Tom Jones

Jones in 2011, photo by Helga Esteb /

Birth Name: Thomas Jones Woodward

Place of Birth: Treforest, Pontypridd, Glamorganshire, Wales

Date of Birth: 7 June, 1940

Ethnicity: English, Welsh

Tom Jones is a legendary Welsh soul singer and actor. He is the son of Freda (Jones) and Thomas John Woodward.

Tom’s paternal grandparents were both English, though Tom’s father may have had a small amount of Welsh ancestry. Tom’s mother was of Welsh and English descent.

Tom is known for his blue eyes and curly black hair, although it is now mostly gray.

Tom was married to Linda, until her death. The couple has a son.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was James Woodward (the son of Richard Woodward and Mary Holmes). James was born in Snowshill, Gloucestershire, England, and moved to Wales. Richard was the son of William Woodward and Hannah Workman. Mary was the daughter of Thomas Holmes and Sarah Griffiths or Pinching.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Annie Gane (the daughter of John Gane and Elizabeth Ford). Annie was born in Box, Wiltshire, England, and moved to Wales. John was the son of George Gane and Sarah Falkner. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Ford and Jane.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was Albert Rhys Jones (the son of Rees Jones and Alice Harris). Albert was of Welsh descent, and was born in Cardiff St. John, Glamorgan, Wales.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Ada Osman/Osmond (the daughter of Henry Osman/Osmond and Jane Mills). Ada was born in Pontypridd, Wales, to English parents, her father from Somerset and her mother from Wiltshire. Henry was the son of Mark Osman and Charlotte Owens.

Sources: Family history of Tom Jones –

Genealogy of Tom Jones –

Tom’s paternal grandparents, James Woodward and Annie Gane, on the 1901 England and Wales Census –

Tom’s maternal grandmother, Ada Osman/Osmond, on the 1901 England and Wales Census –


Curious about ethnicity

64 Responses

  1. Kekit says:

    welsh are darker than other people of the British Isles because they have more Roman ancestry and also the Romans would recruit mercenaries from other parts of the world (especially North Africa and the Middle East) and lots of them were stationed in Wales, IIRC.

    Angles and Saxons didn’t have much of a genetic impact on Wales like it did Northern England.

    darkest Welsh person I’ve ever seen is this Welsh boxer Lee Selby (he’s the current featherweight champion) and he looks Arab , yet he is fully Welsh to my knowledge.

  2. neiltennant says:

    he is darker than JAMES EARL JONES and GARLAND JEFFRIES both of african descent and I’m not sure but there could have been a secret in their family

  3. Rekta says:

    about 3000 years ago, the indigenous peoples of the british isles look like him : swarthy faces and dark curly hair. the ancient welsh were not celts but iberians who were celtized.

    • neiltennant says:

      come on 3000 years ago

      that is past and long ago

      years ago our ancestors came from AFRICA and that does not mean that if my son would have dark skin i would take the argument of YEARS AGO


  4. Capricious says:

    He is very tanned in this pic. And just because his hair is curly doesn’t mean his black, you dumb idiots.

    He is Welsh. If anything, he could have Spanish in him. But that’s the farthest.

  5. longhaired thick lightskinned gyal says:

    I always thought this nigga was mixed with black, he sure looks it. His mama lied to his ass.

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