Emmelie de Forest
Birth Name: Emmelie Charlotte-Victoria de Forest
Place of Birth: Randers, Denmark
Date of Birth: 28 February, 1993
Ethnicity: Danish, Swedish, smaller amount of English, French, distant German/Frisian
Emmelie de Forest is a Danish singer and songwriter. She represented Denmark with the song “Only Teardrops” in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden, winning the contest.
Emmelie was born in Randers, Denmark, to a Danish mother, Marianna Birgitte Gudnitz, and a Swedish father, Ingvar Engström (1938–2010), who later changed his surname to De Forest, and who was of Swedish, and English, French, and distant German/Frisian, descent. Following her parents’ divorce when she was young, she grew up with her mother in Mariager, Denmark.
A MyHeritage DNA test taken by Emmelie stated that her genetic ancestry is:
*44.4% North and West European
*5.2% Ashkenazi Jewish
Emmelie’s paternal grandfather was Maurice Arnold de Forest, Count of Bendern (the son of Edward de Forest and Juliette Arnold). Maurice was born in 78 rue Legendre, Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France. He was raised in France, and was a prominent motor racing driver, aviator, and politician. Maurice’s parents were American, from New York, and worked with circuses in France; Edward was a circus performer.
Emmelie’s paternal grandmother was Irma Paula Margareta Engström (the daughter of Frans Henry Engström and Paulina Georgina Söderhielm). Irma was born in Ruokolahti, Finland, to Swedish parents. Frans was the son of Anders Petter Engström and Maria Katarina Amalia Klaesson. Emmelie’s great-grandmother Paulina was the daughter of Georg Fredrik Söderhielm and Emma Leontina Pehrsson. Emmelie’s Klaesson (originally Claassen) line originates in Heligoland, Germany, with her fourth great-grandfather, Claes Claassen, who, given his birth place and surname, was likely Frisian.
Emmelie’s maternal grandfather was Knud Gudnitz (the son of an unknown father and Antonie Anna Sophie Qvist Høyer). Knud was born in Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark. Antonie was the daughter of Frederik Ferdinand Gudnitz and Antonie Vilhelmine Worck.
Emelie’s maternal grandmother was Karen Marie Jensen (the daughter of Søren Christian Jensen and Ane Johanne Sørine Sørensen). Karen was born in Falslev, Denmark. Søren was the son of Jens Jensen and Johanne Marie Sørensen. Ane was the daughter of Christen Sørensen and Karen Marie Pedersen.
Sources: Genealogy of Emmelie de Forest – http://www.geni.com
Information about Emmelie’s paternal grandfather, Maurice Arnold de Forest, Count of Bendern – http://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.ca