Rachel Maddow

by follers on October 10, 2014

Birth Name: Rachel Anne Maddow

Place of Birth: Castro Valley, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 1, 1973

*Ashkenazi Jewish, Dutch (father)
*Irish, English (mother)

Rachel Maddow is an American television personality and host, political commentator, and writer. She has hosted The Rachel Maddow Show since 2008.

Rachel’s father is of half Ashkenazi Jewish (from Ukraine and Lithuania) and half Dutch (Protestant) ancestry. Rachel’s father was raised Christian.

Rachel’s mother, who is from Newfoundland, Canada, is of Irish and English descent.

Rachel was raised Catholic.

Rachel’s paternal grandfather was Bernard Maddow (the son of Willilam Maddow and Sarah Bernhard/Bernhardt). Bernard was born in Brooklyn, New York. William was a Jewish immigrant from Poltava, Ukraine. Sarah was also a Jewish immigrant, likely from Lithuania, and was the daughter of Hanna Leah Matuk.

Rachel’s paternal grandmother was Gertrude Smits (the daughter of John Smits and Margaret Kaiser). John and Margaret were Dutch. John was the son of Derik Smits.

Rachel’s maternal grandparents were Daniel Gosse (the son of Thomas Jo Gosse and Mary Hannah Cole) and Anne/Ann F. McGrath. Thomas was the son of William Goss and Mary/Maria Codnor.

Sources: Family history of Rachel Maddow, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak – http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Genealogy of Rachel Maddow (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Rachel’s maternal grandfather, Daniel Gosse (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.geocities.ws

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

follers November 14, 2016 at 4:10 pm

Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

ethnic November 14, 2016 at 5:23 pm

no luck on that one at the moment

bearboy November 14, 2016 at 5:33 pm

Too bad there is no picture she is literally flawless. Follers had a point on the Dianna Agron page quarter Jews are gorgeous.

ses101 April 10, 2017 at 2:43 pm


bearboy April 10, 2017 at 8:34 pm

I guess I have a fetish for Jewish women (or women of partial Jewish ancestry).

TheHelper August 19, 2017 at 5:43 am

@bearboy Jewish isn’t a race, it’s a religion.

madman August 19, 2017 at 6:03 am

It’s not a race, but it is an ethnicity

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