Ellie Goulding

by follers on September 28, 2012

Birth Name: Elena Jane Goulding

Place of Birth: Hereford, Herefordshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 30 December, 1986

Ethnicity: English, Welsh

Ellie Goulding is an English singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.

Ellie is the daughter of Tracey (Clark) and Arthur E. J. Goulding.

Ellie has been incorrectly described as being Jewish on several websites; she is not of Jewish ancestry.

Ellie’s paternal grandfather is Charles R. Goulding (the son of John Bell Goulding and Mary Wynne Featherstone). Charles was born in Manchester South, Lancashire. John was the son of William Goulding and Elizabeth Whittaker. Mary Wynne was the daughter of John Featherstone and Lily Rogerson Wilde.

Ellie’s paternal grandmother is named Doris J. Evans.

Source: Genealogy of Ellie Goulding (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

image via Joe Seer/bigstock.com

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neiltennant May 10, 2018 at 12:39 pm

she is at least 25 percent Jewish

i Know this

her father is likely half Jewish

neiltennant August 23, 2016 at 5:55 pm

she has stated in late 2009 that her father was full Jewish (of Eastern European descent )

she is also related to ELEANOR BRON (BRONSTEIN) also Jews

and her grandfather was had contact with gerry bron( ELEANOR BRONS brother)

follers August 23, 2016 at 6:14 pm

Eleanor Bron, really? What’s the source for any of what you just said?

neiltennant August 26, 2016 at 2:22 pm


maybe its possible to find this via wayback machine or googlebooks

im not sure where

Im do not understand why people get angry when we talk about being Jewish

she is not Jewish !!!! she has not expressed her interest for any particular religion but her father was full-Jewish or at least half

neiltennant November 28, 2017 at 6:27 pm

she is Jewish I know this

Im Jewish as well 1/4th Jewish confirmed Jewish roots

and we know the vibe of each other thats strange

one day 16 years ago I was with my Jewish friends together and the found out that Im not Jewish it was strange for them because everyone of them thought that

now i have found out that im 1/4 Jewish

therefore my sister Elena Goulding is also Jewish

when will the world see that also we Jews can rock and make good pop music

Kimmel August 22, 2016 at 2:12 pm

‘Elena’ – Eastern European name. Hmm, I wonder if there is more than meets the eye here…

andrew August 22, 2016 at 2:39 pm

“Elena” is not just an Eastern European name.


Devotion October 12, 2015 at 6:28 am

She’s so pretty. she looks eastern european to me

neiltennant August 26, 2016 at 2:23 pm

she has jewish eastern european roots

lelo4 November 18, 2016 at 6:46 am

Jews look noting like Eastern Euros and neither does Ellie. She’s just an atypical British

LucarioCooper September 5, 2015 at 7:19 pm

She’s not good looking to me.

neiltennant July 17, 2015 at 6:22 am

her father arthur goulding who is an undertaker is Jewish while her mother tracy is english

Tux July 12, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Just lol at all you obsessed types fighting over these entertainers ancestries like the actors/singers belong to you. So insecure.

Devotion October 12, 2015 at 6:28 am

then why the f-ck are you here?

Just Lmaoooo……….

neiltennant July 12, 2015 at 11:50 am

she made tons of interviews in 2010 when she had her breakthrough in uk and in most of them she did not only spoke about her jewish nose but also about her jewish roots

But i don’t agree with her with ”the jewish nose” This is very antisemitic and no she has not a ugly nose

follers July 12, 2015 at 12:20 pm

No, she never said she had Jewish ancestry. Stop making stuff up.

bearboy July 6, 2017 at 3:27 am

Maybe she said to Neil Tennant that she is of Jewish ancestry? Rob Astorino told @Bearboy that he had Jewish ancestry.

neiltennant July 16, 2017 at 11:18 pm

it is believed that my grandfather had been jewish

so now i don’t know which dish i have for ellie on hanukkah

kosher beef or salmon kreplach

bearboy July 17, 2017 at 12:04 am

Cool buddy! what is the other 75% of your ancestry?

bearboy July 17, 2017 at 12:05 am

Also if in fact your grandfather was Jewish you probably aren’t too distant of a relative to @Passingtime and @Follers.

neiltennant July 18, 2017 at 7:35 am

i was born in afghanistan

i am pale but have black hair since im 12 until to that point i was straw blonde and it became brown and now it is really black

my beard is orange and blonde mix haha nuff said

Princess June 12, 2015 at 6:40 am

That dress is very unflattering on her, she should fire her stylist. She has the body of a man, only women with a womanly shape and curves can wear dresses like that.

passingtime85 June 1, 2015 at 11:15 pm


So just to make sure, this article’s facts are indeed incorrect?


