Noah Ringer

by follers on October 24, 2012

A more recent picture of Noah can be seen here

Birth Name: Noah Andrew Ringer

Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 18, 1996

Ethnicity: German (almost half), along with English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Irish, remote Welsh

Noah Ringer is an American actor and martial artist. He is known for starring as Aang in the 2010 film The Last Airbender. The film’s director, M. Night Shyamalan, stated of Noah: “To me, he felt mixed race with an Asian quality to him.”

Noah’s father is of three quarters German descent, with his other ancestry being English, and remote Welsh. Noah’s mother has German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, English, and Irish lineage. All in all, Noah is of at least 43.75% German ancestry, though adding in more distant lineages, his total percent of German ancestry is probably in the high 40s.

In a 2010 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Noah stated that he has Native American ancestry: confirmed that when asked by Entertainment Weekly reporter Karen Valby about his ethnicity, Noah Ringer self-identified as “American Indian.”

It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been documented/verified. As far as can be found, Noah’s recent American ancestors, going back to all of his American great-great-grandparents, are listed as “White” on United States Censuses.

In this video, at 28:35, he states about his Native American ancestry:

…and I don’t know why it came out so strong in me ’cause it’s literally like 1/25ths or something ridiculous like that…

A picture of Noah’s paternal grandmother can be seen here (on the far left of the page). A picture of Noah’s maternal grandfather can be seen here.

Noah’s paternal grandfather is Jurgen Fritz Ringer (the son of Friedrich Karl Franz Ringer and Ernestine M. Lorinser). Jurgen was a German who immigrated to the United States after World War II, along with his parents and siblings. Noah’s great-grandfather Friedrich was a chemist, who worked for the IG Farben chemical company, and was responsible for all of IG Farben’s contracts with major oil companies. Friedrich’s parents were Friedrich R. Ringer and Holst.

Noah’s paternal grandmother is Barbara Maynard (the daughter of Harold Bright Maynard and Hilda Marie Koch). Barbara was born in Pennsylvania. Noah’s great-grandfather Harold was from a New England family. Harold’s parents were William Clement Maynard (the son of Charles Albert Maynard and Mary Bailey Clement) and Edith Lucia Clark (the daughter of Lucius Clark and Julia Sandford Bright). Noah’s great-grandmother Hilda was from Pennsylvania, and was of German descent. Hilda’s parents were Edward Nicholas Koch (the son of Charles E. Koch and Anna Martha Maria Stippy) and Laura A. Kingelhofer (the daughter of William Klingelhofer and Susan Backofer).

Noah’s maternal grandfather was Willis Floyd Fagan (the son of William Ellis Fagan and Lottie Helen Martin). Willis was born in Oklahoma. William was the son of William Lon Fagan and Rosa/Rosie May Dillard. Lottie was the daughter of Jett Imri Martin and Lois Earnest/Ernest Hudspeth.

Noah’s maternal grandmother was Ann Elizabeth McDonald (the daughter of Cecil C. McDonald and Gladys Mary Altman). Ann was born in Oklahoma. Cecil was the son of Norman McDonald and Mattie Stiteler. Gladys was the daughter of William Yoder Altman, who was of German descent, and of Myrtle B. Sargent.

Sources: Wedding announcement of Naoh’s paternal grandparents, Jurgen Fritz Ringer and Barbara Maynard –

Who’s who in Germany, Volume 2; Volume 4, Part 2, 1972, by Horst Kliemann –

Marriage record of Noah’s paternal great-great-grandparents, William Clement Maynard and Edith Lucia Clark –

Noah’s paternal great-great-grandparents, William Clement Maynard and Edith Lucia Clark, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Noah’s paternal great-great-grandfather, William Clement Maynard –

Genealogy of Noah’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Edith Lucia Clark –

Noah’s paternal great-grandmother, Hilda Marie Koch, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Hilda Marie Koch on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Noah’s paternal great-grandmother, Hilda Marie (Koch) Maynard –

Birth record of Noah’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Edward Nicholas Koch –

Noah’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Laura A. Kingelhofer, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Obituary and genealogy of Noah’s maternal grandfather, Willis Floyd Fagan –

