Trevor Noah

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Noah in 2016, photo by vonora/

Place of Birth: Johannesburg, South Africa

Date of Birth: 20 February, 1984

*Swiss-German (father)
*Xhosa South African (mother)

Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, television and radio host, and actor. He has hosted The Daily Show with Trevor Noah since 2015.

His father is white, of Swiss-German descent. His mother is black, of Xhosa background. His parents’ relationship was illegal at the time of his birth. His mother was fined and jailed as a result.

Noah is Trevor’s mother’s surname. Trevor’s maternal grandparents are named Temperance Noah and Nomaliza/Nomalizo Frances.

Trevor is fluent in six languages, English, Afrikaans, and the indigenous African tongues, Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, and Tsonga. He also speaks some German.

Trevor was raised Christian. However, when he was around 10 or 11, his mother converted to Judaism.

He has said:

…I think when you look at religion, you look at where Christianity came from, you know, my mom delved deeper into that. And she felt a deep connection, and she wanted to go as deep as possible into… the world of religion. And that took her into Judaism… So then I lived my life as a – as a part-white, part-black but then sometimes-Jewish kid. And I didn’t understand ’cause she didn’t make me convert… like, for instance, when I turned 13, she threw me a bar mitzvah… but nobody came because nobody knew what… that was… So it’s just me and my mom. And she’s celebrating, and she’s reading things to me in Hebrew. I don’t know what’s going on. And she’s telling me that now I’m a man… I mean, I still live today with my mom sending me, you know, Hebrew Scriptures or, you know, phrases or celebrating… she’ll write me an email and it’ll be Shanah Tovah, and the next day it’ll be something else, baruch hashem adonai. And… I’m lost half of the time, but that was the world that I grew up in.


Genealogy of Trevor Noah (focusing on his mother’s side) –

32 Responses

  1. NOTREALLY says:

    Immediately knew he was recently mixed the first time I saw him but never bothered looking into it, classic American mulatto, completely shunning his white side and lecturing and making fun of white people on TV, I wonder how his father feels like but apparently he doesn’t have much of a relationship with him (shocker).
    It just goes to show race is a bit of a funky thing, people can look more black than white as much as they want, still have full white parent and choose to ignore that for virtue points, kind of sad.

    • Oaken05 says:

      OMG, STFU. You have no idea what you’re talking about.

      You seem to be really pressed and bitter and miserable; all of your posts are inappropriately aggressive and angry. I’m sorry about that, but you don’t need to take it out on some celebrity on a random forum.

      • NOTREALLY says:

        “OMG, STFU. You have no idea what you’re talking about.”
        There’s nothing to have or not have idea about, you can simply tune your TV on and listen to this guy and a bunch of other biracial American celebs, they all do the same, it’s a fact, deal with it.
        I’m not angry at all, you don’t need to proyect your grievances on me mate, I ain’t your nanny.
        I said no lie, people like this guy talk all kinds of sh*t about white people on TV while being half white, if that offends you, maybe you need to stop venturing outside of your comfort bubble, I don’t know what do you want me to say. I hope you can provide actual insight next time
        And no my posts aren’t all “aggresive and angry”, you’re simply very thin-skinned, you literally couldn’t provide a single ounce of actual reasoning but a rather emotional “OMG STFU” response, look on the mirror before being sanctimonious, thanks :^)

        • jonasbttencourt says:

          Not that i care that much about Trevor at all, since he ruined one of my favourite shows ever (oh God, why Jon had to go, it would be great to see his takes on The Daily Show in the Trump and Biden era), but NOTREALLY is spot on about him. The guy is a massive hypocrite, really don’t know if his dad is a piece of —-, or the aparthaid has something to do with how he completely ignores him and panders so heavily to black people, but nothing justifies his lame race-baiting humour

      • Oaken05 says:

        I’m sorry if you don’t like his politics, but you can take that sh%t somewhere else. Grow up.

        • jackson9 says:

          Oaken05, I thought it was “unbecoming to whine.” change of heart or are you just a troll?

        • jonasbttencourt says:

          You wont change the fact that dispite this guy being clearly biracial he poses as sort of”black spokesperson”, ignores the existence of his white father and makes toxic comments about white people all the time, especially white americans. You grow up! And don’t come with this “oh but he can identify as black if he wants”, yeah, he can identify as a unicorn as far as im concerned, but this wont change take away his white half, he LOOKS half white. And don’t know if you are aware of this or not, but he is not american! So it’s not the same thing, for example, of Zendaya saying she is black/african-american even dispite being biracial, since blackness in the US is more complex than features and genetic ancestry. And also the aparthaid is not an excuse for him to identify only as black, because in South Africa there’s a proper historical category for mixed-race people, it’s called “Coloured”, so south african society today accepts broader racial categorizations.

          • Oaken05 says:

            He most certainly does not ignore the existence of his father. His entire memoir is based-around his mixed-race existence.

            I’m sorry you all have all of this racist hang-ups that you’re projecting onto him. But that’s not his problem; that’s your problem. That’s something YOU have to work through.

            Clearly, you’ve never seen this guys comedy specials, read his book, etc. to foolishly yell that he is somehow embarrassed about his ancestry, or has ‘disowned’ his European heritage. lol

  2. Oaken05 says:

    Looks like we got a real, genuine troll, folks.

    Time for the broom…

  3. Oaken05 says:

    He talks so very little about his father’s side; it’s kind of weird. I think there is literally ONE picture of him floating around the internet. We don’t know his father’s surname, and barely know his given name (Robert). I don’t even know if his father was a South African citizen, though we’ve been told he “went back” to Switzerland and that he spoke (Swiss) German.

    Can anyone find out more about Robert?

  4. Daron says:

    I would had never guess that he was half White. He looks like a average looking African American. This just proves that the Black phenotype are more dominate than the White.

    • Multiethnicchick says:

      No he doesn’t. Chris Rock looks like your average African American. You clearly just have no idea what a full black person looks like. No such thing as a dominant black phenotype. Your idea of white also seems to come from Hitler where pure white means blonde and blue eyed.

  5. andrew says:

    He has stated to be fluent in six languages: English, Afrikaans, and Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana and Tsonga (African tongues). He also speaks some German.

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