Donald Trump AncestryMr. Donald Trump is of German and Scottish ancestry.
His paternal grandfather, Frederick Trump (1869-1918, born Friederich Drumpf) hails from Kallstadt, a small administrative unit in the southern German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. A barber by trade, he left the rolling vineyards and cobblestone streets of Kallstadt in 1885 at the age of 16 to immigrate to the United States. Frederick Trump’s wife, Elisabeth Christ (1880-1966), also hails from Kallstadt. Mr. Trump’s father, Frederick Christ Trump (1905-1999), was born in the Bronx, New York.
His maternal grandparents, Malcolm MacLeod (1866-1954) and Mary Smith (1867-1963), were born in Tong, a fishing village in the Isle of Lewis, an island part of the Outer Hebrides archipelago located on Scotland’s west coast. Their daughter, Mary Anne MacLeod (1912-2000), emigrated to the United States in 1930 and would go on to marry Frederick Christ Trump six years later.
There have also been talks of a Swedish line in Mr. Trump’s ancestry, something even he previously believed in until as late as 1987. However, we now know that the Swedish heritage angle was a business strategy started by his father, Fred Trump, following the rise of fascism in Nazi Germany, owing to his large Jewish tenant base.
His story is classic Horatio Alger. Fred Trump was born in New Jersey in 1905. His father, who came here from Sweden as a child, owned a moderately successful restaurant, but he was also a hard liver and a hard drinker, and he died when my father was eleven years old. – Trump: The Art of the Deal
Frederick Christ (pronounced Krist) Trump was born in New York City in 1905. From World War II until the 1980's, Mr. Trump would tell friends and acquaintances that he was of Swedish origin, although both his parents were born in Germany. John Walter, his nephew and the family historian, explained, "He had a lot of Jewish tenants and it wasn't a good thing to be German in those days." – New York Times, June 26, 1999
If we delve deeper into Mr. Trump’s maternal line, we will find that he is a descendant of King Edward III (1312-1377), arguably the most historically influential medieval English king. Interestingly, King Edward III is fondly remembered for his Anglicization of England, whose culture and language had absorbed numerous French characteristics following the Norman conquest of England two centuries earlier. Mr. Trump is also a distant relative of Secretary Hillary Clinton (19th cousins) as they share a common ancestor - John of Gaunt (1340-1399), the 1st Duke of Lancaster.
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