh was born in Erzurum, Erzurum, Turkey, of Armenian descent, the daughter of Hovhannes Miroyan and Luciag Chorbajian.
Kim’s maternal grandfather was Robert True Houghton (the son of True Otis Houghton and Mary Lee Pickens). Robert was born in San Diego County, California. Kim’s great-grandfather True was born in Oklahoma, the son of Otis Sewall Houghton, who had deep New England roots, and of Lula Laura Barnard/Bernard. Mary Lee was born in Texas, the daughter of Charles/Charlie Luran A. Pickens and Lizzie/Elizabeth Mae/May/Mary A. Douglas/Douglass.
Kim’s maternal grandmother is Mary Gorden/Gordon Campbell (the daughter of Gorden/Gordon Lowe Campbell and Lou Ethel Wyatt). Kim’s grandmother Mary was born in Arkansas. Kim’s great-grandfather Gorden was born in Mounds, Creek, Oklahoma, the son of Jefferson Davis Campbell and Freedonia/Fredonia/Fredom May Teaney. Lou was born in Mississippi, the daughter of Walter Alba Wyatt and Mary Tiny VanZandt/Van Zandt.
Kim’s matrilineal line can be traced to her great-great-great-great-grandmother, S. Margaret “Maggie” Gray, who was born, c. 1833, in Mississippi.
Genealogies and obituaries of Kim’s paternal grandparents, Arthur Thomas Kardashian and Helen Jean (Arakelian) Kardashian – http://www.findagrave.com
Kim’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Lee Pickens, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record of Kim’s maternal great-grandparents, Gorden/Gordon Lowe Campbell and Lou Ethel Wyatt – https://www.familysearch.org
Kim’s maternal great-grandmother, Lou Ethel Wyatt, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Kim’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Tiny VanZandt/Van Zandt – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogies of Kim’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents, Jacob James VanZandt/Van Zandt and Margaret Elizabeth Magee – https://www.ancestry.co.uk