Place of Birth: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
Date of Birth: August 7, 1975
Ethnicity: Afrikaner [Dutch, French Huguenot, German, smaller amounts of Belgian Flemish/Belgian Walloon, distant Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish], 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. Her family has lived in South Africa since the 1600s on many, if not most, of her family lines. She is of Dutch, as well as French Huguenot and German, ancestry, with smaller amounts of Belgian Flemish/Belgian Walloon, and distant Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish. She is also of possibly 1/1024 Khosian descent.
Charlize moved to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry in the mid 1990s. She became a U.S. citizen in 2007. She has two children, who are adopted, from South Africa and the U.S., respectively.
Charlize speaks 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 to Jacques Therond, who was born, c. 1668, in Nîmes, Languedoc, France, and emigrated to South Africa in 1688, and to his wife Marie-Jeanne des Prez/du Preez, who was born in Béthune, Artois, France.
Charlize’s paternal grandfather was Danie/Daniel Theron (the son of Charles Jacobus Theron and Wilhelmina Maria Stofberg). Charlize’s grandfather Danie was born in Pofadder. Charlie’s great-grandfather Charles was born in Tulbagh, Breede River DC, Western Cape, the son of Willem Wouter Theron and Anna Helena Margaretha Krige. Wilhelmina was born in Calvinia.
Charlize’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Johanna “Betty”/Bettie Beets (the daughter of Hendrik Lucas Beets and Wilhelmina Johanna Aletta/Christina Joone/Jones). 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/Philippus Rudolf Maritz and Gerda/Gerta Jacoba Aletta Kruger). Phillipus and Gerda were from Tsumeb, Namibia. Phillipus was the son of Jacob Johannes Maritz and Huibrecht/Huilbrecht Johanna Holtzhausen. Gerta was the daughter of Gerrit Diederik Kruger and Susanna Christina Botes.
Charlize’s maternal grandmother was Johanna Maria Barindina/Barendina Stofberg (the daughter of Dirk Johannes van Dyk Stofberg and Johanna Susanna Elizabeth/Elisabeth Kruger). Charlize’s grandmother Johanna was born in Memel, Vrede, Orange Free State, South Africa. Dirk was born in Middelburg, Cape Province. Charlize’s great-grandmother Johanna was born in Bloemfontein, Bloemfontein, Orange Free State.
Charlize is a fourth cousin, once removed, of actress Alice Krige. Charlize’s paternal fourth great-grandparents, Willem Adolph Krige and Elisabeth/Elizabeth Petronella de Villiers, were also Alice’s third great-grandparents.
Sources: Genealogy of Charlize Theron – http://www.geni.com
Death record of Charlize’s father – https://www.findagrave.com