Elijah Wood

by ethnic on September 8, 2008

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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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

celebfan August 26, 2017 at 5:53 pm

Are Austrians genetically different from Germans?

Capricious April 4, 2015 at 1:45 am

Where is 35% hobbit? XD

roman2886 May 12, 2014 at 8:02 am

I always thought myleene klass had Danish ancestry but she doesn’t she has Austrian ancestry she doesn’t look Austrian at all she looks Filipino very Filipino some half White half Filipinos look White but some look Asian and look mixed.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 7, 2012 at 10:59 am

Frodo! :)

Khail Jo January 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I know that he was English and German, but I thought that he has Irish and Polish ancestry. For Example: 1/4 English, 1/4 German, 1/4 Irish, and 1/4 Polish descent. I didn’t know that he was Danish and Austrian. He looks like he takes after his English side of the family.

Labtec February 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Very English looking. One again, look at the dislikes as soon as the English are mentioned. lol

roman2886 May 12, 2014 at 7:59 am

i don’t what perecentage of English Irish and Polish he is but he defiantly has English Irish and Polish ancestry as well as English and German ancestry it’s been proven but your right he defiantly looks like he takes after his English side of the family.

jojo November 2, 2011 at 2:00 am

I read he was half Polish too !! I’m half Polish and his facial features speak “Polish” .

amanie July 8, 2011 at 11:12 am

happy hes not racist.

ena July 7, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I thought he was half jewish

V123 July 8, 2011 at 8:01 am

No, that is half hobbit you were thinking about.

idiot March 16, 2011 at 10:53 pm


zuzanna January 31, 2011 at 8:51 am

Ethnic, please add that what i wrote!

rafa August 27, 2010 at 8:06 pm

he looks a little celtic this dude

Anonymous July 19, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Elijah Wood has Danish and Polish roots like me and his middle name is my first name…This freaks me out.

aps March 29, 2010 at 12:57 am

Yes, Probably! But he’s not sure on it, and it turned out that this is not true.

zuzanna March 28, 2010 at 6:55 pm

but he said probably polish AND german… so ?

aps March 28, 2010 at 6:30 am

Yes. He said of his Polish roots, but he’s not sure about it! So many sites written that he has polish ancestry, but his geneology shows that he does not have Polish ancestors. I myself have always thought that Elijah looks mostly Polish, but is it no true. Sorry.

zuzanna March 28, 2010 at 5:11 am

At polish wikipedia he is on list of actress with polish ancestry.
If he say he is Polish this is true….

LiL V4CH4 March 28, 2010 at 4:26 am

Well yeah he did say MAYBE polish, but on his geneology it does not say Poland it says Austria, Germany, and Denmark

zuzanna March 28, 2010 at 3:20 am
ethnic March 23, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Does anyone know an exact source for this interview?

zuzanna March 14, 2010 at 5:10 am

Yes he is Polish! i found one interview with him about his Polish roots!

ethnic March 4, 2010 at 3:13 pm

nice find aps.


aps February 20, 2010 at 9:11 pm

hmmm…im not sure but i not find his polish descent, but i find Austrian and Danish! http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~battle/celeb/wood.htm

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