Taylor Lautner

08/08/2016 – Taylor Lautner – 2016 Summer TCA Tour – Fox Press Tour – Arrivals – The Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA -Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

Birth Name: Taylor Daniel Lautner

Place of Birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 11, 1992

Ethnicity: Swiss-German, German, English, Dutch, Scottish, distant French, Irish, and Welsh

Taylor Lautner is an American actor, model, and martial artist. He starred in the 2008 film Twilight, and its four sequels. In the Twilight films, he played Jacob Black, a Native American of the Quileute tribe. On the show Scream Queens, he played the son of a black father and a white mother. He has also headlined the films Abduction, Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Tracers, and Run the Tide.

Taylor’s documented ancestry includes English, Swiss-German, German (including Sudeten German), Dutch, Scottish, and distant French, Irish, and Welsh. He has Canadian-born ancestors. A picture of Taylor with his parents and sister can be seen here. Taylor was raised in Hudsonville, near Grand Rapids.

On June 24, 2005, Taylor stated of his ancestry:

I am only French, Dutch and German. I get my skin color from the French side of my family.

Then, in an interview published on May 20, 2008, he stated:

…actually, I am part Native American. We learned that through [preparing to play a Native American in the Twilight films]. I’m French, Dutch and German, and on my mother’s side, she has some Potawatomi and Ottawa Indian in her.

Later that year, in July 2008, in reply to a question about him having Native American ancestry, Taylor stated:

I have some Native American in my distant background.

It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been verified/documented. All of Taylor’s maternal grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents are listed as “White” on United States Censuses. No Native American ancestry appears in publicly available family trees of Taylor’s mother.

Taylor is a half-second cousin, three times removed, of prominent architect John Lautner.

Taylor’s paternal grandfather is Loren Joseph Lautner (the son of LaVern Francis Lautner and Maxine Wave Draper). Loren has Sudeten German, English, German, and Swiss-German ancestry. LaVern was the son of Joseph S. Lautner and Florence Ethel Courtade. Maxine was the daughter of Lorn James Draper and Maryetta Mosher. The surname Lautner originates with Taylor’s great-great-great-grandfather, Edward M. Lautner, who was born, c. 1848, in Austria, the son of Wenzel Lautner and Helen Quiezer/Queiser. The Lautner line originates with ethnic Germans from the town of Engelsberg (now Andělská Hora, Moravian-Silesian Region, Czech Republic). Taylor’s great-great-grandmother Florence also had German ancestry, from Altenstadt, Wissembourg, Bas-Rhin, Alsace (now France).

Taylor’s paternal grandmother is Sandra J. Pickard (the daughter of Howard John Pickard and Bernetta J. “Betty” Akers). Howard was the son of Sherman Issac Pickard and Viola Madilene Duell. Bernetta was the daughter of John Guil Akers and Ruth French.

Lautner in 2011

Taylor’s maternal grandfather is Andrew David Bos (the son of Andrew John Bos and Helen Elizabeth Soules). Taylor’s great-grandfather Andrew was the son of John Arend Bos, who was born in Michigan, to Dutch parents, and of Barbara Antje Bess/Bessie Dykenhouse, who was Dutch. Helen was the daughter of Cleon/Leon Benjamin Soules and Emily Jane Himebaugh.

Taylor’s maternal grandmother is Patricia Anne Nichols (the daughter of Keith Francis Nichols and Wanda Juanita Yount). Keith was the son of Francis James “Frank” Nichols and Olive Florence Allen. Wanda was the daughter of Charles Carl Yount and Pina Sally Ford Oatley/Oatly/Vatley.

Taylor’s matrilineal line can be traced back to Emeline/Emma Eliza Clark, who was born, c. 1846, in Somerset, England.

Through Taylor’s maternal grandfather, Taylor is a descendant of William Brewster (c. 1566-1644), a Mayflower passenger and noted Pilgrim. Among many of William’s other descendants are actors Jordana Brewster, Paget Brewster, Chevy Chase, Seth MacFarlane, and Elisabeth Shue, actors and models Noah Mills and Brandon Routh, soccer player Clint Dempsey, Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, U.S. Vice Presidents Hannibal Hamlin and Nelson Rockefeller, and Governor of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller.

