Robin Thede

Thede in 2019, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Robin A. Thede

Place of Birth: Spencer, Iowa, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 27, 1979

*father – German
*mother – African-American

Robin Thede is an American actress, writer, and sketch and improvisational comedian.

Her father, Dave, is of German descent. Her mother is politician Phyllis Thede, who is African-American. Phyllis has served as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives, most recently since January 12, 2009.

Robin’s paternal grandfather was Lloyd G. Thede (the son of Albert George John Thede and Laura Francis Katherine Sporleder). Lloyd was born in Iowa. Albert was born in Iowa, the son of John Peter Thede, who was German, and of Anna Henrietta Jacobs, whose parents were German. Laura was born in Iowa, to German parents, Henry Carl Peter Sporleder and Wilhelmine Fernandine Marie Caroline Boell.

Robin’s paternal grandmother was Marian/Marion Margaret Ranniger (the daughter of Ferdinand Ranniger and Lena Opperman). Marian was born in Iowa. Ferdinand was born in Iowa, to German parents, John Jasper Ranniger and Antji/Antje Hadenfeld. Lena was born in Iowa, also to German parents, Hartwig Wilhelm Oppermann and Magdalena Karsten.

Sources: Genealogies of Robin’s paternal grandparents, Lloyd G. Thede and Marian/Marion Margaret Ranniger –

Obituary of Robin’s paternal grandfather, Lloyd G. Thede –

1 Response

  1. Oaken05 says:

    “Phyllis has served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa…”

    Nope, Phyllis Thede currently serves as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives, not a U.S. Representative from Iowa.

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