Abigail Breslin

by follers on October 23, 2012

Birth Name: Abigail Kathleen Breslin

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 14, 1996

*75% British Isles [Irish, English, possibly other]
*25% Ashkenazi Jewish

Abigail Breslin is an American actress and singer. Her brother is actor Spencer Breslin.

Abigail is the first person born in the 1990s to have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (for Little Miss Sunshine, 2006).

Abigail’s father is of half Irish and half Austrian Jewish descent. Abigail’s mother has Irish, English, and possibly other, ancestry.

Abigail’s paternal grandfather was named Charles Patrick Breslin. Charles was Irish.

Abigail’s paternal grandmother was Shirley Seidel (the daughter of Meyer Seidel and Rosie/Rose). Shirley was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents. Meyer was the son of Abraham Seidel and Sarah Cohen.

Abigail’s maternal grandfather was Lawrence Alfred Walsh (the son of Lawrence A. Walsh and Mildred H. Duffy). Abigail’s grandfather Lawrence was born in New Jersey. Mildred was the daughter of Joseph Duffy and Maud, who was Irish.

Abigail’s maternal grandmother was Catherine L. Strickler (the daughter of Edward Strickler and Margaret Stafford Britton). Catherine was born in Washington.

Sources: Death record of Abigail’s paternal great-grandfather, Meyer Seidel – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Abigail Breslin (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Obituary of Abigail’s maternal grandmother, Catherine L. (Strickler) Walsh Blecker – http://www.spokesman.com

Photo by PR Photos

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bearboy August 9, 2017 at 3:35 pm

Thought I should point out, “Jew or not Jew” added Abigail Breslin less than 24 hours ago :) http://www.jewornotjew.com/profile.jsp?ID=2418

follers August 5, 2017 at 2:30 am

Kudos to bearboy for sticking to his cause.

I apologize to the New York Post. You were right. I was wrong.

passingtime85 August 5, 2017 at 4:21 am

Technically they were still wrong, as they got the percentage incorrect.

follers August 5, 2017 at 4:31 am

I think it’s close enough, and it’s not something a newspaper would deem as an error if they’re, say, issuing a correction.

Maybe her father identifies as Jewish.

passingtime85 August 5, 2017 at 4:44 am

You’re correct, I agree. They wouldn’t print a retraction or correction, and it’s possible her father identifies that way. I’m just saying in purely technical terms, their assertion was incorrect. It’s absolutely trivial, I just felt like being a stickler.

If I said 50+50=99 you’d call me wrong, wouldn’t you? You wouldn’t say “close, good effort”, you’d tell me I was wrong. Even though I had the answer 99% correct.

follers August 5, 2017 at 6:18 am

Most likely, what happened was that Breslin described herself to the interviewer as “half Jewish”.

passingtime85 August 5, 2017 at 2:41 pm

That is the most plausible scenario. Which means it wasn’t their fault for being wrong.

follers August 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm

A family tree on ancestry.com states that Breslin’s paternal grandparents were Charles Patrick Breslin (born in Ireland) and Shirley Seidel (born in New York in the 1920s, to Austrian Jewish parents, Meyer Seidel and Rosie). Shirley re-married to Michael Paccione. Michael died in 2001 and Shirley died in 2016.

I just couldn’t confirm if it’s true, though.

bearboy August 3, 2017 at 1:36 pm

So if you’re right she is a quarter Ashkenazi?

follers August 3, 2017 at 1:58 pm

If the tree is right, then she is.

ashash August 4, 2017 at 10:35 pm

You will never doubt bearboy’s Jew detector again! He was right. Abigail is a Jew!

bearboy August 4, 2017 at 11:06 pm

Thanks @ashash, I must say this a moment I will forever take pride in!

bearboy August 4, 2017 at 11:14 pm

I meant to write forever forget, and will take pride in

passingtime85 August 4, 2017 at 11:38 pm

Abigail wished one her grandmothers, Shirley, a happy birthday on September 11, 2013.


Does the family tree mention anything about a birth date for the Shirley Seidel in question?

follers August 5, 2017 at 2:29 am

Abigail’s grandmother Shirley was indeed born on September 11.

