Gisele Bündchen

Bündchen in 2011, Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Gisele Caroline Bündchen

Place of Birth: Três de Maio, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Date of Birth: July 20, 1980

Ethnicity: German

Gisele Bündchen is a Brazilian model, actress, and producer. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.

Her parents, Vânia Maria Nonnenmacher and Valdir Reinoldo Bündchen, are both of German ancestry. Bundchen was born and raised in Horizontina, a southern region in Brazil, where there is a large ethnic German community. She is a sixth-generation German Brazilian, with ancestry in Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg, Saarland, Hesse, and Alsace-Lorraine, France. Gisele is married to American football player Tom Brady, with whom she has two children.

Despite being of German origin, Gisele does not speak German. She stated that she learned German in third grade, but forgot it all. Her parents still speak German to their siblings.

Gisele’s paternal grandfather was Walter Bündchen (the son of Reinoldo Bündchen and Elsa Irena Hauschildt). Walter was born on March 15, 1926, in Lajeado, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He was Mayor of Horizontina, Rio Grande do Sul, from 1971 to 1975. Horizontina’s airport is named after him. Reinoldo was also born in Rio Grande do Sul, the son of Henrique Bündchen, whose parents were German, from Rheinland-Palatinate, and of Rosaline Schwambach, who was the daughter of Jakob/Jacob Schwambach/Schvambach and Margaretha/Margarida Walber. Gisele’s great-grandmother Elsa was born in Rio Grande do Sul, the daughter of Johann/Joahnn “João” Hauschildt and Karolina/Carolina Hermann.

Gisele’s paternal grandmother was named Lucila Luckemeyer/Lückmeyer. Lucila was born in 1929, in Tuparendi, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Gisele’s maternal grandfather was João Theobaldo Nonnenmacher (the son of Jacob Nonnenmacher and Elisabetha/Elisabeth Schneider). João was born in Santa Clara do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul. Jacob was the son of Domminick Nonnenmacher, who was from Rhineland-Palatinate, and of Margarida Krieger/Krüger, whose parents were German. Elisabetha was the daughter of João Schneider and Ana Maria Mallmann, who were both of German origin, with Ana being from Blantenrat.

Gisele’s maternal grandmother was Maria Kolling (the daughter of Francisco Antônio Kolling and Maria Bohn). Gisle’s grandmother Maria was born in Santa Clara do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul. Francisco was the son of Pedro Heberle Kolling and Ana Maria Kieling, both of whom were the children of German parents. Gisele’s great-grandmother Maria Bohn was the daughter of Bernardo Bohn and Maria Dresch, who were born in Germany.

Sources: http://www.dw-world.de

Genealogies of Gisele Bündchen – https://www.myheritage.com.br
https://www.geni.com

Information about Gisele’s paternal grandfather, Walter Bündchen – https://www.historiaparacontar.com

Obituary of Gisele’s paternal grandfather, Walter Bündchen – http://jornaldesantacatarina.clicrbs.com.br

Genealogy of the Heberle family – https://docslide.com.br

Genealogy of Gisele’s maternal great-grandmother, Elisabetha/Elisabeth Schneider (focusing on her own father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Gisele’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Pedro Heberle Kolling – https://www.geni.com

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134 Responses

  1. danishcookie7 says:

    Yup she looks very european. If she does have some distant african or indigenous dna its probably so small its irrelevant.

    • LIAHtheoldertiti35 says:

      Yes I see a German in it
      I think my family has been in Brazil for a long time, I am white but I have a distant African, and close indigenous by the great grandfather and I look 90 white
      And like, man, there was a lot of white immigration here, I say this because I have a white surname, but some names have been edited, the original Brazilian indigenous population is still small, half black, that is a lot of miscegenation and a lot of white people, lol

    • LIAHtheoldertiti35 says:

      She is very friendly
      I adore her
      Very fun

  2. LIAHtheoldertiti35 says:

    She is 100 German, has a German community here in Brazil of descendants they have their dialects as well as the Italian dialect, etc., Rio Grande Do Sul had a lot of European immigration, just like all the southern states have a great European culture

  3. Jarap says:

    How is her ethnicity German. It is clearly Brazilian and she speaks Portuguese.
    Her ancestry is German.

