Zachary Levi

by ethnic on August 31, 2010

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 was born Zachary Levi Pugh, and is the son of Susan Marie (Hoctor) and Darrell Pugh. He has English, French, German, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and Swiss, 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 and/or religion, and is a devout Christian.

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 “Henry” Caspar 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). 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.


Genealogy of Zachary Levi –

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 –

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alexgxo September 15, 2016 at 5:36 pm

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 October 15, 2017 at 10:15 am

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 October 28, 2017 at 4:51 pm

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.

Kimmel June 24, 2016 at 6:19 pm

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

neiltennant October 15, 2017 at 10:16 am

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

Ethereal October 11, 2015 at 6:45 pm

Jewish surname. But no Jewish ancestry?

neiltennant July 17, 2015 at 6:07 am

cool to see that some takes a Jewish surname.

neiltennant June 28, 2015 at 2:20 pm

“Levy” is a Jewish surname.

He is Jewish too.

Gurrl June 28, 2015 at 4:01 pm

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

Capricious May 7, 2015 at 9:17 pm

He looks Turkish.

He’s good looking for an Englishman.

sarahle May 9, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Turkish… okay…

Check7t September 3, 2014 at 7:52 am


J.J. September 14, 2013 at 9:14 pm

correction; his eyes are forest green (green+brown) and his hair is virtually black (noirette) I think it should be listed

neiltennant October 15, 2017 at 10:17 am

correction: you are a fucking idiot

aaa July 6, 2013 at 6:52 pm

He can pass for spanish

andrew July 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

yes, but not only, in most of Western Europe too. Actually I dont know well these new actors, reading his name I thought he was Jewish, but Levi is just his middle name so he’s not Jewish as far we know

follers July 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm

He has said that he isn’t Jewish.

Plus, he is a devout Christian.

aaa January 9, 2014 at 7:40 pm

I think he could pass for half middle eastern,maybe he has some turkish or lebanese ancestry

sarahle August 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm


have you ever been to turkey?

turkish people look kinda asian. they have mongolian ancestors.

Freerk September 4, 2014 at 10:56 am

Not really. Even the Turkic invaders were just partly Mongolian and mostly Causasian; and before different peoples lived there who have not gone, but mixed with the invaders. German Wikipedia talks about up to 300.000 Turkic immigrants and 2-3 Mio. people of former ethnic groups in the 11th century, who were all Indo-Europeans.

Fatmonkey April 16, 2015 at 4:17 pm

How about Austin Prichard Levy, the British businessman and husband of Princess Lavinia of Yugoslavia. I’ve read the surname Levy can be Scottish/ Irish, as well as Jewish (while it’s most often credited as Jewish)?

follers April 16, 2015 at 8:49 pm

Austin is evidently related to Hermann Levi.

beyfox February 17, 2013 at 10:17 am

He looks part Creole

me December 10, 2012 at 6:55 am

You must change this pic

ethnic December 11, 2012 at 6:40 am
me December 13, 2012 at 6:44 am

very good,he just needs change this silly face

me October 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

he looks like young santa claus in this pic.

me September 4, 2012 at 8:02 am

I meant he looks a farmer.

me September 4, 2012 at 8:49 am

George Lopez who called him a red****
I think the skin of Zachary Levi is much darker than the average. and his hair is curly

me April 19, 2012 at 9:26 am

this is not the best picture of him.

me March 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I thought he was Jewish.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm

So did I! His surname even sounds Jewish!

I love you, Roger Scientist March 10, 2012 at 8:36 pm

He was the thief in Tangled. I love that film.

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