Thank you, passingtime85.

passingtime85 August 5, 2017 at 4:49 am


She’s not a Jew or rather we don’t know if she is, religiously or even culturally. The most we know is that she is of Jewish descent, ethnically.

andrew August 5, 2017 at 3:09 am


why are you a wannabe Jew?

bearboy August 5, 2017 at 6:01 am

@andrew, why would anyone be a wannabe Jew? If they want to be Jewish they convert to Judaism, which most countries allowed last time I checked. and thank you @passingtime for confirming her paternal grandmother… Much appreciated!

passingtime85 August 5, 2017 at 2:46 pm

No problem. Helping trace lineage, ancestry, etc. is what we’re all here for right?

bablah August 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm

Shirley died in late Jan 2016. According to Abi’s instagram she was out partying with her friends and complaining about snow at that time. Either she wasn’t particularly fond of that grandmother or it ain’t her.

bearboy August 4, 2017 at 9:25 am

Mind reaching out to the person who made this tree and ask for their sources?

bablah August 4, 2017 at 12:34 pm

I don’t have a link to that tree (nor an ancestry.com subscription). Maybe follers could.

bearboy July 24, 2017 at 6:39 pm

I know she is Jewish. Ancestry DNA can test her and she will be in the 40’s for European Jewish percentage. The other 50-60 percent is Irish, British, and probably Europe West. I spent years observing people and their DNA tests so please try to see my point.

madman July 25, 2017 at 4:58 am

Follers, please update her profile to include Jewish now that bearboy has confirmed it.

follers July 25, 2017 at 8:09 am

I’m thinking “Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, possibly other”.

Madman, have you found Cheyenne Jackson’s Native American ancestry yet? Is he related to Jason Bateman?

ashash August 4, 2017 at 10:37 pm

Well, you were almost right. She would be in the 25’s.

follers July 16, 2017 at 5:57 am

Abigail Breslin is the most ethnically ambiguous individual listed on ethnicelebs.

bearboy July 16, 2017 at 6:51 am

More than JC Chasez?

andrew July 16, 2017 at 6:59 am

or Megan Fox?

bearboy July 16, 2017 at 7:01 am

No, but she is probably the most attractive individual listed on ethnicelebs.

bearboy July 16, 2017 at 5:09 am

I am willing to make an odd deal with you follers. You and Andrew seem confident she isn’t Jewish at all so if she isn’t of a drop of Jewish I will do something for you but if I am right I get to be part administrator. :)
sincerely bearboy

passingtime85 August 5, 2017 at 4:28 am

Too bad they never accepted those terms.

andrew July 15, 2017 at 1:28 pm
follers July 15, 2017 at 2:04 pm

You should stay off the internet, other than this website.

Breslin was first oddly called “half Jewish” here, and ever since then every single website referencing her Jewish heritage is just copying that original one. That’s how it works.

They don’t know anything I don’t.

andrew July 15, 2017 at 2:37 pm

Forgive me, I was just trying to make Bearboy wet…

bearboy July 15, 2017 at 2:39 pm

Can you please do research on her paternal grandparents, I am positive she has some Jewish ancestry.

andrew July 15, 2017 at 2:45 pm

“Breslin” is an Irish surname. But it can be Jewish too:


follers July 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm

I see her more as Latina, maybe even Latinx.

bearboy July 15, 2017 at 2:51 pm

Also can you please add/confirm?

bearboy May 21, 2017 at 10:00 am

When was possibly other added? And how come?

follers May 21, 2017 at 10:01 am

Well, Breslin’s paternal grandmother could have been Swedish for all we know.

bearboy May 21, 2017 at 10:04 am

yea true. I am guessing the only thing we know about her father is that he has an Irish last name. So I am guessing the Jewish thing hasn’t been ruled out yet?

follers May 21, 2017 at 12:33 pm

It hasn’t been.

bearboy April 21, 2017 at 3:42 pm

Abigail Breslin’s maternal grandfather Lawrence A. Walsh 1929 was the son of Lawrence A. Walsh and Mildred H Duffy who were both born in New Jersey. Mildred H Duffy was the daughter of Joseph Duffy and Maud Duffy. Maud was born in Ireland and immigrated to New Jersey. I got this on ancestry records and I apologize if any of this information is inaccurate.