I would think Glamour Magazine would do their research before leaving this biography on their site, but maybe I’m wrong.

follers June 1, 2015 at 11:36 pm

You’re wrong. The Glamour magazine website’s bios copied the ethnicity notations from Wikipedia bios. Back when that Glamour bio was created, Wikipedia said Goulding’s family was Jewish (I think the cited source for that on Wikipedia was the “Jewish nose” interview – and that’s how the internet works).

I e-mailed Glamour to correct it back then, but no one has.

The funny thing is that “Goulding” isn’t even a Jewish surname! Even “Gould” really isn’t (just a surname a lot of Jews picked).

passingtime85 June 2, 2015 at 2:02 am

It’s weird that Glamour would take a cue from Wiki, but if you say so I guess I’ll let it go.

All but 3 surnames are Jewish anyway, Israel, Cohen, and its many variations, and Levy, and it’s many variations. Or the less common [insert boy’s name] ben [insert boy’s father’s name], [insert girl’s name] bat [insert girl’s father’s name]. All others were mostly adopted in the 1000 A.d. or the early 19th century.

I am sure there’s some Jewish Gouldings out there however, I guess Ellie just isn’t among them.

follers June 2, 2015 at 11:10 am

There are lots of Jewish surnames: “Efron”, “Lerman”, and “Elgort”, for starters.

There are a decent amount of people with the surnames “Israel”, “Cohen”, and “Levy” who aren’t of Jewish background. “Israel” can be a non-Jewish English or German surname.

Any website with a lot of short bios of famous people is generally not a reliable, and definitely not a definitive, source. Just about everyone copies from Wikipedia. Glamour had the misfortune to create their Ellie Goulding bio in June 2012.

passingtime85 June 2, 2015 at 7:02 pm

I was referencing names from antiquity, before the tenth century, going back to the first Temple, the only Jewish families with distinguishable last names were the Levys and Cohens, other Jews were just given the moniker So and So Ben/Bat Israel, as a generalization. Maybe some claimed to be part one of the specific 12 tribes(an example would be Judah Ben Zebulun), but there’s little to no record of them, so that’s just pure speculation, but not out of the realm of possibility.

Anyway, I know they aren’t exclusive to Jews only, but they are the original surnames Jews used.

As for the other names though I cannot really attest to them being exclusively Jewish, Efron, perhaps, but it’s not very old, I believe it started popping up in the 1700s. I don’t believe Elgort or Lerman are exclusively Jewish, I think Elgort is English in origin, and I believe Lerman is German.

follers June 2, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Whether they’re old or not isn’t the point, since last names didn’t exist in a lot of places until recently. Why stop counting over 1000 years ago?

I just meant that the surnames come from a Jewish source and are pretty much exclusively Jewish.

“Efron” is Hebrew.

“Lerman” is Yiddish, not German, and Germans (whether Jewish or not) don’t have last names that end in “man” unless they’ve been shortened from “mann” (even then it would be “Lehrmann”).

“Elgort” is Russian Jewish, probably of Yiddish origin. It definitely has no connection to England, and I can’t find anyone with that surname born or even living in England.

If a name is of Yiddish origin, I’d call it Jewish.

passingtime85 June 2, 2015 at 10:49 pm

European surnames existed a good 600 years before the majority of Jew’s started to adopted their own. Most Jews, sans the west cost Sephardi, probably never would have taken up surnames, unless they were already considered Levys of Cohens, had it not been because laws passed by the Austrian-Hungarian Empire.

It was, in fact, the specific point I was making, that those 3 names have been used for the past 3,600 years. Newer names were adopted due to what modern critics could call, west coast hipsters, referring to the Sephardim, and those that were under duress.

