Danish Jewish

Michael Bowen

by stlucas on May 9, 2017

Place of Birth: (possibly) Gladewater, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 21, 1957

*Welsh (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish, Danish, German, Swiss-German (mother)

Michael Bowen is an American actor.

Michael is the son of Sonia Sorel (born Sonia Henius), an actress, and Michael Bowen, a painter and artist. Michael is a half-brother of actor Robert Carradine.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was of half Polish Jewish and half Danish ancestry. Michael’s maternal grandmother was of German and Swiss-German descent.

Michael’s paternal grandparents were Sterling Bowen and Grace. They are said to have Welsh ancestry.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Henry Robert Gustav Henius (the son of Max Henius and Johanne Louise Heiberg). Max, a prominent biochemist, was a Danish Jew, the son of Polish Jewish immigrants, Isidor Henius and Emilie Wasserzug. Johanne was of Danish background, and was the daughter of Emil Theodor Heiberg and Johanne Henriette Jacoba Schmidt, and the sister of historian/philologist Johan Ludvig Heiberg.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Lillian Dorothy Fuess (the daughter of Joseph Fuess and Anna Fischer). Joseph was German, from Roentgen, Baden, the son of Joseph Fuess and Margertha Hasselhofer. Anna was born in Illinois, to a German father, Joseph Fischer, and a Swiss-German mother, Elizabeth Eggan.

Sources: Michael’s maternal grandmother, Lillian Dorothy Fuess, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Michael’s maternal great-grandparents, Joseph Fuess and Anna Fischer – https://familysearch.org


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Hannah Bronfman

by perez-richart on September 19, 2015

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Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: 1988

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

Hannah Bronfman is an American DJ, model, and entrepreneur.

Her father, Edgar Bronfman, Jr., is a businessman who was previously the CEO of Warner Music Group. Her mother, Sherri Brewer, is an actress who appeared in Shaft (1971). Hannah’s brother is entrepreneur and musician Benjamin Bronfman, who founded the Green Owl record label (Benjamin has a son with his former partner, musician M.I.A.).

Her father is Jewish (of Russian Jewish, Ukrainian Jewish, German Jewish, and English Jewish descent). Her mother is African-American. Some of Hannah’s father’s ancestors have lived in the United States since the 1700s.

Hannah’s paternal grandfather was Edgar Bronfman, Sr. (Edgar Miles Bronfman, the son of Samuel Bronfman and Saidye Rosner). Hannah’s grandfather Edgar was born in Montreal, Canada, and was a prominent businessman and philanthropist. Hannah’s great-grandfather Samuel was born in Soroki, Bessarabia (now Moldova), to Jewish parents, Yechiel Moshe Bronfman and Mindel Elman. Samuel founded Distillers Corporation Limited. Hannah’s great-grandmother Saidye was born in Plum Coulee, Manitoba, to Jewish immigrants, Samuel Rosner and Priscilla Berger, who were from Bessarabia and Odessa, respectively.

Hannah’s paternal grandmother was Ann Margaret Loeb (the daughter of John Langeloth Loeb, Sr. and Frances Lehman). Ann’s brother, John L. Loeb, Jr., was a U.S. Ambassador to Denmark (from 1981 to 1983) and a Delegate to the United Nations (in 1984). Hannah’s great-grandfather John was the son of Carl Morris Loeb, Sr., a Jewish emigrant from Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Hesse, and of Adeline Moses, who was born in Alabama, of German Jewish and English Jewish descent, from a family that has lived in the United States since the 1700s. John and Carl Loeb were founders of the Wall Street brokerage firm Loeb, Rhoades & Co.

Hannah’s great-grandmother Frances Lehman was the daughter of Arthur Lehman and Adele Lewisohn. Hannah’s great-great-grandfather Arthur Lehman was the son of Mayer Low Lehman, one of the three brothers who founded the prominent investment bank Lehman Brothers (the other two were Henry Lehman and Emanuel Lehman). Arthur Lehman’s parents were German Jewish immigrants, from Bavaria and Rieneck, respectively. Hannah’s great-great-grandmother Adele Lewisohn was the daughter of Adolph Lewisohn, a German Jewish mining magnate, investment banker, and philanthropist, who was born in Hamburg, and of Emma Miriam Cahn, who was also of German Jewish origin.

