Tom Welling

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Welling in 2006, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Thomas Joseph Welling

Place of Birth: Putnam Valley, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 26, 1977

*75% German
*25% mix of Irish, and some English, Scottish, and Swiss-German

Tom Welling is an American actor, model, director, and producer. He is known for his portrayal of Clark Kent in the television series Smallville. His films include Cheaper by the Dozen and Cheaper by the Dozen 2, and the 2005 remake of The Fog.

Tom’s brother, Mark Welling, is also an actor. Tom is married to Jessica Rose Lee, with whom he has two children.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was Louis Harry Welling (the son of Bernard Heinrich Welling and Johanna Kluempka/Klumke). Louis was born in Illinois. Bernard was born in Lingen, Germany, the son of Johann/John Heinrich/Henry Welling and Euphemia Maria Maier. Johanna was born in Hanover, Germany, to Herman Kelumpke and Carolina Kotmann.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Leora M. “Lee” Poelker (the daughter of Joseph Henry Poelker and Anne Bernadine/Bernadina Petermeyer). Leora was born in Illinois. Joseph was the son of Bernard “Ben” Peter Poelker and Louise Marie/Mary Scheveling. Anne was the daughter of Joseph G./C. Petermeyer and Caroline Kreiter.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was Joseph William Meitz (the son of Joseph Meitz and Mary Wolf). Tom’s grandfather Joseph was born in Missouri. Mary was the daughter of John Wolf.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Geraldine A. Byington (the daughter of Claude Cole Byington and Angela Ellen Sullivan). Geraldine was born in Missouri. Claude was the son of Arzell/Arzel Byington and Mallisa/Melissa Josephine Mackley. Angela was born in Missouri, the daughter of Timothy Sullivan, who was Irish, and of Margarette/Maggie, who was born in Missouri, to Irish parents.

Tom’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Johann Heinrich Welling and Euphemia Maria Maier, were also the maternal grandparents of a man named Henry W. Peters. Henry was possibly the paternal great-grandfather of actor Evan Peters. If that is the case, then Tom and Evan are third cousins, once removed.

Sources: Tom’s paternal grandfather, Louis Harry Welling, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Tom’s paternal grandfather, Louis Harry Welling –

Genealogy of Tom’s paternal grandmother, Leora M. Poelker (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Tom’s paternal grandmother, Leora M. Poelker, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Tom’s paternal grandmother, Leora M. (Poelker) Welling –

Tom’s maternal grandfather, Joseph William Meitz, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Tom’s maternal great-grandparents, Joseph Meitz and Mary Wolf, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Tom’s maternal great-grandparents, Claude Cole Byington and Angela Ellen Sullivan, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Tom’s maternal great-grandfather, Claude Cole Byington –

Genealogy of Tom’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Arzell/Arzel Byington (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Tom’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Mallisa/Melissa Josephine Mackley (focusing on her father’s side) –

Tom’s maternal great-grandmother, Angela Ellen Sullivan, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Angela Ellen Sullivan on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

71 Responses

  1. Ardor says:

    Something Swiss about his eye shape and forehead.

  2. crunty says:

    Welling is an anglo-saxon or germanic patronymic name, so his ancestry could include German, Dutch or English forebears.

    • follers says:

      Are you serious?

      • crunty says:

        Welling is a place name in Kent. Anglosaxon patronymic names ending -ing are common throughout England, Netherlands and Germany. There is Dorking, Sonning, Barking etc, in England. So…Yes, I am serious.

        • follers says:

          No, the point is that his ancestry is discussed in detail above, so why do you sound like you stopped reading at the picture, writing nonsense that his surname means “his ancestry could include German, Dutch or English forebears” when his ancestry through the surname “Welling” is already established?

          • crunty says:

            Americans are mutts and lineages are complicated and three dimensional beasts to get to the bottom of. Continue to view things one dimensionally by all means.

          • follers says:

            Again, I have no idea what you’re talking about. Your comment was about the origin of the surname “Welling”, which, in this case, has already been traced back to Germany. American interethnic marriage has nothing to with that.

          • crunty says:

            Follers, you seem to be one of these wazzocks who has to have the last word on everything and generally be disparaging. It may have escaped your attention but Welling is a place name in Kent, England.

          • follers says:

            Again, I have no idea what you’re talking about. You said that Tom Welling’s “Welling” line may have been German, Dutch, or English.

            This was a totally bizarre comment because the specific origin has already been established in explicit detail. You just didn’t read it.

            I’m honestly thinking that all text on this site after the pictures should be deleted.

          • andrew says:

            @ follers

            maybe “Welling” was anglicized. Btw people are really stupid.

          • andrew says:

            @ follers

            Edit the genealogical links between Al Gore and John Huston and between Madeleine Stowe and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa


  3. andrew says:

    In his Wikedia profile in German he’s described as having Irish, German and Amerindian ancestry

  4. Freerk says:

    About “Johanna Kluempka”: “Kluempka” formally must be a Czech name, “Kelumpke” an East German/Slavic name. “Kotmann” may be an orthographic mistake – “Kot” is “sh*t” in refined German; nevertheless some people in Germany bear this name (actually about 100; poor people), but “Kottmann” is a common name.

  5. Daron says:

    I have had a lot of friends of German descent and they are all blondes. He looks English or Irish.

    • A user says:

      There are germans with dark hair you know.

    • Tyler Durden says:

      What is with people on the internet and their tendency to claim not being blonde is un-german. Have you guys been looking through too much nazi memorabilia or something? Most Germans are dark haired.

      • Freerk says:

        Not really. “Dark haired” is definitely a minority. Most children have blond hair, most adult Germans are lighter haired, but not necessarily blonde, many have a light brown/dark blonde. And the more you go to the north, the more people are blonde.

        Of course, the cliché of the “Arian” (what is, btw., a linguistic term…) German is a projection of the nazis. Also in Hollywood movies, Germans are usually blond – more than in reality.

        • rafe says:

          You had to have all of that long rant just so you could wind up agreeing that most Germans are not blonde? OK. Also, it’s spelled “Aryan”; “Arian” means something else (an extinct Christian denomination).

          • Freerk says:

            Seems to have been too much words for you to understand that I don’t agree … And second, I wasn’t in the mood to consult a dictionary for the correct English spelling of what we spell “arisch” in German (but we normally avoid that word…), to the result that you couldn’t understand me. O_o Thanks for your essential comment. :P

            What’s the correct translation of “Klugscheißer”?

    • rafe says:

      Someone’s clearly obsessed about Germans and blondness.

    • rafe says:

      To the British/Irish truthers: His nose is too wide for that.

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