Birth Name: Margalit Ruth Gyllenhaal
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: November 16, 1977
*Swedish, English, Swiss-German, German, distant Welsh and French (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
Maggie’s father is of one quarter Swedish ancestry, with Maggie’s father’s other roots being English, Swiss-German, German, and distant Welsh and French. The surname “Gyllenhaal” originates from Sweden.
Maggie’s mother is Jewish (of Polish Jewish and Latvian Jewish descent). Maggie has said that she was raised “mostly Jewish”.
Maggie’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to Gunne Olofsson Haal, who was born, c. 1634, in Harene, Sweden.
Maggie’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.
Maggie’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 Maggie’s father’s ancestry is English, with distant French.
Maggie’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.
Maggie’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 Maggie is related to actor Logan Lerman through Maggie’s “Silbowitz” line, which may lead to common ancestors with Logan’s “Zelbovitz” line.
Maggie’s paternal grandmother, Virginia Lowry Childs, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Maggie’s paternal great-grandmother, Olivia Waelchi, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org