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List of British people with German ancestry

This is a list of notable British people with German ancestry.


  • Edgar Feuchtwanger, historian and author
  • Timothy Reuter, historian of medieval Europe whose father was born in Germany.[1]
  • John Stein, professor of physiology and fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. Brother of the chef Rick Stein.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien, writer, poet, philologist, linguist and Professor of Anglo-Saxon. His family had German roots but had been living in England since the 18th century. The name 'Tolkien' derives from the German 'tollkühn', meaning 'foolhardy'.

Aristocracy and royalty





  • Rick Stein, chef, restaurateur and television presenter whose father, Eric Stein, was of German descent (an ancestor, Julius Otto Stein, emigrated from Germany during the 19th century).[9]



  • Antony Beaumont, musicologist, writer, composer and conductor. Born in London of Anglo-German and Greek-Romanian heritage.
  • David Bedford, composer and musician. Brother of Steuart Bedford (below) and grandson of Liza Lehmann.
  • Steuart Bedford, conductor and pianist. Brother of the above David Bedford and grandson of Liza Lehmann.
  • Frederick Delius, composer born as Fritz Theodore Albert Delius in Bradford, Yorkshire to German parents.
  • Gustav Holst, composer of British, Swedish, Spanish, Latvian and German descent.
  • Bert Jansch, folk musician and descendant of a family originally from Hamburg, who had settled in Scotland during the Victorian era.

News and journalism

Politics and government



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  16. ^ Hurst, Geoff & Hart, Michael (2002), 1966 and All That, Headline, p. 24
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