Jews have been in the Rhineland since 321 A.D., they lived there 1400 years before they took last names, had it not been enforced by law, surnames in the Jewish community probably wouldn’t have hit until the 20th century.

People from a multitude of backgrounds have adopted names from the Bible, the Old testament specifically. That doesn’t make them Jewish. It just makes them people with an affinity for the Abrahamic religions.

Lehrmann is still a German name, it is the original form of Lerman like you said, yet I don’t understand why you’d deny its German roots?

I’m under the impression that Elgort is a derivative of Alker which is Anglo-Saxon in origin. But I’m not an etymologist, or what ever the equivalent is when specifically dealing with surnames.

I guess my overall point is, Jewish surnames are tricky because it seems like there are no names, that I know of, that exclusively Jewish. Even the well established ones have their Gentile counterparts.

follers June 2, 2015 at 10:54 pm

If a surname is of Yiddish origin, I consider it Jewish, regardless of whether it sounds like a similar non-Jewish German surname that is spelled differently (just like “Goulding” sounds like “Goldstein” or some similar name, but they’re not the same thing because they’re spelled differently). Which other ethnic group’s last names do you go back 3,600 years for?

Not all Europeans had surnames. Russians lived heavily under serfdom until the 1860s. Scandinavians used their father’s first name as a last name plus derivation with each successive generation. And so on. But even if a Jewish last name first appeared yesterday, it’s irrelevant as to whether it’s Jewish or not. Jews have a long and varied history that doesn’t only include their early days.

“Elgort” is an Ashkenazi Jewish surname, pure and simple. It is silly to claim otherwise since no one with that surname has ever lived in England, not even with Eastern European Jewish immigration, so how can it be a derivation of an English surname?

passingtime85 June 2, 2015 at 11:29 pm

Goldstein isn’t even Jewish exclusive, it simply means gold stone, anyone could have taken that name, same as Goldsmith. I don’t know why’d you bring that up.

I’ll break this down as I see it. You’re saying there are exclusive Jewish names, mostly the ones that have Yiddish origin, which I agree is a swaying argument, seeing how Yiddish is an ethni-centric language.

I’m saying there are not exclusive Jewish names, because due to the facts that Jewish names don’t trace back to the origins of people, except in 3 cases, almost all modern names were mostly adopted adaptations of local surnames, or combinations of words pertaining to professions, or yet another origin we haven’t discussed. Which is the combination of female heads of households, combined with the word man, like Pearlman, literally meaning husband of Pearl. I would consider none of those origins good enough, really, to stamp any particular surname 100% Kosher Jewish, there’s too many coincidental Gentile counterparts. For ever Jewish Cohen there’s a Gaelic one, same thing with Levy.

“no one with that surname has ever lived in England” There’s absolutely no way you could know that, you simply don’t have the access to the records, even if you did plenty of people have been undocumented in the course of England’s history. I have the same access to the same internet as you, Elgort has been stated as having an English origin. Link me to Elgort’s origins, maybe it’ll change my mind.

I find this discussion tedious, just tell me in a simple definition, the exact criteria that a surname must have for you to consider a name to be Jewish, and then I think that’ll probably be enough to end the discussion. Really, who wants to argue with strangers on the internet this late at night anyway? Give me the definition and I’ll just drop the topic.

follers June 2, 2015 at 11:40 pm

Shouldn’t it be the burden of people who claim that “Elgort” is an English surname to find an example of at least one English person named “Elgort”? (who isn’t of Jewish immigrant ancestry).

passingtime85 June 3, 2015 at 12:04 am


Apparently for a fee they’ll give you a list of early notable Elgorts. Before you mention their contemporary notables, I’m aware they’re Jews and not English.

“Which other ethnic group’s last names do you go back 3,600 years for?” I assume you meant which do I “know” go back, none, but you yourself have pointed out the names of the rabbinical priesthood and Israel surname, are not exclusive names. So that’s moot isn’t it?

As for Jewish ancient history, it is indeed the most important part of the Jewish people’s attributes, it’s what binds them over a few thousand years and over thousands of miles across the globe. Their middle eastern origins are present in their DNA to this day, their modern history has actually been more of a detriment to them as whole more than any time in their history. The fall of Israel at the hands of the Assyrians, and the scattering of the 10 tribes, was a more bonding experience than that of the several centuries.

