Schalk Burger

by andrew on April 18, 2018

Birth Name: Schalk Willem Petrus Burger, Jr.

Place of Birth: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Date of Birth: 13 April, 1983

Ethnicity: Afrikaner [German, Dutch, likely other]

Schalk Burger is a South African rugby union player. He was a member of the 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning team.

Schalk is the son of Schalk Burger Sr., who was also a rugby player.

Schalk’s patrilineal line most likely traces back to Berndt Burcherdt (later Burger), who was born, c. 1668, in Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and to his wife, Marritje/Maria van der Merwe, who had Dutch and German ancestry. Berndt is the Progenitor (Stamouer in Afrikaans) of the Burger family in South Africa.

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Madelaine Petsch

by ashash on December 8, 2017

Madelaine Petsch – Prive Revaux Eyewear Launch Party – Chateau Marmont – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit:

Birth Name: Madelaine Grobbelaar Petsch

Date of Birth: August 18, 1994

Ethnicity: Afrikaner [Dutch, German, probably other]

Madelaine Petsch is an American actress. Her parents are South African, Afrikaners.


J. M. Coetzee

by Manila on November 30, 2017

Birth Name: John Maxwell Coetzee

Place of Birth: Cape Town, South Africa

Date of Birth: 9 February, 1940

Ethnicity: Afrikaner (Dutch, French, German, Belgian [Flemish]), Portuguese, 1/8 Polish, English, Irish, as well as 1/1024 Malagasy, remote Danish, Finnish, and Indian

J. M. Coetzee is a South African writer. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003.

J. M.’s father, Zacharias “Jack/Zach” Coetzee, was an occasional attorney and government employee, from Prince Albert, Cape (now Western Cape). J. M’s mother, Vera Hildred Marie (Wehmeyer), was a schoolteacher, from Diepkloof, Transvaal (now Gauteng).

J. M. was married to Philippa Jubber, with whom he has two children.

A few of J. M.’s remote ancestors were Indian slaves.

J. M.’s sixth paternal great-grandfather, Dirk Coetzee, was a Dutch immigrant, from Kampen, Overijssel. J. M.’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his seventh great-grandfather, Gerhard Coetzee.

J. M.’s paternal grandfather was Gerrit Maxwell “Gert” Coetzee (the son of Frederik Laurens Johannes Coetzee and Elizabeth Agnes Mills). Gerrit was born in Hopefield, Western Cape. Frederik was the son of Gerrit “Gert” Coetzee and Elizabeth Jacoba Hess. J. M.’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of J. Mills.

J. M.’s paternal grandfather was Magdalena Catherina “Lenie” de Beer (the daughter of Zacharias Johannes Hendrik “Zaag” de Beer and Magdalena Maria Le Roux). J. M’s grandmother Magdalena was born in Prince Albert, Central Karoo DC, Western Cape. J. M.’s great-grandfather Zacharias was the son of Zacharias Johannes Hendrikus de Beer and Catharina Petronella Oosthuijsen/Oosthuizen. J. M.’s great-grandmother Magdalena was the daughter of Gabriel Jacobus Le Roux.

J. M.’s maternal grandfather was Petrus/Pieter Hendrik Wehmeyer (the son of Gottlieb/Gotlieb Wilhelm Bernhard Wehmeyer and Anna Maria Adriana Ferreira). Pieter was born in Stellenbosch, Breede River DC, Western Cape. Gottlieb was the son of Bernhard Matthys/Matthijs Wehmeyer/Wehmeijer and Martha Johanna Maria Zondagh. Anna was the daughter of Ignatius Stephanus Johannes Ferreira and Gertruida Sophia Minnie.

J. M.’s maternal grandmother was Louise Amalia du Biel (the daughter of Balthazar du Biel and Anna Louisa Brecher). Louise was born in Illinois, U.S. Balthazar was a Polish emigrant, from Schwarzwald, Posen, now Czarnylas, Greater Poland Voivodeship. Anna was the daughter of a German emigrant, Ferdinand Brecher, of Nassau, Rhineland-Palatinate, and of Anna Katharina Hanafey. The surname Hanafey is of Irish origin.

J.M.’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fifth great-grandmother, Jurriana Frederika van Bernago.

Sources: Genealogy of J. M. Coetzee –

Genealogy of J.M.’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Gerrit Coetzee –

Genealogy of J.M.’s paternal great-great-great-grandmother, Aletta Elizabeth (Delport) Hesse –

Genealogy of J.M.’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Matthys Andries de Beer (through Matthys’s brother, Zacharias Johannes de Beer) –

Genealogy of J.M.’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Ockert Almero Oosthuijsen/Oosthuizen –

Genealogy of J.M.’s paternal great-great-great-grandmother, Adriana Cecilia (Venter) Oosthuizen –

Genealogy of J.M.’s maternal grandfather, Petrus/Pieter Hendrik Wehmeyer (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of J.M.’s maternal great-grandmother, Anna Maria Adriana Ferreira (through Anna’s sister, Margaretha Louisa Ferreira) –


Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

by Manila on November 26, 2017

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters – 2017 Miss Universe Pageant – Winner Photocall – Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino – Las Vegas, NV, USA – Photo Credit: PRN /

Place of Birth: Sedgefield, Western Cape, South Africa

Date of Birth: 28 June, 1995

Ethnicity: Afrikaner (Dutch, possibly other)

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is a South African beauty queen and model. She was crowned Miss Universe 2017.

She is the daughter of Anne-Mari (Nel) Steenkamp and Bennie Peters.


Richard E. Grant

by madman on November 27, 2016

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Birth Name: Richard Grant Esterhuysen

Place of Birth: Mbabane, Swaziland

Date of Birth: 5 May, 1957

Ethnicity: Afrikaner [Dutch, possibly other], Irish, German, English

Richard E. Grant is a Swazi-born English actor, screenwriter, director, and perfumier.

Richard is the son of Leonne “Leonie” (Hogan), a ballet teacher, and Henrik Abraham Esterhuysen, the head of education in the British Protectorate of Swaziland. His father was of Afrikaner/Dutch descent. His mother is South African, and has German ancestry. Her maiden name, Hogan, is Irish. Richard is also said to have English ancestry, from one or both of his parents. It is not clear if this is accurate.

Richard took on his stage surname after moving to the U.K. to become an actor.

Richard is married to voice coach Joan Washington, with whom he has a daughter.

Sources: Genealogies of Richard E. Grant –

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