German Jewish

Nat Faxon

by follers on August 16, 2018

Nat Faxon – 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival – “The Way, Way Back” Premiere – Arrivals – Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa / PR Photos

Birth Name: Nathaniel Wales Faxon

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

Date of Birth: October 11, 1975

*English (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Nat Faxon is an American actor, comedian, and screenwriter.

His maternal grandparents were German Jews who came to the U.S. in 1938.

Nat is married to Meaghan Gadd, with whom he has three children.

Nat’s maternal grandfather was Ewald Kersten (the son of Alfred Kersten and Maria Hauschild). Ewald was born in Köthen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Alfred was born in Köthen, Saxony-Anhalt, the son of Gustav Kersten and Minna Reichenbach. Maria was born in Saxony-Anhalt, the daughter of Ignatz Hauschild, from Tachau, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and of Bertha Neubauer, from Pechau, Magdeburg.

Nat’s maternal grandmother was Gertrud “Trude” Rosa Brinitzer (the daughter of Eugen Jacob Brinitzer and Henny/Jenny Kaplan). Gertrude was born in Hamburg-Altona. Eugen was born in Neiße/Nysa, Poland, the son of Karl/Carl Kallmann/Callmann Brinitzer, who was born in Städtel, Namysłów, and of Rosalie Fraenkel, who was born in Racibórz. Nat’s great-grandmother Henny was born in Riga, Latvia.

Sources: Genealogy of Nat’s mother –

Obituary of Nat’s maternal grandfather, Ewald Kersten –

Genealogy of Nat’s maternal grandmother, Gertrud “Trdue” (Brinitzer) Kersten (focusing on her father’s side) –

Obituary of Nat’s maternal grandmother, Gertrud “Trude” (Brinitzer) Kersten –


Gabriel Sunday

by stlucas on July 20, 2018

Birth Name: Gabriel Chechik Sunday

Place of Birth: Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 18, 1985

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, possibly other

Gabriel Sunday is an American actor and director.

Gabriel is the son of Laura (Benson) and Michael J. Chechik/Sunday.

Gabriel’s paternal grandmother was Ernestine Cohn (the daughter of Max Cohn and Anna Iskowich). Ernestine was born in Wisconsin. Max was born in Tennessee, the son of Herman Cohn, who was from Germany, and of Ernestine Weber Henoch, who was from Poland. Anna was born in either Austria or Hungary, the daughter of Abraham Iskowich and Lena Gavertz.

Sources: Birth record of Gabriel Sunday –

Marriage record of Gabriel’s parents –

Obituary of Gabriel’s paternal grandmother, Ernestine (Cohn) Chechik –

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Keelin Woodell

by stlucas on July 10, 2018

Keelin Woodell – “Welcome to Willits” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Arena Cinelounge Hollywood, 6464 Sunset Boulevard – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Birth Name: Keelin Shea Jerard Woodell

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 6, 1990

Ethnicity: German, Swiss-German, English, Irish, 1/8th Ashkenazi Jewish, 1/8th Italian

Keelin Woodell is an American actress.

Keelin is the daughter of Susan Marie (Ongerth) Mascall and Brian Henry Woodell. Keelin has a brother, Colin, who is also an actor.

Keelin’s paternal grandfather was William Todd Woodell (the son of Marcus Alfred “Mark” Woodell and Monica Duffy). Todd was born in Maryland. Marcus was born in North Carolina, the son of William Wesley Woodell and Julia E. Bruce. Monica was born in Maryland, the daughter of Michael J. Duffy, who was Irish, and of Celinda Clarke.

Keelin’s paternal grandmother was Jean Frank (the daughter of Henry Joseph Frank and Bertha Christine Fritsch/Fritch). Jean was born in Oregon. Henry was born in Oregon, to a Jewish family, and was the son of Emil Frank, who was German, and of Linda Arnold, whose father was German. Bertha was born in Oregon, the daughter of Charles Fritsch, who was German, and of Emma Sette Armbrust, whose parents were from Germany and Switzerland.

Keelin’s maternal grandfather was Edwin Joseph Ongerth (the son of Edwin Carl Ongerth and Eda C. Dal Porto). Edwin Joseph was born in California. Edwin Carl was born in California, to German parents, Heinrich Ehrenfreid Joseph Ongerth and Eugenia Kayser. Eda was born in California, to Italian parents, Giuseppe Dal Porto and Teresa Damassa.

Keelin’s maternal grandmother was Mary Ann Dillon (the daughter of John J. Dillon and Anna L. Shea). Mary was born in New York. John was born in New York, the son of Morris Dillon, who was Irish, and of Margaret, whose mother was English. Anna was born in New York, to an Irish mother.

Sources: Birth record of Keelin Woodell –

Marriage record of Keelin’s parents –

Birth record of Keelin’s mother –

Birth record of Keelin’s maternal grandfather, Edwin Joseph Ongerth –

Obituary of Keelin’s maternal grandfather, Edwin Joseph Ongerth –

Death record of Keelin’s maternal grandmother, Mary Ann (Dillon) Ongerth –


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 –

Genealogy of Peggy Ashcroft (focusing on her father’s side) –

Obituary of Peggy’s father –

Marriage record of Peggy’s paternal great-grandparents, Michael Ashcroft and Eliza Ann Sheridan –

Genealogy of Peggy Ashcroft (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Peggy’s mother on the 1891 England and Wales Census –

Peggy’s maternal grandfather, Julius Bernheim, on the 1861 England and Wales Census –

Peggy’s maternal grandmother, Emily Caroline Unna, on the 1861 England and Wales Census –
Emily Caroline Unna on the 1871 England and Wales Census –

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 –

Information about Peggy’s maternal great-grandfather, Jacob Arnold Unna –


Nelson Franklin

by stlucas on June 19, 2018

Birth Name: Nelson Leopold Franklin

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 2, 1985

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*French, possibly other (mother)

Nelson Franklin is an American actor.

Nelson is the son of Catherine (Deshayes) and screenwriter Howard Franklin (born Howard William Franklin). Nelson’s father is Jewish. Nelson’s mother’s surname is of French origin. Nelson is married to actress Georgia Mischak.

Nelson’s paternal grandfather was Marvin Allan Frankenstein/Franklin (the son of Benjamin “Ben/Benj” Frankenstein and Tillie Gertrude Glassman). Marvin was born in California. Benjamin was born in Illinois, to parents from Germany, Wolf Frankenstein/Frankenstern and Ray Bluestein. Tillie was born in Missouri, the daughter of Jacob Glassman and Mary S. Nimmer.

Nelson’s paternal grandmother was Regina Irene Wolf (the daughter of Jules H. Wolf and Frieda/Freeda Rubinstein). Regina was born in Colorado. Jules was born in Texas, the son of Nathan Wolf, who was from Poland, and of Fanny Levy. Frieda was born in California, the daughter of Jacob Rubenstein, who was from Romania, and of Annie/Fanny Victor, who was from Germany.

Sources: Marriage record of Nelson’s parents –

Genealogy of Nelson Franklin (focusing on his father’s side) –

Marriage record of Nelson’s paternal grandparents, Marvin Allan Frankenstein/Franklin and Regina Irene Wolf –

Genealogy of Nelson’s paternal grandfather, Marvin Allan Frankenstein/Franklin (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Photo by kathclick/