Dwight Eisenhower's ancestry was German [including Swiss-German and Alsatian German], and 1/64th English.
Dwight Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890, in Denison, Texas, the United States. He was the third of seven sons born to David J. Eisenhower and Ida Stover. Having failed financially as a shopkeeper, Dwight's father worked at a creamery. When Dwight was a year old, the family moved to Abilene, Kansas, where ancestral Eisenhowers had earlier lived as part of a Mennonite community. In Abilene, his 10-month-old brother Paul died of diphtheria when Eisenhower was four years old. Despite the tragedy, he formed happy childhood memories in Abilene that he would cherish throughout his life.
Eisenhower’s parents originally gave him the same first name as his father - David. However, the future president’s mother, Ida, soon had second thoughts. She didn’t want her boy mistakenly called David Eisenhower Jr. (his father, David Jacob Eisenhower, had a different middle name) or deal with the confusion of having two Davids in the house, so she transposed his name to Dwight David Eisenhower. His original birth name, however, remained inked in the family Bible and was printed in his high school yearbook.