Birth Name: Zachary David Alexander Efron
Place of Birth: San Luis Obispo, California, United States
Date of Birth: October 18, 1987
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish paternal grandfather, with the rest being English, German, Scottish, possibly around 1/16th Irish, remote Dutch and Belgian (Flemish)
Zac Efron is an American actor and singer. He is famous for his roles in the films High School Musical, Hairspray, 17 Again, The Lucky One, and The Paperboy, among others.
Zac’s paternal grandfather is Jewish (the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland). The surname “Efron”, an Ashkenazi Jewish surname, is Hebrew, and is taken from the Biblical place name, “עפרוניים”. Zac once described himself as Jewish in a skit where he was more or less playing himself (see here), but it is unclear if Zac fully identifies himself as Jewish.
Zac’s three other grandparents were/are not of Jewish heritage. Zac’s paternal grandmother’s ancestry included German, Scottish, and English. Zac’s maternal grandfather was of English and German descent, and Zac’s maternal grandmother had English, possibly around one quarter Irish, and distant Dutch and Belgian (Flemish), ancestry
Zac is an agnostic, and has never been religious.
Zac’s paternal grandfather is Harold Efron (the son of Nasko/Nossen “Nathan” Rueben Efron and Dworja “Dora” [her maiden name is listed, in various places, as Kleszczelska, Klein, or Kleiniskyoff]). Harold was born in New York, while Harold’s parents, known as Nathan and Dora in the U.S., were Jewish immigrants (Nasko from from Boćki or Siemiatycze, both in Poland, and Dworja from Boćki). Nasko and Dworja married in Zabłudów, Poland, in 1927. Nasko was the son of Leibel Efron and Gitel “Gutka” Worona. Dworja was the daughter of Nathan Kleszczelska or Klein and Dvora.
Zac’s paternal grandmother is Dorothy Rhe Karcher (the daughter of George Lippincot Karcher, Jr. and Mildred Geneva Cooper). Dorothy was born in Idaho, and had German, Scottish, and English ancestry. George was born in Pennsylvania, to Pennsylvania-born parents George Lippincot Karcher and Elizabeth Janet McRobbie. Mildred was born in Idaho, to Minnesota-born parents, Alonzo Byron Cooper and Mary Ellen Hipsley.
Zac’s maternal grandfather was Robert Harold Baskett (the son of Roswell C. Baskett and Matilda Bade). Roswell was born in Washington state, to a father from Missouri, Charles Monroe Baskett, and a mother from Tennessee, Mary/Martha Isabelle Daily/Dail. Roswell had English ancestry. Matilda was born in Wisconsin; Matilda’s father, Albert Carl Bade, was born in Wisconsin, while Matilda’s mother, Bertha A./Emily Herrmann, was a German immigrant. All of Matilda’s grandparents were German.
Zac’s maternal grandmother was June Helene Glidden (the daughter of Joseph Henry Glidden and Helene Durgan). Joseph was born in Michigan, as were Joseph’s own parents, Elmer Joy Glidden and Luzelle Richmond. Elmer had English, as well as distant Dutch and Belgian (Flemish), ancestry. Elmer’s patrilineal line goes back to John Glidden, who was born in Pancras, near Bideford, Devon, England, c. 1550. Zac’s great-grandmother Helene Durgan was born in Washington state, to a father from New York, Edmund or Edward Durgan, and a mother from Michigan, Angie Estelle Baker. Edmund/Edward Durgan’s parents were Canadian, and he was of Irish or part Irish ancestry. The surnames “Richmond” and “Baker” are often English.
Zac’s great-grandmother Helene (Durgan) Glidden wrote the 1951 novel The Light on the Island, about her childhood growing up on Patos Island, Washington, where her father (Zac’s great-great-grandfather) was lighthouse keeper between 1905 and 1913.
Sources: Genealogies of Zac Efron (focusing on his father’s side) –
Wedding record of Zac’s paternal grandparents, Harold Efron and Dorothy Rhe Karcher –
Family history of Zac’s paternal grandfather, Harold Efron – http://efronfamilyhistory.com
Zac’s paternal grandfather, Harold Efron, on the 1940 U.S. Census –
Zac’s comment on his Jewish grandfather –
Genealogy of Zac’s mother (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com
Wedding record of Zac’s maternal grandparents, Robert Harold Baskett and June Helene Glidden –
Zac’s maternal grandfather, Robert Harold Baskett, on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Genealogy of Zac’s maternal great-grandfather, Roswell C. Baskett –
Zac’s maternal great-grandfather, Roswell C. Baskett, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Zac’s maternal great-grandmother, Matilda Bade, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Zac’s family in the Glidden genealogy: the fit of the Glidden genes, Volume 2 – http://books.google.ca
Genealogy of Zac’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Elmer Joy Glidden –
Genealogy of Zac’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Joseph Henry Glidden (focusing on his own father’s side) –
The Light on the Island, the 1951 novel by Zac’s maternal great-grandmother, Helene (Durgan) Glidden –
Picture of Zac’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen (Durgan) Glidden –