Hannah is a third cousin, once removed, of broadcast journalist Serena Altschul. Hannah’s paternal great-great-great-grandparents, Mayer Low Lehman and Babette Newgass/Neugass, were also Serena’s paternal great-great-grandparents.

Sources: Genealogy of Hannah Bronfman (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Obituary of Hannah’s paternal grandmother, Ann Margaret (Loeb) Bronfman – https://www.washingtonpost.com

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Lars Ulrich

by andrew on October 8, 2014

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Place of Birth: Gentofte, Denmark

Date of Birth: December 26, 1963

Ethnicity: Danish, Ashkenazi Jewish, German

Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer. He is one of the founding members of American heavy metal band Metallica. The band’s members also included/include Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, and Dave Mustaine.

Lars is the son of Lone (Sylvester-Hvid) and Torben Ulrich, from Frederiksberg, Denmark. Lars moved to the US in 1980 when he was 17 years old. He has a child with his ex-partner, actress Connie Nielsen.

Lars’s father’s ancestry is half Ashkenazi Jewish, with the rest being German, and possibly Danish. Lars’s mother was of Danish, and one eighth Jewish, background.

Lars’s paternal grandfather was Einer Ulrich (the son of Aage Louis Francis Ulrich and Ellen Margrethe Wiegell). Einer, a prominent tennis player, was born in 1896 in Copenhagen. Aage was the son of German parents, Carl Ludwig Lucien Ulrich and Nina Francisca Vilhelmine Holm, from Eckernförde, Schleswig-Holstein. Ellen may have also been of German descent.

Lars’s paternal grandmother was Ulla Meyer (the daughter of Otto Meyer and Alice Hertz). Ulla was a Danish Jew. Many of Ulla’s ancestors were German Jews and Czech Jews. After the Nazi occupation of Denmark in 1940, the family decided to stay in the country; as a result, they were persecuted. They then escaped to Sweden, but after the end of the war, they moved back to Denmark. Otto was the son of Julius Louis Alfred Meyer and Thea Marie Johanne Friedländer. Alice was the daughter of Jacob Peter Hertz and Harriet Bertha Bendix.

Lars’s maternal grandfather was Sven Sylvester Hvid (the son of Jens Simon Victor Sylvester Hvid and Anna Julie Domine Kragh). Jens was the son of Andreas Theodor Hvid and Rosa/Rosalie Simon Ballin, who was Jewish. Anna was the daughter of Harald Ludvig Christian Kragh and Marie Dorothea Bruun.

Lars’s maternal grandmother was Gudrun Barfoed/Pedersen (the daughter of Alfred Barfoed/Pedersen and Juliane Eleonora Lützhøft). Alfred was the son of Martin Vilhelm Barfoed/Pedersen and Frederikke Margrethe Christine Nicoline Sandberg. Juliane was the daughter of Lauritz Nicolaus Lützhøft and Christiane Ericsen/Ericsson.

Sources: Genealogies of Lars Ulrich – http://www.noblecircles.com

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David Cameron

by andrew on August 7, 2014

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Birth Name: David William Donald Cameron

Place of Birth: St. Marylebone, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 9 October, 1966

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, 3/32 Ashkenazi Jewish, small amounts of Welsh and Irish

David Cameron is a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, from 11 May, 2010 to 13 July, 2016. He was a Member of Parliament for Witney, from 7 June, 2001 to 12 September, 2016, Leader of the Conservative Party, from 6 December, 2005 to 11 July, 2016, and Leader of the Opposition, from 6 December, 2005, to 11 May, 2010.

His father, Ian Donald Cameron, a stockbroker, was born at Blairmore House, near Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. His mother, Mary Fleur (Mount), is the daughter of Sir William Mount, 2nd Baronet. Prime Minister Cameron has English, Scottish, 3/32 Ashkenazi Jewish, and small amounts of Welsh and Irish, ancestry. His religion is Anglican.

Prime Minister Cameron’s paternal grandfather was Ewen Donald Cameron (the son of Ewen Allan Cameron and Rachel Margaret Geddes). Prime Minister Cameron’s great-grandfather Ewen was born in Shanghai, China, the son of Sir Ewen Cameron, from Invernessshire, Scotland, and of Josephine Elizabeth Houchen, from Shotford, Norfolk, England. Rachel was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States, to a Scottish father, Alexander Geddes, and Frances R. Sharp.

