Date of Birth: 6 December, 1916
Place of Birth: Tjörn, Svarfaðardalur, Iceland
Date of Death: 14 September, 1982
Place of Death: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Ethnicity: Icelandic, distant Danish and Norwegian
Kristján Eldjárn was an Icelandic politician. He served as the third President of Iceland, from 1 August, 1968 to 1 August, 1980. He was the son of Þórarinn Kristjánsson Eldjárn and Sigrún Sigurhjartardóttir. He was married to Halldóra Ingólfsdóttir.
Kristján’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his seventh great-grandfather, Þórarinn Jónsson. However, a legend can trace him back to his 50th great-grandfather Fornjót.
Kristján’s paternal grandfather was Kristján Eldjárn Þórarinsson (the son of Þórarinn Kristjánsson and Ingibjörg Helgadóttir). Kristján’s great-grandfather Þórarinn was the son of Kristján Þorsteinsson and Þorbjörg Þórarinsdóttir. Ingibjörg was the daughter of Helgi Helgason and Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir.
Kristján’s paternal grandmother was Petrína Soffía Hjörleifsdóttir (the daughter of Hjörleifur Guttormsson and Guðlaug Björnsdóttir). Hjörleifur was the son of Guttormur Þorsteinsson and Oddný Guttormsdóttir. Guðlaug was the daughter of Björn Vigfússon and Anna Stefánsdóttir.
Kristján’s maternal grandfather was Sigurhjörtur Jóhannesson (the son of Jóhannes Halldórsson and Anna Guðlaugsdóttir). Jóhannes was the son of Halldór Pálsson and Sigurlaug Jóhannesdóttir. Kristján’s great-grandmother Anna was the daughter of Guðlaugur Sveinsson and Anna Halldórsdóttir.
Kristján’s maternal grandmother was Soffía Jónsdóttir (the daughter of Jón Þorgrímsson and Elín Halldórsdóttir). Kristján’s great-grandfather Jón was the son of Þorgrímur Marteinsson and Vigdís Hallgrímsdóttir. Elín was the daughter of Halldór Jónsson and Dórothea Nikulásdóttir Bucks. Dórothea’s father, Nikolaj Arent Peter Buch, was Norwegian, from Hammerfest.
Kristján’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fourth great-grandmother, Soffía Kristjana Thorlacius.
Source: Genealogy of Kristján Eldjárn – http://genealogy14.tripod.com
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