Gisele Bündchen

by ethnic on October 6, 2008

Birth Name: Gisele Caroline Bündchen

Place of Birth: Três de Maio, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Date of Birth: July 20, 1980

Ethnicity: German

Gisele Bündchen is a Brazilian model, actress, and producer. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.

Her parents, Vânia Maria Nonnenmacher and Valdir Reinoldo Bündchen, are both of German ancestry. Bundchen was born and raised in Horizontina, a southern region in Brazil, where there is a large ethnic German community. She is a sixth-generation German Brazilian, with ancestry in Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg, Saarland, Hesse, and Alsace-Lorraine, France. Gisele is married to American football player Tom Brady, with whom she has two children.

Despite being of German origin, Gisele does not speak German. She stated that she learned German in third grade, but forgot it all. Her parents still speak German to their siblings.

Gisele’s paternal grandfather was Walter Bündchen (the son of Hermann Bündchen and Wilhelmine Pauline Bühler). Hermann was the son of Heinrich Bündchen and Maria Margaretha Laux. Wilhelmine was the daughter of Friedrich Wilhelm Buhler, whose parents were German, and Maria Müller, who was also of German descent.

Gisele’s paternal grandmother was named Lucila Luckemeyer.

Gisele’s maternal grandfather was João Theobaldo Nonnenmacher (the son of Jacob Nonnenmacher and Elisabetha/Elisabeth Schneider). Jacob was the son of Domminick Nonnenmacher, who was from Rhineland-Palatinate, and of Margarida Krieger/Krüger, whose parents were German. Elisabetha was the daughter of João Schneider and Ana Maria Mallmann, who were both of German origin, with Ana being from Blantenrat.

Gisele’s maternal grandmother was Maria Kolling (the daughter of Francisco Antônio Kolling and Maria Bohn). Francisco was the son of Pedro Heberle Kolling and Ana Maria Kieling, both whom were the children of German parents. Gisele’s great-grandmother Maria Bohn was the daughter of Bernardo Bohn and Maria Dresch, who were born in Germany.

Sources: http://www.dw-world.de

Genealogy of Gisele Bündchen – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of the Heberle family – https://docslide.com.br

Genealogy of Gisele’s maternal great-grandmother, Elisabetha/Elisabeth Schneider (focusing on her own father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Gisele’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Pedro Heberle Kolling – https://www.geni.com

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andrew January 21, 2018 at 1:57 pm

revision

Gisele’s paternal grandfather was Walter Bündchen (the son of Hermann Bündchen and Wilhelmine Pauline Bühler). Walter served as mayor of Horizontina, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, from 1971 a 1975. Horizontina’s airport is named after him. Gisele’s great-grandfather Hermann was the son of Heinrich Bündchen and Maria Margaretha Laux. Gisele’s great-grandmother Wilhelmine was the daughter of Friedrich Wilhelm Buhler, whose parents were German, and Maria Müller, who was also of German descent.

Gisele’s paternal grandmother was named Lucila Luckemeyer

Gisele’s maternal grandfather was João Theobaldo Nonnenmacher (the son of Jacob Nonnenmacher and Elisabeth Schneider)

Gisele’s maternal grandmother was Maria Kolling (the daughter of Francisco Antônio Kolling and Maria Bohn). Gisele’s great-grandfather Francisco was the son of Pedro Heberle Kolling and Ana Maria Kieling. Gisele’s great-grandmother Maria Bohn was the daughter of Bernardo Bohn and Maria Dresch, who were born in Germany.

ashash January 21, 2018 at 3:09 pm

I am surprised that she is actually 100% German. Unheard of, even in the U.S. unless they are an immigrant.

stlucas January 21, 2018 at 4:12 pm

@ashash It’s actually not that uncommon in very small Southern Brazilian towns, mainly within German communities.

andrew January 21, 2018 at 4:23 pm

Lucas, do you have a MyHeritage account?

stlucas January 22, 2018 at 4:43 am

I do.

andrew January 22, 2018 at 5:44 am

check if Francisco Antônio Kolling’s parents are right

I also think Alfonso Alfredo Lückemeyer, who served as Horizontina’s mayor before Gisele’s paternal grandfather, is related to Gisele’s paternal grandmother, and he might be helpful to trace that ancestral line

stlucas January 22, 2018 at 6:20 am

You are correct. Gisele’s great-grandfather Francisco Antônio Kolling was, indeed, the son of Pedro Heberle Kolling, Jr., whose own parents (Pedro Kolling and Elizabeth Heberle) were German, and of Ana Maria Kieling, whose own parents (Jacob Kieling and Anna Maria Sulzbach) were also German.

Therefore, Gisele also has roots in Saarland, Hesse, and Alsace-Lorraine, France (her great-great-great-great-grandmother on the “Kieling” line, Elisabetha Lange/Lang, was born in Alsace-Lorraine).

