Trump was born on June 14, 1946, in
Jamaica, Queens, a neighborhood in New York City. He was the fourth of five children born to
Frederick Christ "Fred" Trump (1905–1999) and
Mary Anne Trump (née MacLeod, 1912–2000).
 His siblings are
Maryanne, Fred Jr., Elizabeth, and Robert. Trump's older brother Fred Jr. died in 1981 from
alcoholism, which Trump says led him to abstain from alcohol and cigarettes.
Trump is of paternal
German ancestry and maternal
Scottish ancestry. His mother and all his grandparents were born in Europe. His paternal grandparents were immigrants from
Kallstadt, Germany, and his father, who became a New York City real estate developer, was born in the
 His mother emigrated to New York from her birthplace of
Tong, Lewis, Scotland.
 Fred and Mary met in New York and married in 1936, raising their family in
John G. Trump, a professor at
Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1936 to 1973, was involved in radar research for the Allies in the
Second World War, and helped design X-ray machines that prolonged the lives of cancer patients; in 1943, the
Federal Bureau of Investigation requested John Trump examine
Nikola Tesla's papers and equipment when Tesla died in his room at the
New Yorker Hotel.
 Donald Trump's grandfather was
Frederick Trump, who amassed a fortune operating boom-town restaurants and boarding houses in the region of Seattle and
Trump family were originally
Lutherans, but Trump's parents belonged to the
Reformed Church in America.
 The family name, which was formerly spelled Drumpf, was changed to Trump during the
Thirty Years' War in the 17th century.
 Trump has said that he is proud of his German heritage; he served as
grand marshal of the 1999
German-American Steuben Parade in New York City.
Trump's family had a two-story
mock Tudor home on Midland Parkway in
Jamaica Estates, where he lived while attending
The Kew-Forest School.
 He left the school at age 13 and was enrolled in the
New York Military Academy (NYMA),
Cornwall, New York, where he finished eighth grade and high school. Trump was an energetic child; his parents hoped that the discipline at the military school would allow him to channel his energy in a positive manner. In 1983, Fred Trump told an interviewer that Donald "was a pretty rough fellow when he was small".
Trump participated in
marching drills, wore a uniform, and during his senior year attained the rank of captain. He was transferred from a student command position after the alleged hazing of a new freshman in his barracks by one of Trump's subordinates; Trump later described the transfer as "a promotion".
 In 2015, he told a biographer that NYMA gave him "more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military".
Fordham University in
the Bronx for two years, beginning in August 1964. He then transferred to the
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in
Philadelphia, which offered one of the few
real estate studies departments in United States academia at the time.
 While there, he worked at the family's company, Elizabeth Trump & Son, named for
his paternal grandmother.
 He graduated from Penn in May 1968 with a
Bachelor of Science degree in economics.
Trump was not drafted during the
 While in college from 1964 to 1968, he obtained four student deferments.
 In 1966, he was deemed fit for service based upon a military medical examination, and in 1968 was briefly classified as fit by a local draft board, but was given a 1-Y
medical deferment in October 1968.
 In an interview for a 2015 biography, he attributed his medical deferment to
 In 1969, he received a high number in the
draft lottery, which would also have likely exempted him from service.