Aaron Eckhart

Eckhart in 2011, photo by PR Photos

Birth Name: Aaron Edward Eckhart

Place of Birth: Cupertino, Santa Clara, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 12, 1968

*father – German
*mother – German, English, Scottish, Northern Irish

Aaron Eckhart is an American actor. He has starred in the films In the Company of Men, Your Friends & Neighbors, Erin Brockovich, Nurse Betty, Thank You for Smoking, The Dark Knight, Olympus Has Fallen, and its sequel London Has Fallen, and Sully, among many others.

Aaron is the son of Mary Martha, a writer, artist, and poet, and James Eckhart, a computer executive. He was raised in an LDS (Mormon) family. As a teenager, he lived in the U.K. for several years.

His father is of German, and possibly one eighth English, descent. His mother is of German, English, Scottish, and Northern Irish descent.

Aaron’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Eckhart (the son of Conrad Eckhardt, Sr., and Maria Barbara Hofferber/Hoffeiber). Joseph was born in Nebraska, the son of ethnic German emigrants from the village of Frank, Saratov, Saratov Oblast, in South Russia, Volga Germans; some of Joseph’s siblings had been born in Russia. Conrad was the son of Conrad Eckhardt and Maria Magdalena Fahrenbruch. Aaron’s great-grandmother Maria Barbara was the daughter of Johann Georg Hofferber and Barbara Walter.

Aaron’s paternal grandmother was Lucille Mary Thayer (the daughter of Elmore Rainey Thayer and Dorthea/Dora Christine Fiechtner/Fichtner). Lucille was born in Nebraska. Elmore was the son of Lewis W. Thayer, who may have been of English ancestry, and of Anna Minch, who was of German descent. Dorthea was born in Nebraska, the daughter of Johannes Biechtner Fiechtner and Barbara Fritz, ethnic Germans from Hoffnungstal, Tiraspol District, Odessa, Russia.

Aaron’s maternal grandfather was Russell Edward Lawrence (the son of Robert Harris Lawrence and Martha Ellen Gibson). Russell was born in Wyoming. Robert was the son of Robert Barclay Lawrence and Tace/Tracy Bates. Martha was born in Galston, Aryshire, Scotland, the daughter of Robert Gibson and Jane/Jean White.

Aaron’s maternal grandmother was Mary Florence Miner (the daughter of James Monroe Miner/Minor and Mary Florence Boies). Aaron’s grandmother Mary was born in Iowa. James was the son of Monroe Minor/Miner and Margaret Emmaline/Angelene Williamson. Aaron’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of John Boies and Mary Elizabeth Phillippi, who was born in Ohio, to German parents.

Sources: Genealogies of Aaron Eckhart – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogies of Aaron’s paternal great-grandmother, Dorthea/Dora Christine Fiechtner/Fichtner – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Aaron’s maternal grandfather, Russell Edward Lawrence, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Aaron’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Florence (Boies) Miner/Minor – https://www.findagrave.com

9 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    I always confuse him and Sam Jaeger. It’s funny how they have almost the exact same background.

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