Nicola Peltz

by follers on August 12, 2013

2010 MTV Movie Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Nicola Anne Peltz

Place of Birth: Westchester County, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 9, 1995

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*German, Welsh, English (mother)

Nicola Peltz is an American actress. She is the daughter of Claudia (Heffner), a model, and Nelson Peltz, a businessman and philanthropist. Among her siblings are actor Will Peltz and hockey player Brad Peltz.

Nicola’s father is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family (from Austria and Russia). Nicola’s mother has German, Welsh, and English ancestry. Nicola’s family practices Judaism (it is possible that her mother converted to Judaism). In a 2007 obituary of Nicola’s paternal grandmother, The New York Times described Nicola’s parents as “compassionate leaders of the New York Jewish community.”

Nicola’s paternal grandfather was Maurice Herbert Peltz (the son of Adolph Peltz and Rebecca Kroudviro). Maurice was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents. Adolph was the son of Morris Peltz and Shifra Rosen.

Nicola’s paternal grandmother was named Claire Wechsler. Claire was born in New York, to an Austrian Jewish father and a Russian Jewish mother.

Nicola’s maternal grandfather was William J. Heffner (the son of Edward G. Heffner and Claudia M. Evans). William was born in Maryland. Edward was the son of Edward Heffner and Mary W. Claudia was the daughter of Damon L. Evans and Lulu M. Rogers.

Nicola’s maternal grandmother is named Barbara.

Sources: Genealogy of Nicola Peltz –

Nicola’s paternal grandparents, Maurice Herbert Peltz and Claire Wechsler, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Nicola’s paternal grandfather, Maurice Herbert Peltz, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Nicola’s maternal grandfather, William J. Heffner –

Nicola’s maternal great-grandfather, Edward G. Heffner, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Fatmonkey October 5, 2013 at 7:04 am

follers, question for you (sorry for the addressing in public, but I couldn’t technically find a more discrete way): I know you’re good at discovering hard-to-find genealogies, so could you somehow post the heritage of Michael Weatherly? Thanks so much in advance!

follers October 5, 2013 at 7:34 am

Below is what I could find on Michael Weatherly. I think it will give you a pretty good start.

Michael’s paternal grandparents were Robert Stone Weatherly (the son of William Henry Weatherly and Alice Baker Stone) and Gladys Manning (the daughter of Michael Neal Manning and Molly G. Garrison).

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Allen Francis Hetherington. I believe he was born in Massachusetts.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Ruth K. Burns (the daughter of Edward Francis Patrick Burns and Catherine Theresa Farrell).

Fatmonkey October 7, 2013 at 8:43 am

For all I could see (judging by the surnames), that would be English, Irish, and French. Thank you, I knew you wouldn’t let me down, and this family tree was truly impossible to find for me. Hence my turning to the professional on the matter!

follers October 7, 2013 at 10:52 am

It looks like Michael Weatherly’s mother comes from a mostly/entirely Irish Catholic family in Massachusetts, while his father is an old-line Southern Anglo-American.

andrew August 13, 2013 at 1:37 am

Hefner’s distant relative?

follers August 13, 2013 at 2:08 am

It’s spelled “Heffner” here, but she could be.

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