Katherine Heigl

Heigl in 2011, photo by s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Katherine Marie Heigl

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: November 24, 1978

*62.5% German
*12.5% Swiss-German
*25% Irish

Katherine Heigl is an American actress, producer, and model. She is known for her roles in the films That Night, King of the Hill (1993), My Father the Hero, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Prince Valiant, Bug Buster, Bride of Chucky, 100 Girls, Valentine (2001), Descendant, Side Effects (2005), The Ringer, Zyzzyx Road, Caffeine (2006), Knocked Up, 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, Killers (2010), Life As We Know It, New Year’s Eve (2011), One for the Money, The Big Wedding, Jackie & Ryan, Jenny’s Wedding, Home Sweet Hell, Unforgettable (2017), Fear of Rain, and, in voice performance, The Nut Job films; on the shows Roswell, Grey’s Anatomy, State of Affairs, Suits, and Firefly Lane, and in the made-for-tv movie Wish Upon a Star (1996). She has appeared in Maxim, Vanity Fair, and Cosmopolitan.

Katherine is the daughter of Nancy, a personal manager, and Paul Heigl, a financial executive and accountant. Her father is of one half Irish, one quarter German, and one quarter Swiss-German, descent. Her mother is of German ancestry. Her family joined the Mormon (LDS) church after her brother’s death in 1986. She was raised partly in Northern Virginia and Denver, Colorado during her early childhood; before moving to New Canaan, Connecticut.

Katherine is married to musician and actor Josh Kelley, with whom she has three children, including an adopted daughter from Korea. One of Katherine’s siblings, a sister, was also adopted from Korea.

Katherine’s paternal grandfather was John H./Joseph Heigl (the son of Joseph Heigl and Ida Burki). John was born in Minnesota. Katherine’s great-grandfather Joseph was a German immigrant, the son of Lorentz Heigl and Theresa Fodel. Ida was a Swiss immigrant, of Swiss-German descent, and was the daughter of Jacob Burki and Anna Muller.

Katherine’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Mary Lynes (the daughter of Patrick John Lynes/Lyne and Josephine Murray). Margaret was born in New Jersey. Patrick and Josephine were Irish immigrants. Patrick was the son of John Lyne and Ellen Donoghue. Josephine was the daughter of John Murray and Eliza/Elizabeth Smith.

Katherine’s maternal grandfather was named Reinhold Ferdinand Engelhardt/Engelhart (the son of Ernest Engelhardt and Marie). Reinhold was born in Germany.

Katherine’s maternal grandmother was Margaretta/Margaret Jane Debus (the daughter of Frederick Jekel Debus and Elda Adeline Niehaus). Margaretta was born in New York. Frederick was born in New York, the son of Charles Frederick Debus and Canadian-born Elizabeth Katherine Jekel, and all of his grandparents were German, from Bavaria and Hessen. Elda was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Charles Henry Niehaus and Amelia Johanna Langkamp, who were both of German descent.

Sources: Katherine’s paternal grandfather, John H./Joseph Heigl, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Katherine’s paternal great-grandparents, Joseph Heigl and Ida Burki – https://familysearch.org

Katherine’s paternal great-grandparents, Joseph Heigl and Ida Burki, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Katherine’s paternal grandmother, Margaret Mary Lynes, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Katherine’s maternal grandfather, Reinhold Ferdinand Engelhardt/Engelhart, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Katherine’s maternal grandmother, Margaretta/Margaret Jane (Debus) Engelhardt – http://www.legacy.com

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55 Responses

  1. Devotion says:

    What is it with German women and big “ethnic” mouths?

    • andrew says:

      it’s actually a typical German trait, a wannabe European like you should know.

      • Devotion says:

        You’re the idiot with the inferior complex who thinks Italians and Greeks look more like “Nordics” when they actually look like Arabs more. Speak of yourself, hypocrite.

        Lol, “wannabe European”. I’m Serbian with Jewish and Lebanese ancestry. I do more take pride in the latter ancestries. Sucks for you I guess.

        • follers says:

          I thought you said you were Assyrian, theropod?

        • andrew says:

          I actually never wrote Italians and Greeks look more “Nordics”, whatever you mean. Otherwise you wrote MANY Greeks look Saudi Arabian, Ryan Reynolds looks Turkish (would he be credible as kebab seller??) and Ben Affleck looks Lebanese. Btw I apologize, I didn’t know you were part Serbian, dear Devotion/Capricious/Theropod (Did I forget some sock accounts?).

          • Devotion says:

            A Greek looking like Saudi Arabian? That was just once when I said this. Yes, rather oddly, a number of them resemble Arabs (not necessarily Saudi). I’ve seen more Turks who look Slavic and Nordic than Greeks who look like that. Don’t let your eurocentrism bias talk…

            Phoenicians and Levants have more in common with Southern Europeans than Peninsula Arabs. This is fact. But you seem to have a huge problem with that for some reason, jumping to your usual “Euro try hard” antic. Lol…

            Seriously, what’s your ethnicity? I wouldn’t be surprised if you were Southern European who gets pressured when people compare him to Middle Easterners.

