Maya Rudolph

by ethnic on September 17, 2011

Birth Name: Maya Khabira Rudolph

Place of Birth: Gainesville, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 27, 1972

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*African-American (mother)

Maya Rudolph is an American film and television actress and comedian. She is the daughter of producer Richard “Dick” Rudolph and soul and R&B singer Minnie Riperton (Minnie Julia Riperton). Maya’s mother died when Maya was seven years old. Maya has four children with her partner, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson.

Maya’s father is Jewish (from a family from Lithuania, Russia, Germany, and Hungary). Maya’s mother was African-American.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) stated that Maya’s genetic ancestry is:

*67.3% Caucasian
——–*49.9% Ashkenazi [Jewish]
——–*6.5% British and Irish
——–*0.4% Scandinavian
——–*7.3% Broadly Northern [European]
——–*0.8% Broadly Southern European
——–*2.4% Broadly European
*31.8% Sub-Saharan African
——–*26.5% West African
——–*3.2% Central & South African
——–*2.1% Broadly Sub-Saharan African
*0.7% Southeast Asian
*0.2% Unassigned

Maya’s paternal grandfather was Sidney J. Rudolph (the son of Judel/Julius Abraham Rudashevsky/Rudashevski/Rudolph and Nellie Ellashof/Elishof/Eliashof). Sidney was born in Pennsylvania. He was a philanthropist, and once owned all of the Wendy’s and Rudy’s restaurants in Miami-Dade County. Maya’s great-grandfather Judel was a Jewish emigrant, from Vilna, Lithuania, the son of Yisroel Dovid Rudashevsky and Sora Gordon. Nellie was born in either Kovno, Lithuania, Minsk, Belarus, or Pennsylvania, to Jewish parents, Samuel Eliashof and Hannah “Annie”.

Maya’s paternal grandmother is Muriel Eileen Neufeld (the daughter of Ralph Newfeld/Neufeld and Blanche/Blanch Edith Toffler). Muriel was born in Illinois. Ralph’s father, Nathan Newfeld/Neufeld, was a Jewish emigrant from Germany. Ralph’s mother, Rebecca W. Wolf, was born in Louisiana, to Jewish parents from Germany. Blanche was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, to Hungarian Jewish parents, Alex Toffler and Meriam/Mary/Marie Toffler.

Maya’s maternal grandfather was Daniel Webster Riperton (the son of George R. Riperton and Molly/Mollie Grigsby). Daniel was born in Kentucky, and was African-American. George was the son of Henriette Lily Meaux. Molly was the daughter of James Grigsby and Delia Crow.

Maya’s maternal grandmother was Thelma Inez Matthews (the daughter of Chester/Ed A. Matthews and Elizabeth/Minnie “Bettie” Grundy). Thelma was born in Mississippi, and was African-American. Chester was the son of John Edward Matthews and Isabella McIntosh. Elizabeth was the daughter of William Grundy and Ella Smith.


Genealogy of Maya Rudolph –

Maya’s paternal grandfather, Sidney J. Rudolph, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Maya’s paternal great-grandfather, Ralph Neufeld, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Maya Rudolph (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Maternal family history of Maya Rudolph, from Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) –

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Samiiraa April 17, 2018 at 2:01 pm

She is one of these so-called biracials but is actually only 1/3 Subsaharan African.

fuzzybear44 April 18, 2018 at 1:48 pm

Biracial,I don’t like using that word, but you guys insist on it. Okay saying someone is biracial is very tricky especially on this side of the hemisphere. That 31% is what she inherited, her brother Marc could have more. Dna is funny, you inherit 50% from each parent, but it’s no telling what 50% you get, it a crap shoot. No Biracial person going to be the same

Multiethnicchick January 15, 2018 at 6:33 am

Clearly her mom isn’t just African American if Maya is only 31% European. Her mom is mixed race like Quincy Jones. 34% white.

neiltennant March 17, 2018 at 12:12 pm


fuzzybear44 March 17, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Cleary neither one seem to understand what African American means, even though it’s been explained atleast a few dozen times

fuzzybear44 March 17, 2018 at 1:43 pm

correvtion: neither one of you

cwm85 January 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm

So she is 50 percent Jewish, about 30 percent African and rest mostly European. Pretty interesting mix…the European and Jewish ancestry explains her lighter skin which accounts for like 70 percent. She is significantly African and diverse for sure.

savanna January 19, 2016 at 8:16 pm
follers January 19, 2016 at 8:41 pm

Thank you.

The family trees on failed me yet again. They listed the wrong parents for Maya’s grandfather across the board. One tree listed the wrong paternal grandparents for Bill Maher, which last week’s show corrected.

