Melania Trump

2010 Moves Magazine Power Women Awards Dinner and Ceremony - Arrivals

Trump in 2010, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Melanija Knavs

Place of Birth: Novo Mesto, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia (now Slovenia)

Date of Birth: April 26, 1970

Ethnicity: Slovenian

Melania Trump is a Slovenian-born American model. She is married to businessperson, investor, and television personality Donald Trump, who was the 45th President of the United States. She was thus the First Lady of the United States, from January 20, 2017 to January 20, 2021.

Melania was born in Novo Mesto, then part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and now in Slovenia. She is the daughter of Amalija (Ulčnik) and Viktor Knavs. She signed a modeling contract in Milan, Italy when she was eighteen, and moved to New York City in the 1990s. Melania and Donald met in 1998 and married in 2005, and have one child, a son. Melania became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2006. She has also been credited as Melania Knauss.

Melania and Donald have a son together, Barron Trump.

Melania is said to have some degree of Austrian ancestry. It does not appear that this is accurate.

Melania’s paternal grandfather was Jožef Knavs (the son of Anton Knavs and Alojzija Berk). Jožef was born in Jelovo, Municipality of Radeče, Laško. Anton was the son of Martin Knavs and Terezija Plaznik. Alojzija was the daughter of Janez Berk and Helena Višnovar.

Melania’s paternal grandmother was named Antonija Ribič. Antonija was born in Mrtovec, Municipality of Sevnica, Sevnica.

Melania’s maternal grandfather was Anton Ulčnik (the son of Anton Ulčnik and Marjeta Petelinc). Melania’s grandfather Anton was born in Podob, Municipality of Slovenske Konjice, Slovenske Konjice.

Melania’s maternal grandmother was named Amalija Gliha (the daughter of Jurij Gliha and Alojzija/Alojzij).

NEW YORK-FEB 16: (L-R) Donald Trump, son Barron  Trump and wife

Melania Trump with husband Donald and son Barron in 2015, photo by Debby Wong/

Source: Genealogy of Melania Trump –


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20 Responses

  1. Oaken05 says:

    Not sure if it was mentioned, but if it wasn’t, it should be mentioned in the text that she’s Germanized her surname to “Knauss” when she began modeling, I guess because she thought it would sell better than the Slavic surname.

    Apparently, she was not a fan of her home country, thinking she had “outgrew” it according to those who knew her as a child and young adult. When she set off for the runways of Milan and Paris and the like, Melania Knavs because Melania “Knauss.”

  2. littlebodybigheart says:

    She always looks mildly confused.

  3. andrew says:

    Melania’s father:

    He doesn’t look that different from Donald Trump.

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