Shia LaBeouf

by ethnic on August 22, 2008

Birth Name: Shia Saide LaBeouf

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 11, 1986

*Cajun/French (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Shia LaBeouf is an American actor, director, and performance artist. He is famous for his roles in the films Disturbia, Transformers (the first three), and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, among others.

Shia is the son of Shayna (Saide) and Jeffrey LaBeouf. Shia’s father is of Cajun (French) descent, and from a Christian background. Shia’s mother is Jewish, of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent. Shia’s first name, Shia, is Hebrew for “a gift from God.” Shia’s last name is French, roughly meaning “the beef”. Shia was both baptized and raised Jewish, having a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. He has described himself as Jewish.

Shia’s paternal grandparents’ surnames were LaBeouf and Allen.

Shia’s maternal grandfather was Szaja Yeshayhu “Sam” Saide (the son of Nochim/Nochum Mendel “Max” Zajac/Zajenc/Saide and Chana “Anna” Slowa). Szaja was a Polish Jew, who was born, c. 1913, in Białystok. He moved to the United States in 1930. Max was the son of Benjamin Zajac/Zajnc and Tauba/Tobey Jasinowska/Jasienowska.

Shia’s maternal grandmother is Mary Ann Malki Rosen (the daughter of Abraham Aaron Rosen and Bessie Cohen). Mary Ann was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents.


Genealogy of Shia LaBeouf –

Genealogies of Shia’s maternal grandfather, Szaja Yeshayhu “Sam” Saide (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Shia’s maternal grandmother, Mary Ann Rosen, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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phaedra May 29, 2016 at 5:51 am

Why a circa 2009 pic? He looks so different now.

theropod April 1, 2015 at 12:38 am

If I were to look at him (without knowing his name) I would’ve guessed Irish or Welsh.

Check7t August 11, 2014 at 6:27 pm

This guy is crazy.

lolamonreaux February 22, 2014 at 4:43 pm

yay he’s a creole like me, I love it

ShawntheGod July 27, 2014 at 4:07 am

No, he’s Cajun.

tinasheeeee August 7, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Cajun is White, sometimes African and Creole is African & French.

Michael January 6, 2014 at 9:09 am

French ass name.

andrew December 28, 2013 at 9:58 am

he has Anglo heritage too from his dad

follers December 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm

It’s possible, but Shia’s ancestry on both sides is very hard to trace.

Andrea N. November 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm

If his last name really means “the beef” in french should be “LeBoeuf”, not “LaBeouf”!
Clearly Cajuns speak their own dialect.

theropod June 25, 2013 at 5:40 am

Not an Ashkenazi Jew by any chance?

follers June 25, 2013 at 11:22 am

His mother is an Ashkenazi Jew, and his dad is not Jewish.

The only non-Ashkenazi Jews in Europe, Sephardic Jews, live in Southern Europe, or Bulgaria. Most American Jews are of Ashkenazi descent.

LOPAC AGREES March 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm


beckyphantom December 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm


Kendra December 7, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Not all Jews are white, either there are African Jews

whatevah December 27, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Yeah, but he is white and the majority of Jews are white. That’s what @beckyphantom meant. Plus, he said it himself Russian not African so what is Shia here? These people are just racist and are trying to hate on whites thinking that isn’t actually racism and they’ll get out as cool or whatever -.-
Plus he’s not Russian but Polish.

lelo4 October 3, 2016 at 10:51 am

If you consider Jews white, then you have to consider all Middle Easterners as white, since Askhenazi/Sephardi Jews are genetically closer to Saudis than to Iberians even.

Manu Sanga March 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm

he byrashal, he byrashal, he byrashal

kimmievalentine July 4, 2011 at 10:08 pm

wowwwzerz he’s hottt i love shia labouef he is freakin fawwwn like
in even stevens he was iight now he’s fawwwn (hottt) lol<3

Haley February 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm

He is a hot Jewish- Russian, Cajun talented young man! Shia is a Hebrew it means, ” Gift from God.”

danaeSUCKS January 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm

His last name is french… but it doesn’t say french in his ethnicity

maris March 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm

his dad is cajun being cajun is basically being french.

storm January 29, 2012 at 1:59 am

he’s fucking cajun like ali landry, shane west, and lacey chabert. that’s fucking cool

Haley February 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Cajun people are of French.

clark kent August 21, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Cajun? he just got even more sexy;)
(sorry for the all-caps, but ppl get so sensitive on this site)

danaeSUCKS January 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm

why would people get offended? haha it’s not like you’re saying it’s a bad thing, totally the opposite!

aps March 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm
aps March 28, 2010 at 5:19 pm

@ethnic i found it when introduced into a search engine: descent Shia LaBeouf lol

BiiteMe March 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm

This is a very handsome man. ;) Thank God for Jewish-Russian and Cajun. 18 hehe

ethnic March 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Thanks aps. Interesting article and website btw ;)

aps March 28, 2010 at 9:13 am
Anonymous February 11, 2010 at 4:09 am

I lovvvvvvvvvvvvvve Shia labeouf he is so damn sexy all I need is lime an hour and a half with I would rock his world

Kaylie August 5, 2009 at 4:09 am

he’s so sexy. :)

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