Zachary Levi

Levi in 2012, photo by PR photos

Birth Name: Zachary Levi Pugh

Place of Birth: Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 29, 1980

Ethnicity: English, French, German, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Swiss

Zachary Levi is an American actor, director, and singer. He plays Shazam in the DC Cinematic Universe.

Zachary was born Zachary Levi Pugh, and is the son of Susan Marie (Hoctor) and Darrell Pugh. His birth name is pronounced pew. He has English, French, German, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and Swiss (Swiss-French and Swiss-German) ancestry. Several of his family lines go back to Colonial America.

Zachary is sometimes incorrectly believed to be Jewish, because of his middle name, taken as his stage surname. He is not of Jewish heritage or religion, and is a devout Christian.

While Zachary was born in Louisiana, he has no family ancestry in the state. He was raised in Ventura, California.

Zachary’s paternal grandfather was Alton Lester Pugh (the son of Herman Lester Pugh and Delila Mae Lovin, whose family’s surname was originally Loving). Alton was born in Kansas. Herman was the son of Martin Shaner Pugh and Louisa Jane Clason. Delila was the daughter of Robert Lee Lovin and Mary Ellen Montgomery.

Zachary’s paternal grandmother was Alice Maureen Repp (the daughter of Harry Orris Repp and Merle Marie Carruth). Alice was born in Wisconsin. Harry was the son of Jacob Orris Repp and Lucy Ann Thurber. Merle was the daughter of Wallace Bradley Carruth and Elizabeth Evangeline Bucher. Elizabeth’s parents, Heinrich Caspar “Henry” Bucher and Mary Ann Welchle, were Swiss.

Zachary’s maternal grandfather was Arthur Edward Hoctor, Jr. (the son of Arthur Edward Hoctor and Louise F./P. Labadie). Zachary’s grandfather Arthur was born in Ohio. Zachary’s great-grandfather Arthur was the son of Thomas Francis Hoctor, who was born in New York, to parents from Tipperary, Ireland, and of Mary Minnie A. McDonald, whose father was from Scotland. Louise was born in Ohio, the daughter of John Labadie, who was French, and of Alice Amelia Flory, who was born in Ohio, to French parents.

Zachary’s maternal grandmother was Patricia Lee Jones (the daughter of John Ralph Jones and Juliet Louise Schenck). Patricia was born in Missouri. John was the son of Lewis R. Jones, whose father was Welsh and whose mother was German, and of Anna/Annie Coughey, whose parents were Irish. Juliet was the daughter of Henry Schenck and Minnie Kuehl, and her grandparents were all German.


Genealogies of Zachary Levi –

Obituary of Zachary’s paternal grandfather, Alton Lester Pugh –

Genealogy of Zachary’s paternal great-grandfather, Herman Lester Pugh (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Zachary’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Alexander Preston Pugh –

Genealogy of Zachary’s paternal great-grandmother, Delila Mae Lovin (focusing on her father’s side) –

Zachary’s maternal grandfather, Arthur Edward Hoctor, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Zachary’s maternal great-grandparents, Arthur Edward Hoctor and Louise F./P. Labadie –

Zachary’s maternal grandmother, Patricia Lee Jones, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Zachary’s maternal great-grandfather, John Ralph Jones, on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

33 Responses

  1. alexgxo says:

    I thought he was a quadroon or octaroon. Then I found out he was born in Louisiana and assumed he was part creole (French/black). Then i assumed he was Jewish too.. Wrong on both counts!

    • neiltennant says:

      haha thats funny and nonsense

      this guy looks 100 percent european

      ok if you were right then ENGLAND would have 90 percent quadroon people haha

      • alexgxo says:

        He’s an american mutt so I thought there was a possibility.

        Anyways I just thought he was mixed because of his roots. I was wrong.

        Also i thought he was half Jewish as well. Turns out thats his middle name.

  2. Kimmel says:

    This’ll teach me to make assumptions based on names alone.

    • neiltennant says:

      thats the SLASH effect

      slash of guns n roses has the name SAUL HUDSON and still today people think he is part Jewish part Black

      even in a documentary about GUNS N ROSES they said that false claim

  3. Ethereal says:

    Jewish surname. But no Jewish ancestry?

  4. neiltennant says:

    cool to see that some takes a Jewish surname.

  5. neiltennant says:

    “Levy” is a Jewish surname.

    He is Jewish too.

    • Gurrl says:

      Levi is his middle name taken as his stage name. He has zero Jewish ancestry and he’s a Christian.
      According to this site which is an expert of everything Jewish the reason why he took on Levi as his last name was because
      “…his agent told him that with the last name Pugh (pronounced “Pew”), he won’t go far in Hollywood.” lol

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