Anyway since you didn’t do what I asked, I’ll just assume you consider Yiddish surnames to be Jewish, as well as those that have Old Testament, and more specifically Hebrew origins, is that fair to say?

follers June 3, 2015 at 12:20 am

Yes. Also Sephardi surnames like “Baruchel”, Mizrahi surnames, and some others.

House of Names is full of errors. It also lists “Lerman” as an English and French surname (and nothing else), which is absurd. Everyone named “Lerman” who was born in England since at least 1850 was of immigrant Jewish background. And they clearly don’t have a list of early “Elgort” notables.

I’m glad they don’t have a page on “Efron”.

passingtime85 June 3, 2015 at 12:34 am

Your definition is fine, I don’t agree with it, but it’ll suffice for this website.

I still think there’s plenty of non-Jewish German Lerhmanns out there.

Anyway how is it clear they don’t have a list of notable Elgorts? Did you actually sign up for the service?

On a completely unrelated note, you wouldn’t by chance know how to change the user timezone on this site would you?

follers June 3, 2015 at 12:36 am

Just about everybody named “Lehrmann” isn’t Jewish. I never denied that. But they aren’t named “Lerman”, and the people named “Lerman” are not of English or French descent!

There’s no way they have a list. They’re full of it.

I don’t know much about the timeline. That may have to do with your personal wordpress account.

passingtime85 June 3, 2015 at 12:48 am

Right Lerman isn’t English or French, it’s clearly German, but I was just stating I believe there’s many German Lerman families that changed their name from Lerhmann, at least in the US. Especially if they immigrated after WWII.

Ya never know maybe the have a list, although I cannot find anything on the net linking the name Alker/Altekar to Elgort as they claim.

Nuts, supposedly in the dashboard there are settings I can change but I don’t see them at all.

follers June 3, 2015 at 12:56 am

It’s rare to find Americans named “Lerman” whose families used to be known as “Lehrmann”. Most “Lerman”s in the U.S. are of Jewish heritage.

Besides, name changes don’t count.

Maybe ethnic can help you with the time zone.

passingtime85 June 3, 2015 at 1:16 am

Name changes don’t count? That’s silly.

A sizable amount of families dropped their second ‘n’ in their “mann” portion of their names. Dropping the ‘h’ would make sense to me as well. But it doesn’t really matter. Name changes of that sort happen all the time, one of my family’s surnames was Muhlrad, and they changed it to Milrad to make it more American when they applied for citizenship. But I’m digressing.

I think the timezone was actually set to the administrator’s timezone, I don’t think individual users can affect it.

follers June 3, 2015 at 1:28 am

Why would a name change count? If a German changed their surname to “Smith” that doesn’t make “Smith” a German surname.

passingtime85 June 3, 2015 at 1:59 am

That depends, if they adopted because it was the just the most English/American name they could think of, then no of course not. But… if their name was actually Schmidt and they wanted to keep their name but make it an Anglicized version of it, then yes, I’d day it’s close enough to the source to consider the name German.

bearboy June 1, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Thank you follers

neiltennant June 1, 2015 at 2:23 am

i know for sure that her father arthur goulding is a jew

her mother Tracy is not a jew

when she had her breakthrough in 2010 in several interviews she spoke about her jewish heritage

follers June 1, 2015 at 11:51 am

Her father is not Jewish at all.

She’s never spoken of her Jewish “heritage”.

She once said she has a “Jewish nose” because she’s a racist, like you. Other than that, no.

bearboy June 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Hi follers Devon Werkheiser is of German descent right?

follers June 1, 2015 at 2:09 pm
bearboy June 1, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Don’t mean to sound silly but what was up with the twitter post, was he joking?

follers June 1, 2015 at 2:19 pm

He was talking about his role in the film Beneath the Darkness (2011), where his character was Jewish.

follers June 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm
neiltennant July 25, 2014 at 5:22 pm


you should be banned and removed from here

you are stupid and disgusting!

did you ever heard the word CLICHE or STEROTYPE???

”muslims hate Armenians”
”Christian is from Afghanistan”

how you can say that one who belongs to a group has similar feelings and features??

