Paul Ryan

official U.S. Congress photo of Paul Ryan, c. 2012

Birth Name: Paul Davis Ryan

Place of Birth: Janesville, Wisconsin, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 29, 1970

*50% Irish
*37.5% German
*12.5% English [with possibly some Scottish]

Paul Ryan is an American politician. A Republican, he has served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin, from January 3, 1999 to January 3, 2019, and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Leader of the House Republican Conference, both, from October 29, 2015 to January 3, 2019. He was also Chair of the House Budget Committee, from January 3, 2011 to January 3, 2015, and Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, from January 3, 2015 to October 29, 2015.

He was the Republican Party’s nominee for Vice President of the United States in 2012.

Speaker Ryan is the son of Elizabeth Ann “Betty” (Hutter) and Paul Murray Ryan, a lawyer. His father was of Irish descent. His maternal grandfather was of German ancestry, and his maternal grandmother was of English and German descent.

Speaker Ryan is married to tax attorney Janna Little, with whom he has three children. Janna’s sister is married to the brother of the husband of attorney Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Speaker Ryan is the first person younger than a baby boomer to have been nominated for President or Vice President of the United States by a major political party.

A DNA test taken by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2019) stated that Paul’s genetic ancestry is:

*61% Irish/Scottish/Welsh
*15% Scandinavian
*9% Eastern European
*7% Southern European
*3% Ashkenazi Jewish
*2% Western European
*1% Iberian
*1% Middle Eastern
*1% Caucasus

Speaker Ryan’s paternal grandfather was Stanley Martin Ryan (the son of Patrick William Ryan and Maria H. Murphy). Stanley was born in Wisconsin, and was a U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin. Patrick and Maria H. were born in Wisconsin, and all of their own parents were Irish. Patrick was the son of James J. Ryan, from County Kilkenny, and of Catherine M. O’Shea or Connelly, from Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny. Patrick founded an earthmoving company in 1884, which later became P. W. Ryan and Sons, now known as Ryan Incorporated Central. Speaker Ryan’s great-grandmother Maria H. was the daughter of Patrick Murphy and Maria.

Speaker Ryan’s paternal grandmother was Edith Irene McCarthy (the daughter of Daniel D. McCarty/McCarthy and Elizabeth Murray). Edith was born in Michigan or Wisconsin. Daniel was born in Wisconsin, to parents from Cork, Ireland, Dennis McCarty and Margaret/Margaretha Tobin. Elizabeth was also born in Wisconsin, also to Irish parents, Thomas Murray and Mary.

Speaker Ryan’s maternal grandfather was Adolph Mathias/Matthew Hutter (the son of Joseph Hutter, Jr. and Anna Kathryn Walgenbach). Adolph was born in Wisconsin. Joseph was born in Wisconsin, to Bavarian German parents, Joseph Hutter, Sr., from Hochabrunn, Waldmünchen, and Barbara Pronold/Pronolt. Anna was born in Wisconsin, also to German parents, Mathias Walgenbach and Francisca/Frances Rehling.

Speaker Ryan’s maternal grandmother was Janet Helen Kay (the daughter of James Edward Kay and Emma Pauline Fink). Janet was born in Kansas. James was born in Kansas, to English parents, Adam Taylor Kay and Jennette/Janet Larrson; his father was from Radcliffe, Lancashire, England, and one of James’s grandfathers may have been Scottish. Emma was born in Michigan, to German parents, from Wittenberg, Gottleib Fink and Wilhelmina Pauline “Minnie” Sipher.

Sources: Genealogies of Speaker Paul Ryan –


Curious about ethnicity

31 Responses

  1. jackson9 says:

    7% southern European… I remember on the old Ancestry DNA results that meant Italy/Greece. He looks like he could be part Italian and his DNA shows it. and he looks Ashkenazi as well!

  2. RadDaddy says:

    Get help, loser.

  3. jackson9 says:

    In 2008 I wanted to see gay porn of Palin and McCain…. Meghan McCain that is. She is stunning.

  4. jackson9 says:

    Paul Ryan is like my first cousin. almost half German and ancestry DNA detected 3% European/Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. I am jealous of my cousin but I should be happy for him because he is such a nice guy :-)

  5. jackson9 says:

    Am I the only one who finds it strange that Paul Ryan has 12.5% British ancestry (English + Scottish) yet the DNA test shows no trace of it?

    • Oaken05 says:

      How are you getting it doesn’t show it when literally 61% of him is British Isles at least? There is no such thing as “British” DNA to begin with, and no company only measures English + Scottish. It’s all too mixed to be that fine-grained a measurement.

      • Oaken05 says:

        More than that, the Irish + English (possibly Scottish) literally ads up to almost exactly what the actual DNA test found for that region. It’s uncannily accurate.

        • jackson9 says:

          Hi Oaken05. I think that Paul Ryan’s DNA results are from Ancestry DNA where they have an Irish/Scottish region and an England/Wales region. Before it was Irish/Scottish/Welsh and England. My question was why he didn’t have any English or English/Welsh category but you make a good point. BTW I looked at your comments, did you have trouble logging into this website before? Only asking because I couldn’t tell if I was blocked or everyone had this trouble. Thanks, Jackson9/Bearboy

          • madman says:

            Do you mean that the site was down a few days ago? Why would that mean you were blocked?

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