Family of Donald Trump
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Mother of Don Jr, Ivanka, and Eric
Mother of Tiffany
The family of Donald Trump, the President of the United States, is a prominent American family active in real estate, entertainment, business, and politics. Donald Trump's immediate family circle is the First Family of the United States. They are part of the broader Trump family originating from Germany. Donald Trump has children from three different women; Ivana Trump, Marla Maples, and Melania Trump.
- 1 Immediate family
- 2 Ancestry
- 3 Coats of arms
- 4 References
Marla Ann Maples, the second wife of Donald Trump, was born on October 27, 1963 in Dalton, Georgia. She is an actress and television personality.
Melania Trump (née Knavs), the third wife of Donald Trump, was born on April 26, 1970, in Novo Mesto, Yugoslavia (present-day Slovenia). She has had a lengthy modeling career and is the second foreign-born First Lady of the United States.
Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump
Don, Ivanka and Eric are Trump's three eldest children, from his first marriage with Ivana Trump.
They each played major roles during Trump's presidential campaign, as each had been regular guests on national news programs, thus serving as Donald Trump's surrogates. After Trump's victory, all three of them were named as members of Trump’s presidential transition team. Prior to this, under Donald Trump's chairmanship, each had been an Executive Vice President at The Trump Organization.
After the presidential transition, Donald Jr. and Eric will manage the family's real estate empire while Ivanka will move to Washington, D.C. with her husband Jared Kushner, who has been appointed to a senior White House advisory position.
Tiffany Trump is the only child of Donald Trump and Marla Maples. In 2016, Tiffany was mostly absent from the campaign trail, in part because she was busy attending the University of Pennsylvania, her father's alma mater. Shortly after graduating in sociology and urban studies, she made a rare speech for her father at the Republican National Convention at age 22.
Barron William Trump (born March 20, 2006) is Donald Trump's youngest child and his only child with Melania Trump. He is of German and Scottish descent on his father's side and Slovenian descent on his mother's side. He attends the Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School in Manhattan. Barron is fluent in English and Slovene. During his early childhood, Barron made several television appearances, including on The Apprentice and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Barron will not immediately be living in the White House but will remain at Trump Tower with his mother, until the end of the 2016–2017 school year.
He made rare appearances during the 2016 election; Melania Trump said she had wanted to keep him out of the spotlight. He made a total of three public appearances on the campaign trail, appearing at a campaign rally in South Carolina, and attending his father's RNC acceptance speech and presidential victory speech. While absent from pre-inauguration events, he was at his father's inauguration ceremony in January 2017 and some of the following events.
On January 20, 2017 SNL writer Katie Rich made a comment about Barron Trump on social media network Twitter, saying "Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter.” This caused a social media protest about the tweet, which led to Rich's indefinite suspension from SNL. On January 23, 2017, Rich made an apology through Twitter, stating "I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions and offensive words. It was inexcusable and I'm so sorry."
Donald Trump has eight grandchildren, five from his son Don Jr. and three from his daughter Ivanka.
Donald Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa have five children: daughters Kai Madison (born May 12, 2007) and Chloe Sophia (born June 16, 2014) and sons Donald John III (born February 18, 2009), Tristan Milos (born October 2, 2011), and Spencer Frederick (born October 21, 2012).
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have three children: daughter Arabella Rose Kushner (born July 17, 2011) and sons Joseph Frederick Kushner (born October 14, 2013) and Theodore James Kushner (born March 27, 2016).
Donald Trump's paternal ancestry is traceable to Bobenheim am Berg, a village in the Palatinate, Germany, in the 18th century. Johann Trump, born in Bobenheim in 1789, moved to the nearby village of Kallstadt where his grandson, Friedrich Trump, the grandfather of Donald Trump, was born in 1869. This German heritage was long concealed by Donald Trump's father, Fred Trump, who had grown up in a mainly German-speaking environment until he was 10 years old; after World War II and until the 1980s, he told people he was of Swedish ancestry. Donald Trump repeated this version in The Art of the Deal (1987) but later said he is "proud" of his German heritage, and served as grand marshal of the 1999 German-American Steuben Parade in New York City.
Donald Trump's father, Fred Trump (1905–1999), born in New York, was one of the biggest real estate developers in New York City. Using his inheritance, Fred Trump and his mother Elizabeth founded Elizabeth Trump & Son. Donald Trump later renamed it The Trump Organization and served as its chairman and president until assuming the office of U.S. President.
Mary Anne MacLeod Trump
Born as Mary Anne MacLeod (1912–2000) in Tong, a small village near Stornoway, in the Western Isles of Scotland, she was the daughter of fisherman Malcolm MacLeod and Mary MacLeod (née Smith). At age 17, she immigrated to the United States and started working as a maid in New York. Mary and Donald Trump's father Fred Trump met in New York and married in 1936, settling together in Queens. Mary became a U.S. citizen in 1942. Donald Trump has said that he "feels Scottish".
In 1885, Donald Trump's grandfather, Friedrich Trump, emigrated from Kallstadt, Palatinate (then part of the Kingdom of Bavaria), to the United States at age 16. He anglicized his name to Frederick in 1892 when he became a U.S. citizen. During the Klondike Gold Rush, he amassed a fortune by opening restaurants and hotels for gold seekers on their way to the region. After his death, his fortune was passed on to his wife and son. Frederick Trump was a second cousin of Henry J. Heinz, founder of H. J. Heinz Company, whose father also came from Kallstadt.
Elizabeth Christ Trump
Donald Trump's grandmother, Elizabeth Christ Trump, née Christ, was born in 1880 and died on June 6, 1966. She was the matriarch of the Trump family. Born Elisabeth Christ, she married Frederick Trump in 1902 and moved to the United States with him. Like her husband, she was a native of Kallstadt, born as the daughter of Philipp and Marie Christ. Philipp Christ was descended from Johannes Christ (1626–1688/9) of Flörsheim, Hesse. Elizabeth Christ Trump was a descendant of organ builder Johann Michael Hartung (1708–1763) through her paternal grandmother Sabina Christ.
John G. Trump
Donald Trump's paternal uncle John George Trump (1907–1985) was an electrical engineer, inventor, and physicist who developed rotational radiation therapy, and together with Robert J. Van de Graaff, one of the first million-volt X-ray generators. He was a recipient of Ronald Reagan's National Medal of Science, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Maryanne Trump Barry
Maryanne Barry (born 1937) is Donald Trump's elder sister. She is a senior judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Robert Trump (born 1948) is Donald Trump's younger brother. He is a retired business executive and real estate developer who managed the Trump Organization's real estate holdings outside Manhattan. He was married to Blaine Trump until their divorce in 2007. He serves on the board of directors for Zenimax Media.
Coats of arms
The German Trump family as such does not have a coat of arms, but Donald Trump has used a number of logos in the style of coats of arms for his businesses, as discussed below. According to German heraldic tradition, anyone can freely assume a coat of arms if they so desire.
Trump University logo
Trump International Golf Links logo
In 2012 Donald Trump adopted a British-style coat of arms to be used as "the coat of arms for the Trump International Golf Links Scotland," a golf resort in Scotland. According to a spokesperson for Trump, the coat of arms "will officially represent the Scottish brand" Trump International Golf Links Scotland and "brings together visual elements that signify different aspects of the Trump family heritage and importance of this project" which is "set to be the jewel in the crown" of Trump's golf resorts in Scotland.
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