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: May 5, 1957

Ethnicity: Afrikaner (Dutch, possibly other), Irish, German

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

Richard is the son of Leonne “Leonie” (Hogan), a ballet teacher, and Henrik Abraham Esterhuysen, the head of education in the British colony 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.

Sources: Genealogies of Richard E. Grant –

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Tanit Phoenix

by Manila on October 19, 2016

60th Annual BFI London Film Festival - "Free Fire" Closing Night Gala - Arrivals

Place of Birth: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Date of Birth: 24 September, 1984

Ethnicity: Afrikaner (Dutch, possibly other), Scots-Irish (Northern Irish)

Tanit Phoenix is a South African model and actress. She is the daughter of Tanit and Gavin Phoenix. She is married to actor Sharlto Copley.

Tanit’s paternal grandparents are George Phoenix (the son of George Phoenix) and Anne Klaassen. Tanit’s great-grandfather George was born in Coose, County Down, Ireland (now Northern Ireland), to William Phoenix and Lucy Conlon.

Sources: Genealogy of Tanit Phoenix (focusing on her father’s side) –

Family history of Tanit Phoenix (focusing on her father’s side) –

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B. J. Vorster

by Manila on August 28, 2016

Birth Name: Balthazar Johannes Vorster

Date of Birth: December 13, 1915

Place of Birth: Uitenhage, Cape Province (now Eastern Cape), South Africa

Date of Death: September 10, 1983

Place of Death: Cape Town, South Africa

*89.74609375% Afrikaner (39.697265625% Dutch, 27.63671875% German, 18.310546875% French, 2.5390625% Belgian [1.5625% Flemish, 0.9765625% Walloon], 1.5625% Swiss-German)
*3.125% Danish
*1.953125% Indonesian
*1.85546875% Indian
*1.5625% Norwegian
*1.3671875% African (0.78125% Angolan, 0.5859375% Guinean)
*0.390625% Chinese

B. J. Vorster was a South African politician. He was the 8th Prime Minister of South Africa, from 13 September, 1966 to 2 October, 1978, and the 4th State President of South Africa, from October 10, 1978 to June 4, 1979. He was the son of Elizabeth Sophia (Wagenaar) and Willem Carel Vorster. He was married to Martini Steyn “Tini” Malan.

B. J.’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fourth great-grandfather, Hans (or Jan in Dutch) Vorster, of Bern, Switzerland.

A few of B. J.’s distant ancestors were slaves, from Africa (Angola and Guinea), China, India, and Indonesia.

Some research suggests that B. J. had Italian ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry have been documented/verified.

B. J.’s paternal grandfather was Olof Abraham Vorster (the son of Johannes Hendrik Vorster and Sophia Aletta Jacoba de Meyer). Johannes was the son of Jacobus Adriaan Vorster and Martha Elisabeth Jacoba Lubbe. Sophia was the daughter of Olaf Abraham Servaas Meyer and Anna Christina Weydeman; Anna’s father, Pieter Andries Christiaan Weijdeman, was a Danish immigrant, from Copenhagen.

B. J.’s paternal grandmother was Anna Catharina Elizabeth van der Merwe (the daughter of Jacobus Daniël van der Merwe and Maria Johanna Elizabeth Davel). Jacobus was the son of Willem Karel van der Merwe and Margaretha Johanna de Wit. Margaretha’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Robbert Robberts Brand, was a Norwegian immigrant, from Christiania (now Oslo). Robbert’s mother was Johanna Susanna Ferreira, whose last name is of Portuguese origin, suggesting that she may have had Sephardi Jewish ancestry; it is unclear if that was the case. Maria Johanna was the daughter of Isak Johannes Davel and Anna Catharina Elisabeth Visagie.

B. J.’s maternal grandfather was Johannes Jacobus “Jan” Wagenaar (the son of Johannes Petrus Wagenaar and Catharina Christina Wilhelmina Oelofse). B. J.’s great-grandfather Johannes was the son of Johannes Jacobus Wagenaar and Jacoba Johanna Viviers. Catharina was the son of Nicolaas Jacobus Oelofse and Maria Elizabeth de Jager. Nicolaas’ paternal great-grandfather, Andries Oelofse, was a Norwegian immigrant, from Christiania (now Oslo).

B. J.’s maternal grandmother was Johanna Maria Elisabeth Wepener (the daughter of Frederik Jacobus Wepener and Maria Geertruyda Bekker). Frederik was the son of Frederik Jacobus Wepener and Johanna Maria Erasmus. B. J.’s great-grandmother Maria Geertruyda was the daughter of Stephanus “Petrus” Bekker and Maria Elisabeth Jansen van Rensburg.

