John Mayer

by ethnic on February 11, 2010

Birth Name: John Clayton Mayer

Place of Birth: Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 16, 1977

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, as well as German, Luxembourgian, and Swedish (mother)

John Mayer is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer. His father is Jewish. His maternal grandfather was of German, Luxembourgian, and Swedish descent, and his maternal grandmother was of English descent.

John has said, “I’m half Jewish… I find myself relating to Judaism.”

John’s paternal grandfather was Carl Mayer. Carl was a German Jewish immigrant, born in Trier.

John’s paternal grandmother was Helen Sackett (the daughter of Samuel Abraham Sacofsky/Sackett and Reve Rebecca Lipscher). Helen was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Samuel was the son of Louis Zachevsky/Sacofsky/Sackett and Rose. Reve was the daughter of Abraham Lifschitz/Lipscher and Malka Chai Postol.

John’s maternal grandfather was Henry Clayton Hoffman (the son of Henry Charles Hoffman and Bertha Anderson). John’s grandfather Henry was born in Connecticut. John’s great-grandfather Henry was the son of Henri Hoffman, who was born in Nassau, Germany, and of Agnes Fabricius, who was born in Luxembourg. Bertha was the daughter of August Anderson and Sara Carlton, who were Swedish.

John’s maternal grandmother was Annie J. Jackson (the daughter of John Thomas Jackson and Margaret Ann Edwards). Annie was English, and was born in Lancashire.

Sources: Genealogy of John Mayer –

John’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of John’s paternal grandfather, Carl Mayer –

John’s paternal grandmother, Helen Sackett, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of John’s mother –

John’s maternal grandfather, Henry Clayton Hoffman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

John’s maternal great-grandparents, Henry Charles Hoffman and Bertha Anderson, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-grandfather, Henry Charles Hoffman –

Obituary of John’s maternal grandmother, Annie J. (Jackson) Hoffman –

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Kimmel January 1, 2017 at 12:38 pm

He looks an old Rabi in the above picture. I no longer have doubts about how much of Jew he is.

tUMAGA July 27, 2018 at 2:51 pm
neiltennant June 25, 2016 at 3:49 pm

im glad that LEA MICHELE did not give him a chance

nokto November 24, 2015 at 11:50 am

Kinda looks like Johnny Depp lol.

neiltennant October 12, 2015 at 10:29 am

his body and especially his face is not a wonderland

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 10:01 pm

He looks high in the picture. He’s kind of attractive, but he’s a man-whore.

neiltennant July 16, 2015 at 2:37 pm

actually he is not handsome i will never understand why all celeb girls like him

athelya November 24, 2015 at 3:08 pm

something called personality?

Uniscorn August 9, 2014 at 4:30 am

Everything is about countries.

andrew December 21, 2013 at 7:58 pm

he has just did a duet with Katy Perry. He deserves mainstream visibility, such a good artist

David December 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Jewish is a religion and an ethnicity.

follers September 17, 2013 at 3:33 am

He has an interesting mix on his mother’s side.

kAyla March 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm

i could not even recognize him in the picture,he look so strung out,why have such a bad picture,

I love you, Roger Scientist March 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

He said some awful things about black women.

Ashley January 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I have a question and I wish an Israeli person like Natalie Portman was on here to answer it.

ozz_ariel January 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I am an ISRAELI that lives in ISRAEL and its pretty simple.

Dave December 2, 2010 at 6:50 pm

His father is Jewish

PLAYBOY: Is your heritage Jewish?

MAYER: I’m half Jewish. People say, “Well, which side of your family is Jewish?” I say, “My dad’s.” And they always say it doesn’t count. But I will say I keep my pool at 92 degrees, so you do the math. I find myself relating to Judaism. One of my best friends is Jewish beyond all Jews—I went to my first Passover seder at his house—and I train in Krav Maga with a lot of Israelis.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 20, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Uh, Ethnic, his father is Russian Jewish.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 20, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Thanks for the quote. It’s nice to know he is Russian Jewish.

He’s still an idiot, though.

levangelista36 August 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm

John is dating Katy Perry now. :]

Cheonii December 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm

woaah!…okay im african american…….i also am Caucasian….pretty grey green eyes…and tan skin……….black people hate me.,…..why i really dont know……..but they exclude me because i look different……dont feel bad your not the only one…..and i like john mayer for his music not of his personality does it really matter

Rosario December 2, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Was it really necessary to say that black people hate you? Do all black people hate you? You could be lying, but who cares.

Black wallstreet aka fuzzybear December 2, 2010 at 9:15 pm

You say black people hate,I think you mean maybe the one you have run into dislike you

Ashley January 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Cheoni honey….dear ‘o dear smh *kicks rocks*….John Mayer is the one who hates you. He publicly stated he hate “blacks” not to mention women of African descent. Yes, that includes YOU too honey haha. And before you even go there, I am multiracial, however…I do not have to boast about my physical features and attributes about my European side or my African side just to try making myself look like someone important. From one so call “mulatto” to the next, get over yourself you dumb twit. “Blacks” don’t hate you because of your green eyes, they probably hate you because you make yourself look like a donkey. I’m sure those same “blacks” hate “whites” who make themselves look like donkies too. It’s bi/multiracial people like yourself who give the rest of us a horrifying name. You’re an embarassment to people of ANY ethnicity.

