Charlize Theron

by ethnic on September 14, 2008

Place of Birth: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa

Date of Birth: August 7, 1975

Ethnicity: Afrikaner [Dutch, with some German and French Huguenot]

Charlize Theron is a South African-born actress, model, and producer. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Monster (2003).

Charlize is the daughter of Gerda (Maritz) and Charles Theron. Danie Theron, a Boer War military leader, was her great-great-uncle. Charlize is from an Afrikaner family. She is of Dutch, and some French Huguenot and German, ancestry.

Charlize became a U.S. citizen in 2007. She has two children, who are adopted, from South Africa and the U.S., respectively.

Charlize is able to speak Afrikaans, Xhosa (a native African language), as well as English. Her surname, Theron, is an Occitan name which is pronounced Tronn. Occitan is a language spoken in Occitania, located in the Occitan Valleys of Italy, Southern France, Monaco, and the Aran Valley of Spain.

Charlize’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Jacques Therond, who was born, c. 1668, in Nîmes, Languedoc, France, and immigrated to South Africa in 1688.

Charlize’s paternal grandfather is Danie Theron (the son of Charles Jacobus Theron and Wilhelmina Maria Stofberg). Danie was born in Pofadder. Charles was born in Tulbagh, the son of Willem Wouter Theron and Anna Helena Margaretha Krige. Wilhelmina was born in Calvinia.

Charlize’s paternal grandmother is Elizabeth Johanna “Betty” Beets (the daughter of Hendrik Lucas Beets and Johanna Christina Jones). Elizabeth was born in Vioolsdrif.

Charlize’s maternal grandfather is Jacob Johannes Maritz (the son of Phillipus Rudolf Maritz and Gerda Jacoba Aletta Kruger). Phillipus and Gerda were from Tsumeb, Namibia.

Charlize’s maternal grandmother is named Johanna Maria Barindina Stofberg.

Sources: Genealogy of Charlize Theron (focusing on her father’s side) –

Death record of Charlize’s father –

{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

ses101 May 22, 2018 at 2:11 pm

I hate when she is made out to be beautiful. She is completely blande looking and always has to be caked up in makeup to avoid looking even worse.

andrew May 22, 2018 at 3:57 pm

That’s not true. She has been often forced to hide her beauty to be appreciated for her acting skills.

ashash January 3, 2018 at 10:49 pm

I watched Young Adult tonight. She is so talented and pretty. I love her.

ashash December 1, 2017 at 9:58 am

You mine as well add the Indonesian for Charlize. It will be in sync with every other Afrikaner, although I think you added it for Roger Federer or Richard Dawkins.

Manila November 28, 2017 at 3:10 pm

I looked deeper into Charlize’s ancestry, that she has one known non-European distant ancestor, from Timor, Indonesia.

ashash November 28, 2017 at 3:20 pm

You should post the source and then follers will add it.

andrew November 28, 2017 at 3:25 pm

This woman, right? She is the ancestor of millions of Afrikaners, like Behati Prinsloo and Roger Federer, among others.

ashash November 28, 2017 at 6:10 pm

follers dislikes doing Afrikaner ethnicity because she has to list 90 different distant ones.

It looks like she will now have to do the same for Charlize.

follers November 28, 2017 at 6:25 pm

Not necessarily. I might be capping them off at about 1/1024 now.

ashash November 28, 2017 at 11:00 pm

Well, Charlize has about the same as Behati and Candice. In fact, it is the same Indonesian ancestor. It would only be fair to list it for her as well.

