Tiger Woods

Woods in 2011, Tony Bowler / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Eldrick Tont Woods

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 30, 1975

*father – African-American
*maternal grandfather – Thai
*maternal grandmother – Dutch, Chinese

Tiger Woods, also known simply as Tiger, is an American professional golfer. He is considered one of the greatest players of his generation.

Tiger’s father, Earl D. Woods (Earl Dennison Woods), an infantry officer, college baseball player, and writer, was born in Manhattan, Kansas, to African-American parents. Various family rumors have stated that Tiger’s father had Native American and/or Chinese ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented. Tiger’s father’s recent ancestors are all listed as “Black” on U.S. censuses.

Tiger’s mother was born Kultida Punsawad, and is from Thailand. Tiger’s maternal grandfather was Thai, and Tiger’s maternal grandmother had a Dutch father and a Chinese mother.

Tiger is a practicing Buddhist.

Tiger has two children with his former wife, Swedish model Elin Nordegren.

His niece, Cheyenne Woods, is also a professional golfer.

Tiger’s paternal grandfather was named Miles Woods (the son of Katherine “Kate” Hickman). Miles was born in Louisiana. Kate was the daughter of Henry Hickman and Elizabeth “Eliza.”

Tiger’s paternal grandmother was named Maude E. Carter (the daughter of Lewis/Louis Carter and Hattie). Maude was born in Kansas. Lewis was the son of Valentine Carter and Amanda.

Tiger’s maternal grandfather owned a tin mine in Thailand.

Sources: Genealogy of Tiger Woods – http://www.wargs.com

Genealogy of Tiger Woods (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Obituary of Tiger’s father – https://www.findagrave.com


Curious about ethnicity

155 Responses

  1. ethnogenesis says:

    Tiger Woods is black, undoubtedly an African American, and still, he has Asian (i.e. Thai) heritage, and I wonder what Native American tribe he originated from, that’ll help to improve the article.

    • andrew says:

      He looks brown to me. Like a Pacific Islander.

    • VikingHalfa says:

      Tiger Wood’s is only 25% black. His father (Earl Woods) claimed himself to only be half black, one-quarter American Indian, and one-quarter Chinese.

      So, along with his mother’s Ancestral DNA; Tiger Wood’s total ancestral DNA make up is:

      25% Sub – Saharan African

      24.5% – Chinese

      12.5% – Dutch

      12% – Native American

      • Oaken05 says:

        Earl Woods was not any part Chinese. lol His father was black, and his mother MAY have been mixed race black-white, but it’s completely possible her mother was also just light-skinned black.

        • VikingHalfa says:

          Okay, so I checked on Wikipedia; and it said that his Chinese ancestry was more of a *family joke about an alleged Chinese ancestor who “didn’t stay on his railroad job,” but there is no record of any Chinese ancestry.* BUT! Even though Earl Woods probably didn’t have Chinese ancestry. It was confirmed that even though Earl Wood’s father was black, his mother on the other hand; was (most likely) to be half black and half white. So Earl Woods is not pure black. HE even stated that he remembered that his grandmother Carter, who was of mixed race, was “the prettiest blonde you ever saw.” So Earl Woods is (most likely) 70% -75% black. It would makes sense because a few of his sibling would also be pretty light skinned for someone to be 100% black person.

          So Tiger Woods is probably only like 35% – 37.5% black.

  2. andrew says:

    according to findagrave:

    _ Tiger’s paternal grandfather was Miles Woods (the son of Katherine “Kate” Hickman). Miles was born in Louisiana. Kate was the daughter of Henry Hickman and Elizabeth “Eliza”.

    I suppose the undefinied Miles’ father was the Chinese man.

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