Kellan Lutz

by ethnic on September 12, 2010

Birth Name: Kellan Christopher Lutz

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

Date of Birth: March 15, 1985

*62.5% German
*12.5% Dutch
*12.5% English
*12.5% Swedish

Kellan Lutz is an American model and actor.

Kellan’s father is of three quarters German and approximately one quarter English, ancestry. Kellan’s mother is of half German, one quarter Swedish, and one quarter Dutch, ancestry.

Kellan is married to Brittany Gonzales.

Kellan’s paternal grandfather was Ralph Paul Lutz (the son of Jacob Lutz and Magdalena Stevhan). Jacob was born in Russia and Magdalena was born in North Dakota. Both of them were from ethnic German families, of the Lutheran faith, that had lived in Russia and Poland for many generations. Magdalena was the daughter of Johann Stephan, Jr. and Regina Finck.

Kellan’s paternal grandmother was Hazel Marie Johnson (the daughter of Wayne Baird Johnson and Della L. Hundredmark/Heundertmark). Wayne was born in Iowa, to William Earl Johnson and Mary Catherine Young, and had English ancestry. Della was born in Minnesota, to German parents.

Kellan’s maternal grandfather is Kenneth Wayne Theesfeld (the son of George J. Theesfeld and Martha C. Gottschalk). George was born in Iowa, to German parents George O. Theesfeld and Katharina Reitmeyer. Martha’s father, Julius Henry Gottschalk, was born in Iowa, to German parents William Gottschalk and Katherine Marie Elizabeth Behrens. Martha’s mother, Bertha Emmia Frieda Gienap, was born in Germany, to Heinrich Dietrich Gienap and Johanna Maria Elizabeth Gadke.

Kellan’s maternal grandmother is Karen Kaye Nelson (the daughter of Lyle John Nelson and Marie Mildred Van Wyngarden). Lyle’s father, Axel Emil Nelson, was born in Iowa, to Swedish parents Swan Peter Nelson and Cecelia Månsson. Lyle’s mother, Selma C. Petni, was born in Sweden, to Magmus Petni and Sophy Person. Marie was the daughter of John Van Wyngarden and Sarah Deboef, who were both born in Iowa, both of them to Dutch parents.

Kellan’s matrilineal line can be traced back to his eight times great-grandmother, Ariaantje van der Pijl, who was born, c. 1709, in Dussen, Werkendam, Brabant, Netherlands.

Sources: Genealogy of Kellan’s paternal grandfather, Ralph Paul Lutz (through Ralph’s brother, William Lutz) –

Obituary of Kellan’s paternal grandfather, Ralph Paul Lutz –

Obituary of Kellan’s paternal grandmother, Hazel Marie (Johnson) Lutz –

Kellan’s maternal great-grandparents, George J. Theesfeld and Martha C. Gottschalk, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Kellan’s maternal great-grandmother, Martha C. Gottschalk –

Kellan’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Julius Henry Gottschalk and Bertha Emmia Frieda Gienap, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Kellan’s maternal great-grandfather, Lyle John Nelson (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Kellan’s maternal great-grandfather, Lyle John Nelson, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Kellan’s mother (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Kellan’s maternal great-grandmother, Marie Mildred Van Wyngarden (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Kellan’s maternal great-grandmother, Marie Mildred Van Wyngarden, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Kellan’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Celeke/Feleke Schreuders –

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Greyface March 13, 2016 at 3:09 pm

he is ( at least in this picture) the best looking man I have ever seen, how common is this look in Germany? is he a typical german hunk?

sarahle March 15, 2016 at 10:42 am

not common…
german men are average looking

neiltennant December 12, 2017 at 5:56 am

he is not very german looking

in germany he would be seen as northern european exchange student

cwm85 July 15, 2015 at 4:05 pm

Strong German genes… The hair, eyes and facial structure.

sarahle March 13, 2016 at 12:56 pm

not at all… he looks polish. i do live in germany…

Freerk March 4, 2018 at 10:07 am

So do I, and I disagree. He very much looks like his ancestry is, Northern German, Dutch, English, Swedish. Perhaps more Swedish/English, definitely not Polish.

