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 –

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