Elon Musk

2012 Environmental Media Awards - Arrivals

Musk in 2012, photo by PrPhotos

Place of Birth: Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa

Date of Birth: June 28, 1971

Ethnicity: English, Afrikaner [French Huguenot, Dutch, German], Scottish, German/Swiss-German, distant Welsh

Elon Musk is a South African-Canadian-American inventor, businessperson, engineer, and investor.

Elon was born in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa. His father, Errol Graham Musk, is South African-born, and has Afrikaner [Dutch, French Huguenot, and German], English, and distant Welsh, ancestry. His mother, Winnefred Maye (Haldeman), a model and dietician, is Canadian-born, from Regina, Saskatchewan, and has English, Scottish, German, and Swiss-German ancestry. Her family traveled around the world during her childhood, including living in South Africa.

His first name, Elon, is likely after the middle name of his own maternal great-grandfather, John Elon Haldeman. Elon moved to Canada in 1989. He now lives in the U.S.

Elon is the brother of Kimbal Musk, a businessperson, and Tosca Musk, a producer and director. Elon has six children with his former wife, Canadian author Justine Musk, and one child with his partner, Canadian singer and songwriter Grimes.

Elon’s paternal grandfather was Walter Henry James Musk (the son of Harry Musk and Lucy Frances Champion). Walter was born in Cape Province, South Africa. Harry was born in Exning, Suffolk, England, and was the son of William Exning Bridgeman and Eliza Musk. Lucy was born in Caledon, South Africa, the daughter of John Irish Champion and Jacoba Louisa Theron.

Elon’s paternal grandmother was Cora Amelia Robinson (the daughter of John Robinson and Breghie Elizabeth Theron). Cora was born in Cape Province, South Africa. John was born in Liverpool, England, the son of Levi Robinson and Matilda Marsh. Breghie was born in Beaufort West, South Africa, the daughter of Johannes Nicolaas Theron and Amelia Elenora Janse van Vuuren.

Elon’s maternal grandfather was Dr. Joshua Norman Haldeman (the son of John Elon Haldeman, and of Almeda Haldeman, born Almeda Jane Norman). Joshua was born in Minnesota. John was born in Illinois, the son of Jeremiah “Jerry” Haldeman, whose mother was Scottish, and of Rowena C. Powers. Almeda was born in Minnesota, the daughter of Joshua Norman, whose parents were English, and of Almeda M. Densmore. She became Canada’s first chiropractor.

Elon’s maternal grandmother was Winnifred Josephine “Wyn” Fletcher (the daughter of Harold Fletcher and Edith R.). Winnifred was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, to English parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Elon Musk – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Elon’s father (through his own brother, Michael Musk) – http://www.genealogy.com

Genealogy of Elon’s paternal great-grandmother, Lucy Frances Champion – https://www.wikitree.com

Birth record of Elon’s mother – https://www.familysearch.org

Elon’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Jeremiah “Jerry” Haldeman and Rowena C. Powers, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Elon’s maternal great-grandmother, Almeda Jane Norman, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Biographical profile of Elon’s maternal great-grandmother, Almeda Jane (Norman) Haldeman – https://www.canadianchiropractor.ca

Elon’s maternal grandmother, Winnifred Josephine “Wyn” Fletcher, on the 1916 Canada, Prairie Provinces Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Winnifred Josephine “Wyn” Fletcher on the 1926 Canada, Prairie Provinces Census – https://www.familysearch.org

11 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Also I’ve calculated than Elon Musk and Charlize Theron are 5th cousins, through shared ancestors Jacob Theron and Jacomina Maria Maritz. However this Theron’s line in on Charlize mother’s side (they are all inbreds, you know).

    Elon’s paternal grandparents: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/pedigree/landscape/G97Z-ZTF

    French Huguenot, Dutch and German are all parts of Afrikaner ethnic group.

    Elon has also Welsh ancestors on his British side.

  2. andrew says:

    This tree provides some differences about Elon’s maternal grandparents: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/pedigree/landscape/L2QF-6M2

  3. flowersmkay says:

    ashash, I believe when he was younger obviously he did , but currently just English

  4. ashash says:

    Does he speak Afrikaans?

  5. Manila says:

    He also has Swiss-German ancestry.

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