Prime Minister Cameron’s paternal grandmother was Enid Agnes Maud Levita (the daughter of Arthur Francis Levita and Stephanie Agnes Cooper). Arthur was born in Manchester, England. Arthur’s father, Emile George Charles Levita, was a German Jewish financier, from Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, who obtained British citizenship in 1871, and was a banker; Arthur’s mother, Katherine/Chatrine Plumridge Rée, was born in Rusholme, Manchester, of Danish Jewish/German Jewish and English descent. Prime Minister Cameron’s great-grandmother Stephanie was the daughter of Sir Alfred Cooper and Lady Agnes Cecil Emmeline Duff.

Prime Minister Cameron’s maternal grandfather was Sir Willam Malcolm Mount, 2nd Bart (the son of Sir William Arthur Mount, 1st Bart, and of Hilda Lucy Adelaide Low). Prime Minister Cameron’s great-grandfather William was the son of William George Mount and Marianne Emily Clutterbuck. Hilda was the daughter of William Malcolm Low, who was born in Lucknow, India, and of Lady Ida Matilda Alice Feilding.

Prime Minister Cameron’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Nance Llewellyn (the daughter of Owen John Llewellyn and Anna Elizabeth Mann). Owen was the son of Evan Henry Llewellyn, from Llangyfelach, Wales, and of Mary Blanche Somers. Anna was the daughter of William John Mann and Julia Brown.

Through his paternal grandmother, Enid Agnes Maud Levita, Prime Minister Cameron is a lineal descendant of King William IV by his mistress Dorothea Bland, an Irish actress known on stage as Mrs. Jordan. It is through this union that Prime Minister Cameron is related to the royal family; he is a fifth cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth.

Sources: Genealogies of David Cameron – http://www.wargs.com


Information on some of David Cameron’s Jewish heritage – http://www.telegraph.co.uk

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Martha Plimpton

by follers on April 27, 2014

Martha Plimpton at the Critics' Choice Television Awards Luncheo

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 16, 1970

Ethnicity: English, along with small amounts of Ashkenazi Jewish, Danish, German, Swiss-German, distant Irish, Scottish, Dutch

Martha Plimpton is an American actress, singer, and model. She is the daughter of actors Keith Carradine (Keith Ian Carradine) and Shelley Plimpton, the niece of actor Robert Carradine, the half-niece of actor David Carradine, and the granddaughter of actor John Carradine.

Her father has English, Ashkenazi Jewish, Danish, German, Swiss-German, and distant Irish and Dutch, ancestry. Her mother has English, and distant Scottish, ancestry.

Martha’s paternal grandfather was John Carradine, an actor (born Richmond Reed Carradine, the son of William Reed Carradine and Genevieve Winifred Richmond). John had English, with distant Irish and Dutch, ancestry. William was the son of The Rev. Beverly Francis Carradine, who was a Methodist religious author, and of Laura Green Reid. Genevieve was the daughter of Horace Calver Richmond and Winifred/Winifrede Ryan.

Martha’s paternal grandmother was Sonia Sorel, an actress (the daughter of Henry Robert Gustav Henius and Lillian Dorothy Fuess). Henry was the son of Max Henius, a prominent biochemist, who was a Danish Jew, and of Johanne Louise Heiberg, who was of Danish background. Lillian was the daughter of Joseph Fuess, who was German, from Roentgen, Baden, and of Anna Fischer, who was of German and Swiss-German descent.

Martha’s maternal grandparents were William Sherman Plimpton (the son of William Melvin Plimpton and Annabelle Campbell) and Martha Jane Williams. Martha’s great-grandfather William was the son of William Wright Plimpton and Alice Josephine Miller. Annabelle was the daughter of Horace Guy Campbell and Laura Belle Sherman.

The surname “Carradine” is sometimes said to have an Italian or Spanish origin. Martha’s last traceable patrilineal ancestor is believed to have been a man named Parker Carradine, who was born in Georgia, in North America, c. 1755. There is no evidence that Parker had Italian or Spanish ancestry.

Sources: A discussion of the Carradine family’s origins – http://www.familytreecircles.com

Genealogy of Martha Plimpton – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Martha Plimpton (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogies of Martha’s father (through his own half-brother, David Carradine) (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com

Martha’s paternal great-grandmother, Lillian Dorothy Fuess, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Martha’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Joseph Fuess and Anna Fischer – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Martha’s maternal grandfather, William Sherman Plimpton (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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