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Tyler Young

by follers on November 1, 2017

Birth Name: Tyler Matthew Young

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 17, 1990

*Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish (mother)

Tyler Young is an American actor.

His mother is Jewish.

Tyler’s maternal grandfather was Donald Ratke (the son of Louis Ratke and Riwke Rose Bronstein). Donald was born in Wisconsin, to a Romanian Jewish father and a Russian Jewish mother. Riwke was the daughter of David Bronstein and Rebecca.

Tyler’s maternal grandmother was born Arline Selma Pirsch (the daughter of Jacob Jay Pirsch and Louise Melhado). Jacob was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents, Aron Solomon Pirsch and Rose Goldstein. Louise was born in Massachusetts, the daughter of English-born parents, Abraham Elias Melhado and Elizabeth Phillips, from Spitalfields, Middlesex, who were Sephardi Jews. Abraham and Elizabeth were both of Dutch Jewish descent, from Amsterdam, with some Italian Jewish ancestors. Tyler’s great-great-grandfather Abraham was the son of Elias Juda Melhado/Meljado and Leah Van Abraham Mendes. Tyler’s great-great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of Philip Phillips, who was born in the Netherlands, and of Leah Abrahams.

Tyler’s matrilineal line traces back to a woman named Sarah, who was born, c. 1797, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Tyler’s brother once tweeted, “Just found out I’m exactly 50% Jewish.” He may have been referring to having taken a DNA test that showed him to be of 50% Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. Tyler added, “And our grandfather speaks “Jewish”…”, perhaps referring to a census record that listed their grandfather’s language as “Jewish” (“Yiddish”).

Sources: Tyler’s maternal grandfather, Donald Ratke, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Tyler’s maternal grandmother, Arline Selma Pirsch, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Tyler’s maternal great-grandfather, Jacob Jay Pirsch, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Tyler’s maternal great-grandmother, Louise Melhado, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Louise Melhado on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Robert Schenkkan

by stlucas on April 13, 2017

Birth Name: Robert Frederick Schenkkan, Jr.

Place of Birth: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 19, 1953

*Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish (father)
*English, Scottish (mother)

Robert Schenkkan is an American playwright, screenwriter, and actor.

Robert is the son of Jean Gregory (McKenzie) and Robert Frederic “Bob” Schenkkan, Sr. Robert’s nephew (brother’s son) is actor Ben McKenzie.

Robert’s father was from a Dutch Jewish family, and had both Ashkenazi and Sephardi ancestry, including more distant German Jewish, English Jewish, French Jewish, Italian Jewish, and Iranian Jewish, ancestors. He was, however, probably raised Catholic (his own parents, Robert’s paternal grandparents, likely converted from Judaism to Catholicism). Robert’s mother had English and some Scottish roots.

Robert’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Abraham Juda Schenkkan-Levie, who was born, c. 1781, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and to Abraham’s parents, Juda Eliaser Levie and Roosje Isaac, who were born in Stuttgart, Germany.

Robert’s paternal grandfather was Jozef/Joseph Schenkkan (the son of Levie Hyman Schenkkan and Roosje Ensel). Jozef was born in Amsterdam, to a Jewish family. Levie was the son of Hijman Abraham Schenkkan and Judic Levie Smit. Roosje was the daughter of Mozes Joseph Ensel and Sara Joseph Rimini, whose father was born in London, England.

Robert’s paternal grandmother was Flora/Flortje Josephine/Josefina Van Der Zyl/Zijl (the daughter of John/Izak/Isaac Van Deziel/der Zijl and Anna Eva/Theresia Wolf). Flora was born in Amsterdam, to a Jewish family. John was born in Groningen, the son of Jacob Comprecht van der Zijl and Carolina Pinias van der Velde. Anna was the daughter of Levie Wolf, who was born in Nijmegen, Netherlands, and of Rosette Levij, who was born in Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Robert’s great-aunt, Martha van der Zijl, died in Auschwitz (in 1943). Martha was the sister of Robert’s grandmother, Flora/Flortje Josephine/Josefina Van Der Zyl/Zijl.

