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Hayley Erin

by stlucas on September 17, 2018

Birth Name: Hayley Erin Feil

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 13, 1994

*English, French, likely German (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Hayley Erin is an American actress.

Hayley is the daughter of Blair and Donald Feil. Her father is mostly of English, French, and likely German descent. Her mother is Jewish.

Hayley’s paternal grandmother was Janet Elaine Bensley (the daughter of Otto Clifford Bensley and Florence May Spooner). Janet was born in Iowa. Otto was born in Illinois, the son of Charles Riley Bensley and Nora Alma Neal. Florence was born in Iowa, the daughter of Henry Francis Spooner and Josephine Lavina “Josey” Neveau/Nevieu.

Hayley’s maternal grandfather was Donald Robert Schwartz (the son of Henry Schwartz/Swartz and Gertrude Brown). Donald was born in California. Henry was born in Oregon, the son of Lew Swartz, who was born in Germany, to parents from Poland, and of Mary, who was born in England, to parents from Russia. Gertrude was from Poland, and was the daughter of William Brown and Natalie Tobiasz.

Hayley’s maternal grandmother was Leslie Candace Vinnecour (the daughter of Max Vinnecour/Vinecour and Roslyn Flossie Mayer). Leslie was born in Illinois. Max was born in Massachusetts, to parents from Russia, Jacob Vinnecour and Fannie. Roslyn was born in Illinois, the daughter of Robert Simon Mayer, whose parents were from Germany, and of Myra Wachenheimer.

Source: Genealogy of Hayley Erin (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.geni.com

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John Berman

by follers on September 2, 2018

Place of Birth: Carlisle, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 21, 1972

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, some Sephardi Jewish

John Berman is an American news anchor.

He is married to Kerry Voss, with whom he has two children.

John’s paternal grandfather is Edmund Albert Berman (the son of Jacob Berman and Celia Rosenbaum). Edmund was born in Massachusetts, to Russian Jewish parents.

John’s paternal grandmother was Grace Rebecca Spinoza (the daughter of Joseph Judah Benjamin Spinoza and Minnie Tuschinsky). Grace was born in Massachusetts. Joseph was born in Massachusetts, the son of Benjamin Spinosa, a Jewish emigrant from Amsterdam, Netherlands, and of Rebecca Nelson, a Jewish emigrant from Hull, England. Minnie was a Polish Jewish immigrant. John’s great-great-grandfather Benjamin was a Sephardi Jew, with Jewish ancestors who had lived in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, before the Netherlands. He was said to be related to Dutch Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza.

John’s maternal grandparents were Irving Flax and Cyrille Romanow (the daughter of Maurice/Morris Theodore Romanow and Pearl Urofsky/Urrows). Cyrille was born in Massachusetts, to Russian Jewish parents. Morris was the son of Leah. Pearl was the daughter of Harry Urrows and Rebecca Dubb.

Sources: Information about John’s Sephardi ancestry – https://blogs.ancestry.com

Genealogy of John Berman – https://www.geni.com

John’s paternal grandfather, Edmund Albert Berman, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

John’s paternal grandmother, Grace Rebecca Spinoza, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of John’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Benjamin Spinosa and Rebecca Nelson – https://www.familysearch.org

John’s maternal grandmother, Cyrille Romanow, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of John’s maternal grandmother, Cyrille (Romanow) Berman – http://www.legacy.com

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-grandparents, Maurice/Morris Theodore Romanow and Pearl Urofsky/Urrows – https://www.geni.com

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Dylan Kenin

by stlucas on August 21, 2018

Birth Name: Dylan Carlos Kenin

Place of Birth: Taos, New Mexico, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 11, 1977

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, Cornish, possibly other (mother)

Dylan Kenin is an American actor.

Dylan is the son of Jean and Stephen “Steve” Kenin.

Dylan’s paternal grandfather likely was Samuel Kenin (the son of Max Kenin/Kenen and Rose Levine). Samuel was born in Pennsylvania. Max and Rose were from Russia.

