Björk

by ethnic on December 25, 2007

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Birth Name: Björk Guðmundsdóttir

Place of Birth: Reykjavik, Iceland

Date of Birth: November 21, 1965

Ethnicity: Icelandic, distant Irish

Björk is an Icelandic singer and actress. She is the daughter of Guðmundur Gunnarsson, an electrician and union leader, and Hildur Rúna Hauksdóttir, an activist. She has a daughter with her former partner, American artist Matthew Barney.

Aside from Icelandic, she has said that she has distant Irish ancestry.

Some people on the internet have said that Björk could be of indigenous Inuit or Sami ethnicity, but there is no evidence of this being the case. Inuit or Sami people are not common in Iceland.

Björk’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her seventh great-grandfather, Jón “Eldri” Þorgilsson.

Björk’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her fifth great-grandmother, Olufa Nicolausdóttir.

Björk’s paternal grandfather is Gunnar Guðmundsson (the son of Guðmundur Jóhannesson and Kristín Gunnarsdóttir). Björk’s great-grandfather Guðmundur was the son of Jóhannes Guðmundsson and Ingibjörg Eysteinsdóttir. Kristín was the daughter of Gunnar Kristófersson and Kristín Guðmundsdóttir.

Björk’s paternal grandmother was Hallfríður Guðmundsdóttir (the daughter of Guðmundur “Briskó” Jónsson and Rósa Bachmann Jónsdóttir). Björk’s great-grandfather Guðmundur was the son of Jón Jónsson and Vilborg Guðlaugsdóttir. Rósa was the daughter of Jón Bachmann Jósefsson and Hallfríður Einarsdóttir.

Björk’s maternal grandfather was Haukur Freygarð Guðjónsson (the son of Guðjón Guðjónsson and Sveinbjörg Jónsdóttir). Guðjón was the son of Guðjón. He was later put into the foster care of Sveinn Gestsson and Una Þórarinsdóttir. Sveinbjörg was the daughter of Jón Kristjánsson and Geirlaug Sveinsdóttir.

Björk’s maternal grandmother was Guðrún Ásmundsdóttir (born Helgudóttir, the daughter of an unknown father and Helga Guðbjörg Helgadóttir). Guðrún was adopted by Ásmundur Gestsson and Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir. Helga was the daughter of Helgi Andrésson and Helga Björnsdóttir.

Sources: Genealogy of Björk – http://gw.geneanet.org

Genealogies of Björk (focusing on her father’s side) – http://mediasvc.ancestry.com
https://www.geni.com

Obituary of Björk’s maternal granduncle, Andrés Ásmundsson – http://www.mbl.is

Björk’s maternal great-grandfather, Guðjón Guðjónsson, on the 1890 Icelandic census – http://manntal.is

Björk’s maternal great-grandmother, Sveinbjörg Jónsdóttir, on the 1901 Icelandic census – http://manntal.is

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andrew May 17, 2016 at 2:29 pm
neiltennant April 21, 2016 at 11:54 am

MOST PEOPLE think she is asian

ethnicity is strange

MY AUNT IS also afghan and from north afghanistan and somedays she is mistaken for russian and sometimes even for mixed chinese with russian

andrew April 21, 2016 at 12:06 pm

@Neil

The Afghan kid famous for the homemade Messi shirt looks very East Asian.

Peanut December 6, 2016 at 2:12 pm

probably a hazara

Manila January 12, 2016 at 2:03 am

CORRECTION: Guðrún Ásmundsdóttir (born Helgadóttir -> Guðrún Ásmundsdóttir (born Helgudóttir

Helgadóttir is patronymic, meaning the “daughter of Helgi”; while Helgudóttir is matronymic, meaning the “daughter of Helga”.

Manila January 8, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Guðjón was the son of Guðjón. He was later put into the foster care of Sveinn Gestsson and Una Þórarinsdóttir. Sveinbjörg was the daughter of Jón Kristjánsson and Geirlaug Sveinsdóttir.

Additional sources: Björk’s maternal great-grandfather, Guðjón Guðjónsson, on the 1890 Icelandic census – http://manntal.is/leit/itarleit=(leitarord=Gu%C3%B0j%C3%B3n%20Gu%C3%B0j%C3%B3nsson;heimili=null;sysla=null;sokn=null;stada=null;aldur=null;kyn=null)/1890/1/1890/70170/7716

Björk’s maternal great-grandmother, Sveinbjörg Jónsdóttir, on the 1901 Icelandic census – http://manntal.is/leit/itarleit=(leitarord=Sveinbj%C3%B6rg%20J%C3%B3nsd%C3%B3ttir;heimili=null;sysla=null;sokn=null;stada=null;aldur=null;kyn=null)/1890/1/1901/66411/7367

Manila January 7, 2016 at 6:22 pm

I have found her more complete genealogy: http://gw.geneanet.org/halfdan?lang=en&pz=helgi&nz=halfdanarson&ocz=1&p=bjork&n=gudmundsdottir

Björk’s paternal grandfather is Gunnar Guðmundsson (the son of Guðmundur Jóhannesson and Kristín Gunnarsdóttir). Björk’s great-grandfather Guðmundur was the son of Jóhannes Guðmundsson and Ingibjörg Eysteinsdóttir. Kristín was the daughter of Gunnar Kristófersson and Kristín Guðmundsdóttir.

