Matt Lauer

by ethnic on September 1, 2010

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Birth Name: Matthew Todd Lauer

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

Date of Birth: December 30, 1957

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

Matt Lauer is an American television personality and journalist. He was the co-host of The Today Show from 1997 to 2017.

His father was Jewish (from a family that emigrated from Romania and Poland). His mother was of English, as well as Scottish, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), German, and Dutch ancestry.

Matt is married to model Annette Roque, with whom he has three children.

Matt’s paternal grandfather was Max/Emanuel/Matthew Jonas Lauer (the son of Israel Laurer and Sophia/Sallie Herțanu). Matthew was a Jewish emigrant, from Dorohoi, Dorohoi, Botoșani County, Romania. Israel was the son of Joseph Lauer and Sima Gropper. Sophia was the daughter of Șloim/Slomo Herțanu/Hartanu and Miriam Perla Vitner.

Matt’s paternal grandmother was Rebecca/Betty Sargoy (the daughter of Michael Sargoy and Ida Herman). Rebecca was born in New York, to Polish Jewish parents. Michael was the son of Morris Sargoy and Gittel Wolfson. Ida was the daughter of Israel Herman and Jennie Oginz.

Matt’s maternal grandfather was Arthur Gentry (the son of Artie Earl Gentry and Rowena E. Parker). Matt’s grandfather Arthur was born in Missouri. Matt’s great-grandfather Artie was the son of James T. Gentry and Mary Comer. Rowena was the daughter of James Parker and Malissa Phelps.

Matt’s maternal grandmother was Marion Tompkins/Topkins (the daughter of Andrew White Tompkins/Topkins and Nellie E. Hall). Marion was born in New Jersey. Andrew was the son of Andrew Tompkins and Grace Smick. Nellie was the daughter of Harry Hall and Elizabeth Ellis.

Sources: Genealogy of Matt Lauer –

Genealogy of Matt Lauer (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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phaedra April 28, 2016 at 6:57 pm

Thought he was a full blown Italian American.

Hill May 2, 2017 at 11:56 am

I can finally agree with this troll on something.

Ludwika February 18, 2014 at 1:41 pm

his phenotype doesn`t show african at all! why ppl what to see black everywhere?

andrew February 19, 2014 at 5:35 am

he’s white

randy albin October 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm

in general, people are people. maybe the internet has succeeded in shrinking the world just a little bit?

Anonymous September 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm

If he has black ancestry maybe it is from his mother’s side

Anonymous September 4, 2010 at 4:40 pm

is it true that his paternal side is black(recent like two or three generations)?

ethnic September 5, 2010 at 12:01 am

hmm havent heard of that.

Anonymous September 5, 2010 at 1:53 am

His paternal ancestry are Romanian Jewish that immigrated from Romania. Watch the video.

Fuzzybear September 5, 2010 at 4:39 am

Where the family came from,doesn’t mean they did have any recent black lineage.I have shown on here many times,that families lie about their black heritage,and saying the family is jewish is most families lie of choice.There are other celebrities on this site,whose families also said they were jewish,and we find out their grandmother or father was black or half.Now I not saying he has recent heritage,but saying your family is jewish doesn’t deny you have recent heritage,it just says your jewish

follers August 26, 2015 at 9:13 pm

“There are other celebrities on this site, whose families also said they were jewish, and we find out their grandmother or father was black or half”

I have never heard this before. Are you talking about the fictional character, Coleman Silk, from The Human Stain?

Cristina September 2, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Romanian Jewish???
I had NO idea.

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