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Famous People From Estonia

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List of famous people from Estonia, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Estonia, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Estonia you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Estonia, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

People include everything from Richard Maack to Meelis Rooba.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Estonia?" or "Which celebrities were born in Estonia?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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  • Arvo Pärt

    Age: 85

    BirthplacePaide, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Arvo Pärt (Estonian pronunciation: [ˈɑrvo ˈpært]; born 11 September 1935) is an Estonian composer of classical and religious music. Since the late 1970s, Pärt has worked in a minimalist style that...  more
  • Alfred Rosenberg

    Dec. at 53 (1893-1946)

    BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Alfred Ernst Rosenberg was a Baltic German philosopher and an influential ideologue of the Nazi Party. Rosenberg was first introduced to Adolf Hitler by Dietrich Eckart; he later held several...  more

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  • BirthplaceTartu, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Peter Kuemmel is a cross-country skier....  more
  • Erki Nool

    Age: 50

    BirthplaceVõru, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Erki Nool (born 25 June 1970 in Võru, Estonia) is an Estonian decathlete and politician....  more
  • BirthplaceRakvere, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Alar Toomre (born 5 February 1937, in Rakvere) is an American astronomer and mathematician. He is a professor of applied mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Toomre's research...  more
  • Wolfgang Köhler

    Dec. at 80 (1887-1967)

    BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Wolfgang Köhler (21 January 1887 – 11 June 1967) was a German psychologist and phenomenologist who, like Max Wertheimer and Kurt Koffka, contributed to the creation of Gestalt psychology. During the...  more
  • Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow

    Dec. at 79 (1929-2008)

    BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Patriarch Alexy II (or Alexius II, Russian: Патриарх Алексий II; secular name Aleksei Mikhailovich Ridiger Russian: Алексе́й Миха́йлович Ри́дигер; 23 February 1929 – 5 December 2008) was the 15th...  more
  • Johann Friedrich von Eschscholtz

    Dec. at 38 (1793-1831)

    BirthplaceTartu, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Johann Friedrich Gustav von Eschscholtz (1 November 1793 – 7 May 1831) was a Baltic German physician, naturalist, and entomologist. He was one of the earliest scientific explorers of the Pacific...  more
  • Uno Prii

    Dec. at 76 (1924-2000)

    BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Uno Prii was an Estonian-born Canadian architect. He designed approximately 250 buildings, many in Toronto, but also around southern Ontario and the United States. Some of his best-known works are...  more
  • BirthplaceTartu, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Magnar Freimuth (born March 20, 1973) was an Estonian nordic combined skier who competed in the early 1990s. He finished fourth in the 3 x 10 km team event at the 1994 Winter Olympics in...  more
  • Adolf von Harnack

    Dec. at 79 (1851-1930)

    BirthplaceTartu, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Carl Gustav Adolf von Harnack (Born Harnack; 7 May 1851 – 10 June 1930) was a Baltic German Lutheran theologian and prominent church historian. He produced many religious publications from 1873 to...  more
  • Jaan Kross

    Dec. at 87 (1920-2007)

    BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Jaan Kross (19 February 1920 – 27 December 2007) was an Estonian writer. He was nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature during the early 1990s. ...  more
  • Heinrich Lenz

    Dec. at 61 (1804-1865)

    BirthplaceTartu, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Heinrich Friedrich Emil Lenz (; German: [lɛnts]; also Emil Khristianovich Lenz, Russian: Эмилий Христианович Ленц; 12 February 1804 – 10 February 1865), usually cited as Emil Lenz, was a Russian...  more
  • Kiur Aarma

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Kiur Aarma (born June 25, 1975) is an Estonian television journalist. He graduated from the University of Tartu in 1997. Aarma is also a writer and producer; among the films upon which he has worked...  more
  • BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    GenderFemale

    Maria Sergejeva (born October 28, 1992 in Tallinn) is an Estonian pair skater and model. With former partner Ilja Glebov, she is the 2007–10 Estonian national champion and represented Estonia at the...  more
  • BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Eerik-Niiles Kross is an Estonian diplomat, intelligence chief, entrepreneur and politician. During the 1980s, Kross was a leading figure in the anti-Soviet resistance movement in Soviet Estonia....  more
  • BirthplaceTartu, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Aivar Rehemaa is a cross-country skier....  more
  • BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Ants Antson (11 November 1938 – 31 October 2015) was an Estonian speed skater who competed for the Soviet Union....  more
  • Aleksander Warma

    Dec. at 80 (1890-1970)

    BirthplaceKuusalu Parish, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Aleksander Warma VR I/3 (also Varma; 22 June [O.S. 10 June] 1890 – 23 December 1970) was an Estonian navy officer, diplomat and painter....  more
  • Paul Keres

    Dec. at 59 (1916-1975)

    BirthplaceNarva, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Paul Keres ([ˈpɑu̯l ˈkeres]; January 7, 1916 – June 5, 1975) was an Estonian chess grandmaster and chess writer. He was among the world's top players from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s. Keres...  more
  • Maret Ani

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    GenderFemale

    Maret Ani (born 31 January 1982) is a retired tennis player from Estonia. At the start of 2006, she was the top-ranked player in Estonia, before losing that spot to Kaia Kanepi. Ani was a junior...  more
  • Johann Urb

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Johann Urb (born 24 January 1977) is an Estonian-American actor, film producer and former model....  more
  • Paul Kuusberg

    Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)

    BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Paul Kuusberg (30 April 1916 – 21 January 2003) was an Estonian writer. Novellas by him include “Roostetanud kastekann” (1971) and “Võõras või õige mees” (1978), which won an award in Estonia....  more
  • BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    GenderFemale

    Anett Kontaveit (Estonian pronunciation: [aˈnet ˈkontaveit]; born 24 December 1995) is an Estonian professional tennis player. Kontaveit has won one singles title on the WTA Tour as well as eleven...  more
  • Louis Kahn

    Dec. at 73 (1901-1974)

    BirthplaceKuressaare, Estonia

    GenderMale

    Louis Isadore Kahn was an American architect, based in Philadelphia. After working in various capacities for several firms in Philadelphia, he founded his own atelier in 1935. While continuing his...  more