Dylan’s paternal grandmother likely was Anne Reinhardt (the daughter of Abraham Reinhardt and Amelia Sax). Anne was born in New York. Abraham was born in Poland. Amelia was born in England, to a father from Poland and a mother from England.

Dylan’s maternal grandfather was James Newton Wilson, Jr. (the son of James N. Wilson, Sr. and Gertrude A.). Dylan’s grandfather James was born in Pennsylvania.

Dylan’s maternal grandmother is/was Marjorie/Marjory Parkman (the daughter of Joseph A. Parkman and Janie Williams). Marjorie was born in Penzance, Cornwall, England. Joseph and Janie were also born in England.

Source: Obituary of Dylan’s maternal grandfather, James Newton Wilson – http://www.legacy.com

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Antony Costa

by madman on July 17, 2018

Antony Costa – “Gambit” World Premiere – Arrivals – Empire Cinema, Leicester Square – London, UK – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos

Birth Name: Antony Daniel Costa

Place of Birth: Hendon, Middlesex, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 23 June, 1981

*Greek Cypriot (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Antony Costa is an English singer, songwriter, and actor. He is a member of the boyband Blue, along with Duncan James, Lee Ryan, and Simon Webbe.

Antony is the son of Andrea I. (Witco) and Michael Costa. His father is of Greek Cypriot descent, and his mother is Jewish.

Antony’s maternal grandparents’ surnames were Witco and Pulvermacher.

Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk


Peggy Ashcroft

by madman on June 29, 2018

Birth Name: Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft

Date of Birth: 22 December, 1907

Place of Birth: Croydon, Surrey, England, U.K.

Date of Death: 14 June, 1991

Place of Death: London, England, U.K.

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

Dame Peggy Ashcroft was a British actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for A Passage to India (1984).

Peggy was the daughter of Violetta/Violet Maud (Bernheim), an amateur actress, and William Worsley Ashcroft, a land agent. Her mother was Jewish. Her father was English, and was from a Protestant background.

Peggy had two children with her former husband, attorney Jeremy Hutchinson.

Peggy’s paternal grandfather was William Ashcroft (the son of Michael Ashcroft and Eliza Ann Sheridan). William was born in Kirkdale, Liverpool. Michael was the son of Edward Ashcroft. Eliza was the daughter of John Sheridan.

Peggy’s paternal grandmother was Edith Blanche Rayner (the daughter of John Hicks Rayner and Mary Worsley). Peggy’s grandmother Edith was born in Seaforth. John was the son of Lloyd Rayner and Ellen Ashcroft.

Peggy’s maternal grandfather was Julius Bernheim (the son of Edward Bernheim and Bernardine Schlesinger). Julius was born in Hamburg, Germany, to a Jewish family. Bernardine was the daughter of Levin Berend Schlesinger.

Peggy’s maternal grandmother was Emily Caroline Unna (the daughter of Jacob Arnold Unna and Serine/Serene/Sarne Luine Salomon). Emily was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, to Jewish immigrant parents. Jacob was born in Hamburg, Germany, the son of Asher/Ascher Kusel/Cusel Unna and Friederike/Frederike Feilchen Weinberg. Serine was born in Anverscrona, near Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sources: Peggy Ashcroft on the 1911 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Peggy Ashcroft (focusing on her father’s side) – https://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Peggy’s father – https://www.findagrave.com

Marriage record of Peggy’s paternal great-grandparents, Michael Ashcroft and Eliza Ann Sheridan – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Peggy Ashcroft (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://bradfordjewish.org.uk

Peggy’s mother on the 1891 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Peggy’s maternal grandfather, Julius Bernheim, on the 1861 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Peggy’s maternal grandmother, Emily Caroline Unna, on the 1861 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Emily Caroline Unna on the 1871 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Peggy’s maternal great-grandparents, Jacob Arnold Unna and Serine/Serene/Sarne Luine Salomon, on the 1841 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.orh
Jacob Arnold Unna and Serine/Serene/Sarne Luine Salomon on the 1851 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Information about Peggy’s maternal great-grandfather, Jacob Arnold Unna –  https://bradfordjewish.org.uk