Sources: Genealogy of Taylor Lautner (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal grandfather, Loren Joseph Lautner – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal grandfather, Loren Joseph Lautner (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-grandfather, LaVern Francis Lautner – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Joseph S. Lautner and Florence Ethel Courtade – http://www.ancestry.com

Death record of Taylor’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Maryetta (Mosher) Draper – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-grandfather, Howard John Pickard – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Taylor’s paternal great-grandfather, Howard John Pickard, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Sherman Issac Pickard – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogies of Taylor’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Isaac Ladd Pickard – https://www.ancestry.com
http://www.familycentral.net

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Lewis/Louis Pickard (through Lewis’s brother, James Algernon Gerson Pickard) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogies of Taylor’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, William Henry Pickard – https://www.ancestry.com.au
http://familypedia.wikia.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-great-great-grandmother, Nellie Elnora Swaney – https://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-grandmother, Bernetta J. “Betty” Akers – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-grandmother, Bernetta J. “Betty” Akers (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.ancestry.com.au

Obituary of Taylor’s paternal great-grandmother, Bernetta J. “Betty” (Akers) Pickard – http://www.legacy.com

Taylor’s paternal great-great-grandfather, John Guil Akers, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Ruth French (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.frenchfamilyassoc.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-grandparents, Bushrod Washington French and Sarah Lucretia Wooster/Worcester – https://www.ancestry.com.au

Genealogy of Taylor Lautner (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s mother – https://www.ancestry.ca

Marriage record of Taylor’s maternal great-grandparents, Andrew John Bos and Helen Elizabeth Soules – https://www.familysearch.org

Taylor’s maternal great-grandfather, Andrew John Bos, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Andrew John Bos on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Taylor’s maternal great-grandfather, Andrew John Bos – http://www.legacy.com

Taylor’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen Elizabeth Soules, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Taylor’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Cleon/Leon Benjamin Soules – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogies of Taylor’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Howard Soule – https://www.wikitree.com
https://www.geni.com

Genealogies of Taylor’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Emily Jane Himebaugh – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
https://www.wikitree.com

Genealogies of Taylor’s maternal great-grandparents, Keith Francis Nichols and Wanda Juanita Yount – https://www.findagrave.com

Taylor’s maternal great-grandfather, Keith Francis Nichols, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Taylor’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Francis James “Frank” Nichols and Olive Florence Allen – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Taylor’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Francis James “Frank” Nichols (focusing on his own mother’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com

Taylor’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents, Wayland Albert/H. Nichols and Fannie/Fanny Blanche/Blanch Sisco, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Taylor’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Fannie/Fanny Blanche/Blanch Sisco, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Taylor’s maternal great-grandmother, Wanda Juanita Yount – https://www.geni.com

Taylor’s maternal great-grandmother, Wanda Juanita Yount, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Wanda Juanita Yount on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Taylor’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Charles Carl Yount and Pina Sally Ford Oatley/Oatly/Vatley – https://www.familysearch.org

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876 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    His case is interesting, his ancestry is well documented, but him being american, and especially if he has recent southern ancestors, some misleading census “race” categorization is expected, many biracial people that were “white-passing” were listed as white in the south from what i read, here in Brazil It used to happen the same thing, especially in the northeast region, where mixing is common. I think, for a guy that is suposed to be heavily northwestern european, he looks way too dark, but he can have recent southern french ancestors, so that would partially explain his dark hair and broad features, but still…Josh Brolin and George Clooney are the darkest that someone with the white ass background can get, again, it’s not impossible that he is full white (his parents seem to be really his parents and they are white, along with his sister, but it’s odd that he looks like a much darker version of them), but i never saw a person with these ancestry that looked this “exotic”, he is dark even for southeastern europeans, not to mention that his eyes are definitely native-like.

    • andrew says:

      He does not have ancestors from the South of U.S. (but all from Midwest/New England) as far as I remember. He is a mainly a mix of German (incl. Swiss-German) and Dutch (both recent and Colonial) ancestry, with also some British (mostly Colonial, like Soules line). He has also a sister who looks like him so he is not even the odd one in the family.

  2. é berry says:

    The perfect mix ,the best man that swift dated

  3. Lee says:

    That’s how racism is taught, to tell you that your skin’s white when in fact it isn’t.. But a pale shade of brown, everyone has melanin.

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