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 6:31 am

Looks Persian or Arab.

fuzzybear44 October 10, 2015 at 7:25 am

Anybody can look like an Arab, you have 22 countries to pick from, with people from pale to ebony in them.

Virulent November 8, 2015 at 8:44 pm

only reason certain groups outside the Arabian Peninsula are considered “Arab” (Iraqis, Lebanese, Syrians, etc) is because the Arabs conquered those Arabs and Arabized those people by instilling Arab culture into the area.

original Arabs came from the Arabian Peninsula and were a Semitic-speaking Middle Eastern people.

Maya does not look “Arab” (at least not typically) anyway. she doesn’t look Persian, either.

Virulent November 8, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Arabs conquered those areas*

SB.K September 13, 2015 at 5:40 am

she looks Mexican

neiltennant August 1, 2015 at 5:39 am


her mother was not only african american

she looked very mixed

on some pictures she looks like ITS NOT NICE TO FOOL MOTHER NATURE dena dietrich

neiltennant July 22, 2015 at 6:36 am

her african american mom looked good ! she was rather pretty

but she is ugly :-(

bearboy September 12, 2016 at 8:31 pm

and you are brainless :-(

neiltennant December 20, 2017 at 11:59 am

sadly thats true

i looked up her mom she was called a singer who sounded like a bird and looked like sweet bird

neiltennant July 22, 2015 at 6:30 am
M July 23, 2015 at 8:11 pm

LMFAO and I’m sure you’re so f_cking gorgeous right???!!! Who the hell made you the authority on who looks good or not? I hate assholes who talk shit about people ANONYMOUSLY. I bet she looks one million times better than you. I’m so f_cking sick and tired of people (MEN especially) judging women like that, coward ass bitches. F_ck your ideas on how women should look! Women weren’t made to please you by standing there, looking pretty. Prick!

neiltennant August 1, 2015 at 5:38 am

Sorry i didn’t want to say offensive things about her

but as her mother was good looking i was surprised that she is not that looking

Freerk September 28, 2015 at 4:50 pm

In my eyes she looks good, at least interesting and very likeable. Perhaps you should see other pictures of her:×319.png

bearboy September 12, 2016 at 8:25 pm

No she isn’t ugly but you are an idiot :)

M June 8, 2015 at 7:59 am

Ugly is a little harsh, I would consider her below average.

Freerk September 3, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Nice example how different espedially multi-ethnic people can look, depending on the perspective or light. On this picture, she looks Jewish Ukrainian and a light shade of African. On another picture that I found (my favourite) she looks like a German-African mix:

Who said she’s ugly?

neiltennant July 22, 2015 at 6:34 am

totally agree
here she looks like JENNIFER GREY circa 1987 with brown skin #:-)

i can definitely see the ukrainan or russian jew in her face + african

American May 23, 2014 at 7:44 am

She could pass as White and acted mostly in White roles in movies/series.

WTF June 1, 2014 at 10:45 am

you know that’s a gotdamn lie lmfaoo she could pass for a hispanic chick before a white chick. she still looks too ethnic to pass as white

marjanel October 14, 2015 at 5:50 pm

Hispanic is not a race.How Americana invented this lié?

ihatemostpeople May 19, 2014 at 11:34 pm

What an odd looking woman! This goes to show you that not all mulattoes are attractive. She is so weird and ugly!

Saedra January 30, 2012 at 12:31 am

Did anyone ever notice how she is so lightskinned yet her brother is so darkskinned?

Amanda January 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

She reminds me of my mom. My mom is black and white, but consider herself just black. My mom’s biological mother was white mostly German or English descent and her dad was an Afro-Cuban.

Multiethnicchick January 15, 2018 at 6:31 am

Why would she pretend to be monoracial?

Jasmine December 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Sorry I made a mistake I meant fully white.

Jasmine December 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I thought she was fully black wow I am surprised.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 11, 2012 at 11:04 pm


No, you didn’t.

She is mulatto.

Multiethnicchick January 15, 2018 at 6:24 am

There’s not a single fully black person that looks like her. Do you even know what a black person looks like?

ChiBeauty November 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I grew up listening to Minnie Riperton and have her cds (and mp3s). I’m not sure that it matters that she was!

mju October 30, 2011 at 5:58 am

Minnie Riperton of ‘Loving You’ fame was quite light skinned.

Jeri March 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm

No. Minnie was medium brown skinned not light skinned. She was about the same complexion as myself and I don’t consider myself light at all, just medium. She looked like the typical black women to me. I am fan of her music. I have listened to her music since I was a young child. She was amazingly talented!! I miss her so much.

Multiethnicchick January 15, 2018 at 6:26 am

Minnie Riperton definitely doesn’t look like the typical black woman. She looks at least 30% mixed and most black people in the states have 1/8-1/5 admixture.

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