Elon Musk

2012 Environmental Media Awards - Arrivals

Place of Birth: Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa

Date of Birth: June 28, 1971

Ethnicity: English, French Huguenot, Afrikaner/Dutch, German, Swiss-German

Elon Musk is a South African-Canadian-American inventor, businessperson, engineer, and investor.

Elon was born in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa. His father, Errol Graham Musk, is South African-born, and has English, Dutch Afrikaner, and French Huguenot, ancestry. His mother, Maye (Haldeman), a model and dietician, is Canadian-born, from Regina, Saskatchewan, and has English, and some German and Swiss-German, ancestry. Her family traveled around the world during her childhood, including living in South Africa.

His first name, Elon, is likely after the middle name of his own maternal great-grandfather, John Elon Haldeman. Elon moved to Canada in 1989. He now lives in the U.S.

Elon is the brother of Kimbal Musk, a businessperson, and Tosca Musk, a producer and director. Elon has six children with his former wife, Canadian author Justine Musk.

Elon’s paternal grandfather was Walter Henry James Musk (the son of Harry Musk and Lucy Frances Champion). Walter was born in Pretoria, South Africa. Harry was born in Exning, Suffolk, England, and was the son of Eliza. Lucy was born in Caledon, South Africa, the daughter of John Irish Champion and Jacoba Louisa Theron.

Elon’s paternal grandmother was Cora Amelia Robinson (the daughter of John Robinson and Breghie Elizabeth Theron). John was born in Liverpool, England, the son of Levi Robinson and Matilda Marsh. Breghie was born in Beaufort West, South Africa, the daughter of Johannes Nicolaas Theron and Amelia Elenora van Vuuren.

Elon’s maternal grandfather was Joshua Norman Haldeman (the son of John Elon Haldeman and Almeda Jane Norman). Joshua was born in Minnesota. John was born in Illinois, the son of John O. Haldeman and Evaline. Almeda was born in Minnesota, the daughter of Joshua Norman and Almeda M.

Elon’s maternal grandmother was Winnifred “Wyn” Josephine Fletcher (the daughter of Harold Fletcher).

Sources: Genealogy of Elon Musk – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Elon’s father (through his own brother, Michael Musk) – http://www.genealogy.com

Genealogy of Elon’s paternal great-grandmother, Lucy Frances Champion – https://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Elon Musk (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com

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14 Responses

  1. ashash says:

    Does he speak Afrikaans?

  2. Manila says:

    He also has Swiss-German ancestry.

  3. andrew says:

    his documented Afrikaner ancestry actually include more French Huguenot ancestors than Dutch or German.

  4. ashash says:

    Andrew, do you have more in-depth on his Afrikaner side? I know he is related to Charlize Theron but what about Behati, Candice, Arnold, Roger Federer, Oscar Pistorius, F.W. de Klerk, B.J. Vorster, etc.?

  5. neiltennant says:

    he has pseudo asian eyes

    is there a chance that he has some dutch indonesian blood

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