Adam Levine

by ethnic on November 27, 2014

Birth Name: Adam Noah Levine

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 18, 1979

Ethnicity:
*75% Jewish (Ashkenazi and Sephardi)
*12.5% German
*12.5% Scottish

Adam Levine is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, television personality, and actor. He is famous for his soulful vocals, and for being the frontman of the band Maroon 5. He is married to model Behati Prinsloo, with whom he has a daughter. His uncles are writer Timothy Noah and writer/director Peter Noah.

Adam’s father is Jewish. Adam’s maternal grandfather was also Jewish (his family were Jewish immigrants from England and Germany, of Ashkenazi and Sephardi descent). Adam’s maternal grandmother was of (non-Jewish) German and Scottish ancestry. Adam has described himself as Jewish on a number of occasions. He is not religious.

Adam was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2013. He is the second man of significant Jewish heritage to have been given this title by the magazine (Harrison Ford, in 1998, is the first, and David Beckham, in 2015, is the third).

Adam’s paternal grandmother’s name is Phyllis (later Phyllis Katchen).

Adam’s maternal grandfather was Robert Mortimer Noah (the son of Mortimer Noah and Rose J. Isselbacher). Mortimer was the son of Samuel M. Noah and Rose/Rosa Barnett. All four of Mortimer’s grandparents, Morris Noah, Amelia Brandon, Benjamin Barnett, and Rebecca Simmons, were Jewish immigrants from England. Their ancestry included Sephardi Jewish and Ashkenazi Jewish lines, with Dutch Jewish roots. Adam’s great-grandmother Rose Isselbacher was the daughter of Charles Isselbacher, who was born in New York, to German Jewish parents, and of Esther Ehrenreich, who was a German Jewish immigrant.

Adam’s maternal grandmother is Marian Jane Swentor (the daughter of George William Swentor and Jean Robertson). Marian was from a Christian background. George was the son of German immigrants, August Wilhelm/William Swentor (originally “Schwentorous” or “Schwentorus”) and Amelia Schmidt/Smith. Jean was born in Inverness, Scotland, the daughter of Donald Robertson and Jane P. Drew.

Sources: Interview with Adam Levine at The Jewish Chronicle, February 11, 2011 – http://www.thejc.com

Genealogy of Adam Levine – https://www.geni.com

Adam’s maternal grandfather, Robert Mortimer Noah, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Adam’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents, Morris Noah and Amelia Brandon, on the 1905 New York Census – https://familysearch.org

Adam’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Rose Barnett, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Adam’s maternal grandmother, Marian Jane Swentor (“Miriam Swenton”), on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Manila July 9, 2016 at 11:18 pm

Jean Robertson was born in Inverness, Scotland. Her parents married in 1899 in the same city. I guessed these information from ScotlandsPeople. However, I don’t have credits to view these images. It will cost you 1 credit to view the list, and additional ~10 credits to view the image(s, regardless of number of pages). :(

bearboy August 28, 2015 at 8:36 pm

What makes you think Adam Levine has possible Sephardi Jewish ancestry?

follers August 30, 2015 at 5:35 pm

I believe this is his ancestor Morris Noah. If so, Morris’s mother’s maiden surname was “Decosta”, which pretty much confirms she was Sephardi (not sure about the “Noah” side).
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:27BP-ZPS

Manila July 9, 2016 at 11:28 pm

I am sure of that. He was listed alive on June 1, 1905: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SPX6-PPR

According to 1905 census, he lived at 492 8th St, Brooklyn, New York, which is matched to his address on his death certificate.

Manila July 9, 2016 at 11:41 pm

Amelia (Brandon) was also Sephardi Jewish.

follers July 9, 2016 at 11:45 pm

How do you know?

Manila July 10, 2016 at 12:30 am

I also checked Amelia’s paternal ancestry that the some of the surnames of her ancestors (e.g. do Porto, Abudiente, Coronel, Rodriques, etc.) are Sephardi. I used Ancestry.com public tree search.

Brittney December 9, 2013 at 4:03 pm

He looks so gay and girly. How this is the “sexiest” “man” in the world, I will never know. Please take the estrogen pills away from this guy. You have an addiction, sir. No thanks.

Capricious June 25, 2015 at 10:07 pm

You’re jealous that he’s more feminine looking than you.

And using gay as an insult is pathetic.

ethnic November 15, 2012 at 3:25 am

great one thanks!

christian March 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm

adam levine might be one of those classical jews,

look at JUSTIN BERFIELD, TED MOSBY of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER or MICHAEL LANDON all the same

levangelista36 July 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm

What the hell are you talking about?

And what is up with this new layout?

Tux July 10, 2015 at 8:08 pm

He is of Russian Jewish descent.

cwm85 August 1, 2015 at 4:26 pm

Makes sense. No wonder most are dark haired.

yeah March 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Noah being his middle name already shows he’s Jewish. He’s hot.

Roger Is My Lover March 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I saw him on a talk show today. He was cute.

me March 4, 2012 at 6:48 pm

I consider Ashkenazi Jews white.

beckyphantom July 29, 2012 at 6:12 am

If Jews aren’t white, then what the fuck are they?Black, Asian?

me March 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm

He is a hot Jewish.

Sarah February 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm

He’s hot.

George December 25, 2011 at 4:50 pm

i thought he was irish

Habe February 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm

He is mostly Jewish.

Xoxo September 26, 2011 at 8:34 am

Has Jewish in him but through the moms side predicts whether he’s Jewish or not..

nnnnn September 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm

“the mom side predicts”… the subject here is “ethnic
celebrity”.

Anonymous June 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I figured he was Jewish.

Anonymous June 16, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Oh before you guys start insulting me because his last name derived from the french his last name has altered spelling because it’s a Jewish Variant of Levin. Look: http://www.ancestry.com/facts/Levine-name-meaning.ashx

Dee March 1, 2011 at 10:29 pm

His maternal grandmother was Protestant,

as the other commentators have said

(correction)

Samia_Kabullah_Bella January 29, 2011 at 12:52 pm

His paternal grand mother was protestant

Dee January 29, 2011 at 1:39 pm

His maternal grandmother was Protestant, not paternal

XX May 9, 2010 at 6:50 pm

He has a French last name.

Anonymous June 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm

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