Pete Buttigieg

Buttigieg in 2019, photo by Sheila_F/

Birth Name: Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg

Place of Birth: South Bend, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 19, 1982

*father – Maltese
*mother – English, Scottish, German, distant Swiss-German, Welsh, and Cornish

Pete Buttigieg is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he has served as U.S. Secretary of Transportation, since February 3, 2021, and, previously, as Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, from January 1, 2012 to January 1, 2020. He is a military combat veteran and Naval Intelligence Officer, having deployed to Afghanistan during his time as Mayor.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2020.

Pete is the son of Jennifer Anne (Montgomery) and Joseph Anthony Buttigieg II. His parents are/were professors, at The University of Notre Dame in South Bend. His father, who was born in Ħamrun, Malta, was a literary scholar and translator, who initially studied to be a Jesuit priest. Pete’s surname, Buttigieg, is a Maltese name of Semitic origin, with “tigieg” being a Semitic designation for “poultry.”

Pete’s mother, who was born in Stanislaus, California, is from a family from Indiana and Oklahoma, and has English, Scottish, German, and more distant Swiss-German, Welsh, and Cornish, ancestry. She is a Mayflower descendant.

Pete is married to educator Chasten Glezman. Chasten’s surname comes from Polish (Catholic) ancestry. The couple has two children.

Pete is the first and (thus far) only openly gay person, and the first and (thus far) only millennial, to have won a caucus and/or primary for a major American political party’s Presidential nomination. He won the Democratic Party’s Iowa Caucus in 2020. Pete is also the first openly gay U.S. cabinet member.

Of his own background, Pete has stated:

Most people have trouble pronouncing my name, so they just call me “Mayor Pete.” My surname, Buttigieg (Boot-edge-edge), is very common in my father’s country of origin, the tiny island of Malta, and nowhere else. Dad came to America in the 1970s and became a citizen; he married my mother, an Army brat and umpteenth-generation Hoosier, and the two of them settled in South Bend, Indiana, shortly before I was born…

His father was Catholic and his mother is of Methodist background. Pete was baptized Catholic. He is a practicing Christian, in the Episcopalian denomination.

Pete is the first person of Maltese heritage to have mounted a notable campaign for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States.

He is also one of the first three people born in the 1980s to have run a prominent campaign for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States, along with Tulsi Gabbard and Eric Swalwell, all of whom sought the 2020 Democratic nomination.

Pete’s paternal grandfather was named Joseph Anthony Buttigieg (the son of Curcifisio/Crocifisso Buttigieg and Stella). Pete’s grandfather Joseph was born on Malta.

Pete’s paternal grandmother was Maria Concetta “Cettina” Portelli (the daughter of Francesco Portelli and Cetta Saliba). Maria was born on Malta. Cetta was the daughter of Joseph/Giuseppe Saliba and Paola/Paolina Mintoff.

Pete’s maternal grandfather was John Willard Montgomery (the son of John M./W. Montgomery and Carrie Edith Yount). Pete’s grandfather John was born in Scottsburg, Scott, Indiana. Pete’s great-grandfather John was the son of William Gabriel Montgomery and Hannah Catherine Wardell. Carrie was a commercial hotel owner and manager, and was the daughter of James Madison Yount and Indiana Brooks.

Pete’s maternal grandmother was Zoe Anne Neal (the daughter of William Caswell “Will” Neal and Maye Louise Rasar). Zoe was born in McAlester, Pittsburg, Oklahoma. William was the son of William Henry Neal and Lena Chase. Maye was the daughter of George William Rasar and Annie Wooly.

Sources: Information about Pete’s reception in and connection to Malta –

Family history of Pete Buttigieg –

Interview about Pete’s religious background –

Genealogies of Pete Buttigieg –

Obituary of Pete’s maternal grandmother, Zoe Anne (Neal) Montgomery – http://files.usgwarchives.nettxt

25 Responses

  1. Preservationist says:

    I’ve noticed that whenever someone has Roman Catholic background it’s noted at this site. But if one of the subject celebrities is of Protestant background it goes ignored.

    Why is that?

  2. andrew says:

    He kinda looks like a comedian from Sicily, Valentino Picone (google him). Being half Maltese, it makes a sense.

  3. Roberto says:

    His family name is derived from the Arabic دَجَاجَة [dajāja] which means chicken, preceded by the Arabic word abu أبو [ʾabū], “father of”, here in the sense of “owner of”; he designates a poultry.

  4. andrew says:

    He is credited to speak eight languages: English, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Farsi, French, Norwegian and Maltese.

    • jackson9 says:

      He is very bright indeed! When I first heard of Mayor Pete I said this guy is running a campaign that is going nowhere but if he wins Iowa or even comes close this guy could be #46. I like the guy. sorry for being controversial just wanted to praise him

      • andrew says:

        Btw what happened to Bearboy account? was it banned?

        • jackson9 says:

          I got a new account when I was or thought I was banned for over a year.

          • madman says:

            Why do you think you were banned? And for over a year, when could that have taken place?
            I think I remember this time. The site was down for a couple of days. And when it went back up, jackson9 had started commenting. I don’t get why you’d think you’d get banned just like that without any reason.

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