Obituary of Noah’s maternal grandfather, Willis Floyd Fagan –

Noah’s maternal great-grandfather, William Ellis Fagan, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Noah’s maternal great-great-grandparents, William Lon Fagan and Rosa/Rosie May Dillard, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Noah’s maternal great-grandmother, Lottie Helen Martin, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Lottie Helen Martin on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Noah’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Jett Imri Martin and Lois Earnest/Ernest Hudspeth, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Noah’s maternal grandmother, Ann Elizabeth McDonald, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Noah’s maternal grandmother, Ann Elizabeth (McDonald) Fagan –

Noah’s maternal great-grandfather, Cecil C. McDonald, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Noah’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Norman McDonald and Mattie Stiteler –

Genealogy of Noah’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Mattie Stiteler –

Genealogy of Noah’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Mattie Stiteler (focusing on her father’s side) –

Noah’s maternal great-grandmother, Gladys Mary Altman, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Photo by PR Photos

{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant April 14, 2017 at 8:51 am


why those people are lying

he looks so asian

in germany, wales,scottland, england he would be seen as an alien

bearboy April 14, 2017 at 9:02 am

When you say, “why those people are lying” are you suggesting that these ancestors listed in Noah’s profile are made up being that they are from Northern Europe?

follers April 15, 2017 at 10:10 am

To be fair, I did make a few of them up, so you could argue that neiltennant is somewhat correct.

bearboy April 15, 2017 at 8:46 pm

lol, sorry neiltennant I guess Noah Ringer is really Asian :)

follers April 15, 2017 at 9:19 pm

He is. Ringer’s maternal great-grandfather, who was born Chao Ying-Sei (later changed to Jesse Chao in the U.S.), was from Guangdong Province, China, and moved to South Carolina around 1915, as best as I can tell from census records. He married Ringer’s great-grandmother, Marybelle Louise Prather, around 1930, presumably out of state.

bearboy April 15, 2017 at 9:51 pm

Oh then. my sincerest apologizes Neil Tennant I assumed you were trolling.

bearboy April 15, 2017 at 9:53 pm

Wait why are all of his great grandparents listed as white then??? and why didn’t you add the Chinese ancestry?

madman April 16, 2017 at 3:05 am

In was surprisingly common for Asian immigrants to be listed as white, especially on the 1930 census. Although it is often overlooked in history books, the south saw a considerable wave of Asian immigrants in the 1910’s. Another famous southerner of Asian ancestry is Miley Cyrus, whose maternal grandmother, Azra Kerimoğlu, was born 1919 in Kentucky, to Turkish parents, and married Cyrus’ maternal grandfather, Donald Finley, who converted to his wife’s islamic faith upon their marriage (also very common).

Why follers is choosing to cover these up and listing made up ancestors is beyond me, since it is so obvious for anyone looking at them what their true ethnicity is.

follers April 16, 2017 at 3:54 am

Isn’t Miley Cyrus’ biological father Turkish musician Mehmet Asar, from Bodrum?

At the time… working as a cab driver, [he] had an affair with Cyrus’ mother while she was on holiday in Bodrum in July-August 1987 (which corresponds with Cyrus’ birth in November 1992).

So that would make Cyrus three quarters Turkish.

bearboy April 16, 2017 at 9:47 am

I always thought Miley Cyrus is mainly Turkish. I also always thought Abigail Breslin might have been adopted from Jewish biological parents living in Belarus.

bearboy April 16, 2017 at 10:24 am

Follers, you agree that she looks like a mixture of Irish Apfel and Barney Frank both of Belarusian Jewish descent.

follers January 24, 2017 at 6:47 pm

About his Native American ancestry:
“…and I don’t know why it came out so strong in me ’cause it’s literally like 1/25ths or something ridiculous like that…”

andrew January 25, 2017 at 1:48 pm

I wouldn’t be serious about the 2010 interview, that was a statement made by a fourteen years old.

follers July 9, 2016 at 1:30 pm

I consider Noah Ringer to be the founder of the modern-day anti-whitewashing internet movement.

The casting in Avatar: The Last Airbender inspired the website, and all the media discussion about “whitewashed” casting that followed.

