Adam Brody

by ethnic on July 1, 2008

Birth Name: Adam Jared Brody

Place of Birth: San Diego, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 15, 1979

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Adam Brody is an American actor and musician. He is known for starring in the television series The O.C. and Gilmore Girls.

Adam’s parents, Valerie (Siefman) and Mark Brody, are both Jewish, and are both originally from Michigan. Adam had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. He is married to actress Leighton Meester, with whom he has a daughter.

Adam’s paternal grandfather is Bernard W. “Bernie” Brody (the son of Jacob Brody and Minnie Klein). Bernard was born in Michigan. Jacob was born in either Poland or Russia, to Jewish parents, Boric Brody and Minnie. Minnie was also a Jewish immigrant, also from either Poland or Russia; her father’s name was Samuel.

Adam’s paternal grandmother is Lenore/Lee Yovitz (the daughter of Max Yovitz and Fanny Yovis). Lenore was born in Michigan. Max was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Fanny was also born in Russia, to Jewish parents Meyer Yovis and Anne.

Adam’s maternal grandfather was Harold W. “Harry” Siefman (the son of Jacob “Jack” Siefman and Lillian/Lily Weinswhite). Harold was born in Michigan. Jacob and Lillian were both Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe (either Poland or Russia, depending on the census). They moved to England, then Canada, and then Michigan, where Harold was born.

Adam’s maternal grandmother was Beatrice Ceceile Waxman (the daughter of Louis Waxman). Beatrice was also Jewish.

Sources: Adam’s paternal grandfather, Bernard W. “Bernie” Brody, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Adam’s paternal grandmother, Lenore/Lee Yovitz, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Adam’s paternal great-grandmother, Fanny Yovis –

Genealogy of Adam Brody (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Adam’s maternal grandfather, Harold W. “Harry” Siefman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

photo by s_bukley /

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California July 24, 2015 at 8:54 pm

He was cute back in his OC days.

ShawntheGod July 27, 2014 at 4:34 am
deadite July 27, 2014 at 2:52 pm

he seems to have squint

follers July 27, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Very good picture.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 4:29 am
WTF June 1, 2014 at 9:21 am

yep he looks 100% jewish. he’s cute too

Brady January 10, 2014 at 6:05 am

I thought i had light brown hair:[

J.J. December 6, 2013 at 11:11 pm

correction; his eyes are forest green (green w brown) and his hair is dark brown (brunet)

Alice December 7, 2013 at 1:07 am

J.J. I’ve never heard of forest green before. Most people would say his eyes are brown or hazel. If someone’s eyes are green they shouldn’t have any brown in them.

J.J. December 10, 2013 at 7:32 am

I fail to see what you’re talking about, green eyes are never a solid colour as they occur when mixing blue with brown, so there is no such thing as ‘solid green eyes’ and eyes that appear to be a strong/pure green colour would actually be blue/grey with yellow/brown tones when observed in strong lighting and from good distance. As for his eyes being hazel, hazel eyes are light brown in colour with yellow, orange or red tints, basically an eye that resembles the colour of a hazelnut hence the word hazel, however in North America there is a misconception that hazel eyes are green and gold/brown or any multi coloured iris (blue, grey or green with brown around the pupil) which doesn’t make sense as a hazelnut doesn’t have any blue, grey or green colouration and the first reference to eyes being described as the colour hazel was by William Shakespeare in which he compared a persons eyes to the reddish brown colour of a ripe hazelnut. So considering his eyes are green with brown around the pupil (basically 2 colours in the same iris and the true colour is always the outer colour) I think the term ‘forest green’ goes quite nicely, you could however call them, green with brown or green and brown or maybe the term ‘mixed green’ would work better for you, either way they deserve a title that implies that they’re multi-coloured but still come under the green category, and if you think his eyes deserve the title of hazel perhaps you should research the north American hazel eye misconception and you’ll see that hazel has become a distorted word as people have started inaccurately using it to identify any multi-coloured iris rather than using it for it’s primary meaning which is just light brown (a word initially used to make brown eyes sound nicer).

