Birth Name: Adam Noah Levine
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: March 18, 1979
*75% Jewish (Ashkenazi and Sephardi)
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. 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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