Mia Kirshner

by ethnic on February 2, 2010

Mia Kirshner ethnicity

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: January 25, 1975

Ethnicity: Polish Jewish, Bulgarian Jewish

Mia Kirshner is a Canadian actress, writer, and activist. She is famous for her role in the series The L Word.

Mia’s father, Sheldon Kirshner, is a journalist for the Canadian Jewish News. Sheldon was born in a displaced persons camp in Bad Reichenhall, Germany, the son of Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust. Mia’s mother, Etti, is a Bulgarian Jew. Bulgarian Jews are considered Sephardi.

Mia’s maternal grandmother was named Reni Lazarov.

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lelo4 December 23, 2016 at 9:18 am

Correction: ‘Polish’ Jewish and ‘Bulgarian’ Jewish are not real ethnicities. She’s half Ashkenazi Jewish half Sephardi Jewish.

lelo4 October 15, 2015 at 5:58 pm

jews should change their german surnames.

sarahle August 4, 2015 at 8:13 am



omg……. never thought that age…

AJS August 12, 2010 at 12:48 am

In this interview she mentions that her Grandparents were originally from Poland. I’m guessing it is from her father’s side. Kirshner is a common name used by Polish Jews (I think it was back to the time when Poland was part of Germany).

ethnic August 13, 2010 at 7:24 am

Great interview AJS!

Freerk April 10, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Many Eastern European Jewish names are of German origin (as is Yiddish to a very high degree). The reason is that the Jewish migration to Eastern Europe from the 10th century on started (at least partially) in Germany which then was a center of Ashkenazi culture (in the medieval Ashkenaz was identified with the south-western German regions of Rhineland and the Palatinate).

“Kirsh”/”Kirsch” (German for cherry) is a common Jewish (but not only Jewish) name throughout Europe and North America; Kirshner however may derive from the profession of a peltmonger/furrier (I don’t know the correct word, these are two translations from the German “Kürschner” at dict.cc). In this case the name is originated in Poland (because in Germany the guilds would never have allowed a Jew to take this profession, but in Poland they could). but derived from the Middle High German language O_o (respectively Yiddish …)

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