smiley January 26, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Eye color is determined by how the light is reflected through the iris, as well as the amount of melanin. There are people who have solid green eyes

smiley January 26, 2014 at 6:35 pm
J.J. January 26, 2014 at 7:01 pm

all those green eyes are fake/photoshoped, adam brody clearly has green colouration in his eyes and are much more realistic looking than your example of green eyes, and no you’re completely wrong, solid green eyes do not exist because green is a combination of blue and brown, you can have solid blue eyes (rare) and you can have solid brown eyes but green occurs when light yellow/brown pigment is present in a blue/grey iris causing it to go green, no one has ‘pure green’ eyes, do your research mate and while your at it, how about observing peoples eyes more closely in person rather than googling green eyes, I guarantee you any one you know that you think has green eyes wouldn’t be so green if you took a good look at them

smiley January 28, 2014 at 2:42 am

I have family members with pure green eyes.

J.J. January 28, 2014 at 3:23 am

clearly you haven’t been paying close enough attention then, no one has pure green eyes, seriously you’re talking to someone that’s been researching eye colour and observing peoples eye colours for years, yet you think you can come along with your pathetic little ignorant attitudes, thinking eyes can be pure green and that hazel is green and brown. Do some proper research and you’ll realise how stupid you sound. Don’t argue a subject to which you clearly know nothing about

smiley January 28, 2014 at 4:48 am

Do you have a doctorate in eye color classification?

JasonBaker December 5, 2013 at 6:49 am

He´s extremely good-looking :3.

albert December 5, 2013 at 6:44 am

Brody is not an Israeli name..beleive it comes from Ireland.

follers December 5, 2013 at 6:52 am

“Brody” can easily be an Ashkenazi Jewish surname. It is a city in western Ukraine.

andrew December 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Brady is Irish

Alice December 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Yes it is Irish also. Is is another form of Brady.

Some surnames can have multiple origins though like follers has pointed out.

ses101 February 14, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Brody originated in Scotland according to the house of names site. I would have thought it was Irish based on it being similar to Brady, however I am Scottish and it seems to be considered a Scottish name here.

Megan April 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I believe that originally people who were Jewish were the Israelites, however their nationality wasn’t Jewish but Israeli. Since time has gone by, until the country was created, Israelis lived in many different countries and were nomadic.

boss February 17, 2012 at 7:29 am




dean February 26, 2012 at 9:16 am


typepope November 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Jews are multi racial including non middle eastern black Jews from Ethiopia to Asian and Indian Jews to Ashkenazi jews from Europe. Middle East is a region inhabited by people from the Levant which includes Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel, and many of them are white.

alicia December 25, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Black is not a nationality

ethnic May 2, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I disagree, both of his parents are Jewish therefore he has lineage that would go back to the Jews who originated in the middle east.

typepope November 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm

at best he has some leventine middle eastern dna from 2000 years ago long before the invasions of the middle east turned some people into non whites.Much of Ashkenazi dna comes directly from Europe and the rest is white ancient leventine dna from the middle east.You just like many morons confuse modern middle easterners with the completely different population of 2000 years ago.Nearly all southern Europeans and most eastern Europeans have middle eastern dna as well FYI!

Anne May 2, 2010 at 9:31 am

Jewish is NOT an ethnicity, it’s a religion. Duh!

Anonymous July 29, 2010 at 12:40 am

I’m sorry, but you’re incredible wrong. Being Jewish is an ethnicity and a religion. How ignorant can you be?

XX July 29, 2010 at 10:50 am
Dave July 30, 2010 at 12:59 am

They’re from the same ethnicity (Jewish), they just come from different countries. Just like people of African descent live in many different countries (there are American Blacks, Canadian Blacks, Cuban Blacks, French Blacks, etc.). That doesn’t mean Black isn’t a race. It just means there’s a historical reason why this group spread across the globe.

