Carter Jenkins

by follers on October 23, 2012

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Birth Name: Carter Mark Jenkins

Place of Birth: Tampa, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 4, 1991

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Irish, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Cherokee Native American (mother, who likely converted to Judaism)

Carter Jenkins is an American actor. His brother, Renneker Jenkins, has also acted.

Carter was raised in a practicing Jewish household.

Carter’s father is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family (of Russian Jewish, Belarusian Jewish, and Polish Jewish descent). Carter’s mother has Irish, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Cherokee Native American ancestry. At least two of Carter’s maternal great-great-grandparents were of documented part Cherokee Native American ancestry, and were both listed as “Indian” on United States Censuses (as was their son, Carter’s maternal great-grandfather). Carter’s mother likely converted to Judaism.

Carter’s paternal grandfather is Barry Walter Jenkins (the son of Benjamin “Ben” Jenkins and Esther Lea/Leah Brofsky). Barry was born in New Jersey. Benjamin was born in New York, to Barnett/Bernard Jenkins and Frajda/Frieda Relkin, who were Jewish immigrants, from either Russia or Belarus (Frajda’s father was named Shlomo/Samuel Ezel Relkin). Barnett and Frajda lived in Wales before coming to the United States, and it seems likely that they changed their surname to the usually Welsh name “Jenkins” while living there. Carter’s great-grandmother Esther was born in New Jersey, to Samuel Brofsky, a Russian Jewish immigrant, and Pearl Berg, a Polish Jewish immigrant.

Carter’s paternal grandmother is named Joyce Irene Kline. Joyce is also Jewish.

Carter’s maternal grandfather was Billy Gene Sanders (the son of Martin Miles McIntosh Sanders and Maxine Finnell). Billy Gene was born in Kansas, and had English, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and documented Cherokee Native American, ancestry, and was a member of the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Billy’s paternal grandparents, Charles Sanders and Jessie Othello Starr, who were of European and Cherokee descent, were both listed as “Indian” on United States Censuses, as was Billy’s father. Carter’s grandfather Billy had several verified Cherokee ancestors, including his paternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Ka-ti, a full-blooded Cherokee Native American, the daughter of Tsu-La “Kingfisher” and Na-ni “Nancy”. Carter’s grandfather’s other Cherokee ancestors included Dee-su-gaw-skee Scraper, Tiana “Ti-ya-nee”/Tayanee Dinah Smith, Elizabeth Gosaduisga, and Ah-Lee.

Carter’s maternal grandmother is Elizabeth Roche (the daughter of Lawrence Roche and Margaret Murphy). Elizabeth has Irish ancestry.

Sources: American Jewish Life Magazine –

Carter’s Twitter account –

Carter’s paternal great-grandmother, Esther Lea/Leah Brofsky, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Carter’s maternal grandfather, Billy Gene Sanders –

Genealogy of Carter’s maternal great-grandfather, Martin Miles McIntosh Sanders –

Carter’s maternal great-grandfather, Martin Miles McIntosh Sanders, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

athelya December 12, 2015 at 9:41 am

he’s good looking

celebfan July 18, 2015 at 8:25 pm

Did his father’s ancestors change their surname? The name Jenkins is a Welsh name, but they’re Ashkenazi Jewish.

follers July 18, 2015 at 8:49 pm

His great-great-grandparents lived in Wales before coming to the States. Perhaps they picked up the last name there. But they were born in Eastern Europe.

Freerk November 28, 2014 at 7:52 pm

@follers: I always thought … But I should’ve known that, because his given name is not Allen. :D


follers November 14, 2014 at 11:42 pm

I think he has more Cherokee ancestry than Colton Haynes.

BTW, this is Carter’s brother, Renneker.

Check7t December 6, 2014 at 1:54 pm

How much does Carter have?

follers December 6, 2014 at 2:01 pm
Check7t December 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Interesting, none of them show Amerindian admixture.

qutsflyd September 20, 2015 at 10:12 pm

That’s because it’s too diluted to show in their appearance. My cousin has a distant native ancestor, yet he’s blonde and paler than me.
I mean , even Penn Badgley has a distant black ancestor, and he’s even paler than Carter!.
Who knows how many white people have non-white distant ancestry and they don’t even know it?

andrew September 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm

what an unusual name for a Jewish guy

follers September 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm

It is. But I am quite sure his father’s side is Jewish. “Jenkins” was probably changed from something else.

I think Dean Collins is a great name for a Jewish guy, too.

Ethnic, can we have a picture of Carter, please?

andrew September 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm

also Bob Dylan or Woody Allen doesnt sound Jewish

andrew September 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm
Freerk November 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm

That is because these aren’t their real names they were born with. ;-) Dylan was born as Robert Allen Zimmerman (not sooo Jewish, though), Allen as Allan Stewart Konigsberg. And Iggy Pop has been James Newell Osterberg …

Immigrants tend to change their names to something more common; even more when they are artists.

Freerk November 28, 2014 at 3:26 pm

“Allen” seems to be popular with American Jews … spontaneously I remember Allen Ginsberg

follers November 28, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Iggy Pop is not Jewish.

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