Charlize Theron

Theron in 2003, Denis Makarenko/Shutterstock.com

Place of Birth: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa

Date of Birth: August 7, 1975

Ethnicity: Afrikaner [Dutch, with German and French Huguenot], as well as possibly 1/1024 Khosian

Charlize Theron is a South African-born actress, model, and producer. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Monster (2003).

Charlize is the daughter of Gerda (Maritz) and Charles Theron. Danie Theron, a Boer War military leader, was her great-great-uncle. Charlize is from an Afrikaner family. She is of Dutch, as well as French Huguenot and German, ancestry.

Charlize became a U.S. citizen in 2007. She has two children, who are adopted, from South Africa and the U.S., respectively.

Charlize is able to speak Afrikaans, Xhosa (a native African language), as well as English. Her surname, Theron, is an Occitan name which is pronounced Tronn. Occitan is a language spoken in Occitania, located in the Occitan Valleys of Italy, Southern France, Monaco, and the Aran Valley of Spain.

Charlize’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Jacques Therond, who was born, c. 1668, in Nîmes, Languedoc, France, and immigrated to South Africa in 1688.

Charlize’s paternal grandfather is Danie Theron (the son of Charles Jacobus Theron and Wilhelmina Maria Stofberg). Danie was born in Pofadder. Charles was born in Tulbagh, the son of Willem Wouter Theron and Anna Helena Margaretha Krige. Wilhelmina was born in Calvinia.

Charlize’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Johanna “Betty” Beets (the daughter of Hendrik Lucas Beets and Wilhelmina Johanna Aletta Joone). Elizabeth was born in Vioolsdrif. Wilhelmina was the daughter of Jan Joone and Magrieta Aletta Mostert.

Charlize’s maternal grandfather was Jacob Johannes Maritz (the son of Phillipus Rudolf Maritz and Gerda Jacoba Aletta Kruger). Phillipus and Gerda were from Tsumeb, Namibia. Phillipus was the son of Jacob Johannes Maritz and Huibrecht/Huilbrecht Johanna Holtzhausen.

Charlize’s maternal grandmother was named Johanna Maria Barindina Stofberg.

Sources: Genealogy of Charlize Theron – http://www.geni.com

Death record of Charlize’s father – https://www.findagrave.com

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  1. andrew says:

    Jones -> Joone. It alwais looked odd to me, being an Afrikaner genealogy

    * Charlize’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Johanna “Betty” Beets (the daughter of Hendrik Lucas Beets and Wilhelmina Johanna Aletta Joone) Elizabeth was born in Vioolsdrif. Wilhelmina was the daughter of Jan Joone and Magrieta Aletta Mostert

    genealogy of Charlize paternal great-grandmother, Wilhelmina Johanna Aletta Beets (focuisng on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com/people/Wilhelmina-Johanna-Aletta-Beets/6000000043187466385?through=6000000043187205419

    Genealogy of Charlize’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Jan Joone (though Jan’s brother, Johannes Nicolaas Joone) – https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Joone-Family-Tree-4

    This makes Charlize of 1/1024 Khoisan ancestry, through her: https://www.geni.com/people/Christina-Pietersz-SM-PROG/6000000003356137477?through=6000000006106966162

    She has also 1/512 non-European blood on this line though another slave, Lena (Helena) VAN DE CAAB, while “No record has yet been found that clearly identifies the ancestry of Lena” (if she was African or South Asian).

    She also more distantly descends to the Guinean slave Maria Everts

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