B. J.’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his ninth great-grandmother, Jean(ne) Francomme, of Calais, France.

Source: Genealogy of B. J. Vorster –


Marais Viljoen

by Manila on August 28, 2016

Date of Birth: December 2, 1915

Place of Birth: Robertson, Cape Province (now Western Cape), South Africa

Date of Birth: January 4, 2007

Place of Death: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

*96.2890625% Afrikaner (50.390625% French, 26.7578125% German, 13.8671875% Dutch, 4.8828125% Belgian [3.125% Walloon, 1.7578125% Flemish], 0.390625% Swiss-German)
*2.1484375% African (0.78125% Angolan, 0.78125% Guinean, 0.390625% Mozambican, 0.1953125% Khoikhoi)
*0.9765625% Indonesian
*0.390625% Indian
*0.1953125% Danish

Marais Viljoen was a South African politician. He was the President of the Senate, from 22 January, 1976 to 19 June, 1979, and State President of South Africa, from August 21, 1978 to October 10, 1978 (acting), and from June 4, 1979 to September 4, 1984.

He was the son of Magdalena Debora “Lenie” (de Villiers) and Gabriel Francois Viljoen. He was married to Dorothea Maria Brink, until her death. The couple had a daughter.

Marais’ patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his seventh great-grandfather, François Villion.

A few of Marais’ distant ancestors were slaves, from Africa (Angola, Mozambique, and Guinea), India, and Indonesia. His maternal seventh great-grandmother, Krotoa (also known as Eva), was a Khoikhoi interpreter.

Some research suggests that Marais has remote Italian ancestry. It is not clear if this Italian ancestry has been verified/documented.

Marais’ paternal grandfather was Petrus Jacobus Viljoen (the son of Hendrik Christoffel Viljoen and Elisabet Johanna du Toit). Hendrik was the son of Johannes Willem Viljoen and Helena Catharina van der Merwe. Elisabet was the daughter of Petrus Jacobus du Toit and Rachel Rossouw.

Marais’ paternal grandmother was Anna Susanna Johanna Wentzel (the daughter of Johannes Jacobus Wentzel and Anna Margaretha Maree). Marais’ great-grandfather Johannes was the son of Carel David Wentzel and Maria Sophia Hoebert. Marais’ great-grandmother Anna was the daughter of Johannes Maree and Catharina Elizabeth Groenewald.

Marais’ maternal grandfather was Johannes Hendrikus de Villiers (the son of Petrus Johannes de Villiers and Magdalena Debora Retief). Petrus was the son of Petrus de Villiers and Magdalena de Villiers. Marais’ great-grandmother Magdalena was the daughter of Petrus Retief and Maria Elizabeth Redelinghuys/Redelinghuis.

Marais’ maternal grandmother was Hester Debora Francina Marais (the son of Daniel Johannes Marais and Johanna Maria Siebrits). Daniel was the son of Johannes Stephanus Marais and Hester Deborah Naude. Marais’ great-grandmother Johanna was the daughter of Bartholomeus Hubertus Siebrits and Engela Cornelia Jordaan.

Marais’ matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his seventh great-grandmother, Maria van Aelwyk, of Rhenen, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Sources: Genealogy of Marais Viljoen –

Genealogy of Marais’ maternal great-grandmother, Magdalena Debora Retief (through Magdalena’s brother, Johannes Retief) –

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Victor McLaglen

by madman on August 7, 2016

Birth Name: Victor Andrew de Bier Everleigh McLaglen

Date of Birth: December 10, 1886

Place of Birth: Stepney, London, England

Date of Death: November 7, 1959

Place of Death: Newport Beach, California, United States

*Afrikaner, including Irish, Dutch, German, and Scottish (father)
*English or Irish (mother)

Victor McLaglen was an English boxer and actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Informer (1935).

Victor was the son of Lillian Marian (Adcock) and Andrew Charles Albert McClaglen (Andries Carel Albertus Mclaglen/MacLachlan). His father was born in Cape Town, South Africa; some of the surnames in his family tree suggests Irish, Dutch, German, and Scottish, ancestry. His mother might have been born in either Cumbria, England or Ireland.

Victor’s paternal grandparents were Jacobus Petrus Mclaglen (the son of James Phillip Mclaglen and Catherine Neyhoff) and Greitji Cornelia Rutgers/Rutger. Victor’s great-grandfather James was the son of Lachlan MacLachlan and Jennett Robertson.

Victor’s maternal grandfather was named Henry Adcock.

Sources: Genealogies of Victor McLaglen –