Brock Lesnar

by ethnic on July 13, 2009

Brock_Lesnar_April_2014 photo by Stemoc

Birth Name: Brock Edward Lesnar

Place of Birth: Webster, South Dakota, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 12, 1977

*Polish, German (father)
*Norwegian, possibly other (mother)

Brock Lesnar is an American professional wrestler, mixed martial artist, amateur wrestler, and professional American football player.

Brock was born in Webster, South Dakota, the son of Stephanie (Bakke) and Richard Lesnar. His father is of half Polish and half German descent. His mother is of at least part Norwegian ancestry (the surname “Bakke” is Norwegian). Brock attended the University of Minnesota, where he competed as an amateur wrestler. Along with his WWE stardom, Lesnar is a decorated NCAA wrestler, and became the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009.

Brock’s ethnicity has many intrigued, as his enormous physique leaves one wondering what people could produce such a freak of nature. The UFC did not even have gloves that would fit his enormous hands.

Brock’s paternal grandfather was Edward Charles Lesnar (the son of August Lesnar/Lesner and Martha Ann Krzebiatkowski). August was born in Poland, and was the son of Józef/Joseph Lasnart/Lesnar (whose parents were Anton Lasnart/Lesnar/Lesner and Marianna Heva Naczk) and Rosalia Eva Miotke (the daughter of Franciszek/Franz “Frank” Miotke and Paulina/Pauline Uzdrowska/Uzdrowski). Martha was born in South Dakota, the daughter of Polish parents, Julius Krzebiatkowski, from Zbychowo, and Anna Burzyńska/Burzynski, from Kielno.

Brock’s paternal grandmother was Myrtle D. Baule (the daughter of John Baule, Jr. and Minnie Pigors). John was born in Iowa, to German parents. Minnie was German.

Sources: Genealogy of Brock Lesnar (focusing on his father’s side) –

Brock’s paternal grandfather, Edward Charles Lesnar, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Brock’s paternal grandmother, Myrtle D. Baule, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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neiltennant July 23, 2017 at 8:05 am

at first glance i knew

polish :-==

crunty February 14, 2017 at 1:37 pm

A comic book creation who looks like he has been tangoed. He could be the love child of Boxer Joe Bugner and an East German steroid crazy female bodybuilder.

passingtime85 February 14, 2017 at 7:01 am

Does this part of his profile, ‘Brock’s ethnicity has many intrigued, as his enormous physique leaves one wondering what people could produce such a freak of nature. The UFC did not even have gloves that would fit his enormous hands.’ , really have to be stated? It seems silly and unnecessary.

follers February 14, 2017 at 7:13 am

I thought ethnic’s prose was enjoyably pulpy enough to leave in there.

follers August 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Info on half of his ancestry up now.

ethnic July 10, 2016 at 10:22 pm
The Big Hun August 7, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Most likely his ethnic origin is Hungarian. There are many Hungarian names and words which have an “ar” ending and the Hungarian language “magyar” has an “ar” ending. The southern region of Poland was part of the Old Hungarian Empire for more than 1,000 years until after 1918, after the end of World War I. There’s ethnic Hungarians living in southern Poland today. I know because my Hungarian Grandparents villages are located in southern Poland. They came to the USA in 1913 to escape the impending doom of World War I and begin a new life in the USA. Brock looks like a pure blood fair Hungarian man. His face looks a lot like mine! However, there’s many Hungarians who have mixed blood and they don’t look like him.

The Big Hun August 7, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Please keep in mind that many immigrants who arrived in the USA during the late 1800’s to early 1900’s either changed their family names or Customs Officials changed their names. I’m going to assume Brock’s family name was originally spelled “Lesnar” and it was changed to “Lesner” when his family arrived in the USA and someone changed the name back to its original spelling of “Lesnar” at some point.

Karol October 16, 2011 at 9:31 am

Can be polish. About 10% of Webster´s population claimed to be of polish ancestry, see link bellow. There is 14 persons in Poland being named LESZNAR (pronounced Leshnar), 13 of them from the city of Gliwice.

Phil November 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm

He is polish.

