Hugh Hefner

Birth Name: Hugh Marston Hefner

Date of Birth: April 9, 1926

Place of Birth: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States

Date of Death: September 27, 2017

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

*German, English, distant Swiss-German (father)
*Swedish (mother)

Hugh Hefner was an American magazine publisher, editor, socialite, and businessperson. He founded Playboy Enterprises in 1953.

Hugh was the son of Grace Caroline (Swanson) and Glenn Lucius Hefner. He was married to model and singer Crystal Harris, until his death. He had four children, two with his first wife, Mildred “Millie” Williams, and two with his second wife, model and actress Kimberley Conrad.

Hugh’s parents, Grace Caroline (Swanson) and Glenn Lucius Hefner, were born in Nebraska. Hugh’s father was of German, English, and distant Swiss-German, descent, and was a Mayflower descendant. Hugh’s mother was of Swedish descent, and Sweden is where all four of Hugh’s maternal great-grandparents were born.

One genealogy of Hugh traces his patrilineal line back to a Nicholas Hevener, who was born, c. 1707, in Hirshfeld, Saxony, Germany, and to his wife, Anna Elisabeth Seibert, born c. 1719, in Eitzweiler, Saarland Bezirk, Germany.

Hugh’s paternal grandfather was James Marston Hefner (the son of Marion Hefner and Sarah Jane Butler). James was born in Illinois. Marion was the son of Michael Hefner and Barbara/Barbary Fleischer/Flesher. Sarah was the daughter of Nelson Butler and Ann/Anna Guyant.

Hugh’s paternal grandmother was Lois Nina Householter/Householder (the daughter of John A. Householter/Householder and Lurena Virginia “Rena” Woodward). Lois was born in Nebraska. John was the son of Robert Householder and Angeline. Lurena was the daughter of Masury/Major Joy Woodward and Mary Wright.

Hugh’s maternal grandfather was Frank David Swanson (the son of Anders Johan “Andrew John” Svensson/Swanson and Caroline C. Hill). Frank was born in Illinois, to Swedish parents. Anders was the son of Sven Andersson, who was born in Fiskarhemmet, Asby, Östergötland, and of Christina Karin Svensdotter, who was born in Redeby, Asby, Östergötland.

Hugh’s maternal grandmother was Ida Elisabet/Elizabeth Karlsdotter/Charleston (the daughter of Karl Magnus Karlsson and Karolina Nyström). Ida was either born in Skorpetorp, Kalmar County, Sweden, or in Nebraska, to Swedish parents.

Sources: Genealogies of Hugh Hefner –

Genealogies of Hugh Hefner (focusing on his father’s side) –

Hugh Hefner on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Hugh’s mother on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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