Tim McGraw

McGraw in 2010, image via Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Samuel Timothy McGraw

Place of Birth: Start, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 1, 1967

Ethnicity: Italian (maternal grandfather), Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Bohemian Czech, English, Scottish, distant German, Dutch, and French Huguenot, 1/256 Swiss-German

Tim McGraw is an American country music singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor.

He is the son of Elizabeth Ann “Betty” (D’Agostino) and Frank Edwin “Tug” McGraw, Jr., a professional baseball player, who was a pitcher for the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Tim was raised by his mother and stepfather, Horace Smith.

He is married to singer and actress Faith Hill, with whom he has three children.

Tim’s paternal grandfather was Frank Edwin McGraw (the son of Andrew Henry McGraw and Ella May Nave). Frank was born in California. Andrew was the son of William McGraw, who was born in County Down, Ireland, and of Mary Ann Crofton, whose parents were Irish. Ella was the daughter of David Robert Nave and Amelia Chrisman.

Tim’s paternal grandmother was Mable Madeline/Madeleine McKenna (the daughter of Frank McKenna and Marie Suchanek). Mable was born in California. Frank was born in California, to a father from Kansas and a mother from Missouri. Tim’s great-grandmother Marie was an emigrant from Bohemia, of Czech ancestry, the daughter of Joseph Suchaner and Frantiska Jiroutek.

Tim’s maternal grandfather was John Joseph D’Agostino (the son of Daniel Agusta D’Agostino and Elizabeth Isabella DeSilverstri). John was born in Washington, D.C., to a father from Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy, and a mother from Rome, Lazio, Italy. Elizabeth was the daughter of Anthony DeSilverstri.

Tim’s maternal grandmother was Annie Catherine Welch (the daughter of Samuel Timothy Welch and Annie Pearl Temple). Tim’s grandmother Annie was born in Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, to parents from Louisiana. She was of either entirely or partially Irish ancestry.

Sources: Genealogy of Tim McGraw – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Tim’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) – https://www.findagrave.com

Tim mentions some of his ancestry, on CNN – http://transcripts.cnn.com


Curious about ethnicity

31 Responses

  1. Gem says:

    Northern Irish is FAR DIFFERENT from the assumed ‘everyone in Ireland is of Catholic Irish descent’ & Scots-Irish usually falls into that Northern Irish category. Do your homework on the centuries old strife of Northern Ireland – its not pretty… and why the rest of Ireland try to distance themselves from anything up there. Do not assume just bc someone has Irish/ Scots-Irish in their ancestry – they’re both quite different & has nothing to do w the US… though most ‘Scots-Irish’ in the US down south are almost all Protestant (& have a baked in hatred of all things Catholic) NOT to be derogatory, but the KKK for example (known thru-out the south) prosecuted Catholics & also burned crosses on their land. People that claim their Christians but act like anything but… and yes, they still exist. (West Point is currently having a HUGE problem with them infiltrating their institution)

    • JackB says:

      That’s a very simplistic way of looking at it. Most Irish, Catholic or Protestant, have both Catholic and Protestant lineage to varying degrees. And the vast majority of those from all backgrounds, be it Catholic,Protestant, and more recent arrivals, are all Irish. Being Irish does not exclude having so many other facets to ones identity, and never should it. All welcome and all equal.

  2. andrew says:

    he has 1/256 Swiss ancestry too

  3. madman says:

    Are you sure his father’s ancestors were protestants? His great-great-grandmother Mary Ann Crofton’s parents were Irish Catholics. So I’d assume her Irish husband was Catholic as well.

    • follers says:

      I think McGraw being listed as Scots-Irish precedes my tenure. How do you know that the Croftons were Catholic, by the way?

      • madman says:

        Mary Ann’s father was from County Mayo. And her mother’s surname was “Donohue”, which is Irish.

        • follers says:

          Scots-Irish people often have Irish surnames, and there were Protestants in County Mayo. That’s why it’s all so confusing.

          I think McGraw is usually referred to as Scots-Irish on his father’s side, but that’s not definitive.

          • madman says:

            In my experience they rarely have irish surnames, more often Scottish or English ones. And Mayo is one of the most Irish-speaking counties. But you’re the authority on this topic.

            He said in that interview that he is Scotch Irish. But do people generally use that term to mean Irish Protestant? Or just to mean something like Scottish+Irish.

          • follers says:

            If they use the word “Scotch”, in particular, yes, that’s what they’re referring to.

            I’m not an authority on the topic.

            I don’t know if we can find the religion of the McGraw side. That might help with the issue.

            I’ve amended the text somewhat.

          • Alice says:

            That is highly unusual. Someone from Co Mayo called Donohue would be Catholic. Anyway as I’ve said previously this “Northern Irish” stuff is stupid. Call them Scots-Irish if they are long term in the US. If someone has an Irish name they obviously are of Irish ancestry.

  4. Faith Danielle Patteson says:

    Wow that’s so cool I always go to ethicelebs website to look up peoples ethnicity

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