Birth Name: Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: December 19, 1980
*Swedish, English, Swiss-German, German, distant Welsh and French (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
Jake Gyllenhaal is an American actor. His sister is actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Jake’s father is of one quarter Swedish ancestry, with Jake’s father’s other roots being English, Swiss-German, German, and distant Welsh and French. The surname “Gyllenhaal” originates from Sweden.
Jake’s mother is Jewish (of Polish Jewish and Latvian Jewish descent). Jake was raised mostly in the Jewish religion. He has stated that he considers himself Jewish.
Jake’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to Gunne Olofsson Haal, who was born, c. 1634, in Harene, Sweden.
Jake’s paternal grandfather was Hugh Anders Gyllenhaal (the son of Leonard Efriam/Efraim Gyllenhaal and Virginia Philola/Philo Pendleton). Leonard was the son of Anders Leonard Gyllenhaal and Selina/Selma Amanda Nelson, who both had Swedish ancestry, although one of Leonard’s five times great-grandfathers, George Fleetwood, was English. Virginia was the daughter of Charles Rittenhouse Pendleton and Sarah/Sara “Sallie” Patterson Peeples/Peoples.
Jake’s paternal grandmother was Virginia Lowry/Lowrie Childs (the daughter of Geoffery Stafford Childs and Olivia Hughes Waelchi). Geoffrey was the son of Walter Cameron Childs and Edith Worcester Smith. Olivia was born in Canada. Olivia’s father, Frederick Edwin Waelchi, was the son of Swiss parents, of Swiss-German descent. Olivia’s mother, Elizabeth Alivia/Elwina/Alena Hawke/Hughes, was from Ontario, Canada, and had English, German, and distant Welsh, ancestry. Most of the rest of Jake’s father’s ancestry is English, with distant French.
Jake’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Achs (the son of Morris L. Achs and Etty/Ety/Etta Schneir). Samuel was born in New York, to Polish Jewish parents.
Jake’s maternal grandmother was Ruth Silbowitz (the daughter of Schmuel Benjamin Silbowitz and Yetta Schklar/Sklar). Ruth was born in New York, to Latvian Jewish parents. Benjamin was the son of Chaim Nosson/Nathan Zelbowitz and Fruma Gore. Yetta was the daughter of Jackob Schklar and Seroh Domge. It is possible that Jake is related to actor Logan Lerman through Jake’s “Silbowitz” line, which may lead to common ancestors with Logan’s “Zelbovitz” line.
Jake’s paternal grandmother, Virginia Lowry Childs, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Jake’s paternal great-grandmother, Olivia Waelchi, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
JWeekly column mentioning Jake’s Jewish heritage – http://www.jweekly.com
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