bearboy April 22, 2017 at 7:44 pm

Thanks follers for confirming that information. If you can find anything more on Abigail’s fathers side of the family I would really appreciate it.
sincerely, bearboy

follers April 25, 2017 at 4:09 am

BTW, since Dirty Dancing airs a month from now, if Breslin has recent Jewish ancestry, I’m sure it will be mentioned in interviews and the like.

bearboy April 25, 2017 at 7:14 pm

If she does have recent Jewish ancestry it has to be on her father’s side of the family. BTW, The New York Post and all the websites that copied the “half Jewish” statements probably don’t fact check people’s ethnic origins carefully so even if it is mentioned in interviews it could still be made up. Don’t forget about Alessandra Torresani who is “Half Jewish” and grew up celebrating Chanukah.

bearboy May 9, 2017 at 1:20 pm

I think Abigail and Spencer should be written down as possibly German and Jewish until proven otherwise. Strickler is usually of German origin and more than only the New York Post made the Jewish claim. http://forward.com/schmooze/326470/abigail-breslin-to-star-in-dirty-dancing-musical/

follers May 10, 2017 at 2:09 pm

There are English Stricklers, as well as German ones. I don’t know which it is in this case.

As for the Jewish thing, there’s no evidence that I can see.

bearboy May 10, 2017 at 3:10 pm

Okay fair enough. she is so beautiful (almost as much as Rachel Maddow and Mindy Sterling). I could really see the three of them become models.

bearboy May 16, 2017 at 11:46 pm

I am probably looking at the wrong person on linkedin but I found Mike Breslin a telecommunication’s expert living in New York City who is the son of Harold Breslin.

luckystar September 1, 2016 at 5:57 am

She looks very Irish/English. And she is catholic, i was checking her instagram pictures and she post a lot things about it.

bearboy September 1, 2016 at 6:14 pm

I don’t think she looks at all Irish. I am half Irish half Norwegian and I visit Ireland a lot (counties Cork and Kerry). I think she looks a lot like my Ashkenazi Jewish friends who have ancestry from Poland, Germany, and Belarus.

luckystar November 25, 2016 at 6:38 am

She CAN pass as fully Irish or English.
Abigail without make up

Irish girls

She looks what she is, Northwestern european

bearboy November 25, 2016 at 1:24 pm

It doesn’t really matter if she could pass she is 100% Irish and English. I respect your opinion btw I still don’t think she looks very Irish or like the girls in the other picture you showed.

luckystar November 25, 2016 at 6:04 pm

You dont live in uk lol she doesnt look too diferent from that girls
She looks and pass as british. She is Baltid/Alpinid combo, pan euro phenotype mostly common in uk

luckystar November 25, 2016 at 6:05 pm

She can fit in many places in europe mostly in uk and poland
even in france she wouldn’t not be atypical

luckystar November 25, 2016 at 6:11 pm

Kim looks like this greek woman
Does she can pass as greek? No

luckystar November 25, 2016 at 7:35 pm

to me you are not white, you are like those people from this site who wants to make white people less white

bearboy January 19, 2017 at 10:26 am

If I am not white what race am I?

andrew April 22, 2017 at 5:05 am

The user “luckystar” is Brazilian. She/he/it is also very active in 2 different so-called “anthropology forum” with 2 similar nicknames. She started claiming to be Italian, than German and other stuff, and she also posted images of her in those forums, but they could have been stolen from facebook or other sites as it’s common in the web.

andrew April 22, 2017 at 6:00 am

In one forum she presented herself in 2016 as a German/North Italian 17 years old from Brazil (that would be a common background in the south of the country), in another one as a Greek/Russian/Ukrainian 1998-born teen (because of the brainwashing made by the admin who has a fetish for associating Greeks to Slavs and Iberians to Brits). Now I’ve seen in the first forum that he has admitted to lie about his gender, he is a (gay) grown man, likely with non European ancestry too.

bearboy July 6, 2016 at 11:30 am

How come her paternal grandparents aren’t mentioned?

follers July 6, 2016 at 10:43 pm
bearboy July 1, 2016 at 11:13 pm

She is very pretty I could see her being half or 100% Ashkenazi Jewish. She plays Frances Houseman in the Dirty Dancing remake!

bearboy September 16, 2015 at 8:20 am

Was there a reason the New York Post said she had Jewish roots?

follers September 16, 2015 at 1:11 pm

Because the entirety of the mainstream media should be fired en masse, and then be made to work in the one industry they do have a skillset in, waste management.