But starting a cap will save your fingers from a lot of ache.

follers November 29, 2017 at 4:26 pm

Yes, it will save. As for the others, I’ll be happy to remove it there.

andrew November 29, 2017 at 5:27 pm

Btw she could likely have more recent non-European ancestors. For example the progenitor of Beets family in South Africa is Balthus Wilhelm Beets, a German man who had two illegitimate children with the slave Agana / Angana van de Kaap (source: Vol.2 of SA Genealogies)

ashash November 29, 2017 at 5:32 pm

I wouldn’t say the 1700s is recent.

andrew November 29, 2017 at 5:36 pm

I meant more recent than 1600. That’s still distant.

ashash November 29, 2017 at 5:36 pm

However, I told you that it was unlikely Afrikaners with more French ancestry don’t have non-European ancestors. It’s an inbred ethnicity where the population basically shares a bulk of the same ancestors. That includes the ones of mostly French ancestry like Charlize, Elon’s Afrikaner family, Marais Viljoen, etc.

andrew December 3, 2017 at 3:08 pm


she is exactly 1/2048 Indonesian through Iba Anthonique van Timor

follers December 3, 2017 at 3:12 pm

exotic af tbh

andrew December 3, 2017 at 3:46 pm

I am pretty sure that she has other slave ancestors, like this from Angola:

She’s the female progenitor (stammoeder) of Kruger family in South Africa

ashash December 4, 2017 at 6:31 pm

@andrew, yes, her ancestry looks like it is similar to all Afrikaners, who have distant slave ancestors that were African/Indian/Indonesian/Chinese and sometimes Bengali.

andrew October 9, 2017 at 3:49 pm

Phillipus Rudolf Maritz and Gerda Jacoba Aletta Kruger were from Tsumeb, Nambia

add this:

ashash September 19, 2017 at 1:40 am

She most likely has distant African ancestry since she is Afrikaner like Candice Swanepoel. On 23andme, most Afrikaners have minor African ancestry.

andrew October 9, 2017 at 3:43 pm

They can score little South Asian too. If you scroll the accurate Wikitree genealogy of her paternal grandfather, you will see how he mostly descends from a handful of inbred French Huguenot families (Therond, Du Toit, De Villiers, Du Preez, Du Plessis, Joubert, Marais) with a tiny German and Dutch contribution, and any non-European ancestor at all.

guyinsf August 16, 2017 at 12:21 am

There’s no need to specify “French Huguenot”. Huguenot signifies a religion not an ethnicity.

MettaWorkPlease January 30, 2017 at 11:02 pm

Looks exactly what she is Dutch & German, shouldn’t be hard to find one who looks like her in Northern France

andrew August 7, 2016 at 5:51 am

Charlize’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Jacques Therond, born c. 1668 in Nîmes, Languedoc, France, and immigrated to South Africa in 1688.

Genealogy of some of Charlize’s distant ancestors:

andrew October 9, 2017 at 3:20 pm
andrew August 7, 2016 at 5:30 am

Wikipedia’s article about Charlize’s great-grandfather’s brother Daniel Theron, a Boer War figure.

Greyface April 27, 2016 at 8:20 pm

terrible picture, you should be ashamed

phaedra April 26, 2016 at 10:23 pm

What’s the point of Afrikaner?

Just put Dutch, German and French.

Greyface April 27, 2016 at 2:03 am
Capricious April 2, 2015 at 7:10 pm

She’s beautiful and definitely looks Dutch.

MCantu February 15, 2014 at 9:37 pm

I cnt Believe she played as Elaine Warnos!

andrew September 22, 2013 at 9:48 am

I remember Chris Rock calling her “African-American” at SNL

Blonde Frizzles June 19, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Haha it was so funny seeing the movie snow white and the huntsman because since I look a lot like Charlize Theron, all my friends were telling me that I would look like her in the scenes when she looked like an old hag! Haha anyway, I think she did a great job in that movie and I recomend seeing it!

delnegro June 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm

STFU no one cares

notional December 18, 2013 at 12:03 am

you wish

AM April 6, 2012 at 12:02 am

She was put on the wrong thread!

Marina March 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm

i’m (distantly) related to her :3 and my grandma was south african

Paul December 18, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Well in fact Jane is quite right. An Afrikaans professor named J A Hesse authored a book on the roots of the White Afrikaans speaking population in 1971 and his study had concluded that they were 7 % of non-white origin. Recent studies have found that they are up to 10 % non-white in origin. This is because the first settlers were often men who married Indian, Malay, and Khoi individuals as there was a lack of White females and the earliest settlers were mainly Dutch / Danish and German men. When the French Huguenots were sent out almost 35 years later the gender balance became more equal [ as they often came out with their wives and children ] within the emerging White population.

