Taylor Lautner

by ethnic on April 27, 2009

Birth Name: Taylor Daniel Lautner

Place of Birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 11, 1992

Ethnicity: English, Swiss-German, German/Sudeten German, French, Dutch

Taylor Lautner is an American actor, model, and martial artist. He starred in the 2008 film Twilight, and its four sequels.

Taylor’s documented ancestry includes English, German (including Sudeten German), Swiss-German, French, and Dutch. A picture of Taylor with his parents and sister can be seen here.

On June 24, 2005, Taylor stated of his ancestry:

I am only French, Dutch and German. I get my skin color from the French side of my family.

Then, in an interview published on May 20, 2008, he stated:

…actually, I am part Native American. We learned that through [preparing to play a Native American in the Twilight films]. I’m French, Dutch and German, and on my mother’s side, she has some Potawatomi and Ottawa Indian in her.

Later that year, in July 2008, in reply to a question about him having Native American ancestry, Taylor stated:

I have some Native American in my distant background.

It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been publicly verified/confirmed.

Taylor’s paternal grandfather is Loren Joseph Lautner (the son of LaVern Francis Lautner and Maxine Wave Draper). Loren has Sudeten German, English, German, and Swiss-German ancestry. LaVern was the son of Joseph S. Lautner and Florence Ethel Courtade. Maxine was the daughter of Lorn James Draper and Maryetta Mosher. The surname Lautner originates with Taylor’s great-great-great-grandfather, Edward M. Lautner, who was born, c. 1848, in Austria, the son of Wenzel Lautner and Helen Quiezer/Queiser. The Lautner line originates with ethnic Germans from the town of Engelsberg (now Andělská Hora, Moravian-Silesian Region, Czech Republic). Taylor’s great-great-grandmother Florence also had German ancestry, from Altenstadt, Wissembourg, Bas-Rhin, Alsace (now France).

Taylor’s paternal grandmother is Sandra Pickard (the daughter of Howard John Pickard and Bernetta “Betty” J. Akers). Sandra has English and German ancestry. Bernetta is the daughter of John G. Akers and Ruth French.

Sources: Genealogies of Taylor’s paternal grandfather, Loren Joseph Lautner – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-grandfather, LaVern Francis Lautner – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Joseph S. Lautner and Florence Ethel Courtade – http://www.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-grandmother, Bernetta “Betty” J. Akers – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Taylor’s paternal great-grandmother, Bernetta “Betty” J. (Akers) Pickard – http://www.legacy.com

Photo by PR Photos

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Pegzi May 16, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Correction: Somebody just add ‘possible Native American’ to the list. There’s no way this kid is just German and Dutch or whatever. If Vanessa Hudgens can have ‘possible Native American’ with no backup sources than so can he.

follers May 16, 2017 at 3:54 pm

Hudgens is a little different because there’s nothing publically known about her father’s genealogy, while with Lautner there’s a lot of stuff.

One important difference is that, in 2005, Lautner said he is just of European descent, and that his dark looks came from that. In 2008, when talking about playing a Native American character, he said he then discovered that he had “distant” Native American ancestry.

So even if that was documented, it would presumably be something like 1/64th Native American.

Speaking of which, bablah, madman, or anyone else, can you find anything on Lautner’s mother’s genealogy?

One geni.com tree listed Lautner’s maternal grandmother as Ina Publicover, but she was clearly too old. Perhaps a great-grandmother, though.


bablah May 16, 2017 at 5:51 pm

Sorry, other than his sister mentioning family in Minnesota, I couldn’t find anything.

andrew May 17, 2017 at 1:27 pm


How can you consider “important” a statement made by a 13 years old? It’s totally irrelevant.

Also Lautner is another fake case of “Austrian” ancestry, because Bohemia, where his German ancestors were from, was under Austria.

follers May 17, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Ask Bablah about the Austrians in this case.

Irrelevant? Really? Quite a lot of thirteen year-olds know their ancestry.

In any case, three years later, he said that in the three years since, he had discovered Native American ancestry in his “distant background”.

Most people don’t know about their “distant background”, regardless of age.

bablah May 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm

>Ask Bablah about the Austrians in this case.
I’ll have to agree with andrew. His Austrian ancestors were Sudetendeutsche.

andrew May 18, 2017 at 11:36 am


So they’re “Sudeten German”. Thank you

andrew October 23, 2016 at 3:47 pm
Pegzi May 18, 2017 at 12:16 am

I have seen a picture of Hudgens’s Dad and he looks full white. I know looks can be deceiving but if there is Native there I think it’s very distant.

alexgxo September 8, 2016 at 4:52 pm

This site is about ethnicity and human diverse looks and ancestry and no one seems to know about THROWBACK genes or atavism.

If I recall There was a “black” South African couple who gave birth to a white/European looking baby. Turns out one or both of them had some European ancestors and the genes which looked long gone from both parents manifested in the baby.

Looking at pics of Taylor’s parents he was probably one of them.

