Birth Name: Mary Jane West
Date of Birth: August 17, 1893
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Death: November 22, 1980
Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
*Irish, possibly English (father)
Mae West was an American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, and comedian. She was known as a sex symbol.
Her father, John Patrick West, had Irish, and possibly English, ancestry. Her mother, Matilda “Tillie” (Delker/Doelger/Decker), was a German immigrant.
There is some speculation that Mae had African-American ancestry, on her father’s side, or Jewish ancestry, on her mother’s side. It is not clear if either of these lineages have been verified/documented. Mae’s maternal grandparents are buried in a Lutheran cemetery.
Mae’s paternal grandfather was named John Edwin West (the son of John West and Priscilla Arthur). Mae’s grandfather John was born in either New York or Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and may have had English ancestry.
Mae’s paternal grandmother was Mary Jane Copley (the daughter of Martin Copley and Julia Copple). Mary Jane was Irish.
Mae’s maternal grandfather was named Jakob/Jacob Delker (the son of Philip Delker and Christine). Jakob was German.
Mae’s maternal grandmother was named Christiana/Christina Brüning/Brimier. Christiana was German.
Sources: Louvish, Simon (2006). Mae West: It Ain’t No Sin.
Family background of Mae West – http://www.adherents.com
Death record of Mae’s maternal grandfather, Jakob/Jacob Delker – https://www.familysearch.org
Death record of Mae’s maternal grandmother, Christiana/Christina (Brüning/Brimier) Delker – https://www.familysearch.org