Anthony Kiedis

Kiedis in 2011, Featureflash /

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

Date of Birth: November 1, 1962

Ethnicity: Lithuanian (paternal grandfather), Dutch, French-Canadian, English, Irish, Scottish, German, distant French Huguenot, Swiss-German, and Welsh

Anthony Kiedis is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He is known as the lead singer of rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Other members of the band include/have included Flea, John Frusciante, Josh Klinghoffer, Dave Navarro, and Chad Smith.

Anthony is the son of Margaret Idema and Blackie Dammett (born John Michael Kiedis), an actor and author. Anthony has a son with his former partner, model Heather Christie.

His paternal grandfather’s parents were Lithuanian. His other ancestry includes Dutch, French-Canadian, English, Irish, Scottish, German, and distant French Huguenot, Swiss-German, and Welsh.

In his autobiography, Scar Tissue, 2004, Anthony wrote that his paternal grandmother Molly Vanderveen’s ancestry was “a pastiche of English, Irish, French and Dutch (and, as we’ve recently discovered, some Mohican blood, which explains my interest in Native American culture and identification with Mother Earth).” In his autobiography, Lords of the Sunset Strip: An Autobiography (2013), Anthony’s father Blackie Dammett wrote that Anthony’s grandmother “was a Duchess in the Dutch city of Grand Rapids, a symphony of French-Canadian, English, Irish, Algonquian Native American and her Netherlandic origins that traced all the way back to 1066. In the 17th century, some of our more radical Vander Veens risked the whole kit and caboodle when they embarked on a treacherous voyage to find their own new land of opportunity. After first settling in New Amsterdam, my direct descendents migrated to upstate New York and intermarried with Mohican Indians.”

It is not clear if this Mohican Native American and/or Algonquian Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Anthony is also said to have Spanish ancestry. It is not clear if this Spanish ancestry has been verified/documented.

Anthony’s paternal grandfather was John Alden Kiedis (the son of Antanas “Anthony/Anton” Kiedis and Julija V. “Julia” Ramanauskaitė, later Kiedienė). Antanas and Julija were Lithuanian emigrants, from Tauragė. Julija was the daughter of Augustas “August” Ramanauskas and Anna Strumbras.

Anthony’s paternal grandmother was Molly/Mollie Rose Vanderveen/Vander Veen (the daughter of Richard Box/D. Vanderveen/Vander Veen and Catharine/Catherine Alzina Lauzon). Molly was born in Michigan. Richard was born in Michigan, to a Dutch father, Christiaan Vanderveen, and to an American-born mother, Maria Louisa Taylor, who was from New Jersey. Catharine was Canadian, and was the daughter of Augustine H. Lauzon, who was French-Canadian, from Québec, and of Elizabeth Louisa Alyea, who had English, Irish, Dutch, and distant French Huguenot, ancestry.

Anthony’s maternal grandfather was William R./F. A. Noble (the son of William J. Noble and Edith/Elizabeth M. Burmaster). Anthony’s grandfather William was born in Michigan. Anthony’s great-grandfather William was born in Michigan, the son of T. A. Noble and Elizabeth Bixton, who was Irish. Edith was born in New York, the daughter of Charles Burmaster and Dora Griffin, who were German.

Anthony’s maternal grandmother was Mary G. McCully (the daughter of Highland/Hiland Emmett McCully and Desire/Dessie E. Skidmore). Mary was born in Michigan. Highland was the son of Phillip J. McCully and Hannah Maria Smith. Desire was the daughter of Nathan J. Skidmore and Mary A. Smitley/Smithley.

Sources: Mention of Anthony’s Lithuanian ancestry –

Death record of Anthony’s paternal grandfather, John Alden Kiedis –

Anthony’s paternal great-grandparents, Antanas “Anthony/Anton” Kiedis and Julija V. “Julia” Ramanauskaitė/Kiedienė, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Death record of Anthony’s paternal great-grandfather, Antanas “Anthony/Anton” Kiedis –

Anthony’s paternal grandmother, Molly/Mollie Rose Vanderveen/Vander Veen, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Anthony’s paternal great-grandparents, Richard Box/D. Vanderveen/Vander Veen and Catharine/Catherine Alzina Lauzon, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Anthony’s paternal great-grandfather, Richard Box/D. Vanderveen/Vander Veen –

Genealogy of Anthony’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Louisa Alyea –

Anthony’s maternal grandfather, William R./F. A. Noble, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Anthony’s maternal great-grandparents, William J. Noble and Edith/Elizabeth M. Burmaster –

Anthony’s maternal grandmother, Mary G. McCully, on the 1920 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

36 Responses

  1. Blahby says:

    Why does he have a tattoo of a Native American on his arm? To me, he looks mixed with Native American. My daughter looked like a little female version of him when she was younger.

  2. transemacabre says:

    His paternal great-grandmother Julia’s death record lists her mother’s name as Anna Strumbras. I’m not sure if that’s the correct (feminized) form in Lithuanian or not, but Strumbras is a legitimate Lithuanian surname.

  3. md65 says:

    One of his great-great-grandmothers, Maria Louisa Taylor, had Swiss-German and Welsh ancestry, asides from English, Irish, German and Dutch.

  4. Obey says:

    If a certain individual is white, coming from a white family, just because he got a tan on the beach does he say that he is a descendant of black or Indian? This is ridiculous! It’s called cultural appropriation! If a white guy looks up to 100% with an Indian, but in his DNA is purchased that he is white Europoid, he is undoubtedly totally white, no use inventing crazy stories! It is if he marries another white, his descendants will never be black or Indians!

  5. Manila says:

    Correct John Alden Kiedis’ parents to Antanas “Anthony/Anton” Kiedis and Julija “Julia” V. Ramanauskaitė, later Kiedienė. And, correct Julija’s father to Augustas “August” Ramanauskas.

    IMPORTANT NOTE!!! If someone can read Russian, go here to find Antanas and Julija’s baptismal record as well as marriage record.

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