Anonymous August 6, 2010 at 11:27 pm

This world is fuck up!!!!look at what you guys talk about when people are fighting for food god bless all!!

drexxx March 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm

To Lauren
I understand what you say about black girlz, that you don’t want to stay around them because they’re always excluded you etc … but trust me you talking about the dumb ones, or you met only stupid black girls in your life !!!!! Black girls are not the same !!!
Personally, i had some issues with black girls too, they also excluded me because i don’t act like them, they told me that i act like a white girl, etc etc … but they were just jealous of me because of my appearance, my fashion and my education … And just like you i spend a few time hating black girls because these black girls hated me … But it’s uselessand as stupid as these black chicks: my mother, my sisters, are black, and i’m black myself, it’s ridiculous !!! And then i met some amazin’ black girls just like me : smart and educated; and i realize that the black girls who insulted me are just stupid, ignorant and uneducated !!! i couldn’t help it.
Anyway John mayer is ugly, and if he don’t want to date black women , it’s his choice and personally i don’t even care!! I don’t know even one black girl who want to date this john mayer dude!!! if he don’t want to open his mind, too bad for him loool !!!

verizoncenterbound February 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm

To Lauren,

Your really sad, africans have more respect than african americans? you sound like a damn fool. John Mayer isnt racist but you are and if you dont like being around blacks then you should go to the f- ing moon. And News Flash= You Hate your self!

Any ways…..Im going to see John this saturday at the verizon center in the front!

ChOsEn1 February 18, 2010 at 10:58 am

Why do people make Judaism out to be a nationality ? To my knowledge isn’t it a religion? I don’t really know much about john mayer besides that racist comment he was heard saying. Although it was unnecessary we all need to remember he is still a human. Hopefully He learns from his mistakes. I do like his song gravity, I was shocked to know that the person who sings that wonderful song was him.

Fuzzybear February 16, 2010 at 12:52 pm

To Lauren ,

Your (Coloured) family is in Africa,that’s funny I never heard it phrases that way before.

But also what can you expect ,when kids are raising kids.I know girls that sit around,teaching their daughters to use profanity;and they think it’s cute.But here’s the thing,it’s not only black kids.I was sitting outside the other day,and I heard words I didn’t know.What came from behind the wall was 3 little mexican kids 4-6

Roy Ewart February 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm

How is one half Jewish and what is the other half Christian, Muslim, Buddist?

Lauren February 15, 2010 at 2:08 am

All my coloured family is in Africa. I do not know them. By the wat African born blacks have a lot more manners and respects than blacks in America.

ilovemyethan February 14, 2010 at 7:29 pm

hahahaha yo dick’s a white supremacist oh hoho he dont date black people im black, and that hurts, just cuz its you a celebrity saying that really hurts. o and i thoght u were cool mr. john mayer. u not people who are racist just really piss me off, and im still young. at least i want to do somthin bout it if i could…

ethnic February 13, 2010 at 9:05 pm

let the haters hate. If people hate for know justifiable reason, they are the ones with a problem.


Fuzzybear February 13, 2010 at 8:03 pm

This is to Lauren,

I been hearing this a lot lately,lighter girls saying the darker ones hate them.I don’t get it,now my sister is a highly light skin girl,and she does get into a lot of altercations,and yes the girls are usually darker.However it’s usually my sister doing,she talks alot of mess.Yet she has friends of all ranges of color.Maybe you just ran into the wrong black girl,trust there not going to all do that.What about your cousins on your father side,you get alone with them?

Lauren February 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I’m good :-) some bitches just haterz lol

ethnic February 13, 2010 at 9:47 am

Lauren thats sad to hear.

Lauren February 13, 2010 at 3:02 am

Yes. my mom is German. And my Dad is Nigerian, Esgyptian, Asia.
However I didnt get my views on black women from either parent.
All my life black women have been so rude and exclududed me and I know it is becuase I look different and talk different.

So know I dnt like being around black women

Fuzzybear February 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm

This is to Lauren ,

I going by the comment you stated,when you said you were mixed,and it seems you don’t like black women.Would I be correct in saying your mother was the white parent?

Angie February 12, 2010 at 3:35 pm

He’s a public figure–he needs to watch what he says or keep his stupidity/arrogance to himself. No need to make a fool of yourself in front on millions if you don’t have to.

Lauren February 12, 2010 at 1:56 pm

And he has been using the N word publicly

Lauren February 12, 2010 at 1:56 pm

No he said he dick is a White Supremcacist.

It’s ok not to want to date black women, If I was a man I wouldn’t date them either. There is a difference between racism and preferance.

John Mayer stated his preference in a very very racist way

ethnic February 12, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Something along the lines of “im not open to dating black women” or something like that. But I think black women wouldnt want to date him either.

Anonymous February 12, 2010 at 1:18 pm

What did he say?

Lauren February 12, 2010 at 1:08 pm

He is mean did you hear his racist rant

Anonymous February 12, 2010 at 6:41 am

I don’t think he’s ugly. :)
He’s good looking to me.

Lauren February 12, 2010 at 6:19 am

He is ugly & cocky

Anonymous February 12, 2010 at 12:31 am

Wow :)
I’ve always known he was russian jew.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 20, 2012 at 11:23 pm

He looks Jewish.

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