Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.

by fraciscovargas1545 on August 14, 2016

Place of Birth: Beltsville, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 18, 1989

*25% Ashkenazi Jewish
*25% Irish
*50% Guyanese/Afro-Guyanese

Matthew Centrowitz, Jr. is an American track and field athlete. He specializes in the 1500m.

Matthew is the son of Beverly (Bannister) and Matt Centrowitz. His father is a two-time Olympic distance runner, and collegiate cross country and track coach.

Matthew, Jr.’s father is of half Ashkenazi Jewish and half Irish (Catholic) ancestry. Matthew, Jr.’s mother is from British Guiana (now Guyana), in South America.

A picture of Matthew with his parents can be seen here.

Matthew’s paternal grandfather was Sidney “Sid” Centrowitz (the son of Henry Centrowitz and Florence Entell). Sidney was born in New York, to a Latvian Jewish father and a Polish Jewish mother, from Lomza. Henry was the son of Aaron Centrovitz. Florence was the daughter of Samuel Entell and Gittel Malachowitz.

Matthew’s paternal grandmother was Theresa Corrigan. Theresa was an Irish immigrant.

Matthew’s maternal grandfather was named Colin Bannister.


Genealogy of Matthew Centrowitz, Jr. (focusing on his father’s side) –

Matthew’s paternal grandfather, Sidney Centrowitz, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant August 29, 2016 at 9:13 am

holy shit

follers August 21, 2016 at 6:32 pm

The surname is not of Polish origin, as it turns out.

andrew August 21, 2016 at 6:58 pm

are you sure his mother is just “Afro”- Guyanese?

midori29 August 29, 2016 at 9:11 am

@Andrew YES she is just Guyanese I am Guyanese too and she looks Guyanese . I can speak on this. Guyana is made up of Portuguese, British, African, Indian , Amerindian and Chinese Peoples. My parents are Guyanese, I was born in Guyana, YES his mom looks Guyanese.

midori29 August 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Afro Guyanese are like Afro Americans really. Taken into slavery from Africa then became Guyanese of African descent.

andrew August 29, 2016 at 3:20 pm

I know what “Afro-Guyanese means, but I think his mother should be simply considered “Guyanese” since it’s hard to say what is her background

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