Dianna Agron

by ethnic on May 12, 2010

Birth Name: Dianna Elise Agron

Place of Birth: Savannah, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 30, 1986

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*German, Irish, English (mother, who converted to Judaism)

Dianna Agron is an American actress, singer, dancer, and director. She is famous for starring in the television series Glee.

Dianna’s father is from a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Latvia, and Estonia). Dianna’s mother has German, Irish, and English, ancestry; she converted to Judaism when marrying Dianna’s father. Dianna was raised Jewish and was Bat Mitzvah.

Dianna is a fifth cousin, once removed, of singer Jack Gilinsky. Dianna’s paternal four times great-grandparents, Shmuel Labe Agronsky and Fruma Chana Bakhrakh, were also the paternal five times great-grandparents of Jack Gilinsky.

Dianna is married to British musician Winston Marshall, of the band Mumford & Sons. Winston’s father is British businessperson Paul Marshall. Winston’s maternal grandfather was Jewish, from the Zelinger De Balkany family, and Winston’s maternal grandmother, Molly Perrini, was of Italian Catholic descent.

Dianna’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Shmuel Labe Agronsky, who was born, c. 1820, in Russia.

Dianna’s paternal grandfather was Howard Alan Agron (the son of Jack Agron and Edith Kohn). Howard was born in Oklahoma. Jack was born in Sivers’k, Artemivs’kyi district, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, to a Jewish family, the son of Hillel “Hilya”/”Harry” Agronsky and Sonya Sophie Chernikoff. Edith was born in Kansas, to Jewish parents who immigrated from Eastern Europe, Samuel Kohn and Anna; one census lists them as having been born in Russia, and another census lists them as having been born in Poland.

Dianna’s paternal grandmother was Frieda Joy “Joyce” Wasserman (the daughter of Leopold Aman Wasserman and Ethel Arona Friedman). Leopold was a Latvian Jewish immigrant. Ethel was born in Texas, to Jewish parents, Bernhard Zadoc Friedman and Chane Rosalie Blackman; they are listed as having been born in Estonia on one census, and Russia on another census.

Dianna’s maternal grandfather was surnamed “Barnes”.

Dianna’s maternal grandmother was Georgina Mabel Hustedt (the daughter of Henry John Hustedt and Mabel A. Connelly). Henry was the son of Henry/Harry John Hustedt and Georgina Louise Hoeveler, who were both German immigrants. Dianna’s great-grandmother Mabel was born in California, the daughter of Joseph William Connelly and Mary O’Donnell, who were both born in California, both of them to Irish parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Dianna Agron (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Dianna’s paternal grandfather, Howard Alan Agron (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Dianna’s paternal grandfather, Howard Alan Agron, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Dianna’s paternal great-grandmother, Edith Kohn, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Dianna’s paternal grandmother, Frieda Joy “Joyce” (Wasserman) Agron – http://www.wikitree.com

Dianna’s paternal great-grandparents, Leopold Aman Wasserman and Ethel Arona Friedman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Dianna’s maternal grandmother, Georgina Mabel Hustedt – http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com

Dianna’s maternal great-grandfather, Henry John Hustedt, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Dianna’s maternal great-grandmother, Mabel A. Connelly, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Bobatu March 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm

She is Jewish.

Roger Is My Lover March 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Ashkenazi Jews have a variety of looks.

Roger Is My Lover March 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm

They are just stereotypes. Every ethnicity has them. For example, Italians are seen as all being dark and Middle Eastern-looking. Swedes are all supposed to be tall, blonde(we’re talking platinum blonde), blue-eyed, and pale.

Stereotypes exist for every ethnic group.

Roger Is My Lover March 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm

White supremacists are mad psychopaths just like the man they look up to: Hitler.

Roger Is My Lover March 27, 2012 at 12:56 am

The hell? Jesse Eisenberg is not blonde. He is brunette.

Roger Is My Lover March 27, 2012 at 1:00 am


Logan Lerman is adorable. He looks like he could be Mila’s son.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 26, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Ashkenazi Jews have a variety of looks.

Roger Is My Lover March 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm

What are you on about?

Roger Is My Lover March 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm

She is not racist. She just prefers Lea’s looks to Dianna’s. What is wrong with that?

Roger Is My Lover March 26, 2012 at 8:22 pm

A lot of Ashkenazi Jews look similar to Dianna, though. Bar Rafaeli, Esti Ginzburg, Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Peggy Lipton, Gwenyth Paltrow, Chelsea Handler, etc. They are not too far off.

Roger Is My Lover March 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Also Ashley Tisdale and Alicia Silverstone . . .

Roger Is My Lover March 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Lea’s father is a Sephardic Jew.

Roger Is My Lover March 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Lea Michele is a lot prettier than her.

mm March 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Look at those beautiful eyes!

me March 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm
me March 4, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Yes,they are.

me March 4, 2012 at 7:29 pm

only 1% or 2%?interesting, I thought it was more.

Me January 22, 2012 at 10:51 pm

She is prettier than Megan Fox. She looks like a Disney princess.

LaLa October 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Her cheekbones are like ridiculously gorgeous.

Me January 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Are you sure she is not part Native American? She has ridiculously high and gorgeous cheekbones. That is not typical of a Caucasian person.

me January 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I see nothing gorgeous or different in her cheekbones.

A.J. May 24, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I’m confused – is being Jewish an ethnicity or religion or both? Someone please clarify this for me, I get so confused.

Caroline June 24, 2011 at 4:16 pm

It is a religion AND an ethnicity. If you follow the religion of Judaism, you will most likely be of Jewish ancestry, but you don’t have to be. Likewise, someone of Jewish ancestry doesn’t have to follow Judaism, but normally the ethnicity-and-religion thing go hand in hand.

me October 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm

“Jewish” is an ethnicity also.

asdfghjkl April 19, 2011 at 7:28 am

even though Dianna is crying or wearing a zombie make-up in Glee,she’s still looks beautiful!

Adam January 12, 2011 at 2:04 am

Probably Byelorussian-Jewish.

Along with Piper Perabo and Bridget Moynahan, has the best legs on TV.

major January 12, 2011 at 3:10 am

please,not near by the best legs

Anonymous August 18, 2010 at 12:57 pm
ethnic August 18, 2010 at 7:42 pm

thanks for the link!

Micia Leigh August 12, 2010 at 7:21 am


blurblar May 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm

yea and Lea Michele is a Catholic who plays a Jew

oliver March 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Lea’s father is sephardic jewish. lea michele’s last name is Sarfati which is hebrew for “french” and is common among northern african jews.

lala May 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm

weird how shes jewish but plays a straight up christian

blurblar May 14, 2010 at 9:50 am

She is very pretty. Wonder where her Jewish ancestors came from?

Summer May 19, 2010 at 9:37 am

I remember reading that she is half Russian.

Anonymous August 18, 2010 at 12:53 pm
over9000 October 13, 2011 at 2:47 am

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