Lesner November 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm

he is not polish at all.. Lesner/Lesnau/Lesnar etc… this is a Kaschubische surname (Kraj Norda – Norda Land – in Kaschubische ) in north part of Poland (WestPrussia). His ancestors probably are from this land – from countryside like Lezno, Lesno,Luzino…(Lesnar means the residents of this countrysides) Mine grandparents are from Luzino… we got the same surname. And there is no 13 but many many more people with this surname (many variation — the affect of centuries of germanisation and polonisation)

Lesner November 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm

i forgot about this:

i can also say his look is very similar to my cousins..;] sorry i got to type that.
“wondering what race of people could produce such a freak of nature.” the answer is simple .. The mix of Sarmats(Slavs founders) and Prussians( the cursed tribe of Asia – to much predatory warriors to live in peace with surrounding tribes..– from the legend of exile Prussians from Asia) – (Kaschubian) -nothing related with Germany.. ;] sorry Deutschland.

felicia September 14, 2011 at 7:55 pm


Ivan August 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm

LesnEr is German surname (west prussia), but LesnAr is not so common in Germany, theres some Lesnar in Poland (and Lesnarowski). -er is germanic suffix, but -ar is used in some slavic surnames. Poles have been emigrating in Germany for centuries, so maybe they lost -owski.
Anyhow, with -ar as a suffix i hardly believe its German.
BTW theres a stereotipe about Nordic-Scandinavian-Germanic blue eyed super humans
Anyone seen some tall, blond, blue eyed Pole, Czech, Russian, Croatian, Letonian?

Mark April 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I’m from South Dakota and actually watched Lesnar wrestle multiple times in high school. You’re correct in saying that the majority of South Dakotans are German and Norwegian, as am I. However, Lesnar is from Webster, where most people are of Bohemian (Czech). The names in Webster and Springfield (Bon Homme County) are very distinct.

Jim January 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm

The best way to find out is to find the origin of the name “Lesnar”.

Lesner November 9, 2012 at 4:15 am

Lesnar is from Kasuchische language (WestPrussia) and means the residents of countrisdes: lesno, lessno, Lezno(today Luzino)…
This is in Norda (Land where Kaschubian lives) It also means the resident of forest/ people that lives in forest( in Kaschubian Lang.)
Lesner = Les ( forest in Ksch ) + german ending “er” . ar is just polonised version of this surname ->Changing the er to ar is common known in Poland to hide the Kaschubian-german orgins.
Most people of Kaschubian have germans surnames.

wernergerman December 31, 2010 at 11:01 am

So many Scots saying Germans and Scots are alike ,


I believe it has to do with the fact that Scots have a fascination with German women , they’ll do anything to get their hands on one , including bastardizing and tweaking their own ancestry. I for one am sick of these picts following germans around , I’m sick of them and their desparate vocalizations of seeking to be called germans and nordics. I find it to be CREEPY and absolutely DETESTABLE.

” My ancestors were raped by Saxons so that makes me German , this gives me the right to go to Germany and screw German women ” … DIGUSTING. Picts have the same tendencies as blacks do , they love German women so much , that they’ll do anything.

Lesnar seems to have some Russian /Slavic features along with German features , my guess is that he’s not all Scandanavian , along with this fact , all of us has to acknowledge that Lesnar was skinny as a toothpick during high school before he suddenly morphed into the glory of his current frame. So no point in correlating his current artificial make up with german ancestry.

BTW , get these picts off of me.

Richard Grant October 26, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Im Scottish. Been to Norway many times before. Someone said hes either Norwegian or Scandinavian…OMG Norway, Sweden and Denmark are all part of Scandinavia. Looking at Brock, his heritage could be Germanic, Scandinavian, Irish or even Scottish. He shows many characteristics of all these races. These races have been mixed together for a very long time. Im 100% Scottish, but perhaps I have Scandinavian heritage as the Vikings plundered our shores for a long time. Im blonde, have extremely blue eyes, pale skin and Im 6ft 3. Dont know what that is in metric, we dont bother with that in the UK! The best all of this is, is purely guess work. How many flags are flying nearby, or what percentage of whatever is in the local area is hardly scientific is it! Is it possible to trace him back through his ancestors, could back down the family tree??

ethnic October 31, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Thanks for the comment Richard. Id like to see a family tree of the Lesnar family. hopefully theres one on the net somewhere.

