Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

by Manila on November 26, 2017

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters – 2017 Miss Universe Pageant – Winner Photocall – Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino – Las Vegas, NV, USA – Photo Credit: PRN /

Place of Birth: Sedgefield, Western Cape, South Africa

Date of Birth: 28 June, 1995

Ethnicity: Afrikaner (Dutch, possibly other)

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is a South African beauty queen and model. She was crowned Miss Universe 2017.

She is the daughter of Anne-Mari (Nel) Steenkamp and Bennie Peters.

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ashash December 12, 2017 at 8:59 pm

Nel is her mother’s maiden name. Steenkamp is the name of her stepfather Johan.

Thank you!

Manila December 12, 2017 at 9:35 pm

Then, let’s add French as part of her Afrikaner ethnicity.

follers December 12, 2017 at 9:50 pm

The name exists in the Netherlands.

andrew December 13, 2017 at 5:36 am

Because they might descend from Huguenots who moved there in the 1500s. Like all the Nel of South Africa, she descends from Guillaume Néel, born c. 1663, in Quevilly, Rouen, Normandie, France, and to his wife Jeanne de la Batte, who was also a French Huguenot.


About Afrikaners who are known by initials, I forgot this one:

andrew December 13, 2017 at 5:43 am

An interesting map which displays the geographical origin of all the common Afrikaner surnames of French Huguenot origin.

Manila November 29, 2017 at 8:08 pm

Do you have any photo of her?

ethnic December 11, 2017 at 4:33 pm

we do now!

ashash December 11, 2017 at 8:42 pm

I think her eyes are brown.

Manila November 27, 2017 at 6:36 am

Someone posted fake news about her Filipino ethnicity in Facebook. So, don’t trust that.

The only thing we can expand her ancestry is to find her parents’ baptismal records which might be available online. These are the clues based on a verified news source: her father was born around 1964 while her mother was born around 1961. Marriage records on or earlier than the 1960’s are useless unless we can trace her grandparents’ names.

Manila November 27, 2017 at 6:50 am

Try searching the following places: “Knysna” (I have already cleared that and nothing found) & “Vanderbijlpark” (I am too unclear of this if I found her father’s baptismal record)

ashash December 7, 2017 at 1:17 pm

She is probably a typical Afrikaner: Dutch, German, French, Belgian (Walloon and/or Flemish) with distant African, Indian, Indonesian, possibly Chinese, Bengali, some sort of Scandinavian, etc.

follers December 7, 2017 at 1:20 pm

It is for that reason and others that I find Afrikaners to be the least interesting ethnic group on Earth.

ashash December 11, 2017 at 8:42 pm

Because they have ancestry from multiple regions on 3 continents? Europe, Africa, Asia?

andrew November 27, 2017 at 3:30 am

“Nel” surname is of French Huguenot origin

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