Tom Brady

NFL Fan Rally in London's Trafalgar Square on October 27, 2012

Brady in 2012, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Thomas Edward Brady, Jr.

Place of Birth: San Mateo, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 3, 1977

Ethnicity: Irish (almost one half), as well as Polish, one eighth Swedish, one eighth Norwegian, small amounts of German and English

Tom Brady is an American professional football player. He is a quarterback, and has played for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was voted Super Bowl MVP for Super Bowl XXXVI (2002), XXXVIII (2004), XLIX (2015), LI (2017), and LV (2021).

Tom is the son of Galynn Patricia (Johnson) and Thomas Brady. His father is of Irish, and a small amount of English, descent. His mother is of approximately one quarter Swedish, one quarter Norwegian, three eighths Polish, and one eighth German, descent. Tom is married to Brazilian model Gisele B√ľndchen. Tom has a son with his former partner, actress Bridget Moynahan; and two children with Gisele. His brother-in-law is baseball player Kevin Youkilis, who is married to Tom’s sister, Julie.

His great-uncle, Michael Buckley, Jr., was the first American prisoner of war in World War II.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was Harry Christopher Brady (the son of Phillip/Philip F. Brady and Ellen G. Donahue). Harry was born in California, to Irish parents. Phillip was the son of John Brady and Bridget Bailey, who were Irish emigrants, with John being from County Monaghan. They left Ireland because of the Great Famine, and moved to Boston, and then San Francisco. Tom’s first cousin, three times removed, was Major League Baseball player “Steady” Pete Meegan, who was the son of Ann, Bridget’s sister. Tom’s great-grandmother Ellen was born in California, the daughter of Dennis Donahue, who was from Derry, Ireland, and of Margaret Devenney, who also had roots in Derry.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Patricia “Peggy” Buckley (the daughter of Michael J. Buckley and Barbara G. Lally). Margaret was born in California. Michael was born in Wisconsin, the son of Patrick Buckley, from Inniscarra, County Cork, Ireland, and of Brigid/Bridget Donlon/Donlen/Donlan, from Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. Barbara was born in Bilston, Staffordshire, England, the daughter of Martin Lally and Elizabeth E. Moore; she was of Irish and English descent, with roots in County Galway.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was Gordon Emanuel Johnson (the son of Arthur W. “Art” Johnson and Rena Lund). Gordon was born in Minnesota. Arthur was born in Minnesota, to Swedish parents, Isaac Johnson and Martha. Rena was born in Norway.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Bernice Theresa Obitz (the daughter of Charles John “Charley” Obitz and Anna/Annie M. Stish). Bernice was born in Minnesota. Charles was born in Minnesota, the son of Wilhelm/William Opitz/Obitz, who was an ethnic German, and of Maria/Mary Ulik/Ulke, who was Polish. Anna was born in Nebraska, of Polish descent, the daughter of Peter J. Stish, from Opole, and of Nancy Kowschliski, who herself was the daughter of Julius Kowschliski and Rosalin Kanopikofek.

Sources: Family history of Tom Brady –

Genealogies of Tom Brady –

Genealogy of Tom Brady (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogies of Tom’s maternal grandparents, Gordon Emanuel Johnson and Bernice Theresa Obitz –

Tom’s maternal grandfather, Gordon Emanuel Johnson, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Tom’s maternal grandmother, Bernice Theresa Obitz, on the 1920 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

35 Responses

  1. perez-richart says:


  2. madman says:

    *18.75% Polish
    *12.5% Swedish
    *12.5% Norwegian
    *6.25% likely German

  3. bearboy says:

    yup. hopefully the Jets can defeat Brady and the Patriots next weekend :)

  4. bearboy says:

    best quarterback in NFL history :)

  5. follers says:

    Bablah, what was Brady’s maternal grandmother’s exact ethnicity?

    • bablah says:

      Honestly, no idea. Nancy (Anastasia) and Peter were Polish. Peter was from Opole. Can’t say much else.

    • madman says:

      William Obitz/Opitz was German. Maria/Mary Ulik was Polish. So Tom is 1/16th German.

      • follers says:

        How do you know he was an ethnic German? Not the language or birthplace thing again?

        • madman says:

          That’s exactly what I’m gonna go to. The 1920 census has the most detailed information about this. Why would Charles list his father’s birthplace and language as Germany and German, if his father, like his mother (who is listed as Poland and Polish there), was ethnically Polish? I would say the most specific census, birthplace-wise, is the most reliable. For Charles mother it’s Poland (or Prussia, if you want). For his father it’s only Germany. And Obitz and Opitz are German surnames, not Polish. There’s no evidence that William was Polish.

          I admit that what I did on Bruce McGill’s page was stupid. But this is a different case, there’s no Jews involved (which would have complicated the issue).

          • follers says:

            Thoughts, bablah?

          • bablah says:

            @follers I agree that Wilhelm Obitz is a German last name, but the birth place varies so saying it’s deffinitely in Germany and not Poland is a stretch. He was probably German, but I’d like to know more about him and where he came from (and if there is a baptismal record or something).

          • madman says:

            The birth place doesn’t vary for Wilhelm, it says Germany everywhere. For Maria it varies, but since parts of present-day Poland was Germany back then it doesn’t bother me due to the fact that her language is Polish, and Ulik is a Polish surname. Wilhelm’s birth place, language, and surname all points towards a German background.

          • bablah says:

            It also says Prussia on the document that says Prussia for Maria too. He could still be a German from Poland, I can’t find a match on Castle Garden or any other port.

          • madman says:

            It’s crossed over and replaced with Germany. But the birth place really doesn’t say that much, especially when it is about a place that encompass many ethnic groups. You have to look at the language and surname. And in this case, they are German. There’s no reason to think he was Polish (except that his wife was, which isn’t a very good reason).

          • bablah says:

            Was I saying he was Polish? o_0
            I said he was likely German twice. I just think both might have been from Poland.

          • madman says:

            When you said that he could’ve been from Poland I thought you meant he could’ve been Polish. I was just clarifying my point. But yes, he could’ve been a German from present-day Poland.

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