Gisele Bündchen

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 Reinoldo Bündchen and Elsa Irena Hauschildt). Walter was born on March 15, 1926, in Lajeado, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He was Mayor of Horizontina, Rio Grande do Sul, from 1971 to 1975. Horizontina’s airport is named after him. Reinoldo was also born in Rio Grande do Sul, the son of Henrique Bündchen, whose parents were German, from Rheinland-Palatinate, and of Rosaline Schwambach, who was the daughter of Jakob/Jacob Schwambach/Schvambach and Margaretha/Margarida Walber. Gisele’s great-grandmother Elsa was born in Rio Grande do Sul, the daughter of Johann/Joahnn “João” Hauschildt and Karolina/Carolina Hermann.

Gisele’s paternal grandmother was named Lucila Luckemeyer/Lückmeyer. Lucila was born in 1929, in Tuparendi, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Gisele’s maternal grandfather was João Theobaldo Nonnenmacher (the son of Jacob Nonnenmacher and Elisabetha/Elisabeth Schneider). João was born in Santa Clara do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul. 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). Gisle’s grandmother Maria was born in Santa Clara do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul. Francisco was the son of Pedro Heberle Kolling and Ana Maria Kieling, both of 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

Genealogies of Gisele Bündchen – https://www.myheritage.com.br
https://www.geni.com

Information about Gisele’s paternal grandfather, Walter Bündchen – https://www.historiaparacontar.com

Obituary of Gisele’s paternal grandfather, Walter Bündchen – http://jornaldesantacatarina.clicrbs.com.br

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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127 Responses

  1. neiltennant says:

    her big fat nose is not very german

  2. neiltennant says:

    she looks —
    dieses Mädchen ist — wie ein — — —

  3. stlucas says:

    I’ve been confused about Gisele’s paternal genealogy for a while and I can now see why. Also, now it makes sense why Gisele’s father’s middle name is Reinoldo.

    There were two men named Walter Bündchen. One of them, who was born on February 23, 1916, got married to a woman named Ilsa Körndorfer, and they were NOT Gisele’s grandparents. The other one, who was born on March 15, 1926, got married to Lucila Luckemeyer/Lückmeyer, and these were certainly Gisele’s grandparents.

    Therefore, both Geni family trees which include Gisele’s father are NOT accurate:
    https://www.geni.com/people/Valdir-Reinoldo-B%C3%BCndchen/6000000008763891827
    https://www.geni.com/people/Valdir-B%C3%BCndchen/6000000077516872902

    The Bundchen Family Tree on MyHeritage, however, is accurate: https://www.myheritage.com.br/site-family-tree-460535821/familia-bundchen

    Gisele’s paternal grandfather was Walter Bündchen (the son of Reinoldo Bündchen and Elsa Irena Hauschildt). Walter was born on March 15, 1926, in Lajeado, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Reinoldo was born in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, the son of Henrique Bündchen, whose parents were German (from Rheinland-Palatinate), and of Rosaline Schwambach, who was the daughter ofJakob/Jacob Schwambach/Schvambach and Margaretha/Margarida Walber. Elsa was born in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, the daughter of Johann/Joahnn “João” Hauschildt and Karolina/Carolina Hermann.

    Gisele’s paternal grandmother was Lucila Luckemeyer/Lückmeyer. Lucila was born in 1929, in Tuparendi, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

    Sources:
    Bundchen Family Tree – https://www.myheritage.com.br/site-family-tree-460535821/familia-bundchen
    Some information about Gisele’s paternal grandfather, Walter Bündchen (who was indeed the mayor of Horizontina) – https://www.historiaparacontar.com/historias-de-vida
    Obituary of Gisele’s paternal grandfather, Walter Bündchen (which states that Gisele’s grandmother was indeed Lucila Luckemeyer/Lückmeyer) – http://jornaldesantacatarina.clicrbs.com.br/sc/obituario/walter-bundchen-15481.html

  4. neiltennant says:

    germans call her ——–

    she looks ——–

  5. andrew says:

    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.

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