Isabelle Fuhrman

by Lil Vacha on April 11, 2010

Isabelle Fuhrman

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: February 25, 1997

Ethnicity: Russian Jewish

Isabelle Fuhrman is an American actress. Her father, Nick Fuhrman, is a former political candidate; he is American-born, of Russian Jewish descent. Her mother, Elina Fuhrman (née Kozmits), is a journalist and author; she is a Soviet-born immigrant, of Russian Jewish background.

Isabelle’s paternal grandfather was Charles Andrew “Bud” Fuhrman (the son of Harry H. Fuhrman and Gertrude G. Wynn). Charles was born in Wisconsin. Harry was born in Wisconsin, to Russian Jewish emigrant parents, Avraham/Andrew Fuhrman, with roots in Odessa, and Pearl Goldenberg. Gertrude was born in either Wisconsin or Illinois, also to Russian Jewish immigrant parents.

Isabelle’s paternal grandmother was Rosann Lois Aronoff (the daughter of Joseph Aronoff and Lillian Golden). Rosann was born in Ohio. Joseph was born in Poltava, Russia, to a Jewish family, and was the son of Aaron Aronoff/Aronov and Rose Galinko/Golinko. Lillian was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

Isabelle’s maternal grandmother is Rita Lerner (the daughter Frieda/Freida). Rita is Jewish. The name of Isabelle’s maternal grandfather is not mentioned in online sources, but he was likely Jewish as well.

Sources: Wedding announcement of Isabelle’s paternal grandparents, Charles Andrew Fuhrman and Rosann Lois Aronoff –

Isabelle’s paternal great-grandparents, Harry H. Fuhrman and Gertrude G. Wynn, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Isabelle’s paternal grandmother, Rosann Lois Aronoff (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Information on Isabelle’s maternal grandmother –

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

sarahle August 24, 2014 at 12:17 pm

I think she has German Jewish background, because the surname fuhrman s German and her grandmas name gertrude is a typical German name.

follers August 24, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Both Harry and Gertrude were the children of Russian Jews, not German Jews.

German (or even German Jewish) last names don’t end in “man” unless they’ve been shortened from “mann”. And there’s a decent amount of Eastern European Jews with the surname “Fuhrman”.

aaa January 5, 2014 at 7:36 pm
aaa December 29, 2013 at 10:54 am

She looks Ashkenazi Jewish.

gottlob February 19, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Published in 2010 but front and center of the site? Poor girl….

Richard Fiorello June 2, 2011 at 11:37 pm

You’re right also.. She is Russian.

lelo4 August 1, 2016 at 2:06 pm

No, she’s Jewish and can’t pass as ethnic Russian.

Christie August 7, 2010 at 7:16 am

Her last name is German.

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