Björk’s paternal grandmother was Hallfríður Guðmundsdóttir (the daughter of Guðmundur “Briskó” Jónsson and Rósa Bachmann Jónsdóttir). Björk’s great-grandfather Guðmundur was the son of Jón Jónsson and Vilborg Guðlaugsdóttir. Rósa was the daughter of Jón Bachmann Jósefsson and Hallfríður Einarsdóttir.

Björk’s maternal grandparents were Haukur Freygarð Guðjónsson (the son of Guðjón Guðjónsson and Sveinbjörg Jónsdóttir) and Guðrún Ásmundsdóttir (born Helgadóttir, the daughter of an unknown father and Helga Guðbjörg Helgadóttir). Guðrún was adopted by Ásmundur Gestsson and Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir. Helga was the daughter of Helgi Andrésson and Helga Björnsdóttir.

Björk’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her 7th great-grandfather Jón “Eldri” Þorgilsson.

Björk’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her 5th great-grandmother Olufa Nicolausdóttir.

Manila January 7, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Guðrún Ásmundsdóttir was the daughter of Ásmundur Gestsson and Helga Helgadóttir.

Here’s the obituary of Björk’s maternal granduncle, Andrés Ásmundsson – http://www.mbl.is/greinasafn/grein/673201/

gel August 17, 2015 at 8:08 am

Always thought she looked like an Irish girl! – must be strong strain of Irish in Iceland.

neiltennant August 17, 2015 at 1:18 pm

you are ridiculous

she has nothing irish

gel August 17, 2015 at 3:48 pm

It says it above!

gel September 5, 2015 at 7:55 am

Actually, I believe Icelanders are 40% Celtic!

byyong83 November 15, 2015 at 5:56 pm

There is no indigenous population in Iceland.

The present day Icelandic population are descendends of mostly Norseman from Norway and Celts from Ireland that settled on the Ireland before the 1stC in the late 800s.

Bjork’s hair is typical dark Celtic and her could be the result of some distant Sami-Norwegian blood. Look at Renee Zellweger and Josh Hartnetts eyes two other celebs with Norse ancestory.

athelya November 17, 2015 at 1:48 pm

yeah she looks saami to me

mermaid_ May 28, 2015 at 1:38 am

She looks Asian. She must have distant Native American/Mongoloid ancestry.

Capricious April 2, 2015 at 8:40 pm

Most Icelandic people are Caucasian looking. Unless if there are indigenous people of Iceland who look that way then she can’t pure Icelandic….

AW March 18, 2017 at 10:39 pm

She most likely has Sami DNA…But is there really a “pure” Icelandic look? I mean, from what I know, their ancestry is made up of Scandinavian and Irish genes. So if there was movement from those two groups onto the island there were most likely other movements from Indigenous people close to the region.
Greenland is not that far from Iceland and most people from Greenland have a very Asiatic look such as Nukaaka, Nikolaj Coster Waldau’s wife. All of the Indigenous tribes from Canada, Scandinavia and Greenland gather together for conferences, so it’s not far-fetched that some Icelandic people may have those genes.

madman March 19, 2017 at 4:05 am

Actually, she most likely doesn’t have Sami ancestry. Sami people were not among the settlers in Iceland. If you look at her genealogy, you’d see that her family has been in Iceland for generations, so, if by any chance she has a Sami ancestor, it is to small of an amount to affect her look in any significant way.

Greenlandic Inuit ancestry is quite far-fetched since they historically haven’t been common in Iceland. And if you’re referring to recent ancestors, the genealogy doesn’t show it.

sudeuro March 19, 2015 at 1:40 am

Europeans have ancient Siberian ancestry which is higher in Scandinavia. That’s where Bjork’s features come from.

http://goo.gl/2qj0q1

greentree2015 August 17, 2015 at 7:41 am

Many people in Finland look like her.

deeraz1974 January 30, 2015 at 5:53 am

Her eyes are like that, because her ancestors who lived in the European land of the midnight sun had to face bright sunlight that is nearly 24 hours a day for 6 months and darkness for nearly 24 hours a day for the rest. Through evolution their eyes slint. Of course the east asian eyes slinted more than Bjork’s ancestors, probably because the east Asians were located longer in northern Asia, where weather conditions are similar to the north of Europe. Anything about Bjork being part Asian or Eskimo is a load of rubbish. If you look at a lot of Scandinavians, you will see many people that have eyes like Bjork, one example is Morten Harket, singer of Norwegian group A-Ha.

theropod April 1, 2015 at 6:17 am

Most Asians originated, and are from, Eastern Asian and Southeast Asia. I don’t think their eyes were evolved to be slanted due to the arctic weather (or that they came from there).

Asiatic looking people in Northern Europe/Asia/Canada actually originate from the southern parts of the Asian continent (warm/temperate places).

noname April 1, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Northern Europeans can have these features especially Scandinavians. There’s an ancient DNA connection with Siberian peoples. She is not for example “part Chinese” or “part Inuit” or something.

eu May 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm

She is pat Inuit/Eskimo of course

Jordan February 27, 2015 at 1:53 pm

That isn’t true at all, scandinavians do not look like that. Only the saami, who is of partial asian descent, looks like that.

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