English Jewish

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

Ethnicity:
*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

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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.

Ethnicity:
*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

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Wallace Shawn

by madman on April 21, 2018

Birth Name: Wallace Michael Shawn

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

Date of Birth: November 12, 1943

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Wallace Shawn is an American actor, comedian, playwright, and essayist.

He is the son of Cecille (Lyon) and William Shawn (William Chon), a magazine editor. His brother is composer Allen Shawn.

Wallace’s paternal grandfather was Benjamin William Chon (the son of William Louis Cohen/Chon and Esther Elizabeth Singer). Benjamin was born in either New York, United States, to Polish Jewish parents, or in Warsaw, Poland.

Wallace’s paternal grandmother was Anna/Annie Bransky (the daughter of Morris Bransky and Minna Levy). Anna was born in England, to Polish Jewish parents.

Wallace’s maternal grandfather was named William Lyon/Lyons. William was born in Russia.

Wallace’s maternal grandmother was Rose Levinson (the daughter of Simon Levinson and Rachel/Rachael). Rose was born in Carlstadt, Sweden, to Russian Jewish parents.

Each of Wallace’s grandparents was born in a different country, something that is fairly rare. Actors Noah Emmerich, Jessica Lange, and Logan Lerman are others whose grandparents were born in four distinct countries.

Sources: Genealogy of Wallace Shawn – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Wallace Shawn (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com

Wallace’s parents on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Wallace’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Wallace’s paternal grandparents, Benjamin William Chon and Anna/Annie Bransky, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Benjamin William Chon and Anna/Annie Bransky on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Benjamin William Chon and Anna/Annie Bransky on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Wallace’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Wallace’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Wallace’s maternal grandparents, William Lyon/Lyons and Rose Levinson, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
William Lyon/Lyons and Rose Levinson on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Wallace’s maternal grandmother, Rose (Levinson) Lyon – https://www.familysearch.org

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Zak Abel

by Manila on April 3, 2018

Birth Name: Zak David Zilesnick

Place of Birth: Kensington & Chelsea, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 1 March, 1995

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish, Ashkenazi Jewish

Zak Abel is a British musician.

His father was Moroccan Jewish, who moved to Israel. His mother, Rachel H. Zilesnick, is English Jewish.

Zak’s maternal grandfather is Harold Zilesnick (the son of Samuel “Sam” Zilesnick and Mary Bardofsky). Samuel was a Ukrainian Jewish emigrant, from Kiev, and was the son of Hyman Zilesnick and Miriam Kaplan. Mary was the daughter of Russian Jewish emigrants, Israel Bardofsky and Sarah Basia Sorrel.

Zak’s maternal grandmother is Ann S. Zola (the daughter of Joseph Zola and Minnie Derfield). Joseph was the son of a Polish Jewish emigrant, Morris Zola, of Warsaw, and of Kate Emanuel, who was also of Polish Jewish descent. Minnie was the daughter of Henry “Harry” Derfield, whose own parents, Aaron Derfler (later Derfield) and Rachel Levy, were Austrian Jewish and German Jewish emigrants, respectively, and of a Polish Jewish emigrant, Rose “Rosy” Appelbaum.

Zak’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his third great-grandmother, Shinah Leibah “Jeanette/Jenetta/Janet/Georgina” Marchant (c. 1853, Poland – 1937, Stepney, London).

Sources: News article about Zak’s ancestry – https://www.pressreader.com

Birth record of Zak Abel – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Zak’s mother – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Zak’s maternal grandparents, Harold Zilesnick and Ann S. Zola – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Zak’s maternal grandfather, Harold Zilesnick – https://www.geni.com

Birth record of Zak’s maternal grandfather, Harold Zilesnick – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Zak’s maternal grandmother, Ann S. Zola – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Zak’s maternal great-grandparents, Joseph Zola and Minnie Derfield – https://www.familysearch.org

Zak’s maternal great-grandfather, Joseph Zola, on the 1911 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Zak’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Morris Zola and Kate Emanuel – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Zak’s maternal great-grandmother, Minnie Derfield – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Zak’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Harry Derfield and Rose Appelbaum – https://www.familysearch.org

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Dennis Sciama

by Manila on March 26, 2018

Birth Name: Denis William Siahou Sciama

Date of Birth: 18 November, 1926

Place of Birth: Manchester South, Lancashire, England, U.K.

Date of Death: 18/19 December, 1999

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

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish

Dennis Sciama was a British physicist. He is considered one of the fathers of modern cosmology.

His father, Abraham Sciama, was a textile businessperson, also from Manchester. His mother, Nelly Ades, was born in Cairo, Egypt. Both of them traced their roots to Aleppo, Syria.

The surname Sciama was originally spelled Shama, but the later spelling was adopted to conform better to the Latin alphabet.

Dennis was married to a social anthropologist, Lidia Dina, until his death, with whom he has two daughters.

Dennis’ paternal grandfather was Moses Abraham Sciama (the son of Raphael Abraham Sciama and Esther). Raphael and Esther were Syrian Jewish emigrants, from Aleppo.

Dennis’ paternal grandmother was Elizabeth “Bessie/Betsy” Henriques Valentine (the daughter of Emanuel Henriques Valentine and Frances “Fanny” Woolf). Emanuel was the son of Abraham/Aaron Henriques Valentine and Julia/Judith Mordechai Mendoza. Frances was the daughter of Abraham Woolf and Elizabeth Samuel.

Dennis’ maternal grandfather was named Ezra Ades.

Sources: Biography of Dennis Sciama – http://rsbm.royalsocietypublishing.org

Genealogy of Dennis’ brother, Maurice Sciama – http://farhi.org

Dennis’ father on the 1891 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Dennis’ paternal grandparents, Moses Abraham Sciama and Elizabeth Henriques Valentine – https://www.familysearch.org

Dennis’ paternal grandfather, Moses Abraham Sciama, on the 1871 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Dennis’ paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Henriques Valentine, on the 1871 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Dennis’ paternal great-grandparents, Emanuel Henriques Valentine and Frances Woolf – https://www.familysearch.org

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