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User currently offlinejetblue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1597 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3397 times:

Personally, I was born in the Philippines. My dad's family are of Pakistani-Turkish ancestry while my mom's family are of Spanish ancestry. I now reside in New York City since I was 12 years old. Most of my family (extended) are still in the Philippines while some are in Sweden and here in the US.

So I'd like to hear from your ethnic origins!


It's a cultural thing.
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User currently offlinejonathanxxxx From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 678 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3374 times:

Well I've lived in Miami my whole life so I think its pretty obvious where I'm from  
My mom's side is completely Cuban, while my dad's mom is Cuban and dad's dad is Spaniard. My family is mostly here but I also have a large family in Cuba. Not the most exciting but its alright 

User currently offlinezalemam From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 169 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3374 times:

I was born in Jordan, My dads family are from Al-Khalil (Hebron) , Palestine with some Iraqi ancestry mixed in from somewhere...and my Mothers family is from Haifa, Palestine. Both of my parents direct family and my cousins live in Jordan and the Arab Gulf States due to the Palestinian Exodus when the Israeli state was born. My parents left Jordan for the US when I was 3 years old, and have live in Raleigh, NC ever since.

Patience is Virtue
User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3363 times:

My father's parents were both born in Ireland, my mother's mom was born in Sweden. My mom's father was born in the US from German parents. Father's side moved to Newark, NJ after coming from Ireland. Mother's side settled in Queens, NY. Irish/Swedish/German and damn proud!

Go big or go home
User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5543 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3355 times:

Mutt here. English, Irish, Scottish, Polish, Prussian and German. Possibly Dutch. Tend to favor the Scottish in me.

You can't cure stupid
User currently offlinefoppishbum From Taiwan, joined Mar 2006, 897 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3343 times:

I'm mainly Han Chinese with a dash of Dutch blood that is pretty much of no significance. I was born in Taiwan, my parents were born in Taiwan, and both sets of grandparents were born in Taiwan. I am mainly Han Chinese but have Manchurian, Japanese, and Dutch ancestors.  

Taiwanese-American :D
User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3125 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3339 times:

Irish and English here, with 1/16th Cherokee mixed in from my great-great grandmother.

Able to kill active threads stone dead with a single post!
User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8317 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3315 times:

Born in NZ, parents born in NZ, Grandparents in NZ, Great Grandparents mix of Welsh,Irish,Scottish and NZer somewhere in the Great-Great bracket there's some French. Nothing of interest whatsoever.

User currently offlinerunner13 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 245 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3307 times:

100% German here, both my parents are from Germany. My dad got hired in the 70's by GM at the suburban plant in Arlingtion Tx, moved to Columbia Tn when GM opened up Saturn in the late 80's, grew up there now live in Nashville. My wife's mom's side of the family is entirely Pakistani, they moved to Nashville in the late 70's for religious freedom. They are awesome.

User currently offlineCB777 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1216 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3307 times:

Well I was born and raised in NJ, 5 mins outside NYC, both my parents were born in Croatia, I am 100% Croatian.


User currently offlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8970 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3296 times:
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Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 4):
Tend to favor the Scottish in me.

There are a lot of us about who do that.

On the surface my background is pretty boring, ostensibly Scottish to the nth degree, there is however a hint of scandal in the family, my paternal grandfather may have had English forebears. In addition, the trail on my maternal grandmothers side fades out with some whispers of Norway and possibly Germany before that. In any case, I guess if we go far enough and trace our roots back to the Olduvai Gorge we are all basically Tanzanian in origin.

I'm pleased to say that my assorted nephew/nieces and great-nephews/great-nieces have made up for it quite a bit with a mix of Cook Island/ Niuean/Japanese/NZ Maori/ either in themselves or their partners, give it a couple more generations and hopefully we will all be well mixed.

[Edited 2011-08-02 00:39:35]

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User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3799 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3297 times:

My mother's Swedish, my dad's Irish with a splash of Scot. And if you go back about 300 years on my mother's side, a Turkish immigrant thrown in to the mix, which is apparently the cause of my dark brown hair.


Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlinebookishaviator From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3259 times:

Both of my parents are Croatian - they migrated to Australia in the 1960s where (many years later) I was subsequently born and raised. Apparently there's some French in me somewhere along the line, but I've never bothered to construct a family tree... it would be near impossible anyway.

When I die, when I die, I'll rot. But when I live, when I live, I'll give it all I've got.
User currently offlineRara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 2512 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3245 times:

German born to two German parents. Many many generations back, some ancestors came from Southern France (huguenots).

Samson was a biblical tough guy, but his dad Samsonite was even more of a hard case.
User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7517 posts, RR: 42
Reply 14, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3244 times:
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My father was born in Texas, so that makes me an American Citizen through him, but I never renewed my passport since I was 13, I just use the Mexican one. My Grandfather was American too, and fought in the Korean war. Grandmother came from northern Mexico.

