Taylor Kitsch

by follers on May 23, 2014

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Place of Birth: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: April 8, 1981

Ethnicity: German, English

Taylor Kitsch is a Canadian actor and model. The Kitsch family in Kelowna originates in Galicia, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and is of ethnic German origin. His mother’s family likely has British Isles ancestry.

Taylor’s paternal great-grandparents likely were Philip Andrew Kitsch and Elizabeth Caroline Phillips. They were from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Philip was the son of Johann Philipp Kitsch and Katherina Maria Elisabetha Schneider. Elizabeth Phillips was the daughter of August Phillips and Caroline Keib.

Taylor’s maternal grandparents were Ken Green and Marjorie.

Source: Genealogy of Taylor Kitsch – https://www.geni.com

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madman September 22, 2017 at 8:13 am

His great-grandparents were from Galicia, so they weren’t Austrian. Being listed as born in an empire doesn’t mean you were from the core area of that country. So Austrian can be removed, along with “They were both Austrian”.

Is there a chance they were Jewish? Many Jews came from Galicia. And how usual is “Phillips” as a German surname? But I don’t know…

follers September 22, 2017 at 8:46 am
andrew September 22, 2017 at 1:31 pm


you should add Ingmar Bergman

neiltennant August 26, 2016 at 2:27 pm

kitsch is a typical polish name

but the name is found also in the east and some other areas of germany

kitsch means in german = ridiculous thing or trash

bablah August 27, 2016 at 5:17 am

It’s not and stop being obsessed with Eastern European people.
Kitsch is the most German sounding name ever.

phaedra April 26, 2016 at 4:33 am

Looks Slavic.

neiltennant August 26, 2016 at 2:25 pm

+ 1

HE IS of eastern european
KITSCH is a typical polish name

Greyface January 4, 2016 at 10:22 pm

His ancestry MUST be confirmed, he is extremely good looking

neiltennant July 13, 2015 at 11:50 am

most people in germany with KITSCH are of polish origin

Freerk April 6, 2015 at 8:17 am

“I can’t tell how ethnically different Austrians are from Germans. Likely, not significantly (if at all, actually).”

Depends on your definition of ethnicity and how precisely you want to describe. You could say Austrians are like Germans and are right (as long as no Austrian or German listens …), but on the other hand you are totally wrong. Even the Germans are no homogenous group. For a Northern German, Austrians are a different race, for a Southern German, Northern Germans are …

Austrians are more mixed with Slavs, Hungarians, Romanic peoples and an underlying layer of Celts (like the Southern Germans) … The Bavarians are nearly the same mixture and ethnically and culturally strongly linked to the Austrians, but the Saxons are completely not.

Historically and politically, they stick together since 2000 years (especialy the Bavarians), and of course, they share the same language, though the dialects are different – I, as a Nothern German, would hardly understand an Austrian better than a Swedish when he or she talks in dialect.

It’s like a New Yorker compared to a man from Wheatland, Wyoming, who both are “Americans”.

Fatmonkey April 6, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Thank you on your information sharing. I always imagined (and, after all, happened to read a great deal about such state of affairs on many internet forums) that Austrians and Germans are the same ethnic group divided with political, religious and cultural barriers.

I used to compare the Austrian-German parallel to the one between Croats and Serbs. I am Serbian, at least mostly, but I don’t know much about my family tree: in some distant, yet uncharted stages of it, I don’t think I’d feel surprised if I found not only certain Croatian ancestry, but also Austrian, Italian, Saxon-German (many Saxon gold miners used to colonise the 13th century Serbia, invited by King Uroš I). Simply, the Balkans have been a vivacious melting pot for all different kinds of ethnic groups huddling in vicinity, mostly looking for fertile lands, but also fleeing from Mongolian, Tatar or Ottoman Turkish conquest. E.g. the multitude of Serbs living in Austria today are the descendants of the refugees from the Turkish invasion of Kosovo and Eastern Montenegro.

Serbs, generally, tend to have soft spot for Austrians because of the centuries of coexistence – so among the, as you said, Slavic genetic component of an Austrian’s ancestry data may be likely to be a bit Serbian. The irreparable ravages of the First World War and consequent breakage of that solemn, allied battle-hardened union were just unnecessary.