Genealogy of the Heberle family –
https://docslide.com.br/documents/genealogia-da-familia-heberle.html
Genealogy of Gisele’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Pedro Heberle Kolling, Jr. – https://www.geni.com/people/Pedro-Kolling/6000000038760765411?through=6000000038760882464

stlucas January 22, 2018 at 11:54 am

Also, João Theobaldo Nonnenmacher was the son of Jacob Nonnenmacher and Elisabetha/Elisabeth Schneider. Jacob was the son of Domminick Nonnenmacher, who was from Rhineland-Palatinate, and of Margarida Krieger/Krüger, whose parents were German. Elisabetha was the daughter of João Schneider and Ana Maria Mallmann, who was German.

Genealogy of Gisele’s maternal great-grandparents, Jacob Nonnenmacher and Elisabetha/Elisabeth Schneider – https://www.geni.com/people/Jaco-Nonnenmacher/6000000011307416207?through=6000000011306791006

neiltennant January 22, 2018 at 12:05 pm

she does not look 100 percent german

alexgxo September 15, 2016 at 2:23 pm

I remembered someone claimed that one of her sisters had a broad but still pointy nose and curly hair but they all look like her to an extent!

Anyways if she’s mixed nothing not native to Europe shows up on her phenotype. She takes a good picture but I’d never call her pretty in my book. Adriana and Ana BB over her.

andrew May 17, 2016 at 2:20 pm

100% German. Some of her ancestors came from Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg.

andrew May 17, 2016 at 2:09 pm
andrew May 17, 2016 at 2:14 pm

brilliant tree

xoxo November 19, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Not saying she’s ugly, but she’s WAAAAAY overrated. There’s prettier models in the industry.

stlucas November 19, 2015 at 4:29 pm

She is not famous because she is “pretty”, but because she has a great body and catwalk for the fashion industry, otherwise she would be a face model.

midori29 August 16, 2016 at 11:20 am

@stlucas I disagree with you they are promoting this woman as she is supposed to be pretty and the face of Brazil when most Brazilians look nothing liker her. Also I have seen many face shots of her. Lots of women have great bodies. She must have really good connections. Also I think a true supermodel should be a pretty girl with a great body combined. Not one or the other.

fuzzybear44 August 17, 2016 at 12:35 am

@midori29

I agree, I never thought she was good looking. Also agree about what you said about the supermodels

stlucas August 17, 2016 at 7:06 am

I have no idea what you are talking about. She was never “the face of Brazil”, but she happens to be one of the most famous and successful people ever to emerge from that country, regardless of her ethnic background. It just seems to be really hard for people to understand that Brazil is not only about soccer, beaches and samba.

About her modeling, I think she manages to have a beautiful face and a great body (which is her best feature, IMO) at the same time, making her one of the highest-paid models of all time. I guess we should agree to disagree then.

bablah August 17, 2016 at 7:21 am

Umm, she is pretty. And no one is promoting her as ”face of Brasil”, she just happens to be very patriotic and is promoting her country everywhere. I would never have heard of Ipanema flip flops if Gisele hadn’t promoted them worldwide. You’re being so harsh on a woman that is working hard to promote things made in Brasil, which in turn means more jobs for Brasilians, all because she has a German name.

stlucas August 17, 2016 at 7:49 am

Well, let me fix one thing: she is probably the most famous and successful WOMAN ever to emerge from Brazil. I’m really sorry if Pelé and Neymar (or whoever you might consider a “real Brazilian face”) weren’t as successful in being chosen to promote Ipanema flip flops around the world.

By the way, she is known worldwide as GISELE. Her surname comes in second place.

bablah August 17, 2016 at 10:01 am

@stlucas
I’m not sure why you’re replying to me, I was replying to midori29. And midori29 was attacking her for being German when most Brazilians aren’t, which is a pretty dumb thing to do, because Gisele built her name herself, she wasn’t sponsored by Ministerio do Turismo or anything similar.

andrew August 17, 2016 at 3:57 pm

@stlucas

the most successful woman ever to emerge from Brazil is Dilma Rousseff, not Gisele Bundchen.

neiltennant July 19, 2017 at 2:03 pm

ROUSSEF is also white

Hungarian, bulgarian roots

madman July 19, 2017 at 2:51 pm

@neiltennant
I love that you are at a site that exists so that people can check the true ancestry of celebrities, yet you don’t check the site before claiming what ancestry a celebrity is. You know Dilma has her own page here, right? :)

Same as with Eric McCormack when you wrote that he was Native American, when his page specifically included a quote from him where he says it’s just a rumour!

neiltennant July 19, 2017 at 2:01 pm

she is actually ugly

she became famous because she is from brazil and those racist model recutring people find it awesome to find blonde and blue eyed people in a SA country

in germany she is called HÄSSLICHES STÜCK SCHEISSE

Samiiraa November 14, 2017 at 6:17 am

She is there because she is white. Her beauty is what Brazilians worship

neiltennant January 21, 2018 at 6:21 am

im not a native german

but i do live in germany and i have never seen a girl or woman with that fat nose and face of german descent

she looks german+ spanish

Manila October 20, 2015 at 2:37 am

Walter was the son of Hermann Bündchen and Wilhelmine Pauline Bühler.

Hermann was the son of Heinrich Bündchen and Maria Margaretha Laux. Wilhelmine was the daughter of Friedrich Wilhelm Bühler and Maria Müller.

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