    • Schwarzgelben says:

      Your comment doesn’t make sense. Following this logic, the whole site shouldn’t exist. Why aren’t you complaining about Ariana Grande being listed as Italian, since she doesn’t speak the language and is totally American culturally? Or Jared Padalecki being listed as part Polish, since he’s not culturally Polish? I could give you 1000 examples…

    • TB says:

      You to need to understand the differences between race, ethnicity, and nationality. Boh her ethnicity and ancestry is German. Many people fail in learning to understand them.

  4. Obey says:

    Brazilians are descendants of Germans and Italians. Great majority, even with brown eyes and hair. Not all Germans are blond as well. Just look at the Alphaville Group vocalist, he is dark and German.

    • alicemedina says:

      Descendants of *West Africans, Portuguese, Indigenous, Japanese, Lebanese/Syrians, Germans, Italians, Spanish and pretty much everyone?

      • TB says:

        Very true. Brazil also has the second largest Jewish population in Latin America after Argentina. Unfortunately, I read that Brazil denied 16,000 Jews visas to seek refuge and escape Nazi controlled europe. It’s anti-semitic since Brazil didn’t have a quota on immigration. For a while, I thought Gisele may have Nazi family members that fled Europe for South America. But, it doesn’t look like it from her family tree.

    • Akwaba says:

      Most brazilians are African and Portuguese, stop whitewashing countries

      • Jarap says:

        I agree. There is a mixture of European, African and Indigenous. Even the whitest Brazilians may have other race in their DNA.

        • LIAHtheoldertiti35 says:

          We are very mixed race here in Brazil, but I have distant African descent, they sent a lot of Europeans here so we are so mixed up, before the Africans arrived, I’m proud of my acenstrais being white or black, lol cool : D

      • TB says:

        She’s a Blond-Blue eyed woman. How is that white washing the country. Sounds like you’re stereotyping the country as a whole. Southern Brazil has the highest percentage of Whites.It’s the most unmixed area in Brazil. Overall, Brazil is really diverse.

  5. stlucas says:

    I’ve been confused about Gisele’s paternal genealogy for a while and I can now see why. Also, now it makes sense why Gisele’s father’s middle name is Reinoldo.

    There were two men named Walter Bündchen. One of them, who was born on February 23, 1916, got married to a woman named Ilsa Körndorfer, and they were NOT Gisele’s grandparents. The other one, who was born on March 15, 1926, got married to Lucila Luckemeyer/Lückmeyer, and these were certainly Gisele’s grandparents.

    Therefore, both Geni family trees which include Gisele’s father are NOT accurate:
    https://www.geni.com/people/Valdir-Reinoldo-B%C3%BCndchen/6000000008763891827
    https://www.geni.com/people/Valdir-B%C3%BCndchen/6000000077516872902

    The Bundchen Family Tree on MyHeritage, however, is accurate: https://www.myheritage.com.br/site-family-tree-460535821/familia-bundchen

    Gisele’s paternal grandfather was Walter Bündchen (the son of Reinoldo Bündchen and Elsa Irena Hauschildt). Walter was born on March 15, 1926, in Lajeado, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Reinoldo was born in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, the son of Henrique Bündchen, whose parents were German (from Rheinland-Palatinate), and of Rosaline Schwambach, who was the daughter ofJakob/Jacob Schwambach/Schvambach and Margaretha/Margarida Walber. Elsa was born in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, the daughter of Johann/Joahnn “João” Hauschildt and Karolina/Carolina Hermann.

    Gisele’s paternal grandmother was Lucila Luckemeyer/Lückmeyer. Lucila was born in 1929, in Tuparendi, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

    Sources:
    Bundchen Family Tree – https://www.myheritage.com.br/site-family-tree-460535821/familia-bundchen
    Some information about Gisele’s paternal grandfather, Walter Bündchen (who was indeed the mayor of Horizontina) – https://www.historiaparacontar.com/historias-de-vida
    Obituary of Gisele’s paternal grandfather, Walter Bündchen (which states that Gisele’s grandmother was indeed Lucila Luckemeyer/Lückmeyer) – http://jornaldesantacatarina.clicrbs.com.br/sc/obituario/walter-bundchen-15481.html

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