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The family of Donald Trump, the owner of the Trump Organization and 45th president of the United States, is a prominent American family active in real estate, entertainment, business, and politics. 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's mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, came from the Hebridean Isle of Lewis, off the west coast of Scotland.[1] Trump has five children from three wives, and ten grandchildren.

Family of Donald Trump
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The U.S. first family pictured during Donald Trump's inauguration: Donald, Melania, Donald Jr., Barron, Ivanka, Eric, and Tiffany Trump, with Chief Justice John Roberts administering the oath of office
Current regionManhattan, New York City
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Immediate family

Wives

Ivana Trump

Ivana Marie Trump (née Zelníčková), the first wife of Donald Trump, was born on February 20, 1949, in Zlín, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic). She is a former fashion model and a businesswoman. They were married from 1977 until 1992.

Ivana Trump took a major role in the Trump Organization. She became the vice president of interior design for the company, leading the signature design of Trump Tower. Afterwards, her then-husband appointed her to head up the Trump Castle Hotel and Casino as president. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1988.[2]

Marla Maples

Marla Ann Maples, the second wife of Donald Trump, was born on October 27, 1963, in Dalton, Georgia, making her Donald Trump's only wife who was an American citizen at the time of their marriage. She is an actress and television personality. They were married from 1993 to 1999.

Melania Trump

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.[3] They were married in 2005.

Children

Trump has five children from three marriages: Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump with Ivana Trump, Tiffany Trump with Marla Maples, and Barron Trump with First Lady Melania Trump.

Children with Ivana

Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric are Trump's three eldest children, from his first marriage with Ivana Trump.

Prior to the election, each of the siblings held the title of executive vice president at the Trump Organization. During the campaign, they served as surrogates for their father on national news programs. Following Trump's election victory, all three were named to the presidential transition team.[4]

Following the inauguration, Donald Jr. and Eric took charge of the family's real estate empire. Ivanka moved to Washington, D.C., with her husband Jared Kushner, who was appointed to a senior White House advisory position.[5]

Tiffany Trump

Tiffany Ariana Trump (born October 13, 1993) is Donald Trump's only child with Marla Maples. In 2016, she participated little in her father's campaign because she was studying sociology and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania, her father's alma mater.[6] Shortly after graduating, she made a speech for her father at the Republican National Convention at age 22.[7]

Barron Trump

 
Barron Trump in August 2019

Barron William Trump (born March 20, 2006)[8] 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. In May 2006, Barron Trump received the Christian sacrament of baptism at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida.[9][10] He attended the Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School in Manhattan. Barron is fluent in English and Slovene.[11] During his early childhood, Barron made several television appearances, including on The Apprentice and a May 16, 2006, episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show at only two months old.[12] Barron did not immediately move into the White House when his father became president, but remained at Trump Tower with his mother until the end of the 2016–2017 school year.[13] Melania and Barron moved to the White House on June 11, 2017. He now attends St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland.[14]

He made few appearances during the 2016 election.[15] 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.[16] While absent from pre-inauguration events, he was at his father's inauguration ceremony in January 2017 and some of the subsequent events.[17]

Barron is noted to be a fan of soccer. He appeared in an Arsenal F.C. jersey and met D.C. United players at the White House Easter Egg Roll in April 2017.[18] In September 2017, he was selected to join the U-12 team for D.C. United's Development Academy for the 2017–2018 season.[19] In December 2018, he met D.C. United player Wayne Rooney and family, who had been invited to the White House Christmas party.[20] As of February 2019, Trump plays with the Arlington Soccer Association.[21]

Grandchildren

Donald Trump has ten grandchildren. Donald Trump Jr. and his former wife Vanessa have five children: daughters Kai Madison (born May 12, 2007)[22] and Chloe Sophia (born June 16, 2014),[23] and sons Donald John III (born February 18, 2009),[24] Tristan Milos (born October 2, 2011),[25][26] and Spencer Frederick (born October 21, 2012).[27]