Therefore since Charlize Theron goes back to Jacques Therond who arrived in that wave of the late 17th century and probably earlier via other ancestral links – Charlize will no doubt be of partial non-white origin. That is the ironic heritage of the local White Afrikaans speaking population.

Just Google for pictures of Charlize’s late father Charles Theron to see evidence of this for yourselves. The late Eugene TerreBlanche also had noticeable Khoisan features. I say this is “ironic” because the local White Afrikaans speakers had acquired an unjust international reputation as being racists [ over their blanket political association with Apartheid ] when in reality they came about as a people due to the absorption of the non-white element as Afrikaans researcher André van Rensburg noted.

Just Google for My Genetic Enrichment authored by the aforementioned André van Rensburg to learn more about this particular topic.

Westerners will have their paradigms shifted and altered.

Marc February 27, 2012 at 3:55 am

However,version about some black Theron’s ancestors in17 century is just insinuation which not based on facts.
Secondly,even Charlize has some black gret-great-great-great-grand mother it’s not make her non-white or biracial

@Charlize will no doubt be of partial non-white [email protected]

You’re wrong Paul,it’s very,very doubtful

J Boy February 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm

last time i checked the sons and daughters of the interracial couple in SA were excluded from the white society, thus forming the cape coloureds, but come to think of it if white south africans are mixed then the americans are much more mixed than the south africans since the slave owners in the USA also raped and had children with native americans and some black slaves, the processing of “whitening” only started when the European immigrants arrived in the USA, many white americans claim native american ancestry (usually cherokee) specially the celebrities, there is an estimate that 30% of white americans have non-white ancestry, although i strongly doubt that americans and afrikaners are mixed

anna2005 March 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Until you do some sort of research and genetic testing you cannot really conclude this. My favorite quote is “race is a fluid notion” meaning that someone may appear a certain way but they are in fact something else. I have “White” friends who are completely blonde and blue eyes who appear Nordic but they are actually of 1/4 African decent or something that is considered non-white. By the way, the “whitening” of peoples begin when Europe in general went abroad to various nations and tried to make it appear as if people with Anglo-Saxon, Germanic or Spanish features were better. It did not first start in America.

anna2005 March 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm

How extremely interesting Paul. I am quite interested in this topic, I have read a little bit about this before but have not found a good book on the topic. Thanks for sharing- People need to educate themselves…
“Westerners will have their paradigms shifted and altered”

Stephanie April 10, 2012 at 5:54 am

Have you ever herd of aparteid? I think what you are referring to is the population that is now known as “coloreds” or mixed race people. Charlize theron is NOT one of them. She is of white heritage only, the reason I say this is because the class system was very seperate up until just recently as 1991.

Jane December 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm

How long were her family in South African? Because if it a known fact that most people do not know that majority of white South Africans are mixed with black. There was a study done about whites in South Africa when the settlers came no wives so there took black wives. So if her family tree goes back to the settlers of South Africa good luck on her being white and remember in South Africa there were no one drop rule. If you didn’t look black you were white and so on.

Andrea December 10, 2011 at 7:52 am

@Justin Bieber-her ancestors settled in south Africa and years later she was born in that same country, so yes she IS south African born although it may not be the ethnicity that runs through her blood…

J Boy February 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm

eh, isn’t that what i just said?

Justin Bieber September 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm

she is NOT south african-born, her ancestors settled in South africa back in 1675. she is only not of african origin

Shanika March 26, 2012 at 11:53 am

No she is not of African heritage..but you are wrong she is South African born and is a SA national..

charles November 18, 2010 at 12:52 pm

very beautiful woman. beautiful cheek bones. a true sign of beauty!

Anonymous August 21, 2010 at 4:20 am

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