Lake Bell

by ethnic on August 7, 2010

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

Date of Birth: March 24, 1979

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Lake Bell is an American actress, writer, and director.

Lake is the daughter of Robin Bell and Harvey Siegel. Lake has said that her father is Jewish and her mother is Protestant by religion. However, Lake’s mother was also born to Jewish parents.

Lake’s paternal grandparents were Sol/Sal Siegel and Molly.

Lake’s maternal grandfather was Calvin Eric Bell, Jr. (born Calvin Belchikoff, the son of Max Belchikoff and Carrie Rosenzweig). Max was a Russian Jewish immigrant, born in Vitebsk, Belarus, to Abraham Belchikoff and Anna Leah Ponson. Carrie was the daughter of Romanian Jewish parents, Morris Rosenzweig and Lillian.

Lake’s maternal grandmother is Ina Carol Parker (the daughter of Louis I. Pokrass and Lillian Kozlow). Louis and Lillian were both Russian Jewish immigrants. Louis was born in Korsun. Lillian was the daughter of Nathan Kozlow and Rachel.

Sources: Lake’s maternal grandfather, Calvin Eric Bell, Jr. (then Calvin Belchikoff), on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Lake’s maternal grandfather, Calvin Eric Bell, Jr. – https://paw.princeton.edu

Lake’s maternal great-grandfather, Max Belchikoff, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Lake’s maternal great-grandmother, Carrie Rosenzweig, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Lake’s maternal grandmother, Ina Carol Pokrass, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Lake’s great-uncle, Harvey L. Parker (the brother of Lake’s maternal grandmother, Ina Carol Pokrass) – http://www.nytimes.com

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bearboy April 23, 2017 at 10:32 am

I know she is 100% Ashkenazi Jewish but does she identify as Jewish?

bablah February 22, 2017 at 11:39 am

Vitebsk is in Belarus.

bearboy June 25, 2016 at 9:34 am

okay btw please add Ann Kirkpatrick (John McCain’s opponent for the senate) to ethnic celebs. I am guessing she is Irish but I don’t know much else about her ethnicity.

follers June 25, 2016 at 9:37 am

I’m not being humorous. It would be a weird joke of questionable humor value.

As for Ann Kirkpatrick, you can always submit her yourself.

bearboy June 25, 2016 at 9:40 am

Okay I will add her but I’ll I would write is, “Kirkpatrick is an Irish surname.” Also I am confused humorous about what?

follers June 25, 2016 at 9:43 am

About Lake Bell’s ancestry.

bearboy June 25, 2016 at 9:51 am

Ah okay. I added Ann Kirkpatrick and I guess I was wrong the surname is more often Scottish than Irish. Although “McCain” is more often Irish even though John McCain’s paternal lineage is Scottish.

bearboy June 24, 2016 at 8:35 pm

If it helps at all she says her mother’s a WASP more specifically. “My dad’s a Jew and my mom’s a WASP, so that should pretty much say it all.” http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1128572/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

bablah June 25, 2016 at 2:50 am

doesn’t WASP just mean English? who else is Anglo-Saxon besides the English?

follers June 25, 2016 at 3:03 am

Lake’s mother may or may not be Protestant, but she has no English ancestry.

bablah June 25, 2016 at 7:32 am

so she’s not WASP, but WP?

follers June 25, 2016 at 7:49 am

Her mother is Jewish.

bearboy June 25, 2016 at 8:49 am

Is there a family tree of her mother’s side of the family? “Bell” could easily be a surname of English origin.

follers June 25, 2016 at 9:10 am

The surname “Bell” is usually English, but Lake’s mother is Jewish.

follers June 26, 2016 at 5:03 am

There we go.

scallyswag July 21, 2012 at 8:53 pm

always thought she had some arabic or turkish roots

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