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have three children: daughter Arabella Rose Kushner (born July 17, 2011),[28][29] and sons Joseph Frederick Kushner (born October 14, 2013)[30] and Theodore James Kushner (born March 27, 2016).[31]

Eric Trump and his wife Lara have a son, Eric "Luke" Trump (born September 12, 2017), and a daughter, Carolina Dorothy Trump (born August 19, 2019).[32][33]

Ancestry

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.[34][35] 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 ten years old;[36] after World War II and until the 1980s, he told people he was of Swedish ancestry.[37] 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.[38][39]


Parents

Fred Trump

Donald Trump's father, Fred Trump (1905–1999), born in New York, was a successful real estate developer in New York City.[40][41] 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.[42]

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).[43] At age 17, she immigrated to the United States and started working as a maid in New York.[43] 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.[43][44] Donald Trump has said he "feels Scottish".[38][39]

Grandparents

Frederick Trump

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.[40] During the Klondike Gold Rush, he amassed a fortune by opening a restaurant and hotel in Bennett and later Whitehorse, serving gold seekers on their way to the region; one biographer wrote that the business included a brothel, a portrayal Donald Trump has said was "totally false".[45] 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. 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.[46]

Siblings

Maryanne Trump Barry

Maryanne Barry (born 1937) is Donald Trump's eldest sister. She was a senior federal judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals,[47] became inactive in 2017 after her brother took office, and retired in 2019.[48]

Fred Trump Jr.

Fred Trump Jr. (1938–1981) was Donald Trump's older brother. While attending Lehigh University, he joined a Jewish fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu, even though he was not Jewish. After he graduated, he was unable to work with his father in his family business, so he flew planes for Trans World Airlines.[49] In 1962 he married Linda Clapp and had two children with her, Fred and Mary, before their eventual divorce.[50] In September 1981, at the age of 42, he died from a heart attack as a result of his alcoholism.[51] His death caused Donald Trump to avoid alcohol and cigarettes.[50][52]

In an August 2019 interview with The Washington Post, Donald Trump opened up about his relationship with his late brother and expressed regret over how he treated Fred Jr. and his struggle with alcoholism. Trump said Freddy's memory still shapes his life to this day, and had a huge impact on the trajectory of his own business career and life. In the interview Donald Trump said, "He was so handsome, and I saw what alcohol did to him even physically ... and that had an impact on me, too."[53]

Elizabeth Trump Grau

Elizabeth Trump Grau (born 1942) is an older sister of Donald Trump.[54] In 1989, she married film producer James Grau.[55] She worked as an executive for Chase Manhattan Bank, before retiring to Florida.[56][57]

Robert Trump

Robert Trump (born 1948) is Donald Trump's younger brother.[58] He is a retired business executive and real estate developer who managed the Trump Organization's real estate holdings outside Manhattan.[59][60] He was married to Blaine Trump[61] until their divorce in 2007.[62] He serves on the board of directors for ZeniMax Media.[63]

Other relatives

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.

Genealogical table

16. Johannes Trump
8. Christian Johannes Trump
17. Susanna Maria Bechtloff
4. Friedrich Trump
18. Johann Jakob Kober
9. Katharina Kober
19. Elisabeth Peter
2. Frederick Christ Trump
20. Johann Georg Christ
10. Philipp Christ
21. Sabina Christina Hartung
5. Elisabeth Christ
22. Johannes Anthon
11. Anna Marie Anthon
23. Eva Farny
1. Donald John Trump
24. William MacLeod
12. Alexander MacLeod
25. Catherine MacLeod
6. Malcolm MacLeod
26. Alexander MacLeod
13. Ann MacLeod
27. Ann MacKenzie
3. Mary Anne MacLeod
28. Duncan Smith
14. Donald Smith
29. Henrietta MacQueen
7. Mary Smith
30. John MacAulay
15. Mary MacAulay
31. Isabella Murray

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