Freerk April 10, 2015 at 12:56 pm

If you had Saxon ancestors, we could be relatives :)

The interesting thing about Europeans (especially Middle Europeans) is what (and to which degree) are the components of your DNA. We all are a hotchpotch of probably whatever moved through Europe during the last 3,000 years. O_o

Freerk April 10, 2015 at 1:09 pm

I just looked at Wikipedia – the Saxons you mentioned were probably from the state of (Upper) Saxony, which is not related to the tribe of the Saxons in Lower Saxony. I should have known – you said “gold miners”, and we have no mountains (not even real hills) where I come from … :D

Fatmonkey April 12, 2015 at 4:24 pm

I’d say that each nation in Europe is genetically/ ethnically intermixed with its closest neighbours. If you are German, odds are that among your ancestors, at least if you care to go far enough, will pop up some French, Italian, Dutch, or Polish. A Russian is likely to be of partial e.g. Circassian, Belarus, Tatar, Mongolian,… descent. Among the non-Serbian ancestors of Serbs would be Greeks, Romanians, Vlachs, Albanians… Among the non-English ancestors of the English: the Irish, Scots, French, a certain Dane or Norwegian here and there… Etc, etc…

Mind you, if you happen to discover some noble or even distant royal descent, you may find out surprisingly diverse range of European peoples of whom you could descend. E.g. a German nobleman, Ulrich X, count of Helfenstein, married a Bosnian princess (of Serbian descent), Marija Kotromanic in the mid-14th century. They had nine children, six sons and three daughters, and they were the ancestors of quite a great deal of European nobility and monarchs (almost every current European royal family has them in their family tree). The exact number of their descendants today is not known (the public family trees only show the descendancy of two of Ulrich and Marija’s children), but I’m guessing they measure in hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions.


follers April 12, 2015 at 6:27 pm

Fatmonkey, as you can see, I’ve uncovered that Kitsch’s maternal grandparents were named Ken Green and Marjorie. Perhaps you can find something more. Kitsch’s uncle was also named Ken Green.

Freerk April 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm

“If you are German, odds are that among your ancestors, at least if you care to go far enough, will pop up some French, Italian, Dutch, or Polish.”

Generally I agree, but not in my case … Or I have to go very far … I come from a region far away from any point where it’s at, what we call in German the ass of the world. Looking at my family tree, ALL my ancestors since 1700 were born within a triangle of about 15 kilometers … :(

Even when my son was to be born in Middle Germany where I live now, I learned that the family of his mother comes from the same town than that of mine. O_o So with a low amount of foreign DNA, he looks like a clone of my father …

Freerk May 16, 2015 at 6:05 am

“If you are German, odds are that among your ancestors (…) will pop up some French, Italian, Dutch, or Polish.”

Don’t mix nationality and ethnicity. Ethnically, the Dutch are nearer related to the Northern Germans than the Southern Germans are … the people in the eastern part of the Netherlands even speak a Lower Saxon dialect. And the Frisians (of whom I am one) live on both sides of the border. So according to the nation I am a German, but ethnically I am … both? or nothing of these two?

In Eastern Germany, many people are of Slavic (or mixed, of course) descent, but most of these Slavs never were Polish, while many Polish migrated to the industrial region of Western Germany …

The core of your statement, nevertheless, is correct: All people in Europe are mixed in some way.

Tux September 21, 2015 at 8:46 pm

Italians I doubt that. Germans and Italians aren’t even in the same ballpark on genetic maps. Germans mostly overlap with the English, Scandinavians and the Dutch genetically. All southern european countries are far away from Germany.

caligurl2 August 16, 2016 at 12:32 am

LOL troll detected, nice try but ethnic Russians have zero to do genetically with mongolians, tatars or circassians. Why would Russians have Mongolian ancestors? because of the mongolian empire? They did not settle down, the conquered and they pressed on. There is nothing in any genetic test done on ethnic Russians tracing them back with Mongolians, or Circassians. If anyone is related to Circassians in Europe it’s the southern europeans. Circassians are a mediterranean people. Russians are not mediterranean infact they’re more blue eyed and blonde than the British are same with the Polish and BOTH the Russians and Poles overlap closer with Norwegians than even the British or Germans do.

caligurl2 August 16, 2016 at 12:37 am

Here is where Circassians are located. As you can see nowhere near Russians. Russians overlap closer to Scandinavians than even the so called anglo saxon Brits and Germans do.


Capricious April 1, 2015 at 10:35 pm

No Jewish?

Fatmonkey August 7, 2014 at 5:55 pm

The Kitsches currently living in Kelowna, British Columbia, are of Austrian heritage. I can’t tell how ethnically different Austrians are from Germans. Likely, not significantly (if at all, actually).



follers August 8, 2014 at 12:07 am

Do you know the names of Taylor’s ancestors? I.e., did you connect this Kitsch family to Taylor?

Fatmonkey August 8, 2014 at 6:38 am

Sadly, no. I spent ages researching Taylor’s ancestry as well. Makes you wonder, a celebrity barely over thirty of whose family tree nothing is known whatsoever.

bablah May 10, 2017 at 1:33 pm

I hate to bring this up again, but if I’m understanding the tree posted here, the Kitsch family ultimately comes from Palatinate (as do most other Germans in Eastern Europe), not Austria proper. So should it be Austrian or German? They were of Austrian nationality, yes, but they all called themselves German.

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