My mother is from Argentina, and both her parents from Argentina, although her Grandfather came from Austria, however ethnically he was Italian, because at the time, that part of Italy was in Austria, so he came with an Austrian passport. Her Grandmother came from Italy, northern Italy but we are not sure of the town. Somewhere there´s some Russian and Irish blood into the mix but I´m not sure how it came about exactly.

User currently offlineJJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 2324 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days ago) and read 3226 times:

Dad's side can be traced to the christian conquerors that defeated moorish rule in the 13th century. Actually my paternal surname gave name to a nearby village. I'm sure there have been odd bits of blood from here and there, but as far as I can tell, all very local.

Mom's side comes farther away on another province, maternal name is one of the most common, so the exact origin is tough to track. Still 100% Spanish (so 50% each of Valencian and Manchego).

User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 3030 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3200 times:

My Dad was Italian and my Mom was Colombian, but I was born and raised in Venezuela, But I have lived in so many places that I don´t consider myself Venezuelan or Italian or nothing... Citizen of the World I guess.

I always say I have (kinda) the best of both worlds... Cartels and Mafia... so don´t mess with me 


I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2794 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3184 times:

I was born in Hong Kong and lived there for 9 years, my parents were Hong Kong born as well, but my grandparents from my dad's side were from Shunde (顺德) in the Guangdong Province in China.

Boeing 777 fanboy
User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 8724 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3135 times:


Way back when, my ancestors came from Poland (or Austria but Polish), Lithuania, and Austria-Hungary. The last one is confusing because the city they were from went from Austria-Hungary to Czechoslovakia to Slovakia and is now in Western Ukraine. But we narrowed it down to just the "Slovak" people  

Ironically I have never flown a Delta MD-90 :)
User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6543 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3129 times:

Mostly Hungarian...specifically, from western Hungary near the Austrian border (though these days my family lives not only there but in Budapest, Debrecen and Hódmezővásárhely too).

I also have a bit of German, Luxembourger and English too.

User currently offlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2345 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3113 times:

On my mom's side I'm pretty much completely German, though my great-grandmother (my grandfather's mother) was born in Brazil to a German mother and Brazilian father (if I remember correctly- I could be wrong about that. Anyway, she was raised in Germany), and my grandmother in Poland (but to German parents who moved back when she was 5 or 6- just before the German invasion in 1939). On my dad's side, my grandmother's family was mostly German, and my grandfather's originated in Iceland, but at some point ended up in Scotland. Later generations passed through Ireland on the way to America, but didn't really pick up anything there. My parents were both born in the US. I think I got it all now!

[Edited 2011-08-02 09:06:55]

Midwest Airlines- 1984-2010
User currently offlineFingerLakerAv8r From United States of America, joined May 2011, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3090 times:

IRISH!! Grandfather was born in Dublin, Grandmother born in Sligo on my Mom's side. My Grandfather and Grandmother on my Dad's side were both born in Galway.

User currently offlinecasinterest From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 5826 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3074 times:


I have family that has been in the US since 1641.

Other than that it is all just a bunch of Scottish-English by way of Canada with just a hint of German/Irish.

Older than I just was ,and younger than I will soo be.
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 3133 posts, RR: 25
Reply 23, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3065 times:

Danish for the most part. 1/16 Swedish though, and 1/16 Jewish

Follow The Greens
User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7887 posts, RR: 32
Reply 24, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3056 times:

Redneck sharecroppers

One step ahead of the sheriff and behind a mule for generations on my father's side. My dad was the first one who got into an industrial job - largely because sharecropping died out in our home area. But his family had pushed him to graduate high school and go to welding school in the early 40s - like most of his peers the US Army gave him work after high school in the drive across France, Benelux and Germany.

Mom's family goes back past William Whipple, a signer of the Declaration of Independence - and supposedly Daniel Boone.

(Historians believe Boone had 10 living children - at his death there were supposedly over 100 living direct descendants. That would mean that probably 10-30 thousand people in the midwest can claim a link to Boone.)

