Taylor Momsen

by ethnic on January 12, 2012

Birth Name: Taylor Michel Momsen

Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 26, 1993

Ethnicity: German

Taylor Momsen is an American actress, musician, and model.

Taylor is the daughter of Colette and Michael Momsen. Her mother is of entirely German descent; her mother’s ancestors were ethnic Germans who lived in Odessa, then in the Russian Empire (now in Ukraine), and elsewhere in the Empire. Because of this, Taylor has stated: “I’m Russian… My distant ancestors came from Russia.”

The surname “Momsen” has a German origin and is also common in Sweden and Denmark.

Taylor’s maternal grandfather is Joseph Leiphon (the son of Paul Nick Leibham/Leiphon and Magadelena/Magdalena “Lena” Rombs). Paul and Magadelena were ethnic Germans from the Russian Empire, of the Roman Catholic religion. They settled in North Dakota, eventually living in Devils Lake. Paul was born in Odessa, the son of Alexander Leibham/Leiphon and Elizabeth Steffan. Magadelena was the daughter of Joseph Rombs and Angela.

Taylor’s maternal grandmother is Donna Senger (the daughter of Anton Wendelin Senger and MaryAnn/Mary Axtman). Anton was the son of Wendelin Leo Senger and Franziska Fettig. MaryAnn was the daughter of Franz “Frank” Axtmann and Gunigunda “Gina” Kistner.

Sources: Obituary of Taylor’s maternal great-grandfather, Paul Nick Leibham/Leiphon – http://boards.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s maternal grandmother, Donna Senger – http://www.gigacorp.net



photo by Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew August 9, 2016 at 7:06 am

the surname “Momsen” sounds Danish

luckystar August 9, 2016 at 5:59 am


8 de jul de 2013
@taylormomsen #goingtohelltour It is true that you have Russian roots??? :)))))
Ver detalhes ·

Taylor Momsen

@Zheka_Kinoman yes, I’m part Russian #goingtohelltour

luckystar August 9, 2016 at 2:19 am

You should check ger father family tree
Because momsen is a nothern german surname
And her mother is prob fully russian

bablah August 9, 2016 at 5:57 am

So Leiphon, Rombs, Senger, Axtman and Steffan are fully Russian last names now?

luckystar August 9, 2016 at 6:05 am

Rombs is very common in russia

Note: Paul Leiphon’s surname was changed when he immigrated to the U.S. Leiphon is phonetic spelling for Leibham. Paul’s grandparents, Johann and Eva (Kunk) Leibham are related to my husband’s family

He married Magdalena (Lena) Rombs on Oct. 8, 1934, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, rural Crary, ND, and settled on a farm in Noonan Township in 1935 where they were engaged in farming. There he and his wife raised seven children. The couple moved to Devils Lake in the fall of 1968, continuing to farm until retiring in 1973.

bablah August 9, 2016 at 1:08 pm

So these Roman Catholic people with non-slavic names are Russian? oookay…
Oh, look, this last name is also common in Russia, must be Russian then.

follers August 9, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Whenever an ethnic German in Russia married an ethnic Russian, their children would be raised Russian Orthodox (per Russian law, I believe) and would generally not marry another ethnic German.

Ethnic Germans in Russia generally lived in isolated communities, spoke their own language, and married within each other’s ethnicity and religion (sound familiar?). So they don’t tend to have any ethnic Russian ancestry.

luckystar August 11, 2016 at 12:46 am

Must be russian if them was born there lile taylors case

luckystar August 11, 2016 at 12:46 am


madman August 11, 2016 at 2:34 am

Russia is home to many ethnic groups other than Russians. Among them are Germans.

follers August 9, 2016 at 9:51 am

Momsen’s mother almost certainly has no ethnic Russian ancestry.

luckystar August 9, 2016 at 2:17 am

Her mother name is colette momsen and her fathers michael momsen
obviously the “momsen” came from her father

luckystar August 9, 2016 at 2:09 am

Paul Nick Leiphon was born Nov. 19, 1908, in Odessa, Russia, the son of Alexander and Elizabeth (Steffan) Leiphon. He immigrated with his parents to Rugby, ND, in October 1909. He moved with his parents to Penn, ND, and in 1921 to a farm northeast of Devils Lake ”


labird August 31, 2015 at 5:23 am

Is possible that she has other ancestries through her father

White18 September 25, 2014 at 2:27 am

What a pleasant photo.

vilgotaan September 18, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Wtf? MOmsen doesnt sound swedish at all.

sarahle September 15, 2014 at 8:37 am

momsen doesn’t sound german at all…

Cioran September 15, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Obviously you’ve never heard of Theodor Mommsen then? One of the most famous Germans in history.

sarahle September 16, 2014 at 1:08 am

doesn’t explain my statement…. and sure I know T. Mommsen.

Anja Hex September 13, 2014 at 1:20 pm

love her voice love her vocal techniques

Paul April 5, 2012 at 6:09 am

I really like her music and she seems really genuine.
Also, about her eyes, she’s 18, she’s experimenting with her style, she even said herself that she won’t look like this when she’s 30 and now is the time for her to experiment with her style.

She just seems really genuine and not as fake as other female musicians around today.

Karro Jansson March 13, 2012 at 11:26 am

I have to say that ”Momsen” can sure as hell be normal in Denmark becouse they have the end of a surname ”sen”.
In sweden we have the end of surname ”son”.
And Momsen is NOT commonly in Sweden!
I am from sweden..

mm January 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm

She has such beautiful eyes, why does she cover them?

Meg January 20, 2012 at 12:03 am

She is half girl half raccoon XD

Maria January 14, 2012 at 9:57 am

What the hell is with all that shit on her eyes it`s horrible.

Nathalie January 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I like how she does her own thing with music, but the raccoon eyes are too much.

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