Christian is a white afghan of various other ethnic backgrounds, and he is not a muslim !!

Frankie muniz has puerto rican roots

Cameron diaz has puerto rican roots

Rashida Jones looks white and is the daughter of the black legend Quincy Jones, who has scottish roots !

do you see the unworthy cliches ??

WTF June 7, 2014 at 3:25 pm

she’s shaped like a man

nathtisdale June 6, 2014 at 10:34 am

her and ashley tisdale really are different versions of eachother

WTF June 7, 2014 at 3:26 pm

lmfao they do not look ANYTHING alike.

neiltennant January 17, 2014 at 1:27 pm

ok its not important if she is jewish or not, this religion thing is measured high nowadays.

And i love her music, i am fan since 2010.

follers January 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm
neiltennant January 17, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Goulding is not a british surname.

But the names GOULD, GOLD, GOULDEN, GOULDIR, GOULDIN, GOULDING are names, which a lot of jewish people from eastern european have/had

I was at a school with a lot of jewish children. It was a great school in germany and i met several people from the former soviet union

there were 2 children who had the name Jael Gouldin and Marek Gould similar to Goulding,

neiltennant January 17, 2014 at 1:19 pm

there are several celebrities who do not talk about their ancestry and their religion, whats the problem ? of course somebody who had a jewish grandfather is not automatically a jewish practicing human being.

follers January 17, 2014 at 1:21 pm

She isn’t Jewish. Very few people named “Goulding” are Jewish, and her “Goulding” line does not come from one of them.

Jmack January 10, 2014 at 12:24 pm

You cannot be jewish unless your birth mother was jewish. In the jewish religion you aren’t considered jewish unless your mother was.

nnnnn May 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm

I’m not for Follers, I’m not for neiltennant, I’m objective.

nnnnn May 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm

It’s canadian website. And I already told, I would be
pretty stupid, if I play at you field with european rules.

BTW, I don’t think, he’s Christian, he’s more offensive
Of cource, no one german man would mean, Kim’s body
is attractive, but Christian is from Afghanistan, so muslim,
and muslims hate armenians. I don’t know

nnnnn May 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I know, you have access to features on this site…
cuz I don’t believ at bitches. I thought, you are
ethnic, but after I discovered “cathegory NBA”,
I think he’s some unkel of you

nnnnn May 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I ment, basketball players are not your choose

andrew May 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm

first he escaped from Talibans, then from corrupted democracy brought by US. They still can found him throu’ his Internet IP address

nnnnn May 12, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Come, why should Taliban pursue the boy?
BTW, IP adresse, most of PCs have adresse of
student hostels.

nnnnn May 12, 2013 at 2:05 pm

“choise”, not “choose”

neiltennant July 25, 2014 at 5:22 pm

you should be banned and removed from here

you are stupid and disgusting!

did you ever heard the word CLICHE or STEROTYPE???

”muslims hate Armenians”
”Christian is from Afghanistan”

how you can say that one who belongs to a group has similar feelings and features??

Christian is a white afghan of various other ethnic backgrounds, and he is not a muslim !!

Frankie muniz has puerto rican roots

Cameron diaz has puerto rican roots

Rashida Jones looks white and is the daughter of the black legend Quincy Jones, who has scottish roots !

do you see the unworthy cliches ??

nobody looks like the other and because someone is of afghan descent, that does not make her and him a armenian hater

andrew July 26, 2014 at 10:19 am

diaz is half cuban and rashida doesnt look fully white, sorry

neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 11:46 am

she has also jewish-english roots

first i saw her on tv in 2010 there was said wrongly that she is of scottish descent but it was not right

i googled and did not found any jewish infos about her

but as i saw it was googled several times and many asked the question if she is jewish

she is jewish

her father was Arthur Goulding ( the surname was changed from Golding or Gold or maybe Goldstein )

she is 1/2 jewish.. her eyes are hazel+ she has brown hair

reminds me of a schoolfriend named Naomi Nauss

neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I’m sure she is jewish

she doesn’t talk about her heritage but I’m sure she is jewish

years ago there had been a report in a jewish newspaper which called her jewish

neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 1:43 pm

no she is Jewish, without any question

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