Birth Name: Alden Caleb Ehrenreich
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: November 22, 1989
*87.5% Ashkenazi Jewish
*12.5% British Isles
Alden Ehrenreich is an American actor. He starred in the 2013 film Beautiful Creatures and plays the younger Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise.
Alden was born to Jewish parents, Sari and Mark Shane Ehrenreich. He was raised in Reconstructionist Judaism, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.
Seven of Alden’s eight great-grandparents were born Jewish, from Jewish emigrant families, (from Austria, Hungary, Russia, Poland, and Bohemia). One of Alden’s paternal great-grandmothers was not born Jewish, and was of British Isles ancestry.
Alden has stated that he took a 23andMe DNA test, and was surprised to find out that his genetic ancestry included:
*6%-7% British & Irish
Alden’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Willard Ehrenreich (the son of Irving/Isaac John Ehrenreich and Bertha Lazarow/Lazaros/Lazaroe). Joseph was born in New York. Irving was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents. Bertha was born in New York, to Jewish parents from Hungary, Rabbi Joseph Zeff Lazrowitz/Lazaroe and Eva Zucker.
Alden’s paternal grandmother was Isabel Alphonsus Resler (the daughter of Frank Henry Resler and Daisy Ann/Adele Hutson/Hudson). Isabel was born in Missouri. Frank was born in Ohio, to Jewish parents, Samuel Resler, who was born in Austria, and Mary Friedman, who was born in Hungary. Alden’s great-grandmother Daisy was born in Bluffton, Beaufort, South Carolina, the daughter of George Washington Hutson and Malinda/Melinda Elizabeth Padgett. She was of English ancestry, and may have converted to Judaism when marrying Alden’s Jewish-born great-grandfather.
Alden’s maternal grandfather was Reginald Paul Newmann (the son of Berthold Newmann/Neumann/Newman and Lena/Lina Winter/Winters). Reginald was born in Chicago, Illinois. Berthold was a Jewish emigrant, who born in Austria, the son of Heinrich/Henry Neumann/Newmann/Newman and Regina Ziegler. Lena was also a Jewish emigrant, born in Newaglipez, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the daughter of Heinrich Winter and Hani Teschner.
Alden’s maternal grandmother is Beverly June Lightman (the daughter of Morris L. “Moe” Lightman and Mary Helen Medal). Beverly was born in Ohio or Pennsylvania. Morris was born in Ohio, the son of Jewish emigrants, from Russia (his mother’s maiden name was Sperro). Mary Helen was born in Ohio, the daughter of Morris Medal and Sarah Cort, who were Jewish emigrants, born in Russia and/or Poland, depending on the census.
Sources: Genealogy of Alden Ehrenreich – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Alden’s father – https://old.findagrave.com
Alden’s paternal grandfather, Joseph Willard Ehrenreich, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Alden’s paternal grandmother, Isabel Alphonsus Resler, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Birth record of Alden’s paternal great-grandmother, Daisy Ann/Adele Hutson/Hudson – https://www.familysearch.org
Alden’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Malinda/Melinda Elizabeth Padgett, on the 1860 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Death record of Alden’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Malinda/Melinda Elizabeth (Padgett) Hutson – https://www.familysearch.org
Alden’s maternal grandfather, Reginald Paul Newmann, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Alden’s maternal great-grandparents, Berthold Newmann/Neumann/Newman and Lena/Lina Winter/Winters – https://familysearch.org
Alden’s maternal great-grandparents, Berthold Newmann/Neumann/Newman and Lena Winter/Winters, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Berthold Newmann/Neumann/Newman and Lena Winter/Winters on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Alden’s maternal grandmother, Beverly June Lightman, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org