Malia Obama and Sasha Obama

Sasha Obama in 2015, photo by wfpa/

Birth Name:
*Malia Ann Obama
*Natasha Marian Obama

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth:
*July 4, 1998 (Malia)
*June 10, 2001 (Sasha)

*paternal grandfather – Luo Kenyan
*paternal grandmother – English, small amounts of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, French Huguenot, possibly remote African
*mother – African-American (mostly), including Gullah, as well as distant English, Scottish, and Irish

Malia Obama and Sasha Obama are the daughters of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and of lawyer and writer Michelle Obama. Their uncle (mother’s brother) is college basketball coach and broadcaster Craig Robinson (not the actor of the same name).

Three of their grandparents were/are black, while their paternal grandmother was white.

Malia and Sasha’s paternal grandfather was Barack Hussein Obama (the son of Onyango and Habiba/Habibah Akumu/Akkumu Nyanjango/Nyanjoga). Malia and Sasha’s grandfather Barack was born in Kanyadhiang Village, Rachuonyo, Kenya, and was a governmental economist, who was of the Luo tribe. Onyango’s name was changed to Hussein Onyango Obama; he was the son of Obama and Nyaoke. Habiba was the daughter of Njango/Njoga and Bwogi Otore.

Malia and Sasha’s paternal grandmother was Stanley Ann Dunham (the daughter of Stanley Armour Dunham and Madelyn Lee “Toot” Payne). Malia and Sasha’s grandmother Stanley was born in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas, and worked as an anthropologist; she had English, and small amounts (to varying degrees) of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, and French Huguenot ancestry. Malia and Sasha’s great-grandfather Stanley was the son of Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham, whose maternal grandfather was Irish; and of Ruth Lucille Armour. Malia and Sasha’s great-grandmother Madelyn was the daughter of Rolla Charles “R. C.” Payne and Leona Belle McCurry.

Malia and Sasha’s maternal grandfather was Fraser C. Robinson III (the son of Fraser C. Robinson II and LaVaughn Delores Johnson). Malia and Sasha’s grandfather Fraser was born in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Malia and Sasha’s great-grandfather Fraser was the son of Fraser Robinson and Rosella/Rose Ella Cohen. LaVaughn was the daughter of James Preston Johnson and Phoebe Moten.

Malia and Sasha’s maternal grandmother is Marian Lois Shields (the daughter of Purnell Shields and Rebecca Jumper/Coleman). Marian was born in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Purnell was the son of Robert Lee/Leacel Shields and Annie/Anna/Anne Lawson/Laws. Rebecca was the daughter of James Jumper and Eliza Tinsley.

Malia and Sasha’s maternal grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents, and great-great-great-grandparents, were all black. They have Gullah roots. Malia and Sasha’s mother also has some European ancestry on her family tree, with distant English, Scottish, and Irish, roots. One of Malia and Sasha’s mother’s white ancestors was their great-great-great-great-grandfather, Charles Marion Shields. Charles was the son of Henry Wells Shields and Christian/Christianna Patterson.

Malia and Sasha’s father has distant Irish ancestry, going back to his great-great-great-grandfather, Falmouth/Fulmoth Kearney, who arrived in the States in 1850, from Moneygall in Ireland. Research done by a team of genealogists has suggested that Malia and Sasha’s paternal grandmother had remote African-American ancestry (in the 1600s), through possible descent from a slave named John Punch.

In page 13 of his autobiography, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, 1995, Malia and Sasha’s father writes that a distant ancestor of his mother’s “had indeed been a full-blooded Cherokee” [Native American]. No Cherokee Native American ancestry has yet been documented/verified for Malia and Sasha’s father.

Malia and Sasha are first cousins, twice removed, of Rabbi Capers Funnye. Capers is a Jew-by-choice. Malia and Sasha’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Fraser Robinson and Rose Ella Cohen, were also Rabbi Funnye’s maternal grandparents.

Malia and Sasha’s maternal great-great-grandmother Rose Ella Cohen had the usually Jewish surname Cohen. Rose was an African-American woman, whose father, Caesar/Sesar Cohen, was also African-American. It is not clear where the Cohen surname originates in this family, or if Caesar Cohen had Jewish ancestry of some kind.

Sources: Genealogies of Malia Obama and Sasha Obama –

Genealogy of Malia Obama and Sasha Obama (focusing on their father’s side) –

Genealogies of Malia and Sasha’s father –

Obituaries and genealogies of Malia and Sasha’s paternal grandparents, Barack Hussein Obama and Stanley Ann Dunham –

Article about Malia and Sasha’s father’s Irish ancestry –

Article suggesting that Malia and Sasha’s paternal grandmother, Stanley Ann Dunham, had remote African-American ancestry –

Genealogy of Malia and Sasha’s mother –

Genealogy of Malia and Sasha’s mother (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Notes on Malia and Sasha’s mother’s ancestry, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak –

Pictures and some of Malia and Sasha’s mother’s family history –

Malia and Sasha’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Rosella/Rose Ella Cohen, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

17 Responses

  1. suburbanwinemom2020 says:

    Sasha’s middle name is Marian.

  2. Multiethnicchick says:

    They are between 30-40% mixed

    • Omesombo 1 says:

      They are black and they look darker some fully black people.
      By your belief of the stereotypical black person, we should conclude that Angelina Jolie is mixed because her lips are bigger than the average white person (see how ignorant that sounds) or we can also say Scarlett Johansson is mixed because of her big butt. Like you can’t box all blacks to look like lupita.
      Here is Kenyan president’s daughter, fully black yet lighter than the Obama’s I wonder what your thoughts are

      • andrew says:

        How nope. 25% or so from paternal grandmother + AA mother = realistic guess.

      • andrew says:


        the “fully black President’s daughter” is 1/4 German:

        Are you guys so naive to not spot these obvious things? It’s delusional.

      • Multiethnicchick says:

        Your an idiot. There is no stereotypical image of a racial group. Climate already determined the physical traits of human racial groups. You’re just too stupid to understand that.

        I never said all black people look like Lupita Nyongo so stop putting words in my mouth like sone raving lunatic.

        Michelle Obamas white ancestry combined with Barack Obamas white ancestry puts their children between 30-40 admixture.

        study biology and anthropology.Just as a black widow spider is identified by it’s red mark and you would differentiate it from a brown recluse that is characterized as having a violin symbol, we differentiate humans the same way.

        I dont know why you anthropocentric fools seem to think humans are outside the rules they developed for every other living thing. Forensic anthropologist can determine race of a human skeleton because of skull shape. Asians, Australian Aborginals, Black Africans, and Europids have distinct features in the same way spiders have distinct features. Facial features, hair texture and skull shape reveal race. If you dint get this, you have no business discussing race. This was determined by climate. Biology 101. Christ people are stupid.

        • stuckinfoopid says:

          You sound ridiculous arguing over percentages and calling it Anthropology. A real Anthropologist would tell you that race is not a biological reality. And you make yourself look like a Phrenology believer talking up skull shapes. You’re not even partly Black, are you? So why are you all over this website humping Afro American’s legs?

  3. bablah says:

    That’s Sasha, not Malia.

  4. Adamina says:

    She looks Somali sometimes. Hot

  5. fuzzybear44 says:

    How about a site pic

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