Lithuanian Jewish

Ronan Farrow

by celebfan on December 25, 2016

Birth Name: Satchel Ronan O’Sullivan Farrow

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

Date of Birth: December 19, 1987

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

Ronan Farrow is an American activist, journalist, lawyer, and U.S. government advisor. He was the host of the show Ronan Farrow Daily from 2014 to 2015.

Ronan is the son of director, writer, and actor Woody Allen and actress Mia Farrow. His father is Ashkenazi Jewish (from a family from Russia, Lithuania, and Austria). His mother has English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.

Ronan’s paternal grandfather was Martin Koenigsberg (the son of Isaac Koenigsberg and Jennie Copplin). Isaac and Jennie were Jewish immigrants, and were born in Russia. Isaac was the son of Schmuel/Samuel Koenigsberg and Bella. Martin also had Lithuanian Jewish ancestry.

Ronan’s paternal grandmother was Nettie Cherry (the daughter of Leon Cherry/Scherry and Sarah Hoff). Leon and Sarah were both Austrian Jewish immigrants.

Ronan’s maternal grandfather was John Farrow (John Villiers Farrow, the son of Joseph Farrow and Lucy Savage). John was an Australian director. Joseph was the son of English parents, James Farrow and Jane Maria Canham, with James being from County Norfolk and Jane being from West Lynn, Norfolk. Lucy was the daughter of George Savage, who was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to English parents, from Buckinghamshire, and of Emily Piggott, who was English, from Manchester, Lancashire.

Ronan’s maternal grandmother was Maureen O’Sullivan (the daughter of Charles Joseph O’Sullivan and Evangeline Lovatt “Mary Eva” Frazer). Maureen was an Irish actress, born in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland, and had Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry. Charles was born in Cork, County Cork, Ireland, the son of Daniel Vincent O’Sullivan and Mary Teresa “Minnie” Scannell. Evangeline was born in Tientsin, China, the daughter of John Lovat Frazer, who was from County Sligo, Ireland, and had Scottish ancestry, and of Mary Eva Kennett, who was from St. Marylebone, London, England.

In 2013, Ronan’s mother stated, perhaps not in total seriousness, that Ronan’s biological father could be singer Frank Sinatra, who was married to Mia many years before Ronan’s birth. For a number of reasons (see for example this and this), the idea appears to be unlikely.

Sources: Genealogies of Ronan Farrow –

Family history and religious background of Ronan’s father –

Ronan’s paternal grandfather, Martin Koenigsberg, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Ronan’s paternal grandmother, Nettie Cherry, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Ronan Farrow (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Ronan’s mother –

Photo by Prphotos


Ted Deutch

by bearboy on December 1, 2016

Birth Name: Theodore Eliot Deutch

Place of Birth: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Date of Birth: May 7, 1966

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Ted Deutch is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he has served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida, since April 13, 2010.

Ted is the son of Jean (Mindlin) and Bernard Deutch.

Ted’s paternal grandparents were Isaac Deutch and Esther Cohen. Isaac was born in Kvosk, Lithuania. Esther was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Russia.

Ted’s maternal grandparents were Abraham Mindlin (the son of Gila Mindlin) and Tillie Badhan/Badchan. Abraham was born in Polock, Russia. Tillie was also born in Russia.

Sources: Genealogy of Ted Deutch –

Obituary of Ted’s mother –


Bex Taylor-Klaus

by stlucas on November 29, 2016

LOS ANGELES - DEC 4:  Bex Taylor-Klaus at the he Shannara Chroni

Birth Name: Rebecca Edison Taylor-Klaus

Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 12, 1994

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Bex Taylor-Klaus is an American actress. She is from a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Germany, Romania, Latvia, Russia, Poland, and Lithuania). Bex had a Bat Mitzvah ceremony.

She has said:

I speak a little Spanish and my Hebrew is a little rusty — I can understand better than I speak!

In an interview, Bex seemingly stated that she has Cuban ancestry. However, she was referring to the background of her close friend.

Bex’s paternal grandfather was Richard M. Klaus (the son of Irving Goncer/Gonny Klaus and Ruth Mendel). Richard was born in Pensnylvania. Irving was born in New York, the son of Samuel Solomon Klaus and Mary Goncer, who were from Ostroh, Ukraine. Ruth was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Solomon Mendel, who was from Andernach, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, and of Bertha Buka, who was born in Ohio, to parents from Germany, her father from Neustadt and her mother from Laupheim.