Lesner November 9, 2012 at 4:24 am

“Id like to see a family tree of the Lesnar family”
you really want to see this tree? Start looking in Poland ( North Part ) – Pomorskie voivodship. The base for Lesnar is Lesner – look for my other posts to read more about that..

Matt October 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I am a 1/4 Norwegian, with both English and Scottish descent (as far as I know). I’m 6’2″, a natural 185 (but can easily hit 200+ with just a couple months of working out). Based off of the hour of research I just performed, it appears the majority of the population from Brock’s native state is Norwegian and German heritage. But if I had to guess Brock’s nationality, I would have to say he is a mix of Norwegian and Scandinavian.

Matt October 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I forgot to mention that I have blonde hair, blue eyes, and a full red beard.

Thomas October 23, 2010 at 9:54 pm

First, you americans don’t really know much about europe or anything outside the us. Most of you can´t point to your own country on a map. But to give you credit you probably all know who Britney Spears is dating.
Germans are not blond, Germans were not vikings.

Chris October 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm

To Some Guy,

Well sorry to burst your bubble but I am of full norwiegian decent and I have an aunt that has full blonde hair, blue eyes just like Brocks, I have an aunt with black hair, one with brown, and one with red, all of which have green eyes, or brown. I myself have Auburn hair with hazel eyes, The norwiegian heritage, has many different colorings so cannot go by that theory. My vote is he is of norwegian ethnicity.

Rob October 13, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Lesnar has a red beard…… So it is obvious he has STRONG irish/scottish roots. He has fair pasty skin and a read beard. He is more irish then anything.

J October 9, 2010 at 9:31 am

I’m from South Dakota. I’m 6’2” 220lbs and that makes me average size there. My brother-in-law’s father owns the farm next to the Lesnar farm. He is of Norwegian decent.

Lou October 13, 2010 at 9:13 pm

J is correct, there is alot of Norwegian blood in that area. And it is true, there are just some very large and athletic people in the upper midwest. If you want evidence just watch the worlds stongest man competitions and look at the northern europeans competing. These are men that are not neccesarily ripped, but just strong and thick. I have lived in the farming and construction field in the Minnesota/Dakotas area and have seen some guys that are freakishly strong (no supplements or steroids) that have normal diets. I really don’t know what it is but some people are born blessed weather its intelligence or strength.

Chris October 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Yeh J thank you for that clarification, I was hoping to see someone that may have known him to give more info on Brock,

the dude August 22, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I live in west central MN and Webster SD is only just an hour drive from where I live. And most people around here are of Norwegian and German heritage. I have hunted and fished in Webster many times (even near the Lesnar farm) in my life and have seen quite a few Norwegian flags in some peoples yards. I would say 90% of the caucasian in that area are of Norwegian and or German descent. The farm areas of North and South Dakota as well as Minnesota are home to some very big people most of which are of Scandinavian or German Descent. I myself am 6′ 2″ and 205 lbs and would be considered average or even small in some groups.

ethnic August 23, 2010 at 6:27 am

Interesting info dude. I guess the big country breakfast helps you people in the midwest grow up big.

ed johnson October 6, 2010 at 9:04 pm

has any researched the name lesner ..also what was mothers last name ?

Büzo Zagavic January 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Brock Lesnar is a BEAST

ethnic October 5, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Thats very possible.

some guy October 5, 2009 at 8:57 am

He’s most likely to be of Scandinavian northern european heritage.

To some Guy September 19, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Lesnar is CLEARLY of Mostly German heritage, if not completely. Scandinavian blue eyes are VERY distinguishable, and Lesnar does not have the typical blue eyes of people of Scandinavian heritage. His eye Color indicates to me he is either of German, Dutch or Russian heritage. Due to where he was born statistics just about rule out Russian and Dutch Heritage leaving only the German. That is not saying he is of %100 German heritage, but indicates he is mostly if not completely German. However some Scandinavian blood could be in his family tree, if that is the case it would be significantly less then %50.

Yujiro October 25, 2010 at 2:02 pm

I like how you state your opinions as if though they were facts. Extremely arrogant, I love it. But the real story is that you’re only randomly guessing, and that you infact know jack shit.

Bob October 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Thank you for saying what we’re all thinking.

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