Robert’s maternal grandfather was Francis “Frank” Clement McKenzie (the son of James E. McKenzie and Mary Anne Dahlia Sizemore).

Robert’s maternal grandmother was Alice Bell Beall (the daughter of William Joseph Bell Beall and Georgia Augusta Roberts).

Sources: Genealogy of Robert Schenkkan (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Robert’s father, Robert Frederic “Bob” Schenkkan, Sr. –

Obituary of Robert’s father, Robert Frederic “Bob” Schenkkan, Sr. –

Genealogy of Robert’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Hijman Abraham Schenkkan (through Hijman’s brother, Isaac Abraham Schenkkan) (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

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Fiorello H. La Guardia

by andrew on January 14, 2017

Photo from Library of Congress

Birth Name: Fiorello Enrico La Guardia

Date of Birth: December 11, 1882

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

Date of Death: September 20, 1947

Place of Death: Riverdale, The Bronx, New York, U.S.

*Italian (father)
*Italian Sephardi Jewish (mother)

Fiorello La Guardia was an American politician. He served as Mayor of New York City, from January 1, 1934 to December 31, 1945. He was also a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York, from March 4, 1917 to December 31, 1919, and again from March 4, 1923 to March 3, 1933, and the 10th President of the New York City Board of Aldermen, from January 1, 1920 to December 31, 1921. He was a member of the Republican Party and, from 1924 to 1934, the Progressive Party.

Fiorello was the son of Irene Luzzatto (Coen) and Achille Luigi Carlo La Guardia. His father was an Italian composer, from Foggia, Apulia, and was a non-practicing Catholic. His mother was born in Rijeka, Austria-Hungary (now Croatia), and was of an Italian Jewish background. Fiorello’s parents married in Trieste, Austria-Hungary (now Italy).

Fiorello was raised an Episcopalian and practiced that religion.

Fiorello’s paternal grandparents were Raffaele La Guardia (the son of Pietro La Guardia and Colomba Ziccardi) and Rosa Di Maria/De Maria. Colomba was the daughter of Giacomo Ziccardi and Rachele Apicella.

Fiorello’s maternal grandparents were Abramo/Abram Isacco Coen and Fiorina Luzzatto. Fiorina was a member of the prestigious Italian Jewish family of scholars, kabbalists, and poets. She had among her ancestors the famous rabbi Samuel David Luzzatto. Fiorello was named after her.

Fiorello was a polyglot, being able to speak seven languages, English, Italian, French, German, Hungarian, Hebrew, and Yiddish.

Sources: Obituary of Fiorello and Fiorello’s parents –

Genealogy of Fiorello H. La Guardia –

Information about Fiorello’s father (in Italian) –

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Camila Giorgi

by andrew on November 11, 2016

2012 Tennis - WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party - Arrivals

Place of Birth: Macerata, Marche, Italy

Date of Birth: 30 December, 1991

Ethnicity: Italian Jewish

Camila Giorgi is an Italian professional tennis player.

Camila is the daughter of Claudia Gabriella Fullone and Sergio Giorgi. Her parents are from La Plata, Argentina.

Camila is described in many websites as being of Jewish heritage. It is not clear if both of her parents are Jewish. Her paternal grandfather moved from Macerata, Marche, Italy, to Argentina.

Camila’s mother’s maiden surname, “Fullone”, is common in Southern Italy (expecially in Calabria), and it does not appear to be a Jewish surname.

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Danny Nucci

by bearboy on October 30, 2016

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Place of Birth: Klagenfurt, Austria

Date of Birth: September 15, 1968

Ethnicity: Italian-Sephardi Jewish

Danny Nucci is an Austrian-born American actor.

Danny is the son of Marinette and Arturo Nucci. His father was born in Italy and his mother was born in Morocco. His mother is Sephardi Jewish. It is not clear if his father is Jewish as well.

When Danny was seven, his family moved to the U.S., living first in New York, and then in California.

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