Arnold Vosloo

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Vosloo in 2009, photo by PrPhotos

Place of Birth: Pretoria, South Africa

Date of Birth: 16 June, 1962

Ethnicity: Afrikaner [Dutch, some German and Swiss-German, distant Danish, remote French, Norwegian, Indonesian, Indian, Malagasy, and Angolan]

Arnold Vosloo is a South African and American actor. He is the son of stage actors Johanna Petronella Vorster and Johannes J. Daniel Vosloo. He became a U.S. citizen in 1988. Arnold is married to marketing director Silvia Ahí.

He is an Afrikaner, of Dutch descent, with a small amount of German and Swiss-German roots, as well as distant Danish, and even more distant French, Norwegian, Indonesian, Indian, Malagasy, and Angolan, ancestry. His family has lived in South Africa for many generations.

Arnold’s great-uncle is B. J. Vorster, who was the 8th Prime Minister of South Africa, from 1966 to 1978, and the 4th State President of South Africa, from 1978 to 1979. Arnold’s maternal grandfather, Johannes Wagenaar Vorster, was B. J.’s brother.

Arnold’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Johannes Vosloo, who was born, c. 1649, in Lippstadt, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and to his wife, Helena Maria, a slave from Malabar, India.

Arnold’s paternal grandfather was Arnoldus Francois Vosloo (the son of Arnoldus Francois Vosloo and Christina Jacoba Clasina Dorfling). Arnold’s grandfather Arnoldus was born in Willowmore, Eastern Cape. Arnold’s great-grandfather Arnoldus was the son of Adolf Daniel Vosloo and Elizabeth Johanna Oosthuizen. Christina was the daughter of Johannes Michael Hendrik Dorfling and Alberta Susanna Jacoba Dorfling.

Arnold’s paternal grandmother was named Maria Petronella Van Der Mescht.

Arnold’s maternal grandfather was Johannes Wagenaar Vorster (the son of Willem Carel Vorster and Elisabeth Sophia Wagenaar). Johannes was born in Spitskop, Jamestown. Willem was the son of Olof Abraham Vorster and Anna Catharina Elisabeth/Elizabeth van der Merwe. Arnold’s great-grandmother Elisabeth was the daughter of Johannes Jacobus “Jan” Wagenaar and Johanna Maria Elisabeth Wepener.

Arnold’s maternal grandmother was named Johanna Catharina Nel.

Sources: Genealogy of Arnold Vosloo –

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

Genealogy of Arnold’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Adolf Daniel Vosloo (through Adolf’s brother, Michael Jacobus Vosloo) (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Arnold’s paternal great-grandmother, Christina Jacoba Dorfling –

Genealogy of Arnold’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Arnold’s maternal great-grandfather, Willem Carel Vorster (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Arnold’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Olof Abraham Vorster –

Genealogy of Arnold’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Johannes Jacobus “Jan” Wagenaar (through Johannes’s brother, Nicolaas Jacobus Wagenaar) –

20 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    He unlikely has only “some” German ancestry, easily at least as much, or more, than Dutch. Yes, they told us at school that Boers are Dutch, but genealogies tell a different story, looking in depth. About Arnold’s recent ancestors’ surnames country of origin:
    Vosloo- Germany
    Dorfling- Germany
    Oosthuizen- Netherlands
    Van Der Mescht – Belgium (Flanders)
    Vorster – Switzerland
    Wagenaar – Germany
    Van Der Merwe – Netherlands
    Wepener – Germany
    Nel – France

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