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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.
Arvo Pärt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Estonia
age 83
Arvo Pärt is an Estonian composer of classical and sacred music. Since the late 1970s, Pärt has worked in a minimalist style that employs his self-invented compositional technique, ...more
Alfred Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Dec. at 53 (1893-1946)
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
Peeter Kümmel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Estonia
age 36
Peter Kuemmel is a cross-country skier.
Erki Nool is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Estonia
age 48
Erki Nool is an Estonian decathlete and politician. Nool is a winner of the gold medal for decathlon in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Although Nool did not place first in any individual ...more
Alar Toomre is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Estonia
age 82
Alar Toomre is an Estonian-American astronomer and mathematician. He is a professor of applied mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Toomre's research is focused on the ...more
Wolfgang Köhler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Dec. at 80 (1887-1967)
Wolfgang Köhler was a German psychologist and phenomenologist who, like Max Wertheimer, and Kurt Koffka, contributed to the creation of Gestalt psychology. During the Nazi regime in ...more
Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Dec. at 79 (1929-2008)
Patriarch Alexy II was the 15th Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus', the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church. Elected Patriarch of Moscow eighteen months prior to the fall of the Soviet Union, ...more
Johann Friedrich von Eschschol... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Dec. at 38 (1793-1831)
Johann Friedrich Eschscholtz was a Baltic German physician, botanist, zoologist and entomologist. Eschscholtz was born in Dorpat, Governorate of Livonia in the Russian Empire. He studied ...more
Uno Prii is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Dec. at 76 (1924-2000)
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 ...more
Magnar Freimuth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Estonia
age 45
Magnar Freimuth 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 Lillehammer. Freimuth's best ...more
Adolf von Harnack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Dec. at 79 (1851-1930)
Carl Gustav Adolf von Harnack was a German Lutheran theologian and prominent church historian. He produced many religious publications from 1873 to 1912. Harnack traced the influence of ...more
Jaan Kross is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Jaan Kross Dec. at 87 (1920-2007)
Jaan Kross was an Estonian writer.
Heinrich Lenz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Dec. at 61 (1804-1865)
Heinrich Friedrich Emil Lenz was a Russian physicist of Baltic German ethnicity. He is most noted for formulating Lenz's law in electrodynamics in 1833. The symbol, conventionally representing ...more
Kiur Aarma is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Estonia
age 43
Kiur Aarma 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 is 2006's ...more
Maria Sergejeva is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Estonia
age 26
Maria Sergejeva is an Estonian pair skater. With former partner Ilja Glebov, she is the 2007–2010 Estonian national champion and represented Estonia at the 2010 Winter Olympics. After retiring ...more
Eerik-Niiles Kross is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Estonia
age 48
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 ...more
Aivar Rehemaa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Estonia
age 36
Aivar Rehemaa is a cross-country skier.
Ants Antson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Estonia
age 80
Ants Antson is a former Estonian speed skater who competed for the Soviet Union.
Aleksander Warma is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Dec. at 80 (1890-1970)
Aleksander Warma VR I/3 was an Estonian navy officer, diplomat and painter. Aleksander Warma studied at marine schools of Käsmu and Narva, took a deep sea captain's exam in Riga. In 1920, ...more
Paul Keres is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Dec. at 59 (1916-1975)
Paul Keres was an Estonian chess grandmaster, and a renowned chess writer. He was among the world's top players from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s. Keres narrowly missed a chance at a world ...more
Maret Ani is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Estonia
age 37
Maret Ani is an Estonian retired tennis player. At the start of 2006, she was the top-ranked player in Estonia, before losing that spot to Kaia Kanepi. Ani was a junior basketball champion, but ...more
Johann Urb is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Estonia
age 42
Johann Urb is an Estonian-born American actor and former model.
Paul Kuusberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Paul Kuusberg Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)
Paul Kuusberg was an Estonian writer. Novellas by him include “Roostetanud kastekann” and “Võõras või õige mees”, which won an award in Estonia. Kuusberg was born in ...more
Anett Kontaveit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Estonia
age 23
Anett Kontaveit is an Estonian tennis player. Kontaveit has won nine singles and five doubles titles on the ITF tour during her career. On 15 September 2014, she reached her best singles ranking ...more
Louis Kahn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Dec. at 73 (1901-1974)
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 ...more