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. follers says:

    ethnic, why does it say “Submitted on 2013/06/12 at 1:23 pm”

    up there? I think that got in accidentally, haha.


  2. nnnnn says:

    30% americans have partly german ancestry. At this site, too.
    Most from their mothers: Bullock, Willis, De Niro, Cruise.
    But nobody in Germany is obsessed to claim them as”German”.
    The same thing with french and dutch ancestry

  3. nnnnn says:

    I knew, he should be of german ancestry because of his name

  4. anna2005 says:

    wow I wouldn’t have guessed either! his younger brother looks to be part African or some sort of “brownish” culture so i figured he must be the same. Surnames don’t always indicate that someone belongs to a certain ethnicity. Just because his surname is Germanic doesn’t make him Germanic.

    • SmartAss says:

      First of all “german” and “germanic” are different things because english, danish, swedish… and so on are germanic too and lutz is a german and not a germanic name i hope you understand this “Surnames don’t always indicate that someone belongs to a certain ethnicity” 100% right but kellan lutz is from north dakota and the U.S. census say that 47,2% of north dakota’s population have german ancestry so it’s obviously that kellan lutz is in a large part german! and sorry but when in your mind he “looks to be part African or some sort of “brownish” culture” (bullshit) then in your mind lebron james must be look like a swede LOL

      • Cameran says:

        Ok lets get something straight, because i am sick of people spreading this myth around. The English are NOT Germanic in any sense of the word. Nor are the Scots “Celtic”.

        You’re talking about two nations that have had many different groups come into them over time. The claim that English are Anglo Saxons or Scottish Celtics is denying the other contributions both had and claiming them to be homogeneous which they are not.

        The English are only Germanic “Culturally” ethnicaly? There is no major difference between the English & Scots, both had a large Celtic contribution which explains why neither of the modern populations look anything like how Germanics were described to look.

        Secondly, Celtics inhabited EVERY MAJOR WESTERN PART OF EUROPE. Celticness is not exclusive to the Irish or Scots, but the MAJORITY of Europe.

        Are there some English who look Germanic? Yes, but they are not all Germanic looking or Germanic ethnicaly. Russel Brand is an Englishmen, Collin Farrel is irish & both of them could pass as a Spaniard. The British Isles is not a homogeneous place, stop treating them as if they are.

        • nnnnn says:

          “English are not germanic” etc..
          It’s really interesting, which politic background have
          such sentences?
          If you want to see English people, who “look Germanic”, just visit U.K. and don’t pick Brands and
          Coopers. BTW, I’m not sure, they are pur british.
          Nobody searchs in Europe, if smb. has pakistan,
          arab or jewish ancestry.

    • levangelista36 says:

      If you look underneath sources, there is a link to It explains the Lutz family history. He’s German. I’m not really surprised because I don’t think he looks “brown” at all. Not sure what you’re seeing.

  5. BAN VIKING! says:

    German? I would have never guessed.

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