            Lool sockpuppet….This is just one account. You can change usernames as much as you want. Not sure why you’re talking the name thing as an ad hominem…

            Follers, “spiritually” yes. Well, my in-laws are Assyrian ancestry. I have grown to like Assyrians since I’m usually around them in my job and my community.

          • andrew says:

            I’m Western European. Nordic-looking Turks? maybe in your wet dreams.

          • Devotion says:

            Same way you have wet dreams of Greeks and Italians looking more like Germans than they do Lebanese and Turks.

            But hey, at least you enjoy these dreams. Good luck with them, Andrew.

          • andrew says:

            @Devotion (or Shelati, I know you)

            I remember you that Italy and Germany are separated by just about 100km (62miles). Lebanon is in the Middle East and the largest part of Turkey is not geographically considered Europe.

        • calendulafleur11 says:

          Because Zach Galifianakis looks like he rolled straight out of Mecca. Riiighhht

  2. follers says:

    Tyne Daly doesn’t have a drop of Italian blood in her body.

  3. cwm85 says:

    German. That would have been my first guess and I was correct.

  4. Freerk says:

    Whom it may interest: “Heigl” is a Bavarian name. No German without at least Bavarian ancestry would bear this name.

    • sarahle says:

      “heigl” is german just with a bavarian dialect… bavarian is part of german language.

      • Freerk says:

        Believe me, I am German. ;-)

        Bavarian is a German dialect, yes, and it uses some linguistic items that are specific Bavarian. No one without Bavarian ancestors would bear this name. (That doesn’t say he or she is still Bavarian, but the origin of the name is Bavarian).

        Germany is a very heterogeneous country; Standard German originally was a artificially constructed administrative language in order to communicate between the small states with their dialects. (That is the reason for its sometimes harsh sounding; the dialects – and besides even the real spoken German apart of German Nazis in American movies … – sound by far softer and more melodic.) No one originally spoke Standard German (it was pushed by the state in schools; my father and most Northern Germans of his generation grew up with Lower Saxon as first language), and thus there are many regional characteristics, for example with the names.

        Like typical dialectal morphemes there are many regionally (tribally, if you want) specific names or parts of names in Germany. “-gl” is Bavarian or Austrian, “-le”/”-ele” is Alemannic (Swabian and Baden – and Yiddish, of course, indicating its regional origin ), “-tz”/”-itz” Eastern German (originally Slavic); “Huber” and “Moser” are names that indicate definitely Bavarian ancestry; in the north you write “Meier” or “Meyer”, in the south “Mayer”; “Wilhelm” is Standard German, “Willem” North German; the Frisians (my people) have many given names no one else uses (Freerk, of course :D for Fred(e)rik/Friedrich, Menno, Habbo … Wiebke, Thalke … Fiske O_o; typical is the “-ke”-ending in female names and “-o” in male names) – and so on. And on…

        • sarahle says:

          danke fuer die ausfuehrliche erlaeuterung. dennoch gehoert alles in die deutsche “schublade” :)

          • Freerk says:

            Hab ich’s mir doch gedacht! :D

            Im Ernst: Du hast ja nicht ganz Unrecht, aber auch nicht wirklich Recht. Die Schublade ist ein Wandschrank, und da ist einiges Disparate drin. Außerdem versuche ich gerne, speziell Amerikaner daran zu hindern, Deutsche mit Bayern zu verwechseln. ;-)

            Ethnisch (und von der Mentalität) sind die Norddeutschen den Niederländern viel näher verwandt als den Süddeutschen, und sprachlich … Ich verstehe sogar einen Dänen besser als einen Bayern, der Dialekt spricht.

            (Haben wir schon mal ausprobiert, als wir uns zu einer Tankstelle durchfragen wollten … Natürlich waren wir “Saupreißn, dammische”, für die, und vermutlich haben die einen extrafiesen Dialekt aus der hintersten Schublade gekramt …)

            Und versuch mal, einen Norddeutschen für den Karneval oder fürs Oktoberfest zu begeistern … Sinnlos! :D

            Es ist also sehr von der Perspektive abhängig, ob man die alle zusammenpackt oder lieber nicht. Oder vom Geltungsbereich. In diesem Fall kann man ohne Einschränkung sagen, dass Heigl ein bayrischer Name ist, weil der tatsächlich ausschließlich bayrisch ist, die Trennschärfe ist also absolut. “Deutsch” ist er nur insofern, als Bayern Deutsche sind. Aber er ist eben nicht deutsch, insofern er in anderen Teilen Deutschlands nicht vorkommt (abgesehen von Exilbayern und deren Nachfahren). ;-)

            Englische Tastatur? :)

            Shall I translate?

        • sarahle says:

          you are definitely right!
          but I still don’t make differences between a north german or a south german by ethnicity and language, they are one german family just influenced by their “neighbours”.

          ja, habe eine auslaendische tastatur :)

          • Freerk says:

            I don’t completely agree, but I can live with it. :)

            As member of a tribe that isn’t defined by a national unity and is located on two sides of a national border, my perspective is expectably different. ;) Nationality to me is a political concept, not ethnical; especially according to ethnical reality in Europe.

  5. Freerk says:

    “sorry but on that picture she looks like a 65year old german woman who offers you cake and coffee”

    Yes, because that is what German women do … O_o

    Okay that’s not completely wrong … :D

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