Kellan Lutz

Lutz in 2010, Featureflash /

Birth Name: Kellan Christopher Lutz

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

Date of Birth: March 15, 1985

*62.5% German
*12.5% Dutch
*12.5% English
*12.5% Swedish

Kellan Lutz is an American model and actor. His roles include the films Stick It, Twilight, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Immortals, The Expendables 3, and The Legend of Hercules, and the show FBI: Most Wanted.

Kellan’s father is of three quarters German and approximately one quarter English, descent. Kellan’s mother is of half German, one quarter Swedish, and one quarter Dutch, ancestry. He was raised partly in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Kellan is married to television host and model Brittany Gonzales, with whom he has two children.

Kellan’s paternal grandfather was Ralph Paul Lutz (the son of Jacob Lutz and Magdalena Stevhan). Ralph was born in North Dakota, to a father born in Russia and a mother born in North Dakota. Both of them were from ethnic German families, of the Lutheran faith, that had lived in Russia and Poland for many generations. Magdalena was the daughter of Johann Stephan, Jr. and Regina Finck.

Kellan’s paternal grandmother was Hazel Marie Johnson (the daughter of Wayne Baird Johnson and Della L. Hundredmark/Heundertmark). Hazel was born in North Dakota. Wayne was born in Iowa, to William Earl Johnson and Mary Catherine Young, and had English ancestry. Della was born in Minnesota, to German parents.

Kellan’s maternal grandfather is Kenneth Wayne Theesfeld (the son of George J. Theesfeld and Martha C. Gottschalk). Kenneth was born in Iowa. George was born in Iowa, to German parents George O. Theesfeld and Katharina Reitmeyer. Martha’s father, Julius Henry Gottschalk, was born in Iowa, to German parents William Gottschalk and Katherine Marie Elizabeth Behrens. Martha’s mother, Bertha Emmia Frieda Gienap, was born in Germany, to Heinrich Dietrich Gienap and Johanna Maria Elizabeth Gadke.

Kellan’s maternal grandmother is Karen Kaye Nelson (the daughter of Lyle John Nelson and Marie Mildred Van Wyngarden). Karen was born in Iowa. Lyle’s father, Axel Emil Nelson, was born in Iowa, to Swedish parents, Swan Peter Nelson and Cecelia Månsson. Lyle’s mother, Selma C. Petni, was born in Sweden, to Magmus Petni and Sophy Person. Kellan’s great-grandmother Marie was the daughter of John Van Wyngarden and Sarah Deboef, who were born in Iowa, both of them to Dutch parents.

Kellan’s matrilineal line can be traced to his eight times great-grandmother, Ariaantje van der Pijl, who was born, c. 1709, in Dussen, Werkendam, Brabant, Netherlands.

Sources: Obituary of Kellan’s paternal grandfather, Ralph Paul Lutz –

Obituary of Kellan’s paternal grandmother, Hazel Marie (Johnson) Lutz –

Kellan’s maternal great-grandparents, George J. Theesfeld and Martha C. Gottschalk, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Kellan’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Julius Henry Gottschalk and Bertha Emmia Frieda Gienap, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Kellan’s maternal great-grandfather, Lyle John Nelson (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Kellan’s maternal great-grandfather, Lyle John Nelson, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Kellan’s maternal great-grandmother, Marie Mildred Van Wyngarden, on the 1920 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

27 Responses

  1. Textine says:

    Finnish look, probably from the Swedish side…

  2. AutisticApe says:

    Both his looks and his ancestry is very Germanic

  3. Greyface says:

    he is ( at least in this picture) the best looking man I have ever seen, how common is this look in Germany? is he a typical german hunk?

  4. cwm85 says:

    Strong German genes… The hair, eyes and facial structure.

  5. andrew says:

    interesting detail is “both of them were from ethnic German families, of the Lutheran faith, that had lived in Russia and Poland for many generations”. They were known as “Volga Germans”

    • follers says:

      Lutz’s ancestors lived in a number of places, including Odessa and Poland. I often see people of ethnic German descent from Russia, i.e. Aaron Eckhart, Tom Daschle, Brian Posehn (whose great-grandparents were the first couple to be married at a then-new Lutheran church in Canada), Clark Duke, Brian Schweitzer, and many others. Ethnic Russians did not really immigrate to North America, except for some rich Russians who fled around the time of the Revolution. However, non-ethnic Russian minorities, like Ashkenazi Jews, Germans, etc., did move to North America. Many ethnic Germans from Russia settled in North Dakota and the surrounding areas.

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