Connerfromvine May 21, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Obviously you all have never seen a real German.

follers April 19, 2016 at 11:27 pm

His mother’s full genealogy up now.

andrew April 20, 2016 at 4:40 am

Do you have pictures of his relatives?

andrew April 20, 2016 at 8:52 am

the kid does not look European in the slightest, the resemblance with Jimmy Fallon is actually very small. I searched some pics of his family on Google but I found none, maybe he’s hiding something and that’s the genealogy of his adoptive family.

follers April 20, 2016 at 12:53 pm
andrew April 20, 2016 at 1:31 pm

Thanks. I actually found his mother’s pic, not the best one but she looks European to me (as her father) contrarily to Noah.

follers April 20, 2016 at 2:12 pm

I don’t think he looks very exotic in the picture when he’s older.

follers April 20, 2016 at 2:42 pm

This is a picture of his mother (far left), father (to the right of her), and paternal grandmother (far right).

I think he obviously looks like his mother.

andrew May 21, 2016 at 5:16 pm

I agree. Looks like his mother, who’s odd too.

Your Mom August 7, 2014 at 4:49 pm

It’s So Obvious He Has Some Asian In Him.

neiltennant April 14, 2017 at 8:52 am

its more than obvious

but arguments are here pointless because some people here are ignorants

Angelalibohova April 15, 2014 at 4:24 am

Is he really 100% white? He looks to be part Asian

neiltennant April 14, 2017 at 8:52 am

if he had dark brown eyes he would seen as 100 percent asian

andrew April 14, 2017 at 12:14 pm

Your fetish for eye colours is unbelievable. I personally never thought to a distinction between “brown” or “dark brown” eyes. To me his eyes are simply “brown”.

ihatemostpeople February 14, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Why does he look part Asian tho??????

hasdi March 30, 2014 at 7:46 pm

He “looks Asian” due to his mixed heritage apparently, one of which he claimed to be American Indian, though it is not clear to us how from his family tree. I know a kid who “looks Hispanic” because he has a white father and a black mother, so similar recombination of facial features may in play here.

Anywho, if you check out his photos on his facebook, he looks “off-white” whenever he gives his broad smile.

However, when he didn’t smile, like in his the first prom image of Aang for The Last Airbender AND in the kidswithacause photo linked by follers below, he can pass as white quite easily. xP

AnonymousPerson December 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm

This kid HAS to be part Asian. He looks mixed.

neiltennant April 14, 2017 at 8:53 am

ask 100 people and 100 would say that he has asian roots

Beca December 25, 2013 at 6:54 am

LOL ! Caucasian ethnicity while he obviously looks asian ( or latino).

Please try again :)

follers December 25, 2013 at 9:30 am

I’m thinking of changing it to half Cambodian, a quarter Peruvian, and a quarter German. I hope people like the idea.

ethnic December 25, 2013 at 6:35 pm

might make people rest easier lol

follers December 25, 2013 at 8:23 pm

I’ll make the change.

Alice December 26, 2013 at 3:43 am

Look you do not see someone like Noah who is native to the countries listed in his ancestry. Look at Catherine Zeta Jones she is an example of a person from Britain with dark hair and eyes. Noah does have some other ancestry not stated. He is from the US and it is not impossible that he has some non-Euro blood. Some people have questioned Robert Sheehan’s Irish ethnicity but even if Robert is a bit out of the mainstream he still can be completely Irish. How long has Noah’s family been in the US? All I can say is there is some other ancestry in Noah’s makeup that is not listed. Otherwise why is there not British and Germans walking around looking like they are from Central Asia? As I’ve said previously I would love to see a dna test result for Noah. You can only put documented ancestry so fair enough but it doesn’t mean that there wasn’t something else there not listed. You just don’t look like Noah with ancestry from just the British Isles and Germany.

follers December 26, 2013 at 4:12 am

Noah Ringer doesn’t look that much more “exotic” to me than Jimmy Fallon. In fact, he looks like he could be Fallon’s son.

Noah’s paternal grandfather was German, and he was “Aryan” enough to live in Germany until well after World War II was over. Noah’s paternal grandmother is descended from (relatively) recent German immigrants on one side, and from New England Yankees on the other. I told you, there is a picture of her here (far left). I think she looks similar to him:,699599&dq=maynard+jurgen+fritz+ringer&hl=en

I told you that Noah’s mother is pictured here. Granted, she is wearing sunglasses, but she doesn’t seem “exotic” to me. Any recent Native American ancestry Noah has would have to come from her.

