Josh Duhamel

by ethnic on August 16, 2010

Birth Name: Joshua David Duhamel

Place of Birth: Minot, North Dakota, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 14, 1972

Ethnicity: German (about half), as well as 1/8th Norwegian, 1/16th French-Canadian, small amounts of Irish, English, and Austrian

Josh Duhamel is an American actor and model. He is married to singer and actress Fergie, with whom he has a son.

His father, Larry David Duhamel, is of one eighth French-Canadian descent, along with German, English, Norwegian, and Irish. Josh’s mother, Bonnie/Bonny L. Kemper, is of mostly German, and some English and Austrian, ancestry. His surname means “from the hamlet” in French.

Josh’s paternal grandfather was Lawrence “Larry” Louis Duhamel (the son of Louis William Duhamel and Agnes Catherine/K. Rader). Lawrence was born in North Dakota. Josh’s great-grandfather Louis was the son of William Brassar Duhamel, who was French-Canadian, from Ontario, and of Mary Jane O’Brien/O’Brian, whose parents were Irish. Agnes was the daughter of German parents.

Josh’s paternal grandmother was Vergil Delores Baker (the daughter of Clifford Mark Baker and Minnie Constance Bjorn). Vergil was born in North Dakota. Clifford was the son of Bernard Mortimer Baker and Florence Perry, who had English ancestry. Minnie was born in North Dakota, the daughter of Norwegian parents, Alfred Christopher Bjorn and Helga Nathilda Aarstad/Orstad.

Josh’s maternal grandfather was Walter John Bachmeier (the son of Daniel/Dan Bachmeier and Theresia Sander). Walter was born in North Dakota. Daniel was an ethnic German from Russia. Theresia was born in North Dakota, the daughter of ethnic German parents from the Russian Empire, Rochus Sander/Saudar, from Selz, Kutschurgan Colony, and Theresia/Trieca/Theresa Bartsch, who was also from the Odessa area.

Josh’s maternal grandmother is Eileen Grace Smith (the daughter of George Edward/Edgar Smith and Elizabeth Gertrude Hannis). Eileen was born in North Dakota. George was born in Illinois, the son of Edgar Scott Smith and Hermina Bretthauer, who was of German descent. Elizabeth was born in North Dakota, the daughter of Peter Hannis, who was German, and of Anna Lydia Hierath, who was Austrian. Anna was the daughter of Josef Karl Hierath and Anna Marie Riedel.

Sources: Genealogies of Josh Duhamel (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Josh’s maternal grandfather, Walter John Bachmeier (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Obituary of Josh’s maternal grandfather, Walter John Bachmeier –

Josh’s maternal great-grandparents, Daniel/Dan Bachmeier and Theresia Sander, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Josh’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Theresia/Trieca/Theresa Bartsch (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Josh’s maternal grandmother, Eileen Grace Smith, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Josh’s maternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth Gertrude Hannis (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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madman December 28, 2017 at 2:53 am

Anna Lydia Hierath on the:

1900 census – Birth place: Germany

1920 census – Birth place: Austria, Language: Slovak

1940 census – Birth place: Slovakia

So was she Slovak, Austrian, or German? I don’t know. Maybe Hungarian, there appears to be Hungarian Hieraths.

follers December 28, 2017 at 7:10 am

Or it could have something to do with the fact that none of those women are Duhamel’s great-great-grandmother (with the possible exception of the first one).

I think ashash said it best on the Emmanuelle Vaugier page.

madman May 9, 2018 at 1:48 am

Have you found Anna on any census?

madman May 11, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Josh is the son of Bonnie/Bonny L. (Kemper) and Larry David Duhamel. The surname “Kemper” is often German, although it can be Dutch as well.

follers May 11, 2016 at 4:05 pm

“Kemper” is almost certainly her remarriage surname.

celebfan May 24, 2015 at 3:47 pm

His mother’s name is Bonnie Kemper, but I don’t know if that’s her maiden name or current husband’s name.

nathaliemk July 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I actually haven’t thought about it before, but he could pass as a Norwegian!!

Khail Jo January 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I knew that he was French Canadian and Irish, but I did’n t know that he was German, Norwegian and English.

danaeSUCKS February 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm

but where does his tanned skin comes from? I thought this would say native american or something… by the way where’s the duhamel last name from?

fuzzybear February 16, 2011 at 2:40 am

To Danae

That’s a good question,but you have to remember,all these( French Canadian, Norwegian ,German, Irish, English)are just countries.Not one of them tells you what the people who he descends from look like

James July 21, 2011 at 1:15 am

Ever herd of a tanning bed, geesh. u people are ridiculous.

KnowItall September 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm

The French in him…there are quite a few French that have tan or mediterranean skin tone…they’re not all pale and chalky…lol ;)

Lizzi November 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm

French: topographic name for someone who lived in a hamlet, from Old French hamel, a diminutive of ham ‘homestead’, with fused preposition and definite article du.

J.J. August 13, 2014 at 12:04 am

how does having tan skin contribute to anyone’s ethnicity, it just means he goes in the sun or goes to tanning salons, the whole purpose of a “tan” is to go darker than your natural colour, everyone tans

athelya November 17, 2015 at 1:46 pm

is that tan to you? o.o

LiL VACHA September 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm

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