Gal Gadot

by follers on December 4, 2013


Place of Birth: Rosh Ha’ayin, Israel

Date of Birth: April 30, 1985

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress and model. She was Miss Israel 2004. Gal is known for co-starring in the Fast and Furious films, and playing Wonder Woman in the DC Cinematic Universe, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).

Gal was born to a Jewish family in Israel. Her family were Jewish immigrants from Belarus, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Germany. Gal is married to Israeli businessperson Yaron Varsano (Yaron has Turkish Jewish ancestry).

In Hebrew, “Gal” means “wave” and “Gadot” means “riverbank” or “shore”. Her family’s surname used to be “Greenstein”.

Gal’s paternal grandfather was Arye Zeev Greenstein (the son of Michael Greenstein and Shulamit Notkin). Gal’s great-grandfather Michael was born in Petah Tikva, Israel, the son of Wolf Leib Grinstein, who was born in Russia, and of Sara Goldberg. Gal’s great-grandmother Shulamit was born in Jerusalem, Israel, where many generations of her family had been born, and was the daughter of Natan Neta Natkin and Hana Lea/Leah Michlin. Gal’s great-great-grandfather Natan, whose family was from Jerusalem, had ancestors from Belarus and Lithuania, including evident descent from Talmudist Yisroel ben Shmuel of Shklov (1770-1839), who was born in Shklov, Lithuania. Gal’s great-great-grandmother Hana was born in Jerusalem, to a father from Khislavichi, Russia, and a mother who was born in Jerusalem, to a father from Yassvein, Lithuania, and a mother from Jerusalem, who had ancestors in Lithuania and Belarus.

Gal’s paternal grandmother is Miriam Glicksman (the daughter of Samuel Glicksman).

Gal’s maternal grandfather, Abraham Weiss, survived the Auschwitz concentration camp, and lost his family in the Holocaust. Gal discusses her grandfather, along with a picture, in this link. Gal’s grandmother is said to live in Warsaw, Poland.

Sources: Article where Gal mentions where her family immigrated from –

Genealogy of Gal Gadot –

Gal Gadot

Photos by DFree/

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

sahlav dino December 25, 2016 at 1:51 pm

She said she is german, austrian, czech and polish. when these websites say “Ashkenazi”(german-jewish) they leave out the rest of her ethnic background.

follers December 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm

German Jews, Austrian Jews, Czech Jews, and Polish Jews are all Ashkenazi.

lelo4 December 25, 2016 at 9:42 pm

You must be another American who thinks Ashkenazi Jews are European converts. Ashkenazi Jews do have some European influence, but it’s mainly Italian/Greek and it dates back to the Roman Empire.

lelo4 October 25, 2016 at 1:40 pm

I think it’s pretty impressive how some Ashkenazis resemble Turkic people so much. This woman looks typical Turkish/Azeri.

bablah October 26, 2016 at 6:46 am

Turkish people and Azeris are the outliers of the general phenotype of Turkic peoples. In reality they’re just Turkified Middle Easterners (guess who’s Middle Eastern too) which accounts for how they look like.

alexgxo October 12, 2016 at 5:07 pm

Looks “exotic” white. I can see why people think she has an ambiguous appearance.. But still white none the less.

She has no screen presence and sometimes comes off as dry on everything I’ve seen her in. I’m still not sold on her as Diana especially after her more controversial comments about the Israeli army..

Alyx June 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm

She looks like Natalie Portman.

andrew April 23, 2016 at 5:17 pm

I watched her acting in “Criminal”, very talented actress. She reminds me of those Modigliani paintings.

madman March 30, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Gal’s paternal grandparents were Arye Zeev Greenstein (the son of Michael Greenstein and Shulamit Notkin) and Miriam Glicksman.

Gal’s paternal grandfather was of partly Russian Jewish, Belarusian Jewish, Lithuanian Jewish, and Argentinian Jewish extraction, but many of his ancestors had lived in Palestine for generations before the 1900’s.

follers March 30, 2016 at 4:07 pm

This ancestor’s birth in Argentina seems a bit suspect, considering her son was born in Lithuania.

passingtime85 March 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm


Gal just mentioned on Jimmy Kimmel Live that her original family surname was Greenstein.

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