Bex’s paternal grandmother is Barbara Ann Tuckerman (the daughter of Arthur David Tuckerman and Bernice Ruth Maimin). Arthur was born in Massachusetts, the son of Theodore Tuckerman, who was form Brăila, Romania, and of Sarah Abramson, who was from Botoșani, Moldavia, Romania. Bernice was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of David Abraham Maimin, who was born in Riga, Kreutzburg, Latvia, and of Rosa Henrietta Bernstein, who was born in Pennsylvania.

Bex’s maternal grandfather is Mark K. Taylor (the son of Herbert Taylor and Esther Kahn). Herbert was born in Georgia, the son of Charles Taylor and Mollie, who were born in Russia. Esther was also born in Georgia, the daughter of Marcus Kahn and Janice, who were from Bialystok, Poland.

Bex’s maternal grandmother is Judith Grossman (the daughter of Sidney/Sid Grossman and Sylvia Edison). Judith was born in New York. Sidney was born in Lithuania, the son of Zavel Grosman/Grossman and Golda Fichel/Fikhel. Sylvia was born in New York, the daughter of Joseph Edison and Clara, who were born in Russia.


Genealogy of Bex Taylor-Klaus –

Bex’s paternal great-grandfather, Arthur David Tuckerman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Bex’s maternal great-grandfather, Herbert Taylor, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Bex’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Charles Taylor and Mollie, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Bex’s maternal great-grandfather, Sidney/Sid Grossman –

Photo by kathclick/


Jerry Siegel

by follers on October 29, 2016

Birth Name: Jerome Siegel

Date of Birth: October 17, 1914

Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Death: January 28, 1996

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jerry Siegel was an American comic book artist. Along with Joe Shuster, he created the DC Comics superhero Superman (Clark Kent).

Jerry was the son of Sarah (Fein/Fine) and Mitchell Siegel (born Mikhel Segalovich). His parents were Lithuanian Jewish immigrants.

Jerry’s paternal grandfather was named Nathan Siegel.

Jerry’s maternal grandparents were Myer Fein/Fine and Lillie.

Sources: Genealogy of Jerry Siegel (focusing on his father’s side) –

Jerry Siegel on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Jerry Siegel on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Shimon Peres

by follers on September 27, 2016

TEREZIN CZECH REPUBLIC March 30. 2011: Israeli statesman and politician Shimon Peres during his visit on March 30. 2011 in Terezin Czech Republic

Birth Name: Szymon Perski

Date of Birth: 2 August, 1923

Place of Birth: Wiszniew, Poland (now Belarus)

Date of Death: 28 September, 2016

Place of Death: Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer, Tel Aviv, Israel

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Shimon Peres was an Israeli statesman. He served as Prime Minister of Israel, from 22 April, 1977 to 21 June, 1977, 13 September, 1984 to 20 October, 1986, and 4 November, 1995 to 18 June, 1996, and as President of Israel, from 15 July, 2007 to 24 July, 2014. He was also Minister of Transportation, from 1 September, 1970 to 10 March, 1974, Minister of Defence, from 3 June, 1974 to 20 June, 1977, and again from 4 November, 1995 to 18 June, 1996, and Minister of Finance, from 22 December, 1988 to 15 March, 1990.

He won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize, with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat.

Prime Minister Peres was born in Wiszniew, Poland (now Belarus), the son of Sara/Sarah (Meltzer) and Yitzhak Gecel/Gitzl Persky/Perski. His father moved to Mandatory Palestine in 1932. The family followed him there in 1934.

Through his father, Prime Minister Peres was a relative of American actress Lauren Bacall, who was born Betty Joan Perske (though he had said that they were not first cousins, as has sometimes been reported).

Prime Minister Peres’ paternal grandparents were Zalman Meir Perski (the son of Yehuda Avraham Perski and Elke) and Shine Yafa. Zalman was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. Yehuda was the son of Hirsch Perski.

Prime Minister Peres’ maternal grandfather was Rabbi Zvi Hirshl Melzer (the son of Moshe Melzer/Meltzer and Mariashka Saladeiche). Rabbi Zvi was murdered in the Holocaust, in 1942. Moshe was the son of Shara.

Prime Minister Peres’ maternal grandmother was Rivka Alte Potashnik Gurevich. Rivka was born in Vishnevo, and was murdered in the Holocaust, in 1942. One of the Prime Minister’s maternal great-great-grandfathers was Chaim ben Yitzchok of Volozhin, an Orthodox rabbi and Talmudist.

Source: Genealogy of Shimon Peres –

Photo by Mik_photo/