Greyface March 20, 2016 at 4:24 pm

omg he has a tan so he killed Custer! he and johnny depp are 0% white!!!

brown hair = killed Custer

bakchoyhurl February 6, 2016 at 10:28 am

He looks full native to me.

andrew February 5, 2016 at 2:42 am

the “Lautner” line is ethnically German from a town named “Engelsberg” (now Andělská Hora, Moravian-Silesian Region, Czech Republic)


Geography changes from “Englesburg, Bohemia” to “Engelsgerg, Germany”


Genealogy of Florence Ethel Courtade:

This line is mainly Alsatian German from Altenstadt, Wissembourg, Bas-Rhin, Alsace (now France).

ibarro February 3, 2016 at 9:17 pm

He is undoubtedly part of the Mestizo spectrum, he has both Amerindian & European features, his Amerindian seems to not be distant at all, unless both of his parents are also Mestizo, but both look White to me, I wonder If he’s adopted, or his mother had a affair or something.

phaedra January 12, 2016 at 12:31 am

His ethnic makeup is as believable as listing Osama Bin Laden as “English, Irish, Dutch and German”.

bakchoyhurl February 6, 2016 at 10:29 am


slowdive December 29, 2015 at 1:37 am

Taylor is not fully European in ancestry and I can tell you that. Typical mestizo face.

athelya November 18, 2015 at 6:31 pm

he has to have some amerindian in him

Justinian October 30, 2015 at 1:36 am

This guy is obviously mixed.

Kekit October 17, 2015 at 2:47 am

must’ve been adopted from Sinaloa or his mother was getting down with a Indian Chief

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 10:30 pm

If he says that he has “native” in him then he is. The sources may not be that accurate, but you gotta go on a limb here and take them as legit. His facial features scream native American. Come on. At least add “possible native american ancestry”….

passingtime85 October 5, 2015 at 6:12 am

I usually don’t comment if I don’t have any information pertinent to someone’s ancestry, but I just have to for this profile/celeb. Taylor really doesn’t look like his ethnic composition to me. I wonder if he’s adopted or if his father isn’t the man listed on his birth certificate. I would say Taylor looks like some kind of Pacific Islander, most likely Hawaiian or possibly Samoan, or maybe even Māori, mixed with a European ethnicity. Taylor certainly doesn’t look as European as his heritage would suggest.

follers October 5, 2015 at 9:56 am

You have bizarre conspiratorial theories about fathers being listed on birth certificates (which you’re consistently wrong about).

Taylor obviously looks like his father, more so than his mother.

passingtime85 October 5, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Unless paternity is proven through testing, it can always be questioned, while maternity can almost never be, unless the mother is a genetic chimera, which is extremely rare, or there’s a mix up at the hospital during a celebrities infancy, or adoption and/or abandonment is an issue.

I never actually say that various peoples’ publicly known fathers aren’t their actual fathers, I merely suggest it as a possibility, which means I’m not technically wrong.

There is a similarity between Taylor and his father, but even he seems to have features, that look to me, that don’t fit his families’ countries of origin. He reminds me of Benjamin Jealous actually.

Let me say this, I won’t be satisfied until Taylor gets a DNA test.

andrew October 26, 2015 at 3:08 pm
slowdive February 6, 2016 at 2:03 am

His sister looks white. However they do have some facial feature similarities.

anen87 February 29, 2016 at 4:30 am

I would say his sister is whiter of the two. The features are soften/watered down in her She looks like a white girl with a tan. Taylor on the other hand is a tone darker and has harsher facial features.

Racial Realist October 4, 2015 at 9:13 pm

He’s white until proven otherwise, native ancestry is something that countless celebrities claim, I refuse to buy this claim without evidence.

As for his appearance, he doesn’t look native. His features are actually identical(Sans gender disparity) to his ex Taylor Swift. Same nose shape, broad features, and a proportions. Another example would be Matt Damon, essentially identical, only difference is a tan and some smooth and supple skin, atypical for a European, but it’s more so just a healthy youthful appearance, which is why he’s an actor/model to begin with, as opposed to a racial indicator.

Finally, his heavy “five-head” is reminiscent of the likes of Matt Damon, Neil Patrick Harris, Gordon Ramsay, etc. The most damning evidence of his claim to Native blood being false is his comically tiny head, the only time I’ve seen that head to neck ratio has been on Channing tatum. Natives simply do not have such small heads. Ultimately, the closest resemblance I’ve seen to his heavy forehead and nose shape is another white man: Jon Lajoie: http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Jon+Lajoie+gph1TW8qQTXm.jpg

Krowl July 9, 2016 at 5:51 am

You can tell he’s mixed with aboriginal American. The traits remained very strong in his genes.
But he doesn’t have to prove anything to you. He’s not filing for any Native-American benefits/grants, etc so it’s really none of our business.

Manila September 13, 2015 at 5:31 am

I am not sure if this was his maternal grandmother: http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?pid=173803844

Her daughter’s name as well as her husband (enclosed in parentheses) are matched with Taylor’s parents’ names as well as the place (Grand Rapids, Michigan). However, it doesn’t indicate the married surname of her daughter. Please, investigate this if this was Taylor’s maternal grandmother or not.

Manila September 13, 2015 at 5:33 am

Okay, I get. Please, delete this comment. Sorry.

follers September 13, 2015 at 1:14 pm

It would be great to find more on his ancestry. One geni.com tree lists his maternal grandparents as Bud Publicover and Ina Martel. That can’t be right, but they may be his great-grandparents.

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