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 Jacoba Aletta (Kruger) and Daniel Jacobus Theron. Daniel 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 was Daniel Theron (the son of Charles Jacobus Theron and Wilhelmina Maria Stofberg). 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 was Elizabeth Johanna Beets (the daughter of Hendrik Lucas Beets and Johanna Christina Jones).

Charlize’s maternal grandfather was 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 was Johanna Maria Barindina Stofberg.

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

Death record of Charlize’s father –

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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.

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