Anthony Kiedis

by ethnic on January 10, 2010

Place of Birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 1, 1962

Ethnicity: Lithuanian (paternal grandfather), Dutch, French-Canadian, English, Irish, Scottish, German

Anthony Kiedis is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He is known as the lead singer of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Other members of the band include/have included Flea, John Frusciante, Josh Klinghoffer, Dave Navarro, and Chad Smith.

Anthony is the son of Margaret Idema and Blackie Dammett (born John Michael Kiedis), an actor and author. Anthony has a son with his former partner, model Heather Christie.

His paternal grandfather’s parents were Lithuanian. His other ancestry includes Dutch, French-Canadian, English, Irish, Scottish, and German.

In his autobiography, Scar Tissue (2004), Anthony wrote that his paternal grandmother Molly Vanderveen’s ancestry was “a pastiche of English, Irish, French and Dutch (and, as we’ve recently discovered, some Mohican blood, which explains my interest in Native American culture and identification with Mother Earth).” In his autobiography, Lords of the Sunset Strip: An Autobiography (2013), Anthony’s father Blackie Dammett wrote that Anthony’s grandmother “was a Duchess in the Dutch city of Grand Rapids, a symphony of French-Canadian, English, Irish, Algonquian Native American and her Netherlandic origins that traced all the way back to 1066. In the 17th century, some of our more radical Vander Veens risked the whole kit and caboodle when they embarked on a treacherous voyage to find their own new land of opportunity. After first settling in New Amsterdam, my direct descendents migrated to upstate New York and intermarried with Mohican Indians.”

It is not clear if this Mohican Native American and/or Algonquian Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Anthony is also said to have Spanish ancestry. It is not clear if this Spanish ancestry has been verified/documented.

Anthony’s paternal grandfather was John Alden Kiedis (the son of Antanas/Anthony/Anton Kiedis and Julija/Julia V. Kiediene Ramanouskas/Rammanauskas). Antanas and Julija were Lithuanian emigrants, from Tauragė. Julija was the daughter of August Ramanouskas.

Anthony’s paternal grandmother was Molly/Mollie Rose Vanderveen/Vander Veen (the daughter of Richard Box/D. Vanderveen/Vander Veen and Catharine/Catherine Alzina Lauzon). Richard was born in Michigan, to a Dutch father, Christiaan Vanderveen, and an American-born mother, Maria L., who was from New Jersey. Catharine was Canadian, and was the daughter of Augustine H. Lauzon, who was French-Canadian, from Québec, and of Elizabeth Louisa Alyea, who had English, Irish, and Dutch ancestry.

Anthony’s maternal grandfather was William R./F. A. Noble (the son of William J. Noble and Edith/Elizabeth M. Burmaster). Anthony’s great-grandfather William was born in Michigan, the son of T. A. Noble and Elizabeth Bixton, who was Irish. Edith was born in New York, the daughter of Charles Burmaster and Dora Griffin, who were German.

Anthony’s maternal grandmother was Mary G. McCully (the daughter of Highland/Hiland Emmett McCully and Desire/Dessie E. Skidmore). Highland was the son of Phillip J. McCully and Hannah Maria Smith. Desire was the daughter of Nathan J. Skidmore and Mary A. Smitley/Smithley.

Sources: Mention of Anthony’s Lithuanian ancestry – http://www.baltic-course.com

Death record of Anthony’s paternal grandfather, John Alden Kiedis – https://www.familysearch.org

Anthony’s paternal great-grandparents, Antanas/Anthony/Anton Kiedis and Julija/Julia V. Kiediene Ramanouskas/Rammanauskas, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Anthony’s paternal great-grandfather, Antanas/Anthony/Anton Kiedis – https://www.findagrave.com

Anthony’s paternal grandmother, Molly/Mollie Rose Vanderveen/Vander Veen, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Anthony’s paternal great-grandparents, Richard Box/D. Vanderveen/Vander Veen and Catharine/Catherine Alzina Lauzon, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Anthony’s paternal great-grandfather, Richard Box/D. Vanderveen/Vander Veen – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Anthony’s paternal great-grandmother, Catharine/Catherine Alzina Lauzon (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Anthony’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Louisa Alyea – https://www.geni.com

Anthony’s maternal grandfather, William R./F. A. Noble, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Anthony’s maternal great-grandparents, William J. Noble and Edith/Elizabeth M. Burmaster – https://www.familysearch.org

Anthony’s maternal grandmother, Mary G. McCully, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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follers September 9, 2017 at 9:23 am

I put up Kiedis’ mother’s ancestry, if anyone was interested.

andrew September 9, 2017 at 11:25 am

Brilliant job

andrew September 9, 2017 at 11:27 am

and Mark Ruffalo?

madman September 6, 2017 at 11:31 am

*Lithuanian (paternal grandfather)
*Dutch, French-Canadian, English, Irish, Mohican Native American (paternal grandmother)
*possibly Spanish, Scottish, German (mother)

Richard was born in Michigan, to Christiaan Vanderveen, who was Dutch, and Maria L., who was from New Jersey. Catherine was born in Canada, to Augustine H. Lauzon, who was French-Canadian, and Elizabeth Louisa Alyea, who had English, Irish, and Dutch ancestry.

