Verne Troyer

by follers on July 18, 2014

2010 Winter Hollywood Show

Birth Name: Verne J. Troyer

Place of Birth: Sturgis, Michigan

Date of Birth: January 1, 1969

Ethnicity: German (including some Swiss-German)

Verne Troyer is an American actor, comedian, and stunt performer. While both sides of his family have lived in the United States since the 1700s, he is still of entirely German descent (including some Swiss-German). His family has an Amish background.

Verne’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Nicholas Troyer, who was born, c. 1550, in Switzerland. The Troyer family lived in Trub Valley, Emmental, Canton of Bern, Switzerland.

Verne’s paternal grandfather was Reuben J. Troyer (the son of John Harrison Troyer and Susanna Yutzy). John was the son of Jeremiah J. Troyer and Veronica/Fannie J. Bontrager. Susanna was the daughter of Jonas R. Yutzy and Mary Miller.

Verne’s paternal grandmother was Mattie M. Miller (the daughter of Moses P. Miller and Susanna C. Miller). Moses was the son of Christian C. Miller and Polly Plank. Susanna was the daughter of Christian F. Miller and Magdalena/Mattie Hostetler.

Verne’s maternal grandfather was Verne Edward Yoder (the son of Joseph J. Yoder and Susanna B. Hochstetler). Joseph was the son of Joseph S. Yoder and Mary Borkholder. Susanna was the daughter of Benjamin E. Hochstetler and Mary Kline.

Verne’s maternal grandmother was Miriam J. Bontrager (the daughter of John M. Bontrager and Elizabeth Mullet). John was the son of Manasses E. Bontrager and Veronica/Fannie Miller. Elizabeth was the daughter of Benedict B. Mullet and Miriam S. Hershberger.

Sources: Genealogies of Verne’s paternal grandfather, Reuben J. Troyer –

Genealogies of Verne’s paternal grandmother, Mattie M. Miller –

Obituary of Verne’s paternal grandmother, Mattie M. (Miller) Troyer –

Genealogy of Verne’s maternal grandfather, Verne Edward Yoder –

Genealogy of Verne’s maternal grandmother, Miriam J. Bontrager –

Obituary of Verne’s maternal grandmother, Miriam J. (Bontrager) Yoder –

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madman April 22, 2016 at 8:29 am

Shouldn’t Amish be considered an ethnic group? So that he is: Amish (German, including some Swiss-German)

bablah April 23, 2016 at 4:43 am

Amish is more of a religious affiliation than an ethnicity. They still call themselves Deutsch and they speak German unlike other descendants of German immigrants in US.

madman April 23, 2016 at 8:43 am

I’d say Amish is an ethnoreligious group, like Jews. Some jews will tell you that Judaism is only a religion and has nothing to do with ethnicity. Yet, they match the definition of an ethnic group (shared culture, language, history etc), like the Amish do.

bablah April 23, 2016 at 12:51 pm

But do Amish people self identify as being of Amish ethnicity like most Jews do?

madman April 23, 2016 at 2:32 pm

I do not know how the Amish defines themselves, but I find it hard to believe that their distinct lifestyle and culture gives them no sense of identity. I do not see a problem with it having a religious affiliation if it is unique to a specific and distinct group, like the Amish or the Jews.

bablah April 24, 2016 at 3:08 am

agree to disagree.
Amish still continue to refer to themselves as Deutsch ethnically.
We don’t make a distinction between for instance Muslim Albanian and Christian Albanian, so why make a distinction between Anabaptist German and Catholic German.

crunty February 26, 2016 at 4:37 am

I read he’s playing Heinrich Himmler in a comedy film in 2017…it can’t be true.

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