Zac Efron

by ethnic on August 22, 2008

Birth Name: Zachary David Alexander Efron

Place of Birth: San Luis Obispo, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 18, 1987

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (paternal grandfather), English, German, Scottish, possibly around 1/16th Irish, and remote Dutch and Belgian/Flemish

Zac Efron is an American actor and singer. He is known for his roles in the films High School Musical, Hairspray, 17 Again, The Lucky One, and The Paperboy, among others.

Zac’s paternal grandfather is Jewish (the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland). The surname “Efron”, an Ashkenazi Jewish surname, is Hebrew, and is taken from the Biblical place name, “עפרוניים”. Zac once described himself as Jewish in a skit where he was more or less playing himself (see here), but it is unclear if Zac fully identifies himself as Jewish.

Zac’s three other grandparents were/are not of Jewish heritage. Zac’s paternal grandmother’s ancestry included German, Scottish, and English. Zac’s maternal grandfather was of English and German descent, and Zac’s maternal grandmother had English, possibly around one quarter Irish, and distant Dutch and Belgian (Flemish), ancestry. One of Zac’s maternal step-grandfathers, Irving Lipskey, was Jewish.

Zac is an agnostic, and has never been religious.

A picture of Zac with his father can be seen here. A picture of Zac with his mother can be seen here.

A picture of Zac with his paternal grandfather can be seen here.

No genealogical connection between Zac and writer Nora Ephron has been established, but is possible. Nora’s family’s surname was spelled “Efron” generations back.

Zac’s paternal grandfather is Harold Efron (the son of Nasko/Nossen “Nathan” Rueben Efron and Dworja “Dora” Kleszczelska/Klein/Kleiniskyoff). Harold was born in New York, while Harold’s parents, known as Nathan and Dora in the U.S., were Jewish immigrants (Nasko from from Boćki or Siemiatycze, both in Poland, and Dworja from Boćki). Nasko and Dworja married in 1927 in Zabłudów, Białystok, Poland. Nasko was the son of Leibel Efron and Gitel “Gutka” Worona. Dworja was the daughter of Nathan Kleszczelska/Klein/Kleiniskyoff and Dvora.

Zac’s paternal grandmother is Dorothy Rhe Karcher (the daughter of George Lippincot Karcher, Jr. and Mildred Geneva Cooper). Dorothy was born in Idaho, and has German, Scottish, and English ancestry. George was born in Pennsylvania, to Pennsylvania-born parents, George Lippincot Karcher and Elizabeth Janet McRobbie. Mildred was born in Idaho, to Minnesota-born parents, Alonzo Byron Cooper and Mary Ellen Hipsley.

Zac’s maternal grandfather was Robert Harold Baskett (the son of Roswell C. Baskett and Matilda A. “Lillie” Bade). Roswell was born in Washington state, to a father from Missouri, Charles Monroe Baskett, and a mother from Tennessee, Mary/Martha Isabelle Daily/Dail. Roswell had English ancestry. Matilda was born in Wisconsin; Matilda’s father, Albert Carl/Charles Bade, was born in Wisconsin, to German parents, while Matilda’s mother, Bertha A./Emily Herrmann/Herman, was a German immigrant.

Zac’s maternal grandmother was June Helene Glidden (the daughter of Joseph Henry Glidden and Helene Durgan). Joseph was born in Michigan, as were Joseph’s own parents, Elmer Joy Glidden and Luzelle/Luzell Richmond. Elmer had English, as well as distant Dutch and Belgian (Flemish), ancestry. Elmer’s patrilineal line traces back to John Glidden, who was born, c. 1550, in Pancras, near Bideford, Devon, England. Zac’s great-grandmother Helene Durgan was born in Washington state, to a father from New York, Edmund or Edward Durgan, and a mother from Michigan, Angie Estelle Baker. Edmund/Edward Durgan’s parents were Canadian, and he was of Irish or part Irish ancestry. The surnames “Richmond” and “Baker” are often English.

Zac’s great-grandmother Helene (Durgan) Glidden wrote the 1951 novel The Light on the Island, about her childhood growing up on Patos Island, Washington, where her father (Zac’s great-great-grandfather) was lighthouse keeper between 1905 and 1913.

Sources: Genealogy of Zac Efron – http://famouskin.com

Genealogies of Zac Efron (focusing on his father’s side) – http://genealogy.wikia.com
https://www.geni.com

Wedding record of Zac’s paternal grandparents, Harold Efron and Dorothy Rhe Karcher – https://familysearch.org

Family history of Zac’s paternal grandfather, Harold Efron – http://efronfamilyhistory.com

Zac’s paternal grandfather, Harold Efron, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zac’s comment on his Jewish grandfather – http://twitter.com

Genealogy of Zac Efron (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Zac’s mother (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Wedding record of Zac’s maternal grandparents, Robert Harold Baskett and June Helene Glidden – https://familysearch.org

Zac’s maternal grandfather, Robert Harold Baskett, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Zac’s maternal great-grandfather, Roswell C. Baskett – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Zac’s maternal great-grandfather, Roswell C. Baskett, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zac’s maternal great-grandmother, Matilda A. “Lillie” Bade, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zac’s family in the Glidden genealogy: the fit of the Glidden genes, Volume 2http://books.google.ca

Genealogy of Zac’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Elmer Joy Glidden – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Zac’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Joseph Henry Glidden (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

The Light on the Island, the 1951 novel by Zac’s maternal great-grandmother, Helene (Durgan) Glidden – https://www.amazon.ca

Picture of Zac’s maternal great-grandmother, Helene (Durgan) Glidden – http://lindadelopez17.files.wordpress.com

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

madman April 9, 2017 at 8:26 am

Why “with the rest of Zac’s ancestry being”?

andrew July 14, 2016 at 6:39 pm
follers August 4, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Zac reminds me of this Israeli model, Eliran Biton.
http://twicsy.com/i/wTL43c

andrew January 29, 2016 at 6:03 pm

I don’t think so. Zac looks more like Joaquin Phoenix now. I suggest to upload a recent picture of Zac.

http://www.prphotos.com/p/IHA-028581/zac-efron-at-we-are-your-friends-los-angeles-premiere–arrivals.html?&ps=2&x-start=26

follers January 29, 2016 at 8:43 pm

I think the current Zac Efron picture is better. He still sort of looks like that.

Efron looks like Robby Benson also. I think Joaquin Phoenix looks like Michael Stuhlbarg.

andrew January 31, 2016 at 7:18 am

the current picture is obviously better, Zac is a bit overweight now.

Marlene Bleddyn October 28, 2014 at 10:47 am

I’ve got a somewhat similar ancestry with Welsh, Belgian (Flemish), German, English, Swiss-German, Norwegian, distant French(not confirmed) and distant Dutch. I’ve got brown hair and green eyes, and very pale skin.

WTF August 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm

he looks kind of like jared leto. they could be brothers.

ashash October 13, 2014 at 10:17 am
WTF December 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm

LMFAO funny how you disagree with me, but yet millions of others agree with me. Just google “Zac Efron looks like Jared Leto”.

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