25 MasterBean : Going back a few generations, Irish and Manx and on the other side Austrian and German.
26 Post contains links Doona : Here's an interesting, if ghastly, tidbit relating to at least the ancestry of the male members. 0,5 % of the world's male population share genetic li
27 AmricanShamrok : Born in Ireland. My mother was born and raised in Chicago to Irish immigrants and my dad was also born in Ireland. So while my blood is 100% Irish, I
28 Post contains images iakobos : My ancestors are probably on this cover.
29 Post contains images aerdingus : That's really cool. I'm just plain old Irish...would love to do some family tree stuff but kinda hard because my maternal grandmother was adopted &am
30 aloges : I am 100% German as far back as anyone has ever succeeded in tracing my family tree.
31 mmedford : Mom, Dad & Myself were born in Trinidad...family history goes back to Scotland & India. I've lived in NYC since I was 2...
32 fr8mech : Greek. Born in Greece to Greek parents. Near as I can tell and as my dad knows; all Greek, though our last name may have a hint of Italy or Spain. Mov
33 HELyes : Finnish. A few years back I learnt more about my genetic heritage, my paternal 'genetic path' is typical for Northern Asian nomads, thats was interest
34 EddieDude : My Dad was Spanish. Our ancestors are all from northern Spain, descendants of Celts. My Mom, on the other hand, is Mexican, from a small town in south
35 TSS : Back when the Ellis Island website first came online, a friend of mine became quite cross with me because I had no interest in attempting to look up
36 Post contains images OA260 : Father Guyanese Indian , Mother Greek . I was born in London and lived in Ireland last 13 years. I am closer to my Greek roots though but still have I
37 stratosphere : Same here except instead of English I am German-Irish with 1/16th cherokee. Guess thats why I love beer so much..lol
38 YVRLTN : English on both sides pretty much as far as we can go back, though my great grandmother on my moms side came from the Outer Hebrides in Scotland (and
39 MD11Engineer : Central to Eastern European mongrel. My dad´s paternal ancestors came originally from the Salzburger Land in Austria, but had to emigrate during the
40 iakobos : Since contemporary Greece was "made in" 1923 it is difficult to trace an ethnic origin before that date. Hint of Spanish ? there were plenty of Sepha
41 Post contains images directorguy : Egyptian but with a lot of mixed ancestry. On my mom's side it's Turkish-Moroccan, with no actual Egyptian 'blood'. On my father's side it's mainly Ar
42 AM744 : Most of my ancestors were born in Mexico City and a few in the central states of Guanajuato and Michoacan. Throw in one or two Spanish ancestors that
43 WesternA318 : Unfortunately, my heritage comes from Greece. Specifically, from Trikala on my Mom's side, and from Sparta on my Dad's. I myself consider myself an Am
44 signol : I'm English, as far back as we can work out. Though with my appearance (tall, blond), a surname ending in -son, and coming from the part of England th
45 fr8mech : Don't be ashamed of your heritage. The Greeks have given so much to the world, the present crisis not withstanding. This crisis has been decades in t
46 WesternA318 : I'm not ashamed so much in what the Greeks have accomplished in the ancient times. The Greeks today? A whole 'nother story.
47 TR763 : Interesting topic! My father's family came from Armenia. I don't know exactly thru how many countries they passed after leaving Armenia, because of th
48 Post contains images TWFirst : White trash here Originally from Central Illinois. German(ic)/Irish mix... we know very little about our ancestors though. Based on my grandparents' s
49 WesternA318 : Awesome! Woo! *Holding beer in one hand*
50 Docpepz : My paternal grandfather was from the state of tamil nadu in India, and moved to Singapore in the 1930s after marrying my l grandmother. My father was
51 seb146 : For me: Who can say? If I go by the roumers, I am Irish, English, and Hungarian/Romanian. My fathers grandmother was Irish and his father was born in
52 RobertNL070 : 75% English, 25% Welsh = 100% British. Funny, when I am in London - where I was born and spent my formative years - I feel 100% Londoner.
53 rfields5421 : The fellow I work for part-time on Saturdays comes from a family which keeps their records - and can trace his father's family back before Columbus a
54 luckyone : Pasty white mutt: English, Welsch, Scottish, Irish, French, German
55 lewis : 3/4 Greek (from various locations) + 1/4 Armenian
56 iakobos : Right, there were no nationalities during the Ottoman period (and before). People were differentiated by their religious affiliation...and subsequent
57 MD11Engineer : Back in the late 1980s I had a friend (he was a sergeant with the US Army Berlin brigade), who told me that his ancestor came over on the second ship
58 Post contains images flyAUA : Half Austrian, half jordanian. Nationality is Austrian. Born in Syria. Grew up in Austria. Studied in England. Worked in Luxembourg. And now finally b
59 HOOnS90 : Ethnically, Korean all over. No Korean nationality though, only Canadian... and damn proud!
60 Post contains images Mexicana757 : Both parents are from Mexico. Dad from state of Michoacan and mom from Zacatecas. As AM744 said, I'm also a plain vanilla Mexican too. Although I woul