https://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/catherine-lauzon_60008603
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NQC8-XVM
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZ3B-675
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQBV-GPR

andrew September 6, 2017 at 12:53 pm

all his father’s stories about Mohican ancestry on the “Vanderveen” line are fake because his Dutch ancestry is recent.

andrew September 6, 2017 at 1:10 pm
andrew September 6, 2017 at 5:55 am

In his autobiography “Scar Tissue”, Anthony wrote that Molly Vanderveen’s heritage was “a pastiche of English, Irish, French and Dutch (and, as we’ve recently discovered, some Mohican blood, which explains my interest in Native American culture and identification with Mother Earth)”

In “Lords of the Sunset Strip: An autobiography” , Blackie Dammett wrote: “Molly Rose Vander Veen was a Duchess in the Dutch city of Grand Rapids, a symphony of French-Canadian, English, Irish, Algonquian Native American and her Netherlandic origins that traced all the way back to 1066. In the 17th century, some of our more radical Vander Veens risked the whole kit and caboodle when they embarked on a treacherous voyage to find their own new land of opportunity. After first settling in New Amsterdam, my direct descendents migrated to upstate New York and intermarried with Mohican Indians”

paternal great-grandparents: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4GM-F2W
They were Tauragė. Lithuania
maybe his great-grandfather: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=13362885

paternal grandmother: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQBV-GPR

father: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VVF8-RPR

Delete this: http://www.lithuaniatribune.com
add this: http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/baltic_news/?doc=9586

Anthony’s maternal grandparents were William F. Noble and Mary

andrew October 5, 2016 at 5:42 pm

I would add a “possible” before all that stuff on his mother’s side

andrew September 15, 2016 at 5:13 am

can you link Dave Navarro as a former member of RHCP.

Fatmonkey March 2, 2016 at 3:45 pm

I established that he and Casper Van Dien are relatives through their mutual ancestors, David Des Marets (1620-1695) and Marie Sohier (1623-1677). I also stumbled upon some other familiar surnames in both Kiedis’ and Van Dien’s ancestry, e.g. Alyea and Vorhees.

Funny how to me Kiedis’ complexion and facial structure always seemed to indicate a Mediterranean rather than almost purely Germanic ancestry. Not to mention his father’s appearance. If I didn’t know better, I’d say Blackie was Turkish, or at least Spanish.

visokozen November 28, 2015 at 9:23 am

all i see is a legend.

bts15 March 2, 2015 at 7:37 am

hey can someone tell me what country i could pass??
i will share here a pic of mine,i am brasiliam withAustriam,german and italian origins

https://imageshack.com/i/hlOky3ptj

andrew March 2, 2015 at 5:19 am
nnnnn February 28, 2013 at 3:10 am

I’m surprised to read his dad is lituanian. They really have
names with end “s” like greeks and spain, but there are
actually modifikated polish names: Kowalskis, Strahowskis.

nnnnn May 9, 2012 at 2:42 am

I thought, Kidis is a spaniard name

christian March 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm

people don’t be ridiculous,

anthony kiedis looks like a typical hispanic, look at him on the UNDER THE BRIDGE video, he looks like a typical LA hispanic,

this might be a result of his native american or spanish descent or puerto rican/mexican descent.

he looks too exotic to be of european descent

Andy March 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Too exotic to be European? That makes no sense.. The exotic looking people from countries and islands around the world came from Europe. Although I do agree he is not a ‘typical’ looking Lithuanian. Lithuanians are as you will know, practically Scandinavian.

nnnnn August 29, 2012 at 11:46 am

They are not scandinavian at all. They are a small ethnic
group, ralative to slavic.

gwendolly27 February 11, 2013 at 9:22 am

LITHUANIANS AREN’T SCANDINAVIAN! THEY’RE BALTS !

notracist February 3, 2014 at 10:16 pm

You should be so freakin’ retarded to know what these words–Lithuanian, Dutch, English, Irish, Mahican, Spanish, Scottish and German–mean. Retard. Just because he has some Native American in him doesn’t make him something else. You should be just another some kind of stupid American white purist. You repel me, loser :)

Uniscorn August 9, 2014 at 2:58 am

I don’t want to confuse you more but: Spain is in Europe too.

andrea June 17, 2011 at 6:47 am

native american

ethnic October 17, 2011 at 5:58 am

Mahican is a Native American tribe.

Rabco March 20, 2011 at 10:01 pm

He is also of American Indian ancestry as well

ralph May 3, 2010 at 5:38 pm

This information is mostly false. In Anthony Kiedis’s autobiography he reveals that he is of Lithuanian,(Kiedis is a Lithuanian name)Dutch, English,Irish,french, and Mohigan ancestry and this is all on his father’s side. He doesn’t talk about his mother’s ancestry in the book for some reason. I have met his father in 1999 and he told me the same as far as Anthony’s heritage.

ethnic May 9, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Does anyone have more info about this biography? ie. author, title etc…

Robert March 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm
Robert March 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm

True about the father.

I heard that the mother was of Greek descent.

ethnic April 4, 2010 at 1:04 pm
LiL V4CH4 April 4, 2010 at 9:15 am

Its Actually Mahican NOT Mohican… can u plz change that?? lol. =]]

Jimenez December 1, 2011 at 5:36 am

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