andrew July 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm

interesting detail is “both of them were from ethnic German families, of the Lutheran faith, that had lived in Russia and Poland for many generations”. They were known as “Volga Germans”

follers July 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Lutz’s ancestors lived in a number of places, including Odessa and Poland. I often see people of ethnic German descent from Russia, i.e. Aaron Eckhart, Tom Daschle, Brian Posehn (whose great-grandparents were the first couple to be married at a then-new Lutheran church in Canada), Clark Duke, Brian Schweitzer, and many others. Ethnic Russians did not really immigrate to North America, except for some rich Russians who fled around the time of the Revolution. However, non-ethnic Russian minorities, like Ashkenazi Jews, Germans, etc., did move to North America. Many ethnic Germans from Russia settled in North Dakota and the surrounding areas.

andrew July 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm

now Americans go to Russia (Snowden)

andrew December 12, 2015 at 5:37 pm

@ follers

there are lot of people descending from ethnic Germans from Russia in this site

follers July 24, 2013 at 2:22 am

ethnic, why does it say “Submitted on 2013/06/12 at 1:23 pm”

up there? I think that got in accidentally, haha.


ethnic July 24, 2013 at 6:35 am

oops thanks Follers

neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 6:18 am

Lutz is a german word, which has its roots in poland

most people from germany have eastern european names, and actually the blue eyed and blonde germans descend from poland etc

nnnnn March 20, 2013 at 2:07 am

30% americans have partly german ancestry. At this site, too.
Most from their mothers: Bullock, Willis, De Niro, Cruise.
But nobody in Germany is obsessed to claim them as”German”.
The same thing with french and dutch ancestry

andrew March 20, 2013 at 1:31 pm

yeah the American Census says German-Americans are the first ethnic group among Caucasians in US, followed by Irish-Americans, English-Americans and Italian-Americans.

follers July 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Tom Cruise’s parents both had/have German ancestry.

GLXY November 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm

It’s 16 % not 30 % of Americans who have German ancestry. About the census, don’t forget it’s based on people answers so the numbers aren’t reliable

nnnnn March 20, 2013 at 1:45 am

I knew, he should be of german ancestry because of his name

anna2005 April 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm

wow I wouldn’t have guessed either! his younger brother looks to be part African or some sort of “brownish” culture so i figured he must be the same. Surnames don’t always indicate that someone belongs to a certain ethnicity. Just because his surname is Germanic doesn’t make him Germanic.

SmartAss August 2, 2012 at 5:50 am

First of all “german” and “germanic” are different things because english, danish, swedish… and so on are germanic too and lutz is a german and not a germanic name i hope you understand this “Surnames don’t always indicate that someone belongs to a certain ethnicity” 100% right but kellan lutz is from north dakota and the U.S. census say that 47,2% of north dakota’s population have german ancestry so it’s obviously that kellan lutz is in a large part german! and sorry but when in your mind he “looks to be part African or some sort of “brownish” culture” (bullshit) then in your mind lebron james must be look like a swede LOL

Cameran November 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

Ok lets get something straight, because i am sick of people spreading this myth around. The English are NOT Germanic in any sense of the word. Nor are the Scots “Celtic”.

You’re talking about two nations that have had many different groups come into them over time. The claim that English are Anglo Saxons or Scottish Celtics is denying the other contributions both had and claiming them to be homogeneous which they are not.

The English are only Germanic “Culturally” ethnicaly? There is no major difference between the English & Scots, both had a large Celtic contribution which explains why neither of the modern populations look anything like how Germanics were described to look.

Secondly, Celtics inhabited EVERY MAJOR WESTERN PART OF EUROPE. Celticness is not exclusive to the Irish or Scots, but the MAJORITY of Europe.

Are there some English who look Germanic? Yes, but they are not all Germanic looking or Germanic ethnicaly. Russel Brand is an Englishmen, Collin Farrel is irish & both of them could pass as a Spaniard. The British Isles is not a homogeneous place, stop treating them as if they are.

nnnnn March 20, 2013 at 1:51 am

“English are not germanic” etc..
It’s really interesting, which politic background have
such sentences?
If you want to see English people, who “look Germanic”, just visit U.K. and don’t pick Brands and
Coopers. BTW, I’m not sure, they are pur british.
Nobody searchs in Europe, if smb. has pakistan,
arab or jewish ancestry.

levangelista36 August 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

If you look underneath sources, there is a link to It explains the Lutz family history. He’s German. I’m not really surprised because I don’t think he looks “brown” at all. Not sure what you’re seeing.

BAN VIKING! March 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm

German? I would have never guessed.

nnnnn March 20, 2013 at 1:55 am

He should be some irish and scotish, too because of the
name Kellan

Ajaxfan December 13, 2015 at 2:57 am

It’s just a first name dumbass, doesn’t say anything.

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