James Maslow

by ethnic on April 20, 2010

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Birth Name: James David Maslow

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 16, 1990

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Irish, German, Swiss-German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, English (mother)

James Maslow is an American singer and actor. He is a member of the band Big Time Rush, and starred in the television series of the same name. The other members of the band are Logan Henderson, Carlos PenaVega, and Kendall Schmidt.

His father is Ashkenazi Jewish. His mother, who is Catholic, has Irish, German, Swiss-German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and English ancestry.

James was raised in his father’s Jewish religion. He went to Hebrew School and was Bar Mitzvah. He has described himself as a “religious and spiritual person.”

James’s paternal grandfather was Robert Maslow (the son of Charles Weslow and Fanny/Fannie Shapiro). Robert was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents.

James’s maternal grandfather was James Lynn “Jimmy” Burge (the son of Omar/Omer Archibald Burge and Ann Elma McLaughlin). James’s grandfather James Burge was born in Florida. Omar was the son of Silas Marion Burge and Rose/Rosa Caroline Pitts. Ann was the daughter of Joseph Knox McLaughlin, whose parents were from Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, and of Tirzah Elvira Morton, who had Scots-Irish ancestry.

James’s maternal grandmother is Mary Therese Huff (the daughter of Aloys Hicks Huff and Helen Marie Bowlds). Mary was born in Illinois. Aloys was the son of Seymour A. Huff and Elizabeth Guth, who was of Swiss-German and German descent. Helen was the daughter of John Michael Bowlds and Julia Arthelia/Ann McDonald/McDonnell.

Sources: James discusses his Jewish religion – http://smashinginterviews.com

Genealogy of James Maslow (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of James’s maternal grandfather, James Lynn “Jimmy” Burge – http://www.findagrave.com

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madman June 3, 2018 at 5:31 am

Joseph Knox McLaughlin’s parents were from Ballymoney, Northern Ireland. Their surnames are more Irish than Scottish, but the area they’re from is mostly Protestant. The findagrave page for his father mentions them being Scots-Irish.

Tirzah Elvira Morton was of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish descent.

Elizabeth Guth was of Swiss-German and German descent.

WTF January 29, 2015 at 5:05 am

He looks feminine.

musicfangirl July 25, 2015 at 10:17 pm

looks like a boy a use to know but he didn’t look feminine like James does

LolaLolita January 25, 2016 at 2:21 pm

It’s because of his eye lashes.

kara April 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Way Cool My Dad Is Part Jewush To James You Rock I Have A Big Time Crush On U Love U

Amanda March 24, 2012 at 11:25 am

James is amazing and I’m going to see him in concert with Brianne james call us out brianne and amanda two cousins to go on stage in August 22 :)

Amanda March 24, 2012 at 11:21 am

I <3 James he is smexy

Brianne March 24, 2012 at 11:20 am

James is awesome im going to see him in concert

Kaylee August 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I think it’s cool that he’s Jewish. (: I am too.

dee August 7, 2011 at 3:21 am
Lil Vacha August 7, 2011 at 9:06 am

Hey ethnic, I think James Maslow is Jewish, Irish, English, and Scots-Irish. I saw the stuff on his genealogy page that “Dee” has. Can you correct that? Thanks! :)

dee August 7, 2011 at 3:13 am

Ethnicity: Russian Jewish, English

His father is Jewish. Most of the names on his mother’s family tree are English.

James Maslow went to Hebrew school and had a Bar Mitzvah, according to his twitter account, so maybe his mother converted to Judaism.

Mother’s tree


ZahraBigTimeRush May 12, 2011 at 10:59 am

Okay!! Woah! So What if he’s Jewish?? He’s an amazing guy and that’s all that matters, its his choice on what religion he wants to be..! loads of people are jewish for exampe.. Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Zac Efron, Ashley Tisdale…etc xx it really doesnt matter x james is amazing and thats all that matters, he has the ability to make people laugh, smile and fall in love with hiom….i’d say he’s perfect!! if you agree then follow me on twitter >>> @ZahraTheWannted or friend me on youtube >>> ZahraTWBTR :) xx #Maslover #Rusher #BTRfamily :D xx

Lil Vacha May 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Dylan and Cole Sprouse are not Jewish.

Amara May 15, 2011 at 9:37 am

Lol I think i saw you on Twitter. Follow me @uk_bigtimerush

UK btr March 4, 2011 at 1:35 pm

People you shouldnt judge all these facts about James. Why was it that you suddenly saw that he was A jew and commented on it? Why was that the difference of James that you picked out? Hes a normal person guys , comment on how Great he is!

Me! November 11, 2010 at 1:37 pm

you can have White skin, Black skin, Yellow skin and still be Jewish!

Alec October 3, 2010 at 7:07 pm

His surname is Russian. He is definitely of Russian Jewish descent.

Barry October 7, 2010 at 1:15 am

His surname is Jewish. Specifically, POLISH-JEW.

Alec October 7, 2010 at 8:27 am

Hey, hey relax there.. I dont wish to rattle anyones cages and i’m not trying to cause troubles. Stop insulting but instead prove your hypothesis about Maslow. This surname is specifically russian/belorussian/czech/bulgarian.

Dave October 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm

In the States, it’s mostly a Jewish surname.

avital August 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I’m Russian-Jewish.

avital August 15, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Maslow is Russian, it comes from the word maslo(masla)-it’s Russian for butter…. it’s can be a Polish but if it’s Polish then it’s a sort for Maslowski.
I know it because I am Russian Jewish, and my family and a big part of my friends are Russian Jewish too.

Roger Is My Lover March 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm

There are many Russian Jews. What’s your problem?

myspace celebrity September 18, 2010 at 10:28 am

Big Time Rush is an extremely guilty pleasure of mine.

Barry October 7, 2010 at 1:17 am

To read all the sheer ignorance on this page is maddening…

myspace celebrity October 15, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Was that really needed right there? I don’t think so.

Anna May 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Besides, why do YOU think he’s/she’s ignorant?

Anna May 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Sorry I click the wrong thing. My bad. Nevermind…. lol

megha July 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm

me too.

Sarah! July 8, 2010 at 5:56 am

James your the kind of guy I dream marrying!

kayla June 23, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I love him.

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