Dirk Nowitzki

by ethnic on June 3, 2011

Birth Name: Dirk Werner Nowitzki

Place of Birth: Würzburg, West Germany (now Germany)

Date of Birth: 19 June, 1978

Ethnicity: German, some Polish

Dirk Nowitzki is a German professional basketball player. His mother, Helga Nowitzki (born Helga Bredenbröcker), was an international basketball player. His father, Jörg-Werner Nowitzki, was a handball player. His sister, Silke Nowitzki, is a former basketball player.

His surname, Nowitzki, is a Germanized form of the Polish surname Nowicki. Dirk seemed to have indicated that he has only a small amount of Polish ancestry.

Dirk is married to Jessica Olsson, who is of half Kenyan and half Swedish descent. The couple has three children. Jessica is the sister of professional football players Martin Olsson and Marcus Olsson.

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fangtasia August 13, 2016 at 3:08 pm


“It is a pity, because you have Polish roots …
Yes, even I made a private investigation into the matter and found out that the ancestors of my paternal come from Polish. It is, however, yore, dating back to the eighteenth century. After the Polish great-grandparents left me only the name. I’ve heard that this means “new man”. ”
This is from an interview with Dirk in Polish Newspaper “Rzeczpospolita”:

neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 7:29 am

30 percent or more of german people have POLISH roots

centuries ago many people from poland came to germany in order to work

as i am living in germany for years i have seen that

many germans with blue eyes+ blonde hair have polish names


nnnnn May 10, 2013 at 12:44 am

It’s the same, as to claim, that Federline is “german”
Of course, Novitzki is a polish name, but his genes are most
german, since many generations of his family lived in Germany

Jolanta December 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm

There are differences between Nowicki and Novicki

xxxxxx September 10, 2011 at 3:01 am

use translator: ”
“Szkoda, bo przecież ma Pan polskie korzenie…
Tak, nawet zrobiłem prywatne śledztwo w tej sprawie i okazało się, że przodkowie ze strony mojego ojca pochodzą z Polski. To jest jednak zamierzchła przeszłość, sięgająca XVIII wieku. Po polskich pradziadkach pozostało mi tylko nazwisko. Słyszałem, że oznacza „nowy człowiek”.”
This is from interview with Dirk in Polish Newspaper “Rzeczpospolita”:

ana August 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm

i meant to ghref

ana August 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm

@gref some arabs are black

nnnnn May 10, 2013 at 12:38 am

What’s about african? Was his another grandma a chamber-made by some african-american?

Martin Serkosky July 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Ghref, I agreed with what you said until you clouded the waters by irresponsibly using slavic and czech as a possibility to describe Nowitzki’s surname. Up to that point you sounded unbiased, not polonophobic. Digest these numbers: 1. On the Ellis Island website, there were 556 immigrants named Nowicki, not one of them were Czech, Bohemian, or Moravian. Guess what ethnic group they were from? 2. In 1998 there were 49,771 Polish citizens named Nowicki, if there was any in the Czech Republic my wild guess would be they were descended from Polish immigrants. 3. Wikipedia estimated Polonia in Germany to be up to 3 million of Polish descent, but qualified that number by saying that after the 2 million mark, many of them have lost their ancestors identity. The Czech ethnic group was estimated between 20,000 – 50,000 in Germany. I don’t mean to rain on your parade but Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, is 25% Polish descent.

nnnnn May 10, 2013 at 12:41 am

25% polish? It’s a smth. new

ghref June 15, 2011 at 5:50 am

and nowitzki isn’t polish, not even of polish descent. who knows how far back you have to go till you find the ancestor from a slavic land who moved to germany and married a german (and then the following generations kept doing that – marrying germans meaning his slavic ancestry could be 0,1%, but accidentaly in a direct paternal (=father/male) line so he got his last name from him).

and notice how i used slavic and not polish, that ancestor could just as easily had been czech.

and anyway, german isn’t the same as germanic. germans are mixed, as all nations are. ancestors of modern germans were people from the germanic tribes, like franks (nowitzki was born in franconia), saxons, etc, but also from slavic tribes (pommeranians, abodrites), and even the counqered people of the provinces of the roman empire (eg. rhaetia).

nnnnn May 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

He must be of polish decent, since his name is NOVITZKI, and
not Müller. But he is not really polish, because his polish
ancestors are assimilited

Polskakraut June 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Have you heard of Germanization? How about the surname Jackson, Washington, or Johnson?

nnnnn May 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm

They are not german names at all

Jasmine June 3, 2011 at 11:11 am

It doesn’t always go by names the polish name theory is pure speculation I’m black and the name Jasmine derives from Arabic my middle name “Monique” has roots to French. Although both my names are very popular in the black community they have no origins to anything black.

ethnic June 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm

But surnames have a much better indication than first and middle names.

Holdup June 4, 2011 at 3:04 am

What do you think the Arabs once were?.Many Arabs are still black to this day.Also France was full of black people in the past as well as now,so we don’t know if black had anything to do with the origins or not

ghref June 15, 2011 at 5:43 am

lol, arabs weren’t black, they’re from arabia and blacks come from sub-saharan (south of sahara) africa – which are thousands of miles apart.

france being full of black people in the past is even more ridiculous…where do you get this stuff???
next thing – “hitler was black and martin luther king was asian” lol, that’s how ridiculous your statements are.

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