Dirk Nowitzki

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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 (pictured below with Dirk), 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.

07/13/2011 – Dirk Nowitzki and Jessica Olsson – 19th Annual ESPY Awards – Arrivals – Nokia Theatre – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Koi Sojer / PR Photos



Curious about ethnicity

20 Responses

  1. ana says:

    @gref some arabs are black

  2. Martin Serkosky says:

    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.

  3. ghref says:

    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 says:

      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

  4. Polskakraut says:

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

  5. Jasmine says:

    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 says:

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

    • Holdup says:

      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 says:

        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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