Anthony Kiedis

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, distant French Huguenot

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, German, and distant French Huguenot.

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 V. “Julia” Ramanauskaitė, later Kiedienė). Antanas and Julija were Lithuanian emigrants, from Tauragė. Julija was the daughter of Augustas “August” Ramanauskas.

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). Molly was born in Michigan. Richard was born in Michigan, to a Dutch father, Christiaan Vanderveen, and to 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, Dutch, and distant French Huguenot, ancestry.

Anthony’s maternal grandfather was William R./F. A. Noble (the son of William J. Noble and Edith/Elizabeth M. Burmaster). Anthony’s grandfather William was born in Michigan. 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). Mary G. was born in Michigan. 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 V. “Julia” Ramanauskaitė/Kiedienė, 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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33 Replies to “Anthony Kiedis”

  1. Correct John Alden Kiedis’ parents to Antanas “Anthony/Anton” Kiedis and Julija “Julia” V. Ramanauskaitė, later Kiedienė. And, correct Julija’s father to Augustas “August” Ramanauskas.

    IMPORTANT NOTE!!! If someone can read Russian, go here to find Antanas and Julija’s baptismal record as well as marriage record. https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=75&query=%2Bkeywords%3Alithuania%20%2Bkeywords%3Ataurage%20%2Bavailability%3AOnline

  2. *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, Dutch and distant French Huguenot ancestry (Alyea-> from Jan D. Allee/d’Ailly, Sr.)

  3. *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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

    1. 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.

    2. 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 :)

  8. 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.

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