Anonymous July 30, 2010 at 5:15 am

There’s a difference between being black and being Jewish.the common thing between all those groups is their black,they didn’t choose their can convert to being a Jew at anytime,any place

Anonymous July 30, 2010 at 5:23 am

Also black is not a race,it was the first color from which all others came.we are different colors of the same animal,only different because of climate conditions

typepope November 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Dave you are clearly an imbecile!Jews from Africa Ethiopia are black racially are they not????????

fuzzybear44 November 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm

To follers

From my studies,the original Jews were Africans.Who like everyone else,over time broken off,and claim their own Identity.So who’s to say,that the Jews who came back into Africa,looked any different than the Africans they married? This is why I was going to ask you,if you’ve ever seen the movie (the Message),Because in this movie,all the people of Juda were black.The arabs were Black or white,and every skin color that combo can make etc.Who’s to say that the white Jews,weren’t the ones who change?

fuzzybear44 November 7, 2012 at 1:07 am

To follers

Excuse me,where’s the condescending attitude and Profanity?Your not following the rules of the site,you’re throwing me off my game(HAHA).

Well I can agree with most of your comment.Also I do thank you for the polite response.It’s refreshing to see that there are still people,who know how to do that.I sure there will be about 40 to 50 thumbs down by the morning

Anonymous July 30, 2010 at 5:03 am

It is a religion,anyone can be a Jew.if your not at least part black,then you can’t say your black.if I am Chinese ,and not at least part white,I can’t say I’m white,now can I,however I can say I’m Jewish.also since the historical jews were scatter,no one knows who the real one are anyhow.people convert to that faith all the time

Mead July 31, 2010 at 8:00 am

Yeah mead,I guess your right so I’ll just let it go;their happier in denial anyhow

Jessica September 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I’m not Jewish but according to my Jewish friends and my cultural geography book, it’s also an ethnicity.

joe November 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm

jewish is both a religion and ethnicity. there are ethnic jews,who have a jewish bloodine, (hence the word ethnic)! or people who become jewish in religion only(not ethnic jews). Ican see that most of the people on this post went to public school so its no wonder they don’t know the difference. Thank youand your welcome!

Elliot Steinfeld April 19, 2011 at 6:24 am

Being Jewish is most definitely an ethnicity. We came from the middle east and many migrated to Amsterdam like my family.

Anonymous April 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm

o_O But white is a RACE while Jewish is a ethnicity and a religion. So, you cannot be white and be Jewish? You cannot be black and be Jewish?

typepope November 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Well you are one moron and speak for your retarded self.

typepope November 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Jews are multi ethnic and racial.From black Ethiopians to Spanish Jews and Indian Jews and Chinese Jews to European Jews and everything in between.

Dave July 30, 2010 at 1:35 pm

The common thing between blacks is that their ancestry traces back to Africa. Similarly, the common thing between almost all Jews (converts are very rare) is that their ancestry traces back to Israel.

Anonymous July 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm

You do not know the history Jews, and all those people do trace their lineage back to Israel.

Dave July 30, 2010 at 6:31 pm

DNA tests have shown that Jews living in different countries have more in common with each other genetically than with the non-Jewish populations around them. Most Ashkenazi Jews are descended from the same four women.

Anonymous July 30, 2010 at 8:01 pm

The Jews of the bible were Black Jews, over time it’s obvious a change in skin color took place, however I know you would disagree with that.

Mead July 30, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Man you can tell them the original Jews were black to the cows come home,they still will deny it,so you are wasting your time

typepope November 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

You are either a retard or a piss poor liar!Ancient Israel is a historical fact it was and now in modern times is the home of the Jewish people.Under your moronic reasoning about converts all European Christians are phoney as well since Christianity is a middle eastern Jewish offshoot religion which spread to Europe via conversion.

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