Maggie Gyllenhaal

by ethnic on December 9, 2008

Birth Name: Margalit Ruth Gyllenhaal

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

Date of Birth: November 16, 1977

*father – Swedish, English, Swiss-German, German, distant Welsh and French
*mother – Ashkenazi Jewish

Maggie Gyllenhaal is an American actress. She received her first break with the film Donnie Darko.

She is the daughter of Stephen Gyllenhaal, a director and poet, and Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, a screenwriter and director. Her brother is actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Maggie is married to actor Peter Sargsaard, with whom she has two children.

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 Härene, Sweden.

Maggie’s paternal grandfather was Hugh Anders Gyllenhaal (the son of Leonard Efriam/Efraim Gyllenhaal and Virginia Philola/Philo Pendleton). Hugh was born in Pennsylvania. 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). Virginia was born in New York. Geoffrey was the son of Walter Cameron Childs and Edith Worcester Smith. Olivia was born in Canada. Olivia’s father, The Rev. Frederick Edwin “Fred” 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 born in Dvinsk, 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.

Sources: Genealogies of Maggie Gyllenhaal –

Genealogies of Maggie Gyllenhaal (focusing on her father’s side) –

Marriage record of Maggie’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Anders Leonard Gyllenhaal and Selina/Selma Amanda Nelson –

Death records of Maggie’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Anders Leonard Gyllenhaal and Selina/Selma Amanda Nelson –

Maggie’s paternal grandmother, Virginia Lowry/Lowrie Childs, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Maggie’s paternal great-grandmother, Olivia Hughes Waelchi, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Maggie’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Alivia/Elwina/Alena (Hawke/Hughes) Waelchi –

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andrew August 28, 2017 at 6:24 am
follers August 28, 2017 at 8:18 am

The Danish-born ancestor, Charles Carl Heinrich Ahrens, was the son of German parents, Carl Christopher Conrad Ahrens and Anna Catharina Hinrichsen.

andrew August 28, 2017 at 9:57 am

“son of a Danish nobleman from Schleswig-Holstein”

follers August 28, 2017 at 10:56 am

Ahrens is a German surname, and Schleswig-Holstein is in Germany.

andrew August 28, 2017 at 12:11 pm

I actually agree with you, it sounds German

andrew August 27, 2017 at 5:49 pm
Gurrl September 5, 2015 at 4:21 pm

that dress exposes a lot of chest and looks like its about to fall off

M July 23, 2015 at 9:08 pm

She’s ugly as hell, her brother is decent though.

hesh123 August 4, 2015 at 3:46 pm

That’s what I came here to say lol

neiltennant August 4, 2015 at 6:25 pm


be careful @M is offensive and makes offensive and racist remarks about whites and mixed people

and claims that some celebrities hide their ethnicity etc.

by calling maggie ugly shows us how infantile she is

ashash November 11, 2015 at 7:04 pm

Unnecessarily cruel. I think she’s talented and seems to be a sweet person.

Tribe7 March 19, 2013 at 1:19 pm
andrew March 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm
Tribe7 March 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm

No? – Mongolizing of some Finnic Tribes

Dear cousin Andrew,

We are all much related than you think

see you at the next family reunion

With Love
Tribe7 xxx

ONLY ANGLO-SAXONS ARE WHITE March 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

She is not white. Swedish & Jewish is not Anglo. Not white!

COOLGUY2012 September 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm


nnnnn March 20, 2013 at 12:34 am

She should be some Zebra

Tribe7 March 19, 2013 at 1:17 pm

he kind of has an argument there, Finns and Swedes have got distant Mongolian ancestry

nnnnn March 20, 2013 at 1:24 am

She’s born 1977? As a young kinderless woman, she has a very strange breast form

nnnnn March 20, 2013 at 2:25 am

Sorry, I ment “childless woman”

nnnnn March 20, 2013 at 2:39 am
Oliver Hill June 17, 2014 at 9:18 am

Can’t tell if stupid, retarded or trolling…

Q. February 28, 2012 at 10:50 am

She looks have black in her,she totally looks like Rashida Jones

Roger Is My Lover March 25, 2012 at 2:27 am

That is an insult to Rashida.

Maggie is not cute at all!

nnnnn May 12, 2012 at 2:48 am

It’s indifferent, which heritage is this creature. She’s the most
embarrassing and always playes in movies about sexuel devi-

California July 24, 2015 at 8:58 pm

I doubt she’s part Black. Do you think her brother looks part Black too? They have the same mother and father.

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