Elijah Wood

Birth Name: Elijah Jordan Wood

Place of Birth: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 28, 1981

*37.5% German
*25% Danish
*25% English and Irish
*12.5% Austrian

Elijah Wood is an American actor, producer, and DJ. He is known for his role as Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings film series. His sister, Hannah, has also acted.

His father is of half English-Irish and half German descent. His mother is of one half Danish, one quarter German, and one quarter Austrian, ancestry.

Elijah’s paternal grandfather was Charles Fredric Wood (the son of William P. Wood and Elizabeth Jane Higo). William and Elizabeth were English immigrants, William from Manchester and Elizabeth from Cumbria. William was the son of James Wood and Elizabeth Tattersall Bramwell. Elijah’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was of Irish or half Irish ancestry, the daughter of James Higo and Alice Bridget McCann.

Elijah’s paternal grandmother was Eloise “Ellie” Lehrman (the daughter of Herman Lehrman and Anna Luedemann). Herman was born in Iowa, of German descent, the son of Louis Lehrman and Minnie Katharina Dorothea Wilhelmina Wendt. Anna was born in Iowa, the daughter of German parents, Joachim C. “Joe” Luedemann and Louisa C. “Lissie” Budde.

Elijah’s maternal grandfather was Donald G. Krause (the son of Arthur J. Krause and Kathryn/Katherine Louise Hansen). Arthur’s parents, Gustav Krause and Martha Magdaline Augusta Kramer, were German. Kathryn was the daughter of Andrew Johannes Hansen Knack/Knak and Thora Siegrid Johansen/Johnsen, who were Danish.

Elijah’s maternal grandmother was Beverly A. Stebritz (the daughter of Henry/Heinie William Stebritz and Rose H. Madsen). Henry was an Austrian immigrant, the son of Joseph Frank Stebritz and Barbara Ernestine Finster/Fenster. Rose’s parents, Christaffer/Chris/Christ Madsen and Johanna/Anna K. Hansen, were Danish.

Sources: Genealogies of Elijah Wood – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Elijah’s paternal great-grandparents, Herman Lehrman and Anna Luedemann, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Curious about ethnicity

25 Responses

  1. celebfan says:

    Are Austrians genetically different from Germans?

  2. Capricious says:

    Where is 35% hobbit? XD

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