Josh Duhamel

Duhamel in 2011, image by s_bukley /

Birth Name: Joshua David Duhamel

Place of Birth: Minot, North Dakota, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 14, 1972

Ethnicity: German (about half), as well as one eighth Norwegian, 1/16th French-Canadian, and Irish, English, and Austrian

Josh Duhamel is an American actor and fashion model. His roles include the films Win a Date with Tad Hamitlon!, Transformers, and several of its sequels, When in Rome, Turistas, Safe Haven, Love, Simon, and Think Like a Dog, and the show Las Vegas.

His father, Larry David Duhamel, is of one eighth French-Canadian descent, along with German, English, Norwegian, and Irish. Josh’s mother, Bonita/Bonnie/Bonny L., is of mostly German, and some English and Austrian, ancestry. His surname means “from the hamlet” in French. Josh has a son with his former wife, singer and actress Fergie.

An AncestryDNA test whose results were displayed on the show Who Do You Think You Are? (2018) stated that Josh’s genetic ancestry is:

*36% Great Britain
*17% Europe West
*13% Scandinavia
*9% Europe East
*9% Ireland/Scotland/Wales
*8% Europe South

Josh’s paternal grandfather was Lawrence Louis “Larry” Duhamel (the son of Louis William Duhamel and Agnes Catherine/K. Rader). Lawrence was born in Kenmare, North Dakota. Josh’s great-grandfather Louis was the son of William Brassar Duhamel, who was French-Canadian, from Ontario, and of Mary Jane O’Brien/O’Brian, whose parents were Irish. Agnes was the daughter of German parents.

Josh’s paternal grandmother was Vergil Delores Baker (the daughter of Clifford Mark Baker and Minnie Constance Bjorn). Vergil was born in Minot, North Dakota. Clifford was the son of Bernard Mortimer Baker and Florence Adda Perry, who had English ancestry. Minnie was born in North Dakota, the daughter of Norwegian parents, Alfred Christopher Bjorn and Helga Nathilda Aarstad/Orstad.

Josh’s maternal grandfather was Walter John Bachmeier (the son of Daniel/Dan Bachmeier and Theresia Sander). Walter was born in North Dakota. Daniel was an ethnic German from Russia. Theresia was born in North Dakota, the daughter of ethnic German parents from the Russian Empire, Rochus Sander/Saudar, from Selz, Kutschurgan Colony, and Theresia/Trieca/Theresa Bartsch, who was also from the Odessa area.

Josh’s maternal grandmother is Eileen Grace Smith (the daughter of George Edward/Edgar Smith and Elizabeth Gertrude Hannis). Eileen was born in North Dakota. George was born in Illinois, the son of Edgar Scott Smith and Hermina Bretthauer, who was of German descent. Elizabeth was born in North Dakota, the daughter of Peter Hannis, who was German, and of Anna Lydia Hierath, who was Austrian. Anna was the daughter of Josef Karl Hierath and Anna Marie Riedel.

Sources: Josh’s appearance on Who Do You Think You Are?, 2018 –

Genealogy of Josh Duhamel –

Genealogy of Josh Duhamel (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Josh’s maternal grandfather, Walter John Bachmeier (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Obituary of Josh’s maternal grandfather, Walter John Bachmeier –

Josh’s maternal great-grandparents, Daniel/Dan Bachmeier and Theresia Sander, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Josh’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Theresia/Trieca/Theresa Bartsch (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Josh’s maternal grandmother, Eileen Grace Smith, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Josh’s maternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth Gertrude Hannis (focusing on her mother’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

19 Responses

  1. madman says:

    Anna Lydia Hierath on the:

    1900 census – Birth place: Germany

    1920 census – Birth place: Austria, Language: Slovak

    1940 census – Birth place: Slovakia

    So was she Slovak, Austrian, or German? I don’t know. Maybe Hungarian, there appears to be Hungarian Hieraths.

  2. madman says:

    Josh is the son of Bonnie/Bonny L. (Kemper) and Larry David Duhamel. The surname “Kemper” is often German, although it can be Dutch as well.

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