Minka Kelly

Kelly in 2011, s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Minka Dumont Kelly

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 24, 1980

Ethnicity: Austrian, German, French, Irish, English, Scottish, Dutch, likely around 1/32 Nias Indonesian

Minka Kelly is an American actress and model. She is known for her roles on the series Friday Night Lights and in the films The Roommate and Just Go with It.

Minka is the daughter of Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay and Maureen Kelly, and the granddaughter of actor Richard Ney. Minka’s father has Austrian, German, French, Irish, and English ancestry. Minka’s mother had Irish, English, Scottish, French, Dutch, and German ancestry; Minka likely also has around 1/32 Indonesian ancestry through her mother.

About this, Minka has said:

On the last day of #ImmigrationHeritageMonth, I celebrate the heritage of my own family. My mother[‘]s side is of Dutch Indonesian descent. My father came to New York from France with my grandmother when he was 4. I’m a proud descendant of immigrants and I proudly stand with immigrants.

A picture of Minka with her mother can be seen here.

Minka’s paternal grandfather was Richard Ney (born Richard Maximillian Ney, the son of Erwin Maximillian Ney and Charlotte Marie Donaldson). Richard was born in New York. Erwin was the son of Robert Maximillian Ney, who was Austrian, from Vienna, and of Louisa/Louise Rahael Seibert/Siebert, who was German. Charlotte was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Richard B. Donaldson, who was Scottish, and of Sarah, who was born in Ireland. Minka’s grandfather was said to be descended from Marshal of the Empire, Michel Ney (1769-1815), a French/German soldier and military commander.

Minka’s paternal grandmother was named Madeleine B. Dufay.

Minka’s maternal grandfather was Gordon Lee Kelly (the son of Richard Frederick Kelly and Hazel Agnes McDougal). Gordon was born in California, and had Irish, English, and Scottish ancestry. Richard was the son of Frederick D. Kelly and Ida May/Mae Porter. Hazel was the daughter of William T. McDougal and Lucy Maude Stubbs.

Minka’s maternal grandmother was Renee Yvonne Dumont (the daughter of Pierre Guillaume Dumont and Beatrice Aronds). Renee was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Pierre had French ancestry. Beatrice was born in Bandoeng, Dutch Indies, now Indonesia. Beatrice’s father, Karel/Karl Frederik/Friedrich Aronds, was born in Padang, West-Sumatra, Indonesia, and was of entirely or mostly Dutch descent; Karel’s mother, Sie Rapia (Maria Magdalena), was born in Nias, Indonesia, and was likely of ethnic Indonesian descent. Minka’s great-grandmother Beatrice’s mother, Helene Charlotte von Mosch, was from a family from Prussia.

Sources: Genealogy of Minka Kelly – http://www.geni.com

Minka’s paternal grandfather, Richard Maximillian Ney, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Minka’s paternal great-grandfather, Erwin Maximillian Ney, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Re-marriage record of Minka’s paternal great-grandfather, Erwin Maximillian Ney – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Minka’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Robert Maximillian Ney and Louisa/Louise Rahael Seibert/Siebert – https://www.familysearch.org

Minka’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Robert Maximillian Ney and Louisa/Louise Rahael Seibert/Siebert, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Minka’s maternal great-grandfather, Richard Frederick Kelly, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Minka’s maternal great-grandmother, Hazel Agnes McDougal, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Minka’s maternal great-grandmother, Beatrice Aronds (focusing on her own father’s side) – https://www.myheritage.com

Genealogy of Minka’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Karel/Karl Frederik/Friedrich Aronds (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.genealogieonline.nl


Curious about ethnicity

148 Responses

  1. momof3 says:

    Sie Rapia/Maria Magdalena was born in Nias, Indonesia, which makes her an ethnically Nias; add Nias to the ethnicity and tags :)

  2. Mr. Postman says:

    According to the California Birth Index, her birth name is Minka Dumont Dufay:

  3. italiano90 says:

    She’s not Indonesian nor does she look a drop Indonesian. She looks like many other brown eyed brunette white girl. Nothing exotic about her.

  4. madman says:

    Genealogies mentiones another great-grandmother than Charlotte Marie Donaldson.


    Are they wrong?

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