Birth Name: Amy Frederica Brenneman
Place of Birth: New London, Connecticut
Date of Birth: June 22, 1964
*Swiss-German, German, English, Irish, Scottish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
Amy Brenneman is an American actress, writer, and producer. Her father’s ancestry includes Swiss-German (the origin of her surname), German, English, Irish, and Scottish. Her mother’s family was Jewish (from Germany, Russia, and Lithuania). While Amy has described herself as “half Jewish”, she is a practicing Episcopalian Christian (her mother had joined a Congregationalist church as an adult). Amy is married to director Brad Silberling (Brad is Jewish).
Amy’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to Melchior Breniman, who was born, c. 1631, in Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland.
Amy’s paternal grandparents were Russell Langdon Brenneman (the son of Charles Howard Brenneman and Laura Clarissa Heburn) and Anita Marguerite Seeds (the daughter of Robert Lee Seeds and Anna Beatta Stearns).
Amy’s maternal grandparents were Allen Shoenfield (the son of Abraham “Abe” L. Shoenfield and Belle Hoffstadt) and Kate Friedman (the daughter of Joseph A. Friedman and Bertha Mostovsky). Allen was born in Kentucky. Abraham was born in Kentucky, to German Jewish parents. Belle was born in Indiana, to German Jewish parents. Kate was a Jewish immigrant from either Russia or Lithuania.
Sources: Genealogy of Amy Brenneman – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Amy’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Amy’s maternal grandfather, Allen Shoenfield, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Amy’s maternal grandmother, Kate Friedman, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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