Arnold Schwarzenegger

by ethnic on June 16, 2010

Birth Name: Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger

Place of Birth: Thal, Styria, Austria

Date of Birth: 30 July, 1947

Ethnicity: Austrian

Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian and American actor, politician, professional bodybuilder, model, director, writer, producer, activist, philanthropist, investor, and businessperson. A Republican, he served as Governor of California, from November 17, 2003 to January 3, 2011. He has also been Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, from January 22, 1990 to January 20, 1993.

Arnold was born in Thal, Austria, to Aurelia (Jadrný) and Gustav Schwarzenegger. His father served in World War II with the German army. Arnold moved to the U.S. in 1968, and is now a U.S. citizen. Arnold has four children, including author Katherine Schwarzenegger and actor, model, and entrepreneur Patrick Schwarzenegger, with his former wife, journalist Maria Shriver; and a son with his former household employee, Mildred Baena.

Arnold’s paternal grandparents were Karl Schwarzenegger and Cecelia/Cecilia Hinterleitner.

Arnold’s mother’s surname, Jadrný, may indicate some degree of Czech ancestry.

Sources: Genealogy of Arnold Schwarzenegger –

Genealogy of Arnold Schwarzenegger (focusing on his father’s side) –

Creative Commons License photo credit: jurvetson

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madman May 25, 2016 at 1:05 am

I’d change to:
Austrian, possibly Czech

Jadrný is definitely a Czech name. It seems unlikely that his mother would have that surname and no Czech ancestry.

follers May 25, 2016 at 1:10 am

Well, for someone as famous Schwarzenegger, there should be some more evidence. I think the one sentence at the bottom is fine.

madman May 25, 2016 at 7:07 am
follers May 25, 2016 at 9:34 pm


I checked one of the books they reference, the one by Sexton, and it doesn’t say anything about Czech ancestry.

Morrigan Ni Boii May 24, 2016 at 10:02 am

Jadrný is Czech name. It means “earthy”, “racy” or “salty”.

neiltennant August 9, 2015 at 10:28 am

statistiically Austrians do have more blue eyes and dark hair than germans


rafe October 1, 2017 at 12:04 am

This is wholly untrue. This is 23andme’s eye color map:

Austrians don’t even have more blue eyes than Frenchmen.

Holly12 February 8, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Could Ethni or Follers do some research in to Linda Hamilton’s ethnic background if that’s okay? I’ve read from a few sources that she has said she comes from a “very boring, white Anglo-Saxon family” & her mother is a Mayflower descendant. I would just be curious to see what could be found out about her background as she was brilliant in the Terminator movies. I hope you don’t mind me asking? Thanks :)

follers February 10, 2014 at 9:14 am

I created a page for her. However, I should say that, while it is often treated as such, being a Mayflower descendant is not exactly rare or unique. There must be millions and millions of Mayflower descendants in the U.S. today, maybe as many as something like 50 million if all of an individual’s ancestral lines are traced.

Holly12 February 11, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Thank-you Follers for doing that. I love Linda Hamilton, so really pleased she’s got her own page on here. I can imagine there are a lot of Americans who are descendants of Mayflower passengers, but wow 50 million people is a lot of people. Thanks again Follers! :)

nick December 21, 2013 at 1:47 am

Austrians are Germans. They speak German (more precisely Bavarian), and they considered themselves are Germans until the WWII. There are some Italian and Slavic minorities because of Austrian colonization in Central Europe, but nearly 95 % of Austrians are Germanic.

cwm85 August 9, 2015 at 9:45 am

I figured that. I always thought most of them were German not living in Germany lol. Like many south Africans like in south Africa are dutch but just not living in the Netherlands.

andrew August 9, 2015 at 12:36 pm

No, Afrikaners are not just Dutch, they are Dutch, German and French Huguenot in equal measure, but they speak a Dutch dialect

cwm85 August 9, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Dude… I said many… not all…

[email protected] June 23, 2013 at 7:23 am

@andrew:austrian are generally f german descent k but he looks like n red indian and the world is too small k and by your sarcastic tone i jus can say you have a very low self -esteem

[email protected] June 22, 2013 at 12:24 am

Austrian’s are f german descent but to be honest he looks like a amerindian(red indian) .So i think his ancestory should be checked

follers June 22, 2013 at 12:43 am

I did always wonder, how come Arnold Schwarzenegger never played any Native American characters? It must have been because of his accent.

andrew June 22, 2013 at 1:47 pm

@ email protected

funniest shit I’ve ever heard

[email protected] June 23, 2013 at 7:26 am

@andrew:austrian are generally f german descent k but he looks like n red indian and the world is too small k and by your sarcastic tone i jus can say you have a very low self -esteem

follers June 21, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Arnold’s paternal grandparents were Karl Schwarzenegger and Cecelia Hinterleitner.

Partial genealogy of Arnold Schwarzenegger –

neiltennant August 12, 2012 at 7:22 am

austrians are of mixed descent

italians, turkish and slaves

the most people there have blue or green eyes and dark hair

john August 12, 2012 at 9:18 am

“…turkish and slaves”
Care to cite your source? Unless you’re talking about the immigrants who have invaded the country in the last couple of decades.
What slaves are you talking about?

nnnnn August 29, 2012 at 1:48 am

F.e”Aurelia Jardni”. Kampusch, Priklopil – there are a
lot of Slavic names in Austria. Turks are immigrants

andrew June 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm

they arent of “mixed” descent. Austria is bordered by Italy and Slavic countries. According to Wikipedia 81.1% of inhabitants are Austrians, 7.0% ex-Yugoslavs, 4.0% Turks

Europa May 21, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Funniest thing I’ve heard in a while..How is it possible that there are so many anti-whites on this site

nnnnn May 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

A lot of austrians have slavic names, like Aurelia Jardny, some
have german names or those specific “Austrian” names like

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