Arnold Schwarzenegger

10/14/2017 – Arnold Schwarzenegger – “Killing Gunther” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – TCL Chinese Theater, Hollywood & Highland, 6925 Hollywood Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: /

Birth Name: Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger

Place of Birth: Thal, Styria, Austria

Date of Birth: 30 July, 1947

Ethnicity: Austrian

Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian and American actor, politician, professional bodybuilder, model, director, writer, producer, activist, philanthropist, investor, and businessperson. A Republican, he served as Governor of California, from November 17, 2003 to January 3, 2011. He has also been Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, from January 22, 1990 to January 20, 1993.

Arnold was born in Thal, Austria, to Aurelia (Jadrný) and Gustav Schwarzenegger. His father served in World War II with the German army. Arnold moved to the U.S. in 1968, and is now a U.S. citizen. Arnold has four children with his former wife, journalist Maria Shriver, including author Katherine Schwarzenegger and actor, model, and entrepreneur Patrick Schwarzenegger; and a son with Mildred Baena. Katherine is married to actor Chris Pratt.

Arnold’s paternal grandparents were named Karl Schwarzenegger and Cecelia/Cecilia Hinterleitner.

Arnold’s mother’s surname, Jadrný, may indicate some degree of Czech ancestry.

Sources: Genealogy of Arnold Schwarzenegger –

Genealogy of Arnold Schwarzenegger (focusing on his father’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

30 Responses

  1. madman says:

    I’d change to:
    Austrian, possibly Czech

    Jadrný is definitely a Czech name. It seems unlikely that his mother would have that surname and no Czech ancestry.

  2. Morrigan Ni Boii says:

    Jadrný is Czech name. It means “earthy”, “racy” or “salty”.

  3. neiltennant says:

    statistiically Austrians do have more blue eyes and dark hair than germans


  4. Holly12 says:

    Could Ethni or Follers do some research in to Linda Hamilton’s ethnic background if that’s okay? I’ve read from a few sources that she has said she comes from a “very boring, white Anglo-Saxon family” & her mother is a Mayflower descendant. I would just be curious to see what could be found out about her background as she was brilliant in the Terminator movies. I hope you don’t mind me asking? Thanks :)

    • follers says:

      I created a page for her. However, I should say that, while it is often treated as such, being a Mayflower descendant is not exactly rare or unique. There must be millions and millions of Mayflower descendants in the U.S. today, maybe as many as something like 50 million if all of an individual’s ancestral lines are traced.

      • Holly12 says:

        Thank-you Follers for doing that. I love Linda Hamilton, so really pleased she’s got her own page on here. I can imagine there are a lot of Americans who are descendants of Mayflower passengers, but wow 50 million people is a lot of people. Thanks again Follers! :)

  5. nick says:

    Austrians are Germans. They speak German (more precisely Bavarian), and they considered themselves are Germans until the WWII. There are some Italian and Slavic minorities because of Austrian colonization in Central Europe, but nearly 95 % of Austrians are Germanic.

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