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Old 09-04-2013, 11:42 AM
 
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My mothers paternal side is mostly German and are tall with long limbs, darker skin and hair, hazel eyes that are very squinty and almost Asian looking. They don't really look like the stereotypical German family. The paper trail goes back to Baden.

 
Old 09-04-2013, 03:03 PM
 
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I am half German (and Italian) and so is my spouse (and English). We come from a long line of German engineers.

However, our daughter seems to have the stereotypical German look.

- tall and long-limbed (extremely long legs/arms, shorter upper body)
- bigger-boned, wider shoulder/hip, but very lean, a very "athletic" build
- thick, golden-blond hair
- a golden, glowing skin tone
- eyes are hazel/green/gold (I was told hazel eyes are prevalent in Germany)
- strong, chiseled features (nose, cheekbones, eyebrows)
- full lips (not as thin as my English relatives, but not as thick as my Italian relatives)
- cleft-chin
You described perfectly about how my WW2 maternal grandfather looked like when he was alive and his surname was '''Longenecker''' (anglicized spelling?) which from my research about it states that it's either Swiss and/or German.
 
Old 09-04-2013, 03:19 PM
 
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You described perfectly about how my WW2 maternal grandfather looked like when he was alive and his surname was '''Longenecker''' (anglicized spelling?) which from my research about it states that it's either Swiss and/or German.
Yes, we have 100 y.o. pics of a great-grandmother from Germany and she looks exactly like her. She also looks very much like our 100% German family living in WI German enclave, who are still bilingual German. I am not saying this is the only German look, but it is a specific German look that has enabled others to correctly guess her ethnicity (maybe it's an Alpine/Bavarian look - who knows...). Many people comment on "how German she looks."
 
Old 09-04-2013, 10:37 PM
 
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Germans vary a lot.


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Old 09-05-2013, 04:20 AM
 
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Yes, we have 100 y.o. pics of a great-grandmother from Germany and she looks exactly like her. She also looks very much like our 100% German family living in WI German enclave, who are still bilingual German. I am not saying this is the only German look, but it is a specific German look that has enabled others to correctly guess her ethnicity (maybe it's an Alpine/Bavarian look - who knows...). Many people comment on "how German she looks."
That's awesome knowing that there's still a few places here in North America where German is still spoken and it's definitely my fave language/accent on the planet to listen too although Scottish, Irish, English and Australian aren't far behind.
 
Old 10-05-2013, 12:26 PM
 
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There is no "German look." Anyone bother to think about this topic beyond the first thought?
Quite true. Clark Gable(originally spelled Goebel)was mostly of German ancestry and was dark haired and had swarthy skin.
 
Old 10-05-2013, 12:55 PM
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Yes, we have 100 y.o. pics of a great-grandmother from Germany and she looks exactly like her. She also looks very much like our 100% German family living in WI German enclave, who are still bilingual German. I am not saying this is the only German look, but it is a specific German look that has enabled others to correctly guess her ethnicity (maybe it's an Alpine/Bavarian look - who knows...). Many people comment on "how German she looks."
I've been told I look German many times over the years, but am 80+ % British Isles - Ireland and England.
 
Old 10-12-2013, 05:39 PM
 
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My daughter looks very much like the woman in the pic you posted above - same hair/skin color (I call her "golden"), looks like her exact nose, similar cheekbones/face shape - even a very similar cleft chin. So I guess that is the "German look." The only difference is my daughter has a unique hazel eye color. I have met very few people with her eye color. I am wondering if that hazel eye color is more unique to Germans than the blue color? I seem to meet a lot of Germans with hazel eyes.
You mean bright yellowish-hazel eye color ?
 
Old 02-08-2014, 08:24 PM
 
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As everyone has said, the stereotypical appearance is tall, blond hair, blue eyes, very light skin, and a square jaw. Most Germans don't look like that. I think the country with the highest percentage of people with that particular phenotype is actually Sweden. We should keep in mind that many different non-German tribes (i.e. Celts, Slavs, and Balts) were conquered and culturally assimilated into the German nation. That non-German "admixture" probably explains most of the differences in physical appearance amongst modern day Germans. Unfortunately, some German nationalists do not want to recognize this and cling to outdated "romantic nationalism".
 
Old 02-08-2014, 08:46 PM
 
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