Adam Levine

Levine in 2011, s_bukley /

Birth Name: Adam Noah Levine

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 18, 1979

*75% Jewish [Ashkenazi, Sephardi]
*12.5% German
*12.5% Scottish

Adam Levine is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, entrepreneur, and actor. He is known for his soulful vocals, and for being the frontman/lead singer of pop rock band Maroon 5. The band’s other members are Jesse Carmichael, Sam Farrar, Matt Flynn, Mickey Madden, PJ Morton, James Valentine, and, previously, Ryan Dusick.

Adam is the son of Patsy (Noah) and Fredric Jay Levine, who founded the retail chain M. Fredric. His uncles are writer Timothy Noah and writer and director Peter Noah. Adam is married to Namibian-born model Behati Prinsloo, with whom he has three children.

Adam’s father is Jewish. Adam’s maternal grandfather was also Jewish (his family were Jewish emigrants from England and Germany, of Ashkenazi and Sephardi descent). Adam’s maternal grandmother was of German and Scottish (non-Jewish) ancestry. Adam has described himself as Jewish on a number of occasions. He is not religious.

Adam was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2013. He is the second man of Jewish heritage to have been given this title by the magazine (Harrison Ford, in 1998, is the first, David Beckham, in 2015, is the third, and Paul Rudd, in 2021, is the fourth).

Adam’s paternal grandfather is named Jack David Levine. Jack was born in New York City, New York.

Adam’s paternal grandmother is named Phyllis Hershkowitz (re-married name Phyllis Katchen).

Adam’s maternal grandfather was Robert Mortimer Noah (the son of Mortimer Noah and Rose Margaret Isselbacher). Robert was born in New York. Adam’s great-grandfather Mortimer was the son of Samuel M. Noah and Rose/Rosa Barnett. All four of Mortimer’s grandparents, Morris Noah, Amelia Rodrigues Brandon, Benjamin Barnett, and Rebecca Simmons, were Jewish emigrants from England. Their ancestry included Sephardi Jewish and Ashkenazi Jewish lines, with Dutch Jewish roots. Adam’s great-grandmother Rose Isselbacher was the daughter of Charles Isselbacher, who was born in New York, to German Jewish parents, and of Esther Ehrenreich, who was a German Jewish immigrant.

Adam’s maternal grandmother is Marian Jane Swentor (the daughter of George William Swentor and Jean Robertson). Marian was born in New York, and was from a Christian background. George was the son of German immigrants, August Wilhelm/William Swentor (originally spelled Schwentorous or Schwentorus) and Amelia Schmidt/Smith. Jean was born in Inverness, Scotland, the daughter of Donald Robertson and Jane P. Drew.

Sources: Interview with Adam Levine at The Jewish Chronicle, 2011 –

Genealogy of Adam Levine –

Adam’s maternal grandfather, Robert Mortimer Noah, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Adam’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents, Morris Noah and Amelia Brandon, on the 1905 New York Census –

Adam’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Rose Barnett, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Adam’s maternal grandmother, Marian Jane Swentor (“Miriam Swenton”), on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

33 Responses

  1. Manila says:

    Jean Robertson was born in Inverness, Scotland. Her parents married in 1899 in the same city. I guessed these information from ScotlandsPeople. However, I don’t have credits to view these images. It will cost you 1 credit to view the list, and additional ~10 credits to view the image(s, regardless of number of pages). :(

    • Manila says:

      Fredric’s middle name is Jay.

      Jack was born in New York City, New York. I still can’t trace his parents just yet.

      Rose Isselbacher’s middle name is Margaret, not J.

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