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. In 2021, he became the richest person in the world.

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 Reeve Angel). Winnifred was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, to English parents. Edith was from Clapham, Surrey, now part of Lambeth, Greater London, and was the daughter of Frederick John Reeve Angel and Eliza Parry.

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

12 Responses

  1. Manila says:

    Edith’s full maiden name is Edith Reeve Angel, and she was from Clapham, Surrey (now part of Lambeth, Greater London). She was the daughter of Frederick John Reeve Angel and Eliza Parry.

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