61 AR385 : Between 1861 and 1867 the French occupied Mexico. The Cinco de Mayo, as you know commemorates a battle that was won by the Mexicans in 1861 and delay
62 Acheron : Dad's side of the family is completely spanish, from Catalonia and Valencia with some roots going back to Perpignan in France. Mom's side of the famil
63 connies4ever : Father born in England of English parents, although Grandad was born in Argentina to English parents. Mother of Irish background. I have stubborness i
64 airplaneguy : My parents are Indian, although my dad was born in Fiji. I was born in Canada, but currently live in the US.
65 JJJ : Might be any country. In Spain Galicia and the Basque country have significant blonde populations (for Spanish standards, that is). All my family is
66 Post contains links iakobos : Since 50% of (ethnic) Europeans are (DNA) related to King Tutankhamun, reaching even 70% for the Spanish and 60% for the French, this makes it a lot e
67 WesternA318 : I have several histories on Trikala and holy crap, all of those factions caused quite a bit of ruckus during their time!
68 OA260 : Plenty of decent Greeks who have worked hard and had nothing to do with the crisis. Thats like saying that every American is responsible for the war
69 WesternA318 : It's not just the crisis that's pissed me off. It's a bunch of the Cretans here in SLC that make me discard my heritage. besides, I was born here in
70 OA260 : Well I met people from a lot of countries I don't like but then again Ive met the same amount of lovely people from the same countries. I know Greek
71 EddieDude : Zacatecas is a rich mining region. I am sure immigrants from many different European countries/regions (maybe even some Americans too) came to the ma
72 Derico : Malawian on all sides.
73 homeland545 : Where do i start: My grandma on my mother's side is from western mexico ( CUL ) and can trace their family to the native mexicans and my grandfather i
74 Post contains links iakobos : There are good apples and bad apples in every orchard, just the proportion varies according to a wide number of factors. Ethnicity has little to do w
75 something : That's actually very interesting. I lived in Puebla for six months and visited Veracruz on various instances but never really noticed anything French
76 AR385 : Well. Of all the major cities in Mexico, Puebla has the most French influence. And its noticeable everywhere. The French had to stay there for a whol
77 Post contains images OA260 : Thanks I know my own history very well.
78 radiopolitic : I'm a mutt. Born in Toronto, raised in Toronto, Tokyo, Tampa, Houston, and Istanbul. Father born in Aegean Turkey with a Greek mother from the Pelopon
79 AmricanShamrok : A lot of Irish descendants here! I believe Irish-American is the second largest ethnic group in the US after German-American.
80 EICVD : Nice to see so many members on here have Irish heritage. Im 100% Irish.
81 LXA333 : Mother= French and Spaniard, Father=Croatian and Albanian. I am mostly attached to my fathers 2 sides though and i try to visit the balkans every year
82 Post contains images texan : I'm a bit of a mix: Texas, Tennessee and Massachusetts Part of my dad's family has been in Texas since the mid 19th Century. They settled in Tennessee
83 Post contains images EddieDude : Slim's father was born in Lebanon, he was born in Mexico City. The "Arabs" in Mexico are indeed mostly Lebanese and they are mostly Maronites (i.e.,
84 Post contains images Mexicana757 : Thanks for the information both of you have provided. I think will look more into finding more about the history of the region. Will have to check th
85 carlisle : Father's Side ~ SCOTLAND (Clan: BRUCE) Mother's Side ~ Ireland, Denmark, & Norway
86 ME AVN FAN : Mother side = a typical Swiss-German border family, so a bit of mix of CH with D legal father = fully Swiss, but of Alsace origin real (ethnic) father
87 EDTrauma : 3/4 Scottish, 1/8 Northern Irish, 1/8 Seminole Tribe
88 Revelation : Conceived in the US with DNA imported from Lithuania. Both mom and dad's family trace themselves back to Germany in the 1800s when many were enticed t
89 ME AVN FAN : Lithuania, just as Latvia and Estonia, for ages was German or at least German dominated, in case of Protestant Latvia and Estonia not much detested b
90 Revelation : I suppose, but then we can consider English "Saxons" in a similar light? In any case, my parents and grandparents all spoke Lithuanian at home, and o
91 Santi319 : My mom's family is Palestinian, and my dad is half Mexican and half PuertoRican, I was born and raised in Mexico City so I considered myself Mexican!!
92 Post contains images ME AVN FAN : We of course CAN ! just as I consider the Sachsen-Koburg-Gotha and the Battenberg families as Germans
93 MD11Engineer : Check my family story (post #39). My family settled in the "Memelland" a region north of the river Niemen (Memel in German), which for centuries was
94 Revelation : Thanks for sharing your grandparent's story, tragic as it is. I wish I knew the history of the area better than I do.
95 ME AVN FAN : It sometimes is better if you do not know all the details ...................
96 Post contains images QXatFAT : Fathers Side: Born in Mexico - Mom: Mexico / Dad: Spain Mothers Side: Born in Alabama - Mom: Ireland / Dad: England The joke in my family for my mom i
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