BTW, this is a more recent picture of Noah:

Alice December 26, 2013 at 4:20 am

That last picture he didn’t look as non-European. Some photos depending on lighting can make people look a bit exotic. OK I’ll accept he is just a bit out of the mainstream.

follers December 26, 2013 at 4:24 am

I think these things just happen. Probably 95% of people of North-Western European background don’t have the same skin color as George Clooney, for example.

Alice December 26, 2013 at 4:29 am

Yes true. There is a range in populations. Good discussion though. Noah is a cute kid no matter what his ancestry.

LadyNikkitten November 29, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Sorry, but he looks Asian.

J.J. December 19, 2013 at 7:48 pm

agreed, he looks very mongoloid, he definitely does not look what his ethnicity’s been listed as

Alice December 20, 2013 at 12:57 am

It would be interesting to see what would come up on a dna test. He doesn’t look soley German/British Isles.

Alice December 20, 2013 at 12:58 am


follers December 20, 2013 at 1:02 am

There are many caucasian people who are said to have a “pseudo-Asian” look. It’s pretty common. There is a picture of his paternal grandmother here (far left), and she looks somewhat similar to him.,699599&dq=maynard+jurgen+fritz+ringer&hl=en

I mean, Noah Ringer obviously isn’t Asian. At the most, he could be something like 1/8th Native American, but even that is pretty unlikely.

I think this is his mother here. She would be the one with any Native American ancestry. Noah’s father definitely has no Native American roots in the seeable past.

Alice December 26, 2013 at 3:53 am

Yes there are Europeans with a pseudo-Asian look but Noah doesn’t have a pseudo-Asian look. He looks Asian. Even his skin colour is naturally dark. All the actors that list Native American and don’t look it. Noah does have something else suggested by his looks. It’s not impossible that someone might have something in their ancestry other than what they are led to believe.

neiltennant April 14, 2017 at 8:54 am

no problem

we all have the same opinion HE IS ASIAN

but here are so many ignorants

notional October 26, 2013 at 7:07 am

Definitely has some Native or Asian ancestry

J.J. October 23, 2013 at 8:54 pm

correction; his eyes are hazel (light brown) and his hair is dark brown (brunette)

[email protected] June 22, 2013 at 12:30 am

he looks like a native american to me i think he is a admixture or his ancestory hails from mexico

ethnic May 28, 2013 at 8:02 am

He looks very Asian or Native American. It mentions in this article that he has “American Indian heritage”.

fuzzybear44 May 28, 2013 at 8:56 am


Hey man what’s up?Yes he does look it,I give him that.Also the census changed so often,you can’t completely go by it.One minute you don’t qualify to be a white,come the next one,you do.There are plenty of mixed bloods(black people who could pass for white),who indeed did put down,they were full white.

ethnic May 28, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Agreed, maybe its the hair but he can look very Asiatic in some photos like the one above.

fuzzybear44 May 29, 2013 at 3:44 am


It’s the face,he just has that look.Although when he played the avatar,he kinda looked like he was on downers or something

fuzzybear44 May 29, 2013 at 7:15 am


How do you keep from being put in moderation.I mean what are the key words to avoid?

andrew May 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Def. Asian

SNOWDEN August 17, 2013 at 5:49 am

lots of famous people are afraid to admit they are Asian or part something else because theyre afraid of being discriminated against. just because someone doesnt claim Asian does not mean he doesnt have Asian in him. same thing with Black. i know people who arent even famous, but theyre so afraid of being rejected, that they will deny their Blackness.

andrew May 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm

they look Euro ladies. The most “exotic” one is the woman who is standing, even though the photo is so old.
Despite his ancestry, Ringer has a sort of Eurasian look

fuzzybear44 May 28, 2013 at 2:13 am

I’m not blaming Noah,but they jack the avatar movie up.I don’t know what Shyamalan thought he was during

fuzzybear44 May 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm

meant to say,(jacked it up).Yes I know,I don’t proofread

ethnic May 29, 2013 at 7:36 am

Hey Fuzzybear, I dont know why some of your comments get moderated. certain words like “correction” and all the racists slurs get moderated. but strangely some of your comments get moderated. ??

neiltennant April 14, 2017 at 8:55 am


comments of many people who say their opinion that he looks asian all should be deleted ?

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