That’s one reason I was able to think of.

bearboy September 16, 2015 at 7:09 pm

Is it possible Abigail Breslin was the one who randomly claimed it like Courtney Love for example?

follers September 16, 2015 at 8:31 pm

Yes, it’s possible. But the media could always give me a hand and do some fact-checking themselves.

bearboy June 20, 2016 at 9:28 pm

She is a beautiful celebrity! Her big Hebrew honker is probably the most beautiful feature after the smile! smiley face

The.geneal.guy December 5, 2014 at 3:44 am

Walsh is not an Irish surname at all – in English ir means ‘Briton’ and was brought over to Ireland by Welsh and Northern English settlers

Alice December 6, 2014 at 2:02 am

If you go back far enough a lot of names are from some other place especially in areas like the British Isles. All people with the name Walsh are Irish because that is where the name was first used. It is similar to Wallace and came over to Ireland with the Normans. The Normans in Ireland were mostly Cambro-Normans so there is a Welsh connection. Do you know how many Irish people have this name? It is the 4th most common name in Ireland.

Freerk November 27, 2014 at 6:04 pm

I just knew her as a little girl … (“Little Miss Sunshine”, of course) That’s an … astonishing development … *sigh*

follers January 8, 2014 at 3:36 am

The New York Post claims that Abigail is “half Jewish”. I don’t think this is accurate.

Alice January 8, 2014 at 5:31 am

Her parents are Michael Breslin and Kim Walsh, both of Irish heritage.

Read more: http://www.irishcentral.com/ent/How-Irish-ancestry-links-Demi-Lovato-Megan-Fox-and-Olivia-Wilde—PHOTOS-213964591.html#ixzz2poU42vcR
Follow us: @IrishCentral on Twitter | IrishCentral on Facebook

I don’t know how accurate the nypost article is as both her parents have Irish names.

follers January 8, 2014 at 10:33 am

Irishcentral got all of the information on that page from Wikipedia, the IMDB, and possibly even ethnicelebs, at this point. It even says that Drew Barrymore has “Irish roots on both her Father and Mother’s sides” which is clearly false and means they can’t even copy those websites correctly. Unless they give more detail, I wouldn’t put any trust in them.

Having said that, I, too, don’t think the NY Post is accurate (precisely for the reason I just stated, although I don’t think they copied the “half Jewish” statement from any website).

BTW, Alice, I’m curious on your take on Devon Bostick. I know you couldn’t believe Noah Ringer was entirely white, so what do you think about Bostick? He looks less “white” to me than Ringer.

Alice January 8, 2014 at 7:08 pm

I agree Irish Central is not a very accurate site. It’s quite possible Abigail has Jewish ancestry. I was just interested that her mother’s name is Walsh which is an Irish name and if Abigail is half Jewish I would have thought her mother’s name would show some indication of that.

Re Devon Bostick yes if someone said he had some non-European ancestry it would be quite believable but as is the case with Noah some people look different than the majority. I’m constantly learning and accepting that people can have quite a broad range of looks. You can only go on their “paper” ancestry but a dna test would really clear things up.

follers January 8, 2014 at 8:03 pm

I saw an obituary of her maternal grandfather, Lawrence A. Walsh, and I think her mother’s side is even less likely to be Jewish than her father’s side.

Unlike Noah Ringer, who says he has Native American ancestry, Devon Bostick says he is just white. These are Bostick’s parents, by the way:


andrew December 29, 2013 at 11:44 am

are you promoting this site? troll get away from here

Chris K December 29, 2013 at 3:46 am

lol she is just a white girl, end of story…Check out Abigail Breslin photos at: http://www.youngteenidols.com/celebrity-pictures/young-actresses-pictures/abigail-breslin-pictures/

ethnic December 29, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Might have to your comments if you keep just posting links. Chris.

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